Minority Male for Excellence (MM4E)

Minority Male for Excellence (MM4E) is a program designed to improve the recruitment and retention of African American and Hispanic males at the College of the Mainland. Participants receive academic support and character and leadership development through programs and workshops. Males in the program also participate in community engagement opportunities and receive mentoring by faculty, staff and peers.

Students from MM4E at an Astros game.
Four students from the Minority Men 4 Excellence Initiative (MM4EI) participated in the Astros Career Day held at Minute Maid Park.

Why MM4E is important at College of the Mainland

College of the Mainland (COM) in Texas City, Texas, an Achieving the Dream (ATD) Leader College since 2011 has been educating 4,000 students annually in Galveston County for nearly 50 years. As a comprehensive, public two-year community college, COM serves a suburban and rural population of 155,000, in a 237 square mile area encompassing five schooldistricts. COM has forged solid relationships with local government, community agencies, industry, businesses, school districts and four-year institutions in the area. Starting salaries for COM graduates with technical degrees average $73,509 annually – the highest average starting salary of any university or college graduate in the state, according to “Higher Education Pays” study by College Measures; yet half of our students do not return from one fall term to the next.

A high poverty rate and low educational attainment describe the area that the college serves, and illustrate the clear need for additional resources focused on institutional change to increase unacceptably low retention and graduation rates. Our students live in an area that is rich in opportunity but low in the number of skilled workers. Title V funds will enable COM to keep students enrolled so they can get the education they need to take advantage of the high tech jobs in our region. To the north of the college is the metropolitan area of Houston, the fourth largest city in the nation, and home to 25% of the working population of Texas. Within a 25 mile radius of the college is the largest oil producing and refining area in the United States; yet 70% of the adults in our service area do not have a college degree, and often do not have the skills needed for area jobs. COM will use Title V funds to create systemic change to increase the graduation and retention rates of Hispanic and low income students, and in doing so impact all students.

Leadership Development

MM4E Fall 2017 Schedule

Friday Sep. 22 LinkedIn 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. TBA Leadership
Thursday Sep. 28 Make a Difference Day noon Student Center Leadership
Friday Oct. 6 Personal Finance 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. TBA Leadership
Thursday Oct. 12 SWOT 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. TBA Leadership
Thursday Oct. 19 SMART 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. TBA Leadership
Thursday Oct. 26 Resume Writing 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. TBA Leadership
Thursday Nov. 2 Interview Skills 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. TBA Leadership
Thursday Nov. 9 Communicate Effectively 12:30 p.m. TBA Leadership
Friday Nov. 17 True Colors 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. TBA Leadership
Friday Dec. 1 Manage Your Fear 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. TBA Leadership

For more information about becoming a member of MM4E contact Greg Benefield at 409-933-8641 or gbenefield1@com.edu.

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