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Collin College
Motto "We have a passion for: Learning, Service and Involvement, Creativity and Innovation, Academic Excellence, Dignity and Respect, and Integrity"
Established 1985
Type Community college
President Cary Israel
Students 46,000
Location Collin County, Texas, USA
Mascot Cougar

The Collin County Community College District (Collin College) is a community college district which serves Collin and Rockwall counties, located north and northeast of Dallas. Founded in 1985, the district has grown as the county has grown: from around 5,000 students in 1986 to about 46,000 in 2009. Recently, the college rebranded itself and is now known purely as "Collin College."

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of Collin College is the following:[1]

  • all of Collin and Rockwall counties, and
  • those portions of Denton County within the cities of Frisco and The Colony, and those portions of the county included within the Celina and Prosper school districts.



Collin College Spring Creek Campus

The Central Park Campus in McKinney underwent a series of renovations, which were complete by the fall of 2009. New features include a multi-story parking garage, library, classrooms, offices, student development center and clock tower. The new library totals 73,500 square feet (6,830 m2). The Central Park Campus is a comprehensive campus.

The Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco opened in July 1995. It is located north of SH 121 and east of Preston Road. The campus recently opened its new 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) "D" building including 26 general classrooms and four science labs. Collin College's business and high-tech programs are centered at Preston Ridge, and the culinary arts program will move there in 2009.[2]

The Spring Creek campus in Plano is the largest, providing general classes and housing the college system's honors and fine arts programs. The campus features a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) Arts Gallery and the John Anthony Theatre. The campus is the only campus providing student housing.[3]

Collin College also has campuses of smaller capacity in Allen, located in Allen High School, in Plano, for continuing education, and one in Rockwall, (located in neighboring Rockwall County) within the Rockwall Independent School District’s Administration/Education Center.[4]

  • Collin College at Allen
  • Collin Higher Education Center
  • Central Park Campus
  • Courtyard Center
  • Higher Education Center at Rockwall
  • Preston Ridge Campus
  • Spring Creek Campus
  • Farmersville (future campus site)
  • Celina (future campus site) [5]
  • Melissa (future campus site)

Collin Higher Education Center

In January 2010, Collin College opens the doors to its much-anticipated Higher Education Center, located at the intersection of Central Expressway and State Hwy. 121 in McKinney.

The Higher Education Center will host – among other things – a number of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs from five North Texas universities: Dallas Baptist University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Woman’s University, The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas.

Offerings vary per university. Programs range from communications, teaching, management, Spanish, psychology, child development, counseling, nursing, criminal justice, business administration and accounting.

Noted people

Notable faculty include Tracey McKenzie who was recognized as a 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.[6]. McKenzie is the third Collin College professor in nine years to be named a U.S. Professor of the Year following Brad Baker, professor and chair of theatre (2000), and Dr. Rosemary Karr, professor of mathematics (2007).

Jennifer O'Loughlin-Brooks, professor of psychology was named a Texas Professor of the Year in 2006.

Collin College also has five Minnie Stevens Piper professors, one of the highest honors bestowed on a college or university professor in the state of Texas. Current Piper Professors are: Dr. Peggy Brown, professor of English and Humanities, Dr. Rosemary Karr, Gary Hodge, former sociology professor and current dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences, R. Scott Yarbrough, professor of English, and Dr. Lynn Jones, professor of government.

Dr. Betsy Brody, professor of political science, and Dr. Kay Mizell, professor of English, are both Fulbright Scholars.


  1. ^ Texas Education Code, Section 130.175, "North Central Texas College District Service Area".
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  6. ^ Aujla, Simmi (November 27, 2009). "Professors of the Year: Award Winners Are Celebrated for Innovative Teaching". The Chronicle of Higher Education LVI (14): A8. 

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