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College Reaches Out To Hurricane Victims

September 2, 2005 – In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Collin County Community College District (Collin) is extending relief to victims on the U.S. gulf coast.

“Our hearts go out to all the victims and their friends and families during this monumental tragedy,” said Cary Israel, the college’s president.

The college has offered an out-of-state tuition waiver for college students displaced in the states affected by the hurricane. The rate for affected students is $37 per credit hour, and emergency enrollment will be extended for victims on a case-by-case basis through September 9.

The college has also opened its Ham Radio communications facility at the Frisco campus to relief workers for use as necessary.

The college’s theatre program is engaged in a clothing and blanket drive to deliver to evacuees at Dallas’ Reunion Arena, the Houston Astrodome and other locations. Collin’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter is collecting soap, shampoo, wash clothes and towels for evacuees, and the Student Government Association is organizing a canister drive to raise money.

“While recovery from the initial devastation will take many months, we encourage everyone to support the victims, and we will continue do the same,” Israel said.