Joining forces to address critical education issues facing the region, Collin County business and academic leaders participated in the first-ever Collin County Education Summit on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Collin College Higher Education Center in McKinney. The event was co-hosted by the Collin County Business Alliance (CCBA) and Collin College.

Attendees of the event included local superintendents, school board presidents, university and college presidents, legislators, mayors, city staff and CEOs of major companies.

Sanjiv Yajnik, who chairs the CCBA and serves as president of Financial Services for Capital One Financial Corporation said, “The goal today was to bring together business and academia to discuss how we can work together to ensure that students in our county have access to quality, affordable education, and have all the tools necessary to be career ready. Education is the key to success and vibrancy in the lives of our citizens and also in the make-up of our community.”

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Photos by Nick Young / Collin College

Guests attended breakout sessions on “Raising Quality and Visionary Changes” featuring Sandy Dochen, manager of Corporate Citizenship for IBM and Dr. David Chard, the dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU. In addition, sessions were presented on “Shared Services & Collaboration” featuring Cary Israel, district president of Collin College and Lisa Brady-Gill, executive director of the Education Technology Division of Texas Instruments.

Cary Israel, who served as Education Summit chair for the CCBA, said “As a college president, I commend the Collin County Business Alliance for taking a stand for education because a community is only as strong as its educational system. Make no mistake, Collin County is the shining star that so many communities envy because of the commitment of fine leaders like the people at the Summit today.”

For more information on the Education Summit or the Collin County Business Alliance, visit or call 972-372-3779.

View photos from the event at (photos by Nick Young, Collin College photographer).


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