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Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Collin College Offers Quality Education, Major Cost Savings for Future Engineers

February 14, 2024

Cougar News

Representatives from Texas A&M University, Collin College, legislators, and officials from multiple cities were present for the ceremonial launch of the new Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Collin College which will start this fall. Pictured are (from left) Collin College Executive Vice President Dr. Bill King, Collin College Board of Trustees Chair Andrew Hardin, Collin College District President Dr. Neil Matkin, Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, Texas A&M University Provost Dr. Alan Sams, Texas A&M Engineering Interim Vice Chancellor, and Dean Dr. Joe Elabd, Texas A&M Engineering Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic and Outreach Programs Dr. Cindy Lawley.

Texas A&M University and Collin College have launched the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Collin College and will enroll the first cohort of students in Fall 2024. This innovative co-enrollment collaboration was developed to address the state’s growing need for engineers. Qualified students will be admitted to the Texas A&M College of Engineering, complete the first two years of coursework at Collin College, and finish their engineering degrees in College Station, Texas. The program will accept applications for the fall through June 15.

The Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Collin College allows students to pursue one of 22 majors within the College of Engineering at Texas A&M.

“This partnership again proves our commitment to filling Texas’ demand for engineers,” said Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp. “The Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Collin College will help students start their college careers close to home while earning a degree from one of the best engineering schools in the country.” 

In Texas, the projected need for engineers in the workforce is 51,000 by 2028. To meet this need, universities and two-year colleges must work together to bridge the gap and attract and retain students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. 

“Together, we are paving a way to foster an environment that attracts and retains the brightest minds. Texas A&M reaffirms its dedication to meeting the needs of Texas through initiatives such as the engineering academies,” said Texas A&M University Provost Dr. Alan Sams. “This innovative program offers invaluable access to educational opportunities, provides significant financial benefits for our students, and serves as a prime example of excellence in engineering education.”

Students in the Engineering Academy enroll in math, science, and core curriculum courses through Collin College with the unique opportunity to enroll in engineering courses taught by Texas A&M faculty on the Collin College Technical Campus.

“From the beginning, Engineering Academy students become part of the Texas Aggie community, fostering a strong sense of camaraderie throughout their academic journey,” said Dr. Joe Elabd, interim vice chancellor and dean of engineering at Texas A&M. “We look forward to welcoming our first Collin College cohort to the Aggie family this fall.”

While co-enrolled at both institutions, students will have opportunities to fully participate in student activities and organizations at both Texas A&M and Collin College.

“We are thrilled to partner with Texas A&M University to create this new engineering academy at Collin College’s Technical Campus, where we’ve enjoyed such a supportive and longstanding relationship with the community,” said Collin College District President Dr. Neil Matkin. “The Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Collin College will provide students with the opportunity to be Aggies from day one, take Collin College core classes, and earn associate degrees at the college’s exceptional tuition.”

Furthermore, the collaboration between Texas A&M and Collin College will shape future engineers who can make a lasting impact on the world.

“Collin County is rapidly becoming a hub for industries seeking innovative, career-ready college graduates,” said Collin College Board of Trustees Chair Andrew Hardin. “That is why we are delighted to be partnering with Texas A&M University. We truly believe that this partnership will help build a stronger economy and ensure a rewarding future for our students and the Texas workforce.”

Visit the Engineering Academies website for more information about how to apply and details about the Engineering Academy.

Visit www.collin.edu/tamuengineering for more information about the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Collin College.

With nearly 800 faculty members and more than 24,000 students, the Texas A&M University College of Engineering is the second-largest engineering school in the country. In U.S. News & World Report rankings, the college is ranked sixth in graduate programs and seventh in undergraduate programs among public institutions.

Collin College serves more than 58,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Cybersecurity, a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Construction Management, and a new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Clinical Operations Management. The only public college based in Collin County, Collin College is a partner to business, government, and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. For more information, visit www.collin.edu