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COLLEGE OF THE MAINLAND

COLLEGE OF THE MAINLAND. The College of the Mainland, located in Texas City, was launched in late 1966 when the voters of Dickinson, Hitchcock, La Marque, Santa Fe, and Texas City approved a building-bond issue of $2,850,000. The idea of a community college had begun in 1935. Herbert F. Stallworth, who previously had helped establish two colleges, was selected to head the new college in April 1967, and Fred A. Taylor was appointed dean of instruction. Classes were begun in temporary quarters in 1967. On March 21, 1970, the administration building, learning-resources center, math and science building, and technical-vocational building were completed, and the College of the Mainland moved to its new campus on Palmer Highway. On May 16, 1970, residents of the college district approved $4,750,000 for a second phase of construction. The campus was expanded to include a fine arts building, a physical education complex, and a student center. The math-science and technical-vocational buildings were improved. In 1984 a third addition to the technical-vocational building was constructed.

The college budget is supported by state appropriations and local property taxes. Other sources of revenue are federal grants and funds raised by the College of the Mainland Foundation for scholarships. The college is governed by a seven-member board of trustees elected to six-year terms by the residents of the college district.

As an open-door, comprehensive community college, the College of the Mainland offers a university-parallel program offering associate in arts, associate in business administration, and associate in science degrees; a two-year associate in applied science degree; a one-year diploma program; continuing education courses; and an active, service-oriented senior program for residents over fifty-five years of age. The college also offers adult basic-education courses; a developmental program in reading and writing skills; counseling in the areas of career planning, program development, and management of personal problems; a year-round schedule of plays, concerts, lectures, dance-ensemble performances, and art exhibits; community services, such as the use of campus recreational and meeting facilities; a wide range of student clubs and activities; an innovative cooperative-education program, which combines classroom instruction with on-the-job experience, with pay; and an extensive financial-aid program of grants, loans, scholarships, and part-time employment on campus.

The College of the Mainland received its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1969 and completed its second ten-year reaffirmation of accreditation in 1984.

Student enrollment in the fall 1988 semester was 3,527; approximately 50 percent registered in the university-parallel program and 50 percent in the technical-vocational program. Enrollment in the fall of 2000 was 3,171 students, 2,103 of whom were in academic programs. The college employed 223 faculty members, most of them part-time, in the fall of 1999.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Mary Dahaczko

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Mary Dahaczko, "COLLEGE OF THE MAINLAND," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/kcc05), accessed August 20, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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