Achieving the Dream

ATDHCC is an Achieving the Dream College and joins community colleges nation-wide to determine initiatives that will improve student retention and success. Based on collected data, HCC continues to develop programs, courses and support measures designed to help students succeed.

Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count is funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education, KnowledgeWorks Foundation and The Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

National press has emphasized the issue of success for all college students, including those attending community colleges. This problem is prevalent throughout the country, regardless of background, ethnic or racial demographics. Too many students leave college before they earn a diploma or certificate. Multiple reasons are cited for these drop-out rates and the widening gap for those enrolled students who do not achieve success and graduate. Achieving the Dream hopes to determine what strategies will institute the changes that will enhance student learning and their achievement of success.

HCC has established priorities to accomplish:

  1. More alignment with area high schools in order to close the gap between high school preparation and college expectations. To do this, the College continues the high school Bridges Program with 16 area high schools involved. The Bridges program provides four workshops developed with input from each high school to help prepare students for college. The workshops include Orientation to College, Financial Aid, Career Planning, and College Placement Test Preparation. The workshops are held either at the high school or at Housatonic. Parents are encouraged to attend.
  2. Increase success in math and English courses. To do this, certain math and English courses have been reconstructed into modules which allow students working on computers to proceed and advance as they are ready for next level work. Additionally, the Center for Academic Progress conducts workshops to prepare incoming students for the Accuplacer Placement test and also administers iMath, a short math refresher which also improves the student’s readiness for the Accuplacer. Intensified Math and English courses with embedded extra hours help those students who might need extra help in order to advance to the next level.

Read About The Self-Paced Math Program at HCC

HCC College Catalog & Archives

Students must follow the program course listing for the Academic Year that they entered the College.
Students are responsible for reviewing the course descriptions of all courses for which they register.

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Degrees & Certificates

Equipped with the right knowledge, skills, and experience gained in HCC's academic programs, our graduates are some of the most successful in their fields. Our long history of triumphant alumni showcases graduates who have gone on to transfer to top-tier colleges and universities, to have thriving careers as nurses, lawyers, public leaders, Emmy Award winners, and so much more. With an education from Housatonic Community College, the sky's the limit!

Between associate degrees, certificates, and Continuing Education non-credit programs, HCC offers over 75 career-focused programs to chose from. Some of our programs prepare you to enter the workforce immediately after graduation. Others are designed to help you complete an associate’s degree and transfer to a four-year university for your bachelor’s degree.

Whether you’re a recent high school graduate, an adult learner seeking career advancement, or a leisure learner looking for personal enrichment, HCC has a program to suit your goals!

Majors & Programs Offered
Highly-Qualified Faculty
Transfer Agreements with Four Year Institutions

English as a Second Language

Housatonic Community College offers a six-semester sequence of English as a Second Language courses designed to accommodate the needs of non-native speakers of English at basic, intermediate, and advanced levels of proficiency. Placement in each level is based upon the results of an ESL interview and reading and writing evaluation.

The six-hour courses are intensive and stress the development of listening and reading comprehension, speaking and writing skills to help students gain confidence and proficiency in the use of English to succeed in academic and career programs. Students entering the lowest level, ESL* E010, Combined Skills I, should have some experience speaking and writing English before enrolling at the college. Students must demonstrate mastery of skills before progressing to the next level. After successful completion of the ESL sequence, students progress to ENG* 094 or ENG* 101.

Language Labs

A totally digital multimedia learning lab system is available for students taking courses in a wide variety of languages including English as a Second Language. Two Language Lab classrooms are available in Beacon Hall. These rooms are equipped to provide both classroom and laboratory practice space for students.

General Studies @ HCC

The General Studies program is designed with 24 open electives where students can learn a wide range of general education to explore career interests, with maximum choice of courses. The program also serves as an excellent choice for students planning to transfer to a four year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

Students will complete their core requirements, computer fundamentals requirement, and explore career interest via extensive coursework in many different areas in anticipation of employment or transfer.  

Below are links to the General Studies associate degree and the subject area concentrations offered at HCC:


I'm Graduating! What's next?

There are a number of transfer opportunities for HCC graduates. Some are general transfer procedures while other programs guide you directly to a degree program at a four-year college or university, you can view the options below.

Articulation Agreements

UCONN Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP)

The Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) is an agreement between the Connecticut Community College System and the University of Connecticut, designed for students who enroll in a liberal arts transfer program at one of Connecticut's community colleges to transfer seamlessly to the University of Connecticut without needing to apply. Students who plan to continue their studies to earn a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences; Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources; or Business are guaranteed admission to the University of Connecticut once the associate degree has been earned, appropriate courses have been completed, and minimum grades and requirements for the selected program have been achieved. Advisors from individual community colleges and UConn meet with GAP students throughout their community college careers, assisting in their eventual transition to the University. Students wishing to enroll in GAP must be matriculated in a liberal arts transfer program at a Connecticut community college. Students must apply to GAP before they have accrued more than 30 transferable credits.* Those interested should review the implementation guidelines and contact their individual community college counselor for further information and assistance in selecting courses that will meet both community college and UConn degree requirements.

UCONN Business and Data Analytics Transfer Pathway Program

If you are earning the associate degree in business at Housatonic, you may be eligible to enter the School of Business to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree. Students are able to complete this major at University of Connecticut campuses in Stamford, Greater Hartford, Waterbury, and Torrington. To qualify for admission to the Business and Data Analytics program as part of the Transfer Pathway, you must: Complete your associate degree in the appropriate business program at one of the participating community colleges; Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0; Achieve a 3.0 or higher in courses being used to meet junior/senior-level major requirements; Complete and submit an application for transfer admission to the University of Connecticut by the stated deadline. For more information on admission to this program at Housatonic contact Professor Edward Becker at . See the UCONN web site for details of the Program.

The Connecticut College of Technology

The Engineering Science Pathway program allows community college students to follow a specific course of study leading to an associate degree, preparing for the ultimate goal of earning a bachelor's degree in Engineering at the University of Connecticut. To find out more about the program at Housatonic contact Professor Robert Ryder .

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU’s) - Transfer Ticket Program

The Transfer Ticket program offers students a seamless transfer from their Connecticut Community College to Connecticut State Colleges and Universities. Students must graduate with their Associate degree to be guaranteed junior status without hassle, losing credits or taking additional credits. Visit the website provided above. Select a college and the degree program you wish to pursue. Each program will provide a list of courses to complete the degree program. If you need further assistance, please contact the Campus Advisor for that specific program, listed at the top of the degree program. If your campus advisor is not available, you may schedule a meeting with an Advisor in the Advising Center: (203) 332-5097, Lafayette Hall, L112.

For further information on transfer options, please click here.