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Collin College Showcases New Conference Center

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Collin College Showcases New Conference Center

(Front row, left to right) Denise Voss, representing Tx. State Senator Van Taylor; Keith Self, Collin County Judge; Brian Loughmiller, McKinney Mayor; Adrian Rodriquez, Collin College Trustee; Dr. Neil Matkin, Collin College District President; Dr. Bob Collins, Chair and Founding Trustee of Collin College Board of Trustees; Collin Cougar; and Collin College Trustees Mac Hendricks, Jenny McCall, Larry Wainwright and Andy Hardin (Back row, left to right) Jorge Serrano, PBK Architects; Chris Leija, PBK Architects; Lisa Hermes, President of McKinney Chamber of Commerce; Fred Montes, Collin College Foundation Board; Matt Ford, Encore Wire and Collin College Foundation Board; Matt Foster, AT&T and Collin College Foundation Board; Charles Branch, McKinney City Council; Shep Stahel, Collin College Foundation Board and retired from IBM; Ben Pogue, Pogue Construction; and Milton Buschbom, Collin College Foundation Board and retired from Texas Instruments
(Front row, left to right) Denise Voss, representing Tx. State Senator Van Taylor; Keith Self, Collin County Judge; Brian Loughmiller, McKinney Mayor; Adrian Rodriquez, Collin College Trustee; Dr. Neil Matkin, Collin College District President; Dr. Bob Collins, Chair and Founding Trustee of Collin College Board of Trustees; Collin Cougar; and Collin College Trustees Mac Hendricks, Jenny McCall, Larry Wainwright
and Andy Hardin
(Back row, left to right)
Jorge Serrano, PBK Architects; Chris Leija, PBK Architects; Lisa Hermes, President of McKinney Chamber of Commerce; Fred Montes, Collin College Foundation Board; Matt Ford, Encore Wire and Collin College Foundation Board; Matt Foster, AT&T and Collin College Foundation Board; Charles Branch, McKinney City Council; Shep Stahel, Collin College Foundation Board and retired from IBM; Ben Pogue, Pogue Construction; and Milton Buschbom, Collin College Foundation Board and retired from Texas Instruments

Sept. 3, 2015 – College officials and community leaders cut the ribbon on Collin College’s new conference center building today at a VIP sneak preview at the Central Park Campus in McKinney. The ceremony also marked a significant day in the college’s history, as Sept. 3 was the day the college offered its first classes in 1985.

According to Dr. Bob Collins, who is a founding trustee and chair of the college’s board, “Collin County waited a long time to have its own college, and we are very proud of the powerhouse Collin College is today. This is just the beginning of great things to come.” 

The 23,500 square foot conference center is the third major building at the north McKinney campus, and another major building—a health science center—is under construction with opening slated for spring. Although the campus had a small conference facility, the student body outgrew it and needed more space for academic conferences and workshops. 

“Collin College creates more than a half billion dollars in economic impact for our local economy every year, and that begins with student success,” said Collin College District President Dr. Neil Matkin. “There is no better investment than higher education, and we are committed to serving all students in every corner of our service area. This conference center will be a great asset for this campus community.” 

The conference center can seat up to 1,035 theater-style or 640 at round tables. The conference center can be divided into three breakout rooms, and there are two additional classrooms in the building with a capacity of 35. When the conference center is not scheduled with campus activities, it will be open for bookings from the community.

Collin College serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development.  In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,200 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.