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Points of Cougar Pride - College Honors 2008-2009
College Honors 2008-2009
This page chronicles the awards and achievements of Collin College's programs and departments and the college as a whole.

College Honors

Collin College’s Alpha Mu Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa won several awards at the Texas Regional Convention in Waco. Bethany Allen, president of Collin College’s chapter, was inducted into the Texas Hall of Honor for Members. Daniel Sanabria, chapter vice president for Leadership, was chosen by International as the Distinguished Officer for the state of Texas. Advisor and Professor Angela Putman was inducted into the Texas Hall of Honor for Advisors and the Alpha Mu Tau Chapter won the Continued Excellence Award. This award is given to the top chapter in Texas that has consistently been a top chapter for several years in a row. It is the second highest award in the Texas Region.

All 37 nursing students graduating in December 2008 have successfully passed their NCLEX-RN on the first attempt.

Collin College took home two Successful Transfer Enhancement Programs (STEP) awards for its pre-admission program at the Texas Transfer Success Conference May 22. The program won bronze in both the Student Services and Development and Collaboration Between Two- and Four-Year Colleges categories.

Collin College has been approved by Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to begin a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.

The college’s EMT program achieved a 90 percent pass rate on the state exam.

Collin College’s associate of applied science degree in biotechnology was granted program recognition by the Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB).  The program is recognized for integrating into the curriculum the Biotechnology and Biomedical Skill Standards for Research, Development, and Manufacturing. Collin College also received an incentive check for $1,000 from the Texas State Leadership Council which awards colleges that successfully integrate TSSB recognized skill standards into technical programs.

Collin College’s business office received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended August 31, 2007. The Certificate was awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. Collin College is the only community college in Texas to have received the award for 11 consecutive years.

The nursing department is one of nine programs selected to participate in a national research study conducted by the National League for Nursing, Laerdal and the American Heart Association. The aim of the study is to examine different approaches to learning Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Collin College’s Sigma Chi Eta will receive the Raymie E. McKerrow Chapter of the Year Award at the National Community Association. Sigma Chi Eta is the national communications honor society. The award was bestowed on a chapter that best exemplifies the goals of the NCA including recognizing and foster academic achievement in communication studies, stimulating interest in communications, promoting professional development, providing a stage to exchange ideas and explore options for community college students who plan to transfer to a university.

Collin Colleges’ public relations department won four National Council for Marketing and Public Relations awards at its district 4 conference in Wyoming in October. The winners were: gold for the Connections newsletter; gold for Heather Darrow’s feature story, “Surmounting Walls with Educational Footholds”; bronze for Mark Robinson’s feature story, “The Road is His Research”; and bronze for the summer 2008 movie commercial.

Civic Ventures, a leading thinktank on boomers and work, has published “Pathways to Encore Careers” and features Collin College’s program to help laid-off and retired boomers with math backgrounds retrain as high school math teachers. The program of Collin’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Professional Development, was funded by the MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures Community College Encore Career Grant.

The Child Development Lab School at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus is one of the first early childhood programs to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals in their new accreditation system.

Collin College’s EMT and paramedic programs’ pass rates were compared to colleges and universities in the state in Texas EMS magazine. EMT students had a 91 percent pass rate and paramedic students had a 100 percent pass rate, both outscoring the national and state averages.

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