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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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Remote Student Services

Important: Please review the following if you are ill from Covid-19.

Your health, safety, and well-being are important to Howard Community College. 

  • All services are available remotely. 
  • A limited number of in-person appointments are available for students who have had difficulty due to lack of technology or needing accommodations. 
  • Academic Standing
    If you need to meet with a completion specialist to discuss your academic standing, schedule a virtual or phone advising appointment by email at retentionservices@howardcc.edu or by phone at 443-518-1320.
  • Admissions & Advising

    To request advising assistance for future terms, explore degree programs, or learn more about transfer programs, schedule a virtual or phone advising appointment by email at advising@howardcc.edu or by phone at 443-518-1200. Other points of contact are:

    In-person Appointments

    If you need help with applying for admission, taking placement tests, deciding what courses to take, registering for classes, using veterans benefits or paying for classes, we have a limited number of appointments to assist you.

    Appointments are reserved for students who have tried to complete these steps on their own but have had difficulty due to lack of technology or needing accommodations.

    For appointments regarding admissions to the college, application status, academic advising, and college readiness and exemption from placement testing, contact admissions@howardcc.edu, advising@howardcc.edu, or 443-518-1200. You can continue to access HCC student services remotely, either by completing your enrollment tasks online or by connecting to our staff via email or phone.

  • Ambiciones
    To contact your Ambiciones advisor, please send a message via Canvas, email scos@howardcc.edu, or call 443-518-4154. We will accept applications through a brief online interest form. Once completed, interested students will be contacted to set up a virtual intake meeting.
  • Athletics 

    The Howard Community College athletics department has announced their plan to continue athletics in the 2020-2021 season which will allow teams to practice for competitions in the spring semester.
     
    The Athletics and Fitness Center will remain closed to the public until further notice with appointments being required to meet with any administration or training personnel.

    The athletic department staff will continue to monitor emails to assist student-athletes and community members with questions. To reach a member of the Dragon Athletic Staff, please visit our directory online at https://howardccdragons.com/staff-directory. We will continue to post updates as they become available on the Dragon Athletics homepage.

  • Bookstore

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, HCC Bookstore continues to remain closed to most foot traffic on campus at this time. However, bookstore staff has been working diligently to make sure your course material needs are fulfilled.

    • You can purchase your textbooks and other course needs at www.howardcc.bncollege.com and will receive free shipping on all orders of $49 or more.
    • When you place an order, you will receive a confirmation that your order has been placed, along with an estimated cost of your order. You are not charged at this time.
    • You do not get charged until your order has been processed.
    • If you order a used textbook but none are available, the bookstore will process your order with a new book at the new book price.
    • Once an order is processed, you will receive a second email confirming as such with a final invoice.
    • Most orders are shipped and received within 24-28 hours of being processed.
    • Financial Aid can be used on our website, please be sure to check your MyHCC first to ensure funds are available.
    • If you have any questions or concerns you can contact bookstore staff by phone (443-518-1400) or email (sm8178@bncollege.com)

    We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times and can’t wait to welcome you back into our store on campus when it is deemed safe to do so.

    In-person Appointments

    We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times and can’t wait to welcome you back into our store on campus when it is deemed safe to do so.

    As we continue to look for ways to improve our service to students in these unprecedented times, HCC Bookstore will begin taking scheduled visits to campus for bookstore needs by appointment. 

    Appointments are limited and on a first come, first serve basis and can be made if you do not have the ability to order your books online, need to return a rental, or have another specific need that otherwise couldn’t be met by placing your order on our www.howardcc.bncollege.com website.

    If you would like to schedule a visit to our campus bookstore you can sign up here. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance of scheduled visit so that we may plan for your visit accordingly. Students who plan to visit campus must fill out the COVID-19 screening survey on the day of their visit.

    Students should park in LOT C and must enter the RCF through the main entrance on the second level of RCF as well as have proof of survey completion either with completion email or QR code from smartphone.

    If you have any questions or concerns please contact the bookstore at 443-518-1400 or sm8178@bncollege.com

  • Career Services

    Career Services is available to support students, community members, and employers.

