About HCC

Role and Scope

Housatonic Community College is located in Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest city, and serves an eleven-town area in Southwestern Connecticut. A member of Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, the college opened its doors in 1966 as a branch of Norwalk Community College and became independent in 1967. In 1997 HCC moved to its present site in downtown Bridgeport. In 2008 Beacon Hall became the second building on the HCC campus. The Housatonic Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden are part of the teaching mission of the college. With nearly 4000 works in the collection, and over 1700 displayed throughout the building, the Museum offers lectures, demonstrations, and changing exhibitions in the Burt Chernow Galleries. 

The newly renovated Lafayette Hall includes a new welcome center, student services office, restored art studio and the expansion of the school library and science labs.

Housatonic is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE) and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

In response to community and student needs, Housatonic offers associate degree programs in preparation for transfer to four-year institutions, as well as occupationally-oriented associate degree and certificate programs. Short-term, non-credit courses, seminars and workshops, as well as targeted student services help meet community and personal enrichment needs. These programs prepare students for employment, and advancement in business, industry, manufacturing, health services, fine arts, theater, digital media, early childhood education, natural sciences, computer arts and information systems, and human services. The college also assists local businesses and institutions to train and update the skills of their workers. 

Housatonic is a student-centered institution and is a national Achieving the Dream institution. The college strives to provide high quality, accessible instructional and student services within an environment of mutual respect among faculty, staff, and students. These services are provided through an open-door admissions policy at affordable cost in a variety of settings and through a variety of teaching methods and approaches.

Special support services responding to student and community needs include disabilities support services, career and transfer counseling, academic support and tutoring, library facilities and instruction, English as a Second Language programming, and an array of student clubs and activities.

The student body reflects the diversity of the service region. Changes in student and educational goals, economic diversity, and industry needs are responded to with flexibility and responsible adjustment in programs and services. Outreach to the local community is part of the mission of the college. Non-credit courses, seminars, cultural events, and forums focus on the changing requirements of the workplace as well as personal enrichment.


Mission StatementHCC Logo

Housatonic Community College, through a collaborative, learner-centered, technology-rich and stimulating educational environment, empowers all individuals to develop to their full potential as lifelong learners. As a knowledgeable and dedicated faculty and staff, we inspire students to contribute responsibly to our dynamic regional and global society.

Vision Statement

By 2021, Housatonic Community College, empowered by resources and public support, will be a regional leader in higher education, workforce development, and community engagement with cutting-edge programs in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and other disciplines that address the ever-changing needs of students, employers, and society.

Values

Educational Excellence

  • Providing innovative programs that satisfy a variety of individual, regional, and global societal needs
  • Emphasizing critical thinking, empowering students to become independent learners, creative problem solvers, and engaged citizens
  • Sparking intellectual curiosity and promoting lifelong learning through a rich cultural and academic environment
  • Ensuring personal, academic, and organizational integrity and honesty in all endeavors
  • Promoting the educational belief that learning is the basis for personal growth and enrichment and that personal maturity is defined by responsibility, accountability, and transparency

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Embracing cultural and intellectual differences
  • Fostering interpersonal engagements that are respectful of individuals, uniqueness, and culture
  • Cultivating an environment that encourages diverse populations to contribute to and participate in the educational process

Services and Resources

  • Making available to students resources and support from entry to completion of goals
  • Maintaining a safe and secure campus

Personal Connection and Community Engagement

  • Providing opportunities for students to experience a positive connection at Housatonic that lasts a lifetime
  • Building strong connections that contribute to, and support, community engagement

NECHE Accreditation

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Housatonic is accredited by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education and by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE), a national, non-governmental organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through institutions offering post-graduate instruction. Accreditation by the New England Association indicates that an institution meets or exceeds criteria for quality, institutional integrity, and continuity. The college is authorized to award the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees.

To view the latest report, please click here. (File is 29MB)

Inquiries regarding the status of an institution's accreditation by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of Housatonic Community College or to the New England Commission on Higher Education, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA, USA, 01803  718-425-7700, .

For accreditation for the following programs, see their program pages:


2012 NEASC Accreditation

NEASC Archives

2007 Fifth Year Interim Report

2002 NEASC 10 Year Self-Study

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Consumer Information


This Consumer Information webpage provides prospective and current students, parents, counselors, researchers, legislators, and employees access to information that will enable consumers to make informed decisions about education at Housatonic Community College.

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Fast Facts

Fast Facts: Enrollment Profile – Fall 2019– 1 page
Fast Facts: Race and Ethnicity Trends 2011-2019– 3 pages
Fast Facts: Graduation Data 2014-2019– 3 pages
Fast Facts: Fall to Fall Retention 2014-2019– 1 page
Fast Facts: Program Enrollment Fall 2014-2019– 3 pages
Fast Facts: Spring 2019 Profile– 2 pages
Fast Facts: Spring 2016 – Spring 2019 Program Enrollment– 3 pages
Fast Facts: First-time, Full-time Student Retention, National Report Comparison - 2017– 1 page – 1 page
Fast Facts: Faculty Load – Credits and Count by FT and PT - 2011-2018 – 1 page
Fast Facts: Where did our Students Transfer?– 3 pages
Fast Facts: Graduation Data by Major -10 year history– 2 pages

College Reports

Student Right to Know Cohort, 2015– 1 page
Graduation Report, 2017-18 (a ten-year trend analysis)– 24 pages

Presentations By Students & Alumni

HCC SENSE Trend Report– 14 pages

Federal Reports

IPEDS feedback reports are produced by the National Center for Education Statistics to provide a context for the data HCC submits each year.

IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2018 – 14 pages
IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2017 – 12 pages
IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2016 – 10 pages
IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2015 – 9 pages
IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2014– 8 pages
IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2013– 8 pages
IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2012– 8 pages
IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2011 – 8 pages
IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2010– 8 pages
IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2009– 12 pages
IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2008– 8 pages
IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2007– 8 pages
IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2006– 8 pages
IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2005– 8 pages

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Graduation

Housatonic Community College awards the Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degrees and certificates to qualified candidates as authorized by the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut.

Graduation Is Not Automatic:

It is recommended that students request a degree evaluation from their advisor when they complete 30 credits, or print one out themselves at any time from myCommNet. Students seeking a certificate should print their evaluation at the end of the first semester.

Catalog Selection:

Students are evaluated according to the curriculum printed in the catalog when they first enrolled except:

  • If you are not enrolled for 2 or more years you are a re-admit student and are evaluated under the re-admission catalog semester.
  • If you change your degree program you are evaluated on the semester that your program was changed.

Graduation Process:

Graduation Application Forms are online or available at the Registrar’s Office (LH-B109). They must be completed and handed in to the Registrar’s Office to be placed on the potential graduate list. This should be completed at least by mid-term before the student plans to graduate. Students will be notified by the Registrar’s Office with the results of their degree evaluation. There is no fee for graduation.

Candidates for graduation in May, August, or December are encouraged to attend the commencement ceremony in May.

Transfer Credits:

Students who wish to have credits from another institution transferred to Housatonic should visit the Academic Advising Center in room LH-A111 and arrange for an evaluation of transfer credits.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Official enrollment in a certificate or degree program.
  • Completion of a minimum number of semester hours for the certificate or degree program with an Academic Average of 2.00 GPA or above.
  • Most degree programs require a minimum of fifteen 200-level credits. Consult individual program requirements.
  • At least 25% of the graduation credit requirements must be granted by Housatonic Community College.
  • Satisfactory completion of all courses required in the student’s program.
  • Fulfillment of all financial obligations to the college.

Commencement Policy

Students who have completed all requirements and plan to graduate with a Degree or Certificate must submit a graduation application to the Registrar’s Office.

Application deadlines for potential Graduates:

  • May Graduates: April 11
  • August Graduates: August 15
  • December Graduates: December 12

NOTE:
If you are a potential August or December graduate who will be completing degree or certificate requirements at the end of the summer or fall semester and would like to participate in the May Commencement ceremony, the deadline to apply is April 11.

In order to participate in the May commencement ceremony August or December graduates must be registered at HCC for no more than 2 courses remaining, which do not exceed 8 credits left to finish over the subsequent summer or fall semester.

If you have applied for May graduation and are expected to complete your program in May but do not pass 2 courses or fewer, you will still be invited to the Commencement ceremony provided you register at Housatonic for the course(s) you need in the subsequent summer or fall semester.

You can attend the ceremony but your actual degree or certificate conferral will occur when you successfully complete all courses needed for your program.

Graduation Honors:

Beginning with Fall 2016

Students with exemplary academic performance shall be recognized at graduation with the following designations, in Latin:

  • Summa Cum Laude for students with a 3.9 – 4.0 grade point average
  • Magna Cum Laude for students with a 3.7 – 3.89 grade point average
  • Cum Laude with a 3.4 – 3.69 grade point average

All graduation honors are recorded on the student’s academic transcript.

Students with an Incomplete may become eligible retroactively for graduation honors upon completion of the course requirements, and recognition shall appear on the transcript, provided that the student has earned the required grade point average.

All graduation honors are recorded on the student's academic record.

Earning Multiple Degrees:

Students may earn a second degree in a different curriculum at Housatonic Community College. This will require that a student complete all program requirements of the second degree with 25% of the credits earned in the new curriculum as new credit hours at the college through which the second degree is to be conferred. A student may earn two degrees simultaneously at HCC by fulfilling all requirements as stated above.

A student wishing to earn a certificate and degree in the same program must complete the requirements of the certificate program and apply for graduation prior to earning the degree.

Requests for additional degrees beyond the second require prior approval from the Academic Dean.

Completing HCC Degree Requirements at Other Colleges

Students enrolled in a degree program who wish to complete Housatonic Community College degree requirements at other colleges or universities should request approval prior to undertaking such work. This procedure is referred to as "reverse transfer." In the case of course credits taken at other Connecticut Community Colleges with equivalent common course numbers, this approval may be received through the registrar’s office with the approval of the department chairperson. When the course work is from another higher education institution the courses should be pre-approved, when possible, through the Office of the Academic Dean. The Academic Dean will provide approval based on the recommendation of the Department Chairperson for the program.

Housatonic Community College Welcomes back our Students!

Listed below is helpful information regarding scheduling appointments with Student Services departments.
Effective 7/27/20 – Offices will begin to reopen on campus by appointment only.
PLEASE NOTE: Walk ins will not be permitted

HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT: Please include the following information in your email communication::

  • Students first and last name
  • Banner ID
  • phone number

Please check HCC's COVID webpage for the latest updated from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

ADVISING & STUDENT SUCCESS:

New Student Advising:  All New (first time in any college) students are required to complete the mandatory online orientation (you receive a link in your next steps email from Admissions). The orientation is composed of three parts. Once all sections are complete an advisor will then reach out to you to schedule an appointment. Click here for more information on orientation.

Continuing, Readmit, Transfer & Visiting Student Advising:
All Continuing, Readmit, Transfer In and Visiting students looking to schedule an advising appointment should be directed to the Advising page of the Housatonic website where they will fill out a Remote Request for Advising Form. It takes up to 48 hours to be assigned to an advisor after form completion. Click here for further information.

