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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Share in the Joy over Parks and Recreation’s 25 Years of Excellence Accreditation

Parks 25 Years of Excellence Award WEB

Hooray to our Parks and Recreation department for earning national accreditation for the 25th straight year. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) presented the honor to Plano Parks Director Robin Reeves during the Natio...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Attend a 2020 Benefits Open Enrollment Meeting for Plan Details

Open Enrollment Oct 30

The Open Enrollment process for active employees and pre-65 year old retirees begins Wednesday, October 30. Any changes you make during Open Enrollment are effective January 1, 2020. Attend one or more of these meetings for detailed info about our benefit...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

20/20 Vision(ary) is S.E.R.V.E.’s Next Value

SERVE Visionary WEB

During recent months we focused on “Respectful” – treating all people and opinions with dignity and courtesy. Our new I SEE U SERVE peer-to-peer recognition program is a great example of this value. The campaign to promote Te...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

“Do Something PAWsitive” for Nat’l. Retirement Security Week

National Retirement Week Dog WEB

Funnel all or some of your raise, longevity pay and vacation buy-back money into your future. The 2019 National Retirement Security Week, October 20-26, theme is “Do Something PAWSITIVE” to make sure you’re on track for retir...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

You’re invited to the U.S. Army Field Band Concert under the Stars

US Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus

The United States Army Field Band is coming to the Amphitheater at Oak Point on Saturday, October 19. Listen to the nation’s talented group of Army soldiers as they serenade the crowd with the tunes you love.

The U.S. Army Field Band performs with the Sold...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Liberty Recreation Center is Back in Business!

Liberty Reopening flyer

Come see for yourself on Saturday, October 26 at 10 a.m. during the Grand Re-opening. Join the Parks and Recreation department at the newly-renovated Liberty Recreation Center! Be among the first to tour and use this beautifully-improved facility, featuri...

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

FREE Shots Can Lessen Your Chances of Getting the Flu

Flu victims

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. Plan to get your FREE flu shot courtesy of the City’s Connect4Health benefit and Texas Health Resources.

Vaccinations are available to all active employees (full-time, part-time and temp...

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Posted on: October 3, 2019

American Planning Association Awards Highest Honors to Plano

APA Texas awards

The American Planning Association (APA) Texas Chapter announced the 2019 Planning Achievement Awards and Plano is a big winner! Releasing this news is one way the organization kicks off National Community Planning Month each October.

The Awards Selection C...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Research Your Family Tree from Roots to Stem

Family Tree search

Attend the 2019 statewide Genealogy Lock-In on Friday, October 18 to hone your genealogy skills. Uncover fascinating family facts at the event from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Genealogy Center in Haggard Library. Enjoy live webinars on a variety of topics, in...

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Posted on: October 3, 2019

Coming Soon: A Bigger Paycheck

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Watch for across the board pay increases, along with special one-time payments for many Team Plano members. It is nearly time for disbursement of the 3% pay raise, and for payouts of Vacation Buy Back and Longevity Pay. Mark your calendars with these date...

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Posted on: October 3, 2019

Find Spooky Fun and More on the Inside Plano Podcast

Inside Plano WEB

October’s podcast opens with Plano’s national Halloween-fun ranking and news about water-related events this fall. Give a listen as Shannah Hayley and Steve Stoler’s entertaining banter brings you up to speed about what&r...

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Posted on: October 3, 2019

Jumpstart Your Yard Makeover at the WaterWise Landscape Tour

Water Wise landscape tour

On Saturday, October 19, five homeowners open the gates to their unique green spaces. You’re invited to take in the lush surrounding of these local homes during the WaterWise Landscape Tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Senior Environmental Education Coo...

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Posted on: September 26, 2019

Leadership for the 21st Century Churns Out New Graduates

L21 Group 2019

Coworkers, supervisors, managers and directors gathered to support 2019 Leadership for the 21st Century Program grads. There were 21 people who successfully completed the 6-month program and received certificates during a ceremony on September 25 at the O...

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Posted on: September 26, 2019

DART Lays Tracks for New “Silver Line” from Plano to DFW Airport

DART Silver Line train

With the customary shoveling of dirt, DART broke ground on the 26-mile Cotton Belt "Sliver Line." Plans for this project began in 2006 with the approval of DART’s 2030 Transit System Plan. The Silver Line will connect Shiloh Road to the DFW Airp...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Prices Will Increase on Vending Machines at City Sites

Vending machine items

Prepare to pay a little more to enjoy those crunchy Cheetos and fizzy Diet Cokes. The snack and beverage machines found in City facilities belong to a local vending company. The Purchasing department was recently notified of an across-the-board price incr...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Share Your Thoughts on Housing in Plano

HUD funding

The City of Plano is creating its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, and your input is important. The Plan will outline how approximately $10 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds are spent over the next five years.