    Students and Community Members:

    1. Visit www.howardcc.edu/career for a variety of online resources to support you with each stage of the career development process.
    2. To schedule an appointment for career counseling, job search assistance, or internship/co-op assistance, please call and leave a message at 443-518-1340. Your call will be returned within 24 hours and an appointment will be scheduled. Appointments will be conducted remotely either by phone or video (Zoom).
    3. If you would like a resume review, please email ccs@howardcc.edu.

    Employers:

    1. If you wish to post a job, please visit www.howardcc.edu/hccjobemployer to register as an employer, and post a position. Your position will be reviewed for approval within 24 hours (Monday – Friday).
    2. No reservations for on-campus recruiting (www.howardcc.edu/career/ocr) are being made at this time.
    3. Please contact Tanja Swain (tswain@howardcc.edu) for jobs and Zana Watson for internships (zwatson@howardcc.edu) for additional assistance.
  • Center for Service Learning

    The Center for Service Learning will continue to provide remote support to students, faculty, and community partners. All face-to-face service activities have been suspended until further notice. Students currently enrolled in a service learning course should consult their course Canvas page for instructions on how community-engaged learning will continue via remote instruction.

    For immediate questions or concerns please contact the Center for Service Learning at servicelearning@howardcc.edu or 443-518-1885.

    For those interested in volunteering within our community please see CSL's Community Support Page​ for updated community partner needs. 

  • Commencement and Graduation

    As there continue to be restrictions regarding large, in-person events, the college has decided that it cannot hold an in-person commencement ceremony in December for the graduates who would have participated in the May 2020 ceremony. Too many health and safety concerns remain. We recognize that this is a disappointment, and it was not a decision that was taken lightly.

    To give these graduates their well-deserved celebration, the college will instead hold a virtual ceremony that will go live on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. The college has contracted with Marching Order, which has done numerous virtual commencements. There will also be an opportunity for graduates to customize their own message for family and friends. The college will be in contact with all May 2020 graduates about the ceremony, and please know that we will be working to make it as special as can be. This year’s commencement speaker will be Kurt Schmoke, president of the University of Baltimore and former mayor of Baltimore. More details will follow, including the time that the ceremony will be launched and how to access the ceremony. We look forward to finally celebrating our graduates on December 16.

    For additional information visit the Graduation and Commencement page.
  • Counseling (personal)

    Personal counseling services has transitioned to teletherapy counseling. To schedule your appointment, call and leave a message at 443-518-1340. Your call will be returned within 24 hours. Teletherapy will be provided through the use of Zoom conferencing software or by telephone.

    If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact Grassroots Crisis Center at 410-531-6677. If you prefer texting, you can text the word HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor.

    The following resources may be helpful in terms of managing your mental health in the midst of all of the changes surrounding the coronavirus.

  • Disability Support Services

    Students with disabilities are still entitled to academic accommodations for their online classes, although they may be delivered in a slightly different format. DSS counselors are available online by email and Zoom appointment and by phone to assist with questions or concerns. Call your individual counselor or email the office disabilitysupport@howardcc.edu. You may also leave a message at 443-518-1300, and then someone will get back to you.

    If you have specific questions about assistive technology (such as Kurzweil Fire Fly, Glean, OneNote, or Zoom), contact Cristina Finan at cfinan@howardcc.edu.

  • Financial Aid Services

    The Financial Aid Services staff is working diligently to ensure that your financial aid is processed and your eligibility for aid is determined in a timely manner. We encourage you to check your HCC email and log into Financial Aid Self-Service for regular updates on your financial aid status. With limited access to the office, we are unable to accept faxed or mailed documents, at this time.​ For timely review of document submissions, please use the document upload process to submit all required documents to the office. For instructions on how to use this process, click here: Document Upload Instructions.

    For additional assistance, please contact:

    1. College Work-Study related questions: collegeworkstudy@howardcc.edu
    2. All other Financial Aid questions: finaid@howardcc.edu

    In-person Appointments

    If you need help with applying for admission, taking placement tests, deciding what courses to take, registering for classes, using veterans benefits or paying for classes, we have a limited number of appointments to assist you.

