The North Texas Chapter of the Information Security Systems Association (NTXISSA) recently donated $20,000 to the Collin College Foundation for student scholarships. NTXISSA has held cybersecurity conferences at the college for several years, and the partnership between the college and the information security organization continues to flourish.

According to Chris Armstrong, president of the NTXISSA, the chapter understands the value of investing in community.

“Our chapter members are constantly seeking talented local staff at all levels, and the consistent connection with Collin allows unique career opportunities for students and a route to qualified talent for our hiring needs,” said Armstrong.

According to Lisa Vasquez, Collin College vice president of advancement, this generous gift will go a long way to support Collin College students.

“Many people believe that Collin County is so affluent that there is no need for scholarships, but that is not the case,” Vasquez said. “More than 28,000 local students didn’t have enough money for college last year, so they applied for financial aid and scholarships through Collin College. We can’t thank NTXISSA enough for making a difference.”

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Collin College serves more than 55,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college based in Collin County, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which has an enrollment of 3,500 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.

Photo by Nick Young, Collin College photographer