HCC in the News

  • 83 Degrees Media

    Barbara Griffin has worked her entire life and isn’t about to stop now. The problem: Learning a new skill and landing a new job at a time when most people her age are winding down their careers and looking forward to retirement is no easy task.
    Then she learned about a class offered at The Centre for Women that trains, certifies and helps women find jobs in the manufacturing workforce -- for free.

  • ABC Action News

    The demand for skilled workers is only growing, so Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is seeking a major financial commitment from state lawmakers this year to help fill a growing need in the community.

    HCC's Apprenticeship program has 9% more students than the previous year, but contractors in the Tampa Bay Area tell HCC directors there is still a critical need.

    That's why the HCC is requesting $500,000 from the Florida State Legislature to expand their Apprenticeship program so

  • Community College Journal

    Community colleges play a key role in training the nation’s police officers and other public safety employees, such as firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). And much of this training takes place outside the classroom, in role-playing exercises and other simulations that thoroughly prepare students for what they’re apt to encounter in the field.

    Some of these situations involve live actors. Others involve sophisticated technologies, such as immersive virtual environments or

  • WTSP
    Hillsborough Community College is gearing up for its 11th annual Black, Brown & College Bound Summit on February 22 – 25. The summit is aimed at helping minority males succeed in college. “Why is it needed? Minority males are a disappearing breed in higher education,” said HCC President Ken Atwater.

    WTSP, February 2, 2017: http://www.wtsp.com/news/summit-helps-minority-males-succeed-in-college/395844165
  • 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

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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