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Galveston College
Board of Regents
by Garrett Bryce
Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Galveston College Board of Regents on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve the first phase of renovations for the college's new vocational-technical training center facility.

The college will spend $47,458 for renovations to a section of the facility, which was formerly the a Ford car dealership in Galveston.  The college will also spend $28,515 for communication and security improvements at the center.  According to Galveston College Spokesperson Joe Huff, the college plans to offer non-credit, continuing education courses in HVAC and Industrial Systems programs during the summer, with credit courses beginning in the fall semester.  The courses will be held in the renovated section of the center.

The college board voted to name the new vocational-technical training center as the "Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Vocational-Technical Training Center" upon its completion. Press Release

The Charlie Thomas family had owned the property purchased by the college for the new center.

"Whereas the seller of the property, located at 7626 Broadway in Galveston, Texas, most generously agreed to sell the property for a very reasonable cash amount, with a donation to be given to Galveston College for the difference of the cash amount and its appraised value," said the resolution to name the facility.

The college board voted to approve a $74,000 contract with Cobb Fendler & Associates, Inc. for architectural and engineering services for Phase I and Phase II of the renovation of the technical center.

The college board voted to appoint William Fielhauer as the college's director of industrial systems.

The college board voted to appoint a committee to nominate board officers for the 2010-2012 term.  Regents Carroll Sunseri, Paul Cunningham and Carl Kelly were named to the committee.

The college board voted to offer two new certificate and degree programs.  The college will offer programs in Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship and Computer Networking/Cyber-Security Technology.

The college board voted to approve the addition of course fees for the two new programs.

The college board voted to adopt a resolution of gratitude to Regent F.A. "Andy" Odom for his service as a regent.  Odom has served on the board of regents since 1988.  He did not file for re-election this year, and will officially end his term on May 10.

"It was a pleasure to have served on the board of regents," Odom said. "And as I depart, I believe that with the new buildings and the recovery of students after the hurricane, that Galveston College has more going for it now than ever before."

The college board voted to approve nominations for the Association of Community College Trustees awards.  The board nominated Carla Biggers, secretary to the president, for the Professional Board Staff Member Award; College President Dr. Myles Shelton for the Chief Executive Officer Award; Regent Carl Kelly for the Equity Award; and Regent Dr. Paul Cunningham for the Trustee Leadership Award.

All items were approved.  All votes were unanimous with Regents Greg Roof and Ross Novelli absent.  Agenda

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