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The history of the College of the Mainland.

2010s Photo Album

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2010's Timeline


  • COM Library becomes the most active LibAnswers institution in the world.
  • COM announces its new President Dr. Beth Lewis, the seventh, and first female, president of College of the Mainland, Lewis’ contract is effective as of Jan. 1, 2013. 
  • COM launches physical therapy aide and patient care technician programs.
  • COM launches Japan study abroad program.


  • COM named fourth in nation in science technology graduates.
  • COM graduates with technical degrees earn the highest starting salaries of any new university or college graduate in the state - $73,509 - according to a study by higher education research group College Measures.
  • COM is an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Achieving the Dream is a national initiative to help more community college students succeed, particularly low-income students and students of color.
  • COM was ranked number five in the nation in the number of degrees awarded in 2013 in the science technologies/technicians category by a Community College Week study.
  • The Fire Science Technology Program was ranked number 34 in the nation for return on investment by Fire Science Online.
  • The college was named a Military-Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.
  • COM's chapter of the international community college honor society was ranked a Five Star Chapter, and one of the top in the world.
  • COM implemented QEP


  • COM Foundation Gala grosses a record breaking 100K for scholarships.
  • COM is fifth in nation in science technology graduates.
  • COM partnership with Hitchcock Head to foster lifelong learners.
  • Dr. Manuel Urbina, the last original COM faculty, retires after 47 years.


  • Memorial service for first President Herbert F. Stallworth held on campus and his ashes along with his wife Yvette Stallworth were scattered in Lake Eckert.
  • COM commemorates 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth.
  • Pete Rygaard, COM’s oldest student graduates.