Save The Date
You don’t have to be a student to come to Collin College. The college has numerous events and programs throughout the year that are open to the community. Come visit us soon, and take advantage of amazing resources while you learn from experts in a variety of fields. Save the date for upcoming events and experience lifelong learning.
Film and the Arts
Auteur Film Series
The Auteur Film Series provides a communal viewing and discussion experience for movie buffs and the casual viewer alike. Chosen around a new theme each year, the Auteur Film Series challenges its audience to explore these subjects through the cinematic arts. Past subjects have included justice, education, and religion. This year’s theme focuses on the working class. All screenings are free and open to the public. Find out more about this year’s films at https://www.collin.edu/academics/auteurfilms/.
Collin Summer Dance Festival 2018
Have a little spring in your step? Students ages 14 to adult can learn the latest in dance improvisation, contemporary, classical ballet, hip hop, musical theatre, swing, and more at this year’s dance camp. Classes are designed for all levels unless specified in the class description.
Classes will be held Monday, July 9-Friday, July 3 at the Preston Ridge Campus Dance Studio LC104, located at 9700 Wade Boulevard in Frisco. Classes fill quickly, so check http://www.collin.edu/department/dance/summerdance.html for details.
Collin Theatre Center
A training ground for future Broadway, film, and television talent, the Collin Theatre Center offers theatre-goers an opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow today. The Collin Theatre program has launched the careers of dozens of successful performers. With five full shows a year ranging from comedic musicals to heart-felt dramas, the Collin Theatre Center has something for every theatre fan. Log on to www.collintheatrecenter.com for more information and ticket prices.
THE ARTS gallery
Dedicated to showcasing new and established artists, THE ARTS gallery at Spring Creek Campus hosts exhibitions in a variety of media. This intimate space allows for shows of all kinds. Exhibitions range from student showcases to shows by renowned artists with work in galleries across the globe. There is no charge for admission. Learn more about current and upcoming shows at www.collin.edu/department/artsgallery.
Are you a fan of live music? Collin students and professors perform free concerts open to the public throughout the year. The concerts vary from classical and jazz to acapella and pop/rock, with instrumentation and vocals to suit every taste. Students who have spent their lives perfecting their crafts perform the music you love. What more could you ask for? Check out http://www.collin.edu/finearts/musicconcerts.html for more information.
Speakers and Events
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
More than 500 people attended the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Power Breakfast. Sponsored by the college, the annual event includes inspiring speeches, student presentations and performances, scholarship presentations, and a free breakfast. This year, the theme was “Shades of Unity.”
The keynote address was delivered by Rev. Dr. Zan Holmes, pastor emeritus of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, where he served as senior pastor for 28 years.
Health and Safety Fair
Each spring, volunteers organize a public health fair with screenings and information tables dedicated to creating a healthier you. Screenings include glucose, hearing, vision, spine, blood pressure, body fat, and more. Attendees can also learn about safety issues and the public agencies who respond to their emergencies. This year’s Health and Safety Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at the Central Park Campus Conference Center, 2400 Community Ave. in McKinney, Texas.
Each year, the Book-in-Common program selects a new book for the community, students, and college employees. The free program wraps up with a visit from the author.
This year’s selection, “Take This Man” by Brando Skyhorse, is a memoir about a young man who grows up searching for a father while trying to find truth in his mother’s stories. Don’t miss the author presentation, Q&A, and book signing on Monday, April 9- Tuesday, April 10. For details, visit http://www.collin.edu/academics/bookincommon/.
The Dignity Initiative
From renowned international speakers on domestic violence to films and panel discussions, The Dignity Initiative works to raise awareness and inspire action on issues of violence against and oppression of women. Free spring events including The Resilience Workshop, Dancing Saved My Life … Healing Through Movement and Miss Representation film screening run February-April. For more information about The Dignity Initiative, visit http://www.collin.edu/community/dignity/.
Passport to the World
Feel like you’ve traveled the globe without stepping out of Collin County. The Passport to the World program brings continent-hopping adventure to audiences several times a year. From the snow-covered volcanic landscape of Iceland to Machu Pichu and the Amazon in Peru, Collin College faculty members research and travel to exotic destinations every year and share the knowledge and experiences they bring back. Learn more about the Passport program at https://www.collin.edu/academics/passport/.
Knowledge is Power
Expand your knowledge base with a series of free lectures which examine subjects through the lens of two or more academic disciplines. Past Knowledge is Power lectures have explored the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, the sociological influence on nutritional intake, cybercrime and its legal impacts, and the human cost of war on those caught in the crossfire. Check Collin College’s online calendar for upcoming events at www.collin.edu and learn to see from many perspectives.
In the mood to catch a game? Collegiate basketball and tennis at Collin are low-cost alternatives to more expensive tickets. The Lady Cougars basketball team has won its conference championship for three years in a row, while the men’s team averages 20 wins a season. Collin’s men’s and women’s tennis teams recruit students from around the globe and often rank high in national polls. Tickets to basketball games are only $3 for non-students. Take in a tennis match for free. Learn more about Collin College’s sports teams at www.collin.edu/athletics.
Career and Job Fairs
Collin College opens its doors to the public for career education and planning at events throughout the year. While some are devoted to particular fields – technology, health sciences, etc. – others offer a broader variety. Most provide information on educational programs, offer overviews of possible career tracks and counsel attendees on the benefits and pitfalls of different career fields. Check Collin College’s online calendar for upcoming events at www.collin.edu.
Collin County resident? Get a library card, and take advantage of the college’s vast array of free resources including research assistance from reference librarians, an online library catalog, scholarly and popular books, movies, music, and audio books.
Visit the Consumer Health Information Center for wellness, health, and medical information. Resources include books, videos, audio recordings, brochures, medical journals, and magazines. For details, visit https://www.collin.edu/library/.
Is your middle or high school son or daughter interested in robotics, music, dance, nursing or cybersecurity? Summer is a great time to explore careers or learn new skills. College College offers a diverse group of camps to meet a variety of interests. Students can even take SAT/ACT preparation classes. Costs vary per camp. For a complete listing of summer camps, please visit http://www.collin.edu/community/summercamps.html.
Seniors Active in Learning (SAIL)
Interested in lifelong learning? 55 years or older? Learn about history, economics, science, music, film, and more. Instructors, college professors, and business leaders offer classes without tests, grades, papers or residency requirements. SAIL members choose six classes for $100 per semester and attend free guest lectures. Visit http://www.collin.edu/sail/.
Continuing Education Courses
Interested in developing skills in guitar, genealogy, interior design, photography, creative writing, Photoshop or jewelry making? The college offers numerous Creative Career non-credit courses. Fees vary. To see a full listing of courses, visit http://www.collin.edu/ce/creative-careers.html.
With seven campuses located throughout Collin County, you’re sure to find a Collin College campus near you that is hosting interesting events! Explore campus locations at http://www.collin.edu/campuses/index.html.