Hagerstown Community College (HCC) was founded in 1946 as Maryland’s
first community college. Enrollment at HCC is at an all-time high, with
more than 14,000 students enrolled each year in credit and non-credit
classes. More than 100 programs of study are available for university
transfer, career preparation, or personal development, as well as
non-credit continuing education courses, customized training programs
and Washington County’s adult education program. Associate degrees,
certificates, and letters of recognition are awarded.
HCC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and
Schools. Special programs include the Job Training Student Resources,
which provides support for unemployed and underemployed students, and
the ESSENCE Program, which enables area high school students to take
college classes at a discounted rate.
The 319-acre picturesque campus encompasses 17 buildings and includes a
full-service business incubator, numerous gardens, and an outdoor
amphitheater. The recently opened five-story STEM Building and the Kepler Performing
and Visual Arts Education Center provide sophisticated learning environments
unlike anything in the area. HCC also maintains a satellite center at the Valley Mall.