Howard Community College
|Howard Community College|
|President||Dr. Kate Hetherington|
|Undergraduates||10,135 in degree programs|
|Location||Columbia, Maryland, USA
|Campus||120 acres (0.49 km2)|
Howard Community College (HCC) is a community college in Columbia, Howard County, Maryland. The mission at Howard Community College is to provide pathways for success to anyone with an educational goal including: two-year college degrees, starting a four-year degree at HCC and transferring elsewhere, entering a new career, sharpening job skills, or exploring personal interests.
HCC is located at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, MD.
HCC also has satellite campuses in Mt. Airy, Laurel, and in East Columbia (Columbia Gateway Business Center).
In 1966, Howard Community College was founded by the Board of Education in Howard County and formally authorized by the Howard County Commissioners Charles E. Miller, J. Hubert Black, and David W. Force. The board recommended that the College would operate under a separate budget than the school system. That same year, HCC was approved as the State of Maryland's 14th community college. A groundbreaking ceremony in 1969 began construction on 119 acres (0.48 km2) in the heart of the planned community of Columbia that, at the time, was just beginning to take shape. In October 1970, the first classes took place in a new structure called the Learning Resources Center, now the James Clark Jr. Library Building (CL), with just over 600 students attending classes in HCC's nine credit programs.
In 2006, HCC celebrated its 35th anniversary, with nearly 7,000 students seeking degrees in more than 100 programs, and another 14,000 taking noncredit classes through the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. In 2003, a new instructional building was completed, the Mary Ellen Duncan Hall for English, Languages & Business (DH), which includes an inviting landscaped area now known as The Quad. The new Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA), opened in the fall of 2006, and the Student Services Building, completed spring 2007, completes The Quad. The Student Services Building was renamed The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall (RCF) in March 2007. In 2013, the Health Sciences Building (HSB) opened. The HCC Mens Track and Field team won the 2013 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field