Collin College is the recipient of a three-year, $318,000 grant from the Capital One Foundation to create a Technology Career Pathways Preparation Academy. The creation of noncredit to credit and credit to noncredit career pathways will bolster employability and transferability of skills of Collin College students in high growth technology businesses and industries.

The multi-year grant is scheduled to kick off early spring 2017 with information sessions and will invite collaboration with several Collin County community-based organizations and technology businesses.

“This grant, as well as our participation in the Capital One workforce cohort, will empower us to create life changing technology professional pathways in partnership with community-based organizations,” said Jennifer Blalock, vice president of workforce and economic development at Collin College. “I can’t think of a more meaningful investment in Collin County’s economic development. We are so excited to start building a strong foundation for our community’s success, centered on bridging the skills gap and equipping our workforce with the highest quality academic and technical career training.”

Community service agencies serving adults in transition, as well as business and industry leaders in the technology fields, looking for students with high skill levels and competencies should contact Jennifer Blalock at

The Capital One Foundation provides funding to support programs for safe and affordable housing, financial literacy, workforce and economic development, school improvement and early childhood education. The Foundation’s grant-making serves national and local organizations that inform or implement best practices in the Foundation’s focus areas or operate programs in the designated geographic.