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Committee of 100 Meets, Discusses Future Direction Of Collin County Community College District

Committee of 100 Meets, Discusses Future Direction Of Collin County Community College District

OCT. 31, 2001 - Area business people and community volunteers recently met at the Spring Creek Campus of Collin County Community College District (CCCCD). Under discussion was the future direction of the college. This group of community leaders, the Committee of 100, actually numbers about 130 members.

Among the recommendations presented to college officials, were the following:

  • CCCCD should continue to be known for academic excellence at affordable tuition rates.
  • CCCCD should collaborate with universities so students can stay in Collin County and complete degrees in higher education.
  • The college should increase its communication and visibility.
  • Keeping up with changes in technology is one of the most pressing educational issues confronting our community.

"We applaud the interest and commitment shown by these community leaders," said Sam Roach, chairman of the CCCCD Board of Trustees. Their recommendations will assist us as we plan for the future."

The Committee of 100 is not a new concept for CCCCD. The original Committee of 100 led in the creation of the college in 1985. With a concern for meeting the educational demands of a fast-growing community, burgeoning enrollments and on-going changes in technology, college officials felt it was time to form a new Committee of 100.

"Our college is experiencing record enrollments," said Cary A. Israel, CCCCD president. "The latest figures for the fall semester show an 11.5 percent increase in credit course enrollment over last fall. We are a primary training source for area employers, and a majority of our students transfer successfully to universities. In addition, the college educates nurses, secondary education teachers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and law enforcement officers. We welcome input and guidance from the community, to help us continue in this important role."

The Committee of 100 plans to meet again in February 2002 to discuss the development of the next strategic plan for the college district.