Skip Navigation
Lockdown DRILL Scheduled

To test emergency preparedness, HCC will hold a lockdown DRILL on Friday, Feb 22, 2019, in the afternoon. This will be a DRILL >>>more

HCC Main Campus
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD, 21044
Laurel College Center
312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
Laurel, MD 20707
Gateway Business Training Center
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia MD, 21046
Take a Virtual Tour
Take an interactive look at HCC's campus


A profile picture of Joy.
I had so much fun, built precious relationships with mentors and other students, and went through great experiences big and small.
Joy's path at HCC led to an associate degree in engineering, a love of robotics, and multiple awards and scholarships.

Joy's interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics began in middle school, but the terms “scientist” and “mathematician” were the extent of her understanding about a future career.

Then she got involved with robotics.

“I started in high school with the electrical team, moved on to sensors, then to operations – business, marketing, and outreach,” she said. “I had so much fun, built precious relationships with mentors and other students, and went through great experiences big and small.”

Her experience with the electrical team stuck with her, so she decided to pursue electrical engineering. Proximity and a wide variety of STEM programs lead her to Howard Community College (HCC).

At HCC, Joy excelled. She was accepted into the STEM Scholars program and built family-like relationships with several communities at the college, including the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honors society, Engineering Club/Society of Women Engineers, and Mixed Martial Arts Club. Her time at HCC culminated by becoming HCC’s Science, Engineering, and Technology Division’s Student of the Year.

Joy graduated in May, 2018 with an associate degree in engineering, with an emphasis on electrical engineering. She spent the summer completing an internship on campus and then transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park to continue her studies in electrical engineering.

She says HCC has helped her grow in many ways.

“I got more confident, I have a lot of support, I can see what I want to do in my life, I can define who I am a little better, and I feel more prepared.”

Learn more about the Science, Engineering, and Technology programs at HCC. Learn why HCC is right for you! Apply today!  
Giving makes a difference! Your support helps students along their pathways to success.