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Over one hundred students and teachers from Alvin Independent School District’s 21st Century program recently visited Galveston College for a campus tour. At the completion of the tour, a group picture was taken beneath the historic South Jetty lighthouse cupola of Beacon Square, located on the College campus at the corner of 39th Street and Avenue Q.

Galveston College’s Second Summer Session Starts Today

Classes for Galveston College’s second summer session start today. Late registration continues from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 12. For more information, call 409-944-4242.

2011 Fall Classes

Early registration for the 2011 fall Semester continues. Registration is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. General Registration will be held August 22-27 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, August 26, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 27. The first day of class for the 2011 Fall semester is August 29.

Universal Access Available

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 semester 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 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 will enter its 45th year of service to the community, and will be recruiting students for its 2011 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 that students may pursue short-term training programs such as dental assisting, nurse assistant, and welding for example.

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 available to students of any income level. 

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

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is MANDATORY for all first time, full time students that have registered for credit classes. Students may choose an orientation session from any one of times shown below:

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 10 a.m.
Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 3 p.m.
Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 9 a.m.
Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 27th, 2011 at 9 a.m.
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 at 9 a.m.

Orientation sessions provide student with information on the many services available at Galveston College. In addition, students are also able to register early for courses and take the Compass® placement examination (valid picture I.D. REQUIRED) free of charge at the conclusion of each session.  All orientation sessions will be held in The Cheney Student Center, Seibel Wing.  Visit for more information and to sign up for a session call (409)944-1220 or email the Coordinator of Student Activities, Araceli Lopez at

Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Aid program

Whether it’s tending to a health care bill or a sudden reduction in work hours, unexpected financial crises contributes to high rates of attention among community college students. They also impact college completion rates, ultimately hurting a student’s chance of securing a better financial future.

Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Aid program at Galveston College is designed to help students avoid dropping out of school when faced with unforeseen financial difficulties.

During the first two years of the program, Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Aid program at Galveston College provided $132,584 in total assistance to 304 students, with an average award of $529 per student.

Dreamkeepers has helped ease student worries about housing, food and utilities, tuition and books, transportation, childcare and medical needs, allowing students faced with sudden financial obstacles to focus their energy on their education.

Since the program’s inception, 83% of Galveston College Dreamkeepers participants were able to continue with classes after receiving an award.

• 68 % Remained Enrolled
• 15% Have Graduated

If they hadn’t received emergency financial assistance from Dreamkeepers, many of these students would have been forced to drop out of college due to unpredicted monetary circumstances.

Make a dream come true.

You can help Galveston College students hold onto their dream of staying in school by giving to Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Aid program. Contributions are payable to Galveston College Foundation and are tax deductible.

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