History of the College

Founded in 1966, College of the Mainland has seen its student enrollment grow from the first class of 414 students to nearly 6,000 today. The main campus located in Texas City offers a wide range of classes for students seeking an associate degree with plans to transfer to a four-year university to robust continuing education courses which provides students with the foundation to join the workforce.

The spectrum of students at COM is vast from high school students who attend Collegiate High School and dual credit courses to 90-plus-year-olds who take classes as part of the Lifelong Learning Center.

College of the Mainland is at the forefront in assisting students complete their field of study. Through a corequisite program which allow students to 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 in Fall 2017 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.

COM is a Hispanic-serving institution and also has its own Veterans Center to assist veteran students and eligible dependents in securing Veterans Administration educational benefits, like the Hazlewood Act which assists Texas veterans and their eligible dependent children and spouses, and the G.I. Bill. In addition, the center provides information and advises veterans and their dependents regarding eligibility requirements, monitors academic progress and provides referrals to other agencies. The school was named one of the nation’s top Military Friendly School.

Area high school students can jump start their college career by earning an associate degree while simultaneously completing a high school diploma through Collegiate High School. Students save time and money on higher education. COM waives 40 percent of tuition and fees for CHS students. The Collegiate High School program is available for area public high school and home-schooled students.

Many other area high school students take dual credit courses through College of the Mainland. High school students can earn high school and college credits simultaneously. They can earn 30 or more college credits in high school, plus receive a discount on COM’s affordable tuition.

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 Gulf Coast workforce. A police academy, fire academy and emergency medical technician classes remain popular among students.

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

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 overwhelmingly voter approval of a $162.5 million bond referendum in November 2018. Voters within the Dickinson, Hitchcock, Santa Fe and Texas City school districts make up the COM Taxing District.

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.

For more information about College of the Mainland, visit www.com.edu or call 409-938-1211. 

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