McKinney Edition - March 2020

MCKINNEY EDITION

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SEPTEMBER 2017 McKinney updates ordinances and adopts design manual to regulate third-party infrastructure in public right of way

FEBRUARY 2019 City starts discussing 5G implementation

MAY 2019 City adopts 5G guiding principles; McKinney Economic Development Corp. issues request for consulting services for its 5G strategic plan

FEBRUARY 2020 City holds town hall to get community feedback

MARCH or APRIL 2020 Findings to be presented to council

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“OURGOAL IS TODELIVER A STYLISH SIGNATURE PRODUCT UNIQUE TO THEMCKINNEYAREA.” RAJ GOGINENI, OWNER OF FLORENCE

With the 2020 census just around the corner, McKinney community leaders are looking to raise awareness on the importance of having an accu- rate count. Every 10 years since 1790, the U.S. Census Bureau has counted the num- ber of people living in the country. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed across states and com- munities. They also determine the boundaries for City Council districts as well as areas of representation by state and federal lawmakers. BY EMILY DAVIS AND OLIVIA LUECKEMEYER THE FUTURE OF 5G IN MCKINNEY Due to Senate Bill 1004, which was passed in 2017, cities have limited control over what wireless technology gets brought in and where it goes. As the rollout of 5G, or fth-generation, technology becomes more common nationwide, McKinney leaders are strategizing to control what they can.

OCTOBER 2019 HR Green is contracted as city’s consultant

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Steps in this phase of the city’s strategic planning for 5G and wireless technology are as follows.

Develop right of way policies and ber master plan Create and map key ber arterials Construct design guidelines and installation specications

Evaluate health concerns Review/revise 5G policy and design standards Conduct cost recovery study

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Ramping up for population count

In 2010, McKinney saw a 77% self-re- sponse rate, according to the bureau. The city’s population has grown by roughly 64,000 people since then, which makes it especially important to get a more accurate count this census year, according to city ocials. “One of the major challenges is reminding everyone that it is import- ant to be counted in Census 2020,” said Shirletta Best, community services administrator for the city of McKinney. Additional eorts are underway this year to ensure McKinney’s population is properly documented. CONTINUED ON 30

THEN AND NOW

The city of McKinney makes population estimates based on census data and will get a more accurate count from the 2020 census.

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FROMBARBARA: Springtime has nally arrived, and it’s always one of my favorite seasons. We’re seeing warmer weather, which is a great reason to be outside! You will nd several options on our To-Do List for March (see Pages 10-11). As you probably know, McKinney is growing more than ever. With growth also comes the need for better infrastructure and faster, more ecient wireless technology. Our lead story details how fth-generation, or 5G, technology works and how the city is planning for its implementation. The city’s growth also plays a role in the 2020 U.S. Census. Our second cover story outlines the process as well as the

importance of the count to McKinney. Tell us what you think of this issue at mcknews@communityimpact.com.

TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES 12 In May, the city will start work on various infrastructure improvements along Louisiana Street in downtown McKinney. EDUCATION 16 School board lls vacant seat CITY& COUNTY 20 Latest local news

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INDUSTRIAL BLVD. have not been identified at this time, but a second McKinney location is planned. www.jeremiahsice.com EXPANSIONS 7 Hollywood Feed is undergoing construction to expand its services. The store, located at 9245 Virginia Parkway, Ste. 700, McKinney, offers products for dogs and cats, including food, treats, toys and more. The expansion will include a groomer and two self-serve dog wash- es. The groomer will operate in a desig- nated room and offer nail trims, baths, full cuts and styles by appointment. The store expects to remain open through- out construction, which is supposed to be complete by April 18. 972-347-5555. www.hollywoodfeed.com ANNIVERSARIES 8 HoneyLu’s Coffee opened Feb. 18 of last year inside Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa, 7910 Collin McKinney Parkway, McKinney. The coffee shop also offers breakfast, snacks and smoothies. HoneyLu’s also has two locations in Prosper. 214-383-1080. www.honeylus.com 9 Santorini Greek Grill opened Feb. 22, 2019, at 7810 Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 280, McKinney. The family-owned restaurant serves modern and traditional Greek cui- sine. Menu items include hummus, tzatzi- ki, gyro sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, burgers and kebabs. 469-625-1644. www.santorinigrkgrill.com 10 The Petra FreshMexican Bistro at 7200 W. University Drive, McKinney, turned

