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Collin Programs Receives 'Exemplary' Designation From the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board


April 25, 2005 – The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has just designated two workforce education programs at Collin County Community College District (Collin) as exemplary—child development and dental hygiene. In fall 2004, the state also designated the nursing and real estate programs at Collin as exemplary.

In order to qualify as exemplary, a workforce education program must meet and exceed all standards set by the state. Exemplary programs are considered to be model programs. Additional criteria include placement of program graduates, professional credentials, business-industry partnerships, integrating technical and academic education, employer/student satisfaction and the on-going need for the workforce education program.

“Fewer than five percent of all workforce education programs are named exemplary, and it is an honor that Collin has four such programs here.” said Cary A. Israel, president of the college. He added that the college’s Student Development Division had also been honored previously. “I credit our faculty, staff and administrators for their dedication to making this college an outstanding place for students to develop and learn.”

The dental hygiene program has maintained a 100 percent pass rate on the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and the Western Regional Board Examination since the program first began. According to Joanne Fletcher, dental hygiene director, “It is such an honor for dental hygiene to be recognized as an exemplary program by the state. I am very proud of everyone who contributed to the quality of our program.”

The child development program has seen an increase from 100 students in 1995 to more than 500 students in 2005. “This exemplary award is a testament to the work, dedication, support and commitment of the child development faculty and students,” said Elaine Boski-Wilkinson, department of education chair.

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Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.