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Halifax Community College: A Brief History

HCC was established in 1967 at a temporary facility and moved to its present location in 1977. In 1979, 4,000 square feet of vocational classroom space were added to the campus. Other additions followed: the Continuing Education Center, Student Activity Center, Child Care Center/Classroom Building, Student/Nursing Education Center and the Literacy/Science Education Center. In 2003 the Allied Health/Multi-Purpose Building and Wellness Center were constructed. The Centre at Halifax Community College also opened in November 2003 to serve as Northeastern North Carolina’s premier multi-purpose venue. The Advanced Manufacturing and Corporate Training Center opened its doors in September 2021. It is a 28,266 square feet state of the art facility that houses programs in Automotive Systems Technology, Industrial Systems Technology, a corporate training center, two large classrooms, two conference rooms, and a maker space.

HCC strives to meet the diverse needs of the community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace. Student demographics reflect the service region's population, which is 58.4% minority. Students served are 66% female and 34% male. HCC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Minority Serving Institution. HCC’s unduplicated enrollment for 2021-2022 academic year was 3,612. Thirty-three percent of the enrollment was in curriculum programs, 58% Workforce Continuing Education, 6% Basic Skills, and 3% Multiple Academic Levels (students enrolled concurrently in more than one academic level).

HCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. In 2021, HCC was reaccredited by SACSCOC for another ten years.

In 2015, HCC partnered with Rural Health Group, Inc. to establish a clinical site on campus for students, staff, and community patrons. In 2009, HCC established the Roanoke Valley Early College (RVEC) with the Weldon City Schools District, providing high school students with the opportunity to receive a high school diploma and an associate degree, diploma, certificate or up to two years of college transfer credit. This is accomplished by students taking a mixture of high school and college classes simultaneously. HCC later partnered with the Northampton County Board of Education, Roanoke Rapids Graded School District Board of Trustees, and Halifax County Board of Education to establish early colleges for their school districts.

In 2002 and again in 2015, HCC was awarded the Southern Region Equity Award by ACCT. In 2016, HCC was recognized "Best in the Nation" and was awarded the Advancing Diversity Award by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). HCC was once again "Best in the Nation" and recipient of the 2017 AACC Community College Safety, Planning and Leadership Award of Excellence. In 2022, HCC was ranked 5 th in nation by SmartAsset based on student faculty ratio, graduation and transfer rates, and the cost of tuition and fees. More information regarding the ranking can be found at https://smartasset.com/data-studies/best-community-colleges-in-america-2022.