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Fast Facts about HCC

Fast Facts about HCC

Location: 319-acre campus in western Maryland. The main campus houses 18 buildings, including a 672-seat amphitheater, state-of-the-art nursing and allied health facilities, a community recreation center, numerous gardens, and a full-service business incubator. HCC also operates satellite centers at the Valley Mall and Industry Drive in North Hagerstown.

Profile: Hagerstown Community College was founded in 1946 as Maryland’s first community college. More than 100 programs of study are currently available for university transfer, career preparation, and personal enrichment. HCC also offers non-credit continuing education courses and customized training programs, as well as remedial and developmental courses to help students prepare for college-level offerings.

Accreditation: HCC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Many program areas have special accreditations.

Degrees Awarded: Associate degrees, certificates, and letters of recognition.

Special Programs: The ESSENCE Early College Program and the STEMM Technical Middle College enable area high school students to take college classes while still in high school. Learn more at Job Training Student Resources provides special support services for unemployed and underemployed low income students, including financial assistance and academic advising.

Recent Developments:  The Student Center was recently renovated and expanded to offer much-needed space for students to engage with each other in activities outside of the classroom. The $15 million dollar project added an additional 29,229 sq. ft. to the existing 19,000 sq.-ft. Student Center and features enhanced student lounge areas, study spaces, and meeting rooms for student organizations. An additional 10,000 sq.-ft. outdoor patio and recreation area was added during the renovation.

The five-story STEM Building houses all of HCC's STEM programs including biotechnology, alternative energy, cybersecurity, and many others. It includes sophisticated laboratories, classrooms, and faculty offices, and features several green components including a rainwater harvesting system, solar panels, and two green roofs.

HCC's Kepler Theater was expanded to include the addition of a Performing and Visual Arts Education Center, which features a dance studio/black box theater, campus gallery, classrooms, music practice rooms, art rooms, and faculty offices. The theater itself was also renovated and now includes expanded dressing rooms, a costume shop, and extended wardrobe storage.

First built in 1966, the existing Classroom Building and the former Science Building were renovated in 2013. The Classroom Building became the Behavioral Sciences and Humanities (BSH) Building and now houses classrooms, faculty offices, and the new Fletcher Faculty Development Center. The former Science Building was renamed the Learning Support Center (LSC) in honor of its new function: the central location for HCC's developmental education programs and tutoring services. The LSC offers drop-in student tutoring on a variety of subjects including science, math, English, and computers.

Enrollment and Student Profile: HCC serves more than 6,000 credit students and 9,000 non-credit students each year. More than 800 area high school students are enrolled in the ESSENCE Early College Program and STEMM Technical Middle College. The majority of HCC students are age 25 or younger and attend part-time. Females represent 61 percent of the students. Minority students represent approximately 22.5 percent of the students. The majority of HCC students are Washington County residents, but approximately 20 percent live in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Financial Aid: Three of four HCC students receive some form of financial aid or scholarships, totaling more than $19 million in public and private funding.

HCC awards aid under the Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant Program, William D. Ford Direct Student Education Loan Program, Federal Work Study, Maryland State Scholarships and Grants, HCC Foundation Scholarships, and the Opportunity Fund.

Adult Education: HCC oversees the Washington County Adult Education Program. The mission of the program is to provide adult learners with basic life skills, including reading, writing, and mathematics to increase their literacy rates and/or prepare them for jobs or further educational/vocational training.

Program offerings include the Adult Basic Education Program (ABE), which provides students without a high school diploma the opportunity to attend classes and improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math; the General Education Development Program (GED), which prepares students to take the high school equivalency exam; the External Diploma Program (EDP), which allows students to use real-life experience to gain college credit; and the English as a Second Language Program (ESL), which is designed to provide English language skills in speaking, writing, listening, and reading to students whose first language is not English.

Library: HCC’s Brish Library collections include more than 30 informational and full-text article databases, 150,000+ e-books, nearly 9,000 streaming videos, a virtual reference collection, and approximately 5,000 books in print.

Human Resources: HCC employs approximately 813 individuals each year in full and part-time positions. Hundreds of student workers and campus volunteers also serve the campus community. The Human Resources (HR) Department actively contributes to the mission and vision of the college by providing the highest quality HR services while maintaining the viability and integrity of the College. Full and part-time opportunities for administrative, faculty, and support positions may be viewed online at

Extracurricular and student activities: HCC is home to numerous student organizations including the Student Government Association, the official student representative body, the Robinwood Players theater club, and a host of other groups that encompass a variety of majors and interests.

Students are invited to take advantage of the college’s Fitness Center, indoor walking/running track, tennis courts, outdoor volleyball court, hiking trails, numerous music concerts and special events, and a variety of community service projects.

HCC Athletics: The HCC intercollegiate sports teams include: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, track, soccer, tennis, softball, and volleyball.

The college is a member of the Maryland Junior College Conference (MDJuCo) and Region XX of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).