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CCCCD Names Of One Nation's Top 10 Digital Community Colleges

CCCCD Names Of One Nation's Top 10 Digital Community Colleges

April 30, 2004 - The Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) has won recognition from a national research and advisory institute for its innovative use of information technology to deliver services online to students, faculty and staff.

CCCCD was ranked one of the "Top 10 Digital Community Colleges" in a national survey by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in the second annual Digital Community Colleges Survey. The top-ranked schools in each category were recognized on April 25 at the AACC annual conference in Minneapolis.

CCCCD President Cary A. Israel believes the award reflects the college's dedication to access.

"Community colleges were rated based on their use of technology across the campus from online libraries to distance education and technical support," said Israel. "It was an honor to be recognized for our pioneering use of technology and to know that we are among the best in the country when it comes to advancements in technology."

Sam Roach, who serves as chairman of the CCCCD Board Of Trustees, also believes that technology is the key to the future. "Demand for higher education is on the rise, and our college must be innovative, flexible and responsive to the needs of business and students. CCCCD is proud to lead the way.

"Over 1,000 community colleges across the nation were invited to participate in the survey. Colleges responded to a set of 18 questions and were ranked according to a four-point scale. Judges then used website addresses and background data for final verification and validation. Winners were grouped into three categories based on size and location.

Collin County Community College District serves close to 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, CCCCD is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development.