    Appointments are reserved for students who have tried to complete these steps on their own but have had difficulty due to lack of technology or needing accommodations.

    For appointments regarding payment or payment options, contact cashiersoffice@howardcc.edu or 443-518-1862.

    For questions regarding completing the FAFSA, your financial aid award including grants, loans and scholarships or SAP appeals, contact finaid@howardcc.edu or 443-518-1260.

  • Food Pantry

    The HCC Food Pantry will be closed and remain closed while the college offers courses online. If you are in need of food and emergency supplies please see these available resources:

    Howard County Food Bank

    9385 Gerwig Lane, Suite J
    Columbia, MD 21046
    410-313-6185

    Distribution Hours:

    Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 1–4 p.m.

    Eligibility: You must be a Howard County resident, have a picture ID, and provide 30-day proof of income. Due to COVID-19, only premade bags will be available for pick up

    For non-Howard County residents, use this Maryland Food Bank link for local food pantries in your area: https://mdfoodbank.org/find-food/

  • Howard P.R.I.D.E.
    All group and individual tutoring appointments will be conducted via the Zoom platform. Please email Howard P.R.I.D.E. advisors Shawn Lamb (slamb@howardcc.edu) or Terrell Bratcher (tbratcher@howardcc.edu), or by phone at 443-518-3108 for more information. Applications will be accepted through a brief online interest form. Once completed, students will be contacted to set up a virtual intake meeting.
  • Library & Learning Commons

    The library on campus is closed. However, there are other options to help you succeed.

    •  Chat live with a librarian 7 days-a-week for research assistance. View library hours.
    • Search Find It for articles for your research assignments. View a list of library databases.
    • Visit Cite & Write for citation assistance or chat live with a librarian.
    • Read or listen to your favorite books on your phone, kindle, or desktop. Visit Overdrive/Libby.
    • Watch movies and educational videos for your classes.
    • For all library resources, services, and updates, visit the library homepage.
    • All library items currently checked out will be due after HCC returns to on-campus instruction. Until then, NO FINES will accrue and materials should NOT be returned.
  • Office of International Education

    The Office of International Education will continue to assist students via email, phone, or web conference. To speak with a staff member about planning for future study abroad programs or other international opportunities, including the Global Distinction Program, please email intled@howardcc.edu.

  • Records, Registration and Veterans’ Affairs

    Request your transcript online via Parchment. For enrollment verifications, visit National Student Clearinghouse. For more information and for other options, please visit the Request your HCC Transcript page.

    Other services available include requesting an enrollment verification, updating your contact information, changing your residency, and applying to graduate. All forms are available at howardcc.edu/rrvaforms and can be emailed to register@howardcc.edu. All other questions should be directed to register@howardcc.edu.

    Students using veterans benefits can contact veteransaffairs@howardcc.edu for assistance.

    In-person Appointments

    If you need help with applying for admission, taking placement tests, deciding what courses to take, registering for classes, using veterans benefits or paying for classes, we have a limited number of appointments to assist you.

    Appointments are reserved for students who have tried to complete these steps on their own but have had difficulty due to lack of technology or needing accommodations.

    To register, request transcripts, request enrollment verification, or meet with a veterans affairs representatives, contact register@howardcc.edu or 443-518-1240.

  • Rouse Scholars

    The HMDV-150 and HMDV-270 seminar courses will be delivered online. Students should consult their course Canvas page for updates.

    Individual appointments with Honors faculty and staff will be conducted via Zoom and may be scheduled by emailing Laura McHugh (lmchugh@howardcc.edu), or Matt Van Hoose (mvanhoose@howardcc.edu).

    Current high school students interested in applying to the Rouse Scholars program should visit https://www.howardcc.edu/programs-courses/academics/honors-programs/.

  • Schoenbrodt Scholars

    Individual appointments with Honors faculty and staff will be conducted via Zoom and may be scheduled by emailing Laura McHugh (lmchugh@howardcc.edu).

