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"
Type Community college
Established 1985
President Neil Matkin
Students 53,000
Location Collin County, Texas, USA
Mascot Cougar

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 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually.

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.

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.


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). In January 2016, Collin College added a 125,000-square-foot state of the art Health Sciences Center.[3]

The Spring Creek campus in Plano opened in fall of 1988.[4] By number of students, this campus is the largest, providing general classes and housing the college system's honors,[5] 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.[4]

The Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco 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 Preston Ridge, and the culinary arts program moved there in 2009.[13]

Collin College also has campuses of smaller capacity in Allen, located in Allen High School,[14] in Plano, for continuing education, and one in Rockwall.

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.[15]

Courtyard Center campus
  • Allen Center
  • Central Park Campus (McKinney)
  • Courtyard Center (Plano)[16]
  • Rockwall Center
  • Preston Ridge Campus (Frisco)
  • Spring Creek Campus (Plano)
  • Farmersville (future campus site)[17]
  • Celina (future campus site) [18]
  • Melissa (future campus site)
  • Wylie (future campus site)[19]

Collin Higher Education Center[edit]

In January 2010, Collin College opened the doors of its Higher Education Center, located at the intersection of Central Expressway and State Hwy. 121 in McKinney.[20]

The Higher Education Center 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. Programs range from communications, teaching, management, Spanish, psychology, child development, counseling, nursing, criminal justice, business administration and accounting.[21]

The center also hosts the administrative office of the college.


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.[22]

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

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 40-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]


  1. ^ Texas Education Code, Section 130.175, "North Central Texas College District Service Area".
  2. ^ "Central Park Campus". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  3. ^ Luna, Nichole (20 January 2016). "Collin College Opens New Cary A Israel Health Sciences Center". 
  4. ^ a b "Spring Creek Campus". 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Honors Institute". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Collin College - Athletics". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Collin College - THE ARTS Gallery". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  8. ^ "Gallery Listings". TASA. Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  9. ^ "Home". Archived from the original on 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  10. ^ "Collin College Athletics - Cougar Hall". 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  11. ^ "Collin College Athletics - Center Court". 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  12. ^ "". Retrieved 2016-08-18.  External link in |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Preston Ridge". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  14. ^ "Allen Center". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  15. ^ "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."
  16. ^ "Courtyard". 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  17. ^, Chris Beattie,. "Collin College to build Wylie campus, centers in Celina, Farmersville". Star Local. Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  18. ^ "Celina, TX - Official Website". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  19. ^ "Collin College to open Wylie Campus in 2020 - Plano Profile Connecting Collin County". Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  20. ^ "Collin Higher Education Center". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  21. ^ "Degree Programs". 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  22. ^ "NJCAA Region 5". Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  23. ^ a b "Texas State Professors of the Year". US Professor of the Year Awards Program. Council for Advancement and Support of Education. 2012. 
  24. ^ "State Winners : 2013 U.S. Professors of the Year" (PDF).\accessdate=2015-07-24. 
  25. ^ Aujla, Simmi (November 27, 2009). "Professors of the Year: Award Winners Are Celebrated for Innovative Teaching". The Chronicle of Higher Education. LVI (14): A8. 
  26. ^ Anderson, Lindsey (November 18, 2009). "Four teachers named U.S. Professors of the Year". USA Today. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  27. ^ "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]
  28. ^ Madden (2006). "80(R) HR 854- Introduced Version Bill Text". Retrieved 31 March 2010. 

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