Houston Community College hosted a Community Dialogue Wednesday, May 1 at Southwest College’s West Loop Campus. Members of the HCC Board of Trustees and Acting Chancellor Renee Byas informed the Houston community of the plans for each of HCC’s six colleges. Last fall the citizens of the Greater Houston Area demonstrated their recognition of the importance of higher education and their support for the role of HCC in the community by approving the issuance of $425 million in bonds.
The bond initiative is providing each HCC college with new or renovated facilities and the technology to meet student needs, especially in high-demand areas such as health sciences, as well as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. HCC’s goal is to provide modern and technologically advanced facilities that enable students to acquire the academic preparation and workforce skills necessary to compete at the highest level in the global marketplace.
Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Co-director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, expanded upon that theme in his remarks at the Community Dialogue. Dr. Klineberg provided an overview of the demographic transformation taking place in the city of Houston and stressed the vital role that community colleges, and HCC in particular, play in preparing Houston residents for the global marketplace. Dr. Klineberg noted the growth in Houston’s Asian and Hispanic communities. He explained that the Houston area’s future economic growth will be driven by these communities, and that it is essential they have access to and acquire the education and training that the emerging industries and businesses will require.
With the projected growth and diversity of our community, the expectations of HCC continue to rise, and the demand for the college’s services and collaboration far outpace its current infrastructure and resources. HCC is looking long range in order to continue to serve its community and to do so, the institution is making significant investments in facilities, technology and operational efficiencies.
Since November, when Houston residents approved the HCC Bond initiative, HCC’s Board of Trustees and administration has worked diligently to plan and prepare for the College’s growth in order to ensure that the funds that were entrusted with the college are used in the most cost effective manner. To learn more about HCC’s plans, please visit hccs.edu/community.