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Collin LULAC Sweeps Nationals

July 7, 2006 - One Collin County Community College District (Collin) student organization has caught the attention of the nation.

The college's Young Adult Council of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) received the Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Advisor of the Year and Council of the Year at the organization's 77th annual National Convention July 2, in Milwaukee. Students Eddy and Liz Trejo were named Man and Woman of the Year, respectively. Advisor Lisabeth Lassiter was named the Advisor of the Year and the Collin LULAC was named Council of the Year.

"Again, our LULAC students have made the college proud for their achievements at the national convention," said Cary Israel, president of the college. "These students have demonstrated leadership and service to both our college and the community."

This is the second straight year and third time in four years that Lassiter has been named Advisor of the Year at the national ceremony. Siblings Eddy and Liz Trejo are both the second students to earn Man and Woman of the Year at the national level after Robert Villareal and Stefanie Rodriguez did so in 2003.

Collin LULAC was founded in 2002 and has since earned a number of awards in district, state and national competitions. In addition, the council was presented the Civic/Community Leadership Group Award from the Volunteer Center of North Texas. It is one of 700 LULAC councils across the country.

In the fall of 2005, 2,015 Hispanic students enrolled in classes for credit at Collin, a 13.3 percent increase over fall of 2004. This outpaced the average increase of 3.7 percent at colleges throughout Texas. The increase on Collin campuses also exceeded the state's goal, which was to increase the number of Hispanic students in higher education by 10 percent.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.