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Women in welding a soaring trend

For Jamie Lewton, 31, of Texas City, a newspaper article changed everything. more »

For COM LVN students of the year, loss inspires compassion

Hospitals formed the backdrop of much of Stephanie Macaluso’s life. more »

COM partnership with Head Start fosters lifelong readers

For children in Hitchcock Head Start this year, college preparation begins with a 32-page book “The Little Pink Pup.” more »

COM students collect for Toys for Tots

College of the Mainland students and employees donated five overflowing boxes of new toys to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation during the holiday drive. more »

A smooth path: COM College Connections advisors now at high schools

Santa Fe High School senior Austen Belzer knows exactly what he wants to do after graduation: law enforcement. more »

Kemah Garden Club donates $1,000 for COM conservation projects

Reading a Galveston Daily News article on the College of the Mainland Biology Club’s nature conservation projects inspired the Kemah-Bay Area Garden Club to get involved. more »

Dual credit students graduate ready for workforce

A shower of sparks flies as Grant Dominy, 16, welds the pieces of a trailer together. more »

COM former student mentors minorities at Stanford University

Andrew Edoimioya has not yet graduated from Stanford University, but already he is recruiting students for higher education. more »

COM inducts 26 in honor society

Uniting students in service and scholarship, the College of the Mainland chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa National Community College Honor Society recently inducted 26 new members. more »

Ice Land internship gives COM student real-world experience

For Hector Villalobos, making the neon lights and majestic sculptures at Ice Land at Moody Gardens come to life for a 14x48-foot billboard is just part of a day’s work.  more »

COM volleyball champions announced

After a semester of tough competition, two College of the Mainland community volleyball leagues teams triumphed. more »

New continuing education classes open for registration

En garde! Join a new COM Continuing Education class, now open for registration at, from physical therapy assistant to fencing. more »

Celebrate the season with free COM concerts

Ring in the season in a jazz style with concerts Dec. 11 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the College of the Mainland Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. more »

Gang violence examined in winning speech

Craving respect and belonging, some members of Ashley Valdez’s family turned to gangs. more »

COM Senior Adult Program relaunches as 50 Plus Program

50 is the new 55. The College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program is proud to announce its change to the 50 Plus Program. Classes, trips and lectures are now open to ages 50 and older at a nominal cost. more »

Extended travel trips return to COM

Explore the towering Canadian Rockies and rustic New England trails in two College of the Mainland Lifelong Learning Program trips, open to adults of all ages. more »

No-cost Incident Command System classes at COM

Emergencies arise at a moment’s notice, and free Incident Command System (ICS) classes at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute will train personnel in government and private agencies in how to use ICS coordinate their responses. more »

Words That Changed History Contest honors finalists

Four students championed equality - of genders, races and sexes - during College of the Mainland's second annual Words That Changed History Contest. more »

No-cost safety class on proposed OSHA rule

As the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has proposed a new rule for respirable crystalline silica, the Center for Risk Management will host a no-cost class explaining the rule’s effects on industry. more »

COM grads on duty at Galveston Fire Department

Five new battalion chiefs of the Galveston Fire Department are ready for the call of duty – and four are College of the Mainland graduates.  more »

Stroke gives businessman second chance in education

A self-made businessman with only a sixth-grade education, Martin Rubio rose from a dishwasher to restaurant owner after immigrating to the United States. more »

Sandwiches, skylines and sketches win in COM student show

An intricate drawing, a Manhattan skyline shot in all its grandeur and a ceramic sandwich looking almost ready to eat earned top honors in the annual College of the Mainland Student Art Show displayed through Dec. 2.  more »

EKGs' accuracy analyzed in first COM honors project

For cardiology technician Josie Howell, reading the wavy lines of heart monitors inspired an honors project. more »

COM Child Development Program launches “flipped” classes

Two students rap while another adds the backbeat: “This is how we do it … teacher accountability and parent involvement.”  more »

International artist to lecture at COM gallery

The public is invited to a free art lecture by international artist Grace Ndiritu Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at Fine Arts Building room 133. more »

