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Apply to study in Canada free with grant

This summer the Canadian coast will become students’ science lab. A new program will let COM students apply to take a biology or geology class for three weeks at COM and then travel for two weeks of field work in Canada. more »

Renaissance rock and Jimi Hendrix mesh in COM concert

Classic Bach, Beethoven and Jimi Hendrix melodies will take on a new edge in COM Guitars’ spring concert April 17 in the COM Fine Arts Building. more »

Texas City seniors shadow jobs at COM with Junior Achievement

Neon lights flicker along the sleek row of computer servers in the heart of College of the Mainland as Texas City High School students gaze at the 17-foot-long information hub.  more »

COM Fire Academy cadets to demonstrate firefighting and rescue skills

Cadets in the College of the Mainland Fire Academy will demonstrate their firefighting and rescue skills during an action-packed family night April 23 at 7 p.m. at the League City Fire Department Drill Field at 911 N. Kansas.  more »

COM grad makes Opry tour

A borrowed Garth Brooks CD ignited in Shawn Johnson, then in eighth-grade, a passion for the sound of country. more »

Prepare for hurricane season and severe weather with NWS weather-spotting course

As hurricane season approaches, learn from a National Weather Service meteorologist how to spot severe weather and how to report sightings to the National Weather Service.  more »

Eight colleges converge at COM's debate tournament

Electricity fills the air as Lance Tran, from Tulane University, and Erika Hill, from Bossier Parish Community College, battle over the statement “gluten-free food is a fad” at College of the Mainland’s recent debate tournament, co-hosted with Lee College. more »

Homecoming to launch COM alumni association

All former students, retirees and community members are invited to College of the Mainland’s second annual homecoming April 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  more »

COM Foundation relaunches under Amelang

At the first College of the Mainland Foundation meeting led by new COM Vice President for Institutional Advancement Mary Ann Amelang, members of the COM Foundation discussed how to better serve COM students and increase the number of student scholarships offered each year.  more »

COM International Festival feast for the senses

Join the panoply of nations April 4 from 6-9 p.m. in the COM Gym. At this free event, participants can sample foods from around the world and enjoy diverse entertainment. more »

COM Career Fair welcomes businesses, job seekers

Job seekers are invited to bring their resumes to College of the Mainland’s annual career fair April 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the COM Student Center. There is no charge to attend.  more »

Enjoy an Evening of Jazz at Texas City High School

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the COM Jazz Ensemble, Texas City High School Jazz Band and Blocker Middle School Jazz Band will put on a show April 5 at 6 p.m. in the Texas City High School Auditorium. more »

Millsap named VP for instruction

The College of the Mainland board of trustees has approved Pam Millsap, COM dean of general education programs, as the new vice president for instruction. more »

Book signing with Galveston author at COM April 2

College of the Mainland will host a book signing with Amanda Albright Still, author of “The Galveston Hurricane Mystery Series,” April 2 from 1-3 p.m. at the COM Learning Center-Delmar located at 1130 Delmar in La Marque. more »

COM honor society inducts 28

A total of 28 students participated in the spring induction ceremony of Phi Theta Kappa, the national community college honor society, at College of the Mainland.  more »

A man for all football seasons: COM's "Lombardi" profiles the legendary coach

The story of the man who stalked the sidelines springs to life in College of the Mainland Community Theatre's "Lombardi," running March 27 to April 13. Based on the biography "When Pride Still Mattered" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss, the play traces the legendary coach's life and career and explores the mysteries within. more »

Homecoming to launch COM alumni association

All former students, retirees and community members are invited to College of the Mainland’s second annual homecoming April 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. more »

COM Vocal Arts to present a preview concert of Ireland tour

A celebration of the best of American music by College of the Mainland Vocal Arts will be held April 4 at 7 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Texas City. more »

Student passionate about service, nursing assisted by scholarship

Waiting in eager anticipation in the Texas City High School Auditorium, Monique Wylie heard her name boom over the microphone as the winner of the Danny Boswell scholarship. more »

