Adventurers, take notice: Jungle hikes, Mayan ruins, zip-lining and all-out discovery ahead. An online sociology course at College of the Mainland allows participants to explore cultures in Belize in an eight-day excursion through Belize City, San Ignacio and Ambergris Caye.

Professor Luis Sabido and a tour guide will accompany students on a tour with the Texas Gulf Coast International Education Consortium May 15-22.

From rolling green hills to the ocean floor, students will explore Belize’s rich biodiversity and take a riverboat.

Belize has the second largest coral reef in the world. Students can snorkel in protected sanctuaries. Participants will also trek to the ruins of Lamanai and Xunantunich.

“The only British colony in Central America, Belize is a melting pot of cultures,” said Sabido, a native of Belize.

Trip participants must take SOCI 1301 — Introductory Sociology in spring 2017, but do not have to be full-time college students.

For more information, email or visit

Date with Destiny

COM and other Gulf Coast area community colleges will host Date with Destiny, a free one-day conference on Thursday for women who strive to work in the petrochemical industry.

Sponsored by Shell Oil Company, Date with Destiny is an annual conference designed for high school juniors and seniors, current college students and recent college graduates. Attendees will learn how to network, apply for petrochemical jobs, write resumes and interview with employers in the industry.

The day will begin with a welcome and the presentation “A Day in the Life of an Operations and/or Crafts Woman” by Christine Smith, a Shell production team leader. David Esquibel with Shell’s Workforce Community Strategic Initiative will also speak to the audience about scholarships. A panel discussion will include insight from Shell maintenance and operations staff and contractors Jenny Weinmann, Terri Hardy, Sara Kenerly, Miranda Weldon and Monique Bryant.

The afternoon will feature a discussion on the importance of obtaining job-seeking skills and breakout sessions on resume writing and interviewing. Booths from area community colleges will be available to provide information on petrochemical workforce training programs.

Date with Destiny will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Date with Destiny is open to the public. To register, visit

Second eight-week classes registering

It’s not too late to begin classes this semester. For course options, visit or call 409-933-8169 to talk to an adviser about registering.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

College of the Mainland will host its annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the COM breezeway, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City.

Participants will learn traditional dances, enjoy Latin American music and sample Mexican cuisine. This year’s theme is “Honoring our Heritage. Building our Future.”

Each year, COM hosts events to highlight the uniqueness and diversity of the Gulf Coast.

For more information, contact Jeremy Bechelli, or 409-933-8245

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