At 84, lifelong educator still making a difference
John Lenes has flown in fighter jets, worked as a logger and taught in prisons, but for past 24 years he has found home at College of the Mainland preparing students for college.
Free June safety classes at GSCI
What’s safety worth? The Center for Risk Management will host four no-cost classes at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute covering current trends in safety, health and industry to help companies save time and money.
Free Career Exploration Day June 14
High school students can investigate a crime scene, explore firefighting or discover more about health care robots during a hands-on Career Exploration Day this summer at College of the Mainland.
First 100 days: COM president looks back, sets goals
In his first 100 days on the job as the fifth president of College of the Mainland, Dr. Warren Nichols has moved quickly to identify and address several major goals—such as student success, facilities improvement and increased opportunities to growing communities within the college’s service areas – and he is already seeing results.
Zombies to prom queens: COM grad makes career of makeup
From dramatic smokey eyes to gruesome zombies, Amber Randall can deftly sweep makeup brush to transform a client into their dream look.
“Red” colors life, art at COM Community Theatre
"What do you see?" Painter Mark Rothko asks his assistant, Ken, the burning question.
Bronze Star veteran new COM HR director
After a nationwide search, College of the Mainland has named Michael McGee new executive director of human resources.
COM honor society inducts 27
Recognizing students who excel academically, the College of the Mainland chapter of the international honor society recently inducted 27 students.
COM alumni win national honor society awards
For Kari Drake, joining the international community college honor society showed her children what she could accomplish. For Tige Cornelius, the organization helps him connect with students who want leadership development, teamwork and success.
Summer classes open for registration
Summer is the perfect time to branch out and start something new.
COM graduates 808, plus largest PTEC class ever
At the 50th anniversary College of the Mainland commencement ceremonies on May 13, a total 808 students graduated, marking a culmination of hours of classes, studying and dedication.
From eviction to honors graduation
Nearly 10 years ago, Leslie Ornelas was let go from her job, evicted from her apartment and her car was repossessed.
Theatre students swashbuckling certified
Thirteen College of the Mainland theatre majors are now armed with certifications in single sword fighting after excelling May 4 on double-edged tests.
COM symposium awards top truth projects
What is truth? A total of 28 students from four colleges explored truth in the arts and sciences recently at College of the Mainland.
Finals Break: Nerf Battle
Armed with NERF guns, bows and foam pellets, students blew off steam before finals week with an epic battle, free pancake breakfast and other student life events.
Gartman wins COM Position 7; Skipworth, Mitchiner vie in runoff June 17
After winning the May 6 election, retired businessman Don Gartman will take a seat as a new member on the College of the Mainland board of trustees, while Melissa Skipworth and Sharon Mitchiner will vie in a runoff for Position 5 on June 17.
Veteran to share story at COM graduation
Barry Elkins has a message for his classmates. “Even if you’re 54, you can do anything if you set your mind to it,” said Elkins.
Theatre students tackle swashbuckling certification
Thirteen College of the Mainland theatre majors will put their swashbuckling abilities to the test May 4 from 12:30-1 p.m. in the COM Gym as they take the Society of American Fight Directors’ skills proficiency test in single sword.
New IV certification course for pharmacists
Pharmacists and pharmacist technicians can take one course – Sterile Preparations – to gain IV certification needed to work in hospitals.
World traveler graduates at 75
At 75, Madeline Adams, of Texas City, is about to be a college graduate for the first time.
How COM crafts web courses
Margaret Cussen assists faculty in designing and creating courses online. She ensures both internet (fully online) and hybrid (50 to 85 percent online) courses are equal in content and quality to face-to face courses.
April Staff and Student Highlights
COM faculty, staff and students stood out this month by serving the community, presenting at conferences and winning awards.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at COM
Celebrate a rich history and culture with College of the Mainland’s 43rd Cinco de Mayo Festival May 4 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the COM Breezeway.
Finale to semester: COM students present free concerts
Enjoy free jazz, classical and a capella performances presented by College of the Mainland’s outstanding music ensembles.
Students pay it forward with family fitness day
Jump rope, tug of war and relays entertained kids of all ages in College of the Mainland students’ first Family Fitness Day.