ExxonMobil expands support for workforce training to $1 million

ExxonMobil is committing an additional $500,000 in financial support to expand its commitment to $1 million for the Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI), which seeks to train students for high-skill, high-demand jobs in the petrochemical industry. more »

COM employees donate to Heights Elementary

Small actions added up to a big difference as College of the Mainland employees donated 500 Box Tops for Education and 100 Labels for Education to Heights Elementary in Texas City. more »

COM Debate Team Sweeps Top Community College Honors

Continuing a four-tournament winning streak, College of the Mainland was recognized as the top community college in the sixth annual Eddy Shell Invitational Debate Tournament hosted by Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, La. more »

National Science Foundation video stars COM students

Two College of the Mainland process technology students shared their stories and college experiences in a recent National Science Foundation-funded video shoot at COM. The Spanish-language video is part of NSF's Advanced Technological Education program and designed to motivate students to enter the burgeoning field. more »

Fast-track classes shortcut to success

Coming to College of the Mainland after several years out of college, Quincy Jones’ nemesis was not juggling two jobs and a full load of classes. For him, like many other students, the challenge was scoring high enough on the placement exam to enter college algebra, a required class. more »

Island magic takes center stage at COM students’ Galveston art show

Quintessential Galveston—from creatures of the sea to Dickens on the Strand—forms the backdrop for the newest exhibit at the Galveston Art League featuring works by students in the College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program. more »

Conflict resolution workshop teaches everyday skills

Conflicts and crises, though sometimes inevitable, do not have to splinter a workplace team. Learn how to handle communication hurdles and build a more solid group in the Verbal Defense and Influence class at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute March 26-28. more »

Islamic awakening lecture hosted at COM

Dr. Laura Robson, an associate professor of Middle Eastern history at Portland State University, provided insights into the Islamic awakening to students, faculty and the community March 4.  more »

Free GCSI class on proposed workplace illness and injury prevention plan

In a moment, a workplace injury or illness can dramatically change a life. more »

COM SGA welcomes state representative District 23 candidates

The COM Student Government Association recently held roundtables with two candidate for District 23 state representative to learn more about election issues.  more »

Japan’s castles and college are destinations in COM program

A city of mountain springs and tiered, 17th-century palaces, Ogaki, Japan, offers beauty and history. This summer participants in a College of the Mainland study abroad program can discover both. more »

Saddle up and join COM and the ExxonMobil Community College Petrochemical Initiative at the rodeo

College of the Mainland, and the other eight community colleges of the ExxonMobil Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI), will be out in full force at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo March 4-23 at Reliant Park. more »

COM nursing program open for applications

Prepare for a life-saving career as a registered nurse in College of the Mainland’s Associate Degree Nursing Program, now registering through May 16 at 5 p.m. more »

COM jazz concert celebrates spring March 4

The sounds of jazz improvisation will ring out of the College of the Mainland Fine Arts Building Recital Hall on March 4 at 8 p.m. Under the direction of Sparky Koerner, the COM Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combowill perform popular hits at the spring concert, which is free and open to the public.  more »

Expert to present lecture on Islamic awakening at COM

Discover more about world events through renowned expert Laura Robson’s lecture, “The Islamic Awakening,” March 4 at 12:30 p.m. in the College of the Mainland Learning Resource Center Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. more »

Galveston landmarks, family take center stage at COM student’s exhibit

Hues of blue—from the shade of Galveston Bay to color of her niece’s eyes—sparkle in photographer Mary Ann Elliott’s latest exhibition at the Evelyn Meador Public Library in Seabrook on display through Feb. 28. more »

COM launches new scholarships for fall 2014

Cost should not keep any student from pursuing an education. In addition to offering a college education at a fraction of the cost of a university, COM is offering a variety of scholarships to ensure that all students can afford higher education. more »