    Prospective or currently enrolled HCC students interested in applying to the Schoenbrodt Scholars program should visit https://www.howardcc.edu/programs-courses/academics/honors-programs/.

  • Silas Craft Collegians Program

    Program staff will continue to provide support for the Silas Craft Collegians. Seminars for each cohort will be delivered online, and mentoring meetings will take place by phone or web conference. Collegians are encouraged to check Canvas for up-to-date information on program and seminar requirements.

    To contact your cohort manager, please send a message via Canvas or by e-mail to the contacts below:

    Prospective students and their parents may direct questions regarding the program to silascraftcollegians@howardcc.edu.

  • Step Up Success Coaching

    All individual coaching sessions will be conducted via the Zoom platform, by phone, or through HCC email as agreed upon by students and their coaches. Students interested in participating in success coaching through STEP Up may still apply by completing the online application at www/howardcc.edu/stepup. For additional information or assistance with connecting with your coach, please email stepup@howardcc.edu or call 443-518-4465.

  • Student Finance Services (cashiering/payment plans/refunds)

    We are working behind-the-scenes on your student accounts. Credit card payments can be made online through myHCC. You may also sign up for a payment plan through myHCC. Visit howardcc.edu/paymentplan for information. Should you have any questions specific to your payment plan, please email paymentplan@howardcc.edu.

    The college will continue to process refunds through our refund partner, BankMobile. Be sure to select your refund preference with BankMobile. If you have finance specific questions, please email cashiersoffice@howardcc.edu.

    In-person Appointments

    If you need help with applying for admission, taking placement tests, deciding what courses to take, registering for classes, using veterans benefits or paying for classes, we have a limited number of appointments to assist you.

    Appointments are reserved for students who have tried to complete these steps on their own but have had difficulty due to lack of technology or needing accommodations.

    For appointments regarding payment or payment options, contact cashiersoffice@howardcc.edu or 443-518-1862.

  • Student Life

    Student Life will be offering the following services remotely:

    • Student Government Association and Student Clubs
      The Student Government Association (SGA) is working with student club leaders to provide resources for clubs to meet virtually.  For questions about virtual club operations or how to join a club, please contact the SGA at sga@howardcc.edu. .   

    • HCC Clubs and Resources on Flipgrid!

      Student Life has created an online listing of HCC clubs and resources that you can view 24/7 on Flipgrid!  Visit our Flipgrid to find out how you can get more involved on-campus and about all of the services our campus has to offer.  There are 3 ways to access our Flipgrid videos:

      • Go to Flipgrid.com/hccfair
      • Use the code “hccfair” on the Flipgrid app or website
      • Scan the QR code in the above image
      • You must enter in your HCC account info via Microsoft or Google to access our Flipgrid.
    • Student Program Board
      The Student Program Board (SPB) will host virtual events. Email spb@howardcc.edu with your ideas or to get an invitation to the virtual meetings.

    • HCC Times
      Check out your student newspaper online. Staff will continue posting articles for the rest of the semester.

    • Virtual Events
      Our staff are in the process of planning virtual events. Please check our virtual events page for a complete listing, which will be updated as events are confirmed.

    • Virtual Game Room
      You’re invited to the HCC Virtual Game Room!! Join us for online games, socializing, and fun! The virtual game room at HCC is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3PM. We play games like Pictionary, Whose Line is it Anyway, Apples to Apples and more! To sign up, click here.

    • Virtual Bulletin Board on Padlet!
      One location that showcases everything happening at HCC from club meetings, theatrical performances, virtual events, and more! View our Padlet here!

    • Online Housing Information
      Looking for an apartment or a roommate? Or would you like to offer a place for others to rent? Visit our online housing page for updated listings.

    • Online Leadership Modules
      Are you looking to grow as a leader?  Watch our online leadership modules from the comfort of your own home!  If you watch a certain number of videos, you can earn prizes.  To access the videos, click on this website and enter your HCC student username and password to access the modules.  At the end of each module, fill out a reflection sheet that is attached to each module.  You must answer each reflection question thoroughly to earn the prizes.  Submit reflections by 5 pm on December 11, 2020 for prize eligibility.

