HCC Mission

Housatonic's Mission

Our purpose at Housatonic Community College is to empower all individuals to develop to their full potential. We are committed to lifelong learning for all. As a knowledgeable and dedicated faculty and staff, we work together with students in a learner-centered, supportive, and stimulating environment. We prepare students to participate in, and contribute responsibly to, our global society.

We strive for:

  • Affordable, accessible, and high-quality higher education;
  • Sensitivity to students with diverse backgrounds, needs and goals;
  • An intellectually active and culturally rich environment that features one of the largest art collections of any two-year college in the country;
  • A state-of-the-art campus with up-to-date technology and facilities designed to serve students, community groups, and local businesses;
  • A vital liberal arts foundation to help students to develop creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills;
  • Certificate, training, and associate programs for transfer to baccalaureate institutions, for specific job and employment skills, and for personal enrichment;
  • Comprehensive student support services that work proactively with students for their success;
  • Active partnerships with the community, businesses, and other educational institutions.

The Community College System Mission

Connecticut's Community Colleges are state-wide leaders and partners in the academic, economic, and cultural lives of our communities, providing comprehensive, accessible, innovative, and affordable learning. To realize this distinctive mission, the Community Colleges:

  • Provide a broad range of credit and non-credit liberal arts and sciences, career, and technical, associate degree and certificate programs leading to transfer, employment, and lifelong learning;
  • Promote learner success and inclusion through a stimulating, nurturing learning environment, high-quality instruction, support services, and co-curricular activities;
  • Support economic development through partnerships with labor, businesses, industry, government and our communities, providing workforce development, business development and technology transfer;
  • Build community through the sponsorship of intellectual, cultural, social and recreational events and activities;
  • Engage students and community members to become active and responsible leaders in their communities.