PLANO — The Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy, operated jointly by Collin College and Plano Independent School District, has been awarded a Texas Association of College Technical Educators (TACTE) Award of Excellence.

These award recognizes college programs that demonstrate: innovative partnerships and collaborations with employers, community stakeholders or other educational institutions; potential for positive economic impact in their region; outstanding program outcomes (such as graduation, placement, licensure pass rates, etc.); and/or best practices in workforce education and training that have improved student success.

“Partnerships like this one allow Collin College and Plano ISD to better meet the needs of the changing job market and our fast-growing healthcare system. Together we are preparing the healthcare workers of tomorrow,” said Collin College President Dr. Neil Matkin.

The Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy provides students who are interested in health-related careers with a foundation of knowledge and skills in college-level courses. The rigorous program offers the opportunity to earn certifications necessary to enter the healthcare workforce after high school. The academy works in collaboration with Plano ISD and the community to provide a learning environment that promotes professionalism while cultivating interest and enthusiasm in the healthcare field.

The academy will honor its first graduating class on Saturday, May 21.

TACTE is dedicated to promoting sound and effective workforce education practices in an effort to improve workforce education throughout the state.


About Collin College

Collin College is a community college located in North Texas’ Collin County, the only public college in the county. One of the fastest-growing community colleges or universities in Texas, the college serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. With seven campuses throughout the college district, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. Collin College has locations in Plano (Spring Creek Campus), McKinney (Central Park Campus) and Frisco (Preston Ridge Campus). In addition, there are satellite centers in Allen, Plano and Rockwall. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas. For more information, visit