COM instruction and operations to resume Wednesday, September 23
At this time, all College of the Mainland classes (both online and in-person) and college operations are scheduled to resume Wednesday, September 23 according to the college’s current modified COVID operations. While the campus will reopen to students, faculty and staff who can safely travel, individuals should monitor local road conditions and make decisions in the best interest of personal safety.
Tropical Storm Beta Weather Update - September 21, 2020
Due to the potential for heavy rainfall and dangerous road conditions, in-person classes and on-campus operations at all College of the Mainland locations are cancelled tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22. All online classes and virtual operations will continue as scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22. Employees should continue working virtually as planned according to their normal schedule.
Tropical Storm Beta Weather Update - September 20, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution, in-person classes and on-campus operations at all College of the Mainland locations are cancelled tomorrow, Monday, September 21, 2020. All online classes and virtual operations will continue as scheduled tomorrow, Monday, September 21, 2020.
COM awarded $3 million Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant
The US Department of Education has awarded College of the Mainland (COM) a $3 million Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSIs) grant to support Hispanic students on their journey to a successful higher education experience. The grant provides financial assistance to help colleges expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students to enhance their academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability.
College of the Mainland Board Report: August 24, 2020
A regular meeting of the board of trustees of College of the Mainland was held on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in the COM Conference Center.
College of the Mainland Resumes Operations
College of the Mainland Saturday classes will resume as scheduled tomorrow, August 29. All other classes (online and in-person) and college operations will resume on Monday, August 31 according to the college’s current modified COVID operations.
College of the Mainland Closure at Noon, August 25
Due to the approaching landfall of Hurricane Laura, College of the Mainland will officially close today at noon to allow students and employees to prepare for the storm. All classes (online and in-person) and all campus operations at all COM locations are cancelled today starting at noon through this Friday, August 28.
Hurricane Laura Alert – Tuesday, August 25, 2020
College of the Mainland (COM) officials continue to closely monitor Hurricane Laura ahead of her landfall. COM leadership will meet today to consider additional measures. The next update will be provided by Tuesday at 2:00 pm.
College of the Mainland Weather Update - August 24, 2020
College of the Mainland (COM) officials continue to closely monitor two tropical systems ahead of their potential impact to our region. Currently, COM continues to operate with most courses and services available online.
Back-to-School COVID-19 Safety Update
As we gear up for the start of our fall semester this coming Monday, we want to ensure that we provide a safe and successful learning experience this year. As we continue to navigate through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please note the following regarding College of the Mainland’s latest guidelines and procedures for campus safety.
Board approves cost-savings measures for 2020-2021 year
During a special called meeting on Monday, August 10, the College of the Mainland Board of Trustees approved several cost-savings fiscal measures for the 2020-2021 budget year. The following measures will not raise tuition costs and could save up to $4.75 million in interest over the life of the college’s bond:
Local high school students get college-ready during Upward Bound Summer Academy
Summer is in full swing, but that did not stop the learning for one group of high school students participating in the College of the Mainland Upward Bound Summer Academy. During this year’s virtual program, rising ninth through twelfth grade students from Dickinson, Texas City, La Marque, and Hitchcock high schools participated in the annual event where students were provided with academic resources and support to prepare them for the upcoming school year and future college success.
300x300 statewide initiative to help Texans get back to work
College of the Mainland is proud to join with other community colleges around the state to help 300,000 Texans get back to work in the next 300 days. In development by the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) to respond to the state’s current unemployment surge resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 300x300 initiative will be created to rapidly equip displaced and underemployed workers with the skills needed to fill critical industry needs.
College of the Mainland announces Fall 2020 plan
College of the Mainland administration continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and take the necessary actions to ensure that we provide a safe and successful learning experience for students during this challenging time. In light of the rising number of cases in the state, the college has made the decision to move all instruction possible to an online format for the Fall 2020 semester.
Cosmetology to host virtual open house on July 20
Explore College of the Mainland’s cutting-edge cosmetology program during a virtual open house on Monday, July 20 at 6 p.m. During the Facebook Live event, participants will have the opportunity to tour The Salon at College of the Mainland and have their questions answered during the live broadcast.
Police Department educates and protects on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic
For Officer Jacob Williams, working at COM during the past few months of the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a reminder on just how important his role is with the College of the Mainland Police Department (COM PD) during critical times. As an essential worker Williams is one of only a handful of employees working on campus during the pandemic.
Collegiate High School celebrates 2020 graduates with community car parade
Campuses may be closed, but that did not stop the celebration for College of the Mainland’s Class of 2020 Collegiate High School (CHS) graduates. During a socially distant drive-thru car parade held in the college’s parking lot on June 10, families remained in their vehicles as CHS staff and spectators gathered to cheer on graduates riding in vehicles adorned with balloons and personalized messages and well-wishes.
Tuition-free scholarship program expanded to Hitchcock students
College of the Mainland is pleased to announce $40,000 in donations for Hitchcock students to participate in the college’s Opening Doors Promise Scholarship program. Generously funded by the Hitchcock Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Associated Credit Union of Texas and the Hitchcock ISD Education Foundation, these donations will allow COM to expand the scholarship program to 2020 high school graduates of Hitchcock schools.
A message on diversity and equality
It is with great heartache that I speak to you to address the senseless death of Mr. George Floyd. As a former police officer, I am deeply saddened and troubled by the incident that we witnessed last week.
Kari Starz Named Employee of the Year
Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Employee of the Year, Kari Starz! Starz, a travel and event specialist in the College of the Mainland Office of Student Life, was chosen by her peers for the honor and recognized during a virtual celebration on May 27.
COM graduates join in the fight against COVID-19
College of the Mainland’s Associate Degree Nursing Program has held a longstanding reputation for training highly skilled nurses who are prepared for the rigor of a career in the health care industry. That training is now being put to work as COM nursing graduates join with millions of health care workers around the world in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Faculty and staff tackle online instruction through collaboration and ingenuity
A few short months ago, nursing instructor Nancy Theriault was prepping students for a variety of clinical scenarios in a traditional skills lab setting. But that all changed with the increasing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A message from Dr. Warren Nichols
I want to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation to our students for a job well done during the past weeks of transitioning classes to a digital platform. The incredible spirit of the College of the Mainland community has truly shined during this ongoing pandemic.
Maintenance tax note election postponed to November 3
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the College of the Mainland Board of Trustees approved postponing its maintenance tax note election to November 3, 2020.
Online classes extended through spring and summer semesters
In accordance with Governor Greg Abbott’s recent announcement extending social distancing measures and Texas school closures, College of the Mainland will continue providing online instruction to students through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Additionally, COM will be moving all instruction possible to an online format for the Summer 2020 semesters and expects to resume face-to-face classroom instruction in the fall.