Howard Community College

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Howard Community College
Howard Community College Quad.jpg
The Quad, part of the main campus
Motto You can get there from here
Established 1966
Type Community college
President Dr. Kate Hetherington
Students 28,913[1]
Undergraduates 10,135 in degree programs
Location Columbia, Maryland, USA
Coordinates: 39°12′45″N 76°52′40″W / 39.21250°N 76.87778°W / 39.21250; -76.87778
Campus 120 acres (0.49 km2)
Mascot Dragon

Howard Community College (HCC) is a community college in Columbia, Howard County, Maryland. It offers classes for credit in more than 100 programs, and non-credit classes through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development

HCC is located at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, MD. There are also has satellite campuses in Mt. Airy, Laurel, and East Columbia (Columbia Gateway Business Center).

HCC history[edit]

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.[2] The first HCC board would be drawn from the current state appointed county school board.[3] HCC was approved as the State of Maryland's 14th community college in late 1967.

Alfred Bassler sold his share of his father's 400 acre Cedar Lane farm to Community Research and Development to be the site of the project.[4] 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, with 10 full-time faculty and just over 600 full-time students attending classes in HCC's nine credit programs.[5]

In 2003, a new instructional building was completed, the Mary Ellen Duncan Hall for English, Languages & Business, which includes a landscaped area now known as The Quad. The Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, opened in the fall of 2006, and the Student Services Building, completed spring 2007, is the most recent building added to The Quad. The Student Services Building was renamed The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall in March 2007. In 2013, the Health Sciences Building opened. The HCC Mens Track and Field team won the 2013 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field.


  1. ^ Howard Community College, Data Book, retrieved April 10, 2011
  2. ^ "1967 Board Minutes". Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  3. ^ James A. Clark Jr. Jim Clark Soldier Farmer Legislator. p. 109. 
  4. ^ Janene Holzberg (19 December 2013). "Clarksville's Basslers say goodbye to family farm, Haysfield Airport". The Baltimore Sun. 
  5. ^ Howard County Historical Society. Images of Amercia Howard County. p. 50. 

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