"I chose HCC because I felt that smaller class sizes, better access to my professors, and a lower tuition cost would help me to kickstart my college experience while reducing financial strain on myself."

— Nicholas Kozak, 2014 HCC Grad, AA Business Administration

After high school, I went to trade school to learn Automotive Technology. I thought I wanted to be an auto mechanic. I worked as a mechanic for a year and realized it was not for me. I decided to join my brother in Tianjin, China, where I taught English at the same English language training company that he had worked at the previous 3 years. This experience inspired me to get back to school, so I returned to Florida and enrolled at HCC. I graduated HCC and transferred to USF where I studied Management Information Systems and interned for a year at Nielsen as an IT Project Manager Intern. After I graduated USF, I accepted a job at General Motors in Austin, TX where I worked as a Database Administrator and Project Manager for 2.5 years before accepting a consulting position at Canon in the DFW Metroplex. I worked for Canon for 7 months before accepting a position as IT Program Manager at Fiserv where I currently have been for the past year and a half.

HCC set me on a path to where I am now. Smaller classroom sizes allows for better learning, better access to your professors, and in my opinion a more complete learning experience as compared to a large lecture hall style classroom. Low cost of tuition allows you to take your general education requirements for half the price and puts far less financial strain on you in the present and in the future with lower student debt obligations.

I was able to gain valuable knowledge through great professors and classes. I also learned leadership skills through my time in multiple leadership positions in clubs such as Students for the Environment, and Student Government Association. These opportunities instilled confidence in myself in the classroom, as well as outside of the classroom through leadership roles that I credit with helping me in my current role as IT Program Manager. Thank you HCC and Go Hawks!