Howard Community College (HCC) in Columbia, Maryland, is a public institution of Howard County with the mission to help anyone with an educational goal. That may be getting a two-year college degree, starting a four-year degree at HCC and transferring elsewhere, entering a new career, sharpening job skills, or exploring personal interests. That's why at HCC we say, "You Can Get There From Here!"
No matter where you’re going in life, you can get there from Howard Community College!
At HCC, students pursue a variety of educational goals. They may be getting a 2-year college degree, starting a 4-year degree at HCC and transferring elsewhere, entering a new career, sharpening job skills, or pursuing personal interests.
Opened in 1970 as Maryland’s 14th community college, HCC has become an integral part of life for Howard County residents:
* Over 14,000 credit students pursue degree or career programs in a fiscal year.
*Nearly half of all Howard County undergraduates attend HCC.
*1 of 4 Howard County high school graduating seniors enrolls at HCC.
*Over 15,000 study business training, basic skills, and other Continuing Education courses.
*Tens of thousands visit the art galleries, attend Rep Stage and other performing arts in the Horowitz Center, watch HCC-TV, and marvel at the Howard Community College equestrian Grand Prix.
No wonder surveys show that more Howard County residents named HCC as the first college that comes to mind.
HCC’s dedicated faculty earn top ratings from students and the college’s overall commitment to excellence has garnered numerous recognitions and awards including:
* Great College to Work For (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009), The Chronicle of Higher Education
* Top 50 Fastest Growing Public Two-Year College (2011), Community College Week
* National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE), member college selection by Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (2011)
* U.S. Senate Productivity Award (2007), Maryland’s top award for performance excellence
* Maryland Quality Award (Bronze) from the University of Maryland Center for Quality and Productivity (2002, 2003 and 2006)
* Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization (2005), NAFSA: Association of International Educators
* Continuing Education and Workforce Development, named “one of the top continuing education units in North America” by the Learning Resources Network (LERN)