Learning Communities

Mapping Academic Pathways for Success (MAPS)

The Mapping Academic Pathways for Success (MAPS) program is part of COM’s Guided Pathways initiative, which provides intentional opportunities for exploration and informed choices. Participating students are supported from the start to understand academic and career options better, choose a program of study, and develop a long-term educational plan.

Students in the MAPS program must take HUM 101 and COUN 130, which focus on interdisciplinary academic discourse as well as helping students to clarify and stay on their academic path. They also must attend MAPS events and meet regularly with a counselor who will help navigate the transfer-prep curriculum. Students in the program will also benefit from peer mentors with who they will connect regularly.

Interested students should schedule a meeting with an academic counselor.

For further information, please email us at maps@marin.edu.

Visit the MAPS website

MESA, female students in lab

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)

The MESA Learning Community at the College of Marin is a state-funded college and career prep program created to increase the number of first-generation college students that achieve academic and career success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

Program components will include:

  • Workshops and study groups in math and science classes
  • Dedicated study/social spaces
  • Counseling support and guidance in the application and transfer to four-year institutions
  • Internship and scholarship opportunities

The MESA Center is in SMN 127 and SMN 133, Science, Math, and Nursing (SMN) Building.

To learn more about MESA Learning Community, contact:
Nicole McIntyre, MESA Director

Visit the MESA Website

Mi Familia - Latinx Students

Mi Familia: A Latinx Community At College of Marin

Striving Together. Luchando Juntos.

Mi Familia is your familia. This is a room and a community designed for you. Come here for un cafecito before your evening classes, study with your friends, meet your instructors for extra help, and learn about important college resources. Celebrate our diverse Latin American cultures, languages, and histories, or sit in a comfy chair and relax!

Mi Familia supports your academic journey. We can answer your questions and direct you to the right people to get the help you need, from registration to financial aid.

Mi Familia is multilingual. We are actively recruiting all levels of ESL students as an important part of Mi Familia! Our staff speaks Spanish, and whatever your preferred language, we invite you to come in for a chat.

Mi Familia is open to all Latinx students and families, COM employees,  community members, and allies. It’s easy to join, and all are welcome.

To join Mi Familia, fill out this application. No hay requerimientos. Todos son bienvenidos. 

For further information, contact:
Meg Pasquel, apasquel@marin.edu
Caitlin Rolston, crolston@marin.ed

Puente Project students

Puente Project

The Puente Project, a national award-winning program, for 40 years has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California's students. Its mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees, and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. The English course will provide reading and writing assignments related to Latinx issues and authors. The Counseling course and counselor will help prepare you for transfer. Also, you will be assigned a professional mentor and expected to meet regularly with our Puente Peer Mentors for additional support and as a great resource for educational success.

For more information, contact:

Puente Counselor/Instructor: Luz O. Moreno
lmoreno@marin.edu(415) 485-9432

Puente English Instructor: Tristan D. Saldaña
tsaldana@marin.edu, 415) 457-8811 ext. 7358

Visit the Puente Project website


Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African Americans and other students. We believe that when the voices and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy emerges, and a foundation is formed for academic success.

Umoja is a community of educators and learners committed to the academic success, personal growth, and self-actualization of African Americans and other students. The Umoja Community seeks to educate the whole student body, mind, and spirit. Informed by an ethic of love and its vital power, the Umoja Community will deliberately engage students as full participants in the construction of knowledge and critical thought.

For more information, please email us at umoja@marin.edu.

Visit COM UMOJA web site