Hudson County Community College Reboots to prepare for students staying close to home

The President stated that Hudson County Community College is dedicated to providing everyone with the opportunity to benefit from a HCCC education, and wants to accommodate the needs of all returning students and all newcomers, while ensuring their health and safety.

To address these priorities, the College recently formed the “Return to Campus” (RTC) Task Force, which is exploring timelines, data, models and recommendations for designing options for the Fall 2020 semester and beyond. The RTC Task Force will build upon the benefits the College offers HCCC students while determining the safest and most effective ways of providing instruction. These benefits include degree and certificate programs that lead to meaningful, well-paying careers with potential for growth; financial assistance and scholarships; robust online programs; state-of-the-art facilities that are close to home and centrally located; courses taught by nationally recognized  and caring faculty; and award-winning, individual and group, free tutoring offered in-person and online.

HCCC offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs with credits that transfer to every major four-year college and university in the New Jersey-New York area. “We have exceptional, award-winning programs that lead to promising futures,” Dr. Reber said. The HCCC STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management, Nursing and Health Sciences, English as a Second Language, and Fine and Performing Arts programs are all top-ranked.

Knowing COVID-19 is economically impacting the people of our community, the College implemented a tuition and fee freeze last month that will last through the 2021 Winter, Spring and Summer I sessions. Dr. Reber noted that HCCC has one of the most effective teams of Financial Aid experts in the area, with more than 80% of the College’s students receiving scholarships from the HCCC Foundation and other sources as well as state and federal grants. Furthermore, current HCCC students may register for Summer and Fall classes even if they have a balance with the Bursar or are waiting for final grades to be posted.

Another plus the College affords Hudson County residents is that the College is easily accessed, with campuses, fully online programs, and state-of-the-art  facilities in Jersey City, Union City and Secaucus, all of which have transportation hubs. “This certainly eliminates any worries about long-distance travel that may have upset some individuals’ plans for starting or returning to out-of-town and out-of-state colleges and universities,” Dr. Reber said.

Experts believe that community college educations are a good value, costing only about one-third of studies at a public college or university in New Jersey. Dr. Reber says the proof of that may be found in HCCC students and alumni. “Our students are awarded national scholarships, and go on to complete their baccalaureate and graduate degrees at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, including Princeton, Columbia, Fairleigh Dickinson, Rutgers and New York University. HCCC students participate in exclusive, nationally acclaimed programs like the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar program. Virtually all of our nursing graduates are employed in their profession. HCCC offers a great start to address the changing times ahead in America,” he said.

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About Hudson County Community College

Hudson County Community College serves more than 17,000 credit and non-credit students annually. The College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs, including award-winning English as a Second Language, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Fine and Performing Arts. The HCCC Culinary/Hospitality Management program was ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. 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. In 2017, the Equality of Opportunity Project ranked HCCC in the top 5% of 2,200 U.S. higher education institutions for upward social mobility.

HCCC has partnerships with every major four-year college and university in the greater New Jersey-New York area and beyond, accommodating seamless transfer of credits for further undergraduate and graduate education.

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