Unique Coalition in Collin County
Celebrates First-Year Milestones

DALLAS (October 26, 2005) – The High-Technology Education Coalition of Collin County (Hi-TECCC) is pleased to announce its one-year anniversary and accomplishments to date. The mission of the coalition is focused on the promotion of a high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for North Texas students. The group, chartered in October 2004, includes partners Plano Independent School District (PISD), Collin County Community College District (CCCCD), The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Lockheed Martin, Nortel, Raytheon and Texas Instruments.

The inaugural-year milestones include:

According to a 2005 report titled “The Looming Workforce Crisis,” the United States should expect to see more than 2 million available jobs in computer science, mathematics, engineering and physical science by 2012, yet recent statistics show a downward trend in the number of engineering graduates. At the same time, more than half of all science and engineering workers in our country are over 40 and 26 percent are older than 50, which could further accelerate the shortage.

In the U.S., 8th-grade students are ranked 19th overall in their math ability behind such countries as Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Bulgaria and Slovenia according to the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.

The goal of the coalition is to combat these trends in the North Texas region, create synergy among the institutions and members and increase the number of local students pursuing math and science based careers.

Second-year objectives include:

The results of the first year are being announced at an event on the UTD campus October 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the School of Management.