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Galveston College recently held a graduation ceremony celebration honoring students that completed the summer welding program. Pictured left to right are: Welding Instructor Tom Hildenbrand, Dean of Technical and Professional Education Dr Brenda Jones, and graduates: Steven Castor, Kristina M. Gentry, Jamie L. Shrepee, Peter C. Hoh, and Thomas L. Bradshaw. Not pictured are student graduates Alfred Payton, Deandre Womack, and Carlos Compean.

Conversational Spanish and French Offered

Galveston College is offering courses in Conversational Spanish and French. The Spanish course is designed to develop conversational skills in Spanish and the course will emphasize the active, practical use of Spanish through an interactive and personalized learning experience. Based on gradual acquisition of useful vocabulary and material related to everyday life, students will become familiar with the Spanish speaking world. A textbook is required. The cost is $180 and classes meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 21 through Dec. 2.

The beginning French course is intended to introduce students to basic pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and practical conversational phrases and expressions, so that students can actively use French speaking and comprehension skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Also, the culture of and travel to France will be emphasized. A textbook is required. The cost is $180 and classes meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 4 through Nov. 29. Call 409-944-1344 for more information.

Microcomputers and Windows

Galveston College is offering a class in Microcomputers and Windows. This class is an overview of personal computer systems. Microcomputers and Windows includes introduction to computer hardware, software, and the everyday use of computers. No textbook is required. The cost is $60 and classes meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 21 through Oct. 7.

Creative Writing - Your Story

Everyone has a story: learn how to tell yours. This course examines the various forms of creative writing—memoirs, short stories, novels and literacy non-fiction—and the techniques of narration. Topics include plot, scenes, voice and view-point. Students will write and read exercises in class and share excerpts from their works-in-progress. By the end of the course each student will have developed a specific writing project, or will have successfully revised a completed manuscript. Handouts will be provided. No textbook is required. The cost is $105. Classes meet from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays Sept. 15 through Nov. 17. Call 409-944-1344 for more information.

Motorcycle Safety

Galveston College is offering a Motorcycle Safety course. The course teaches basic riding skills and proven techniques which riders need for safe, enjoyable street riding. The course is designed for beginning riders however, experienced riders will benefit as well. Texas law requires that minors, ages 15-17, pass a Basic Motorcycle Operator Training Course approved by the Department of Public Safety before applying for a motorcycle license. Before taking the course, minors must have successfully completed the classroom phase of a driver education course. Minors over the age of 16 who already have an unrestricted Class A, B, or C driver license are eligible for a road test waiver. An applicant (must be age 16 or older) who has passed a Department of Public Safety approved Basic Motorcycle Operator Training Course, and has an unrestricted (not an instructional permit) Class A, B, or C license, can present an MSB-8 completion certificate or a completion card from a course meeting Motorcycle Safety Foundation curriculum standards and received a waiver of the road test. Students reporting to class without one of these documents will not be allowed to continue in the class and will not be refunded tuition paid. Many insurance companies give a discount for course completers. The course is approximately 20 hours long, with 25% classroom and 75% hands-on training on the range. If you have a medical condition or are adversely affected by the summer heat, you may want to consider registering for a class in cooler months.
Please note that all students will be required to sign a Texas Department of Public Safety waiver form. Timeliness is important and students who are late will not be allowed into the class. Please note that other states may not accept an MSF Rider Course Completion Card issued from Texas; please check the licensing division in your state. No textbook required. No Senior discounts. Motorcycles are provided. No mopeds are allowed.

Student Requirements:

  •  Must be a licensed motor vehicle operator
  • Wear protective clothing (helmet, eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves, and over-the ankle footwear)
  • Bring your own helmets. Loan helmets are available during the course, if needed.
  • Helmets must be DOT approved and are subject to inspection by the instructors.
  • Attend 100% of the course and pass the written knowledge test and range skill test
  • Pay the course registration fee to be officially enrolled in the course.

The cost is $195. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday Sept. 18 and Sept. 19.