ADMISSIONS OFFICE:

Questions or To schedule an appointment, please email your request to:

QUESTIONS: Admission’s Office Call Center Phone Number: 203-332-5100

CAREER SERVICES:
Questions or To schedule an appointment, please email your request to Patricia McDonnell at or Anisha Thomas at
Phone: 203-332-8568 or 203-332-5983
Online Appointment Scheduler

COUNSELING & WELLNESS CENTER:
The Counseling and Wellness Center is available to meet with students who have mental health concerns or are interested in personal short-term counseling The Counseling and Wellness department does not assist with scheduling or direct academic advising although the Counseling and Wellness Center can absolutely help with making those important decision regarding academics, career or student's personal life.

Questions or To schedule an appointment, please call or email your request to: or phone: 203-332-5285

DEAN OF STUDENTS SERVICES OFFICE:

Questions or To schedule an appointment, please email your request to Assunta (Sue) Franco at or call: 203-332-5184

DISABILITY / ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES:
Questions or To schedule an appointment, please email your request to Marilyn Wehr at , Accessibility Services Coordinator/Counselor

FINANCIAL AID:

Questions or To schedule an appointment, please email your request to

QUESTIONS: Financial Aid Office Call Center Phone Number: 203-332-5047

LIBRARY
Questions or To schedule an appointment, please call the library or go to https://hcc-commnet.libguides.com/contactus
QUESTIONS: Phone: 203-332-5070 or 203-332-5071
Text: 475-256-5663

REGISTRAR’S OFFICE (Transcript Requests, Graduation, Enrollment Verification, Registration):
To schedule an appointment: please email you request to
QUESTIONS: Registrar’s Office Call Center Phone: 203-332-5088

Transfer Enrollment Specialist (Transcript Evaluation for Students transferring into HCC)
To schedule an appointment: please email you request to

SECURITY OFFICE (STUDENT IDs):
Questions about how to obtain a Student ID, Questions: Security office at: 203-332-5025

STUDENT ACCOUNTS (Payment Arrangements, UPASS)
Questions or To schedule an appointment, please email your request to Ed Brickett or Jocelyn Miller-Hayes:

TO OBTAIN A UPASS: Schedule an appoint by emailing: Email: OR

QUESTIONS: Student Accounts Call Center Phone: 203-332-5260

Student Activities (Student Clubs, Student Senate & Student Activities):

Questions or To schedule an appointment, please email your request to Medgine B. Bright at or call 203-332-5058

STUDENT SERVICES CENTER (One-Stop):
General questions about enrollment and registration
Questions or to schedule an appointment: Please email your request to:

QUESTIONS: Phone: 203-332-5196 (Welcome Desk)

TESTING

Questions or To schedule an appointment: please email you request to Vickie Fabrizio at or Debra Nadan. Students are asked to include their name, Banner ID, and phone number in their email.

Contact Us!

Unfortunately, walk-ins are NOT currently permitted, here is how to connect with our offices.

 


Virtual Walk-Ins (no appointment required)

The following offices offer virtual walk-in style chats during scheduled hours in addition to scheduled appointments.

Financial Aid Chats

Mondays | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Join Here
Tuesdays | 10:00am – 2:00pm | Join Here
Wednesdays | 2:00pm – 4:00pm | Join Here
Thursdays | 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Join Here
Fridays | 10:00am – 12:00pm | Join Here

Advising General Chats

Tuesdays | 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Join Here
Fridays | 10:00am – 12:00pm | Join Here

Library Chats

Mon.-Thurs | 8:30am – 9:00pm | Join Here
Fridays | 8:30am – 4:00pm | Join Here
Saturdays | 8:30am – 12:30pm | Join Here

General Inquiry Chats

Mon.-Fri. | 8:00am – 8:00pm | Click “chat now” on the HCC homepage


Virtual Scheduled Appointments

To schedule a virtual appointment please see office contacts below.

Academic Support Center (Tutoring, Writing Center, CAP)

| Online Scheduler | Academic Support Center Website

Admissions

| 203-332-5100 | Admissions Website

Advising & Student Success Center (Continuing Students)

|  Online Appointment Request  |  Advising & Student Success Center Website

Career Services

|  203-332-8568 or 203-332-5983  |  Online Appointment Scheduler  |  Career Services Website

Counseling & Wellness Center

|  203-332-5285  |  Counseling & Wellness Website

Dean of Students Office

|  203-332-5184

Dean of Academic Affairs Office

|  203-332-5085

Disability/Accessibility Services

|  Disability Services Website

Educational Technology (Blackboard Help)

|  Virtual Support  |  Educational Technology Website

Financial Aid

|  203-332-5047  |  Financial Aid Website

Library

|  Virtual Chat  |  Library Website

Media Services

|  203-332-5180  |  Media Services Website

Registrar

| 203-332-5088 | Registration Website

Scholarships (HCC Foundation)

|  203.332.5038  |  Application for Scholarships

Transferring into HCC

 Transfer Website

Transferring to a Four-Year

TAP Advising | | Transfer Website

Transfer Advising | | Transfer Website

Student Accounts/Bursar

| |  203-332-5260  |  Student Account Website

Student Activities

|  Student Life Website

Student Services Center

|  203-332-5196 |  Student Service Center Website & Pop Up Form

Testing

| |  Testing Website

Housatonic Community College Dates and Facts

1966

The College opened at the Stratford Community College Center as a branch of Norwalk Community College with 378 students in the first semester. Various sites were used for classes including Bunnell High School, Wooster Junior High School, Stratford United Methodist Church, Alliance Medical Inns Building, Masonic Temple, Stratford Public Library, and trailers.

