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 for your future career at a fraction of the cost of university courses.

Students may register for 16-week and first eight-week courses through Aug. 23. Classes begin Aug. 25. Courses are offered on campus or online. Before registering, individuals must apply to the college at

An open-enrollment college, COM admits all students who submit necessary documentation, including high school or college transcripts, record of Texas residency and meningitis vaccination records for those younger than 22.

To view the fall schedule, visit For information, call 409-933-8264 or email

Post-apocalyptic literature class this fall 

Worlds collide and universes collapse in the novels and films explored in College of the Mainland’s post-apocalyptic literature course, back by popular demand this fall. From the action-packed “Divergent” by Veronica Roth to poetic “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller, the class explores literature and films examining a possible, not-so-brilliant future. 

Incorporating elements of sci-fi, fantasy and thrillers, the novels and films are loved by all ages. Facilitated by 11-year COM professor Stacey Burleson, the class launched last year to positive student reviews.

“It appeals to a broader group of people,” Burleson said. “These books touch on things that are issues in society. In ‘Snow Crash,’ by Neal Stephenson, you have a virtual world. It was written in 1994, so the author sort of foresaw the future.”

The class serves as an elective or English credit and credit transfers to universities. 

“It’s created some really good conversations about the world around us,” Burleson said. “We might not like something in society, but we can only change things if we’re aware.”

In addition to themes and motifs, the class focuses on universal issues — population growth, disease and government regulations — and, of course, how to survive a catastrophe.

Burleson remembers one such discussion. 

“We talked about different (disaster) scenarios,” she said. “I joked, ‘I’m going out in the first flash of light.’ They said, ‘No, now that you’ve read all of these books, you have to stay and guide us.’”

For more information about post-apocalyptic literature, email Burleson at To register, visit

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

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