Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends,
Welcome to Harford Community College! As you will see in this catalog, the College offers more than 80 programs of study leading to completion of an associate degree or certificate. HCC offers all the resources you need – including friendly, knowledgeable, dedicated employees and faculty – to help guide you along the way.
We are committed to serving our community with programs, courses, services, and events that provide successful transfer, career preparation and workforce entry, college readiness, and personal enrichment and community programming.
This year, Harford Community College joined Achieving the Dream (ATD), a network of more than 220 colleges in 39 states dedicated to improving student success. As an institution within the network, Harford Community College will implement cutting-edge programs, work with ATD coaches to build institutional capacity, and connect with peers to share information. Through its membership, the College plans to improve results for all students, especially low-income students and students of color.
To help our students achieve their academic goals, we have established programs such as the My College Success Network. Although designed to empower and support African American students, any HCC student may take advantage of the academic coaching, student success advising, and other services offered through the program. At Harford Community College, we offer many programs to help with student engagement, retention and completion. My advice to students is to seek help if you need it. Don't be afraid to ask—we are here to help you succeed!
Students do not need to leave Harford County to pursue their educational goals. Complete your first two years at Harford Community College, then transfer to a four-year institution. Improved articulation programs are in place to make it easy to transfer to a four-year institution. And, with the Towson University Northeastern Maryland building located across the road, completing a bachelor's degree in specific programs has never been more convenient.
With financial support from the State of Maryland and Harford County, the cost of attending Harford is very reasonable. Graduating with little to no student debt is a smart choice. You can use the money you save to help pay for other expenses such as textbooks, food, and transportation.
I encourage you to take advantage of the many available opportunities as you begin this new journey. In addition to attending classes, get involved! Consider joining a student organization, participating in service-learning, supporting an athletic team, watching a performance, listening to a speaker – there are so many ways to enhance your experience as a Harford Community College student. It's your life and education – dive in, learn about your world, and about yourself.
The bottom line is you don't have to leave home to have a rich collegiate experience. Harford Community College provides a broad range of student services, academic support, cultural enrichment, athletics, and student life similar to those offered at four-year colleges. As an HCC student, you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself, explore different fields, meet new people and make new friends.
Discover, imagine, innovate – embrace the chance to enrich your life as you pursue educational excellence at Harford Community College.
Dianna G. Phillips, Ph.D.