COM professor named 2014 Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar

Encouraging students to excel is what Dr. Chris Allen does best. Recently the College of the Mainland biology professor received the international honor of being named a Phi Theta Kappa 2014 Faculty Scholar. more »

COM professor accompanies Molly Ringwald performance

With signature flair, trumpeter and College of the Mainland Fine Arts Department chair Sparky Koerner, along with the Brazosport Jazz Orchestra, provided the back up for actress and jazz singer Molly Ringwald in her recent Lake Jackson performance. more »

First historic speech contest open for applications

The first Words That Changed History Contest is open for applications through March 7 at 5 p.m. more »

COM student government named to regional post

Seeking to promote the cause of community college students, the Texas Junior College Student Government Association represents the more than 730,000 students enrolled at community colleges across Texas. more »

Call for papers at second COM symposium

Recognizing the inextricable link between academic research and debate, College of the Mainland’s second symposium will center on the theme “Controversy in Our Nation: Past, Present and Future.”  more »

COM senior adult students endow senior scholarship

Eager to help other seniors pursue an education, the College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program Advisory Committee has raised funds to endow a scholarship exclusively for degree or certificate-seeking adults over 55.  more »

COM named fourth in nation in science technology graduates

A just-released report by the magazine Community College Week ranked COM fourth in the nation in the number of degrees awarded in 2012 in the science technologies/technicians category.  more »

COM Collegiate High School meeting welcomes prospective students

At a meeting for prospective parents and students Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center Auditorium, attendees will discover how College of the Mainland Collegiate High School makes it possible to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree. more »

COM police academy grads earn 100 percent pass rate on state exam

Eighteen new graduates are ready to answer any call after earning a diploma from the College of the Mainland Basic Peace Officer Academy and passing the state exam on the first attempt.  more »

COM Fire Academy awards top graduates

Standing out among the 13 graduates of the College of the Mainland Fire Academy, Patrick Watson, of League City, received the Instructors Choice Award and Christopher Lescombes, of League City, garnered the Top Rung Award at the recent graduation ceremony. more »

COM theatre presents “Fascinating Rhythm: A Gershwin Celebration”

The inimitable music of the masters sparkles in the original premiere “Fascinating Rhythm: A Gershwin Celebration” playing at College of the Mainland Community Theatre now through Feb. 16.  more »

“I can’t let cancer stop me:” student prepares to graduate from COM despite diagnosis

Students opt to take College of the Mainland courses online for many reasons—family responsibilities, traveling, jobs. Janie Torres-Harvey viewed them as an invaluable resource after she learned she had cancer. more »

Free small business lunch and learn tackles workplace hazards

Whether a business operates in a seemingly benign office or in a warehouse with a plethora of chemicals and equipment, hazards can lurk beneath the surface. Learn how to tackle hazards assessments and mitigate risks with the Small Business Safety and Health Center’s quarterly lunch and learn entitled, “Hazard Analysis” Feb. 13. more »

COM Art Gallery announces spring schedule

The College of the Mainland Art Gallery plans a semester of eye-catching exhibits featuring the work of artists from college faculty to children in the COM Child Development Lab School. more »

COM scholarships now open

New and returning students may apply by March 31 for College of the Mainland Foundation scholarships open to students with a variety of majors, grade point averages and interests. more »

COM cosmetology grad wins contest and trip to Hollywood

Marilyn Monroe has always been Brittany Martinez’s muse. So when the recent College of the Mainland cosmetology graduate heard about the Big Sexy Hair Glam Contest to create a vintage hairstyle, she envisioned the actress’s elegant curls.  more »

Tour the Irish isle with COM chorale

Tour castles, cliffs and cathedrals on the Emerald Isle with a breathtaking tour with College of the Mainland’s Mainland Chorale June 18-26. Participants will enjoy the chorale’s two evening performances of American classics while exploring the Irish landscape, culture and history each day. more »

