Collin College, Texas A&M launch engineering academy

From left to right: 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 Provost Dr. Alan Sams; Texas A&M Engineering Interim Vice Chancellor and Dean Dr. Joe Elabd; and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic and Outreach Programs Dr. Cindy Lawley. | Photo courtesy of Sara Carpenter/Collin College.
Students who are accepted will be co-enrolled at both universities and will be able to choose from a variety of engineering majors.

Collin College has partnered with Texas A&M to launch a Texas A&M Engineering Academy at the Collin College Technical Campus.

The new program will admit qualified Collin College students into the Texas A&M College of Engineering while they are working on their first two years of coursework at Collin College. After finishing the associate’s level coursework, students in the program will be able to finish their engineering degrees at Texas A&M’s campus in College Station.

Engineering programs include aerospace, biological and agricultural engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering technology and industrial distribution, industrial and systems engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering and petroleum engineering.

Collin College is now one of nine colleges in the state to participate in this program, including Alamo Colleges District, Austin Community College District, Blinn College District, Midland College, South Texas College, Tarrant County College and Tyler Junior College.

The first cohort of students will begin in Fall 2024, with applications for the fall accepted through June 15.

“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 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.”

According to Collin College, the projected need for engineers in the Texas workforce will hit 51,000 by 2028.

“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 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.”

Students in the program will be co-enrolled at both institutions and able to participate in student activities and organizations at both Texas A&M and Collin College.

“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.”

Interested students can find more information on applying online.

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