For the first time, students in the College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program will have an exclusive show at the College of the Mainland Art Gallery.

Seniors will exhibit their painting, drawing, photography, jewelry and stained glass Thursday through Aug. 21. A free reception and awards announcement of winners in each artistic category will be 5 p.m. July 24 in the COM Art Gallery.

The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and one hour before theater performances of “9 to 5: The Musical.”

The COM Senior Adult Program offers classes in fine arts, foreign language, fitness and information technology to more than 2,000 students each year. Learn more at or call 409-933-8226. 

The COM Art Gallery exhibits art representing contemporary standards of excellence. For more information about the gallery, call 409-933-8354. 

COM Theatre presents “9 to 5: The Musical”

Celebrate summer with COM Theatre’s production of “9 to 5,” based on the 1980 hit movie.

Showing Thursday through Aug. 10, this musical tells the story of three women struggling against corporate monotony and their boss’ tyranny. Hatching a plan to take over the company, they find unexpected obstacles and their own strength.

Featuring a Tony Award and Grammy-nominated score by Dolly Parton, “9 to 5” offers nostalgic fun with a return to that famous, scheming secretarial pool.

For tickets, visit or call 409-933-8435.

Fall registration open

Begin your pathway to success this fall with College of the Mainland’s associate degree and certificate program classes, now open for registration. 

Whether your goal is to enter the workforce quickly or continue your education with a bachelor’s degree, COM offers a variety of programs to build a solid foundation — at a fraction of the cost of university courses — for your future career.

Students may register for 16-week and first eight-week courses through noon Aug. 23. Classes begin Aug. 25. Courses are offered on campus or online.

To view the fall schedule, visit Before registering, individuals must apply to the college at

For more information, call 409-933-8264 or email

Online drivers’ education courses

Steer toward ticket dismissal with COM’s online defensive driving classes offered in partnership with SAFETY-USA. 

Approved by the Texas Education Agency, the six-hour Texas Online Defensive Driving Course is accepted for ticket dismissal by all Texas courts and municipalities, and those completing the course may be eligible for a 10 percent reduction in insurance premiums. The cost is $29.95.

The Texas Teen Driver Education Course for $129.95 meets all Department of Public Safety requirements and offers parent-taught and virtual instructor-taught versions.

The Adult Driver Education Online course, which costs $65, assists drivers 18-24 years of age in obtaining their first driver’s license. Those who complete the course may bypass the DPS written exam and must only complete the driving portion.

Registration is only available online at For information, call 409-933-8586.

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

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