Hillsborough Community College

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Hillsborough Community College
College logo
Motto The Community College of Tampa Bay
Established 1968
Type Public, Two-year
President Dr. Ken Atwater
Students 43,000
Location Hillsborough County, Florida, United States
Nickname Hawks
Website http://www.hccfl.edu/

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is a two-year community college, located in Hillsborough County, Florida.

History[edit]

HCC was one of the last community colleges to be created in Florida, founded in 1968. Only Pasco–Hernando State College, out of the 28-school Florida community college system, was founded later.

In January 2008 the school opened its first residence hall, Hawk's Landing, named after the school mascot. This marks HCC as one of the few community colleges with its own residence hall.[1]

Campus[edit]

The college has six campuses located throughout the county. Locations include: Brandon, Dale Mabry, Plant City, Ybor City, MacDill AFB, and South Shore (on the south shore of Tampa Bay in Ruskin). Administrative offices and headquarters are located on Davis Islands, near downtown Tampa.

Organization and administration[edit]

The college president is Dr. Ken Atwater.

Academic profile[edit]

HCC has grown to include over 43,000 students.[2] In 2010, HCC ranked 8th in the state and 20th in the nation in total number of associate degrees produced.[3]

HCC houses the prestigious Honors Institute.[4] In 2007, Dr. Lydia Lyons, Director of the Honors Institute was elected to the office of Vice-President of the National Collegiate Honors Council. In 2009, she served as the President of that organization.[5] The Honors coordinator, Lauren Furry, currently serves as the Vice President of the Southern Regional Honors Council. Every year the graduating students from the Honors Institute transfer to universities and colleges such as Boston University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Mount Holyoke College, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and Yale.

Student life[edit]

Sport[edit]

HCC participates in Division I of the NJCAA. Sports include men's baseball and basketball, and women's basketball, softball, tennis and volleyball.[6] The school's nickname is the Hawks. The school's competitions are broadcast on both the school's athletic site {http://www.hawkradio.com/} and the school radio station WMNF 88.5 HD4

Notable athletes[edit]

  • Robert Mosebach is a baseball player who has played for the Expos and the Phillies
  • Chad Zerbe is a baseball player who played for the Dodgers in 1991
  • Garry Hancock is an outfielder who played for the Indians and the Rangers in 1974

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Notable people[edit]

Faculty[edit]

Name Known for Relationship to Hillsborough Community College
Percival Davis American author, a young earth creationist, and activist in the intelligent design movement Professor of Life Science, since 1968.[8]
Lydia Lyons President of the National Collegiate Honors Council Director of the Honors Program

Alumni[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Hillsborough Community College alumni.

Alumni Status is open to all graduates of Hillsborough Community College, all former students of HCC who regularly matriculated and left the College in good standing.

  • Geoffrey Giuliano - Radio personality and biographer of the Beatles.
  • Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea) - Professional Wrestler
  • Mikee Plastik (Michael Scott Hollash) - Recording Artist / Entertainer. 2001 HCC Graduate.
  • Mitzi Testaverde - Wife of former NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde & a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ELISABETH DYER (January 4, 2008). "HCC students get new place like home". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ "HCC Factbook 2010". Hillsborough Community College, Institutional Research and Grants. 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Florida Colleges Remain Top Producers of Associate Degrees". The Florida College System. July 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to the Honors Institute at Hillsborough Community College". Hillsborough Community College. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ Jane Meinhardt (February 2, 2007). "HCC director elected to national council". Tampa Bay Business Journal. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.njcaa.org/colleges_college_home.cfm?collegeId=1360
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/schools/index.cgi?key_school=b8406945
  8. ^ "Antievolution and Creationism in the United States". Annual Review of Anthropology. 1997. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°01′36″N 82°06′13″W / 28.026749°N 82.1036867°W / 28.026749; -82.1036867