HCC Receives Advancing Diversity Award

April 26, 2017



Hillsborough Community College (HCC) was awarded the Advancing Diversity Award by the American Association of Community Colleges on April 24. The award was given as part of the AACC Annual Meeting's Awards of Excellence and is in recognition of the college's ongoing efforts to increase minority persistence and completion.  

Led by President Ken Atwater, HCC serves as a preeminent national voice in addressing issues facing African American and Latino males through the annual Black, Brown, and College Bound (BBCB) National Summit. The summit draws more than 1,000 higher education professionals, faculty and students from more than 25 states.

In addition to providing leadership for BBCB, HCC’s Office of Equity and Special Programs also developed the HOPE Scholars program as a means to improve retention, graduation and the four-year college transfer rate of African American and Latino males. HOPE Scholars benefit from faculty mentors, targeted workshops and seminars, tutorial services and tours of four-year colleges and universities. In the last four years, more than 85 percent of students enrolled as HOPE Scholars have graduated from HCC and transferred to four-year institutions.

Hillsborough Community College serves over 45,000 students annually at its five campuses located throughout Tampa Bay. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Media Contacts

Ashley Carl, Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations
acarl@hccfl.edu, 813.253.7158

Angela Walters, Strategic Communications Officer
awalters13@hccfl.edu, 813.259.6589

Chris DeManche, Community Relations & Marketing Manager
, 813.259.6567

Debbi Ordaz, Public Relations Specialist
dordaz@hccfl.edu, 813.253.7066   

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