Collin College

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Collin College
Collin College Logo.png
Former names
Collin County Community College (1985-2007)
Motto"We have a passion for: Learning, Service and Involvement, Creativity and Innovation, Academic Excellence, Dignity and Respect, and Integrity"
TypeCommunity college
Established1985
PresidentDr. Neil Matkin
Students59,000
Location, ,
United States
AthleticsNJCAANTJCAC
MascotCougar
Websitewww.collin.edu

Collin College is a public community college district in Texas. It serves Collin County and Rockwall County, north and northeast of Dallas. Founded in 1985, the district has grown as the county has grown from around 5,000 students in 1986 to more than 59,000 credit and non-credit students.[1]

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area[2] of Collin College includes all of Collin County and Rockwall County and the portions of Denton County within the cities of Frisco and The Colony and the portions included within the Celina and Prosper school districts.

Formerly known as the Collin County Community College District, CCCCD, or CCCC, the college re-branded itself "Collin College" in March 2007. The district headquarters is in the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney.

Campuses[edit]

A photo of Plano Campus, also known Spring Creek Campus.
Plano Campus

The McKinney Campus (also known as Central Park Campus) opened in 1985, with comprehensive renovations completed in the fall of 2009.[3] The campus features include a multi-story parking garage, library, classrooms, offices, student development center and a clock tower. The campus library totals 73,500 square feet (6,830 m2). In January 2016, Collin College added a 125,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center.[4]

The Plano Campus (also known as Spring Creek Campus) opened in fall of 1988.[5] By number of students, this campus is the largest and hosts the college district's fine arts and athletics[6] programs. The campus features a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) art gallery,[7][8] theatre center,[9] gymnasium (Cougar Hall), and tennis facilities. In January 2013, the college opened an 88,0000 square-foot library building with majestic architecture inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s design for the University of Virginia.[5]

The Frisco Campus (also known as Preston Ridge Campus) opened in July 1995. In 2014, thanks to a $2 million gift for scholarships by Roger and Jody Lawler of Frisco,[10] the campus renamed their 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) building from "D Building" to "Lawler Hall" in honor of the donation. Collin College's business and high-tech programs are centered at Frisco Campus. The culinary arts program[11] moved there in 2009.

The district administration is located in the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) in McKinney. The CHEC hosts – among other things – a number of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs from five North Texas universities: Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Woman’s University, The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas. Offerings vary per university. The center is located at the intersection of the Central Expressway (U.S. Route 75) and Texas State Highway 121.[12]

The Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) in McKinney provides reality-based training for law enforcement and firefighter cadets and active first responders. Training elements include law enforcement and firefighter training areas with simulated retail spaces, office buildings and living areas for reality-based scenario training, three firearms ranges, specialized gas-fired burn structures, a confined space rescue simulator, as well as other training obstacles. The facility, which was built in partnership with the cities of McKinney and Allen, opened in August 2018.

The college broke ground on the Collin College Technical Campus[13] and its Wylie Campus[14] in the fall of 2018. Both are scheduled to open in the fall of 2020. The college broke ground on planned campuses in Farmersville and Celina in December 2019 and January 2020 respectively. Both of these planned campuses are expected to open in the fall of 2021.

Collin College also has smaller campuses and centers in Allen High School,[15] in Rockwall[16] and a continuing education center in Plano. The following is a list of the college district's current and planned campuses.

Courtyard Center campus
  • Allen Center[17]
  • Celina (planned campus; under construction)[18][19]
  • Collin College Technical Campus (campus opening Fall 2020; Allen)[20]
  • Collin Higher Education Center (McKinney)[21]
  • Courtyard Center (Plano)[22]
  • Farmersville (planned campus; under construction)[19]
  • Frisco Campus (Preston Ridge Campus)[23]
  • McKinney Campus (Central Park Campus)[24]
  • Public Safety Training Center (McKinney)[25]
  • Plano Campus (Spring Creek Campus)[26]
  • Rockwall Center[16]
  • Wylie (campus opening Fall 2020)[19][27]

Master plan and 2017 bond program[edit]

The residents of Collin County approved a $600 million bond proposition in May 2017[28] to fund the college district's Master Plan. Three months after the bond proposition was passed, the college board of trustees approved a lower tax rate, citing continued tax base growth in the college's service area.[29]

Master Plan priorities include: outreach and the creation of streamlined pathways from secondary education to four-year colleges and universities; the expansion of Collin College’s physical footprint; the addition of workforce and academic programs which align with projected Collin County labor market needs; the addition and improvement of services and facilities to create a welcoming environment; and implementing a consolidated maintenance plan.[30] Projects funded by the bond program include campuses being built in Celina, Farmersville and Wylie, as well as a career and technology campus being built in Allen known as the Collin College Technical Campus, an information technology "center of excellence" at the Frisco Campus and the Public Safety Training Center built in McKinney.

