The College of the Mainland Lifelong Learning Center will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 4 at noon for its new 15,000 square-foot facility at 14057 Delaney Rd. in La Marque.

The center will house more than 75 fitness, art, craft, technology and Spanish classes for adults. It is nearly double the size of the current facility, which served 1,100 adults in spring 2016.

“With this new facility we will be able to expand the program with both classes during the day and at night,” said COM lifelong learning director Alesha Vardeman. “We’re looking for ideas on new classes. Our goal is to meet the community's needs.”

The COM 50 Plus/Lifelong Learning Program offers classes to all adults over 18. Classes are offered at $15 per semester for those over 50.

“We have one of the largest programs in the state. This is what makes us a community college: providing lifelong learning opportunities to community members,” said Vardeman. 

Recently added courses include cake decorating, origami and iPhone/iPad for Beginners.

The program also offers day and extended travel trips as well as lectures on topics such as safety, financial planning and health.

For more information, visit or call 409-933-8226.