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NOWOPEN 1 RowHouse opened Feb. 24 at 7901 El- dorado Parkway, Ste. 145, McKinney. Row House is a fitness center that offers indoor rowing workouts. Classes are 45 minutes long and offer a low-impact, full-body workout, according to its website. Row House also offers a combination of classes for different skill sets and body types. The fitness center has more than 250 locations in the U.S. and Canada, including newly

opened locations in Frisco and Southlake. 469-782-9881. www.therowhouse.com 2 The Joint Chiropractic celebrated its soft opening Jan. 9 at 1871 N. Lake Forest Drive, Ste. 300, McKinney. The chiroprac- tic care facility offers customizable treat- ments and preventative plans for patients. 972-848-6295. www.thejoint.com 3 myHomedia opened Feb. 22 at 6675 S. Custer Road, Ste. 500, McKinney. The store helps customers transform regular

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RENOVATIONS 12 The Chick-fil-A at 6201 Eldora- do Parkway, McKinney, has finished renovations to enhance the restaurant’s drive-thru canopy. The project began in December and wrapped up at the end of January. The new drive-thru canopies are designed with additional exterior lighting and designated walkways to enhance the safety of team members and guests, operator Matt Bridges said. The goal of the renovations is to get Chick-fil-A team members out in the drive-thru for face-to-face interactions with guests and to reduce wait times, he said. The canopy will also be equipped with fans for the summer months and heaters for the win- ter months. 972-369-0770. www.chick-fil-a.com

one year old in February. Petra closed its former location in July 2018 at 1751 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney, and relocated to the University site. The new location is a full-service restaurant that features Mexican breakfast in addition to authentic 11 Arise Recovery Centers celebrated its first anniversary Feb. 1. The business is located at 6850 TPC Drive, Ste. 204, McKinney, and specializes in treating clients struggling with substance abuse by developing personalized recovery pro- grams. Arise offers various services, such as outpatient treatment, group therapy, family therapy, teletherapy, eye movement de- sensitization and reprocessing therapy and relapse prevention therapy. 469-881-8799. www.ariserecoverycenters.com Mexican dishes. 214-842-4875. www.petramexicanbistro.com

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McKinney. The facility will offer 510 independent living units for seniors to rent as well as 75 villa-style condomini- ums for seniors to purchase. The campus will feature a club house with ameni- ties, including a pool, a movie theater, a ballroom and more. Alzheimer’s care, assisted-living care and a skilled nursing facility will also be offered on-site, as will home health care services. Construction is expected to start in fall 2020 and wrap up in late 2021. www.countrylaneseniors.com/victoria.html 7 Vitality Bowls is opening a loca- tion in late June or mid-July at 3610 W. University Drive, Ste. 100, McKinney. The restaurant will serve acai bowls, juices, smoothies, paninis, salads, breakfast items, coffee and more. The restaurant also has locations in Frisco and Las Coli- nas, and another one is coming soon to Southlake. www.vitalitybowls.com 8 La Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe expects to open in McKinney at 3625 W. University Drive, McKinney, but a timeline for opening has not yet been determined. The restaurant will offer French cuisine, including soups, salads, sandwiches, breakfast and coffees as well as pastries and breads. La Madeleine has other loca- tions in Allen, Frisco and Plano. www.lamadeleine.com RELOCATIONS 9 Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas opened in its new location Jan. 13 after relocating from 901 N. McDonald St., Ste. 403, McKinney, to 291 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney. The new 12,100-square-foot building offers employer and career-seeker services and

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NOWOPEN 1 Lone Star Ballroom opened in late February at 4150 Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 400, McKinney. The studio specializes in ballroom, Latin and country western partner dancing and offers private lessons, group classes, workshops and social events for all ages and occasions. This is the studio’s second location; its existing studio is located in Dallas. 469-907-1003. www.lonestarballroom.com

2 The Collaboration Room opened Dec. 1 at 202 W. Virginia St., McKinney. The salon offers hair coloring, cuts and Brazilian blowouts as well as nail ser- vices, including pedicures and manicures. 469-625-1050. www.thecollaborationroomsalon.com 3 Liberty Music Academy began offering music lessons Jan. 1 in its new location inside Ovation Performing Arts Academy at 301 W. Louisiana St., McKin-

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veteran vocational rehabilitation as well as career help and advice for teenage or elderly citizens searching for employ- ment. Workforce Solutions provides services for 12 locations in 14 counties. 972-542-3381. www.texasworkforce.org 10 Azure Photography relocated its studio Feb. 1 to a new space within The Mill at East McKinney at 407 E. Louisiana St., Ste. 102, McKinney, from its previous location at 113 S. Tennessee St., McKinney. The studio offers family and high school senior photography as well as event and commercial photography. 469-400-8155. www.azurephotostudio.com By day, the cafe, Layered, will continue to operate as normal. But starting at 5 p.m., the space will turn into Room One Eleven. A secret door will allow people to enter the speakeasy. Room One Eleven will feature a full bar and a specially crafted drink menu with classics from the 1920s era, such as an old fashioned among others. It will also have a dinner menu created by the former chef from Tillman’s Bishop Arts, which was a restaurant located in Dallas. FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON A new speakeasy bar and restaurant called Room One Eleven will open soon in downtown McKinney at 111 E. Virginia St. “We are adding another layer to Layered,” owner Nir Sela said.

