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Collin College is very proud of its students, faculty and staff as well as the many achievements they earn over the year. This site highlights some of the awards, honor and other accomplishments that champion the college's core values.

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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 .

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.

David Schletewitz, Mona Azzo and Anna Cavnar were all named to the All-Texas Academic Team based on scores the student earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1,900 applications were received this year. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Collin College’s Taylor Jackson of Frisco has been named an All-American Honorable Mention by the National Junior College Athletic Association. Jackson, a 5-6 sophomore guard, led the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC) with 16 points per game, shooting 41.2 percent from the field. Jackson was also named First Team All-Region and NTJCAC Most Valuable Player for the 2015-16 season.

Dr. Elaine Zweig has been named Trainer of the Year by the Collin County Association for the Education of Young Children (CCAEYC). The award honors Dr. Zweig’s commitment to high quality programs for young children. Dr. Zweig received the award at an April 14 banquet in McKinney.

More than 100 students participated in a roundtable discussion on civility in the classroom on April 13 in Pike Hall. The purpose was to hold a civil discussion about expectations of behavior and civility in the classroom from both the students’ and professors’ viewpoints. This roundtable was linked to Collin’s Core Value of Dignity and Respect.

Open Doors, Open Minds presented “The Invisible Scarlet Letter: Barriers to Building a New Life After Crime” on April 14.  Sara Mokuria, an associate director of the University of Texas at Dallas Center for Urban Policy Research, spoke about the challenges faced by persons formerly incarcerated and the difficulties they try to overcome finding housing, jobs and rebuilding relationships. More than 90 students attended.

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