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COM History

The history of the College of the Mainland.

1970s Photo Album

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1970's Timeline


  • Grand OpeningCollege moves onto its 120-acre campus on then Palmer Highway (Spring'70 was the first semester).
  • Voters approve second bond issue of $4.75 million for next phase of construction.
  • Great Issues Lecture Series begins with such speakers as Senator Ralph Yarborough, David Brinkley, Roger Mudd, Dan Rather, Senator Barry Goldwater, Senator Robert Packwood, Ralph Nader, and James Farmer.


  • Dr. Fred Taylor becomes COM's second president.


  • Division of Nursing admits first class.


  • COM Community Theatre raises curtain on first production: "After the Fall."
  • Second phase of construction completed (Fine Arts, Gym, Student Center). The firing range was part of this construction as well.
  • Texas City businessman Bernard Levin "donates" 11 ducks to the COM's Lake Eckert in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes killed during the Summer Olympics.


  • Division of Business begins a real estate program.
  • Seniors program begins funded by a federal grant. 


  • COM is first in Texas to offer new six-week pre-summer session.
  • First annual Cinco de Mayo festival is established at COM. It is the first such festival established by a college or university in the United States.


  • COM establishes apprenticeship program for area industries.
  • COM has first ESL class for Vietnamese refugees days after the fall of Saigon in the fall of 1975.


  • Continuing Education courses and activities draw over 40,000 people to the campus.


  • COM enrollments hits 2,239 on its 10th anniversary. 


  • Initiated a Labor Studies program.


  • Women's Center opens to offer female students counseling and informational services.