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10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD, 21044
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312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
Laurel, MD 20707
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1902 Back Acre Circle
Mount Airy, MD 21771
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6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia MD, 21046
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  • What can I do at HCC?
    Whatever your interests and wherever your journey eventually leads, we invite you to discover what makes an HCC education the smart choice on your personal pathway to success.
  • Apply for Credit Classes
    Create an account to apply online for credit programs and register for information sessions and many other admissions events. Current students register with myHCC.
    Noncredit Courses (No need to apply!)
    Register for Continuing Education classes offered throughout the county, on days, evenings, and weekends. No grades or exams (except for licensure courses) – just learning and enjoyment.
  • Register for Credit Courses
    Once you’ve met with your advisor and know what classes you need, it’s time to enroll! View the schedule of classes, familiarize yourself with key dates and deadlines, and register today.
    Register for Noncredit Courses
    Online registration for noncredit students is available through HCCExpress. It’s fast and easy.
  • Quality Education That's Affordable
    Learn how you can afford college with our tuition payment plan, financial aid and scholarships, plus the support you need for the classes you want.

Adult Learners

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Adult Learners

Reboot, Retool or Reinvent Your Career

HCC serves a diverse population that reflects our entire community, in all life stages. Now more than ever, students past the traditional college age are choosing a high quality, affordable HCC education. Whether you’re a Ph.D. or a college first-timer, a career switcher, a veteran or a retiree, you can polish your skills or obtain new ones, stay competitive in your chosen field, find a new path or learn simply for the joy of it. Education for all – that's what being the community’s college is all about.

  • Careers

    Whether you're seeking a degree, workplace credentials or updated job skills, HCC has courses and programs to help you get there. Meet some of our students over the age of 25 who have chosen HCC to enhance their careers:

    Strong return on your educational investment

    Consider this. How much more does the average associate degree graduate in Howard County earn in their lifetime vs. someone with a high school diploma or GED?

    Answer: More than half million dollars.

    Going to HCC is an investment in your future.

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  • Complete

    Did you know that completing your degree is known to increase your lifetime earnings and decrease your chances of unemployment? If you have taken a few courses but never completed a degree, HCC can help you get there.

    Flexible scheduling

    Many courses are available in a variety of formats, times and locations to fit your schedule and learning style.

    View credit schedule of classes

    Prior learning experience counts

    We believe that learning is a lifelong process and knowledge is acquired in many different ways.

    In addition to the traditional classroom setting, mastery of college-level knowledge and skills may occur as a result of noncredit training and nontraditional learning experiences such as employment, military training and experience, noncollegiate training programs, advanced high school courses, and self-development.

    Learn more about credit for prior learning

  • Job Training

    HCC is a premier training resource for Howard County businesses, organizations, and agencies as well as a leading provider of high quality course offerings for individuals who are employed, unemployed, or seeking a career change. HCC works closely with business and civic leaders to educate students for today’s in-demand careers, to promote entrepreneurship and to provide workforce development resources for the community.

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  • Support Services

    At HCC, you never go it alone. Here are some of our broad range of services available to help you complete your learning goals.

Are you an international student?  

Or are you an immigrant who wants to brush up on your English or finish your degree? We can help you get started with your studies at HCC!  

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