College Prep

Let us help as you embark on your college career at COM. The College provides services for high school students to transition to college as well as programs to help current COM students sharpen academic skills and improve test scores.

Upward Bound

This federal TRIO program hosted by the U.S. Department of Education targets low-income, first-generation high school students and helps prepare them for college. As an Upward Bound student, you can get help improving your high school GPA, increasing standardized test scores, boosting self-esteem and applying to college.

  • Fall/Spring – Services include Saturday meetings at COM, tutoring at area high schools, social events, enhancement in English/math/science, career awareness, educational/cultural field trips, study skills, academic advisement, individual/group counseling, parental involvement and academic competition.
  • Summer – Services include a six-week academic institute at COM for students, recreational component, simulated college environment and intensive academic instruction.

To qualify for Upward Bound, you must be at least 14 years old and enrolled in nineth or 10th grade at Dickinson, Hitchcock or La Marque High Schools. You must also demonstrate academic potential, meet income guidelines and be a potential first-generation college student. If you meet these requirements, download the Upward Bound application and return the completed forms to the Upward Bound Office.

You can stop by the Upward Bound Office weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. We are located in the Student Center, Room 203B. You can also call us at 409-933-8525 or 888-258-8859, ext. 8525.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

This state-legislated program is designed to improve your success in college. COM first assesses students' basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing and then provides developmental instruction to strengthen skills that need improvement.

You can also direct questions to the COM Testing Center (409-933-8379) or the Academic Advising Department (409-933-8297).

Learn More about TSI

Achieving The Dream (ATD)

COM is part of the national Achieving the Dream initiative designed to help community college administrators address the growing number of students who are dropping out of college before earning their degrees and certificates.

As an ATD institution, COM identifies student populations that are experiencing low rates of success, develops interventions to improve student outcomes and measures changes in student success. The goal is to help students:

  • Successfully complete development courses and progress to credit-bearing courses
  • Enroll in and successfully complete gatekeeper courses
  • Complete the courses they take with a grade of C or higher
  • Re-enroll from one semester to the next
  • Earn certificates and degrees

To help accomplish these goals, COM implements various student success strategies that include:

  • Restructuring the student advisement system
  • Developing and implementing a first-year experience course
  • Providing professional development for faculty and staff on topics such as preferred learning styles, cultural influences on learning and the effects of generational poverty.

Learn More about ATD

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