“For nearly 50 years, Howard Community College has served as a center for learning and culture in Howard County, Maryland. As a mission-driven institution, the college is committed to providing all students with pathways to success. Faculty and staff work closely with business, nonprofit, and government organizations to ensure students are prepared for the workforce of the future.” — Dr. Kate Hetherington, president of Howard Community College
Name of College: Howard Community College
City and State: Columbia, MD
College president: Dr. Kate Hetherington
Type of College: Public
Campus Setting: small city
Year Established: 1970
Board Chair: Mamie J. Perkins
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2016 Fall credit enrollment: 9,632
Student characteristics (gender, race/ethnicity) –
African American: 28.51%
Native American: 0.24%
Interesting facts about Howard Community College
- Howard Community College has been named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education for nine consecutive years, making it one of only three community colleges across the country to have been recognized for nine years in a row.
- To meet the growing demand for well-trained scientists, engineers, and cyber professionals, Howard Community College opened its Science, Engineering, and Technology Building in summer 2017. At approximately 145,300 gross square feet, the new building features innovative instructional spaces and modern advances in laboratory design to prepare students for the workforce or transfer to four-year universities. The building also houses the college’s cyber technology program, which has been designated by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Defense, and a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center and the Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance.
- Located in the Baltimore/Washington, DC metropolitan region, Howard Community College boasts students from 104 countries and offers at least six study abroad trips each year.
- Howard Community College offers the community high quality, affordable dental hygiene care through its on-campus dental hygiene center. Patient volunteers are cared for by dental hygiene students, under the supervision of a clinic dentist, and receive a complete array of services for a small fee. Students receive real-world training and hands-on experience to complete their degree.