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Galveston College is celebrating National Surgical Technology week from Sept. 19 through 25.   Pictured back row left to right are Galveston College Surgical Technology students Daniel Smith, Sharhonda Love, David Jackson, Brian Gonzales, and Callie Massa. Front row, left to right are Brian Jochum, Teresa Rodriquez, Michaela Marquez, Mary Anthony, Tina Gurley, Rocio Carrillo, Angie Williams and Surgical Technology Program Director Suzanna Miller.

Galveston College Students Celebrate National Surgical Technology Week

National Surgical Technology Week is Sept. 19 through 25. The Galveston College Surgical Technology Program class of 2010-2011 will host an Open House and Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q. The open house will be held in the Allied Health hallway and in Northen Hall rooms 225 and 226. The Blood Coach will be located on Avenue Q ½, alongside the new Student Center Seibel Wing.

Surgical Technology students are also collecting stuffed animals for the Galveston Police Department and Shriners Burns Hospital.  Individuals that would like to help with stuffed animal donations can drop off their items in the Allied Health suite on the second floor of Northen Hall. For more information contact Suzanna Miller, Surgical Technology Program Director, at 409-944-1493.

Galveston College Regents Accept Grant

The Board of Regents of the Galveston Community College District voted at their regular monthly meeting to accept a Student Support Services grant from the United States Department of Education that allows the 14th consecutive year for Building Bridges to Success to operate at Galveston College. The grant award for 2010-2011 is $246,413 and it funds a student support services-federal TRIO program designed to help students overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers.

The program is funded by the United States Department of Education to provide intensive academic and student support services to currently enrolled students who represent first generation, academically/economically disadvantaged or disabled populations. Faculty and staff from the campus community and volunteers from the local community work collaboratively to implement activities that impact and increase student retention, graduation and transfer rates.

The award notification indicated the federal agency’s plans to continue other annual awards for the Building Bridges to Success program through the 2015 college year. Building Bridges to Success Director Mary Lee Guthier can be reached by calling 409-944-1298 or email

EKG Technician Class Planned

Galveston College is planning a new EKG technician class. This comprehensive 50-hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG Technicians and to take the American Society of Phlebotomy Technician (ASPT) – Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other National Certification Exams. This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy of the heart and physiology, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, laboratory assisting, electrocardiography and echocardiography. Additionally, students will practice with equipment and perform hands on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, and the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead. Textbooks are included in the tuition.

As prerequisites students should have taken math and science in high school. A High School Diploma or GED is required. A criminal background check is required. The tuition for the course is  $999. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 through Nov 23. For more information call Continuing Education at 409-944-1344.