Collin College recently dedicated a new student center on its Central Park Campus in McKinney, one of several recent steps to enhance the student experience throughout the community college district.
More than 220 students were at the dedication.
The multi-room center provides spaces for collaboration and relaxation, houses the new Student Life offices near the main campus building’s grand entrance, and offers a large vending and lounge area, a meetings and presentation area with TV access, a video and gaming area, a recreation area for table tennis and pool tables, a large outdoor patio with shaded furniture, meeting rooms that can be reserved for collaboration, a slightly larger “informal gatherings area” that does not need to be reserved, individual quiet zones and a technology bar for tech charging and personal recharging.
The center was developed in the space formerly housing the campus’s conference center. The district opened a conference center at the Central Park Campus in fall 2015.
College and city officials were on hand last week to cut the ceremonial ribbon signifying the opening of yet another new, innovative addition to its campuses, namely the McKinney campus.
Around this time last year, the Central Park Campus unveiled its 23,500-square foot conference center. With room for 1,035 theater-style or 640 roundtable seats, the conference hall can break into three rooms, and around it are two 900-square-foot classrooms, each with a 35-person capacity.
The college, which annually serves nearly 52,000 students, will use the center to host speakers, workshops and end-of-year ceremonies, among other gatherings. Its doors are open to non-educational groups and events, too.
“The capabilities are limitless,” Collin College President Neil Matkin said upon the conference center’s opening. “It’s a wonderful facility for our college and the whole community.”
Then in January of this year, the college celebrated its 30-year anniversary with the opening of its new health sciences facility. The 125,000-square-foot, three-story Cary A. Israel Health Sciences Center is the second part of a roughly $40 million expansion at Collin College’s original campus.
Its namesake was the college district’s second and longest-standing president who retired in late 2014.
Just several weeks later, the college announced it would build another main campus in Wylie and a smaller campus in Celina.
And college officials in recent days hinted that yet another big announcement was on the horizon, though tied not to enhanced facilities but to expanded partnerships with four-year universities.