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    By Lindsey Juarez Texas is one of 17 states that authorizes bachelor’s degree

    programs for at least some community colleges. However, only three of the many Texas community colleges have such pro- grams.

    State officials have again taken an interest in the possibil- ity of offering junior college four-year degrees statewide. Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3348 in June—effective imme- diately—which establishes a pilot program to test the feasibility of offering a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene at Tyler Junior College. The pilot program is scheduled to end in 2019 unless the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recommends continuing the degree program.

    The bill is the first since 2003 to experiment with the idea of four-year community college degrees, but some higher educa- tion leaders say it is not enough.

    EducationEducation Focus


    20-27 Higher education news and listings

    Volume 2, Issue 12 | July 9-Aug. 12, 2015

    Leaders want lawmakers to expand options

    Community colleges seek four-year degrees

    By Nicole Luna The original vision for Frisco

    Square—a place to live, work and play— continues to evolve after its inception about 15 years ago. The 147-acre devel- opment features retail, offices, apart- ments, a hospital, restaurants, a movie

    theater, green space and a variety of government uses.

    Now, with construction on an office building, an apartment complex and a church underway, developers are work- ing to provide for the expected influx

    See Colleges | 22


    More garages in the plans for city’s mixed-use center

    Parking at Frisco Square evolving to meet needs

    Construction continues at Frisco Square’s new tower, apartment complex and parking garages. See Parking | 32

    6 IMPACTS Now Open, Coming Soon & more

    11 DINING Manny’s Tex-Mex Grill

    15 DEVELOPMENT New Wal-Marts proposed in Frisco

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    One argument for offering bachelor’s degrees at community colleges is the lower cost relative to universities. This graph shows average tuition increases since Texas stopped regulating tuition in 2003.

    Tuition rates are for resident undergraduate students taking 15 credit hours.

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  • Frisco Edition • July 2015 3

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    Frisco Edition • July 2015 5

    PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett


    GENERAL MANAGER Christal Howard,

    Editorial EXECUTIVE EDITOR Shannon Colletti

    MANAGING EDITOR Krista Wadsworth

    EDITOR Lindsey Juarez

    REPORTER Nicole Luna

    COPY CHIEF Andy Comer

    STAFF WRITERS Kelley Chambers-Crimmins, Marthe Rennels

    Advertising ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Ana Erwin


    Design CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan



    STAFF DESIGNERS Angie Calderon, Evelia Gramajo, Ethan Hill, Kara Nordstrom

    Business CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Claire Love


    About us John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact

    Newspaper in 2005 in Pflugerville, Texas. The company’s

    mission is to build communities of informed citizens and

    thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate

    team. Now, with 20 markets in the Austin, Houston and

    Dallas/Fort Worth metro areas, the paper is distributed to

    nearly 1.5 million homes and businesses.

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    without written permission from the publisher.

    FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER At the recent State of

    the City luncheon put on by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, City Manager George Purefoy took the stage to answer questions posed by chamber Presi- dent Tony Felker.

    Purefoy provided perspective on the city and how far it has come since he arrived in 1987

    as Frisco’s first city manager. The population then was roughly 5,000, a far cry from the more than 148,000 residents of today.

    While on the stage with Felker, Purefoy made a prediction that the intersection of the Dallas North Tollway and SH 121 will eventually be the top develop- ment area in all of North Texas.

    A quick glance through our July issue of Community Impact Newspaper seems to unintentionally support that idea about this key intersection and the surround- ing area: • The cover story about Frisco Square parking options

    highlights the growing infrastructure needs as devel- opment and large-scale events increase.

    • Our Impacts section on pages 6-9 highlights a whopping 23 businesses that recently opened or are coming soon to Frisco.

    • A family-owned floral shop featured in our business profile on Page 10 is adding a second location.

    • The Dallas North Tollway is being expanded as out- lined in our transportation story on Page 13.

    • The Shops at Starwood, Page 16, will have a new phase opening in 2016. And that’s not even half of this month’s issue. It is

    enough to leave you breathless if you try to rattle it off aloud and think about the true state of this city.

    I don’t think I am alone in wanting to thank all of the great leaders who have made today and the future of Frisco possible.

    Thank you.

    Christal Howard GENERAL MANAGER


    What do you think needs to happen with the state standardized testing system?

    45.45% Go away completely

    36.36% Change the STAAR test and revamp the

    No Child Left Behind Act

    9.09% Change the STAAR test and leave No Child Left Behind Act

    9.09% Nothing—standardized testing is effective

    0% Leave the STAAR test but revamp the No Child Left Behind Act Results from an unscientific Web survey collected 6/11/15-6/30/15

    6 IMPACTS Now Open, Coming Soon & more

    10 BUSINESS Simply Blessed Flowers

    11 DINING Manny’s Tex-Mex Grill

    12 TRANSPORTATION UPDATES News on area road projects

    13 TRANSPORTATION Dallas North Tollway expansion to reach Frisco’s southern border

    15 DEVELOPMENT Wal-Mart Supercenters planned for Frisco The Shops at Starwood plans addition to retail center Major development projects delayed by heavy spring rains


    21 HIGHER EDUCATION FOCUS FISD readies for revamped SAT

    Guide to area colleges, universities and trade sc