Susan Fletcher shared this photo of Collin College President Neil Matkin as he addressed the need for college education for a growing population in North Texas.
Thanks to Susan Hayes Fletcher for sharing.
R.D. Foster will be the McKinney Rotary guest speaker at noon Friday.
McKinney Rotary 2017 schedule
RD Foster – Sept. 15, 2017
Sept. 29, 2017
Lindsay Langton – Oct. 20, 2017
Jeff Blackard Oct. 27, 2017
Stella Stevens Nov. 3, 2017
Joslin DSouza – Elizabeth Johnston – Nov. 10, 2017
Student of the Month – Dec. 1, 2017
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The two Finalists are Dr. Neil Matkin, executive vice president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System
and Dr. Richard “Ric” Shrubb, former president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
Collin College conducted a nationwide search following District President Cary A. Israel giving notice of his resignation. Forty individuals applied, and the board identified seven candidates for initial interviews with the trustees in January.
The two finalists will return to the college for second interviews with the Board of Trustees and for introductory meetings with the college community next week. The campus meetings will take place at the conference centers at the Spring Creek Campus in Plano, Central Park Campus in McKinney and Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco. For details on the search, visit http://www.collin.edu/leadership/presidentialsearch.html.
After campus interviews, feedback on the finalists will be considered during the board’s deliberations, with a final decision anticipated in February or March.
Collin College serves approximately 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.
By Brian Bearden
Catch Terrance Williams of the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at StarPower on Saturday. …
Did you see 22-year-old right-hander Zach Lee of McKinney shut out the Texas Rangers for two innings of Spring Training baseball? Lee is now pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Check out this Los Angeles Times story on the 2010 McKinney High star athlete who had a scholarship offer to play quarterback for LSU …
Super season: The Allen Eagles made the State finals in Class 5A basketball Friday, but came up short to Converse Judson, 52-41.
Collin College wants you to spend an hour in the life of a dancer. Attend the dance department’s Open Studio Week: http://ow.ly/ueWL6
Hydrous in Allen is hiring a Sales/Marketing Director – It’s a great opportunity for stay-at-home mom’s, for more detail, go to this link and email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org …
|The Village at Allen & The Village at FairviewThe Carson & Barnes Circus is in town at Allen – Fairview this weekend Circus performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday http://www.bigtopshow.com|
The Women of Richardson Bikemart will be having a 8:30 a.m. Second Saturday road ride each month. Mileage options: These will be no-drop rides (the group will stay together, and nobody will be left behind) with 20-mile (12-14 mph average) and 40-mile (16-plus mph) options. The event starts near White Rock Lake in Dallas at 9040 Garland Road and Old Gate Lane just down the street from the Arboretum.
Spokes For Folks is gearing up for the Spring Roll! Sunday, March 16 at Hans Johnses 8901 Chancellor Row from noon to 4 p.m. Richardson Bikemart reports Spokes needs volunteers of all levels of experience to help repair kids bicycles for the Rae’s Hope organization with the goal of donating the repaired bikes to the Scottish Rite bike rodeo and the International Rescue Committee on March 18.
St. Paddy’s celebrations – The AREAA DFW St. Paddy’s Happy Hour will be at Lights Farms in Celina, Texas, from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 17 at 1234 Homestead Court. AREAA is the Asian Real Estate Association of America …
Happy Birthday this weekend to Monkey Mickey Dolenz, Freddie Prinze Jr., James Van Der Beek …
What’s for lunch on Saturday? Patina Green Home and Market in downtown McKinney on the square has Brisket Quesadilla, served with Queso Blanco, Candied Jalapenos, Chips and Salsa and don’t forget the Waygu Roast Beef, Smoked Pepperjack, Red Carrots, Black Radish, Green Chili Buttermilk Slaw, Empire White …
Or how about pizza at Sal’s at The Shops at Legacy? …
|Try some New York style pie at Sal’s Pizza Restaurant in Plano …Spring break weather … featuring Fox4’s forecast|
Book your Golf Tee Times online 24-7 … No need to wait for the pro shop to open …. http://bookgolfteetimesonline.wordpress.com/osc-golf-shop/
In case you missed it … Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points with Jose Calderon added 19 points as the Dallas Mavericks edged the Trail Blazers at home, 103-98. WATCH the highlights from last nights win here: http://go.mavs.com/l/fg
Retiring: Frisco’s Director of Public Safety Todd Renshaw is retiring. http://t.co/ofEOBgEHXE
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The McKinney Farmers Market will be held on March 15th and the regular season will begin weekly on April 5th.
