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Global Edge Program Awarded Additional Funds

CCCCD's Global EDGE Awarded Additional $22,000

The Global EDGE Tech Prep of the Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) received an additional $22,000 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to implement software known as STARS (student tracking and registration software). This project allows colleges to have a local network where college advisors can verify tech prep programs, courses, and student participation. Graduating seniors who have taken tech prep courses are issued an identification card. A simple swipe of a magnetic card will link the student's name to the Global EDGE database where their information is stored. This identification card will contain information regarding high school, tech prep courses taken during high school, college course equivalents and eligible tech prep credits.

This new technology will eliminate the current system of using Scantron forms in combination with Microsoft ACCESS 2000. With this system, high school students filled out Scantron forms in their tech prep classes. Information contained on these forms included student name, teacher, school and course information. The scantrons are then scanned and stored in a database on the college network server. The new magnetic card is much more efficient and effective than scantrons.

For more information on the Global EDGE Tech Prep program or STARS, please call 972-548-6723.

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.