Puppy love inspires winning speech

The day is etched in Felicia’s Poteet’s memory. “Two years ago my husband came home with a puppy, and I was afraid because it was an American pit bull terrier,” she began her speech, which earned top honors at the third Roger Stallings Student Speech Contest at College of the Mainland. more »

Cell phone photo contest open for entries

Have a stunning photo snapped with your cell phone? Now those with striking cell phone images may submit them to College of the Mainland’s Oh Snap 2! Cell Phone Photo Contest for a chance to have the picture displayed in the COM Art Gallery. The best in show winner will receive a $300 prize. more »

BP donates $15,000 to COM

Continuing a longtime partnership and supporting its commitment to education, BP made donations totaling $15,000 on Dec. 12 to College of the Mainland in Texas City.  more »

Finding history on a golf course: Professor traces World War II vet's story

Gary Wilson is not only a history professor – he is an investigator. more »

COM gives to Toys for Tots

Making smiles bright, College of the Mainland employees raised more than 200 toys to support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. more »

COM employee drive collects food for the holidays

College of the Mainland President Beth Lewis and COM employees collected an abundance of boxed and canned goods for a food bank in Dickinson. more »

Inspirational instructors tie for COM Online Teacher of the Year

Tying for first place with an equal number of rave reviews from students, LaWanda Franks and Kay Frieze earned the College of the Mainland Online Teacher of the Year Award. more »

COM debate team’s winning streak unbroken

Bounding to their third win this semester, the College of the Mainland Debate Team garnered the Top Community College Award at the Tiger Invitational International Public Debate Tournament held at East Texas Baptist University. more »

More than ever, COM dual credit springboard to college for Hitchcock students

As a junior at Hitchcock High School, Marcus Escobedo was already bounding between honors classes, power lifting practice (he earned 10th place at the state competition) and shifts with the Hitchcock Volunteer Fire Department. When Escobedo heard about dual credit classes, he thought it was too perfect of an opportunity to pass up. more »

Opposites collide in pieces winning best in show at COM

Three students channeled opposing forces in their art and photography and won best in show at College of the Mainland’s annual student exhibit. more »

Registration begins for COM continuing education classes

A new year brings new possibilities. This spring try one of College of the Mainland’s wide array of continuing education and senior adult classes, now open for registration. more »

New OSHA rule demystified in free seminars

The federal work-safety overseer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, recently proposed a new rule designed to improve workplaces’ injury and illness tracking, one of the most common causes of OSHA citations.  more »

Holiday concerts at COM ring in festivities

Sounds of the season will soar during free holiday concerts by College of the Mainland’s outstanding vocal and instrumental groups. more »

“Stand proud” message of women in industry to students

College of the Mainland process technology students converge at this club meeting in anticipation of special guests – five professionals with more than fifty years of combined experience in the chemical, oil and gas industries. Like the students assembled, all the guests are women.  more »

Free crisis communications class at COM

When sirens blare onsite, no one’s first thought is what to say into a reporter’s microphone. As events unfold and rumors swirl, however, communicating the facts effectively to the public becomes crucial. more »

Grass dancer, flutist present culture at COM Native American Heritage Celebration

Music, artifacts and dance told the story of America’s first people at College of the Mainland’s annual Native American Celebration. more »

COM students’ video takes first place at conference

Zip lining, swimming and enjoying the outdoors were just the start of the weekend for College of the Mainland students at the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Program’s Student Leadership Conference in Hawkins, Texas. At the gathering uniting students from federally funded TRiO programs at colleges across the region, they also garnered an award for their outstanding public service announcement video. more »

First COM Ambassador earns degree

COM employee Earl Alexander knew exactly who to recruit as the first of the COM Ambassadors to visit high schools and talk about higher education – Janeth Rodriguez. Alexander knew the outgoing, determined 19-year-old was a living testament to the power of education. more »

$10K e-book grant for COM Library

Stepping back to the Jazz Age for an upcoming history presentation, College of the Mainland student Montgomery Beavers searches for information on jiving musicians and the era of the first talking movie.  more »

