Hillsborough Community College Celebrates 50th Anniversary

August 20, 2018



Hillsborough Community College (HCC) marks its 50th Anniversary after opening its doors in 1968 as Hillsborough Junior College. Over the past five decades, the college has grown to one of the largest regional educational institutions with an alumni network of one million and growing. 

“This golden anniversary marks 50 years of progress, dedication and achievement for our institution and the students we have served from our humble beginnings at Hillsborough High School to the five campuses and three training centers of today,” stated Dr. Ken Atwater, HCC president. “We are excited for our next fifty years of innovation and inspiration for the Tampa Bay community.”

Today, HCC serves more than 44,000 students annually, offering 190 academic programs across five campuses and three training centers. 

With over 84% of HCC graduates remaining in Hillsborough County, the college has an economic impact of over $1.3 billion annually. 

The 50th Anniversary will be a yearlong celebration, beginning with the HCC Foundation Presidential Showcase event on September 13, followed by campus and community events that celebrate HCC’s unique academic programs and relationships with surrounding communities.  

HCC Foundation Presidential Showcase
Armature Works
September 13

Campus Events
Ybor City Campus
October 11
Plant City Campus
November 15
SouthShore Campus
January 30
Dale Mabry Campus
February 19-23
Brandon Campus
March 22

Community Event
Water Works Park
April 27

Hillsborough Community College serves over 44,000 students annually at its five campuses located throughout Tampa Bay. The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, visit hccfl.edu.



Chris DeManche

Media Contacts

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

Angela Walters, Strategic Communications Officer
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Debbi Ordaz, Public Relations Specialist
dordaz@hccfl.edu, 813.253.7066   

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