Collin College

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Collin College
Collin College Logo.png
Motto "We have a passion for: Learning, Service and Involvement, Creativity and Innovation, Academic Excellence, Dignity and Respect, and Integrity"
Type Community college
Established 1985
President Neil Matkin
Students 53,000
Location Collin County, Texas, USA
Mascot Cougar

Collin College, formerly known as the Collin County Community College District, CCCCD, or CCCC, 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 nearly 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually. In March 2007, the college re-branded itself "Collin College." The college changed its domain name to in January 2010. The district headquarters is located in the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) in McKinney.

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area[1] 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.


Spring Creek Campus

The Central Park Campus in McKinney opened in 1985 with comprehensive renovations completed in the fall of 2009.[2] 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). The Central Park Campus is a comprehensive campus.

The Spring Creek campus in Plano opened in fall of 1988.[3] By number of students, this campus is the largest, providing general classes and housing the college system's honors,[4] fine arts, and athletics[5] programs. The campus features a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) art gallery,[6] theatre center,[7] gymnasium (Cougar Hall),[8] and tennis facilities (Brinker Center Court).[9] A major expansion of the campus has just opened with the addition of a new 88,0000 square-foot library building with majestic architecture inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s design for the University of Virginia.[10]

The Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco opened in July 1995. The campus recently opened its new 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) "D" building including 26 general classrooms and four science labs. Collin College's business and high-tech programs are centered at Preston Ridge, and the culinary arts program moved there in 2009.[11]

Collin College also has campuses of smaller capacity in Allen, located in Allen High School,[12] in Plano, for continuing education, and one in Rockwall, (located in neighboring Rockwall County) within the Rockwall Independent School District’s Administration/Education Center.[13]

The district headquarters is located in the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) in McKinney, which opened in January 2010. It is located at the intersection of the Central Expressway (U.S. Route 75) and Texas State Highway 121.[14]

Courtyard Center campus
  • Allen Center
  • Central Park Campus (McKinney)
  • Courtyard Center (Plano)[15]
  • Rockwall Center
  • Preston Ridge Campus (Frisco)
  • Farmersville (future campus site)
  • Celina (future campus site) [16]
  • Melissa (future campus site)

Collin Higher Education Center[edit]

In January 2010, Collin College opened the doors to its much-anticipated Higher Education Center, located at the intersection of Central Expressway and State Hwy. 121 in McKinney.[17]

The Higher Education Center hosts – among other things – a number of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs from four North Texas universities: Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Woman’s University, The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas.

Offerings vary per university. Programs range from communications, teaching, management, Spanish, psychology, child development, counseling, nursing, criminal justice, business administration and accounting.[18]

Notable faculty[edit]

Professor Will Geisler - teaches Government and is an expert in political philosophy and the history of the Supreme Court.


  • Dr. Levi Bryant - Continental philosopher, influential figure of the Speculative Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology movements


  1. ^ Texas Education Code, Section 130.175, "North Central Texas College District Service Area".
  2. ^ "Central Park Campus". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Spring Creek Campus". 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Honors Institute". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Collin College - Athletics". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Collin College - THE ARTS Gallery". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  8. ^ "Collin College Athletics - Cougar Hall". 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  9. ^ "Collin College Athletics - Center Court". 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  10. ^ "Spring Creek Campus". 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  11. ^ "Preston Ridge". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  12. ^ "Allen Center". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  13. ^ "Rockwall Center". 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  14. ^ "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."
  15. ^ "Courtyard". 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  16. ^ "Celina, TX - Official Website". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  17. ^ "Collin Higher Education Center". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  18. ^ "Degree Programs". 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  19. ^ "State Winners : 2013 U.S. Professors of the Year" (PDF).\accessdate=2015-07-24. 
  20. ^ a b c "Texas State Professors of the Year". US Professor of the Year Awards Program. Council for Advancement and Support of Education. 2012.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Texas_POY" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  21. ^ "Top U.S. Professors Honored". The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  22. ^ Madden (2006). "80(R) HR 854- Introduced Version Bill Text". Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  23. ^ Aujla, Simmi (November 27, 2009). "Professors of the Year: Award Winners Are Celebrated for Innovative Teaching". The Chronicle of Higher Education LVI (14): A8. 
  24. ^ Anderson, Lindsey (November 18, 2009). "Four teachers named U.S. Professors of the Year". USA Today. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 

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