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College of the Mainland
News Release
Monday, September 11, 2017

COM’s 2017-2018 budget prioritizes instruction, facilities, employees

Texas City, Texas — In a meeting delayed one week because of Hurricane Harvey, College of the Mainland Trustees approved a new operating budget of $32.8 million which reflects the college’s strategic goals and confidence in future growth.

The budget is up 9.6 percent over 2016-2017.

According to Clen Burton, vice president for fiscal affairs, the new budget anticipates “stable tuition and fees, and a slight increase in state appropriations and ad valorem tax revenue.”

The budget includes no tuition increase for students in the coming fiscal year, which ends August 31, 2018. Trustees will meet September 21 to set the tax rate. With increased revenues projected, no tax increase is forecast, Burton said.

Notable features of the new budget include:

•          $1.2 million for facilities improvements

•          A new part-time nursing program for students who cannot attend classes full time

•          Expansion of the welding lab to accommodate more students

•          Funds to add classes, as needed, that meet student demands

•          Funds to add personnel to assist students with financial aid and other enrollment processes

•          Funds for additional tutors and part-time instructors

“As this budget indicates, College of the Mainland, now more than ever, is committed to providing educational opportunities to its residents through instruction that is second-to none, programs that help students succeed, and facilities that inspire learning,” said COM President Dr. Warren Nichols in a statement.

In another report to trustees, Burton said the disruption caused by Hurricane Harvey will likely cost COM $678,080 in facility damages, equipment losses, and faculty salaries paid when the college was closed. The college anticipates a $815,000 loss in tuition caused by students who may find it impossible to return to classes after the storm.

Celebrating 50 years of student success, College of the Mainland offers a variety of fully accredited associate degrees and certifications. Fall registration is now open. The college prepares students to meet their goals, whether transferring to a university or entering the workforce. An Achieving the Dream Leader College, COM has an excellent professor-to-student ratio that allows instructors to connect with each class. COM is the launch pad for success throughout the Mainland. For more, visit

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