1967

Housatonic Community College became an independent part of the Connecticut Community College system. The Housatonic Museum of Art was founded with works donated by artists and collectors under the leadership of Burt Chernow, HCC Art Professor. The HMA is now one of the largest permanent collections of any two-year college in the United States, the collection valued at over $13 million. HCC’s first president was Edward Liston.

1968

The Inaugural Exhibition of the HMA was held at the Museum of Art, Science and Industry in Bridgeport. Among the works from the Museum on exhibit were those by Larry Rivers, John Marshall, Andy Warhol, Elaine deKooning, Milton Avery, Robert Rauschenberg, Takeshi Kawashima, and others. Twenty three students comprised the first HCC graduating class.

1971

Housatonic moved to the former Singer Metrics Building on Barnum Ave. in Bridgeport as a temporary move while the search for a permanent site was undertaken.

1974

The College inaugurated its second president, Vincent Darnowski.

1990

The Housatonic Community College Foundation, Inc. was founded by a group of Greater Bridgeport residents, business and arts leaders to assist the College and its students beyond the fundamentals provided by the state. The Foundation was IRS approved as a tax-exempt organization.

1993

The College changed its name to Housatonic Community-Technical College in recognition of the extended mission to provide high-level technical education to students in the region. Bonding was approved for the purchase of the former Hi-Ho Mall at Lafayette Boulevard as a permanent site for the College.

1994

The State of Connecticut took title of the Lafayette Boulevard property.

1997

Classes began at the new campus on January 27. The Burt Chernow Gallery of the Housatonic Museum was named for the founder of the Museum. The opening exhibit was 20th Century Art – Selections from the Collection. The College’s third president, Janis Wertz (Hadley), was inaugurated. Burt Chernow died.

1998

U.S. President Bill Clinton visited the College on March 3. He toured the building with a specific visit to the Early Childhood School Lab. He made a speech in the PAC about early childhood education.

1999

The College name was changed to Housatonic Community College in an October vote of the Trustees.

2001

Ansel Adams Classic Images was exhibited at the Burt Chernow Galleries. Many of the photographs were on public view for the first time. Over 8,000 visitors viewed the exhibit.

2004-2005

Housatonic became one of three community colleges in Connecticut to receive an Achieving the Dream four-year grant from the Lumina Foundation to determine ways to assist at-risk students to achieve success.

2006

Ground was broken for the addition to the campus of a second building, the former Sears building, at the southern perimeter of the campus. The College celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Office of Institutional Development launched a Major Gifts Campaign.

2007

Anita Gliniecki, the College’s fourth president, inaugurated. The HCC Foundation Major Gifts Campaign – Pathways to Success exceeded its $1 million goal.

2008

Beacon Hall opened in September and Housatonic became a two-building campus, Lafayette Hall remaining the home of the Burt Chernow Galleries and the administrative offices. The buildings were named by a college-wide contest. Names selected were chosen from over 100 submissions and the final (blind) decision was made by a committee and the President. Lafayette Hall was the entry of two staff members; Beacon Hall was the entry of a student. Enrollment exceeded 5,000 students.

2009

HCC received a Developmental Education Initiative grant from the Gates Foundation, administered by MDC, Inc. to sustain and expand the student success initiatives started under the College’s participation in Achieving the Dream.

2010

Enrollment exceeded 6,000 students in the fall.

2011

The College changed its logo.

2012

The Advanced Manufacturing Center with state-of-the-art equipment was created in Lafayette Hall to train and retrain workers for work in present, digital manufacturing industries. HCC was one of three Conn. community colleges funded by the state to create the Manufacturing Centers.

2013

The College began planning the renovation and expansion of Lafayette Hall which will facilitate the enrollment and registration process, enlarge the Library and other spaces in the building. The expansion will move the building to the street and add additional floors to the building.

2014

President Gliniecki retired. Academic Dean Elizabeth Roop was named Interim President. Dr. Paul Broadie was named HCC’s fifth president.

2015

Dr. Broadie on campus April 3.

2016

Construction began for expansion and renovation of Lafayette Hall which added 47,000 sq. ft. new space, moving the front of the building to the sidewalk to include a new Welcome Center, additional 3 upper floors and 28,500 sq. ft. renovation in the B and C wings including additional Library space.

2017

Housatonic Community College celebrated its 50th anniversary. Renovation to Lafayette Hall and the garage continued. The Welcome Center and upper floor art studios and classrooms open. Consolidation of Conn. community colleges and state universities began. President Broadie becomes the interim president of Gateway Community College, overseeing both HCC and GCC.

2018

HCC held the 50th graduation. Since the first graduation in 1968, approximately 15,500 have graduated from HCC. HCC Dean of Administration Rose Ellis named Dean of Administration at Gateway CC, overseeing both campuses. Archive moved to room L156 in Lafayette Hall.

2019

Dr. Thomas G. Coley becomes president of Region Three, Shoreline-West including Gateway, Housatonic, and Norwalk CCs. Regional Presidents to take office in the 2019 summer. Dr. Broadie continues as President of HCC and Interim President of GCC.

1966

The College opened at the Stratford Community College Center as a branch of Norwalk Community College with 378 students in the first semester. Various sites were used for classes including Bunnell High School, Wooster Junior High School, Stratford United Methodist Church, Alliance Medical Inns Building, Masonic Temple, Stratford Public Library, and trailers.

1967

Housatonic Community College became an independent part of the Connecticut Community College system. The Housatonic Museum of Art was founded with works donated by artists and collectors under the leadership of Burt Chernow, HCC Art Professor. The HMA is now one of the largest permanent collections of any two-year college in the United States, the collection valued at over $13 million. HCC’s first president was Edward Liston.

