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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Newest Theatre Production Revives a Childhood Classic in “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Join the College of the Mainland Community Theatre for a thrilling adventure in “Peter and the Starcatcher” from November 7-24. The newest theatre production will tell the story of how an unassuming orphan comes to be the beloved Peter Pan. Filled with marauding pirates, jungle tyrants, mermaids and unlikely heroes, the lively show playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

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Government Professor Explores American Democracy in National Polling Project

College of the Mainland government professor, Shinya Wakao, recently participated in the thought-provoking America in One Room national polling project. The project, which garnered national coverage with The New York Times and CNN, comprised a random sampling of more than 500 Americans representing diverse age, racial and political backgrounds who were brought together to discuss a range of social and political issues confronting the country in the upcoming 2020 presidential campaign.

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College of the Mainland to Host Water Safety Event on Saturday, October 5

College of the Mainland invites the public to an interactive day of water and boating safety during its Kayak Demo Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lake Eckert on the college campus. This free event will serve as a unique opportunity for the entire community to join together for a collaborative day of learning with presentations on CPR, proper boating and safety techniques and life jacket demonstrations.

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Be Part of a Sound Adventure at College of the Mainland

A sound adventure is happening at College of the Mainland’s Instrumental Music Department. The end of summer will bring back the performing ensembles at COM and area musicians are invited to become part of that sound adventure. The ensembles include the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Guitar Orchestra and Saxophone Ensemble. Each group is looking for musicians who are interested in being involved in group performance.

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Campus Renovations and Proposed Expansion Highlight 2018 Fall Convocation

The 2018 fall semester at College of the Mainland began with the traditional Convocation lead by college President Dr. Warren Nichols on Monday, Aug. 20. Nichols gave a presentation on the upcoming $162.5 million bond referendum on Nov. 6 to employees during a morning meeting in LRC-131 and an overflow crowd in TVB 1101. The informational report detailed how the bond package mirrors the college’s Academic Master Plan.

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Skipworths Establish IMPACT Scholarship

When water rose into the Dickinson home of Sean and Melissa Skipworth during Hurricane Harvey, the couple experienced an outpouring of support from the community, including former College of the Mainland students of COM professor Sean Skipworth. The couple’s gratitude gave them the idea to pay it forward. The couple has endowed the Sean & Melissa Skipworth IMPACT Scholarship. Sean Skipworth has been a Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty member at COM since 2012 and Melissa Skipworth is serving her first term on the COM Board of Trustees.

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Emergency Alarms: What Do They Mean?

The City of Texas City sounded the emergency sirens when an explosion and fire erupted at the Valero Refinery Texas City Refinery on April 19. One of the city’s sirens is located across the street from College of the Mainland, which made the alarm prominent. During the emergency, many questions arose as to what to do when a siren sounds. Does it mean everyone should stay inside? Evacuate their building? Should employees get in their cars and leave, especially since the siren sounded around 5 p.m.

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Construction at Physical Education Building Begins

The fencing is up and construction crews have started work as College of the Mainland gets some much needed improvements to facilities. The first project involves the gymnasium where the swimming pool – which was closed years ago – was filled in to make way for a large multi-purpose conference center able to accommodate 500 people. The pool was covered with flowable fill – a liquid soil comprised of cement, water, fine aggregate and fly ash.

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