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Silas Craft Collegians Program

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Crafting Pathways to Success

The Silas Craft Collegians Program is an academic “linked-course learning community.” A “linked-course learning community” refers to a group of students (a cohort) who are enrolled in two or more courses led by different instructors who identify common student learning outcomes and integrate course curriculum. The courses in this case refer to the sequence of up to six (6) semester-long, 1-credit college success seminars that you will take throughout your time as a student in our program.

In addition to the college success seminars, you will also enroll in Silas Craft sections of other required courses to aid your development and to build community within your cohort. As a cohort, you and your peers will take classes together and navigate your HCC experience as a group. Silas Craft courses are taught by faculty who are committed to student success and meeting students where they are.

Program participants receive the benefit of:

  • Participation in a unique college readiness retreat for incoming first year Collegians (see below for details). 
  • Personalized academic and transfer advising to prepare and stay on track for success
  • Tutoring and study groups
  • Personal mentoring, career exploration, and skills development 
  • Leadership development and networking opportunities
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Service learning and study abroad opportunities
  • And more

Want to join us? Click the link below to apply!

Apply to the Silas Craft Collegians Program 

  • Who Are We Looking For?

    The Silas Craft Collegians Program welcomes applications from students who:

      • Learn and work well in groups or teams, and want that kind of learning experience at HCC
      • Are interested in the network and support of like-minded students
      • Are interested in taking classes with students they already know and have built relationships with
      • Demonstrate leadership potential
      • Are interested in receiving one on one coaching/mentorship
      • Aspire to grow and be better
      • Have a deep desire to achieve academic success
  • More About the Program

    The following is an outline of the required Silas Craft courses that Collegians are expected to take in their first year at HCC:

    Associated Silas Craft Courses

    First Year Fall Semester

    HMDV-105-A901 (1 credit) – Silas Craft Collegians Seminar I

    CMSY-110-A001 (3 credits) – Computer Concepts (taken fall only)

    SPCH-101-A700 (3 credits) – Introduction to Human Communication (taken fall or spring)

     First Year Spring Semester

    HMDV-106-A901 (1 credit) – Silas Craft Collegians Seminar II

    SPCH-101-A700 (3 credits) – Introduction to Human Communication (taken fall or spring)

     We also offer designated Craft sections of developmental English and math, and English-121 College Composition. Students will be expected to register for these courses as determined by their academic placement.

     Following their first year, students will continue to take the four remaining one-credit Silas Craft seminars each semester (fall and spring), along with any other required courses not completed in year one.


  • About Dr. Silas E. Craft, Sr.

    Dr. Silas E. Craft Sr. was an education entrepreneur in the Howard County Public School System. Through his efforts to achieve education opportunity and equality for African American students, he led the charge to open Harriet Tubman High School, the first of its kind in Howard County specializing in educating students from disenfranchised African American communities.

    The Silas craft Collegians Program was named in honor of Dr. Craft due to his rich legacy in the Howard County community, his unwavering faith in education access and opportunity for all, and his family’s continuous work within the Howard County community.

    You can read Silas Craft's obituary here.

  • New Students

    Silas Craft Collegians Program Pre-Orientation


    Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 5, 2022

    The Silas Craft Collegians Program engages first-year students entering the program in a week-long pre-orientation that takes place prior to the start of the fall semester. The pre-orientation includes a series of activities designed to aide students in the transition from high school to college, develop academic goals and objectives, promote team building and motivation, and enhance students’ awareness of academic support services for success at HCC.
  • Contact Our Staff

    Candace dePass
    Phone: 443-518-4017

    Candace dePass serves as the Director of the Silas Craft Collegians Program. In this role, Ms. dePass is responsible for the program’s overall direction and management, and the collection and analysis of data to assess program quality and institutional impact. Ms. dePass also serves as the cohort manager and seminar instructor to the program’s third year cohort. As the director, Ms. dePass collaborates with faculty, staff, and community leaders and organizations in support of the Craft program and its students and works with the HCC Educational Foundation to cultivate resources for the program’s growth and success.

    Angela Phillips
    Phone: 443-518-4128

    Angela Phillips is the Program Coordinator of Silas Craft Collegians. In the role of Program Coordinator, Ms. Phillips teaches Human Development Seminars, specifically designed to ensure the successful transition and/or completion of second year participants of the program. Ms. Phillips also provides Craft Collegians academic and personal advising, monitors academic warning, coordinates advising initiatives, as well as the program’s social and cultural events.


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