About Hagerstown Community College

Hagerstown Community College (HCC) was founded in 1946 as Maryland’s first community college. More than 100 programs of study are available for university transfer, career preparation, or personal development, as well as non-credit continuing education courses, customized training programs and Washington County’s adult education program. Associate degrees, certificates and letters of recognition are awarded. HCC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Special programs include the Job Training Student Resources for adults in need of immediate job skills and the ESSENCE Program, which enables area high school students to take college classes at a discounted rate. The 319-acre picturesque campus encompasses 18 buildings and includes a full-service business incubator, numerous gardens, and an outdoor amphitheater.

Recent Developments

In 2012, HCC completed construction on a brand new Science, Technology, Engineering, and  Math (STEM) Building, which opened its doors in January 2012. This facility provides 65,000 square-feet of laboratories, classrooms, and faculty offices in a five-story structure that replaces the former Science Building, which was built in 1966. That same year, the college also completed a renovation and expansion of the existing Kepler Theater, which was first constructed in 1978. Renovation included the addition of the Performing and Visual Arts Education Center, which features a dance studio/black box theater, campus gallery, classrooms, practice rooms, art rooms, and faculty offices. The theater renovation includes expanded dressing rooms, a costume shop, and extended wardrobe storage.

In 2013, HCC finished renovations on two of its instructional buildings: the former Classroom Building, which became the Behavioral Sciences and Humanities (BSH) Building, and the former Science Building, which was renamed the Learning Support Center and is now home to HCC's Developmental Education and Adult Literacy Services Division as well as to HCC's tutoring services.


Hagerstown Community College (HCC) is a two-year public community college offering both transfer and career-oriented programs, as well as continuing education classes. The College has maintained accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools since its first review in 1968 and continues to meet the requirements necessary to maintain that accreditation. HCC is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.


Learn about the history of HCC by viewing the college timeline.