President's Welcome

Greetings and welcome to Hagerstown Community College’s website.This is a dynamic and growing resource for you to use to learn more about the College and to facilitate your learning and business transactions with faculty and staff, as you access the many opportunities awaiting you here.

HCC's vision is to be "a learner-centered, accessible, life-long learning institution dedicated to student and community success." The College has over the years been chosen for many awards and other forms of recognition for both the quality of its programs and the high caliber of its faculty and staff. We have achieved these honors because we do a superb job of meeting the needs of our students and the communities we serve. Our committed faculty and staff are pleased to serve all types of students, whether they are new to college, changing careers, seeking skill upgrades, transferring from another college to complete a degree, or returning to school after many years away from formal education.

Learners like you tell me that the College’s courses are challenging, relevant, useful, and fun. New students are especially reassured to discover that our faculty are subject matter experts and consistently demonstrate very caring attitudes in helping students succeed. In addition, students very much appreciate the variety of learning options offered, which include classroom instruction, various work place learning formats, well equipped labs and resource centers, and on-line course work, including hybrid courses which combine on-line and traditional classroom time.

Since its founding in 1946, HCC has been at the center of local post-secondary education for a diverse population of learners, all wanting the "community’s college" to help them reach their educational goals. In short, the College has become the major gateway for thousands of local students who want to enhance their skills, explore new careers, take personal enrichment courses, or seek a degree or certification. This innovative, open-door college has served over 150,000 students to date and continues to remain very financially accessible to those in need of its services. In fact, HCC’s tuition and fees are the lowest in the region.

The College is continuing to make major facility improvements and add new courses and programs annually. We also continue to raise private funds to supplement the public dollars available to support student scholarships, as well as to fund equipment and faculty development needed to provide local citizens a first class college education.

I like to describe the College as “a place so close that can take its learners so far.” Enrollments in recent years have increased substantially, as an ever growing community of learners decides to stay close, as they prepare to go far. You too should thoroughly explore the information on this web site, or give us a call at 301-790-2800, or spend some time on our picturesque 319 acre campus. However you learn more about HCC, you will discover why more and more persons are making the "smart choice" to make HCC their college.

Sincerely,

Guy Altieri, Ed.D.
President

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