COM Child Development and Education will provide free training for current or future child care workers from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Technical-Vocational Building Room 1101. Participants will explore how professionalism in the child care centers can enhance their center’s image and marketability.

Child care center directors will learn how their center can meet the education requirements for Texas Rising Star Provider Certification and be the best they can be. Following the workshop, attendees can learn more about the additional education options available to them and how those options can help them enhance their skills, increase their knowledge and expand their career options.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion for one hour of continuing education credit.

For information email Robert Castro,, or Susan Napoli,

Learn conversational Spanish

Begin your study of Spanish or expand your knowledge in COM’s online or face-to-face Spanish classes. Classes will help students build basic vocabulary, increase confidence and gain an understanding of the culture.

Register for Spanish and other credit classes online at or call 409-933-8264.

Apply to COM for fall semester

See why COM is the launchpad for success for those transferring to a university or beginning a career. Apply to the college at and submit all necessary documentation by 5 p.m. Aug. 13. Register for fall 16-week classes by noon Aug. 23, and 12-week classes by 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at

For information, call 409-933-8264.

Mayhem abounds in ‘9 to 5 the Musical’

The comedy “9 to 5,” is showing at College of the Mainland Community Theatre through Aug. 10.

Based on the hit 1980 movie, the high-energy musical shines with 20 original songs by Dolly Parton.

For tickets, visit or call 409-933-8345.

Welding classes enrolling

Prepare to enter a field with growing opportunities with COM’s Welding Technology Program. Local facilities are investing billions of dollars in capital improvements, and COM provides training that supports industry demands.

The median hourly wage for welders is $17.93, with entry-level positions starting below that rate, according to Workforce Solutions.

Earning welding certificates prepares graduates for positions with a range of titles including welder, gas shielded pipe welder, structural welder, maintenance mechanics, scaffold builders and millwrights.

In COM’s classes, students learn through instructors’ guidance and practice in the welding lab. Depending on your income, you may be eligible for financial assistance. COM provides grants, based on need, to individuals through Texas Public Education Grants. Also, financial assistance may be available for veterans, their spouses and children through the Hazlewood Act.

Call 409-933-8586 for information.

Inside COM is compiled by the communications office at College of the Mainland.

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