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Teacher Certification Program Receives Prestigious Award


July 21, 2005 - The Collin County Community College District (Collin) Teacher Certification Program is proving to be the cream of the nation's crop.

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) recently awarded the program with a Teaching By Choice award, which includes a $10,000 grant. Collin was one of only 10 community colleges nationwide to receive the award. The money will be used to enhance the mentoring support and professional development of science, math and technology teachers in the teacher certification program.

The Teaching By Choice award recognizes exemplary kindergarten-12th grade teacher preparation programs at community colleges that include science, technology, engineering and math.

"I am very proud of the accomplishments of our teacher certification program," Collin Board Chairman Sam Roach said. "Collin champions the cause of education in every facet, and we want to use this award as a means to encourage more people to become vibrant, caring and competent teachers for the scholars of tomorrow."

The college's teacher certification program was the first for a community college in the nation when it was accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification in 2000.

"Our teacher certification program has been a trailblazer in higher education, so Collins faculty, staff and students take great pride in its success," Collin President Cary A. Israel said. "The Teaching By Choice Award exemplifies the work the program has done to provide bright and energetic teachers to Texas schools."

Teaching By Choice: Addressing the National Teacher Shortage is a two-part initiative addressing the demand for more kindergarten-12th grade teachers. The AACC receives support from the National Science Foundation and partners with the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

"It is exciting to receive this honor," Teacher Certification Program Director Brenda Kihl said. "The award is the result of our staff and faculty and their dedication to developing a program to prepare the most effective and highly-qualified teachers. We must also recognize Collin's administration, area school districts and the State Board for Educator Certification for contributing to the programs success and eligibility for this award."

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.