SOAR student award winners seated in the first row, left to right: Marla Miranda, Ira Kuznetsova, Jyothi Singidi, Fakhria Rahnamoon. Continuing Education instructors, program managers and staff standing left to right:  Jim Merritt, Dr. Jennifer Blalock, Janet Carlin, Linda Wee, Markus Harris, Samantha Dean, Phyllis Martin, Don Dutton, Stephanie Messionner, Angela Sanchez Betty Kiowski, Mary Muhktarian.

SOAR student award winners seated in the first row, left to right: Marla Miranda, Ira Kuznetsova, Jyothi Singidi, Fakhria Rahnamoon. Continuing Education instructors, program managers and staff standing left to right: Jim Merritt, Dr. Jennifer Blalock, Janet Carlin, Linda Wee, Markus Harris, Samantha Dean, Phyllis Martin, Don Dutton, Stephanie Messionner, Angela Sanchez Betty Kiowski, Mary Muhktarian.

January 4, 2018 – Collin College Continuing Education hosted the SOAR awards for noncredit English language development course achievement.

These noncredit courses focus on English language development and offer various levels to accommodate the diverse language skills, goals, and achievement of our students. Level 5 is the highest level of these courses, with specializations in Grammar, Pronunciation, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

“Learning another language conveys a desire to understand others and form connections,” said Jim Merritt, program manager for creative careers and languages.  “By dedicating the time and effort and overcoming any fears or frustrations, you open yourself up to another world of possibilities.  Our ESL program and dedicated instructors help students achieve that goal to understanding and forming new relationships both personally and professionally.”

Awards were presented to students in five categories:
Amazing Ambassador Award: Jyothi Singidi from Plano
Language & Leadership Award:  Marla Miranda from Allen
Perfect Attendance Award:  Ira Kuznetsova from Frisco
SOAR Award:  Fakhria Rahnamoon from Plano

The awards ceremony also recognized educator Stephanie Messonnier as the ESL Outstanding Educator Award recipient for the 2017-2018 academic year.   Students voted for the ESL instructor who they believed continually makes a positive impact on the learning experience.

Stephanie Messonnier receiving the Outstanding ESL Educator Award from Samantha Dean, manager, workforce & professional programs, college knowledge academy, courtyard center student operations.

Stephanie Messonnier receiving the Outstanding ESL Educator Award from Samantha Dean, manager, workforce & professional programs, college knowledge academy, courtyard center student operations.

Those interested in improving their English language skills should attend a free ESL Placement testing and advising session.  For more information visit www.collin.edu/ce, call 972.985.3790 or email CEinfo@collin.edu.  Placement and advising sessions will be held at three Collin College locations on these dates:

Courtyard Center, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75093
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9 – Room 122
12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10 – Room 122
6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11 – Room 118
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16 – Room 118
12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17 – Room 122
6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18 – Room 118

Preston Ridge Campus, 9700 Wade Boulevard, Frisco, TX 75035
12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9 – Room LH105
12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16 – Room LH226

Central Park Campus, 2200 W. University Drive, McKinney, TX 75071
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10 – Room B107
12:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18 – Room LA240

Collin College Continuing Education is the leading career skills training institution for adults who are not seeking a degree.  More than 70 certificate series and certification preparation training programs are offered in the health care, computer, administrative, manufacturing, logistics, education, management, service and hospitality career fields.

Collin College serves more than 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,200 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.