Collin College Groundbreaking Moves Dual Credit Facility Forward
Officials break ground on new dual-credit center
Officials broke ground today on the Collin College Technical Campus in Allen. The 340,000 sq. ft. campus will be built on State Highway 121 east of Exchange Parkway, and adjacent to the Allen ISD STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Center. Under a partnership agreement, Allen ISD will fund construction of a 40,000-square-foot dual credit wing on the campus.
The wing will exclusively house dual-credit programs for Allen High School students from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. during the school year. Collin College will use the space when Allen High School classes are not in session, providing night and weekend educational opportunities for other students. In addition to general education courses, the Collin College Technical Campus will offer classes in automotive technology, construction trades, HVAC, health sciences, information technology, manufacturing, supply chain management, welding and other areas supporting local businesses and industries.
The Allen ISD Board of Trustees has approved an expenditure of $12 million for the addition, which will include 15 classrooms, two computer labs, two science wet labs and breakout spaces for collaboration. The college will manage and maintain the addition as part of the Technical Campus. The Collin College Board of Trustees and Allen ISD Board of Trustees approved the 50-year agreement at separate meetings last November.
“As our students transition from high school, it is our vision that they know they have a home at Collin College,” said Board of Trustees Vice-President, Amy Gnadt. “We are proud to partner with the college and are excited knowing the Technical Campus and Dual Credit Facility will impact our students for many years to come.”
The Collin College Technical Campus is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2020.