COM celebrates four generations of veterans

Standing tall to represent a generation’s sacrifice – during World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War and the war in Iraq and Afghanistan – four veterans were recognized Nov. 10 during College of the Mainland’s Veterans Day memorial. more »

Free jazz concert at COM

A fanfare of percussion, woodwinds and brass will ring out during a free performance by the College of the Mainland Concert Band Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. more »

Mock interviews with industry managers prepare COM students for workforce

“You’ve been in school for a long time, tell me about a problem you’ve loved to solve.” During mock interviews, professionals from ExxonMobil, Shell, Ineos and Marathon pose the questions that they would ask a potential hire to College of the Mainland process technology students. more »

Free Pregnancy and Prenatal Care Fair

The College of the Mainland So Psyched Club, partnering with the nonprofit Pregnancy and Parenting Support Center in Texas City, will offer a free fair for parents and soon-to-be parents Nov. 18 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the COM Breezeway. more »

Geology students share lessons from abroad

Students and professors traveling on the COM Study Abroad Program to Canada this summer will share their experiences Nov. 13 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Learning Resources Center. more »

United Way to benefit from COM online auction

COM's annual United Way drive is continuing full speed ahead with an auction of baskets from fall flair to a complete place setting for an elegant Thanksgiving dinner.  more »

Laughs and thrills in COM’s Arsenic and Old Lace

The setting is two spinsters’ bright, cozy, 1940s living room but the “lonely” bachelors lured with promises of a homemade meal never suspect arsenic in the wine.  more »

A safe space: COM launches Veterans Center

Rolanda Hill Roberts could proudly point to many accomplishments: serving in the Army, raising two children and working 13 years in banking. One goal eluded her: completing college. more »

Nursing fair open to public

Discover how COM’s nursing programs can help you achieve your goals during a presentation Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. in the COM Technical-Vocational Building Room 1101. more »

COM celebrates four generations of veterans Nov. 10

Representatives of four generations of veterans – World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War and the war in Iraq and Afghanistan – will be honored during College of the Mainland’s Veterans Day event Nov. 10 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center. more »

Free professional classes on leadership, medical safety at COM

Success starts with supervisors. The Center for Risk Management will host two classes at no charge for leaders and safety professionals at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute: “The 8 Attributes of Character Defined in Great Leaders” on Nov. 7 and “Medical Surveillance” Nov. 21.  more »

Free Monster Musick concert at COM

Eerie theme songs and dissonant chords will fill the air during the 10th annual Monster Musick, a free Halloween concert at College of the Mainland at 8 p.m. Oct. 30. more »

COM recertified as Achieving the Dream Leader College

Nearly one half of all students seeking higher education choose a community college, but when life intervenes, fewer than half finish what they start.  more »

$347,210 in equipment to boost COM mechanical program

Five mills, three lathes, rigging equipment and more add up to $347,210 in new equipment for College of the Mainland students training to become mechanical maintenance technicians.  more »

Science Teachers Institute reveals career possibilities

Science experiments, career overviews and a chemical plant tour demonstrated job opportunities for high school teachers’ students during a four-day workshop hosted by Harris County Department of Education and sponsored by the Texas Chemical Council.  more »

Fast-track to a career with COM’s Real Estate Academy

Prepare for a rewarding career in as few as 10 weeks with COM’s fast-track Real Estate Academy. more »

Walk to End Alzheimer’s names COM Quack Pack a top team

Converging on Stewart Beach Oct. 11, the College of the Mainland Quack Pack, made up of COM students, staff and friends 170 strong, became the top company team during the Galveston Walk to End Alzheimer’s – raising $9,7830 to search for a cure.  more »

COM Art Gallery call for entries

The annual College of the Mainland Student Art Show is open for entries from students enrolled at COM any time in 2014. Photography, 2-D and 3-D works must be delivered Oct. 20-23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the COM Art Gallery. more »