Native American heritage celebration at COM

Music, artifacts and dance will tell the story of America’s first people at College of the Mainland’s annual Native American Celebration Nov. 21 from 12:30-1:30 in the Learning Resource Auditorium. more »

Explore cutting-edge career with COM cosmetology open house

Discover how to reach your goals and prepare for a cutting-edge career at the College of the Mainland Cosmetology Program open house Nov. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Salon at College of the Mainland. more »

Homeland Security Department conducts public session at COM

College of the Mainland hosted a Department of Homeland Security public listening session Nov. 5 to allow industry and private stakeholders to comment on a recent executive order on improving chemical facility safety and security. more »

Armed with GED and in-demand skills, COM program’s graduates enter workforce

Sometimes help arrives just in time. Newly single mother Tina Hancock, of Texas City, faced a predicament: As a former stay-at-home mom, she needed to re-enter the workforce quickly. However, without a GED certificate or high school diploma she struggled to find a job with a salary that would support her two daughters and herself. more »

Honor society inducts new members

College of the Mainland’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national community college honor society, inducted 16 new members at its fall induction ceremony.  more »

“Boeing Boeing” to take off at COM theatre

Climb aboard for fast-paced comedy at the College of the Mainland Community Theatre’s production of “Boeing Boeing,” showing Nov. 7-24. more »

COM to host Homeland Security stakeholder session Nov. 5

College of the Mainland will host a Department of Homeland Security public listening session Nov. 5 to allow industry and private stakeholders to explore and comment on a recent executive order on improving chemical facility safety and security. The session will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center Auditorium. more »

BP Ex’s Association funds scholarship

This month the BP Ex’s Association donated $1,000 to fund an annual COM student scholarship.  more »

Success in 3D

Tim Gaude deftly rotates the 3D model across his screen, viewing the image from every angle with the software familiarized in sci-fi and action movie montages. more »

Marathon donates $18,500 to COM

This month Marathon Petroleum Corp. donated $18,500 to support the COM Collegiate High School and the COM Process Technology Program. more »

COM is top community college at debate tournament

The College of the Mainland debate team won the Top Community College Team Award at their first International Public Debate Association tournament of the season hosted by Lee College in Baytown, Texas. Arguing topics ranging from the Syrian crisis to the superiority of tater tots over curly fries, the COM team earned the most points of any community college team and took sixth place overall in the tournament that featured 56 debaters from three states. more »

Juilliard pianist to perform at COM

Reviving the music of the masters, internationally renowned pianist David Syme will display his exquisite, energetic skill in a free concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the College of the Mainland Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. more »

Funk and jazz merge in COM concerts

Two free upcoming concerts at College of the Mainland will get your toes tapping and fingers snapping. more »

Monster Musik to showcase spine-tingling melodies

Spooky songs and a musical tribute to a mythical vampire dog will take the stage during the nineth annual Monster Musik, a free electric guitar concert at 8 p.m. Oct 24 in the College of the Mainland Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. more »

Prospective Parent Meeting to showcase COM Collegiate High School

Parents and students can discover how COM Collegiate High School can help students reach their goals and earn a high school diploma and an associate degree simultaneously. The program will host a meeting for prospective parents and students Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center Auditorium.  more »

COM Hispanic Heritage Celebration to highlight Central America

A land of rainforests, volcanoes and an estimated 41 million people, Central America is one of the most ethnically and geographically diverse regions in the world. Enjoy the areas cuisine, music and culture during College of the Mainlands annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Oct. 22 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the COM Breezeway. more »

Waddling for a Cause: COM staff and students raise over $6K to end Alzheimer's

Each walker carries a water bottle and a story – a friend, sibling or parent diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia and slipping away. more »

