HFCC continues progress in helping to meet the needs of students, society and industry

By the Henry Ford Community College Office of Communications

DEARBORN — Since it was founded in 1938 as Fordson Junior College, Henry Ford Community College has been the gateway to higher education for thousands of students seeking affordable, high-quality post-secondary education.

HFCC is a comprehensive public community college serving about 18,000 students each fall and winter semester. HFCC is dedicated to preparing students for a rapidly changing world and workplace by offering more than 100 associate degree career and university transfer programs.

HFCC offers high-quality, innovative programs to meet the educational and training needs of the region. Students prepare to transfer to a university or prepare to go directly to work.

The following represents the mission of HFCC:

• HFCC is dedicated to the education and enrichment of its students and community.

• As a comprehensive community college with a diverse student population, HFCC value teaching and learning.

• To prepare students for a rapidly changing world and workplace, HFCC is committed to providing knowledge, communication skills, and cultural Opportunities.

• HFCC fosters critical thinking, creativity, integrity, and self-esteem. HFCC’s is a tradition of building futures.

• HFCC measures its success by the success of our students in a democratic, diverse and increasingly technological nation.

• HFCC values partnerships, teaching and learning, responsiveness and support quality.

To support student success, the college opened its new Welcome Center on April 23. The center represents a major step forward in state of-the-art enrollment services for students.

Prospective students looking to learn more about HFCC and current students looking for assistance will experience an innovative student-focused environment that provides the services they need in a newly designed center. Students will be able to apply to HFCC, talk to an advisor, apply for financial aid, and register for classes through a streamlined process with help from knowledgeable staff dedicated to outstanding customer service.

Additionally, the college opened a state-of-the-art Science Center in the fall.  The new center offers a unique opportunity to position HFCC and its students for the new Michigan economy by creating facilities to support state-of-the-art science education for high demand programs.

These programs include a Biotechnology Program, which prepares students to become biotechnology technicians in the region’s molecular biology-based industries and institutions. Students also prepare to transfer to a university with a major in science and related fields.

In October, the college received a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training program. FCC will take the lead in a multi-state consortium with 12 community colleges from around the nation and their industry partners to create high-tech job training opportunities for workers in the manufacturing sector.

The project will play a major role in the economic development of the region and prepare workers for the manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow. The TAACCCT grant program provides community colleges with funding to expand career training programs for workers whose jobs were sent overseas or lost as a result of foreign trade. The program is highly competitive and HFCC received the maximum amount awarded this year.

HFCC’s Michigan Technical Education Center also continues to support the region’s economic development by providing customized programs and services to enhance current workforce skills and provide certification for job seekers. This program continues to make significant impact for many organizations, including the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, Detroit Workforce Development Department, Michigan Economic Development Corp., and Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services.

These resources, in addition to the vibrancy of the college’s music programs, theatrical productions, Hammond Planetarium, Hospitality Studies and Culinary Program featuring the Fifty-One O One Restaurant, and athletic programs, offer students and our community opportunities to study and enjoy diverse cultural events throughout the year.

To learn more about HFCC, go to www.hfcc.edu, or visit Facebook, www.hfcc.edu/facebook; Twitter, www.hfcc.edu/twitter; Linked In, http://www.linkedin.com/company/264724; and on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/henryfordcc.