COM employees donate Box Tops for Education

A total of 1,100 box tops – snipped from cereal cartons, pizza packages and yogurt containers – will help provide supplies for students at R.J. Wollam Elementary School in Santa Fe.  more »

Comet the Duck rallying point at local schools, parades

Though few know her name, Autumn Mason is famous around town – She’s the dynamo behind (or inside) College of the Mainland’s mascot, Comet the Duck. Going to local schools, games and events, she perfectly embodies the role that even her first syllable foreshadowed. more »

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: Spotlight on Spain

A land basking in the Mediterranean sun and sea breeze, Spain is the focus of this year’s College of the Mainland Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.  more »

Free jazz concert at COM Oct. 14

The College of the Mainland Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble will flit from the blues to Bossa Nova to ballad to bop during a free concert Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the College of the Mainland Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. more »

Geology seminar open to public

While GPS technology can help us navigate from A to B, student researchers at University of Houston are using it to monitor geological shifts in the ground. Ground shifts may be related a natural sinking of land over long periods of time.  more »

Picture This contest open for entries

The Picture This: Student Photo Contest is your chance to win cash prizes and have your photos displayed on campus. more »

Construction safety fair launched by GCSI

Each year construction workers are fatally injured primarily by four dangers – being struck by an object, being caught between objects, electrocutions and falls.  more »

COM students raise $1,200 for nonprofits

Attracting dozens of color-soaked runners, the second College of the Mainland 5K Color Course raised $1,200 for the nonprofits Dog Dynasty in Santa Fe and the Pregnancy and Parenting Support Center in Texas City. more »

COM alum helping create apps for nonprofits

Wonder which plants survive blistering Gulf Coast heat? An app could help with that. more »

Students discover their power at COM Make a Difference Day

At College of the Mainland’s first Make a Difference Day, students learned how their actions can impact the community by working with 13 nonprofit organizations.  more »

Free accident investigation and environmental classes offered

The Center for Risk Management will host two free classes at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute in October: Advanced Accident Investigation Oct. 3 and Environmental Waste Management Oct. 17. more »

COM Foundation gala grosses $100K for scholarships

In a record-breaking gala Sept. 19 at Tuscan Courtyard in Texas City, College of the Mainland Foundation grossed more than $102,000 to help students reach their career and educational goals.  more »

COM to host PTEC, safety program open house

As petrochemical and chemical industries expand and hire new workers, College of the Mainland will host a spotlight event on the Process Technology and Occupational Safety and Health Technology Programs Sept. 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Technical-Vocational Building, Room 1555. more »

Student conquers math, earns high school diploma after 20 years

For two decades one missing class – math – kept Greg Colburn from receiving his high school diploma. more »

COM fifth in nation in science technology graduates

COM ranks fifth in the nation in the number of degrees awarded in science technologies/technicians in 2013, according to a recent report by magazine Community College Week.  more »

COM firearms training center dedicated to Lem Powell

In a room filled with people whose lives he touched, the late Lemuel “Lem” Powell was remembered Sept. 18 with the naming of the College of the Mainland firing range in his honor. more »

COM police chief Carr retires after 11 years

After 11 dedicated years as College of the Mainland chief of police, E.W. “Butch” Carr is retiring.  more »

COM Foundation awards scholarships

A total of 91 students are closer to pursuing their dreams thanks to College of the Mainland Foundation scholarships, awarded this fall.  more »

Houston Texan J.J. Moses visits COM

Sharing his story of through tenacity and hard work becoming the shortest player in the NFL, Houston Texan J.J. Moses encouraged College of the Mainland students and family members to pursue their dreams Sept. 13 during COM’s second annual Family Day. more »

COM firing range will be renamed to honor Lem Powell

Remembered by friends, family and co-workers as generous, friendly and a wealth of knowledge, the late Lemuel “Lem” Powell, former range master for College of the Mainland, will be honored with the renaming of the COM firing range in his memory. more »

COM group supplies La Marque teachers for new year

On Sept. 3, members of the College of the Mainland employee group COMPeers delivered donated school supplies to La Marque Independent School District. more »