COM breast cancer panel to offer support, treatment options

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, College of the Mainland and Mainland Medical Center will offer a panel discussion on preventative exams, navigating pre- and post-treatment options and supporting loved ones with breast cancer. The free panel and dinner will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 in the COM Learning Resource Center Auditorium. more »

One-frame stories on display at COM Art Gallery

Look at the world through a different lens with the photography displayed at the COM Art Gallery through Oct. 24. Showcasing the work of photography students and educators from seven states, the exhibit is in conjunction with the Society for Photographic Education South Central Regional Conference.  more »

Alum’s students sing their way to New York and beyond

Minarets from the summer’s production of “Aladdin” shimmering in the backdrop, the 31 young performers of the Bay Area Theatre and Voice Academy in League City belt out their musical quacks and cock-a-doodle-doos. more »

COM announces $100,000 energy savings

In celebration of Energy Awareness Month, College of the Mainland reports that in just a year the college has saved more than $170,119 in energy costs by implementing new efficiency measures. more »

University Fair shows students the possibilities

More than 20 colleges and universities from across Texas showed students how to reach their goals at the College of the Mainland University Fair Oct. 1.  more »

COM welcomes new VP for institutional advancement

College of the Mainland is pleased to announce that Mary Ann Amelang has returned to the college in the newly created role of vice president for institutional advancement.  more »

Photography conference at COM to link art and empathy

Look at the world through a new lens at the Society for Photographic Education South Central Regional Conference co-hosted by College of the Mainland and Houston Center for Photography. Gallery tours in Houston and Galveston, photography demonstrations and exhibitions at COM and Galveston College will fill the action-packed weekend Oct. 17-20. more »

Former ESL student and orginal COM Ambassador first in family to earn degree

College of the Mainland employee Earl Alexander knew exactly who to recruit as the first of the COM Ambassadors to visit high schools and share about the value of higher education – Janeth Rodriguez. Alexander knew the outgoing, determined 19-year-old was a living testament to the power of education. more »

Waddle to end Alzheimer's

Join the College of the Mainland Quack Pack and participate in the Alzheimer's Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer's, one of the nation's largest events to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease. more »

LyondellBasell partnership to upgrade PTEC equipment

LyondellBasell has given a third recent donation of $5,000 to upgrade equipment that students in the College of the Mainland Process Technology Program use to gain real-world experience in plant operations. more »

COM senior adult students steal show in Galveston exhibit

Students in the College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program created a menagerie of deep-sea and furry creations that garnered awards at the Galveston Art League’s fall juried art show. Their works will be on display through Sept. 24 at the Galveston Art League Gallery, located at 2117 A. Postoffice St., open Thursday through Sunday from 12-6 p.m. more »

Students, families trade places at first COM Family Day

"Welcome to the magic show!" Herman Trivilino, College of the Mainland physics professor, greeted the students and families gathered at College of the Mainland's first Family Day. more »

COM online classes surge in popularity with working students

Enrollment is up at College of the Mainland, but fewer students are jostling in the halls this fall.  more »

PBS News Hour anaylist to illuminate Syria's past and America's future

Dominating news media, politics and Twitter feeds, Syria is a land of turmoil and 20 million. Gain a greater understanding of the Mediterranean nation and the ten o’clock news with Joshua Landis’ discussion, “Syria – what does the future hold?” on Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m. in the College of the Mainland Learning Resource Center Auditorium.  more »

Playing Hitler’s tune or orchestrating rescues? You decide in “Taking Sides”

Half a century later, the case still intrigues. As the horrors of Nazism spread and his colleagues fled, German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler determined to stay. Was his motive to do as much good as possible or was he secretly sympathizing with Hitler? more »

Reluctant student now advocates education

Apollonia Landrum determined she’d never to go to college. She had a plan after graduating from La Marque High School: join the military, retire and enter the workforce. more »

COM students nab 4 of 30 national Shell scholarships

Four College of the Mainland students were among the 30 students awarded Shell scholarships after a competitive process that drew more than 250 applicants from across the nation. more »

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