1968

The Inaugural Exhibition of the HMA was held at the Museum of Art, Science and Industry in Bridgeport. Among the works from the Museum on exhibit were those by Larry Rivers, John Marshall, Andy Warhol, Elaine deKooning, Milton Avery, Robert Rauschenberg, Takeshi Kawashima, and others. Twenty three students comprised the first HCC graduating class.

1971

Housatonic moved to the former Singer Metrics Building on Barnum Ave. in Bridgeport as a temporary move while the search for a permanent site was undertaken.

1974

The College inaugurated its second president, Vincent Darnowski.

1990

The Housatonic Community College Foundation, Inc. was founded by a group of Greater Bridgeport residents, business and arts leaders to assist the College and its students beyond the fundamentals provided by the state. The Foundation was IRS approved as a tax-exempt organization.

1993

The College changed its name to Housatonic Community-Technical College in recognition of the extended mission to provide high-level technical education to students in the region. Bonding was approved for the purchase of the former Hi-Ho Mall at Lafayette Boulevard as a permanent site for the College.

1994

The State of Connecticut took title of the Lafayette Boulevard property.

1997

Classes began at the new campus on January 27. The Burt Chernow Gallery of the Housatonic Museum was named for the founder of the Museum. The opening exhibit was 20th Century Art – Selections from the Collection. The College’s third president, Janis Wertz (Hadley), was inaugurated. Burt Chernow died.

1998

U.S. President Bill Clinton visited the College on March 3. He toured the building with a specific visit to the Early Childhood School Lab. He made a speech in the PAC about early childhood education.

1999

The College name was changed to Housatonic Community College in an October vote of the Trustees.

2001

Ansel Adams Classic Images was exhibited at the Burt Chernow Galleries. Many of the photographs were on public view for the first time. Over 8,000 visitors viewed the exhibit.

2004-2005

Housatonic became one of three community colleges in Connecticut to receive an Achieving the Dream four-year grant from the Lumina Foundation to determine ways to assist at-risk students to achieve success.

2006

Ground was broken for the addition to the campus of a second building, the former Sears building, at the southern perimeter of the campus. The College celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Office of Institutional Development launched a Major Gifts Campaign.

2007

Anita Gliniecki, the College’s fourth president, inaugurated. The HCC Foundation Major Gifts Campaign – Pathways to Success exceeded its $1 million goal.

2008

Beacon Hall opened in September and Housatonic became a two-building campus, Lafayette Hall remaining the home of the Burt Chernow Galleries and the administrative offices. The buildings were named by a college-wide contest. Names selected were chosen from over 100 submissions and the final (blind) decision was made by a committee and the President. Lafayette Hall was the entry of two staff members; Beacon Hall was the entry of a student. Enrollment exceeded 5,000 students.

2009

HCC received a Developmental Education Initiative grant from the Gates Foundation, administered by MDC, Inc. to sustain and expand the student success initiatives started under the College’s participation in Achieving the Dream.

2010

Enrollment exceeded 6,000 students in the fall.

2011

The College changed its logo.

2012

The Advanced Manufacturing Center with state-of-the-art equipment was created in Lafayette Hall to train and retrain workers for work in present, digital manufacturing industries. HCC was one of three Conn. community colleges funded by the state to create the Manufacturing Centers.

2013

The College began planning the renovation and expansion of Lafayette Hall which will facilitate the enrollment and registration process, enlarge the Library and other spaces in the building. The expansion will move the building to the street and add additional floors to the building.

2014

President Gliniecki retired. Academic Dean Elizabeth Roop was named Interim President. Dr. Paul Broadie was named HCC’s fifth president.

2015

Dr. Broadie on campus April 3.

2016

Construction began for expansion and renovation of Lafayette Hall which added 47,000 sq. ft. new space, moving the front of the building to the sidewalk to include a new Welcome Center, additional 3 upper floors and 28,500 sq. ft. renovation in the B and C wings including additional Library space.

2017

Housatonic Community College celebrated its 50th anniversary. Renovation to Lafayette Hall and the garage continued. The Welcome Center and upper floor art studios and classrooms open. Consolidation of Conn. community colleges and state universities began. President Broadie becomes the interim president of Gateway Community College, overseeing both HCC and GCC.

2018

HCC held the 50th graduation. Since the first graduation in 1968, approximately 15,500 have graduated from HCC. HCC Dean of Administration Rose Ellis named Dean of Administration at Gateway CC, overseeing both campuses. Archive moved to room L156 in Lafayette Hall.

2019

Dr. Thomas G. Coley becomes president of Region Three, Shoreline-West including Gateway, Housatonic, and Norwalk CCs. Regional Presidents to take office in the 2019 summer. Dr. Broadie continues as President of HCC and Interim President of GCC.

Lafayette Hall Construction Is now complete!

The expansion to Lafayette Hall is now open for business! Please check out this page to view photos and videos of the project from the beginning to completion.

Check out our video on Facebook!

The video above was filmed by HCC’s Media Services.

The video above was created by Tom Brenner.

Click Here for Photos from February, 2018

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Click here to view the beginning phase of the construction

Click here to view the groundbreaking ceremony from March 10, 2016


The video above was filmed by Ryan Farrington


Click here to read the news release of our groundbreaking.


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NECHE Accreditation

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Housatonic is accredited by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education and by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE), a national, non-governmental organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through institutions offering post-graduate instruction. Accreditation by the New England Association indicates that an institution meets or exceeds criteria for quality, institutional integrity, and continuity. The college is authorized to award the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees.

To view the latest report, please click here. (File is 29MB)

Inquiries regarding the status of an institution's accreditation by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of Housatonic Community College or to the New England Commission on Higher Education, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA, USA, 01803  718-425-7700, .

