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At the heart of your community is a college that provides greater access to education, training, and successful careers. It’s a place that empowers individuals and helps power the economy. At the HCC Foundation, we support Hillsborough Community College in its mission to deliver affordable education that helps students reach success.
$1.3B HCC’s annual economic impact
84% HCC graduates who stay in the community
45K Students HCC serves each year
Born in Ybor City and raised near West Tampa, Janet Cruz became a mother at the age of 16. Undeterred by her circumstances, she returned to graduate from high school when her daughter Ana was just months old. Soon Cruz enrolled at HCC, where she successfully completed the opticianry program in preparation to support her family. With help from family and friends, she built a successful franchise opticianry business. Later... Learn More
After moving from Kansas City, Missouri to Tampa for a job, I decided to attend HCC full-time. Attending college was a struggle, both financially and academically. My roommate left without notice and I couldn’t afford to live alone, so I ended up living and studying in my car for several months. Through this turmoil, my professors were amazing and they not only helped me get through the lower level classes,... Learn More
Education is a precious thing that is denied of many people. I know this first hand, having grown up in Afghanistan at a time when educating girls was illegal. When I was young, I did chores for a neighbor who in exchange, offered to teach me. In 2012, at 20-years-old, I immigrated to the U.S., and in 2013 had my daughter. Still yearning for knowledge, I enrolled at HCC because... Learn More
When Emmanuel moved to the U.S. from Greece with his family, he wasn't sure if college was right for him. But the moment he attended a class at HCC, Emmanuel's outlook on higher education changed. "Compared to colleges in Europe, HCC offered opportunities to explore different disciplines through electives," said Emmanuel. "I fell in love with biology and decided to make a career of it." After earning an associate degree at... Learn More
Born in Iran, Shahrzad and Shawn Zamani moved with their family to the U.S. in 2012. Soon this dynamic brother-sister duo enrolled at HCC, where they became active, successful students who each made their marks in unique ways. A member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the American Medical Student Association, Shahrzad earned the great honor of serving as the 2016 Commencement speaker.... Learn More