Texas Tech University will soon have a presence in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Today (Jan. 6), officials from Texas Tech and Collin College in McKinney signed an agreement making the university the newest partner in the Collin Higher Education Center. Starting in the fall, students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area will be able to get a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech without leaving the area.
“Texas Tech University strives to provide opportunities for all students seeking degrees in higher education,” Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis said. “Extending our reach across the state and partnering with a great institution like Collin College furthers our commitment to offering a convenient alternative in obtaining a Texas Tech degree.
“We are excited about this partnership and look forward to the future with Collin College.”
Texas Tech will offer bachelor's degrees in human sciences, general studies and university studies. Additional degree programs will be added as the program grows, officials said.
Collin College is a two-year public school that serves more than 50,000 students each year. Many students enroll intending to transfer to a larger university after their freshman or sophomore year, which they can do at the Collin Higher Education Center while remaining close to home. The center also partners with Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Women's University, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas. These institutions offer junior- and senior-level college classes as well as some master's and doctoral programs.
“We are thrilled to welcome Texas Tech University and look forward to expanding our partnership,” said Colleen Smith, the interim district president of Collin College. “The jobs of the future depend on higher education. In fact, the number of jobs requiring a bachelor's or master's degree is increasing, so this announcement comes at an important time.”
Dallas/Fort Worth is home to more than 35,000 Texas Tech alumni, so officials anticipate the additional degrees will be popular.
“Texas Tech provides outstanding higher education, and this alliance demonstrates a commitment by both of our institutions to provide exceptional opportunities for our community,” said Mac Hendricks, chairman of the Collin College Board of Trustees.