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CCCCD Board of Trustees Approve Bond Referendum



CCCCD Board of Trustees Approve Bond Referendum

Rising Enrollment and Aging Buildings Create Need for New Facilities, Major Renovations and Repairs

AUGUST 22, 2001 — The Collin County Community College District Board of Trustees called a bond election for Tuesday, November 6, to accommodate student enrollment growth and deferred maintenance needs over the next eight years.

Members of the Board unanimously approved a $57 million bond referendum during an August 21 Board meeting.  Addressed in the referendum are new construction and maintenance and renovation projects.

Keeping up with the area’s growth is a concern of college officials. Collin County has experienced a surge in population over the years.  In 1990, Collin County had 264,036 residents.  By 2000, that number increased to 491,785.  The population is expected to reach 624,066 in 2005.

CCCCD has seen similar growth. Just over 1,300 students enrolled for classes during the college’s first semester in fall 1985.  In the 2000-2001 academic year, more than 32,000 credit and non-credit students were enrolled.  In other words, of the approximately 345,000 adults over the age of 18 living in Collin County, approximately one in 10 attend CCCCD .  By 2005, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board conservatively projects CCCCD enrollment will increase by 22.9 percent, and by 2010, 48.9 percent.

“The college district is an integral part of our community.  Historically, 25 percent of Collin County graduating high school seniors attend CCCCD,” said Sam Roach, chairman of the CCCCD Board of Trustees.  “Each summer thousands of university students return home and enroll at our college.  They can depend on receiving the same caliber of education and then transfer those credits back to their university and move closer to graduation.  We are also a partner to area businesses in training their employees.  And we offer high-tech and career development training to individuals.  Now we are faced with overcrowding and buildings that are in need of major repairs at a time when state funding is static.  We want to ensure that the college district can continue its level of service to the community.”

The Board is presenting a voters a bond referendum in which the tax rate will not increase.  Currently, Collin County property owners pay $0.094049 per $100 assessed value of their homes to support the college district.  A home valued at $100,000, for instance, is assessed at approximately $94 annually, or 2.5 cents per day, in property taxes for CCCCD.

“We want to continue to serve the community by offering a quality education while keeping tuition low.  We want to ensure that the students who attend CCCCD today and in the future will have access to  the same level of educational opportunities that students in the past had.  We want to sustain the excellence.  And we are now asking voters if they too want to sustain the excellence,” said Cary A. Israel, CCCCD president.

SUSTAINING THE EXCELLENCE: 2001 BOND REFERENDUM
Proposed Projects

New Construction
High-Tech Training Facility
Additional Classroom Buildings
Additional Parking Areas

Renovation
Classrooms
Common Areas

Replacement/Repairs
Roofs
HVAC and Cooling Towers
Parking Lots and Walkways
Fire Alarm Systems
Carpeting and Tile Floors

2000-2001 Tax Rates of Texas Community College Districts
(50 districts)

Ranked in descending order

Community College District Tax Rate
1. South Plains 0.312900
2. Western Texas 0.306700
3. Vernon  0.283820
4. Howard  0.258540
5. Ranger  0.239910
6. Alvin  0.238900
7. Del Mar 0.220466
8. Lee  0.219300
9. College of the Mainland 0.218000
10. Frank Phillips  0.211800
40.  Collin County   0.094049
Source: Texas Association of Community Colleges

CCCCD: A COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY SERVICE

CCCCD has a commitment to serving the community. The district is in the forefront in its academic programs, attaining national recognition in engaged scholarship, programs, dance and theatre. In addition, CCCCD plays an integral role in the economic outlook of the community, meeting the educational needs of business, industry and government by ensuring a qualified, highly skilled work force.

Health Care
In response to the nursing shortage, CCCCD's nursing program forged a new partnership with Plano Medical Center, which is geared to attract individuals to the profession. The college's comprehensive allied health program provides training for emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists and dental hygienists.

Education
The critical need for teachers was met with the introduction of a teacher certification program, making CCCCD the first community college in the nation to offer secondary education certification.

Public Service
The college also provides state-of-the-art training facilities for area firefighters and law enforcement officers. In addition, the college's national award-winning Service Learning program is designed to engage students in their community, encouraging good citizenship. During the last academic year, over 800 students donated 12,000 hours of time to community projects for 200 not-for-profit agencies.

High-Tech Training
CCCCD is a national Cisco Systems training center, serving the eight-state Southwest region. Moreover, CCCCD offers certificate and degree programs in wide array of high-tech areas and is an Authorized Academic Training Provider for Microsoft.

Work Force Development
As a partner to business and industry, CCCCD offers customized training through its Business Solutions Group. Currently, CCCCD has alliances with over 70 companies in providing specialized training and consulting to area employees. Through an $887,146 skills development grant, awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission, the college is training more than 1,000 employees of Collin County companies.