Skip to Main Content

COM History

The history of the College of the Mainland.

1990s Photo Album

Go to the 1990s Album to see images of College of the Mainland in the past.

Go to album

1990's Timeline


  • Consumer advocate Ralph Nader delivers the Commencement address.


  • Two Industrial Education Buildings are completed to house auto mechanics and diesel technology programs adding 25,334 square feet of building space to the campus.
  • The COM Press bldg was also built.


  • COM celebrates 25th anniversary with an enrollment of 3,883.


  • COM Foundation awards first Upward Bound scholarships to local middle school students (not be be confused with current Upward bound grant).


  • New two year AAS degree in process technology launched.


  • Texas Legislature expands COM's service area to include League City and Friendswood portion of Galveston County.


  • COM opens extension campus at Clear Creek High School for credit and continuing education classes.


  • COM celebrates its 30th anniversary with an enrollment of 3,624.


  • PTEC program begins.


  • Public Service Careers Building opens adding another 10,800 square feet.
  • COM wins national Bellweather Award for its partnership with local industry to create PTEC program.
  • Risk Management Institute started with $100,000 gift from Texas Mutual Insurance Company.