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HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Making the Grade
Removing barriers to education is part of Hillsborough Community College’s mission, and this goal is helping Florida schools improve collaboration.
illsborough Community College (HCC) is a two-year college with multiple campuses and centers in Florida, including Brandon, Dale Mabry, Plant City, Ybor City, MacDill AFB and the South Shore. It was founded in 1968, one of the last community colleges created in the state. Part of Florida’s 28-school community college system, HCC has approximately 43,000 students. In 2010, it ranked eighth in the state and 20th in the nation in the total number of associate degrees, as well as the 16th largest producer of associate degrees for minority students. The college is somewhat unique in terms of community colleges, as it opened a residence hall in 2008.
HCC enrolls the largest number of graduates from the county’s school district who then go on to higher education, and is the largest community college feeder to the University of South Florida (USF). The college offers more than 150 academic programs, including 18 associates in arts tracks and 140 workforce programs. HCC’s associate degrees and programs of study include the arts, science, technical programs, health science programs, college credit certificates and postsecondary adult vocational programs. Most of the community’s first responders receive training through the college via its healthcare training, and police and fire academies. The college also has distance education offerings, as well as its campus programs. Distance learning classes are designed for busy students, allowing the to earn college credits toward completing certificate and degree programs. The college is well known for the success of graduates from its Honors Institute who move on to study at four-year universities and colleges. Its graduates have gone on to study at Ivy League schools like Columbia University and Yale. The Honors Institute offers smaller classes, which are capped at 15 students, and maximizes interaction between professors and students. Part of its focus is on experiential learning, with hands-on learning through field trips and volunteer service. Its faculty is specially selected and attends annual training on teaching honors classes. Students get leadership opportuni62 | Education-Executive.com SUMMER 2012
ties, such as providing assistance to the honors office staff and serving as club officers or board members. Students also take a special leadership course. Honors Institute students receive specialized academic advising, as the department has its own academic advisors who work with students each semester to select classes, determine a major and prepare for graduation and transfer. In addition, these students receive priority registration, transfer and scholarship assistance, and have access to exclusive study lounges for honors students. The college strives to eliminate degree completion barriers, looking to collaborate with external partners. HCC goes about doing this by setting tangible and obvious goals for the organization and its students. The school is taking part, along with other schools in the region, in an effort to compete for the $1 million national Talent Dividend Prize. Registration for the prize began in January 2011, and the winning city will be announced in September 2014. The metropolitan area with the greatest increase in post-secondary degrees granted over the next four years will win the prize. By establishing goals for the region and for individual institutions, HCC can be part of an effort to take stock of what higher education institutions are doing and work together with other institutions to achieve them.
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Haylor, Freyer & Coon ◆ N.Y.
Anne Arundel Community College ◆ MD
Humber College ◆ Ont.
Grove City College ◆ PA
Broome Community College ◆ N.Y.
Coastal Carolina University ◆ S.C.
Cuyahoga Community College ◆ Ohio
Ottawa University ◆ Kan.
Brazosport College ◆ Texas
Idaho State University ◆ Idaho
Hillsborough Community College ◆ Fla.
Post University ◆ Conn.
Union College ◆ N.Y.
University of New Mexico ◆ N.M.
Naperville School District 203 ◆ Ill.
Santa Barbara Unified School District ◆ Calif.
Acadia Parish School Board ◆ LA
Mounds View Public Schools ◆ Minn.
Central Community School District ◆ LA
Chelmsford Public Schools ◆ Mass.
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District ◆ Mass.
86elmira City Schools ◆ N.Y.
Glendora Usd ◆ Calif.
Harnett County Schools ◆ N.C.
Holmes County School District ◆ Miss.
Jefferson Parish Public School System ◆ LA
Harlandale Independent School District ◆ Texas
Kyrene School District ◆ Ariz.
Fort Huachuca Accommodation Schools #00 ◆ Ariz.
Kenosha Unified School District ◆ Wis.
Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District ◆ Texas
Maryland School for the Deaf ◆ MD
Mclean County District Unit No. 5 ◆ Ill.
Williamson County Schools ◆ Tenn.
Mesa Public Schools ◆ Ariz.
Palmdale School District ◆ Calif.
Plain Local School District ◆ Ohio
St. Martin Parish Schools ◆ LA
Oak Harbor School District ◆ Wash.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools ◆ MD
Vancouver Island University ◆ B.C.
Brandon School Division ◆ MB
Dalhousie University ◆ N.S.
Peace River School Division ◆ AB
University of Sudbury ◆ Ont.
Sandy Spring Friends School
The Pomfret School ◆ Conn.
Riverside Military Academy ◆ GA
The Thacher School ◆ Calif.
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