GALVESTON — The Galveston ISD Educational Foundation was recently awarded $25,000 from the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund to further CTE-Diesel Mechanic education at Ball High School.

The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund started in 1946 when family members created the Galveston Fund. It was their belief that money should be set aside to help those in Galveston so that when the need arose, there would be a vehicle to attend to those in need. 

The funds will provide Ball High School with two diesel simulators. This grant will also allow the district to offer CTE dual credit and CE opportunities from Galveston College and to help offset those costs to students who chose diesel mechanics, electrical/instrumentation and HVAC/R related fields.

“We are very grateful for the generosity bestowed upon our CTE programs by the Kempner Fund and the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation,” said Eric Paul, district coordinator for Ball High School’s CTE Program. “We look forward to expanding an already strong relationship with Galveston College on this endeavor. We are quite grateful for their shared vision and investment in our CTE programs and in our students’ opportunities to start college early in order to be better prepared for the work force of tomorrow.”

Eliza Quigley, executive director of the educational foundation, said: ““After hearing about the CTE program and working with Mr. Paul, we began to see a discrepancy between other programs at BHS that opened doors to industry and mentoring, that CTE students did not also have. We wanted to assist these CTE students to bridge that gap, and give them the same opportunities as other students within BHS. This is one step in telling the story of this fantastic program and to give its students the opportunity to succeed in their professions. The Kempner Fund grant is directly attached to these efforts and these projected outcomes; that students will gain exposure, internships, education in their field of choice and be gainfully employed at the end of their high school and/or college careers.”

For information on GEF, visit www.galves tonedfoundation.org or call 409-766-5157.

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