HCC in the News

  • ABC Action News

    At the Centre for Women, Barbara Griffin is learning more about a manufacturing career she's always had an interest in.

    “There was no opportunities for manufacturing, you always saw men in manufacturing jobs so now I’m looking for change,” Griffin said.

    Now she has a chance with free training through Hillsborough Community College and a grant with the Manufacturing Alliance.

  • ABC Action News

    The U.S. Department of Education released the first debt-to-earnings rates for career training programs as required by the landmark Gainful Employment regulations.

    Hillsborough Community College's VP of Workforce Training, Dr. Ginger Clark, spoke with ABC Action News on how HCC is providing manageable debt-to-earning potential for graduates.

  • Tampa Bay Business Journal

    Tampa, FL - Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is proud to announce President Dr. Ken Atwater has been recognized as a member of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Power 100 list. The list recognizes Tampa Bay's most influential business leaders.

    Between his commitment to education and service on a multitude of local and national organizations, it is evident that Dr. Atwater and the college community are deeply invested in seeing the region elevated to new heights.

  • 83 Degrees Media

    There was a time when “shop” classes were as much a part of the school curriculum as math, science and English, especially for boys. Shop was where students learned to use tools -- and their hands -- to build everything from wooden furniture to electric lamps.

    The class was an introduction to skilled trades that made schools a pipeline of ready-made employees for manufacturing recruiters.

  • 83 Degrees Media

    In any town where close to 40 percent of the population lives in poverty, there are always challenges.

    But in Wimauma, a rural area of South Hillsborough County about 30 miles southeast of downtown Tampa, there is great potential for positive change and new opportunities, especially as greater attention is paid to the needs of residents and how they fit in with the larger community.

    Dr. Allen Witt, President of the Hillsborough Community College (HCC) SouthShore Campus, discussed his

  • ABC Action News

    An adjunct welding instructor at Hillsborough Community College spent the past year helping create and implement Shanghai Disney. Jason Shiver, has worked on the construction of Disney for the past 13 months, before returning home to help instruct students in a growing industry.

    Shiver will be returning to China in March to showcase some of his own welding art that he has made from his own studio in Valrico. 

    The show, Transcendence will be on display at the the Tokyo Pan Gallery for 45

  • El Nacional

    Business leaders belonging to the Tampa Bay Export Alliance, a public-private regional alliance, focused on building trade links abroad.

    Dr. Ken Atwater is the newly-elected chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Dr. Atwater accepted his position during the 2016 annual meeting where the Tampa Hillsborough EDC celebrated another great year of exciting economic growth and community success.

  • Fox 13

    HCC baseball surprised one of their own with a roundtrip ticket home for the holidays!

    "I'm proud to say that all HCC baseball players came together to buy a flight for one of our players, Orsen Josephina, to go home to Curacao for winter break," said head coach Michael Wrenn. "It lets me know that we still have great kids with character. Congrats for coming together as a team by doing such a great deed!"

  • Tampa Bay Times

    At a time when many jobs are going online and offshore, Armwood High School has brought back the old school shop class with a new hi-tech edge.

    Teaming with the Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough County, Hillsborough Community College, CareerSource Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County, the school district launched a new in-school manufacturing program at Armwood last week. Officials described the "Machining Technology Lab" as cutting edge with the potential to impact the entire district.
  • 83 Degrees

    Veterans can get start-up assistance at the Entrepreneur Collaborative Center in Ybor City through Hillsborough Community College's Operation Startup. 

    The program offers free services to honorably discharged veterans, active-duty military personnel preparing to transition to civilian life within a year, and current Reserve or National Guard members living in Florida. Spouses and civilian business partners also are eligible. The program allows these future entrepreneurs to develop


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, 813.259.6567

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