Trading places: Family Day at COM

Posted on: September 04, 2013

Family members will swap places with their students as they walk the halls, discover free campus resources and attend entertaining mini-classes for an unforgettable learning experience at the first Family Day at College of the Mainland Sept. 14.

To see a day in the life of their student, friends and family can participate in history, science, nursing or psychology mini-lectures or get moving in physical education mini-classes. Later, they can meet faculty at lunch and enter drawings for door prizes, including a COM scholarship. Family can also discover the COM services available to help their students succeed, including advising, student clubs and online classes.
The event, held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., welcomes family members of all ages. There will be free activities for children including face painting and a moon bounce.
The event is inspired by studies showing that many freshmen begin floundering in the third week of school but that family support can make all the difference. Instructors will share ways families can encourage their loved ones to finish what they start.
“Students and their families can get engaged and have conversations with faculty and staff they might not otherwise have. We’ll show you what your options are,” said Lalanya Ennis, co-organizer of the event.

The day is open to students, families and the community. Come ready to see what college is all about – energy drinks optional.
For more information contact Lalanya Ennis at 409-933-8197 or, or contact LaWanda Franks at 409-933-8312 or

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