Hudson County Community College NamedLeader College of Distinction by Achieving the Dream

  • “Hudson Scholars,” the College’s innovative, national Bellwether award-winning student success program provides advisement, stipends, and early academic intervention to assist students facing financial challenges, language barriers, employment concerns, and family responsibilities. In just two years, Fall 2021 first-time, full-time Scholars participants earned a college credential at three times the historical rate. Scholars who meet monthly with their counselors during the semester persist to the following term at a 99% rate; Fall-to-Fall persistence improved by 46% for Hispanic/Latino students and 83% for Black/African American students. The “Hudson Scholars” program has benefited more than 2,500 students to date, is now self-sustaining, and is in the process of being scaled for all students.
  • HCCC’s “Hudson Helps” Resource Center is a compendium of wraparound services, programs, and supports that focus on basic needs beyond the classroom and result in greater student achievement.
  • The HCCC President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (PACDEI) and HCCC’s corporate partnerships address the needs of the community and the regional labor market, resulting in pathways to careers with family-sustaining wages and apprenticeship programs. These partnerships include Eastern Millwork, Inc., Veolia, New Jersey Water Association, New Jersey Utility Association, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 825, and many other industry leaders and unions.
About Hudson County Community College
Hudson County Community College serves more than 20,000 credit and non-credit students annually. The College offers nearly 90 degree and certificate programs, including award-winning English as a Second Language; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management; Nursing and Health Professions; and Humanities and Social Sciences. The HCCC Culinary/Hospitality Management program was ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. The College’s School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers cutting-edge, industry recognized, stackable credentials in alignment with high-priority workforce needs.
HCCC has partnerships with major four-year colleges and universities in the greater New Jersey-New York area and beyond, accommodating seamless transfer of credits for further undergraduate and graduate education.
The College’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has been recognized with the 2021 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Northeast Region Equity Award; the “INSIGHT Into Diversity” 2021, 2022 and 2023 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, this year honoring HCCC as one of six community colleges nationally to be named “Top Colleges for Diversity;” the “INSIGHT Into Diversity” 2022 and 2023 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award, and 2024 Inspiring Programs in Business Award. HCCC was a finalist recently for the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) “Advancing Diversity Award of Excellence.”
For the second consecutive year, HCCC was selected as one of 20 community colleges in the United States to be named among the “2023 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges” by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) in collaboration with “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.” The College was one of 22 community colleges in the nation, and the only college in New Jersey, to be recognized by ModernThink LLC and the “Chronicle of Higher Education” as a 2022 and 2023 “Great College to Work For®.” HCCC is one of two colleges in the United States to be named a Top Ten Finalist in all three program categories for the nationally recognized 2023 Bellwether Awards, and received the 2023 Bellwether Award for the College’s cutting-edge “Hudson Scholars” program.
The College’s exemplary work in advancing student success has been recognized with 2023 “Leader College” designation by Achieving the Dream, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing community colleges as catalysts for equity and mobility in their communities. HCCC was also presented the Campus Prevention Network Seal of Prevention by Vector Solutions for demonstrating leadership in digital prevention programming focused on student safety, well-being, and inclusion.
About Achieving the Dream (ATD)
Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a partner and champion of more than 300 community colleges across the country. Drawing on expert coaches, groundbreaking programs, and national peer network, the organization provides institutions with integrated, tailored support for every aspect of their work — from foundational capacities such as leadership, data, and equity to intentional strategies for supporting students holistically, building K–12 partnerships, and more. ATD calls this Whole College Transformation. Its vision is for every college to be a catalyst for equitable, antiracist, and economically vibrant communities. ATD knows that with the right partner and the right approach, colleges can drive access, completion rates, and employment outcomes — so that all students can access life-changing learning that propels them into community-changing careersFollow ATD on X (Twitter)Facebook, and LinkedIn. To learn more, visit the Achieving the Dream (ATD) website: