Scholarship recipient first in family to get degree
For Marcus Garcia, of Texas City, a scholarship made the difference between his staying in college or dropping out.
Tour the world with COM 50 Plus Program
Ride the rails in California or hop a riverboat in Europe with two upcoming trips with the College of the Mainland 50 Plus Program. Adults of any age can join breathtaking excursions along the California coast or Danube River.
How to transfer: students share
Most students get first-day jitters transferring from a community college to a university. It’s a popular choice though – 70 percent of recent Texas bachelor’s degree earners started at a community college, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
Tree dedicated to lifelong educator breaking boundaries
College of the Mainland Cameryn Tam hopes to run for political office and found inspiration in an educator elected to the College of the Mainland board of trustees for 34 years – Bennie Matthews.
Sword fights and shenanigans in comedy "Moon Over Buffalo”
Pratfalls, slammed doors and shenanigans abound in College of the Mainland’s production of “Moon Over Buffalo” March 23 to April 9.
Make workplace safe with OSHA construction courses
Individuals can prepare to enter industry or to expand their skills with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-hour construction industry safety courses at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute.
Free Prelude to Europe Concert
Sounds of the centuries soar in College of the Mainland’s Prelude to Europe Concert March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church.
Women’s History Month: Honoring trailblazers
In honor of women’s history month, the college will host several talks as trend-setting career women share their stories, setbacks and successes.
COM student performs with Galveston Symphony Orchestra
Deftly switching between notes dramatic and playful, College of the Mainland piano student Greta Glasscock accompanied the Galveston Symphony Orchestra’s Feb. 19 performance.
Loss leads to art
Surreal scenes in grays take center stage in Ashley Whitt’s exhibit “The Haunted Mind” on display from March 8 to April 12 at the College of the Mainland Art Gallery.
Space Center Orthodontics donates for scholarships
Space Center Orthodontics has donated $400 for College of the Mainland student scholarships as part of the company’s Partners in Education Initiative.
How COM helps companies train their employees for free
A grant at College of the Mainland provides free technical training for those who qualify, and a Galveston-based electric company One Eleven Electric is taking advantage of it.
Marathon donates $16,000 for COM students
Continuing a longstanding partnership, Marathon has donated $16,000 to provide College of the Mainland students with tuition assistance and upgraded supplies.
Director ensures students' technology needs are met
Supporting students with technology for 21 years, Janis Cutaia oversees COM distance education, instructional labs and media services.
17-year-old earns degree, helps publish art magazine
At 17, Sky Mejias has completed an associate degree at College of the Mainland (one semester ahead of schedule) and recently added another accomplishment to her list – her first publication.
Free accident prevention classes at GCSI
How much do workplace accidents cost? Workers compensation costs for workplace injuries and illnesses cost employers in 2006 an estimated $48.6 billion, according to the American Society of Safety Engineers.
COM LVN program ranked in top 20 in Texas
At 17, Jael Rivera watched as her grandmother had a massive heart attack.
Students get free job training with COM grant
For Aziz Sanders, it was job security. For John Aumiller it was a career change. Both found what they were looking for through a College of the Mainland grant program that pays for training to help the under-employed and un-employed find work quickly.
Showing students the world
Like any great storyteller, English professor Bernie Smiley sets the stage.
Power lifter and professor: Esther Odamah
Working on a doctorate, teaching and volunteering are just a few of the things COM psychology professor Esther Odamah stays busy with. This year she’s also training in competitive powerlifting and shot put.
What I learned in dual credit classes
Dual credit classes let students simultaneously earn college and high school credit, saving time and money. Four students shared their experiences in dual credit classes and how to succeed in them.
Stink bugs, jello and you in biology for non-majors courses
A freshwater fish flopped in cold water as student Irwin Hernandez recorded his findings.
Caregiver, honors graduate, mom
In 2004 Jennifer Ausmus was expecting healthy twins and had a successful career in the aerospace industry.
Microbiology mini-grant funds "virus hunter" lab
A dozen College of the Mainland students peer into microscopes. Inside each petri dish of neighborhood pond water lurk myriad viruses and bacteria.
The other side of health care
While often doctors and nurses are the most visible health care professionals, many others work behind the scenes.