Public Information and Government Relations

HCC named NACCE Entrepreneurial College of the Year

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has named Hagerstown Community College as its 2017 Heather Van Sickle Entrepreneurial College of the Year, at its 15th annual conference, in Tampa, Florida. “It is a pleasure to recognize this outstanding college, which was selected by an independent judging panel, as the winner of the Heather Van Sickle Entrepreneurial College Award,” said Rebecca Corbin, president and CEO of NACCE. “Hagerstown Community College has done an exceptional job of infusing entrepreneurship in its culture and community and paving the way for students to think and act entrepreneurially.” HCC’s being selected NACCE’s 2017 Entrepreneurial College of the Year is a testament to the leadership of President Guy Altieri. As president of HCC for 16 years, he credits the award to the college’s ability to respond entrepreneurially to change. “Today, we are data-driven. While data can drive institutional direction, you have to test the assumptions that the data presents,” he said. “Changes in students’ needs and funding, economic fluctuations in the community, and employer requirements all are areas where community colleges need to be entrepreneurial.” Over the past 15 years, HCC has responded to changes in the local economy to address the declining manufacturing jobs and build an educated workforce in emerging STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, such as biotechnology, alternative energy, cybersecurity, and advanced manufacturing. A new entrepreneurship program has more than 40 students who are learning problem solving, marketing, management, and finance, and engaging in internships that are giving them the opportunity to put their newly learned skills to the test. As a result of program growth, HCC is actively involved as an entrepreneurial partner aimed at community development. Also at the NACCE conference, Ben Dillard, president of Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, South Carolina, was named NACCE’s 2017 Entrepreneurial President of the Year. NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents, and entrepreneurs focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: to empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset; and to grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. NACCE has over 330 member colleges, representing nearly 2,000 members and approximately 3.3 million students. To learn more, visit

Live Your Story @ HCC

Students come to Hagerstown Community College from all walks of life, and each has a unique story. Many students come directly from high school, while others come back later in life to get a degree or train for a new career. Some students have families and full-time jobs. Others want a good start to transfer to a four-year university. But, all of these students have a desire to create a rewarding life. And, HCC has the options and resources to help them succeed.  

HCC Go Far Contest

Thank you to all students who participated! HCC is looking for 2017 spring graduates that have been accepted to four-year universities and colleges to feature on its website and social media! Contest Rules Take a photo with your acceptance letter(s) or gear Post it publicly to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter Tag it @hagerstowncc and #HCCGoFar Post using #HCCGoFar are only visible if privacy settings are set to public. Those who prefer not to post publicly, but would still like to participate in the contest can send the photo to All submissions will be featured on HCC’s Go Far page at and some on HCC’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Two students will be selected to win a $25 Amazon giftcard. Contest Eligibility All currently enrolled students are eligible to participate. All entries must fully adhere to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook terms and conditions. Social contests are not administered by Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Contests are judged by a panel of HCC staff from the Public Information and Government Relations Office (PIGR). The judges’ decision is final. Winners will be contacted by the PIGR office with instructions on how to pick up his/her prize. Submissions will be accepted the entire month of April. The last day to submit a photo is Sunday, April 30, at 11:59 p.m.

HCC Casting Call

The Public Information and Government Relations Office (PIGR) at HCC conducts two professional photo shoots per year. The photos are used in HCC marketing materials such as social media, the HCC website, online and print ads, etc., for the next year as part of HCC’s annual marketing campaign. During the casting call interested students can register to be considered for participation in the photo shoot. Fall Casting Call 2017 Wednesday, September 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. AND Thursday, September 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration table located in the Student Center lobby. How are students chosen for the photoshoot? A limited number of students from the casting call are selected to participate in the photoshoot. Students who are chosen must be in good academic, behavioral, and financial standing with the college. When is the photo shoot? The photo shoot will take place on Thursday, October 5, from 2 to 5 p.m. The schedule will be determined by the weather forecast. Where is the photo shoot? The photo shoot will take place on HCC’s main campus. Photos will be taken indoors and outdoors. Once the date is determined, someone from the PIGR team will contact students regarding where to meet on campus. What kind of photos will I be in? There are two photographers that will be selecting students to be in individual and group photos. Some photos will be posing, while others will be action shots walking, talking, studying, etc. What should I wear to the photo shoot? Students should dress for a casual school day. Please do not wear items with large logos or bright distracting colors or patterns. Jeans, khakis, skirts, sweaters, blouses, sneakers, and sandals, are all acceptable. Students are encouraged to bring a backpack, tote, tablet, laptop, cell phone and/or books. Questions? Contact the HCC Public Information Office at