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Hudson County Community College Celebrates Grand Opening of New Student Center

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) officially celebrated the grand opening of its new Student Center at 81 Sip Avenue in Jersey City on Thursday, September 30, 2021. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at 12:00 noon with HCCC President Dr. Christopher Reber officiating. Food tastings from Libby’s Home Kitchen and Starbucks, which are located in the Student Center, were available for students throughout the day. Attendees explored the new Student Center through self-guided tours.

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Hudson County Community College Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award



HCCC one of just eight community colleges in the country 
to be awarded this national honor.


September 22, 2021, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversitymagazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The annual award recognizes colleges and universities in the United States that demonstrate outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. HCCC is one of just eight community colleges among the 101 award recipients. 

“This significant national recognition is another point of pride made possible by the leadership and support of the College’s Board of Trustees, and the engagement and outstanding dedication and contributions of the entire HCCC family,” said HCCC President Dr. Christopher M. Reber.

“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees – and best practices for both, continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look 
for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”

Hudson County Community College serves one of the most ethnically and racially diverse communities in the United States. In 2019, Dr. Reber established the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PACDEI), a team of 40 students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and external community members. PACDEI, through collaborations and partnerships, has played an essential role in the organic development of an inclusive institutional climate. At the time of PACDEI’s inception, HCCC administered a College-wide climate survey. The survey results informed the development of four Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) overarching goals that served as the foundation of PACDEI’s comprehensive DEI Action Plan. These DEI goals are interwoven in the College’s updated Mission, Vision, and Values statements, and the Board of Trustees’ Goals, Academic Master Plan, 2021-24 Strategic Plan, and Student Success Action Plan. 

In July, the College established the HCCC Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Yeurys Pujols was appointed the College’s inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In addition to leading and supporting the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – which also includes Accessibility Services, Cultural Affairs, and oversight of Title IX operations – Mr. Pujols is charged with promoting an institutional climate that embraces and celebrates differences while championing equitable and inclusive practices, policies, and procedures in all activities for all community members. This includes working with various HCCC offices and divisions to establish guidelines and practices for recruitment and hiring, screening committee policies, promotion considerations, and succession planning; creating clear and transparent processes for safety, security, and incident reporting that are free of intimidation and respectful of confidentiality; and building community and a sense of belonging for students by advancing their academic development, professional growth, and personal transformation. 

“These activities will promote and expand an institutional culture in which every person is celebrated, every voice is encouraged to contribute to shaping our institutional climate, and an equity mindset is infused and embedded into every part of the College,” Mr. Pujols stated.

HCCC has also been selected to receive the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2021 Equity Award for the Northeastern United States. That award will be presented on October 14, 2021, at the 52nd Annual ACCT Leadership Congress in San Diego, California. 

Complete information about Hudson County Community College may be found at www.hccc.edu. Additional information about the 2021 HEED Award is available at insightintodiversity.com. #   #   # 
Photo Caption:  Hudson County Community College students are pictured at an induction ceremony of the College’s chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta, the National English Honor Society for two-year colleges.


About Hudson County Community College
Hudson County Community College serves more than 18,000 credit and non-credit students annually. The College offers more than 70 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 social and economic 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.

AboutINSIGHT into Diversity
INSIGHT Into Diversitymagazine is the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education today and is well-known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as profiles of best practices and exemplary programs. Readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived, and digital issues ofINSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at insightintodiversity.com

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Hudson County Community College Foundation Subscription Dining Series Offers World Class Dining for Business Leaders, Community Members


 Proceeds benefit deserving HCCC students; 
all NJ COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed.
 October 1, 2021, Jersey City, NJ – The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Foundation invites businesspeople, community leaders, and area residents to enjoy the delicious, professionally prepared cuisine and attentive service of the Fall 2021 Subscription Dining Series. Proceeds from the Series provide deserving HCCC students with financial assistance.
 
This season’s Subscription Dining Series will take place over the course of eight Fridays – October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2021; and November 5, 12, and 19, 2021. The luncheons will be served in the HCCC Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) at 161 Newkirk Street – just two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. Public parking is available directly across the street. 
 
The acclaimed HCCC CAI Executive Chef, chef instructors, and students plan, prepare, and serve elegant meals for tables of up to four diners. Each meal includes appetizer, entrée, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages. Beer and wine by the glass or bottle are available and must be purchased with cash or credit card at the time of service. 
 
COVID-19 guidelines are in place and strictly enforced. Face masks must be worn, and social distancing practiced. Hudson County Community College implements health and sanitizing protocols that exceed the COVID-19 safety requirements of the CDC and New Jersey.
 
