A Message from the President

Welcome and thank you for considering College of the Mainland.

Whether you are a first-time college student or returning to college, you will find that College of the Mainland offers a wide variety of courses that can be applied toward an associate degree or workforce certificate plus there are plenty of other classes that will pique your interest.

As a community college, we attract a spectrum of students from high school students who attend Collegiate High School and enroll in dual credit courses to 90-plus-year-olds who take classes as part of the Lifelong Learning Center. We want College of the Mainland to be your college of choice. At COM you will have access to faculty, counselors, courses and resources that you need to build your career.

COM’s faculty, staff take great strides to assist all students fulfill their goal. Student Success is the college’s number one goal. So whether your goal is to earn an associate degree and then transfer to a four-year university or you are seeking a workforce certificate, the College of the Mainland faculty and staff are here for you.  

College of the Mainland is at the forefront in assisting students complete their field of study. Through a corequisite program, students can earn college-level credits while taking developmental remedial courses in the same subject at the same time with the developmental course serving as a tutor for the college credit course. COM was the first college or university in Texas to fully implement this program and the results are impressive.

Students also are benefitting from a redesign of community college education through Guided Pathways to Success. Through GPS, the college is diligently working to provide students with structured pathways that lead to the successful and timely completion of a degree or certificate. This also includes providing students with program maps that will result in a smooth transfer to a four-year college or university. COM academic courses transfer to public universities throughout Texas. Students may complete an associate degree in small classes at a fraction of the cost of a university.

The college also has a robust workforce program with a variety of courses offered from process technology and welding to allied health and cosmetology among others which affords students to earn a certificate and then join the workforce. A police academy, fire academy and emergency medical technician classes remain popular among students.

College of the Mainland also has adult education for those wanting to complete courses and pass the Texas high school equivalency exam and offers English as a Second Language, too.

The Texas City campus is being transformed with the planned construction of three news buildings – STEAM/Allied Health Building, Industrial Careers Building and a Student Success Center – following the overwhelming voter approval of a $162.5 million bond referendum in November 2018.

As the college continues to see a steady increase in enrollment, the campus remains focused on its three goals: Student Success, Employee Fulfillment and Exemplary Facilities.

I invite you to visit our campus and learn even more about the opportunities that await you at College of the Mainland.

Dr. Warren Nichols

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