About HCC

Housatonic is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. and its curricula are licensed and accredited by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. Housatonic is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.

History of the College

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Role and Scope

Housatonic Community College is located in Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest city, and serves an eleven-town area in Southwestern Connecticut.

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Regional President Thomas Coley
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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.


Housatonic's Mission

Housatonic Community College, though 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.

Housatonic's Vision

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.

Housatonic Places High Value On:

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 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 and cultures
  • Cultivating an environment that encourages diverse populations to contribute to, and participate in, the educational process

Services and Resources

  • Providing students with resources and support from entry to completion of their goals
  • Maintaining a safe and secure campus

Personal Connection and Community Engagement

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

Approved and Adopted February 16, 2016


Academic Goals

Degrees and Certificates

Housatonic Community College is a two-year comprehensive community college authorized to award Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. Students are prepared to continue their education, and to transfer their credits to four-year institutions throughout the country. Career programs prepare graduates for occupations in business, human services, criminal justice, early childhood education, occupational therapy, manufacturing, and others, usually requiring no more than two years of study. All degree career curricula include a core of studies in general education as well as in technical and occupational courses.

The college also offers a broad variety of certificate programs and program options for personal enrichment and to prepare students for employment or advancement in business, industry, health, manufacturing, and public service organizations.

Committed to Success: Support Services

Academic Support Services have been designed to help students to succeed in their studies. Services include the Center for Academic Progress (CAP) offering Accuplacer Prep classes and refresher programs, classes and tutoring for students needing help placing into college level courses, Library study rooms, Writing Across the Curriculum Center, services for those with disabilities, free tutoring, including online tutoring, computer labs, and frequent workshops. Services are provided by highly qualified and dedicated faculty and staff.


Non-credit Programs and Workforce Development

The Community Outreach Division

HCC's Community Outreach Division consists of several key support functions that are each designed to extend the college’s reach into the community. Enterprise-wide functions include: Public and Media Relations, including the college's News Bureau; Marketing, Advertising and Publications, supported through an in-house graphic design studio; web administration and content management supported by the college’s web team; Legislative Affairs, Community Relations, and Events Management for facility use of both internal and external groups.  Additionally, all of the non-credit programs of the college are managed by the Community Outreach Division and are described below in greater detail.

HCC Strategic Solutions Group: HCC’s Workforce Development Component

What is often termed “Workforce Development” on other campuses is known as the Strategic Solutions Group at HCC. HCC’s SSG is part of the state-wide Business and Industry Services Network of the Connecticut Community Colleges. By providing solutions to businesses (irrespective of size), government agencies, professional associations, not-for-profit organizations, and other entities, HCC plays a significant role in the economic development of the college’s 11-town service area.

The competitive job skills of organizations can be effectively met through an extensive range of services including: needs assessments, gap analyses, employee skills audits, training programs, learning assessments, program evaluations, and consulting in organizational development.

SSG’s services are specifically tailored to the workforce requirements of each client. Training is often directed to specific employee groups such as entry-level staff, incumbent workers, supervisors, production and operations staff, managers, and/or organizational leadership.

HCC’s team of experts is drawn directly from business and industry ranging from sole-consultancies to local specialized training services. Training programs include a wide variety of topics from Contemporary Workplace Issues, Supervisory and Management Effectiveness, Customer Service, Shop Floor Manufacturing skills, Communication Effectiveness, and Digital Office Applications.

Recent additions include workforce-specific tools such as the team-building DiSC assessment, the organizational health check-up, Shop Floor Leadership and Shop Floor ESL for line production workers.

SSG’s mission is to help drive productivity and growth by offering proven tools, best practices, and workplace techniques that meet the real-world performance requirements of area organizations.

For more information about SSG, visit their website at: www.hccAdvantage.com or call 203-332-5150.

HCC Continuing Education Programs

As former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan once said, "Learning will increasingly need to be a lifelong activity. The days when a high school or college education would serve a graduate throughout his or her working career are gone." To address those challenges, Continuing Education at HCC, managed by the Community Outreach Division, has been specifically designed to encourage individuals to invest in their own lifelong learning needs through the pursuit of learning that is most meaningful to each individual.

Whether it be for career development or personal enrichment purposes, HCC offers programming to serve either objective. Career Enhancement programs offered by HCC provide the needed skills to enter employment or to upgrade current skills to keep pace in a constantly changing work environment. Courses include English as a Second Language, basic skills, GED, bookkeeping, manufacturing, health care, information technology and entrepreneurship, among many others. Nearly all of the career skills-based courses include National or State Certifications (test required) such as Certified Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Certified Professional Coder, Personal Trainer, CompTIA Computer Technician (3 programs), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), S.M.A.R.T Professional Bartending and others. Occupational training programs prepare students for entry or mid-level skills jobs. See the Non-Credit Program section of this catalog for more information on programming.

For current information about HCC Continuing Education programs, visit the college’s website at:  www.housatonic.edu/CE or call 203-332-5057.



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