Hudson County Community College to Hold Spring Open House on Saturday, April 11

Posted: 3/20/2015
Jennifer Christopher 201-360-4061 jchristopher@hccc.edu and Roger Jones 201-200-1080 rj@j-a-c.com

Prospective students are invited to learn first-hand about the College,
its academic, student support, financial aid and scholarship programs;
application fee will be waived for attendees.

March 18, 2015, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) will hold a Spring Open House for potential students on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the College’s Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City, NJ – two blocks from the PATH Journal Square Transportation Center.

The College will waive its application fee for prospective students who attend the Open House.

“There is a common misconception that these Open Houses are exclusively held for those who are about to graduate high school; but that is not the case,” said HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert. “These events are held for everyone who is thinking about attending college. That includes those who delayed their studies to start their families, those who began college and left, and those who want to reinvent or revitalize their careers and their lives.” He noted that nearly one-third of the College’s students are between the ages of 22 and 29.

Dr. Gabert said that Hudson County Community College is the perfect first step to acquiring a college degree without becoming saddled with debt that often is associated with higher education tuition. Hudson County Community College tuition is a fraction of the cost of four-year organizations. If someone is contemplating a bachelor’s degree, they can save tens of thousands of dollars by getting their associate’s degree at HCCC and then transferring. Additionally, Hudson County Community College has a most effective Financial Aid staff – about 90% of the College’s students receive financial assistance and/or scholarships from the HCCC Foundation.

At the April 11 Open House, students will be able to learn about the College’s admissions process and the 51 degrees and 15 certificate programs offered at HCCC. There will be opportunities to attend a financial-aid workshop (which will include information on the HCCC Foundation and NJ STARS scholarships), and to become acquainted with the many transfer agreements HCCC has in position with some of the best four-year colleges and universities in New Jersey, New York, and the U.S. Attendees can also learn about non-credit offerings for personal enrichment and professional development through HCCC’s Community Education.

Attendees will also be able to learn about the agreement Hudson County Community College has with Saint Peter’s University (SPU), which enables HCCC graduates to transfer to SPU for the same tuition they would pay at a New Jersey State four-year institution – a large savings for HCCC graduates.

Hudson County Community College also has a Dual Admission Program in place with New Jersey City University (NJCU) which enables students who complete one year of studies at HCCC to earn their Associate degree at HCCC while pursuing their Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, Health Sciences, and Mathematics at NJCU.

HCCC students benefit from smaller class sizes and more personalized attention than they may be afforded at other colleges. HCCC students may study at times that are more convenient for them as the College offers morning and evening weekday classes, as well as weekend classes, on the Journal Square Campus and North Hudson Higher Education Center in Union City, and online sessions. In addition, the HCCC has in place a Student Success Program, which assists students in acquiring the skills and perspective needed to simultaneously succeed in college and prepare for careers; it is one of just five programs in the U.S. to be recognized with a national award from the American Association of Community Colleges.

Those attending the Open House will be able to tour the College’s Journal Square Campus, including the new Library Building, and to meet and talk with HCCC students, faculty, and other members of the College’s professional staff.

“Our Open House offers prospective students the ability to see beyond our website and brochures, and to learn for themselves why Hudson County Community College is one of the best educational values anywhere,” said Dr. Gabert.

Those interested in attending the Spring Open House are asked to register online at http://www.hccc.edu/openhouse/. Questions about the Open House, the HCCC admission process, and the course offering may be addressed by emailing admissions@hccc.edu or phoning 201-714-7200.