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Thomas Doan Named to All-USA Academic Team

CCCCD honor student Thomas Doan named to All-USA Academic Team

Thomas Doan, a Collin County Community College District student, was named to the All-USA Academic Team by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honorary society, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and USA Today. He received his honor during an April 5 ceremony in Chicago at the AACC annual national convention that is celebrating the 100th anniversary of community colleges.

“We are proud of Thomas’s accomplishments, and we congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award,” said Sam Roach, chairman of the CCCCD Board of Trustees. “We have had a long-standing dedication to providing a world-class education at Collin County Community College District. Receiving national recognition on behalf of one of our outstanding students heightens awareness of the exemplary education that can be achieved at our college.”

Mr. Doan was one of 20 students nationally to be selected to the highest level of this academic competition, the First Team, which recognizes scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in community colleges. Students are nominated by college presidents who are asked to consider outstanding grade point averages, participation in honors programs, awards, honors and recognition for academic achievement and service to the college and community. According to officials at AACC more than 1,700 nominations were received. Students who win the top honor receive $2,500, a medallion and obelisk trophy. Additionally, PTK scholarships from various universities are available to these award winners.

“I am very excited about receiving this honor. I first shared the news with my family. They are very happy. My parents have done a lot for me, especially immigrating to the United States,” said Mr. Doan, whose family immigrated to the United States from Vietnam when he was five. “They left their country about 18 years ago just in the hope that their children could have a good future.”

Mr. Doan is president of CCCCD’s Student Advisory Council, communications secretary for Alpha Mu Tau (CCCCD’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter), a student in CCCCD’s Honors Institute and vice president of the International Student’s Association. Mr. Doan, who has maintained a 4.0 GPA, graduates with an associate’s degree in May and plans to attend Southern Methodist University in the fall.

“It is a stellar accomplishment to be selected for the First All-USA Academic Team,” said Cary A. Israel, CCCCD president. “This is one of the highest scholarly honors that a student can obtain. We applaud Thomas for being one of the best students in the United States. He exemplifies the quality of students at CCCCD.”

The 2000-2001 academic year has been one of national recognition for CCCCD. In addition to Mr. Doan being named a top scholar, a CCCCD program and professor have also received accolades. Theater professor Brad Baker was named U.S. Professor of the Year for outstanding instruction by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and USA Today. And the Service Learning and Learning Communities program was presented the national Bellwether Award for innovative practices by the National Council of Instructional Administrators and the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.