Out of the Box

Hudson County Community College's Podcast Series

Hosted by Dr. Chris Reber, HCCC President -- Tune in to our monthly podcast for timely discussions about education, the community, programs, events, issues, and solutions that affect the people of Hudson County. Each podcast will feature guest speakers, including HCCC students!

Hudson Scholars

This month, Dr. Reber is joined by Gretchen Schulthes, Ph.D., Director of Advisement, Center for Academic and Student Success; John Urgola, Director II, Institutional Research and Planning; and Jocelyn Esteban, Hudson Scholar and Business Administration Major.

Construction Management

This month, Dr. Reber is joined by Burl Yearwood, Ph.D., Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Azhar Mahmood Ph.D., MBA, Assistant Professor, STEM Division and Coordinator, Construction Management Program, to talk about the HCCC Construction Management Program.

Goldman Sachs Local College Collaborative

This month, Dr. Reber is joined by HCCC Faculty Mentor, Karen Hom-Galli; and HCCC collaborative team member, Ella Mukasa.

Culinary Arts Institute

This month Dr. Reber is joined by Dr. Ara Karakashian, Associate Dean, Business, Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management, and  Paula Pereira Hartmann, HCCC Alumna (Class of 2020), Owner of Peanut Butter Jelly Pastries.

The YearUp Program

This month Dr. Reber is joined by Sheree Hicks, Project Manager from YearUp, and HCCC Student, Kevin Gajraj to discuss the YearUp Program.

Student Poet Laureate Program

In this episode, Dr. Reber is joined by Eric Adamson, Assistant Professor of English, and HCCC’s first-ever Student Poet Laureate, Natalie Akel.

HCCC Veterans' Programs

In this episode, Dr. Reber is joined by Willie Malone, HCCC Veterans’ Certifying Official and Bennie Garner, U.S. Army veteran and HCCC alumnus, to talk about the HCCC Veterans' Program.

Workforce Development

In this episode, Dr. Reber is joined by Lori Margolin, Associate Vice President for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, and Abdelys Pelaez, a student in HCCC's Hemodialysis Technician program, to discuss HCCC's programs in workforce development.

STEM Programs

In this episode, Dr. Reber is joined by Dr. Burl Yearwood, Associate Dean - STEM and Lacy Shelby, HCCC STEM Student, to discuss the HCCC STEM Programs.

How Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Benefits Our Students

This month, Dr. Reber is joined by Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Alpha Phi officers Sofia Pazmino and Pedro Moranchel, who discuss how membership in PTK contributed to their success at HCCC.

Women in Business

This month, Dr. Reber is joined by Professor Elana Winslow and Alumna Betsy Apena to discuss the HCCC A.S. in Business Degree and Women in Business.

Achieving the Dream (ATD)

In this episode, Dr. Reber is joined by student leaders Crystal Newton and Tyler Sarmiento to discuss their experiences with Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national initiative to remove barriers to education and help community college students succeed.

HCCC Theatre Arts Program

HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber and his guests – Assistant Professor Joseph Gallo, and student/playwright Rossella Lopez – put the spotlight on the College’s exciting Theatre Arts program in this episode of "Out of the Box."


In this episode, Dr. Reber is joined by Yeurys Pujols, Executive Director, North Hudson Campus and Lilisa Williams, Director, Faculty and Staff Development to talk about the President's Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - PACDEI.

Return to Campus

HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber discusses the College's Return to Campus with Lisa Dougherty, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment, and Lori Margolin, Dean of Continuing Education & Workforce Development.

The HCCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Programs

Dr. Reber and his guests – HCCC chef/instructor Kevin O’Malley, and HCCC graduate chef/Instructor/TV cooking show host Rene Hewitt – discuss the College’s award-winning Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs and students’ success stories while showing how to prepare a delicious hors d’oeuvre.

Aquaponics Greenhouse Project

Discover how HCCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter and STEM Club joined forces to build a “greenhouse” that produces food for the Hudson Helps pantry! Dr. Reber’s guests – President of the HCCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter Christine Tirado, STEM Club President Anass Ennasraaoui, and STEM Club member David Martinez – detail the project and future plans.

Hudson Helps

Learn about the College community’s efforts to address students’ needs beyond the classroom by providing vital resources and comprehensive information through “Hudson Helps.”

HCCC Nursing Program

Learn about the exceptional HCCC Nursing Program! Over 94% of HCCC Nursing Program graduates passed the NCLEX first time out, placing the program’s graduates in the top tier of two- and four-year nursing programs nationwide. Dr. Reber talks with HCCC Nursing Program Director, Carol Fasano, and nursing student, Sindy Sierra, about the College’s Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing programs.

HCCC Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders Have A Vital Role at HCCC! They’re role models, customer service representatives, and walking information centers who are dedicated to heling current and prospective HCCC students with just about everything that’s HCCC-related. Learn all about Peer Leaders as Dr. Rebert talks with Koral Booth and Bryan Ribas.

The HCCC Early College Program

The HCCC Early College Program saves time... save money!
In this episode of “Out of the Box,” Dr. Reber talks with HCCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Christopher Wahl and HCCC 2019 Graduate Ianna Santos about the Early College Program and all it’s benefits.

HCCC Cultural Affairs

Dr. Chris Reber talks with Department of Cultural Affairs Director Michelle Vitale about the development of the HCCC Cultural Affairs program, and the exhibitions and events planned for Fall 2019.

The HCCC Radiography Program

Dr. Chris Reber puts the focus on the HCCC Radiography degree program and the wide range of career paths available. Joining him are Radiography Program Director Cheryl Cashell and 2019 Radiography graduate Gabriela Sanchez Relova.

Truly Inspirational: HCCC Alumni

Dr. Chris Reber speaks with 1999 HCCC graduate, now Biology Professor Dr. Nadia Hedhli, and HCCC 2018 Culinary Arts graduate René Hewitt, who is now a student in the Fairleigh Dickinson University bachelor’s degree program on the HCCC Campus. Learn how HCCC transformed their lives, and how, as a result, they are paying it forward.

HCCC Honor Societies

HCCC President Dr. Reber is joined by Phi Theta Kappa officers and scholarship recipients Sarra Hayoune and Abderahim Salhi for a discussion about their emigration to the United States, and the College’s role in achieving their dream of a higher education.

The HCCC Foundation Art Collection: Over 1,000 Works to View

HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber has an engaging and enjoyable discussion with Foundation Art Collection Coordinator Dr. Andrea Siegel, and HCCC graduate and Art Collection Assistant Darius Gilmore.

All About the HCCC Fine Arts Programs

Watch as HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber conducts a lively and informative discussion with Professor and Coordinator of Studio Arts Laurie Riccadonna, and HCCC Fine Arts graduate Melany Mayorga.

Advanced Manufacturing Degree and Apprenticeship Program with Eastern Millwork Podcast

HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber, is joined by HCCC Dean of Instruction John Marlin, Dean of Continuing Education & Workforce Development Lori Margolin, and Eastern Millwork President/Owner Andrew Campbell in a discussion about advanced manufacturing and the new apprenticeship program between HCCC and Eastern Millwork.

Community College Opportunity Grant Podcast

HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber, is joined by HCCC Dean of Enrollment Lisa Dougherty and Student Government Association Vice President Warren Rigby in a discussion about the free tuition, Community College Opportunity Grant.