These dollar...

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Posted on: September 26, 2019

Police Chief Greg Rushin Named Deputy City Manager

Greg Rushin WEB

City Manager Mark Israelson shared budget info at last week’s “Meet the CM” and other news. Greg W. Rushin is our new Deputy City Manager. Police Chief Rushin had been pulling double-duty since May – serving as interim deputy city manager, as well as lead...

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Posted on: April 12, 2018

Prepare to be Counted during Census 2020

Display Case Census 2020

It's important to find out why a proper head count in Census 2020 matters and how the numbers affect housing and other City services.

Display #19 was provided by Michael Bell of Planning and Anthony Andros and Rachel Yzaguirre of Libraries. Michael says:&q...

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Computer Refresh Prize Winners are Really HAPPY!

Computer Refresh Kelly and Wendy

It’s an awesome day in the neighborhood for the first group of you who completed the Computer Refresh surveys. Technology Services is conducting two short surveys during our citywide Computer Refresh Project, and they are enticing you to complet...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Let Shanté Akafia Show You How “I SEE U SERVE” Works

I C U SERVE image WEB

By now you’ve seen the I SEE U Serve Cards in breakrooms and other common areas. But you may need some clarity on how to say “thanks, I saw you serve” using these cards. Watch as Human Resources Director Shanté Akafia made one Team Plano member’s day:

Have...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

NEW…Age Requirements in Effect for Recreation Centers

Walking track at Oak Point

Parks and Recreation now enforces a new drop-off policy regarding young children.  The department researched the matter thoroughly and considered patron feedback before revising the rules about unattended youth at centers and pools.

Basically, chi...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Computer Refresh Survey-takers Can Win BIG PRIZES

Computer Refresh prizes

Seize the opportunity to put your hands in the Computer Refresh treasure box. A wonderful cache of Team Plano prizes await some lucky people who complete either of these two surveys:

  • Computer Refresh Project (CRP) Deployment Survey
  • Computer Refresh Project ...
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Posted on: August 15, 2019

Say “Sí” to Learning a New Language with Pronunciator

Library Pronunciator 3

Don’t think that your chance to learn a new language has passed you by! Prepare for next year’s trip to your bucket-list destination by getting a head start on learning a new language now through Plano Public Library’s Pronunciator.

Whether learning a new ...

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Posted on: June 27, 2019

Hey! Schedule Your Computer Refresh Training Session

Computer Refresh training 2

The Computer Refresh Project has begun – ARE YOU READY? Everyone gets a new computer or laptop during this citywide project – a huge job. This effort replaces our aging desktop technology and:

  • Improves security while reducing cyber risk...
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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Are Student Loans a Boat Anchor on Your Finances?

Student loan debt

Let the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program relieve the drain on your bank account. First, you must find out if you qualify for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). In addition, you must be working full-ti...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

Place the Benefits Guide in the Palm of Your Hand

City of Plano Mobile app WEB

The truth is, benefits info is rarely handy when and where we need it. Many of us skim through brochures once every year and file it away, never to be seen again. Sometimes it’s difficult to find information without flipping or scrolling through...

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Posted on: June 13, 2019

SERVE’s “Respectful” Value: What does it look like?

Respect ticket to success WEB

Kindness. Courtesy. Politeness. Treating everyone the same regardless of factors like age, ethnicity or position. These very common character traits aren’t always common in the workplace. Expert reports indicate a workforce’s job satis...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

“Sharing is Caring” with Team Plano Social Recruiting

Social media Sharing WEB

Who likes to share? Were we taught as kids to give a portion of what we had because “sharing is caring?” Popeye fans may recall “I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”…guess that’s s...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

One Voice Committee Helps Spread the Word

OneVOICE (2)

There’s an old saying, “communication is key.” True enough for all manner of human connections – on and off the job. Sharing information involves knowing the WHAT and the WHY in order to “effectively&r...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Will the Real Jordan White Please Stand Up!

Compass Jordan White

The Human Resources Benefits team wants to introduce you to Jordan White, our Personal Health Pro.

Many of you have used Alight’s Compass Healthcare as a trusted resource when making important medical decisions. Their expert answers complex healt...

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Posted on: November 29, 2018

Buy PlanoCRX Meds with REVISED Order Form

Plano CRX drug program WEB

Beginning January 1, the City will have a new mail order drug program available for all eligible employees, retirees and their dependents. The new cost saving program, PlanoCRX, can be used for brand name prescriptions.

PlanoCRX is a voluntary&...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Aging? Find Humor in the Checklist of Changes that Occur in the Body

Humor in Aging

A wide range of changes happen in the body to different degrees as we age. These changes are not necessarily indicative of an underlying disease, but they can be distressing. Even though the aging process cannot be stopped, being aware of these changes an...

