Over the years, HCCC has come to be recognized as a valuable community asset, one where residents may receive a high-quality education at an affordable price ... close to home. Here is a glimpse of how the College has evolved.
In the 1970's, feasibility studies documented the need for a community college in Hudson County. These studies resulted in the establishment of the Hudson County Higher Education Consortium, which included Jersey City State College (now New Jersey City University), Saint Peter's University, and Stevens Institute of Technology.
The New Jersey Board of Higher Education approved the establishment of a community college commission in Hudson County - the first agency of its kind in the United States - in September 1974. Hudson County Community College received its official name in 1981. The College began as a "contract" college - one that contracts for faculty and facilities to provide occupational and career-oriented certificates and Associate degrees. As one of only two contract colleges in the U.S., and the sole contract college in New Jersey, its goal was to offer programs to students that reflected the nature of the job market.
In 1992, the College owned just one building; most operations were conducted in rental facilities. By 2000, the President and Board of Trustees had developed the $147.7 million capital expansion program that has resulted in the College now owning more than a dozen buildings with more than 600,000 square feet of space on the Journal Square and North Hudson campuses. All of the College’s buildings are equipped with the most up-to-the-minute technologies, including WiFi. Courses are also offered at satellite locations throughout Hudson County.
HCCC has significantly expanded its course offerings as well. There are now more than 50 Associate in Art, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts, and Associate in Applied Science and certificate programs offered at HCCC. These include studies in growing and expanding career markets such as nursing, homeland security, paramedic science, culinary arts, hospitality management, business, criminal justice, education, humanities, social sciences and more. Within the past several years, the College has established a central counseling program, and reorganized student activities and government programs.
Special consideration has been given to making classes more accessible for students, particularly in view of the fact that many students work full-time jobs. In addition to day and evening classes, the College now provides for studies seven days a week, and has established instituted sunrise (early morning) classes as well as online course offerings.
HCCC is dedicated to ensuring that the residents and businesses of Hudson County are afforded the post-secondary educational resources and opportunities that will lead to their personal and professional development.