For accreditation for the following programs, see their program pages:

CEO’s Welcome


Dr. SmithIt’s a great day to be at Housatonic Community College (HCC)! It is my pleasure to welcome you to our campus. Within the pages of this website you will find a wealth of information about our college, including over 60 degree and certificate programs, policies, procedures, and specific information that you will need to navigate your journey as an HCC student.

Housatonic’s website is an important resource that provides a comprehensive overview of our outstanding programs and courses, along with a variety of support services, resources and information about the faculty, staff and administrators.

We are deeply committed to your academic success and hope that, during your time at HCC, you will make new friends, develop meaningful relationships and embark on new experiences that will make a positive impact on your future. Our campus is a safe place where mutual respect and appreciation of our differences are expected, thereby enhancing the college experience for everyone.

Our website also serves as a particularly important resource during the current challenges of social distancing and other public safety practices that we have initiated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here is where you will find the latest online activities, WebEx meetings, updates and support services that you might need.

All student support services are currently available online, including admissions applications, testing, advising, tutoring, counseling, financial aid, registration, and scholarship applications. Even our workshops, guest lectures, and student clubs and organizations continue in a virtual environment to expand your HCC experience and connect you to other members of our outstanding campus community.

In the foreseeable future, we look forward to safely returning to campus. When that time arrives, you will spend each day on a beautiful campus that is surrounded by amazing paintings, sculptures, and drawings that comprise the Housatonic Museum of Art, which is showcased throughout the college. Most importantly you will have a wonderful community that will support you in your college pursuits and help you realize your dreams and highest ambitions.

Whether you are taking classes at HCC to earn your degree or certificate to go right into the workforce, or to transfer your credits to a university, you will graduate from Housatonic Community College prepared for the next level in your journey.

I welcome you to Housatonic Community College and wish you the very best in your academic endeavors. I look forward to seeing you around campus!

Cordially,

Dwayne Smith, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Parking and Public Safety

Parking

Free parking is available for students in the parking garage while they are engaged in college-related activities. Enter the garage from Lafayette Boulevard, a parking hang tag is required in order to park in the garage. The Garage Security Office issues hang tags upon verification of registration, a valid auto registration and proof of insurance are required.

Park in the student area of the garage; other sections are reserved for faculty and staff members. The speed limit in the garage is 5 mph.

Handicapped parking is available on all floors in the garage. All handicapped parking areas are restricted to individuals with current Connecticut handicapped certificates.

Temporary Special Parking permits are available for short-term parking needs (resulting from an injury, surgery, etc.). Contact the Director of Public Safety, located in Lafayette Hall LH-A127.

Housatonic assumes no responsibility for vehicles or the contents therein which are parked on College property. Parking is strictly at the owner's risk.

Public Safety

The Public Safety Offices are located in Lafayette Hall LH-A127, and in Beacon Hall BH-110. There are satellite Public Safety Offices located throughout the campus.

Security patrols both the campus and the parking garage.

The Police Officers, Building and Grounds Patrol Officers, and Security Guards will assist students in security-related matters, including providing an escort for any person that requests one. Stop by the office or call Public Safety for more information about escorts or any of the security functions.

Please assist security in keeping Housatonic a safe place by taking common sense precautions. Always place valuables in your car's trunk and lock your car while it is in the parking garage. Carry only what you need for class and make sure you keep your valuables with you at all times when on campus.

Call the Department of Public Safety at 203-332-5025 or dial ** from any of the voice over IP phones located throughout the campus to report any suspicious person or activity you may see. You may also use the “Blue Light” intercom stations located throughout the campus to report any suspicious persons or activity you may see.

In accordance with state and federal regulations, the Public Safety Department publishes an annual campus crime report and security procedures which are available on the web at www.housatonic.edu. The College Clery Report is available each September for the preceding calendar year.

Programs for High School Students

Housatonic offers a number of programs which provide access to the college for high school students.

High School Partnership Program (HSP)/Dual Enrollment

Housatonic and many area high schools have signed agreements which permit eligible high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college-level credit courses at Housatonic at no cost under the Housatonic High School Partnership Program. To be eligible for consideration, students must have the written recommendation of their high school principal or counselor, have at least an 80 (“B”) academic average, and test into college-level (non-remedial) courses. Students admitted under the High School Partnership Program are responsible for the cost of their books and transportation. Based on availability of funds, students might be eligible for a book voucher. Each high school is limited to enrolling one student each semester.

Click Here to view Dual Enrollment Handbook

College Career Pathways

College Career Pathways (CCP) is a concurrent enrollment program between Housatonic Community College (HCC) and the area’s high schools. CCP is federally-funded through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006, “which provides an increased focus on the academic achievement of career and technical education students, strengthens the connection between secondary and postsecondary education, and improves state and local accountability “ (U.S. Department of Education).

CCP is a career and technical education (CTE) designed program in which career pathways are directly connected to degree and certificate programs at HCC.  Students who are in their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school are exposed to the rigor of a college level experience and have an opportunity to earn college credit. CCP is devised to build student competency in career pathway courses and provide academic preparation for today’s highly skilled workforce needs. 

High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have demonstrated an interest in exploring or pursuing a CTE pathway to a career are eligible to participate in CCP courses. Junior and senior students must meet the college’s established placement (course entrance) criteria prior to enrolling in the CCP courses. Sophomore students deemed socially and cognitively ready for college-level coursework may also be enrolled in CCP courses. Course enrollment of sophomores will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In addition to meeting placement criteria, sophomores must demonstrate sufficient maturity and motivation. 