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EXPANSIONS 11 Encore Wire Corporation announced future expansion plans that will begin this year. The expansion will be carried out in two phases with the first beginning in the first quarter of 2020. It will include a new 720,000-square-foot facility on the north end of Encore’s existing campus, located at 1329 Millwood Road, McKinney. It is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2021. Phase 2 will follow and will focus on repurposing Encore’s existing distribution center by significantly expanding its manufacturing capacity. The second phase is anticipated to be completed in 2022. 972-562-9473. www.encorewire.com CLOSINGS 12 Pepe’s Tacos y Mas closed Jan. 6, according to a letter posted on the front door of the business. Pepe’s opened Oct. 11, 2018, at 3350 Virginia Parkway, Ste. 400, McKinney. The restaurant served traditional Mexican dishes, such as tacos, flautas, enchiladas, soups and homemade taco shells. It is unclear if the restaurant plans to reopen. 214-973-5963. No website available.

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10 ANIGHT ON THE TOWN WITH PAT ROGERS Enjoy a presentation by McKinney historian Pat Rogers about famous entertainers who visited McKinney in the past. The event includes a luncheon following the program. 2-4:30 p.m. $35. Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, 205 W. Hunt St., McKinney. 972-569-6909. www.heardcraig.org 13 AN EVENINGWITH BYRNE AND KELLY Celtic Thunder’s Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly will perform a combination of traditional Irish and Americana music. 7-9 p.m. $40 (general admission), $60 (VIP). McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 972-547-2650. www.mckinneytexas.org 14 OWL PROWL NIGHT HIKE Enjoy a live owl presentation and a guided night hike on the Heard Museum’s sanctuary trails. Age 3 and up. Pre-registration is required. 6-8 p.m. $18 (members), $20 (non-members). Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney. 972-562-5566. www.heardmuseum.org 18 CONTAINER GARDENING CLASS Learn the basics of container gardening, which is perfect for apartments and other small spaces.

MARCH 04 GREEN SEMINAR: TOP 100 PLANTS FOR NORTH TEXAS Spend an evening learning about the best plants for the Texas landscape. Participants will also learn about soil preparation and tips for keeping plants healthy year-round. Participants should pre-register. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. McKinney Community Center, 2001 S. Central Expressway, McKinney. 972-547-7335. www.mckinneytexas.org 07 LITERARY HEROES Join loved female literary heroes to celebrate Women’s History Month. Activities include target practice with Katniss Everdeen and hovercraft building with Violet Baudelaire. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite literary heroes. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Roy and Helen Hall Library, 101 E. Hunt St.,

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The event kicks o with a 5K run in the morning, followed by activities at the festival, including live music at two stages, costume contests and lawn games. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (general admission), $20 (St. Paddy’s Day Beer Pass for 3 beer tickets), $30 (5K run). TUPPS Brewery, 721 Anderson St., McKinney. www.mckinneystpatricksday.com (Courtesy SBG Hospitality)

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Advance registration is required by March 16. Price includes supplies to make one container garden. 10:30-11:30 a.m. $15 (residents), $16 (nonresidents). McKinney Senior Recreation Center, 1400 S. College St., McKinney. 972-547-7491. www.mckinneyparks.org 21 LEGO GARDENWORLD Create a garden world for Lego. Participants will design and create a terrarium. 9-10:30 a.m. $20 (includes supplies). Collin County Farm Museum, 7117 CR 166, McKinney.972-548-4792. www.collincountytx.gov 29 ADRIATICAWINEWALK Enjoy an afternoon strolling through Adriatica tasting wine. Participants will be able to exchange tokens for glasses of wine at participating Wine Walks restaurants as well as for a ticket for a carriage ride. Tickets must be bought in advance. $35 (includes three wine tokens, a souvenir wine glass and a ticket for a carriage ride). 1-6 p.m. Adriatica Village, 6625 Mediterranean Drive, McKinney. 972-540-5955. www.adriaticavillage.com 29 TUPPSINKS AND SUCCULENTS Join Tupps Brewery and ColorHype to learn alcohol ink painting techniques. Each participant will paint a planter, which they get to take home. 1:15-2:45 p.m. $45 (includes supplies and one drink). TUPPS Brewery, 721 Anderson St., McKinney. 214-856-7996. www.facebook.com/ events/d41d8cd9/tupps-inks-and- All ages are welcome to build a light saber at this event. Participants need to bring a small 9-LED ashlight. 10-11:30 a.m. $10. Collin County Farm Museum, 7117 CR 166, McKinney. 972-548-4792. www.collincountytx.gov succulents/178702483205552/ 31 LIGHT SABER BUILD

