Marathon donation to COM

Mary Ann Amelang, director of the College of the Mainland Foundation; Mark Perry, Operations Management Director; Ruth Rendon, government affairs manager at Marathon Petroleum; and Sandi Belcher, principal of COM Collegiate High School.

Continuing a long-standing partnership, Marathon has donated $16,000 to provide College of the Mainland students with tuition assistance and upgraded supplies.

“This $10,000 donation helps Collegiate High School students who need financial assistance,” said Sandi Belcher. “Last year we served 52 students through the Marathon grant. Without their support those students would find it difficult to remain in Collegiate High School.”

Collegiate High School students take classes on the COM campus while remaining eligible for extracurricular activities at their high schools. Collegiate High School is open to students in the Clear Creek, Dickinson, Hitchcock, Friendswood, Santa Fe and Texas City independent school districts, Odyssey Academy and Abundant Life Christian School, as well as private and home-school students.

The College of the Mainland Process Technology Program, the first in the nation to offer an associate degree, will use $6,000 to upgrade the equipment students use to train.

The two-year program teaches students through labs and hands-on classes operating industry equipment such as the glycol separation unit. Graduates earn the highest starting salary in the state, according to College Measures.

For more information about the PTEC program, visit or call 409-933-8536.

For more information about the Collegiate High School, visit or call 409-933-8169.

Free accident prevention classes at GCSI

How much do workplace accidents cost? Workers’ compensation costs for workplace injuries and illnesses cost employers in 2006 an estimated $48.6 billion, according to the American Society of Safety Engineers.

To help prevent tragic and costly accidents, the Center for Risk Management will host two free classes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute: “Real Leaders: How to Lead and Connect” on Friday; and “Workplace Hazard Recognition, Prevention and Control” on March 24.

“Real Leaders: How to Lead and Connect” shows students the four foundations of leadership through exercises and examples. Plus, attendees will learn how to communicate effectively, identify the four unpardonable sins of communication, build a bridge when dealing with crucial confrontation, establish rapport and increase influence.

Instructor Mark Hernandez is a founding member of the John Maxwell Team and an independent certified speaker, trainer and coach.

“Workplace Hazard Recognition, Prevention and Control” covers a crucial part of an occupational health and safety program — having the ability to accurately identify, assess and control hazards. Attendees will be equipped with the tools to control or eliminate hazards, perform risk assessments and prevent injuries, accidents, equipment downtime and property damage.

Instructor Sharon Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, Associate of Applied Science in occupational health and safety technology and Associate of Applied Science in process technology and instrumentation.

All classes are sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company and presented at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute, 320 Delany Road, in La Marque.

To register, contact SeAlice Hemphill, 409-933-8365 or

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