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Rockwall ISD, CCCCD, A&M-Commerce To Host Open House April 6

April 2, 2004 - Officials from Rockwall ISD, Collin County Community College District and A&M University-Commerce will host a joint open house and celebration of partnership in Rockwall on Tuesday, April 6, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with opening ceremony at 3:15 at 1050 Williams Street.

On February 26, CCCCD and A&M-Commerce signed an agreement that allows students to complete the first two years of their degrees at the community college and have automatic admission to finish at the university. College officials say the agreement clears the path for students who are working toward bachelor’s degrees.

Rockwall ISD Superintendent Gene Burton stated, “We are very pleased to announce this partnership with CCCCD and A&M-Commerce in an effort to provide educational opportunities for students as well as having the presence of higher education in our community which will increase economic development. This partnership has excellent potential and is the beginning of great prospects for the community as a whole.”

Rockwall ISD has recently renovated the old J. W. William Middle School and converted it to the new Administration/Education Center. The building will serve Rockwall Quest Academy, RISD administrative staff, higher education classes for CCCCD and A&M-Commerce, and in-service training facilities.

According to A&M-Commerce President Dr. Keith McFarland, “Texas A&M University-Commerce is excited to launch a higher education partnership with the Rockwall Independent School District and the Collin County Community College District. We look forward to offering the bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree this fall and other degrees through the partnership in the future.” With the Dual Admission Agreement between A&M-Commerce and CCCCD, Rockwall Partnership students can complete core curriculum requirements as well as selected technical courses needed for the B.A.A.S. degree at the Rockwall Higher Education Center.

“Affordability of higher education is a hot topic in our community and state. We believe that entering into dual admission agreements with quality universities like Texas A & M-Commerce provides a model--one that can be replicated--for decreasing the costs of a four-year degree,” said Dr. Cary Israel, president of CCCCD. Students transferring to A&M-Commerce through the program will also be eligible for scholarships. The dual admission agreement with other Texas Universities has been popular, and 339 students have participated in the program up to date.

Following the opening ceremony, tours of the facility will include the Higher Education Center, Rockwall Quest Academy, and RISD Administrative facilities.