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Congrats! First to graduate with new Nursing degree #CollinCollege

Historic: Seventeen earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Collin College to close out 2020. Congrats to (left to right) bottom row Annette Minear, Joe Chua, Heather Harrison, Maria Waggoner; middle row Kirsten Martinez, Kathryn Wilson, Katie Ruth, June Von Hoven, Rebecca Bosire; back row Camille Carryl, Stacey Davies, Julie Winkler, Julias Flores, Aissatou Diallo.
Not pictured Erica Carey, Danh Le, Audriana Habibi.

COLLIN COLLEGE — Graduation is different this year at Collin College. For the first time in the college’s history students are graduating with baccalaureate degrees. While Collin College awarded more than 2,500 associate degrees and certificates this December, 17 students earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees.

            “This marks a new chapter at Collin College,” said Dr. J. Robert Collins, founding trustee and Collin College Board of Trustees chair. “We are incredibly proud of our first bachelor’s students who are leaders serving on the front-lines of health care.”

Collin College was among certain community college districts in Texas authorized to offer selected baccalaureate degrees with the passage of Senate Bill 2118, which was signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2017.

            “There is a shortage of nurses, and many hospitals and health care facilities are looking for nurses with bachelor’s degrees,” said Dr. Neil Matkin, Collin College district president. “We are thrilled to help provide BSN-credentialed, professional nurses who fill a vital role in our community. Our first baccalaureate graduates will positively impact individuals’ lives during a global pandemic.”

The college’s RN-to-BSN program’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared professional nurses who are life-long learners actively involved in service, who participate in the nursing community to promote quality of life, and who are members of an interdisciplinary health care team, using clinical judgment to provide safe, evidence-based patient-centered care. 

“It is exciting to see these students graduate with their BSN degrees,” said Dr. Jane Leach, Dean of Nursing. “They have worked hard to achieve their degrees in one year by completing their clinical requirements and attending in-person classes two days a week.”

While these students earned their BSN degrees in one year, students can also attend the college’s RN-to-BSN program part time by taking classes one day a week. This program also offers students the opportunity to schedule clinical requirements at times that best suit their schedules.

The Collin College RN-to-BSN program is currently accepting applications and offering virtual information sessions. To find out more about information sessions or the BSN degree, visit For curriculum information and to download an information sheet about the program, visit

For additional information, email Dr. Betty Veasy at

Collin College serves more than 58,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates, including new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Cybersecurity degrees. The only public college based in Collin County, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. For more information, visit

Plano ISD health screening reminder #covid-19

From Plano ISD

Health Screening Reminder for Families

Now that students are back in buildings for face-to-face instruction, we need your assistance in keeping everyone healthy and safe. Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. No one should enter a Plano ISD school or facility if any of the following apply:

  • Sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
  • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.
  • Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.

If any of the above conditions apply, the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form should be completed. Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be permitted to return to school when:

  • They are 24 hours fever-free without using fever-reducing medication; and
  • Symptoms improved (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.); and
  • 10 days have passed since symptoms began

If a student wants to return to school prior to meeting the above criteria, they must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing them for return based on an alternative diagnosis or receive a negative PCR or antigen test.

Thank you for helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

NBC5: Frisco Doctors Use Augmented Reality During Spine Surgery

NBC5 TV DFW reporting: Doctors in Frisco are using three dimensional technology to ease back pain. They’re the first in the state to use augmented reality during spine surgery and their patient told NBC 5 health reporter Bianca Castro he’s now able to get back to life before back problems.


Plano Families First Fall Fair canceled

City of Plano: “After reviewing the current COVID conditions in the City of Plano and considering the potential size and duration of this event, the City of Plano has canceled Plano Families First Event scheduled for Saturday,
Oct. 17. The City of Plano remains committed to ensuring the health and safety of our community.”

McKinney TX Fitness Court open in Bonnie Wenk Park #fitnesscourt

McKinney, Texas, has a new outdoor Fitness Court in Bonnie Wenk Park, off Virginia Parkway.

The Fitness Court features
* 30 individual pieces of equipment
* Shock-resistant sports flooring
* Exercise stations that allow for 28 individuals to use the court at the same time.

According to the City of McKinney, the Fitness Court is designed for adult bodies, and users must be 14 years and older.

McKinney TX Unique by Nature
Fitness Court at Bonnie Wenk Park in McKinney TX

There is no charge to workout at the Fitness Court.

Construction of the court was made possible through McKinney Community Development Corporation to encourage physical activity and promote community wellness in McKinney.

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