    If you have any questions, please email us at studentlife@howardcc.edu

     

     

     

  • Student Payroll
    For those students who are not on federal work-study, you will get a message sent specifically to employees about how to complete your timesheet. If you have any specific payroll questions, please email payroll@howardcc.edu.

    Students on federal work-study, please see the financial aid services section.
  • Technology

    Many services will be offered via Zoom.

    More information on learning remotely is available here.

  • Technology Service Center

    With remote learning, you may be taking classes or studying at a very different schedule than previously. Please note the Technology Service Center is not available 24 hours a day but you may submit a support request by visiting www.howardcc.edu/TSC after hours

  • Test Center

    HCC has remote testing options, with limited in-person testing for those needing additional accommodations.

    • Remote Math placement testing is available now. Check our ALEKS webpage for more information for how to take the ALEKS PPL assessment at home.
    • Remote English placement testing is available now. Check our English placement webpage for more information about the two options for completing your English placement at home.
    • All academic course exams and assessments will be offered online. Students are encouraged to contact professors directly for information about course exams.    
    • Any students scheduled to take the HESI A2 or LPN to RN Mobility exams will be receiving information via email to their HCC accounts.
    • GED testing, professional certifications (Pearson VUE, Castle, IQT, Certiport), and credit by examination (CLEP, DSST) are on hold until further notice. Testers are encouraged to contact their certification vendors for concerns regarding exam vouchers.

    In-person Appointments

    If you need help with applying for admission, taking placement tests, deciding what courses to take, registering for classes, using veterans benefits or paying for classes, we have a limited number of appointments to assist you.

    Appointments are reserved for students who have tried to complete these steps on their own but have had difficulty due to lack of technology or needing accommodations.

    To schedule an appointment for a placement test, nursing entrance exam or other proctored test, contact testcenter@howardcc.edu, tcnursing@howardcc.edu or 443-518-1280.

  • Tutoring (Learning Assistance Center)

    Learning Assistance Center: All group and individual tutoring appointments will be conducted via the Zoom platform. Students will be contacted soon about existing appointments.

    LAC tutors are continuing tutoring their existing scheduled students. In addition, new students will be assigned to them, as we receive new tutoring applications. Students may apply online by visiting howardcc.edu/tutoring.

    The LAC main drop-in schedule is subdivided into three parts: 1) Math, 2) English, and 3) Accounting, Nursing, and Sciences. These schedules have been published in myHCC. Students will need to sign in to MyHCC to participate in Drop-in Tutoring.

    Each drop-in tutoring hour is associated with the scheduled tutor’s Zoom link, so students can join by clicking on the tutor’s meeting ID # during the scheduled drop-in hour(s).

    We now have a LAC Virtual Main office, and it is staffed for the same hours that the LAC is open for tutoring. Students will have access to the LAC Main Office to inquire if tutors are available on myHCC (login required).

    For additional questions, email Parul Shah (pshah@howardcc.edu), Cathi Watts (cwatts@howardcc.edu), or Genele Godana (ggodana@howardcc.edu) or call 443-518-1320.

  • TRIO – Student Support Services Program
    Students interested in joining TRIO, or to contact your TRIO advisor, please send a message via Canvas or e-mail TRIO@howardcc.edu
  • Wellness Center

    The Wellness Center will be offering the following services remotely:

    Virtual fitness
    Free fitness videos, and links to workouts through our social media accounts to stay fit at home.

    Ask the Nurse one-on-one appointments
    We're here to answer questions or concerns about your health. If you would like to schedule an appointment, or have other concerns regarding your wellness, contact us by email at kmathieu@howardcc.edu and we will schedule a Zoom meeting with you.

    Virtual Health Promotion and Prevention
    We will be offering health campaigns and outreach programming through social media. Please follow us on Instagram @wellnesshcc or like our Facebook page @HCCwellness to stay informed.

    Virtual Stress Management
    We will NOT be able to hold acupuncture, massage or Reiki, but here are a few apps that might be helpful during this time.

    If you have any questions, please email us at wellnesscenter@howardcc.edu

 
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