HCC in the News

  • ABC Action News - WFTS

    Fred Jaeger, manager of the Hospitality and Restaurant Management at Hillsborough Community College describes the program as a hidden gem.

    "Oh yes! Absolutely!" Jaeger told ABC Action News.

    It's literally one of the best in the country among two-year colleges. Students at HCC are given real world experience from the gourmet dining room, to the kitchen and restaurant operations.

    "I think that says an awful lot about the program," said student Nancy Summit.

  • Fox 13

    It's a time filled with achievement and hope. Young graduates at Hillsborough Community College in caps and gowns are celebrating how far they've come.

    Now they'll prepare for what's ahead. But there's one graduate with a little more wisdom and experience from the rest.

    Debra Morris is 60-years-old and is graduating with students young enough to be her kids or grandchildren.

    She's also the commencement speaker for the ceremony. She

  • Florida College System Activities Association

    Congratulations to Melinda Weeratunga, Hillsborough Community College, named the Student Government Division Student of the Month for April.  She was nominated by her advisor Dr. Earl Paul, who shared this about her: 

  • Bay News 9

    High school graduation may be weeks away in Hillsborough County, but one group of teenagers have already walked across the graduation stage.

    • Academy partners with Leto, Lennard and Armwood high schools
    • Students are first graduating class of Collegiate Academy
    • Program offered at Hillsborough Community College

    More than 100 high school students in Hillsborough County received their Associate of Arts degree Friday.

    The students are the first graduating class of the Collegiate Academy at

  • Plant City Observer

    In the fall of 2015, Kaitlyn Van Lenten enrolled in Hillsborough Community College’s veterinary technology program. In addition to graduating from the program next week, Van Lenten is also the recipient of the 2017 Presidential Spotlight Award for the Plant City campus, awarded to students who excel in the face of adversity. 

    But Van Lenten, while grateful to receive the award, doesn’t view her disability as something meant to overcome. 

  • Community College Daily

    Hillsborough Community College (HCC) in Florida, led by President Kenneth Atwater, serves as a preeminent national voice in addressing issues facing black and Hispanic/Latino males through its Black, Brown, and College Bound National Summit. The summit draws more than 1,000 higher education professionals, faculty and students from more than 25 states.

  • WFLA

    TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Scholarships are up for grabs for students who love building robots!

    Robotics and engineering camps are happening across the Tampa Bay area, giving kids a chance to have fun while learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    The hope is to teach kids about manufacturing jobs at an early age

  • Bay News 9

    A Tampa grandmother is celebrating a personal milestone -- graduating from college.

    Debra Morris, 60, will graduate from Hillsborough Community College on May 5. It's an accomplishment four decades in the making.
    Like many in her generation, Morris didn't go straight to college after high school. She enrolled in a technical school, she got a job and then raised a family instead.
    But four years ago, Morris decided to go to Hillsborough Community College for an associate

  • WTVT Fox 13

    Petra Manderson set out in the world when she left her New Zealand home to play volleyball at Hillsborough Community College. Now she's preparing to hit a new level, as captain of the U23 New Zealand team.

    "Yeah, I'm very proud to represent my country," said Manderson. "I think it's like a really cool opportunity, and to be the captain of the team, I think it's really cool."

    Her squad will compete in the Asian U23 Volleyball

  • ABC Action News

    Debra Morris is 60 years old.  Instead of easing into retirement, she's working full-time and cramming for college finals.

    "With the economic dive, I found myself without a job, and my daughter said to me, 'Well mom, you're always saying you wish you could go back to school. Go back to school!'" said Morris.

    As a young woman, she worked and raised a family. Her children are grown now and she has nine grandkids. But after all those years, she couldn't help


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