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
Type Community college
Established 1966
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, also commonly referred to as HCC and Howard CC, 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 satellite campuses in Mt. Airy, Laurel, and East Columbia (Columbia Gateway Business Center).


There are seven academic divisions at Howard Community College. They include:[2]

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business and Computer Systems
  • Continuing Education and Workforce Development
  • English and World Languages
  • Health Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Science Engineering and Technology
  • Social Sciences and Teacher Education


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.[3] The first HCC board would be drawn from the current state appointed county school board.[4] HCC was approved as the State of Maryland's 14th community college in late 1967.

The school was built on a prehistoric Native American settlement which became the site of the Dieker farm inherited by Gustave Basler's (1858-1938) wife Dora Dieker.[5] Alfred Christian 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.[6] His family home, barn, granaries and silos were demolished in 1969. A groundbreaking ceremony in June 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.[7]

HCC's Nursing Building, one of the first structures on campus.

HCCs first president was Dr. Alfred J. Smith Jr, former dean of faculty at Corning Community College, hired in June 1969. In 1973, he signed a five-year contract to remain as president. In 1976, Smith faced scrutiny for accounting expense allowances from the County which funded 35% of operational costs.[8] Dwight Burrill took the role in 1981, serving for seventeen years.[9]

In 1980, the Columbia Film Society moves to the HCC performing arts center for weekend movies.[10]

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 and the HCC Men's Track and Field team won the 2013 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field.

In November 2014, a groundbreaking was held for a 145,300 sq ft four-story Science Engineering and Technology building. The facility replaces 260 parking spots to provide labs focused on Howard County Economic Development Agency initiatives including 3D printing and cybersecurity.[11]


  1. ^ "Howard Community College, Data Book" (PDF). Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "1967 Board Minutes" (PDF). Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  4. ^ James A. Clark Jr. Jim Clark Soldier Farmer Legislator. p. 109. 
  5. ^ M. Lee Preston, Jr. Archaeology In Howard County and Beyond. p. 4. 
  6. ^ Janene Holzberg (19 December 2013). "Clarksville's Basslers say goodbye to family farm, Haysfield Airport". The Baltimore Sun. 
  7. ^ Howard County Historical Society. Images of America Howard County. p. 50. 
  8. ^ Micheal J Clark (30 October 1976). "In addition to $35,200: Howard college head secretly gets $11,000". The Baltimore Sun. 
  9. ^ Joseph Rocco Mitchell,David L. Stebenne. New City Upon a Hill. p. 134. 
  10. ^ Joseph Rocco Mitchell, David L. Stebenne. New City Upon a Hill. p. 116. 
  11. ^ "Howard Community College Breaks Ground on New 'SET' Building Science, Engineering and Technology building to include cybersecurity lab, 3D printing room, greenhouse and other features". Retrieved 18 November 2014. 

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