Academics[edit]

In addition to associate degrees, the college has bachelor's degrees in cybersecurity and nursing established in 2019; this was the first time Collin College had bachelor's degrees available.[31]

Athletics[edit]

Collin College's athletic program offers scholarships in Men and Women's basketball and tennis. The teams are known as the Cougars and Lady Cougars. They compete in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference in the NJCAA Region 5.[32] The Lady Cougars won NTJCAC conference championships in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020.[33]

The competition gym and tennis facilities are located on the Plano Campus (Spring Creek Campus).

Crisis intervention training[edit]

Collin College provides training for law enforcement officers in North Texas, especially in the Collin County and Dallas area. The training is certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, and is a forty hour class based on the Memphis training model. The training is in the classroom, with reality-based conflict resolution, with presentation by the mentally ill and professional mental health providers.

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Levi Bryant - Continental philosopher, influential figure of the Speculative Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology movements.
  • Ceilidh Charleson-Jennings — Recognized in 2013 as the Texas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.[34]
  • Amina El-Ashmawy — Recognized in 2015 as a U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.[35]
  • Rosemary Karr — Recognized as a 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
  • Tracey McKenzie — Recognized as a 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.[36][37]
  • Jennifer O'Loughlin-Brooks — Recognized in 2006 as the Texas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.[38]
  • Greg Sherman — Recognized in 2012 as the Texas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/city-county/2019/09/16/collin-college-marks-highest-enrollment-in-35-year-history/
  2. ^ Texas Education Code, Section 130.175, "North Central Texas College District Service Area".
  3. ^ "Central Park Campus". Collin.edu. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  4. ^ Luna, Nichole (20 January 2016). "Collin College Opens New Cary A Israel Health Sciences Center". www.communityimpact.com.
  5. ^ a b "Spring Creek Campus Library Design". Collin.edu. 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  6. ^ "Collin College - Athletics". Collin College Athletics. Collin.edu. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  7. ^ "Collin College - THE ARTS Gallery". Collin.edu. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  8. ^ "Gallery Listings". TASA. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
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  11. ^ "Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Education". Collin.edu. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  12. ^ "Maps/Visit Us." (Archive) Collin College. Retrieved on July 17, 2013. "The Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) opened for classes January 2010. Located in the northeast corner of the intersection of State Highway 121 and 75 Central Expressway, the CHEC is home to Collin College district offices and five university partners offering courses toward their baccalaureate and graduate degrees."
  13. ^ report, Staff. "Collin College breaks ground at Technical Campus site". Star Local. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  14. ^ News, School (2018-11-30). "Ground Breaks on New Wylie Campus for Collin College". School Construction News. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
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  18. ^ "Celina, TX - Official Website". Celina-tx.gov. Archived from the original on 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
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  22. ^ "Courtyard". Collin.edu. 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
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  26. ^ "Spring Creek Campus - Collin College". www.collin.edu. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  27. ^ "Collin College to open Wylie Campus in 2020 - Plano Profile Connecting Collin County". planoprofile.com. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  28. ^ Luna, Nicole (2017-05-07). "Collin College $600 million bond passes with more than 55 percent of the votes". Community Impact Newspaper. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  29. ^ Luna, Nicole (2017-08-29). "Collin College approves new homestead exemption, lower tax rate". Community Impact Newspaper. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  30. ^ "The Collin College Master Plan". www.collin.edu. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  31. ^ Panicker, Jobin (2019-06-20). "Collin College to offer four-year bachelor's degree programs". WFAA. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  32. ^ "NJCAA Region 5". njcaaregion5.com. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  33. ^ "Wins Propel Basketball Teams into Post-Season". Collin College. 2020-02-24. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  34. ^ "State Winners : 2013 U.S. Professors of the Year" (PDF). Usprofessorsoftheyear.org\accessdate=2015-07-24. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
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  36. ^ Aujla, Simmi (November 27, 2009). "Professors of the Year: Award Winners Are Celebrated for Innovative Teaching". The Chronicle of Higher Education. LVI (14): A8.
  37. ^ Anderson, Lindsey (November 18, 2009). "Four teachers named U.S. Professors of the Year". USA Today. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  38. ^ "Texas State Professors of the Year". US Professor of the Year Awards Program. Council for Advancement and Support of Education. 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010.[dead link]

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Coordinates: 33°13′07″N 96°38′31″W / 33.2185°N 96.6419°W / 33.2185; -96.6419