The Board of Regents, the governing body of the Connecticut community colleges, authorizes the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) to utilize their choice of commonly-accepted multiple measures of skill level to determine student preparedness for admission to the community college and to enroll in credit-bearing courses. Those measures are: 

  • CLEP/AP/DANTES/ACT Scores 
  • PSAT/SAT Scores 
  • High School Transcript 
  • Accuplacer 
  • Local Challenge Essay 
  • Non-Cognitive Questionnaire 
  • Student Interview 
  • Local Math Exam 

A high school may consider employing one or more of the Board of Regent’s multiple measures for admission in addition to locally-developed school-based criteria. These selection process measures should be designed collaboratively with the college partner to ensure alignment with the Board of Regents and NECHE policy, in order to best determine that a student has the desire, aptitude and work ethic needed to successfully complete a concurrent enrollment course and receive both college and high school credit. The process should not be so rigorous as to exclude the very students who would most benefit from the opportunity to experience college and earn commensurate credit. In addition to the above multiple measures, high schools may wish to consider the following measures for selecting students to participate in CCP programs: 

  • Teacher recommendations 
  • Completion of pre-requisite coursework with a “C” or better 
  • Student essays or interviews 

Currently, students may enroll in college courses in the following career areas: 

  • Accounting
  • Marketing 
  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Allied Health. 

The area high schools partnering in the HCC Consortium include: 

  • Ansonia High School 
  • Bassick High School
  • Bullard Havens Technical High School 
  • Bunnell High School 
  • Central High School 
  • Foran High School 
  • Jonathan Law High School 
  • Shelton High School
  • Stratford High School 
  • Trumbull High School
  • Warren Harding High School

Additionally, high school instructors must possess the comparable credentials relative to HCC faculty teaching the same courses on campus or online in adherence to the accreditation standards of the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE).

For more information, students should speak to their high school guidance counselor or contact: Dean Robin Avant at (203) 332-5061 or email .    

All Other High School Students

In order for students, including non-HSP and all others without a high school diploma or GED to be admitted to Housatonic, they must demonstrate sufficient scholastic ability as demonstrated by meeting the following minimum scores on the Accuplacer placement test: Reading (score of 55 or higher); Sentence Skills (score of 60 or higher); Arithmetic (score of 34 or higher). For consistency purposes, these are the same minimum scores used by the Federal government in determining financial aid eligibility for certain students. A letter of recommendation from their high school principal or a designated representative also must be submitted with the application to the Admissions Office. These students are required to pay tuition and fees for any courses taken.

All students without a high school diploma or GED may be admitted to courses of study for which they satisfy the prerequisites. These students should have such maturity and other qualities indicating ability to profit from a program offered by the college. Maturity level may be determined through a personal interview. The credits earned shall be held until graduation from high school, at which time credits may be used to satisfy appropriate degree requirements or may be transferred to other colleges.

Unless students have a qualifying SAT or ACT test waiver, a placement test is required of all students who are interested in participating in the High School Partnership Program and for other high school students on a tuition-paying basis who plan on taking classes at Housatonic Community College.

AP Credits

All students must provide an official transcript from ACE, showing their exams and scores.

  • Scores of 3 and higher = pass and receive equivalent course credit @ HCC (3 credits).
  • Scores of 2 or lower = Not Passing, and do not receive credit.
  • Spanish Placement (per Jamilet ortiz): Score of 3 = SPA 102, Score of 4 = SPA 201, Score of 5 = SPA 202.

Please click here to download the Advanced Placement Grid.

The Admissions dept. will accept a high school transcript that shows AP courses. They will use this to waive pre-requisites only.

For more information, student should contact Registration Service Assistant, Sharon Blackmon, 203-332-8592 or email

Role and Scope

Housatonic Community College is located in Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest city, and serves an eleven-town area in Southwestern Connecticut. A member of Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, the college opened its doors in 1966 as a branch of Norwalk Community College and became independent in 1967. In 1997 HCC moved to its present site in downtown Bridgeport. In 2008 Beacon Hall became the second building on the HCC campus. The Housatonic Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden are part of the teaching mission of the college. With nearly 4000 works in the collection, and over 1700 displayed throughout the building, the Museum offers lectures, demonstrations, and changing exhibitions in the Burt Chernow Galleries. 

The newly renovated Lafayette Hall includes a new welcome center, student services office, restored art studio and the expansion of the school library and science labs.

Housatonic is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE) and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

In response to community and student needs, Housatonic offers associate degree programs in preparation for transfer to four-year institutions, as well as occupationally-oriented associate degree and certificate programs. Short-term, non-credit courses, seminars and workshops, as well as targeted student services help meet community and personal enrichment needs. These programs prepare students for employment, and advancement in business, industry, manufacturing, health services, fine arts, theater, digital media, early childhood education, natural sciences, computer arts and information systems, and human services. The college also assists local businesses and institutions to train and update the skills of their workers. 

Housatonic is a student-centered institution and is a national Achieving the Dream institution. The college strives to provide high quality, accessible instructional and student services within an environment of mutual respect among faculty, staff, and students. These services are provided through an open-door admissions policy at affordable cost in a variety of settings and through a variety of teaching methods and approaches.

Special support services responding to student and community needs include disabilities support services, career and transfer counseling, academic support and tutoring, library facilities and instruction, English as a Second Language programming, and an array of student clubs and activities.

The student body reflects the diversity of the service region. Changes in student and educational goals, economic diversity, and industry needs are responded to with flexibility and responsible adjustment in programs and services. Outreach to the local community is part of the mission of the college. Non-credit courses, seminars, cultural events, and forums focus on the changing requirements of the workplace as well as personal enrichment.

The Department of Public Safety welcomes you to Housatonic Community College. 

