Name: College of the Mainland
President: Beth Lewis
City: Texas City
Campus Setting: Suburban, Small City
Year Established: 1967
Governing Board Website
Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2010 IPEDS Data
2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Part Time: 70.1%
Full Time: 29.9%
African American: 16.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.1%
Native American: 0.6%
Quote from the President
“In addition to offering academic transfer courses for students seeking bachelor’s degrees, College of the Mainland (COM) also offers career-related associate degree and certificate programs, providing a pathway directly to high-skill, high-demand jobs in health care, public safety, business and industry. Another part of our mission is to provide quick-response training needed by petrochemical and other businesses in our region in order to help fuel a strong, vibrant economy. Short-term training is available in many fields to teach skills needed in emerging jobs and to upgrade employees’ skills to ensure successful careers in our district, mainland Galveston County.”
COM first-year graduates with technical degrees earned the highest median salary of any new university or community college graduate in the state, according to a recent study by higher education research organization College Measures.
The COM process technology program, the first in the nation to offer an associate degree, has the highest job placement rate after graduation of all process technology programs in Texas, according to state data.
COM’s Gulf Coast Safety Institute provides education and research in the safety, health and environmental field, including free classes each month on topics relating to local industry.