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Retirees
Posted on: October 9, 2019

Liberty Recreation Center is Back in Business!

Liberty Reopening flyer

Come see for yourself on Saturday, October 26 at 10 a.m. during the Grand Re-opening. Join the Parks and Recreation department at the newly-renovated Liberty Recreation Center! Be among the first to tour and use this beautifully-improved facility, featuri...

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Retirees
Posted on: October 9, 2019

You’re invited to the U.S. Army Field Band Concert under the Stars

US Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus

The United States Army Field Band is coming to the Amphitheater at Oak Point on Saturday, October 19. Listen to the nation’s talented group of Army soldiers as they serenade the crowd with the tunes you love.

The U.S. Army Field Band performs wit...

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Retirees
Posted on: October 9, 2019

Library News: A Brief Closure is in Schimelpfenig’s Future

Schimelpfenig Library exterior

Schimelpfenig Library closes temporarily (November 4-16) for installation of carpeting and new furniture. While book drops are closed during this time, our programs scheduled in the program room are available as planned. More information coming soon in th...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Research Your Family Tree from Roots to Stem

Family Tree search

Attend the 2019 statewide Genealogy Lock-In on Friday, October 18 to hone your genealogy skills. Uncover fascinating family facts at the event from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Genealogy Center in Haggard Library. Enjoy live webinars on a variety of topics, in...

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Retirees
Posted on: October 9, 2019

Sing Along with the Dallas Banjo Band at the Farmstead

Dallas Banjo BandWEB

The Heritage Farmstead Museum closes the 2019 Young at Heart Series on a high note. Spend Monday, October 14 at the Farm listening to rousing concert featuring the Dallas Banjo Band. This 20-piece band plays songs from the Armed Forces Medley to Rhapsody ...

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Retirees
Posted on: September 26, 2019

RSVP Now for the October 17 Retiree Quarterly Luncheon

Pre65 Open Enrollment 2019

The topic this quarter has extra special importance since we’re so near annual Open Enrollment season. Plan to spend some quality time with old friends and coworkers on Thursday, October 17 for the last Retiree Quarterly Luncheon of 2019.

To clos...

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Posted on: October 3, 2019

What are Important Safety Measures for the Elderly?

Senior Women on upright walker WEB

General safety measures at home and away are highly encouraged for older individuals and their family. Falls and injuries, confusion, following medical instructions, along with future health and financial planning are among the concerns.

Simple home safety...

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Retirees
Posted on: October 3, 2019

Find the Spooky Fun and More on Hayley and Stoler’s Inside Plano Podcast

Inside Plano WEB

October’s podcast opens with Plano’s national Halloween-fun ranking and news about water-related events this fall. Give a listen as Shannah Hayley and Steve Stoler’s entertaining banter brings you up to speed about what’s happening in our city. They share...

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Retirees
Posted on: September 26, 2019

Medicare NEWS: Donut Hole Closing by 2020

Medicare Part D

In addition to Medicare Supplement Plan F and Plan C going away, the Medicare Part D Donut Hole is closing. The percentage you’ll pay in the coverage Gap decreases as the Donut Hole closes. If you’re in the Donut Hole, you get a discou...

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Retirees
Posted on: October 3, 2019

Jumpstart Your Yard Makeover at the WaterWise Landscape Tour

Water Wise landscape tour

On Saturday, October 19, five homeowners open the gates to their unique green spaces. You’re invited to take in the lush surrounding of these local homes during the WaterWise Landscape Tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Senior Environmental Education Coordinator K...

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Retirees
Posted on: September 26, 2019

Apply Now to Serve on the Collin Appraisal Review Board

Home appraisal

This is a great way to stay involved in the community and make some coffee money on the side. Applications are now being accepted for appointments to the Collin Appraisal Review Board (ARB), 2-year terms which begin on January 1, 2020.

The ARB is a board o...

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Posted on: September 26, 2019

Police Chief Greg Rushin Named Deputy City Manager

Greg Rushin WEB

City Manager Mark Israelson shared budget info at last week’s “Meet the CM” and other news. Greg W. Rushin is our new Deputy City Manager. Police Chief Rushin had been pulling double-duty since May – serving as interim deputy city manager, as well as lead...

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Schedule Your 2019 Flu Shots Now, It’s FREE

Flu victims

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. Plan to get your FREE flu shot courtesy of the City’s Connect4Health benefit and Texas Health Resources.

Vaccinations are available to all active employees (full-time, part-time and temp...

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Retirees
Posted on: September 26, 2019

DART Lays Tracks for New “Silver Line” from Plano to DFW Airport

DART Silver Line train

With the customary shoveling of dirt, DART broke ground on the 26-mile Cotton Belt "Sliver Line." Plans for this project began in 2006 with the approval of DART’s 2030 Transit System Plan. The Silver Line will connect Shiloh Road to the DFW Airp...

