Six HCC students and two faculty advisors spent a part of their winter break in the Dominican Republic volunteering with the Orphanage Outreach nonprofit and teaching English to disadvantaged children. Exercise science major Kwame Ritter’s experience was an eye opener. “The kids take nothing for granted,” he said. “They taught me even more than I taught them.”
This was the 11th “alternative break” trip organized by HCC’s Center for Service Learning and the first to travel outside of the U.S. The center has been recognized for four consecutive years by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
HCC-TV, our arts and educational access channel, is winning so many awards, it’s hard to keep count. Last year, the college’s studio won two international Ava gold awards and two honorable mentions, three silver Davey awards, five EMPixx awards, two Telly Awards, and two Summit International Awards.
Congratulations to producers: Margaret Kahlor for “In Focus: Howard Community College,” a new program hosted by HCC president Kate Hetherington; Carl Merritt for “Travels with My Aunt”; Karen Vadnais and Rebecca Jessop for “CineMaryland”; Vadnais and Janelle Broderick for “In the Spotlight”; and Matt Stovall for “Dragon’s Lair Update.” The Ava gold award-winning “In Focus” airs on channel 96 (Comcast) or 41 (Verizon), Wednesdays at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and is found online at www.howardcc.edu/if.
HCC broke ground on a state-of-the-art health sciences building in January. The $49.2 million facility will serve the needs of programs critical to the community. The state and county are funding the construction. The Horizon Foundation also awarded a grant of $356,000 to help start new health programs. County and state officials, community members, and donors attended the groundbreaking. “This is a very worthwhile investment,” County Executive Ken Ulman said. “It’s about helping people help their community.”
Birthday cake, bell-bottoms, and tuxedos were part of HCC’s 40th birthday celebration. In October, students, staff, and faculty shared games and cake and gave a big thank you to Dr. Edward Cochran, member of our first board of trustees, who was awarded the James Clark, Jr. Medal. “Dr. Cochran envisioned the significant role a community college would play in the economic development of the county,” said Kathy Rensin, chair, HCC Board of Trustees.
When HCC instructors couldn’t find a stimulating textbook to teach the Hindi language to high school students participating in the college’s STARTALK summer World Languages Program, they created their own. The engaging new book features language and culture centered around six students on a virtual tour of India.
Hindi, an official language of the Republic of India, was identified by the U.S. government as a critical language for more Americans to learn. Thanks to program director Cheryl Berman, author Ruddhi Wadadekar, and designer Brittany Wesselhoff, this learning is happening at HCC.
Women’s and men’s Dragon soccer teams scored a championship season this fall. Coach Kate Seagroves’ women defeated the number one seed in the nation en route to a fourth-place finish at nationals. Coach Stefan Draganov’s men were undefeated in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference and won the Region XX championships, defeating Anne Arundel in the finals.
Whether it’s on the playing field or in cyberspace, the best offense is often a good defense. With that in mind, HCC’s continuing education division is offering new courses in how computer hackers operate in order to prevent, detect, and respond to attacks on computers and networks. These hands-on, noncredit courses will begin this spring and include “Password Recovery and Bypassing” and “Wireless (Ethical) Hacking.” For details, contact Patty Keeton at 443-518-4979.