New Stephen King resource includes chapter by COM professor

Suspense building on each page, Stephen King’s works captivate readers, students and educators. more »

“Greater Tuna” a very Texan production at COM Community Theatre

Meet the eclectic inhabitants of Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas, in the fast-paced comedy “Greater Tuna” at the College of the Mainland Community Theatre Sept. 11-28. more »

Mexican artist offers look at life at COM gallery

Fire colors and vivid brush strokes illuminate the works in College of the Mainland’s newest exhibit “NUU SA DAKAÍ: A People That Paints” on display at the COM Art Gallery Sept. 8 to Oct. 8.  more »

COM Family Day combines magic and classes

Magic science shows, moon bounces and J.J. Moses are on the menu at College of the Mainland’s free, second annual Family Day Sept. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m more »

Tree dedicated in honor of COM student killed in car accident

Remembered by those who knew him as happy, intelligent and outgoing, Blake Ingles died in a car accident Nov. 28, 2007, less than a month before his 17th birthday.  more »

Free Incident Command System classes at COM

Emergencies arise at a moment’s notice, and the free Incident Command System (ICS) classes at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute will train personnel in government and private agencies in how to use ICS to coordinate their responses. more »

Hitchcock dual credit student triumphs in first COM debate camp

A first debate tournament was a win for 16-year-old Drager Landry, a College of the Mainland dual credit student from Hitchcock High School. more »

Fast-track to jobs with physical therapy aide course

After graduating from the College of the Mainland Physical Therapy Aide Program, Monica Fischer found job searching to be a swift process. more »

New COM scholarships will be funded thanks to Del Papa and local businesses

In a post-recession economy, individuals flock to community colleges to continue their education or to re-career, but many face gaps in funding even after receiving federal financial aid. more »

STEM scholarships available to COM students

As job opportunities explode in technology and health care fields, students can apply for $2,500 scholarships to study for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), safety or health care at College of the Mainland. more »

Student diabetes-free after COM class

For College of the Mainland student Holly Napoli, a required course became life changing. more »

Enter rapidly growing field with COM pharmacy technician program

They dispense medicine, advice and compassion. Forming an integral part of the health care system, pharmacy technicians provide expertise and skill, working under licensed pharmacists. more »

INEOS hires COM students before graduation

Lupe Camacho is at the top of his class – and hired. more »

Memorial bench dedicated at COM

An avid walker who loved the ducks circling the lake at College of the Mainland, the late Alice Campbell was honored Monday with a lakeside bench inscribed with her name. more »

Women from shelter treated to makeovers at COM salon

Just one day of pampering can transform someone's look - and outlook. more »

COM students win ExxonMobil scholarship

Preparing to launch careers in the growing petrochemical industry, four College of the Mainland students were awarded scholarships from the ExxonMobil Community College Petrochemical Initiative. more »

Free lunch and learn on temporary worker safety

Often overlooked, the safety of temporary staff is the responsibility of both employers and temporary staffing agencies. more »

Students stay sharp in Upward Bound Summer Program

Summer has come, but class is not out for students in the College of the Mainland Upward Bound Program. more »

COM scholarship to honor Grover Salsbury

Grover Salsbury, a man dedicated to the community, family and friends, had one focus in the last year of his life – endowing the College of the Mainland scholarship to honor his late wife of 50 years, Ada Faye.  more »

Students study volcanoes, glaciers and craters in Canada

Hearing the rushing of waterfalls, hiking to craggy pinnacles and discovering fossils were among unforgettable opportunities for six College of the Mainland students on a study abroad trip to Canada. more »

Quilt wins best in show at COM Senior Adult Program exhibit

As a gift for her first granddaughter, born weighing only 4 pounds, 3 ounces, Gloria Matlage stitched a quilt of textured prints in black, white and crimson. The striking quilt, “Adi's Blanket of Love,” won best in show in the College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program art exhibit on display at the COM Art Gallery through Aug. 21. more »

Soccer camp a hit with youth

Speed, agility and conditioning were just a few of the skills that 8 to 15-year-olds learned in College of the Mainland’s weeklong soccer camp. more »

