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Dr. Daniel Ayer, Rev. Faith Nitz Ballenger, Michael Biere, Nancy Burgess, Emerson (Tex) Byrd, Gary Coronado, Carol Krone Coursey, David De Tar, Ellen Gilbert, Doug Sayer, Tenney Singer, Kit Sodergren, Donna Wenstrom

Learning to Win with Pete Carroll, COM Alumnus and Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks, winners of the 2014 Super Bowl

Pete Carroll, head coach and executive vice president of the 2014 Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks, still remembers what it was like to sit on a team bus almost 45 years ago and hear stories of legendary College of Marin football players who left their mark on the game he loved. <read more>

COM Alumna and Award-Winning Actress Kathleen Quinlan

Academy Award nominee Kathleen Quinlan’s long, successful career spanning more than 50 films, even more television appearances and numerous professional accolades, started with many small, poignant roles in high school and on the College of Marin stage. <read more>

From COM to Mars: How an 80s Rocker’s Curiosity Landed Safely on the Red Planet

Adam Steltzner, who headed the mind-blowing engineering feat of landing a one-ton exploratory Rover mission on Mars last year, says it was his own innate curiosity about the shifting constellations that first led him to study astronomy at College of Marin. <read more>

Celebrating Five Decades of Dunn’s Dramatic Vision

For nearly 50 years, College of Marin students have studied with acclaimed Drama Professor James Dunn, whose passion for theater and teaching culminates each spring in a celebration of Shakespeare and an extraordinary student theater production. <read more>

Harvard Graduate and COM Alumna Heather Gordon

Alumna Heather Gordon once brightened the College of Marin (COM) theater stage as a gifted young student and now is a hard working actress with extensive professional experience in stage, film, television and print media. She recently played a starring role in the award winning film Seducing Charlie Barker, based on Theresa Rebeck’s play, The Scene. Seducing Charlie Barker opened last year in December and won more than 20 awards in the independent film festival circuit. Gordon, 27, received three awards for best actor. <read more>

Ghazaleh Vargha Pursues Dream of Becoming a Dentist

Despite an extraordinary journey from Iran that included a cold winter in eastern Turkey waiting for entry to the U.S., Ghazaleh Vargha arrived at College of Marin with her educational dreams on fire. Behind her were years of religious persecution; ahead had been numerous barriers to a higher education. <read more>

COM Alumnus and Entrepreneur Chris Hulls Talks About Life360

In the basement of a UC-Berkeley building where graduates set up shop as new entrepreneurs, Chris Hulls, 25, is herding a team of software engineers toward the first official product launch for his award-winning startup, Life360. <read more>

Award-winning Playwright and Drama Professor W. Allen Taylor

Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in acting from the American Conservatory Theatre. He has taught drama at COM since 2000. When he is not teaching, he is often acting and directing works throughout the country. <read more>

U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan

In 2008, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Kay Ryan as the 16th U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. She joins a distinguished roster of poet laureates, including Robert Penn Warren, Richard Wilbur, Louise Gluck, and Robert Pinsky among others. For more than 30 years, Ryan has taught remedial English part time at the College of Marin. Her students have not been aspiring writers, but rather have been those for whom learning Basic English skills is critical to leading a productive life. <read more>

Mission Statement: College of Marin's commitment to educational excellence is rooted in providing equitable opportunities and fostering success for all members of our diverse community by offering: preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities; associate degrees and certificates; career technical education; basic skills improvement; English as a second language; lifelong learning; and community and cultural enrichment. College of Marin responds to community needs by offering student-centered programs and services in a supportive, innovative learning environment that promotes social and environmental responsibility. (Approved at the April 11, 2015 Board Meeting)

College of Marin is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is one of 112 public community colleges in California. Approximately 11,000 credit and noncredit students enroll annually.

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