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Editorial: Education reform big, bold, together

Dallas Morning News

Free community college.

That was a big idea laid down by the governor of Tennessee recently, and for the right reasons. Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, leads a state with a mediocre college-going rate. Improving those numbers would upgrade that state’s workforce and, therefore, its economy. Tennessee’s proposal is a dramatic gesture intended to spur action.

Texas has similar challenges that require dramatic measures. Despite steady gains in producing college graduates, we still occupy low and middling rungs nationally on educational attainment. The competition is stiff out there...

Business and Education Leaders Collaborate at Collin College Forum

Allen American

collincollegeWhat is the role of the business community in public education?

That was the question area business and education leaders set out to answer Wednesday during the Collin County Business Alliance’s inaugural education summit, hosted by Collin College. The general consensus was that collaboration between businesses and schools, as well as neighboring school districts, would be beneficial...

CCBA and Collin College Hosted First Education Summit

CCBA_mckinneyonline_educationsummitMcKinney Online

Joining forces to address critical education issues facing the region, Collin County business and academic leaders participated in the first-ever Collin County Education Summit on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Collin College Higher Education Center in McKinney. The event was co-hosted by the Collin County Business Alliance (CCBA) and Collin College.

Attendees of the event included local superintendents, school board presidents, university and college presidents, legislators, mayors, city staff and CEOs of major companies...

Collin County Business, School Leaders Collaborate on Education

Dallas Morning News

From preschool to college, Collin County needs a focused way for schools, businesses and legislators to work together on the area’s education issues.

That was the consensus at an education summit sponsored by the Collin County Business Alliance on Wednesday. Area superintendents, college presidents, business executives and elected officials gathered at Collin College to brainstorm...

Collin County Business Alliance Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

CCBA_2ndanniv_abbottDallas Morning News Allen NeighborsGo

The Collin County Business Alliance (CCBA) celebrated its second anniversary this month with keynote speaker Attorney General Greg Abbott. At the luncheon, the CCBA announced the county’s first-ever education summit, taking place at Collin College in February 2014.

Collin County Business Alliance celebrates 2nd anniversary

CCBA_2ndanniv_abbottAllen American

The Collin County Business Alliance celebrated its second anniversary this month with keynote speaker Attorney General Greg Abbott. At the luncheon, the CCBA announced the county’s first-ever education summit, taking place at Collin College in February 2014.“What an amazing year for the CCBA. Together, we have combined the resources of local businesses to provide strong advocacy on key issues impacting the quality of life in Collin County,” said Sanjiv Yajnik, president of Capital One’s Plano-based Financial Services Division and chairman of the CCBA. “As we look forward, we remain focused on working together to find solutions to the transportation and water issues that we face. We are also committed to working to support the education of our youth in the area and help ensure that our students have strong support and guidance from the cradle to college graduation.”

CCBA Backs Support for Proposition 6

Allen American

We are fortunate to live in a business friendly state that fosters economic development and job growth. However, as our state’s population grows, it will put a strain on our natural resources. Civic and business leaders from around the state must take an active part in ensuring we have the necessary natural resources to maintain a high quality of life for all Texans. We must past Proposition 6... [Click here for full story.]

CCBA Presents a Conversation with the Candidates

CCBA_conversation_with_candidates3Plano Star Courier

Attracting new business and the upcoming liquor referendum were two of the topics discussed Friday at the Collin County Business Alliance's candidate forum. Candidates for Plano mayor and City Council Place 8 were on hand at Capital One's west Plano campus for the forum, the first held by the one-and-a-half-year-old organization...

Collin County Business Group Sets its Sights on Education as it Enters its Second Year

Dallas Morning News

When Sanjiv Yajnik tries to recruit a potential employee to his Captial Ones’ Plano campus, he always expects to hear one question: “What are the schools like?” So it’s no surprise that a group of local business leaders focused on improving Collin County would take a keen interest in education. In addition to Yanjik’s duties as president of Capital One’s financial services division, he is also chairman of the Collin County Business Alliance. That group of local CEOs and other executives celebrated its one-year anniversary this week. At a celebration commemorating the milestone, the group indicated that Collin County’s schools will be a key focus for year two...