COM choirs tour Ireland

Ethereal Celtic ballads and upbeat American tunes danced in tandem during the College of the Mainland Chorale and Mainland Singers’ performances in conjunction with local choirs in Ireland. more »

TWC awards $4.5 million for adult education center

A new two-year Texas Workforce Commission contract for $4.5 million granted to the Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL) in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas AM University will provide new resources for educators of GED preparation and English as a second language classes for adults across the state. more »

COM volunteers help finish Habitat for Humanity home

Aug. 2 is a day emblazoned on Janelle Thewett’s calendar – the day she receives the keys to her new home. more »

COM Child Development and Education Offers Free Training

COM Child Development and Education will provide a free training for current or future child care workers Aug. 5 from 1-2 p.m. in the Technical-Vocational Building Room 1101. more »

Music classes and ensembles open at COM

Pursue a lifelong interest or explore a new passion with College of the Mainland’s personalized music classes, open this fall to continuing education and degree-seeking students alike.  more »

Beating addiction, COM student graduates

For years Melanie Lauret followed in her family’s pattern of drugs, alcohol and addiction – a legacy she didn’t want.  more »

Texas City Small Business Week Kickoff at COM

Discover the businesses at your backdoor. more »

A COM music graduate shares his story

Matthew Crawford came to College of the Mainland two decades ago and now lives and performs in New York. more »

COM alum constructs art around unique spaces

For Karen Brasier, any space – whether a rusted chain-link fence or a converted refrigerator – presents a potential canvas for art. more »

Mayhem abounds in COM Community Theatre’s “9 to 5: The Musical”

In the musical comedy “9 to 5,” showing at College of the Mainland Community Theatre July 17 to Aug. 10, a frazzled employee, hesitant newcomer and harassed secretary join forces to turn the tables on their boss.  more »

Senior adults reveal talent at COM gallery

Juxtaposing vivid floral paintings with intricate black-and-white drawings and translucent glass with dark brocade, the latest exhibit in the College of the Mainland Art Gallery exclusively features art created by students in the COM Senior Adult Program. more »

Networking class prepares students for jobs even before COM graduation

Fascinated by electronics, Michael Orlando has pieced together computers since he was a teen, but to gain a job in the information technology field he wanted credentials.  more »

Four COM alum collaborate at Texas City salon

For Brenda Valles, Beth Darden and Chad Thomas the camaraderie found in the College of the Mainland Cosmetology Program didn’t end at graduation. more »

Athletics, academics and arts collide in high school event at COM

At the seventh annual Gulf Coast Upward Bound Bowl June 27 at College of the Mainland, high school students converged for challenging competitions in academics, arts and athletics. more »

Students debut artwork at COM

Three young artists are unveiling their work at the College of the Mainland Art Gallery exhibit through July 10 “Awakening.”  more »

COM’s Nursing Program open for enrollment

Prepare for a life-saving career as a registered nurse in College of the Mainland’s Associate Degree Nursing Program, open for applications for the spring 2015 semester through Aug. 15 at 5 p.m.  more »

Post-apocalyptic lit class open this fall

Worlds collide and universes collapse in the novels and films explored in College of the Mainland’s Post-Apocalyptic Lit course, back by popular demand this fall.  more »

Student first to finish 16-week math course in 5

While serving in the Navy, Marcus Sauceda, of Texas City, viewed first-hand the myriad of opportunities open to those with an education. more »

In-demand welders find jobs before graduation

For Keith Harrington, a fresh start took just 12 weeks. more »

COM fall registration begins

Begin your pathway to success this fall with College of the Mainland’s associate degree and certificate program classes, now open for registration. more »

Texas City High School student awarded Logical Innovations Scholarship

A determined student, Texas City High School senior Edgar Salinas keeps up with class assignments while working 38 hours per week at a restaurant to provide for himself and his family. more »

COM receives energy award

College of the Mainland was recently presented with the Award for Energy Stewardship for saving enough energy in 15 months to effectively plant more than 53,744 trees. more »

