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March 25, 2014
March 25, 2014, Jersey City, NJ – Members of the community who are thinking about pursuing their college educations are invited to explore the world of possibilities available to them at Hudson County Community College (HCCC). The College will host an Open House on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the HCCC Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City – just two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transit Center.
HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert said that Open House attendees will be able to learn about the more than 50 degree and 15 certificate programs offered, including the College’s nationally acclaimed Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Nursing, and ESL programs. Additionally, the College recently launched an Associate in Environmental Studies degree program designed to meet the needs of future environmental technicians and professionals by providing the foundation for pursuing a bachelor’s degree in environmental and other related science fields.
“Hudson County Community College is laser-focused on ensuring that our students succeed in their academic pursuits, and we were honored as one of the five national finalists in the 2013 American Association of Community Colleges’ Student Success Award competition,” Dr. Gabert stated. “We have a complete roster of services to assist our students from the time they register to graduation and beyond,” he said, noting that HCCC has a robust one-on-one counseling program that includes financial aid (more than 80% of HCCC students have been awarded grants, loans and scholarships), academic decisions, tutoring, first-year college experience, and more. The College also offers special programming to assist returning members of the U.S. military in achieving their academic and career goals.
The programs associated with student success also include transfer programs, and HCCC has two transfer programs in particular that have proven to be very valuable to students. The first is an agreement with St. Peter’s University that allows HCCC graduates to transfer to SPU for the same tuition as they would pay at a New Jersey State four-year institution — a large savings for HCCC graduates. The other is an agreement with New Jersey City University (NJCU) where NJCU students who earned at least 30 credits towards associate degrees while enrolled at Hudson County Community College, but did not complete enough credits to earn associate degrees, may transfer credits earned at NJCU to HCCC to complete the requirements for their associate degrees. Articulation agreements are also in position with Bloomfield College, Caldwell College, Centenary College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kean University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Ramapo College, Rutgers University, Thomas Edison State College and University of Phoenix.
HCCC students have the option of pursuing studies at the College’s Journal Square campus in Jersey City or North Hudson Higher Education Center in Union City. The College holds classes weekdays from early morning throughout the evening, and on weekends as well. Additionally, the number of classes offered online has been expanded to accommodate the growing number of individuals who want to pursue college studies but whose schedules will not permit them to do so in traditional face-to-face classroom situations.
Those who attend the April 5th Open House will be able to meet with members of the College’s faculty and staff, and tour the Journal Square campus which is currently being expanded to include a 117,000 square-foot Learning Resources Center & Academic Building. That facility is under construction on Sip Avenue and will house a library and reading room with Wi-Fi, spaces for printed and e-books and digital media, power stations for laptops, work areas, and casual seating. There will be approximately 13 traditional classrooms, computer labs and tiered lecture hall designs, as well as a large lobby/exhibition space for progressive art installations and gatherings, and there will be three classrooms adjacent to the gallery that will be flexible in size. The building will also have a café for students and a rooftop terrace.
“We’re proud that Hudson County Community College has become an award-winning institution, and that we offer one of the best educational values anywhere,” said Dr. Gabert. “Not only do our students save thousands of dollars on tuition while they are here, many go on to transfer with scholarships to some of the finest four-year institutions in the country, including Columbia University, Rutgers University, St. Peter’s University, New Jersey City University, and other great schools.”
Questions about the Open House — as well as registration — may be directed to admissionsFREEHUDSONCOUNTYCOMMUNITYCOLLEGE.