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Collin College Receives Perkins Grant To Improve Student Retention

September 11, 2009 - The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently awarded Collin College a $293,055 Carl D. Perkins Grant for the state leadership priority topic “Improving Career and Technology Education for Post-Secondary Student Retention.”

Collin College will be collaborating with the University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler) and Texas State Technical College at Marshall (TSTC at Marshall). The three higher education institutions will initiate activities in an effort to significantly improve the retention rate of students enrolled in workforce programs at the university and community college levels. Collin College will develop activities for students interested in earning A.A.S. degrees such as CADD, semiconductor manufacturing, computer networking, convergence technology, hospitality and food service management, child development, fire science and nursing.

Collin College is implementing a College Scope program, an online initiative to help students identify their unique talents and translate them into career goals and Career Bytes, which offers presentations from business and industry representatives. The college will also create new activities throughout the year. TSTC Marshall is implementing Tech Trek and UT Tyler is offering a two-week intensive Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) camp.

According to Dr. Janet Jaworski, executive director of the Collin College Global EDGE Tech Prep Consortium and grant project director, many times students become confused about their degree and career plans.

“This grant is important because we want students to finish college in a timely manner and go into a career they enjoy. It is important that students are informed about what we have to offer. I am excited about the partnership because we are working in collaboration with two fine institutions, and we have the opportunity to develop activities that could serve as statewide models. The grant also offers Collin College the chance to continue our role of educational leadership,” Dr. Jaworski said.

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.