Security

We are a law enforcement/public safety agency responsible for the enforcement of campus rules and regulations and local, state and federal Laws.

All HCC Police Officers are trained at the Connecticut Police Academy and derive their powers of arrest from the Commissioner of Public Safety. The department also consists of state Building and Grounds Patrol Officers and well trained contract security associates.

Members of the Department of Public Safety participate in the college’s Behavior Intervention Team / Risk Assessment Team. We are also members of the college’s Critical Incident Response Team. These teams provide policies, procedures and training to ensure the college is working to prevent critical incidents and to remediate any incidents that might arise.

The mission of the Department of Public Safety at HCC is to provide the campus community with proactive, professional security services. As an integral link in the learning environment, the Department of Public Safety responds to the changing needs of the college by creating a safe learning and working environment for students and staff.


Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

HCC Students

Housatonic Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or genetic information in its programs and activities. In addition, the College does not discriminate in employment on the additional basis of veteran status or criminal record.

Housatonic Community College no discrimina con base en la raza, color, creencias religiosas, edad, sexo, origen nacional, estado civil, descendencia, historia de enfermedades mentales presentes o pasadas, discapacitación física o mental, orientación sexual, identidad y expresión de género o información genética en sus programas y actividades. Además, Housatonic Community College no discrimina en el empleo con base adicional en el estatus de veterano o antecedentes criminales.

All programs are open to students. These programs are described in the Degree and Certificate Programs section of the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Selective admission criteria are in place for the following Career and Technical Education Programs: Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Physical Therapy Assistant. Refer to the programs for special admission requirements.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of Human Resources/Equal Employment Opportunity Officer/Title IX, Mrs. Theresa Eisenbach Room LH-A203, phone (203) 332-5013; and Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Dean of Students Office, Room LH-A110, phone (203) 332-5183; Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport, CT 06604.

Student Activities

HCC 254The Director of Student Activities can be reached in the Student Life Office, on the 3rd floor in Beacon Hall BH-317 in the Student Activities area, where Student Clubs and the HCC Student Senate offices are also located.

The many activities and events offered throughout the year at HCC enhance student life by creating supportive and inspiring communities among students, administration and academic staff and the greater community surrounding the College. Student activities, events, and co-curricular programs enrich the total student educational experience by providing a broad range of social, cultural, and awareness opportunities for students' personal growth.

All HCC students are encouraged to get involved in the planning and implementation of student activities, and to develop skills in human relations, group process, legislative procedures, program planning and evaluation, and financial management. Those who participate in college activities and events often enjoy lasting friendships with their fellow students and faculty.

Student ID Cards are needed to participate in all student activities.

Student Publications

Horizons, HCC's student media outlet, is produced under the auspices of the college’s journalism program and funded with a combination of student activities fees and support from the Humanities Department. Students can also receive credit for their work on Horizons by registering for Publications Workshops classes.   Student-led and student-produced Horizons offers insights into the news, issues, and interests of our diverse community online throughout the academic year at housatonichorizons.com. Twice a year, Horizons also produces a full-color print magazine, free to the HCC community, that focuses on longer-form features and showcases some of HCC students’ best work.

The college's literary magazine, Images, is published annually. Students are encouraged to submit essays, stories, poems, plays, and other works for consideration.


Here’s the Latest Issue!

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The Housatonic Community College Archive 

Housatonic Community College, Always Making History

Housatonic Community College celebrated its 50th anniversary. Anniversaries are times of looking back and the history of the college assumes greater interest as we continue to move forward and plan for the future. How did we begin? What happened when? How?

It is very easy to lose the threads of history. People with the knowledge in their heads leave and retire. Memories fade. Preserving Housatonic’s history is the task of the Housatonic Community College Archive.

The Archive belongs to Housatonic. It endeavors to organize and save materials relative to the college, both those from the past and those current materials which will be tomorrow’s past. 

Materials are accessible for research or other use.

We welcome anyone at Housatonic, any alumni, any interested person or friend of the college who has materials that would contribute to the story of Housatonic and its history to please contact the Housatonic Community College Archive at 203-332-5226 or  . The Archive will keep the material safe and available.

Mission StatementHCC Logo

Housatonic Community College, through a collaborative, learner-centered, technology-rich and stimulating educational environment, empowers all individuals to develop to their full potential as lifelong learners. As a knowledgeable and dedicated faculty and staff, we inspire students to contribute responsibly to our dynamic regional and global society.

Vision Statement

By 2021, Housatonic Community College, empowered by resources and public support, will be a regional leader in higher education, workforce development, and community engagement with cutting-edge programs in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and other disciplines that address the ever-changing needs of students, employers, and society.

Values

Educational Excellence

  • Providing innovative programs that satisfy a variety of individual, regional, and global societal needs
  • Emphasizing critical thinking, empowering students to become independent learners, creative problem solvers, and engaged citizens
  • Sparking intellectual curiosity and promoting lifelong learning through a rich cultural and academic environment
  • Ensuring personal, academic, and organizational integrity and honesty in all endeavors
  • Promoting the educational belief that learning is the basis for personal growth and enrichment and that personal maturity is defined by responsibility, accountability, and transparency

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Embracing cultural and intellectual differences
  • Fostering interpersonal engagements that are respectful of individuals, uniqueness, and culture
  • Cultivating an environment that encourages diverse populations to contribute to and participate in the educational process

Services and Resources

  • Making available to students resources and support from entry to completion of goals
  • Maintaining a safe and secure campus

Personal Connection and Community Engagement

  • Providing opportunities for students to experience a positive connection at Housatonic that lasts a lifetime
  • Building strong connections that contribute to, and support, community engagement
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