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.
COM serves as meal distribution site for Texas City ISD families
In partnership with Texas City ISD, College of the Mainland recently served as a distribution site for food assistance last week on Monday, March 23. The effort highlights the college’s commitment to support its surrounding community during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Deadline Extended for Opening Doors Promise Scholarship
In light of the current COVID-19 situation, College of the Mainland has extended the application deadline to May 15, 2020 for the ApplyTexas portion of its Opening Doors Promise Scholarship. The scholarship allows every qualifying high school student residing in Texas City or La Marque to attend COM full time, tuition free and earn an associate degree or complete a workforce training certificate program.
COM facilities to close until further notice
Effective, Tuesday, March 24 at 3 p.m., no students, employees or visitors are allowed in COM buildings or facilities, unless otherwise directed by COM officials.
A Message from COM President Dr. Warren Nichols
As we all try to navigate through this challenging time, I want to personally speak to our COM community and assure our college family that my thoughts are with each of you. With the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff in mind, please know that the measures we have in place are being taken to keep our college community safe and prevent the broader spread of the coronavirus.
Classes resume with online instruction starting March 23
With the health and safety of students, faculty and staff in mind, College of the Mainland administration continues to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and take the necessary actions to ensure that we provide a successful learning experience for students during this challenging time.
Anonymous donors gift La Marque High School students $40,000 for tuition-free college
College of the Mainland is pleased to announce a $40,000 anonymous donation for the college’s newly launched Opening Doors Promise Scholarship program. The gift, which marks the program’s first privately-funded donation, will work in tandem with the recently launched Texas City phase of the program and allows all Class of 2020 La Marque High School students to attend COM full time, tuition free.
College of the Mainland to extend Spring Break through March 20
As the impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation continues to grow, College of the Mainland will be extending its Spring Break through March 20. This measure is being taken proactively to keep students, staff and faculty safe and prevent the spread of the virus.
City of Texas City pledges $1 million for tuition-free college at College of the Mainland
While traditionally the prospect of a college education has often been financially out of reach for many students, College of the Mainland is breaking those financial barriers in a substantial way through its Opening Doors Promise Scholarship.
Center for Risk Management to hold Trench Safety and Heat Illness classes in April
The Center for Risk Management will host “Trench Safety: Why is this an OSHA Emphasis Program” on Friday, April 3, 2020 and “Heat Illness Prevention” on Friday, April 17, 2020. Sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the classes are offered at no cost to anyone who would like to attend at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute, located at 320 Delany Road in La Marque, Texas.
College of the Mainland celebrates African American History Month
More than 200 students, employees and community members filled the College of the Mainland Conference Center for a diverse celebration of African American culture and history on February 25.
College of the Mainland awarded $100,000 Texas Mutual safety education grant
College of the Mainland (COM) was awarded a $100,000 grant from Texas Mutual Insurance Company to continue providing funding for the college’s Gulf Coast Safety Institute Center for Risk Management, which provides workplace safety courses for community employers, workers and the general public.
College of the Mainland exploring new options for child care services
For more than 30 years, College of the Mainland’s Child Development Lab School has operated as a top-quality child care option for students, employees and community members seeking an engaging learning experience for their children at an affordable price. However, due to the changing landscape of the school campus and budgetary constraints, COM administration has decided to explore new options for sustaining these services in a more cost-effective manner.
Art Gallery calls for entries in Juried High School Art Exhibition
The College of the Mainland Art Gallery will be accepting submissions of two-dimensional, three-dimensional and photography/digital works for its upcoming Juried High School Art Exhibition. Selected works will be exhibited in the COM Art Gallery from April 13-29, 2020.
College of the Mainland seeking to refinance tax notes in May 2 election
During a special called meeting on Thursday, February 13, College of the Mainland Board of Trustees approved placing the refinancing of the college’s maintenance tax notes on the upcoming May 2 voting ballot.
Graphic arts student creates winning design for 2020 Mardi Gras! Galveston
In a sea of purple, green and gold, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. But College of the Mainland graphic arts student, Jennifer Crawford, did just that after earning top honors in the 2020 Mardi Gras! Galveston Poster Contest.
Artist Luis Corpus to hold gallery talk at COM Art Gallery on February 19
Explore the dynamic drawings of artist Luis Corpus at the College of the Mainland Art Gallery’s current exhibition Hydrogen, Oxygen, Carbon. On view now through February 19, the show features a variety of mixed media pieces that embody the spirit and dual nature of the Mexican American people illustrated through material gathered from the Rio Grande region.