Hillsborough Community College

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Hillsborough Community College
College logo
MottoThe Community College of Tampa Bay
TypePublic, Two-year
Endowment$5.06 million (2016)[1]
PresidentDr. Ken Atwater
Location, ,

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


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.[2]


The college has five campuses located throughout the county. Locations include: Brandon, Dale Mabry, Plant City, Ybor City, and South Shore (on the south shore of Tampa Bay in Ruskin). There are also instructional centers at MacDill Air Force Base (South Tampa/aligned with the Plant City Campus) and at the Regent (Riverview) aligned with the Brandon Campus. Administrative offices and headquarters are located on Davis Islands, near downtown Tampa.

Academic profile[edit]

HCC has grown to include over 43,000 students.[3] In 2010, HCC ranked 8th in the state and 20th in the nation in total number of associate degrees produced.[4]

HCC houses the prestigious Honors Institute.[5] 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.[6] 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, UC Davis, Virginia Tech, and Yale.

Student life[edit]


HCC participates in the Suncoast Conference within Division I of NJCAA Region VIII within the Florida State College Activities Association (FSCAA). Sports include men's baseball and basketball, and women's basketball, softball, tennis and volleyball.[7] The school's nickname is the Hawks. The school's competitions are broadcast on both the school's athletic site and the school radio station WMNF 88.5 HD4. Basketball is played at the Dale Mabry campus.[8]

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.[9]

Notable people[edit]


Name Known for Relationship to Hillsborough Community College
Percival Davis American author, a young earth creationist, and activist in the intelligent design movement Retired. Former professor of Life Science.[10]
Lydia Lyons President of the National Collegiate Honors Council Director of the Honors Program



  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY2015 to FY2016" (PDF). NACUBO.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  2. ^ ELISABETH DYER (January 4, 2008). "HCC students get new place like home". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "HCC Factbook 2010" (PDF). Hillsborough Community College, Institutional Research and Grants. 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  4. ^ "Florida Colleges Remain Top Producers of Associate Degrees" (PDF). The Florida College System. July 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  5. ^ "Welcome to the Honors Institute at Hillsborough Community College". Hillsborough Community College. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  6. ^ Jane Meinhardt (February 2, 2007). "HCC director elected to national council". Tampa Bay Business Journal. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ https://www.hccfl.edu/athletics/mens-basketball/game-site.aspx
  9. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/schools/index.cgi?key_school=b8406945
  10. ^ "Antievolution and Creationism in the United States". Annual Review of Anthropology. 1997. JSTOR 2952523.
  11. ^ "Jeffrey Webb". Archived from the original on 29 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.

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