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College of the Mainland
News Release
Wednesday, February 08, 2012


TEXAS CITY -- College of the Mainland’s Collegiate High School senior Johnathan Moore, a Friendswood resident, is one of 800 finalists for the National Achievement Scholarship, which was initiated in 1964 to recognize outstanding achievement among Black American high school students and award them university scholarships.

Finalists will be awarded either a $2,500 National Achievement Student Scholarship or a corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarship Award.

Approximately 120,000 students apply for the scholarship and 3,000 of them are honored by being included on a published list of high academic achievers.

Moore, 17, knew he could continue his Friendswood High School extracurricular activities when he enrolled at CHS as a junior.

That was important to Moore, who is captain of the FHS debate team and its National Honor Society chapter.

But Moore had no idea about COM opportunities that would become available to him when he stepped on campus.

CHS is a COM program that gives local high school students an opportunity to begin their freshman year of college during their high school years.

By the time they graduate high school they’ll have an associate degree along with their high school diploma, and the opportunity to begin college as freshmen with credits.

CHS will host a parent information meeting for prospective students at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Learning Resource Center. The meeting is open to parents and prospective students.

Moore is the executive chair of the CHS Club, the treasurer for the Biology Club, a member of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), the Student Government Association (SGA) and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national community college honor society.

“(When I started), I didn’t know I could be part of these things,” Moore said. “I think CHS is great. The kids are nice. The teachers are great. It saves money. If I went to a university, the classes would be more expensive. All in all, it’s been a really good experience.”

Being a CHS student, Moore said, will make the transition to a university much easier.

Moore, who is one of five Friendswood students in the program, plans to attend a nearby university such as University of Houston or Rice University.

Moore currently has 51 college credits but expects to have 73 by the end of the semester. He will apply most of those credits toward a double major in electrical engineering and corporate communications.

Moore will either combine the skills from those two fields or choose the one he likes best.

The foundation he received at CHS will help him excel in his courses at UH or Rice. “COM is a great system,” Moore said. “The professors are here because they enjoy the subject, because they’re passionate about it.”

College of the Mainland offers a wide range of classes, from nationally accredited associate degrees and certifications to skills, hobbies and trades. COM has an excellent professor-to-student ratio that helps instructors connect with their classes. We’re the launch pad for success stories throughout the Mainland.

Remembering Jim Guidry

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