The fee for a table of four for all eight dates is $995, or about $31 per person per seating. Reservations may be secured by contacting Mirta Sanchez at 201-360-4004 or msanchez@hccc.edu
 
The HCCC Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) corporation providing tax-exempt status to contributors. Founded in 1997, the HCCC Foundation generates financial support for the College and its students by developing needs-based and merit scholarships. The HCCC Foundation supplies seed funding for innovative faculty programs and contributes to the College’s physical expansion. In addition, the Foundation supports cultural enrichment programming for area residents, and the HCCC Foundation Art Collection that now includes more than 1,600 works of art by nationally and internationally renowned artists.#  #   # 
 
 
About Hudson County Community College
Hudson County Community College serves more than 18,000 credit and non-credit students annually. The College offers more than 70 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 social and economic 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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Hudson County Community College Names Matthew LaBrake Executive Director of Center for Online Learning

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has selected Matthew LaBrake to serve as Executive Director of the HCCC Center for Online Learning (COL), effective August 30, 2021.

“The HCCC Center for Online Learning serves students, faculty, and staff who study or teach in the College’s extensive online courses and programs,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber. “We welcome Mr. LaBrake, who brings strong experience and skills to lead and further develop online, hybrid, and technology-rich courses and programs.”

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HUDSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESENTS SELF-PUBLISHING MASTERCLASS THIS FALL

Self-publishing can prove to be both emotionally satisfying and financially lucrative. The art of bringing your ideas from conception to fruition often requires the guidance of an expert. At our four-hour workshop, you will receive the guidance needed to enter the self-publishing world.
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Days: WednesdaysDates: 9/8/21 – 9/15/21Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Instructor: Lilisa WilliamsPrice: $75Location: Online
This live class is going to be held online via the Webex or Zoom platform. Participants will receive an email with details on how to access the live course 24 to 48 hours before the start of class.
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HUDSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE CELEBRATES GRADUATING CLASSES OF EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAM AT 2021 COMMENCEMENT


Students from Jersey City Public High Schools and
Hudson County High Tech High School will receive college degrees on May 27.

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Class of 2021 will include 31 students from area high schools who earned associate degrees as part of the HCCC Early College program. The Early College graduates will receive their diplomas during the in-person Grad Walk on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the HCCC Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City.

“We are so proud of our Early College graduates, most of whom will be receiving their college diplomas a few weeks ahead of getting their high school diplomas,” said HCCC President Chris Reber. He explained that the HCCC Early College program permits juniors and seniors living in Hudson County or attending County high schools to enroll in up to 18 college-level credits per academic year, and earn credits towards an associate degree. Credits earned in the program transfer toward baccalaureate degrees at four-year colleges and universities. 

Additionally, agreements with some high schools allow students the opportunity to earn a full Associate degree upon high school graduation with a combination of in-school, dual-enrollment classes and college courses taken after school. “Apart from the benefit of jump-starting their college education, students participating in the HCCC Early College program pay just half of the in-County tuition rate – a huge savings in comparison to tuition at four-year institutions,” Dr. Reber stated.

This the first year the College will present diplomas to students from the Jersey City Public Schools. Fourteen students from Dickinson High School are graduating with Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees in Environmental Studies; one student from Lincoln High School is graduating with an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in Criminal Justice; and three students from Ferris High School are graduating with Associate of Science (A.S) degrees in Business Administration.

In addition, HCCC will celebrate its second graduating class of eleven students from Hudson County Schools of Technology High Tech High School, who will receive Associate of Science (A.S) degrees in Environmental Studies; and a first graduating class of two High Tech High School students who earned Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees in Science and Mathematics.#   #   # 
About Hudson County Community College
Hudson County Community College serves more than 18,000 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 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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Hudson County Executive Tours New Hudson County Community College Student Center

Pictured at the tour in the foreground from left: Lisa Dougherty, HCCC Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment; Jasmine Ngin, SGA Director of Finance; Pamela Gardner, HCCC Trustee; Thomas DeGise, Hudson County Executive; Dr. Chris Reber, HCCC President; and students Tyler Sarmiento, Koral Booth, and Suleiny Rodriguez. Pictured in the background from left: Dr. Nicholas Chiaravollati, HCCC Vice President for External Affairs and Senior Counsel to the President; Veronica Gerosimo, HCCC Assistant Dean, Student Life and Leadership; Warren Rigby, 2019-2020 SGA President; Dr. David Clark, HCCC Associate Dean of Student Affairs; and Christian Rodriguez, SGA President.

 
 Recently, Hudson County Community College (HCCC) students and staff provided Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise with a tour of the recently completed Student Center at 81 Sip Avenue in Jersey City.
 
HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber and Mr. DeGise were joined by students and administrators in a tour of the renovated building, which was completed last March just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.
 
“This building represents a milestone for Hudson County Community College as it is the first, dedicated Student Center in the College’s 47-year history,” Dr. Reber stated. “We are exceedingly grateful to County Executive DeGise, the County Commissioners, HCCC Trustees, and everyone who assisted in making this dream a reality for our students.”
 
