High school students can investigate a crime scene, explore firefighting or discover more about health care robots fields during a hands-on Career Exploration Day this summer at College of the Mainland.

The third annual Career Exploration Day will be from 8 a.m. to noon June 14 and is free to students who have completed grades 7-12. Students can select one of four hands-on tracks depending on their interests: health care, public service, cosmetology and education, and industrial trades.

The nursing and allied health track will let students explore nursing and other growing health care fields to determine which fits their abilities. The public service track will focus on a day in the life of those who work in fire technology, law enforcement and emergency medical services. The cosmetology and education track will showcase the rewards and roles of teachers and cosmetologists with interactive activities. The industrial trades track will highlight welding, mechanical maintenance and other skilled crafts with hands-on projects.

For information, call 409-933-8462 to register by Wednesday.

'Red' colors life, art at COM Community Theatre

"What do you see?" Painter Mark Rothko asks his assistant, Ken, the burning question.

The year is 1958, and Rothko has just won a commission to create a mural for the Four Seasons. His assistant mixes paint, crafts frames for canvas — and starts to question Rothko’s theories of art. The tension escalates as they question what defines art and what its role should be in the world.

The two-man drama, winner of six Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards, is showing through Sunday at College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City.

“Red opens your perspective of what art is,” said director Brian Hamlin. “You can’t take yourself too seriously because other people will see through that. They remember the art, not the artist. Though, the end result of art is a reflection of who you are as a person.”

Hamlin’s first play as an actor was at COM. He’s worked at States Theatre, Mainstreet Theatre and Shakespeare festivals in Houston, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Since 1972, COM Community Theatre has presented over 228 productions including children's theatre, concerts and workshops with attendance of more than a quarter of a million people. The theatre has been recognized as one of America's leading community theatres, setting high production standards and developing one of this country's most innovative programs.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Get tickets at www.com.edu/theatre or call 409-933-8345.

Future nurse aides wanted

Quickly launch an in-demand career in health care with the COM Certified Nurse Aide Program.

Evening classes will be Mondays and Wednesdays beginning June 5 at the COM Learning Center at 150 Parker Court in League City. At the end of July you will have completed the program and earned a state certification.

Certified nurse assistants are in high demand in the area for full-time and part-time jobs.

Please contact 409-933-8645 to get started with your application.

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

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