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President Receives Community Forum Award



President Receives Community Forum Award

SEPTEMBER 27, 2002 - CCCCD President Cary Israel received the Plano Community Forum's 2002 Community Award. The Plano Community Forum is a community-based organization that provides opportunities for minority students graduating from Plano high schools. The forum also promotes cultural enrichment and community involvement. Through Israel's leadership and commitment to all students, CCCCD continues to provide opportunities for minority students to earn a college degree.

"It was a distinct honor to receive the 2002 Plano Community Forum Community Leadership Award. I accepted the award on behalf of all my colleagues at CCCCD who are committed to civic involvement, educational accessibility, and community service. I applaud the Plano Community Forum for their quality contributions that enhance all our lives," stated Israel.

The Plano Community Forum looks at several variables when choosing their award recipient. The eligible individual must have demonstrated outstanding leadership in coordinating groups of volunteers for major fund raising projects, outstanding skills in participating in or leading groups of volunteers for community projects for the benefit of charitable organizations and a commitment to the advancement of community improvement.

Community members who are active in the Plano Community Forum feel that Israel has gone above and beyond meeting these criteria. "Dr. Israel and CCCCD have been very active with the Plano MLK Celebration for many years, specifically with the MLK Leadership Breakfast. Because of his commitment to the Plano community, I think it is appropriate for him to receive this award from the Plano Community Forum. During the short time he's been with the college, he has taken the concept of the engaged scholar to a whole new level," stated Fred Moses, president of Telecom Electric.

"He is an energetic, enthusiastic and intelligent man. He is a great person to work with and brings new and different things to the table. Dr. Israel and CCCCD have been very active in Plano community affairs and has done an excellent job representing the college," added Earl Simpkins, chief operating officer of Telecom Electric.

Collin County Community College District serves more than 37,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, the CCCCD is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.