Dr. Reber said the $8.2 million renovation to a College-owned building was designed by
Di Cara| Rubino Architects to create a state-of-the-art setting that affords students the very best in technology, safety and convenience. The renovation by APS Contracting, Inc. included the addition of façade brick stained to match that of the adjoining HCCC Gabert Library; replacement of the existing roof; complete interior demolition; the addition of a new entrance vestibule; installation of new HVAC systems, elevators, emergency generator; and a direct, indoor connection to the Gabert Library. Wi Fi and computer stations are available throughout the building, as are “green” elements for energy efficiency and the sustainability of resources.

The HCCC Student Center’s first floor includes Student Lounges, Student Welcome Center, full-service Café, Veterans’ Lounge, and Security Command Center. The second floor houses offices for Student Life, Student Government and a variety of other student organizations, as well as an Open Lounge, and a large, Multipurpose Room for events and meetings. The office of the College’s Security, Custodial and Facilities Departments, and storage space are located on the lower level.
 
The new HCCC Student Center is the latest of several construction projects undertaken by HCCC that have transformed Journal Square. It is representative of the College’s mission to serve its diverse communities with inclusive educational programs and services that promote student success, socioeconomic mobility, and provide resources for growth. Students can meet outside the classroom, share ideas and values, assist and advise one another, pursue career and employment opportunities, develop better understanding of diverse cultures, and build longstanding relationships.
 
The project was financed with Chapter 12 funding, a state program for county colleges that is funded through State and County capital bond financing. All of the College’s capital improvement endeavors have been completed with appropriated capital. As a result, the College does not carry any capital debt, and not one dollar of student tuition is utilized for debt.#   #   # 

About Hudson County Community College
Hudson County Community College serves more than 18,000 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 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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HUDSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE SPEAKER SERIES EVENT TO FEATURE BREONNA TAYLOR’S mom

HCCC requests members of the community submit questions
 for Ms. Palmer by February 10.

 February 5, 2021, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) will host Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor’s mother, during a College Speaker Series event at 12 noon on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
 
HCCC Assistant Professor of History, Dorothy Anderson, and HCCC Director of Cultural Affairs, Michelle Vitale, will co-moderate the discussion with Ms. Palmer. The live Zoom event will open with a performance by Jersey City Poet Laureate Rashad Wright. The event will conclude with a virtual tour of the exhibition, “Azikiwe Mohammed: ‘Tales from Fold Out Chairs,’ and Rashad Wright: ‘in heaven’s Wakanda’,” which has been curated by Ysabel Pinyol Blasi and is being presented in partnership with Monira Foundation in the HCCC Benjamin J. Dineen and Dennis C. Hull Gallery.
 
In keeping with HCCC President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PACDEI) practices, the College requests that members of the community participate by submitting questions they may have for Ms. Palmer by February 10, 2020 to mvitale@hccc.edu with the subject line “Breonna Taylor.”
 
Breonna Taylor became a lightning rod for the Black Lives Matter movement when she was shot and killed by police in her Louisville, Kentucky home on March 13, 2020. The 26-year-old Black Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) was roused from her sleep when police, suspecting that Taylor’s ex-boyfriend was storing drugs in her home, used a battering ram to execute a search warrant. No contraband was found.
 
The incident fractured Louisville and led to national protests. Taylor’s family settled a wrongful death civil suit, and the three police officers involved were fired. Louisville passed “Breonna’s Law,” which bans “no knock” warrants that allow police to forcibly enter a residence without warning, and requires body cam use during searches. Many social justice activists are calling for police reforms that address systemic racism on a national level.
 
Those who wish to access the Speaker Series event featuring Ms. Palmer on February 18, 2021 may do so by registering at https://tinyurl.com/HCCCTamikaPalmer.
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About Hudson County Community College
Hudson County Community College serves more than 18,000 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 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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Hudson County Community College Invites Everyone to Hunker Down and Enjoy Art, Insightful Discussions, Plus Yoga and Art Classes

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) will host online events in December that highlight the visual arts, influential community members, and more.

The month begins with the HCCC Student Art Exhibit curated by Fine Arts Professor and Coordinator Laurie Riccadonna, and Computer Arts Coordinator and Professor Jeremiah Teipen. The event marks the end of the Fall semester and celebrates students’ creativity in their classes. The exhibition, which will be presented in the HCCC Benjamin J. Dineen III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery, may be viewed now through December 18 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dineenhullgallery/albums/72157716927451048. The students’ Portfolio Presentations will be offered on Friday, December 18, 10 a.m. via Webex.

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hudson county community college introduction to social media analytics

Social media campaigns are not successful by accident; there is plenty of hard work behind it. They are also the result of trial and error, reading analytics, testing, and keeping a watchful eye, strategizing again and again. From the most vital campaign essentials to setting the correct standards and goals and identifying key performance indicators will allow you to take full advantage of all parts of social media to your benefit.
This course will teach you how to use social media analytics per major social media platform to help boost your campaign and sales. You will be able to get hands-on experience on how professionals manage social media campaigns to increase their brand performance and expand their client base.  

Days: TuesdaysDate: November 24th – December 8th, 2020Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Instructor: Fariha TasneemPrice: $65Location: Online
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