Fire and Rescue …
|Michael O’Keefe is always on the scene with First Response Photography.His fire and rescue pictures are always fascinating.|
Hockey: Missouri edged the second-place Allen Americans, 3-1. Ben Power scored for Allen, which plays next at the St. Charles Chill in back-to-back games this weekend beginning Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
|Kentara McKinney and John Jordan representedMcKinney Velo Club at the 35-plus division in the Fair Park Criterium.|
Running tale: Area runner’s brush with death makes 15K win even sweeter. … Roger Clifford knows he’s lucky to be alive. That’s what makes winning last month’s Plano Pacers Bead Bash 15K even more rewarding. Read Debbie Fetterman’s story at http://runningblog.dallasnews.com/2014/03/area-runners-brush-with-death-makes-15k-win-even-sweeter.html/
Political parody: The Republican Women of North Collin County welcome economist and author, Loren Spivack, on Tuesday, March 11. Check out Spivack’s books …
Loren Spivack’s event key points: 11 a.m. sign in, 11:30 a.m. buffet lunch, Noon meeting Location: Stonebriar Country Club, 5050 Country Club Drive, Frisco. Cost: $20 per person. www.rwncc.org.
Cold snap for crawfish: Dodie’s Place Cajun Bar & Grill reports on Facebook that “Our supplier cannot get crawfish out of his beds because of last weekends cold snap. They harvested all they could get for Mardi Gras, and the demand was so high that they do not have enough. The earliest we might be able to get them is Sunday late, more than likely Monday. Very sorry, hopefully spring will hit us and they will be as good as they have been.” Try these items at Dodie’s instead …
|Baseball single-game tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 15 for the Frisco RoughRiders.http://atmilb.com/1k11lQw|
Fins to the Left, Fins to the Right …
Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band will play
at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on June 21.
John Fogerty will open the popular Fins fiesta.
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $4.4 million grant to the National Convergence Technology Center at Collin College.
“In 2004, Collin College predicted the growing workforce demand in convergence technology, having created programs to address this need,” Mac Hendricks, chair of the Collin College Board of Trustees, said. “With the explosive growth in the use of the Internet and various cloud-based Internet services, the need for convergence technicians continues to increase, and the Board is pleased to see the college expand its leadership to a national level.”
Convergence technology supports end-to-end communication via public and private networks, supporting voice, data and video traffic in a secure manner.
The National Convergence Technology Center is a partnership between Collin College and seven colleges and universities including El Centro College, the University of North Texas, Florida State College, Jacksonville, Fla., Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wis., Lansing Community College, Lansing, Mich., Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, Calif., and Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga.
“Receiving this $4.4 million grant allows Collin College to continue to meet the growing workforce needs in convergence technology workers and further establishes the college nationally as a leading voice in this industry,” District President Cary Israel said. “At Collin College, we recognize that convergence technology will continue to play an important role in shaping this country’s long-term economic growth and quality of life. Through partnerships with major regional businesses, Collin College was the first college to establish a Convergence Technology Center to address the emerging need.”
Together, Collin College and its partners will collaborate to develop program improvements to meet workforce needs by equipping faculty to teach emerging technologies demanded by the workforce; furnish technology-enabled instructional support systems to assist colleges in launching convergence programs; increase the number of completers with certificates and degrees ready to meet workforce needs; and build capacity by mentoring colleges nationwide in implementing new programs in convergence technology.
– Marisela Cadena-Smith of Collin College
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