Galveston College graduates Christina Treviño, left, and Brittany Diaz supported and inspired each other to pursue a higher education. Both students graduated Galveston College with associate degrees in Medical Administration and bachelor’s degrees in Healthcare Management.

Working and going to school can be a challenge, but Galveston College graduates Brittany Diaz and Christina Treviño discovered how a little mutual support can go a long way on their path to academic and career success.

Diaz and Treviño worked together as laboratory assistants in sample management for laboratory services at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston since 2013. Diaz began Galveston College’s Medical Administration program in fall 2016 and inspired Treviño to enter the program in fall 2017. Both students completed the program and earned their associate degrees in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

The two work colleagues formed a solid friendship during the first part of their journey in pursuit of a higher education that led them to complete their associate degree by inspiring each other to stay focused and on track professionally and academically. Together, they decided to continue their educational pathway by enrolling in the first cohort of Galveston College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management program.

“We understand each other’s struggles because we are continuing our education together,” said Diaz.

Despite the challenges in balancing work and school, as well as life’s hectic pace, both students always looked forward to attending class and highlighted the support they received at Galveston College from the instructors and advisors.

“This pair of students know that nothing worth having comes easy,” said Galveston College Medical Administration Program Director, Donna Swartz. “They are a model for future students.”

Swartz is not surprised that Diaz and Treviño remain committed to their academic pursuits and has high expectations for their future success beyond Galveston College.

After graduating from Galveston College with their bachelor’s degrees, Diaz and Treviño enrolled together at Western Governor’s University to pursue a Master of Business Administration. The duo anticipate completing their graduate studies in summer 2022.

For more information about Galveston College or how to register for summer and/or fall classes, call 409-944-4242 or visit


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