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
PresidentDr. Neil Matkin
Location, ,

Collin College is a community college district which serves Collin and Rockwall counties, located 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 55,000[1] credit and continuing education students annually.

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area[2] of Collin College includes all of Collin and Rockwall counties, and those portions of Denton County within the cities of Frisco and The Colony, and those portions of the county 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 college changed its domain name to in January 2010. The district headquarters is located in the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) in McKinney.


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] New features include a multi-story parking garage, library, classrooms, offices, student development center and clock tower. The new library building 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 system'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),[10] and tennis facilities (Brinker Center Court).[11] 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,[12] 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 moved there in 2009.[13]

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.[14]

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 and its Wylie Campus in the fall of 2018.

Collin College also has smaller campuses and centers in Allen High School,[15] in Rockwall 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
  • Celina (future campus site) [16]
  • Collin College Technical Campus (future campus; Allen)
  • Courtyard Center (Plano)[17]
  • Farmersville (future campus site)[18]
  • Frisco Campus (Preston Ridge Campus)
  • McKinney Campus (Central Park Campus)
  • Public Safety Training Center (McKinney)
  • Plano Campus (Spring Creek Campus)
  • Rockwall Center
  • Wylie (future campus site)[19]

Master Plan and 2017 Bond Program[edit]

The residents of Collin County approved a $600 million bond proposition in May 2017[20] 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.[21]

Master Plan priorities[22] 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. Projects funded by the bond program include campuses being built in Celina, Farmersville and Wiley, 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.


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.[23] The Lady Cougars won NTJCAC conference championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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]


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