News Stories for the Week
Dr. Elva Concha LeBlanc
“Galveston College’s dynamic and positive impact on the local economy and its citizens is evident with an expanded economy, lower social costs, increased job and investment opportunities, and a reduced tax burden,” stated Dr. Elva Concha LeBlanc, Galveston College President. LeBlanc’s comments were made as the result of a recent study conducted by CCbenefits, Inc. “Galveston College,” she continued, “Stimulates the state and local economy, leverages taxpayer dollars, and increases its students’ earning potential.”
“Overall, the annual impact to the local economy is approximately $107.3 million as a result of Galveston College’s past and present efforts”, LeBlanc added. “For example, the City of Galveston receives approximately $4.8 million in regional income each year due to the College’s operations and capital spending. Galveston College programs and activities have also encouraged new business, assisted existing local businesses, and created long-term economic growth. Next, for every credit earned by our Galveston College students, the state and local community will see social savings of almost $20 per year. This includes savings associated with improved health, reduced welfare, and unemployment. “And, she concluded, “This study shows that our students can expect to see their annual income increase by $128 per year for every credit completed at Galveston College.”
With 56 student athletes participating in baseball, softball, and volleyball, the Galveston College Whitecaps have earned respect for their academic achievements as well as athletic accomplishments. Explained Athletic Director and Head Softball Coach Ken Delcambre, “The primary goal of the Athletic Department is to assist our student athletes in preparing themselves academically, physically, and socially so that they attain a meaningful place in society – well beyond their college years.” This goal is accomplished by sending out Grade Check sheets, requiring mandatory study hall with any grade lower than a B, arranging tutorials, and communicating with the student’s instructors as necessary.
Current GPA’s for Whitecap athletes are 3.110 (Baseball), 3.210 (Softball), and 2.853 (Volleyball), for an overall average of 3.057. In comparison, the student population average GPA is 2.857. For the 2005-2006 academic year, Phi Theta Kappa (honor society) nominees include Whitecap softball athletes Lacy Arms, Patricia O’Neill, Elane Greer, and Nicole Schoenberger. Baseball nominees include Greg Arroyo, Sean O’Bannion, and Stephen Flora. This year’s student athletes are from Louisiana, Idaho, Australia, Washington, D.C., Canada, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Texas.
Registration for Session II of Galveston College Kid’s College Camps and Classes is available now through July 6. Session II will be held July 10-27. Kids Classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at a cost of $45 per class. The Camps, which run from 8am-3pm, are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and cost $165 per camp. Kid’s College Camp activities include Soccer, Basketball, Art, Weird Science, and Cheerleading.
Galveston College Kid’s Class offerings include Fun Art, Kids and Computers, Scrapbook Memories, Art Under Construction, Invisible Science, Creative Writing, Si Habla Espanol I and II, Beginning Piano, Lyrical Ballet, Dance Jazz and Ballet, Chess Champs, Fashion Modeling, First Aid for Kids, Horticulture, Kickboxing, and more. For more information or to obtain a printed schedule, call 409.944.1344.
Galveston College’s Division of Continuing Education Contract Training is now offering quality, customized training to local businesses in need of enhancing and improving their employees’ skills. Currently, specialized training classes are available in a variety of relevant topics including “Spanish for Hospitality Professionals”, “Spanish for Realtors”, and “Spanish for Bank Tellers”, as well as classes to improve computer skills – e.g. Quick Books and Quicken; and training in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, and Desktop Publishing. To schedule personalized training at your business and for more information, call 409.944.1344.
As a public service to the community, Galveston College Continuing Education Division is offering valuable and informative basic auto courses. The classes, to be held Monday through Thursday from 6-8pm, cost $60 per session. For details and to register by phone using a credit card for payment, contact the CE Division at 409.944.1344 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.The topics to be presented are:
• June 12-15 - “Buying a Used Car”.
• June 19-22- “Automotive Tools & Use”
• June 26-29 - “Automotive Maintenance”
• July 10-14 - “Engine & Brake Repair”
The second summer session at Galveston College begins on Tuesday, July 11. Open registration is scheduled for July 6 and July 10, from 8.30am -7.00pm. Courses offered for this second session include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Drama, Economics, English, German, Government, History, Humanities, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Reading, and Vocational Nursing. For more information, call 409.944.4242, or visit online at http://www.gc.edu/.
Summer office hours at Galveston College are 7.30am-6.00pm, Monday through Thursday. The College will be closed Friday through Sunday. Regular office hours will resume Monday, August 14, 2006.