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Enjoy a day of gardening presentations at the Collin County Master Gardeners’ garden show. The show will have over 70 vendors as well as children’s activities and a tool sharpening service. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). $2. Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 CR 166, McKinney. 972-548-4232. www.ccmgatx.org (Courtesy Collin County Master Gardeners)

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Louisiana Street infrastructure improvements to begin inMay

ONGOING PROJECTS

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Construction of various infrastruc- ture improvements will start in May in an eort to create a more lively and pedestrian-friendly Historic Downtown McKinney, according to city ocials. A series of improvements referred to as “Light Up Louisiana” will take place along Louisiana Street from Church Street to Kentucky Street. “The improvements will result in an enhanced experience for visitors, including patio lighting, wider side- walks, new planters and a designated valet section, in addition to address- ing aging water and wastewater systems,” McKinney Capital Improve- ments Manager Nicholas Ataie said in an email. Construction will be completed in phases. Phase 1 is pegged to start in May and to wrap up this fall in time for the annual McKinney Oktoberfest, according to Ataie.

The second phase will include additional construction along Louisiana between Tennessee Street and McDonald Streets. This phase is planned to begin in January 2021 and to be mostly complete by June 2021. Throughout the duration of this project, a lane of trac will remain open at all times for people traveling through downtown on Louisiana Street. The city is also working closely with businesses to maintain pedestrian access to stores and to McKinney Main Street, which is planning to host special shopping events and provide customer incentives for businesses impacted by construction, he said. “Historic Downtown McKinney is the heart of McKinney, and the city continues to invest in maintaining an attractive, safe and accessible destination for citizens and visitors,” Ataie said.

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Airport Drive improvements

Phase 1 improvements are set to start along Louisiana Street in May. (Rendering courtesy city of McKinney)

Construction to widen Airport Drive from a two- to a four-lane divided roadway will begin in March. Recon- struction will take place just north of FM 546 and Harry McKillop Boulevard. The project will also include recon- struction of the intersection of FM 546 and Industrial Boulevard, which will occur later in the year. Timeline: March 2020-March 2021 Cost: $1.7 million Funding source: city of McKinney

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Downtown pedestrian improvements Last summer, the city of McKinney began making improvements for pedestrians along various streets in and around downtown McKinney. Construction has included updates to sidewalks and ramps as well as intersec- tion improvements along Davis, Church and Tennessee streets. Work has also been done at areas surrounding Mitch- ell Park, and work on parts of Lamar, Kentucky and Virginia streets are still remaining. In March, construction will continue along Hunt Street, and once that is complete, work will begin along Lamar Street. A short-term closure of inter- sections along these corridors may be required, at which point detour routes would be provided, according to the city. Timeline: June 2019-spring 2020 Cost: $2 million Funding source: city of McKinney

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Bloomdale Roadway extension In February, construction began to extend Bloomdale Road from Community Avenue to County Road 164. The city of McKinney and Collin County both pitched in to fund construction. The road is being extended as a four- lane divided roadway to the northwest and across a small lake located west of Community. A bridge crossing the lake will also be constructed. The finished roadway will also offer a direct connection to US 75 from CR 164. Early phases of construction are not expected to have any immediate impacts on traffic, according to McKinney capital improvements manager Nick Ataie. Bloomdale currently runs between Laud Howell Parkway and Community, but

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Trinity Falls Parkwaywidening continues Paving of the new southbound lanes along Trinity Falls Parkway is expected to occur in March, during which time two-way traf- fic will remain open along the new north- bound lanes. Once complete, Trinity Falls will be widened from a two- to a four-lane road between Laud Howell Parkway and FM 543. Timeline: January 2019-summer 2020 Cost: $10 million Funding sources: city of McKinney, Collin County 75 543 LAUD HOWELL PKWY. TRINITY FALLS PKWY.

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DEVELOPMENT

What is being built?

A new community called Florence is expected to bring a variety of new oerings to McKinney.

