Public Information and Government Relations

HCC to hold annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

Hagerstown Community College will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Kepler Theater at HCC. The celebration will feature keynote speaker Antonio D. Underwood, Fulbright Scholar to Serbia, owner/CEO of Tone East Music/TEM Technology, LLC, and author of The Third Eye. A dramatic rendition of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech will be performed by the Reverend Darin Mency, from Hagerstown’s Greater Campher Temple. 

HCC Holiday Greeting Card Contest

HCC 2018 Holiday Greeting Card Design Contest Rules The official HCC holiday greeting card is for use by the President’s Office, to be sent to external business colleagues. The actual size of the completed greeting will be 6” wide by 4.25” high, when folded, and will be printed by HCC’s Digital Printing and Design Services. The Director of Public Information has the responsibility for final editing choices regarding the printed message on the inside of the card and presentation of the image on the cover. Each submission must be an original graphic design, photograph, or scanable artwork, that would be appropriate as the cover design for the greeting. The chosen design will be one that is reflective of the holiday season, without regard to a specific religious tradition. A packaged electronic file is preferred for submission. It should be sent to Beth Kirkpatrick at The contest is open to currently enrolled (fall 2018) HCC credit and non-credit students, with a limit of two submissions per person. The winner will receive a check for $100, issued by the President’s Office, and will be asked to present the design at the HCC Board of Trustees meeting on November 20. Submissions must be sent to Beth Kirkpatrick in the Office of Public Information at HCC by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7. Each entry must include the name of the artist or photographer, student ID number, phone number, and email address. Entries will be judged by Dr. Klauber’s sons, Jake and Wyatt. The winner will be notified by November 12.

Maryland's Sweet 16

Community College Month - Maryland’s Sweet 16 Facts 70% of Maryland freshmen and sophomore college students are enrolled in one of Maryland’s 16 community colleges. Each year, Maryland’s community colleges enroll a diverse population of nearly 500,000 students. More than 50% of Maryland’s community college students transfer to in-state colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate degrees. Maryland’s community colleges have dozens of transfer agreements with colleges and universities, both in-state and out-of-state, that guarantee the maximum number of credits will transfer and save students thousands of dollars in achieving their bachelor’s degrees. Students who start at a Maryland community college and earn an associate degree and transfer in-state to earn a bachelor’s degree will save on average $11,000 in tuition and fees. There are 156 non-credit program options at Maryland’s community colleges that meet professional licensing and certification requirements for in-demand jobs within our local communities. The average student-to-faculty ratio at Maryland’s community colleges is 16:1, which encourages a collegiate environment of increased student/faculty engagement. Maryland’s community college classes are taught by highly educated and credentialed faculty and industry experts, who are dedicated to student learning. Maryland’s community colleges engage diverse student populations through enriching co-curricular activities and clubs as well as with successful, competitive men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs as part of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MDJUCO) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). 88% of alumni from Maryland’s 16 community colleges remain within the state and they contribute to their local and state economies by purchasing goods and services and as engaged tax-paying citizens. For every dollar invested, community college students will realize an average 2.5 return on investment while taxpayers see an annual return of 4.2% on their investment in Maryland’s community colleges. Nearly $10 billion is pumped into Maryland’s economy every year by our 16 community colleges (equivalent to employment of 150,000 people). By 2020, 69% of Maryland’s jobs will require a postsecondary education. Community colleges are the largest single workforce trainer in Maryland. Due to Maryland’s community college students and their completion, Maryland will see avoided social costs amounting to $494 million annually, equal to the sum of avoided costs related to health, crime, and unemployment. Maryland community colleges offer degree, certificate and skills training programs to support workforce development for the region’s fastest growing industries such as nursing, allied health, cybersecurity, and hospitality. Graduating from one of Maryland’s community colleges has proven to have a profound impact on earnings. The median income for graduates more than doubles three years after completion when compared to student earnings one-year prior to graduation.

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. Student Stories View all student stories Faculty/Staff Stories    

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.