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Collin Higher Education Center Proposal Approved, Set For January Opening


Collin Higher Education Center Proposal Approved, Set For January Opening

October 29, 2009 – Today, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the proposed curriculum for the Collin Higher Education Center.

The new facility – located at the intersection of Central Expressway and State Hwy. 121 in McKinney – is set to open in January 2010.

It will host junior- and senior-level college classes and master and doctoral programs from area universities.

Officials from Dallas Baptist University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Woman’s University, The University of Texas at Dallas, the University of North Texas and Collin College will sign an agreement Monday, Nov. 9 to officially finalize the partnerships.

Visit www.collin.edu/chec to learn more about the center and degree offerings.

The Collin Higher Education Center meets a number of needs toward providing advanced degrees to Collin County residents who might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so.

According to a community survey, 55 percent of participants were interested in pursuing a college degree. Of those surveyed, 35 percent were interested in bachelor’s degrees and 65 percent were interested in master’s degrees.

The center also will meet a workforce need in the Metroplex helping train and advance individuals in a number of fields. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the number of job openings that require a bachelor’s or master’s degree will increase by 16.5 percent and 18.9 percent, respectively, through 2016.

No longer will individuals need to drive out of the county in order to fulfill their educational goals.

Freshman and sophomore courses are not available at the Collin Higher Education Center, but are taught at the Central Park, Preston Ridge and Spring Creek campuses.

Collin College will continue to be a community college. Degree programs at the Collin Higher Education Center will be offered through the five partner universities.

Students attending will be enrolled in and graduate from the university offering the bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree offered at the Collin Higher Education Center location.

Prospective students will follow all university policies and procedures, including admission criteria, tuition and fee rates, and financial aid.

For more information, visit www.collin.edu/chec or call 972.599.3100.

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.