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Galveston College Culinary Arts students will be competing with Clear Lake area restaurants at the upcoming Culinary Arts Extravaganza at Clear Springs High School in mid April. The Culinary Competition will be judged on flavor, presentation, artistry, color and technical skills. Participating with Galveston College Chef Paul Mendoza at far left are students from left to right, Calvin Crider, Mary Russo, Chris Warner, Laura Shotwell, Manny Acosta, Kaysha Thomson, Froylan Cruz, Mirta Salinas, Olisha Alexander and Luis Decker.

Early Registration for Summer and Fall  Semesters Begins Today

Galveston College Early Registration for the 2011 Summer I and Summer II sessions,  and the 2011 Fall semester begins April 18. Early registration hours are 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Summer Session I classes begin June 6, Summer II session classes begin July 11, and the Fall semester begins August 29. For more information call the Counseling Center at 409-944-1220 or view our schedule online at

Concerts, Choir and Instruments

The Galveston College Music Department will host a spring concert featuring first year instrumental students at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, in the Fine Art Building, room FA-207. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Cindy Kates, adjunct music instructor at 409-944-1748.

The Galveston College Choir will present “A Cabaret Night on Broadway” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 25 and again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 in the Fine Art Building, room 207 at Galveston College. The concerts will feature the selections from Broadway musical favorites.

Dr Larry Patton will direct the choir and Ron Wyatt will serve as the piano accompanist. Several vocal soloists from the group will perform and Jack Sheaffer and Carla Woodmansee will accompany on violin and clarinet on selected pieces.

There will be no charge to attend the concerts but a reservation will be required. To make reservations please call Joann Palomo at 409-944-1317.

Universal Access Available to High School Seniors

In 1996, Galveston College revived its concept of The Galveston College Foundation and formed a separate community-based nonprofit that “exists to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to accomplish its mission of improving people’s lives through lifelong learning.” A flagship feature of that effort was the creation of a program called Universal Access that was designed to reduce local high school dropout rates by providing college tuition and fee payments for local high school graduates regardless of income level.

The Universal Access program, implemented in the fall of 2001, has gone through many good transitions, received state and national media recognition and awards and has remained a valuable gift to the residents of Galveston Island, Port Bolivar and Crystal Beach since its inception.

The Galveston College Universal Access program can be a benefit to all high school, home schooled or GED graduates and it has already assisted in the education of more than 3,700 individuals with funds exceeding $4.8 million.

This reminder comes at a time when Galveston College celebrates 43 years of service to the community and recruits students for its 2011 summer sessions and fall semester.

If you or members of your family have chosen to leave Galveston Island to attend a four-year college or university, we invite you to consider the Universal Access option in case your plans change or if you return to the island, during the summer months.

The Universal Access Guidelines have been adjusted in the last few years to provide even greater access for local residents to take advantage of their local community college. 

For example, Universal Access recipients may now take as few as two courses during the fall and spring semesters and only one course is required during the summer months. 

This adjustment has allowed for students to work and attend college at the same time, and recipients now have up to five years to use their award.

The Universal Access program also allows for non-credit work force programs to be funded so students may pursue short-term training programs like dental assisting, nurse assistant, and welding.

The Universal Access program is an exceptional feature of the Galveston College Foundation and Galveston College that exists in part due to the generosity of local businesses, individuals and foundations. 

The existing $3.1 million Universal Access endowment combined with federal Pell awards creates a unique "free tuition" program to cover the rich or poor.

For more information call Joe Huff at 409-944-1302.