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop Puts You in the Driver’s Seat

Pain Management workshops

Texas Health Resources and the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging have a workshop series for you. Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop is for adults experiencing chronic health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, l...

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Retirees
Posted on: September 18, 2019

Share Your Thoughts on Housing in Plano

HUD funding

The City of Plano is creating its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, and your input is important. The Plan will outline how approximately $10 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds are spent over the next five years.

These dollar...

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Retirees
Posted on: September 5, 2019

NEW…Age Requirements in Effect for Recreation Centers

Walking track at Oak Point

Parks and Recreation now enforces a new drop-off policy regarding young children.  The department researched the matter thoroughly and considered patron feedback before revising the rules about unattended youth at centers and pools.

Basically, chi...

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Retirees
Posted on: August 29, 2019

Public Records Request Process Changes

Open Records screen image

Your City of Plano open record requests are going to be a lot easier starting Sunday, Sept. 2. The two biggest improvements are:

The process for requesting public r...

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Retirees
Posted on: August 29, 2019

Top 6 Tips for Adjusting to Retirement

Settle into RetirementWEB

Retirement – the word conjures up wonderful visions of being on vacation all the time, sleeping late and indulging in hobbies. We save for retirement in a variety of ways, working and waiting until the day when we decide that it's time.

Not every...

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Posted on: August 22, 2019

Know Some of the Routine Medical Tests for Seniors

Senior medical exam

A wide range of screening and preventive measures are recommended for people over the age of 65. These guidelines, based on extensive clinical data, come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Consi...

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

Say “Sí” to Learning a New Language with Pronunciator

Library Pronunciator 3

Don’t think that your chance to learn a new language has passed you by! Prepare for next year’s trip to your bucket-list destination by getting a head start on learning a new language now through Plano Public Library’s Pronunciator.

Whether learning a new ...

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Retirees
Posted on: August 15, 2019

Seniors and Travel: You’ve Earned Time to See the World

Senior travel 1

The children are grown and retirement is not just a dream, it’s a reality. So, if you no longer need to worry about putting in vacation requests, now is the time to explore. Aging has its perks. Whether you’re traveling by car, plane, ship or train, it’s ...

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Retirees
Posted on: August 15, 2019

Mediterranean Diet May Slow Cognitive Decline and Prevent Alzheimer’s

Mediterranean diet

A new review concludes the Mediterranean diet is good for the brain. This was determined after finding that people who follow the diet are less likely to experience cognitive decline and develop Alzheimer's disease.

The Mediterranean diet incorporates a hi...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Energize Your Senses with a Sam Johnson Center Membership

Seniors divers and active

Every day’s schedule is a blast of fun, helpful and stimulating classes, trips and special events. Take a quick look at the Sam Johnson Recreation Center (SJC) newsletter TRENDSETTER to confirm you are missing out on so many experiences in Plano...

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Posted on: June 13, 2019

Join Heritage Farmstead Museum’s Senior Series

HERITAGE-FARMSTEAD-MUSEUM

The Farmstead Museum regularly hosts children on school field trips, but now focuses on a slightly older crowd. They’ve created a senior-focused program, Young at Heart: 55+ Exceeding the Limit. This is an educational program designed specifical...

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Retirees
Posted on: July 24, 2019

Updating Beneficiary Designations: Why It's So Important

Beneficiary

How long has it been since you updated your beneficiary list? When you sign up for TMRS, life insurance, ICMA-RC or any other bank or investment account, you are required to list a beneficiary to receive the proceeds should you pass away. Oftentimes, peop...

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Retirees
Posted on: July 24, 2019

Are Student Loans a Problem for Someone You Know?

Student loan debt

You may know of someone who needs help paying off big student loans long after they’ve graduated from college. If so, tell them about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to help relieve the drain on their bank accounts. Individuals must first find...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

Improve Your Quality of Life through WCOA

Senior foot care

The Wellness Center for Older Adults (WCOA) offers a variety of services and programs to seniors and caregivers. Located in the Sam Johnson Recreation Center, 401 16th Street, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping you achieve your highest le...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Mandatory Training for 2019 Focuses on “ETHICS”

Business Ethics

All Team Plano employees are required to participate in mandatory training each fiscal year. The subject matter of the training changes every year. As a requirement for 2019, you will need to complete the SkillSoft course “Business Ethics” by January 31, ...

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Posted on: July 13, 2017

Training & Development

Training and development

The Human Resources department offers an extensive catalog of training opportunities for all job types and levels. Refer questions to Senior Training Coordinators Tony Beasley or Debbie Speed at 972-941-7339 and 972-941-7217, respectively. Here are some o...

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