Employee of the Month - Greg Collins
During the daytime or in the late hours at night, you will see a 2001 Silver Toyota Echo in the parking lot or a light on in the Business Office building. That is Greg Collins supervising, drawing, visualizing, managing, and finalizing various building and maintenance projects on campus. Greg Collins is the Director of Facilities and Operations at Lassen Community College.
Greg was born in Sacramento, California and raised in the North Tahoe Area. His father owned a swim and tennis club in Sacramento, where Olympic champion, Mark Spitz attended. The family had to move to the Tahoe area after doctors discovered that Greg and his twin brother, Garth developed asthma and needed a climate change.
Greg attended Tahoe Lake School and Tahoe-Truckee High School. Education was highly recommended in the family by his father. Everyone had to read the classics, learn to play a musical instrument, and attending college was mandatory.
As a teenager, Greg began to design homes and had a boat rental business. He eventually sold the business, bought a piece of commercial property and developed it, and invested in his brother’s wine opener business. At age 18, he won the Placer County Architecture Award; this caused a stir since he did not have a license. This caused a reprimand for his design and he was told not to design any more buildings until he completed his college degree.
Eventually he was admitted to Sacramento State University and later transferred to the University of California at Davis. He graduated from Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design with honors. At St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Greg worked as the Director of Architecture and Construction and won several awards for his designs. As the administration at St. Mary’s began to downsize his department, Greg eventually found his way to Lassen Community College.
Greg is married with three daughters.