The Health Sciences Academy operated jointly by Collin College and Plano ISD has been awarded a Texas Association of College Technical Educators Award of Excellence. The award recognizes college programs that demonstrate: innovative partnerships and collaborations with employers, community stakeholders or other educational institutions; potential for positive economic impact in their region; outstanding program outcomes (such as graduation, placement, licensure pass rates, etc.); and/or best practices in workforce education and training that have improved student success.
The college marked its 31st anniversary April 6 and celebrated with a week of events, including games, trivia, the raising of new Collin College flags, and the dedication of a tree in the memory of Founding Trustee Tino Trujillo. The week culminated in the first-ever CougarRun 5K and Fun Run, organized by the Collin College Foundation. The CougarRun attracted about 200 runners and raised more than $20,000 in scholarships for students. Pictures of the event are available on the Collin College Alumni Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/collinalumni/ .
About 2,000 students, faculty and staff attended the annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference at the Spring Creek Campus, April 13-14. Three of the top papers at the conference were from Collin College. Almost 300 students made presentations as parts of panels, roundtables, performances or as poster presenters over the two-day conference.MPI Collin College Student Club has been selected as one of the finalists for the 2016 Meeting Professionals International RISE (Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence) Award for Membership Achievement. The club will be recognized along with other 2016 RISE Award finalists at a conference in Atlantic City in June, where the award recipient will be announced live.
Collin College’s Model UN earned a Distinguished Delegation Award for its representation of Libya at the Model UN Conference B in New York, March 27-31. The team also was awarded two Outstanding Position Paper awards, one for the General Assembly Second Committee and the other for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This is the first time that the team has won two position papers at the same conference. The students that represented Collin’s Team Libya were: Andrew Aguilar, Madyson Biggers, Yannick Bongo, Jennifer Dopson, Adeel Ghayasuddin, Rory Macdonald, Marcus Mexia, Elianys Perez, Ruth Pineda, Kase Stevens, Michael Kirchner, Jr. and David Abramo.Collin College’s Respiratory Care program has received the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award for the fourth year in a row. The award recognizes criteria including positive job placement and credentialing success of 90 percent or above. From a program effectiveness perspective, the CoARC views the RRT credential as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations.