Public Relations and Marketing

Chamber of Commerce Business and Social Hour

The Chamber of Commerce Business and Social Hour will be held April 18, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Energy and Trades Training Center.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 5:00pm

HCC Campus Photoshoot Casting Call

HCC is looking for students to participate in a professional photoshoot in April as part of HCC’s annual marketing campaign. Stop by the open casting call and you could be the next face of HCC! For more details, visit

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 11:00am
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 11:00am

Maryland's Sweet 16

HCC is proud to participate in the national recognition of Community College Month during the month of April. The 16 Maryland community colleges have partnered together to highlight the impact and role of Maryland’s community colleges and why it’s important to support them during Community College Month. We hope you will join us in celebrating Maryland’s Sweet 16! You can help change a student’s life with a gift to Hagerstown Community College’s Foundation! There are a variety of ways to support programs, activities, and student scholarships; click here to learn more. 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 – 150,000 in credit programs and 350,000 in continuing education and workforce development courses. At the very core of the missions of community colleges is accessibility to a diverse population. Community colleges effectively cater to those working full-time jobs, caring for an aging or ill family member, those serving in the military, and many other life circumstances. We do so through innovative day, evening, weekend, and 24/7 online opportunities. 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. 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 – to over 100,000 students annually. 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 colleges engage diverse student populations through enriching co- curricular activities, service opportunities, and clubs. Students participate in 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. Since 2009, there has been a 40% increase in community college completions. During this time, the cost of higher education has skyrocketed becoming the 2nd highest consumer debt behind mortgages. Students who start at a Maryland community college can save 60% compared to public four year colleges, 76 % compared to for-profit colleges, and 91% compared to Maryland private colleges’ tuition costs. Community College students learn from an accomplished faculty that is student-focused. Additionally, student support is one of the ways community colleges stand out among other higher education institutions. Typical services include academic and career advising, counseling, tutorials, health care, financial aid, and library and computer lab services. 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 Relations and Marketing 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 Relations and Marketing Office (PRM) 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. Spring Casting Call 2019 Tuesday, March 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. AND Wednesday, March 27, 11 a.m. to 1 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 a selected day in April. 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 Relations Office at

Family Fun Walk

Gather your friends, family, and coworkers and form a team of walkers for a one-mile Family Fun Walk on Tuesday, September 20, at 4:30 p.m.!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 4:30pm