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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
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Adult Learners

adult learners

Reboot, Retool, or Reinvent Your Career

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, 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.

  • Value

    Whether you're seeking a degree, workplace credentials or updated job skills, HCC has courses and programs to help you get there.

    And, HCC is a strong return on your educational investment. An average associate degree graduate in Howard County earns more than $500,000  over their lifetime vs. someone with only a high school diploma or GED.

    Explore Academic Programs

    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.

    Learn about noncredit programs

  • 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.

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