Emergency situations can happen at any time. Learn to effectively plan for incidents in the free Center for Risk Management workshop “Tabletop Exercises for Emergency Planning” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 27 at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute.

Through activities and examples, the workshop demonstrates how to effectively develop, deliver and evaluate tabletop exercises. It offers methods and available resources for conducting emergency planning scenarios in industrial, community and academic environments.

This workshop will benefit any professional who wants to learn about emergency action planning or develop effective emergency scenarios for training.

Certified emergency manager Trish McIntosh teaches this class. McIntosh created College of the Mainland’s emergency management plan and regularly coordinates with county officials to create emergency plan. She has a master’s in public health, previously worked as a public health preparedness epidemiologist and managed a million-dollar pandemic planning project for the state of Hawaii.

For information or to register, call 409-933-8495, email shemphill@com.edu or visit www.com.edu/gcsi.

Summer registration open

See why COM is the launchpad for success in one of the college’s convenient, in-person or online Summer II courses. Classes run July 5 to Aug. 8. Register by July 3.

For a list of courses, visit www.com.edu/register or call 409-933-8264.

Graphic design at COM

We see it, read it and wear it. Graphic designers’ work is ubiquitous from billboards to T-shirts. Students in COM’s graphic arts program discover that having high-tech skills creates opportunities in many industries, from the corporate world to the medical field.

Through earning certificates in graphic arts or Web design or a two-year degree, students explore opportunities for creative expression. Through hands-on projects and collaboration in class, students gain skills in the Adobe Creative Suite.

Students completing the two-year associate degree learn all avenues of graphic arts, from website design to fliers to business cards. By graduation, students compile a complete portfolio to show potential employers.

To learn more about the graphic arts program, visit www.com.edu/graphicarts.

To apply for the program for the fall 2014, visit www.com.edu/apply. Registration for fall classes, including those in graphic arts and Web design, begins July 15.

Basic Peace Officer Academy enrolling

Prepare for a career of public service in COM’s Peace Officer Academy. The Basic Peace Officer Academy prepares graduates to obtain a position as a police officer, sheriff, constable, deputy sheriff or any other licensed peace officer position in the state of Texas.

The 2014 graduating class had a 100 percent pass rate on state licensure exams. The night academy, which runs July 28 to Dec. 5, is designed for students who are employed full time. The night academy is open for applications through July 9.

For information or to apply, visit www.com.edu/law-enforcement or call 409-933-8299 or 409-933-8285.

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

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