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Hall Park campus, said he shared his opinions as well and provided input on the UNT at Frisco website. He said the new facility will have more of a college feel. “Having a wide open campus with all these new resources [and] all these new rooms, like the fabricator room where you can 3D-print stu, that’s something that I’m looking forward to,” he said. Gabi Carden, a student worker at UNT, said the new facility opens up more opportunities for high school stu- dents. As a graduate of Heritage High School in Frisco, she said she was able to see rsthand the diversity and cre- ativity from students. The new facility will provide key educational opportu- nities for these students right at home, versus them having to travel for school, she said. “There’s a lot of creative minds and a lot of smart minds that are coming out of these districts ... that are going to funnel into UNT at Frisco and really create that dynamic environment that it’s always been about,” she said. Seth Ketron, clinical assistant pro- fessor of marketing for UNT at Frisco, teaches at the Hall Park location. He said the new location not only opens up access for students to get a quality education in their own backyards, but it also creates additional opportunities to partner with companies headquar- tered in and around Frisco. Frisco Landing will serve as the core operational base for project-based learning programs that are oered exclusively in Frisco, such as its Applied Project Design and Analysis program, Ketron said. Also launching in the fall is UNT at Frisco’s new Bachelors of Sci- ence in Industrial Distribution degree. The degree eld applies math, science, engineering technology, business, data processing, communications and more skills, according to the UNT website. The ultimate goal is to give students relevant, hands-on experience to gain a competitive edge in the job market, ocials said. “[Students] are learning a set of uni- versal skills that help them solve real- world problems,” Ketron said. Project-based learning programs require students to work with industry partners, which range from JPMorgan Chase, Liberty Mutual, American Air- lines and the Dallas Cowboys to local nonprots. Throughout the program, students work to solve problems pre- sented by the partners. Problems might
PAVING THE WAY The University of North Texas has had a presence in Frisco since 2016, but it is being expanded.
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2016: UNT opens the New College at Frisco at Hall Park
August 2019: UNT at Frisco gets its Master Plan approved January 2020: The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board OKs campus programs. Oct. 3 2022: Registration for spring 2023 and Frisco Landing opens. October 2018 : UNT's Inspire Park location opens with a tech incubator and labs. January 2023: Classes at Frisco Landing begin SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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be related to user experience, product design or branding. “Hall Park is nice. Everything is mod- ern and updated, but it doesn’t have all the pullout rooms or the kind of design where you can really make use of the small team space like you would want to,” Katron said. Next steps This fall, university ocials plan to make some announcements related to the unveiling of the Frisco Landing building, Smatresk said. In fall 2021, 2,638 students were enrolled in UNT at Frisco, and that number is expected to grow. risco Landing will be able to serve at least 5,000 students. At this time there are no plans to construct additional buildings, Smatresk said, since con- struction funding hinges on decisions made at the Texas Legislature. “The next time there’s a legisla- tive opportunity for us to add to the campus, we’ll be looking at that as an opportunity to launch a major eort, possibly moving some of the programs from [Denton], which is getting very space-bound out to the Frisco cam- pus,” Smatresk said.
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