HCC Legislative Initiatives

We continue to fulfill our vision by being a leader in providing high quality innovative education, leading to student success and completion of workforce and academic programs.

Of course, we cannot do this alone. Thus, we are proud to have key stakeholders, industry partners, and community members serve on advisory boards to assist in our efforts.

United States Congress

Among other important federal policy considerations, HCC is working to increase funding for Pell Grants, to include Year-Round-Pell) and Reauthorization of both the Higher Education Act and Perkins Act. These initiatives are important to student success.

Texas Legislature

We also work with the Texas Legislature to identify legislative pathways and funding that helps us continue to train the workforce of tomorrow.

HCC’s legislative agenda is intended to affect policy changes over a multi-session period. We have strategically identified four legislative recommendations that will help our students both now and in the future. They include:

  • Funding financial aid and grants in a manner that ensures student access and program completion leading to more workforce certificates and college degrees. Our objective is to make higher education more affordable and accessible for everyone. This will allow us to keep training the workforce of tomorrow.
  • Requiring the use of a common course numbering system at all public institutions. This would secure curriculum compatibility, maximize opportunities for transfers and create easy pathways for student success.
  • Expanding opportunities for students to earn associates degrees through dual credit programs, while factoring adequate assessment and accountability measures. The result would increase the completion pipeline and contribute to the Texas workforce through a structured state-wide dual credit model.
  • As recommended by TACC, funding community colleges in a manner that most efficiently improves student success and program completion.

A message from HCC Chancellor Dr. Cesar Maldonado

Chancellor partner support for 85th Legislature

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Stakeholders,

As we prepare for the 85th Texas legislative session, we seek your support. Additionally, it is important that you, our partners, know about the opportunities and challenges we face going forward.

Houston Community College (HCC) is a leader amongst all community colleges in awarding Associate Degrees to minorities and leads the nation in awarding Associates Degrees to international students.

This year we received the HEED (High Education Excellence in Diversity) award, which honors colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. HCC was one of only 83 colleges and universities to receive the award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest publication of its kind in the nation.

In 2016, we opened 13 Centers of Excellence. Our students now have full access to top notch workforce and training facilities and academic programs across our district. With these Centers in full operation, our students can now train with and be taught by the best.

We continue to fulfill our vision by being a leader in providing high quality innovative education, leading to student success and completion of workforce and academic programs.

Of course, we cannot do this alone. Thus, we are proud to have key stakeholders, industry partners, and community members serve on advisory boards to assist in our efforts. Their work helped create our strategic plan and they continue to serve on committees that drive our curriculum and steer our students towards high demand careers.

We also work with the Texas Legislature to identify legislative pathways and funding that helps us continue to train the workforce of tomorrow.

HCC’s legislative agenda is intended to affect policy changes over a multi-session period. We have strategically identified four legislative recommendations that will help our students both now and in the future. They include:

  • Funding financial aid and grants in a manner that ensures student access and program completion leading to more workforce certificates and college degrees. Our objective is to make higher education more affordable and accessible for everyone. This will allow us to keep training the workforce of tomorrow.
  • Requiring the use of a common course numbering system at all public institutions. This would secure curriculum compatibility, maximize opportunities for transfers and create easy pathways for student success.
  • Expanding opportunities for students to earn associates degrees through dual credit programs, while factoring adequate assessment and accountability measures. The result would increase the completion pipeline and contribute to the Texas workforce through a structured state-wide dual credit model.
  • As recommended by TACC, funding community colleges in a manner that most efficiently improves student success and program completion.
  • Our Legislative Appropriations Requests (LAR) are more tactical and designed to support initiatives that can be quickly implemented. This session’s requests include funding for Veterans Affairs, Port of Houston Academies, Pro-Active Case Managed Advising, Four-Year Onsite Completion, a program to increase our partnerships with 4 year institutions, and New Campus Expansion.

As you can see, the aforementioned requests focus on increasing student success, offering an affordable and quality education, continuing our ability to train the workforce, and feeding the pipeline of students moving to 4-year universities.

Partnerships are important to HCC, our students, and the community. Accordingly, we look forward to partnering with you to promote our collective success. As Houstonians and Texans we are all connected.

Thank you for your support.

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