COM professor inducted into PTK Hall of Honor

Heather Brasher once preferred harmonies and melodies to beakers and test tubes. After she discovered her passion in a College of the Mainland biology class, the music student changed her major to science. more »

COM to host emergency planning workshop

Emergency situations can happen at any time. Learn to effectively plan for incidents in a free Center for Risk Management workshop. more »

Basic Peace Officer Academy enrolling

Prepare for a career of public service in COM's Basic Peace Officer Academy. more »

Air quality inspectors become process technicians at COM training

Each class is different for Pete Rygaard, who has taught process technology at College of the Mainland for more than 40 years while employed at Union Carbide for 50. more »

COM Foundation gala to honor Doyle family

Rarely has one family given so much to a community. more »

COM honor society recognized for service

At the recent Phi Theta Kappa regional convention, College of the Mainland’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national community college honor society, was recognized for its service and named a Five Star Chapter for the 17th consecutive year. more »

“Reality Town” at COM gives students sample of real world

Jalessa Jacob’s eyes shift questioningly from the cost of potential housing to her monthly income. “Can I live with my parents?” she asks. more »

Student story contest winner announced

"I want to inspire students the same way Mrs. Henderson inspired me," says student story contest winner Joseph Riley. more »

Aspiring nurse named CHS valedictorian

When she first enrolled in College of the Mainland's Collegiate High School (CHS), Brooke Bartholomew had her fair share of doubts.  more »

Why community college students are pledging to finish their degrees

Each year thousands of students drop out of community colleges across the nation. More than half will never return. At College of the Mainland recently, 85 students committed to reverse that trend. During Community College Completion Corps day, they inked their names to pledges to finish their degree or certificate. more »

COM employees raise $1,020 to launch scholarship

A College of the Mainland employee group raised more than $1,000 to launch a 2014 scholarship for a student dedicated to community service. more »

COM students show off sharks and specimens at Bay Day

Dogfish sharks and other denizens of the deep sparked children and parents’ curiosity at the Galveston Bay Foundation’s Bay Day Festival at Kemah Boardwalk. more »

COM Peace Officer Academy graduates 30

The streets are now a little bit safer thanks to a few new graduates.  more »

New face of Taco Bell is COM dual credit student

Cameron Erskin views each critic’s cry of “you can’t” as a challenge.  more »

Comedian in the classroom: Student inspires classmates at COM

Former juvenile parole officer and comedian are roles not often combined in one person. more »

Last original COM faculty member retires after 47 years

Dr. Manuel Urbina, College of the Mainland’s last original faculty member hired when the college opened its doors in 1967, will retire this year from the institution he helped shape. more »

COM volleyball league champions crowned

Twelve teams came to win, but only two emerged victorious.  more »

Nursing students win awards

Empathy, endurance, patience and dedication are just some of the qualities demonstrated by Marcella Brizuela, Sandra Fields, Kelli Thompson, and Rachel Witte, winners of College of the Mainland's (COM) nursing student awards.  more »

COM ECG students pass national exam

Several students are now ready to begin their careers in medicine.  more »

COM partners with NAMI, Gulf Coast Center to spotlight mental health

Bullying, mental health and opportunities for those with disabilities were spotlighted when the Gulf Coast Center (GCC) and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Gulf Coast partnered to offer the Pursuit of Wellness and Recovery for Youth Conference, at College of the Mainland (COM) Friday, May 9. more »

COM recognizes top Fire Academy grads

Commitment, integrity, determination, and bravery are just some of the words that can be used to describe the 2014 graduates of the College of the Mainland (COM) Fire Academy, recently honored at a commencement ceremony held Friday, May 9.  more »

COM Peace Officer Graduation to be held May 23

A new class of graduates will soon be ready to answer the call of duty.  more »

Medical Assistant Program offers fast-track to career

Prospective students looking to jump start a career in medicine are encouraged to apply for College of the Mainlaind's (COM) one-year Medical Assistant program.  more »

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