90,000 square feet of commercial space

200 Apartment units

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Newmixed-use development Florence coming to Custer Road

located closest to Custer Road in two-story buildings. The retail and restaurants are planned to be located on the ground oor, while the medical units are located on the top oor to provide privacy and a view, according to the owner. The apartment community will be set behind the strip of commercial spaces and will not be visible from the road. This creates a private but walkable village-style community, according to the owner. “Our goal is to deliver a stylish signature product unique to the McKinney area,” Gogineni said. The project is expected to cost at least $12 million, according to details led with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations.

Florence is being developed by Everest Developers, which is working in partnership with Humphreys, an architectural rm specializing in multifamily projects, in addition to Land Design, a national civil engi- neering rm. Development will take place in four phases, starting with the commercial spaces. Construction is expected to begin in March or April. The rst phase of commercial space is expected to be completed by early 2021. Construction of the apartments will begin following the completion of the commercial spaces. The rst phase of apartments is planned to be nished around the end of 2021. Other phases are still in the plan- ning process.

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include roughly 90,000 square feet of commercial space for retail, restaurants, oces, medical units and more. In addition, it will include about 200 apartment units with amenities and community spaces. These apartments will be located in a series of four-story buildings, featuring units ranging from 800- 1,200 square feet. In addition, these apartments will be located within Frisco ISD boundaries. The commercial spaces will be

A new mixed-use development called Florence is coming to Custer Road in McKinney. It will be a “contemporary, luxury, Mediterranean, mixed-use village,” owner Raj Gogineni said. The project will be located at 4001 Custer Road, between the Discovery at Rowlett Creek and Storybook Ranch. This property is currently undeveloped land. Once built out, Florence will

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EDUCATION

News from Collin College

Collin College adding new campuses, course programs

Upcoming changes for Collin College

The college plans to accommodate 10,750 more students with new campus locations and offer new programs at the Preston Ridge and McKinney campuses.

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Planned programs at the campus will include classes in business manage- ment; education; fine arts; health sciences; hospitality management; real estate; and science, technology, engineering and math. Officials broke ground on the 96,000-square-foot Celina campus in January ahead of its projected fall 2021 opening. The campus will initially offer classes in business management, information technol- ogy, health professions, and comput- er-aided drafting and design. “Celina is one of the fastest-grow- ing cities in the area,” Collin College District President Neil Matkin said in a news release announcing the groundbreaking. “We are thrilled to bring higher education to northwest- ern Collin County, and we could not do this without our strong partner- ships with Celina leaders.” In addition to classrooms, the

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Collin College has three new cam- puses at various stages of completion for the more than 59,000 students it serves annually. The school is also growing internally, as there are two new degree offerings and a new advanced technical certificate program. Construction has also started on the new IT Center on the Preston Ridge campus in Frisco. Here is an update on where these projects and services stand, according to Kirk Dickey, marketing and communica- tions coordinator for Collin College. New campuses The three new campuses are expected to open by the end of 2021. Each will offer academic transfer courses and various campus-specific programs. The 300,000-square-foot Wylie campus is slated to open in fall 2020.

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campus will include a library, com- puter labs, science labs and student enrollment services. The new 52,000-square-foot Farmersville campus is also expected to open in fall 2021. The campus will offer business management, logistics and supply chain management, com- puter systems and new workforce programs. IT Center construction Construction for the IT Center at Collin College’s Preston Ridge campus began in January. The facility is slated to be 92,000 square feet with multiple classrooms and lab spaces for computer net- working, cybersecurity, computer systems, computer science and geospatial information systems, said Toni Jenkins, senior vice president for campus operations for Collin College. “It’s all very high-tech,” she said. “The labs are going to really help students be able to simulate work environments in these high-tech industries.” Completion of the IT Center is

slated for August 2021, Jenkins said. Newdegree offerings Beginning in 2020, students can pursue two new degree programs. One allows registered nurses to work toward a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, and the other is a four-year degree program in applied technology in cybersecurity. RN-to-BSN students can schedule all clinical requirements to fit their schedule and can earn a Sigma Theta Tau nurse manager certificate. Surgical assisting program The Collin College Surgical Assisting Program received accred- itation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in January. It is the only accredited program in Texas and one of 12 in the nation. Students in the program can work toward an advanced technical certificate at the McKinney campus. “The first semester of the program entirely is spent on learning how to sew and tie knots in wound healing and hemostasis,” the program’s

Collin College ocials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s new Farmersville campus in December. It is set to open in fall 2021. (Courtesy Collin College)

director Donna R. Smith said. “[Stu- dents learn to] stand across from a surgeon and now be that extra set of hands throughout the entire surgical procedure.” The program includes classroom instruction and clinical training in preparation for the national exam. While the first two classes had seven students each, Smith expects that number to grow following the recent hire of another full-time faculty member for the program.

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