HCC Achieves #2 State Ranking While Increasing Workforce Certifications

June 12, 2017



Hillsborough Community College (HCC) has achieved the largest increase of certifications in the Florida College System for the current fiscal year and is currently ranked #2 in the number of certifications overall within the state of Florida.  HCC’s number of fundable industry certifications has risen by over 52.6% from a total of 735 certifications last year to 1,122 this year. As of May 2017, HCC has received $914,649.06 ($815.20 per certificate) from the certifications completed by students.

“HCC’s places great emphasis on industry certifications and building connections between our students and local employers,” stated Dr. Ginger Clark, HCC vice president of workforce training. “Students understand that our certifications provide them with a competitive advantage in the job market, and employers recognize the value that our graduates bring with an industry-designed credential.”

Fundable workforce programs at HCC include nursing, paramedic, EMT, respiratory therapy, law enforcement, firefighting, engineering technology and welding. HCC receives funding for each certification obtained by its students from the Florida Department of Education. The funds are separate from the overall college budget and are reinvested into the college’s workforce programs.  

Hillsborough Community College serves more than 44,000 students annually at campuses on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa and in Brandon, Plant City, Ruskin, and Ybor City.   HCC is accredited to offer associate degrees and certificates by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.



Chris DeManche
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