Supporting HCC Faculty and Staff

The HCC Foundation engages individuals and organizations to support a variety of faculty and staff programs, ranging from funding global study opportunities to underwriting employee recognitions and years-of-service awards.

The Foundation secures private support for special initiatives designed to connect HCC with the Tampa Bay community. These are as varied as events like the Regional Science Olympiad and Hawk Run 5K, initiatives that promote entrepreneurship and innovation, and programs that serve our region’s many veterans. We were also proud to play a role in honoring our first-ever class of Professors Emeriti at the college in 2019.

Resources for Excellence Grants

The HCC Foundation’s Resources for Excellence Grants program provides current faculty and staff with funds to broaden the scope of the curriculum, enhance the college experience, and improve student achievement. Made possible by the generous support of our donors, Resources for Excellence grants are designed to help advance HCC’s mission and goals. Faculty and staff may apply for grants ranging from $500 – $2,500 to support projects that would otherwise not be covered by the College budget or other sources. Deadlines for applying are twice per year, in October and April.

The 2019-2020 year deadlines are October 29, 2019 and April 7, 2020.

Apply for a Resources for Excellence Grant.

2018 – 2019 Resources For Excellence Award Recipients

Pocket Guides — Mechel Albano & Karen Dufraine

“Pocket Guides” will provide vital information such as the detailed steps to writing a research paper and information regarding research skills necessary for student success. The guide also encourages the use of services provided by the college that could greatly benefit students such as the Library Resource Center and the Academic Success Center.

Hotspots — Kristen Heathcock & Roxanna Palmer

Many students do not have internet access at home and must do all online work at another location. Funds will be used to provide wireless internet service and hotspot devices that students can borrow from the library so they may be able to do school work at home or other places at any time.

Graphing Calculators — Diane Kelly & Karen Dufraine

Funds will be used for TI-84 Calculators that will be available to students who are unable to purchase one. They are highly necessary for Elementary Statistic students to learn about technology in the classroom.

Scientific Calculators — Gina Oviedo-Martinez & James Kakoullis

The funding to provide these calculators will help math and science students at Dale Mabry Campus who cannot afford to purchase one themselves.

Beekeeping — Paul Rabaut

The Ybor Campus will house an urban beekeeping habitat that will produce honey, hive tours, and an unforgettable experience for students to interact with the environment.

Assistive Technology — Megan Wiedman & David Worley

Funding will directly impact students with disabilities at SouthShore Campus by providing assistive technology in their Academic Success Center.

Non-Native English Speaker Mentoring — Yadira Altiery Irizarry & Debarati Ghosh

First year students who are non-native English speakers at the Brandon Campus will receive one-on-one mentoring. Students will be helped to transition smoothly into college life with activities and materials that focus on non-cognitive skills.

Ziess Coordinate Measuring Machine — Alex Anzalone & Shirley Dobbins

Funding will repair the donated Ziess Coordinate Measuring Machine, which is a robotic measuring tool used by the Engineering Technology Program for reverse engineering and dimensional inspection.  There is need by local employers for those experienced with this technology.

Art Exhibition — Carolyn Kossar

Supplies the funds necessary to exhibit a well-known Florida photographer, Clyde Butcher. The Exhibition “Cuba: The Natural Beauty, A Photographic Expedition” will feature the beautiful landscape of Cuba during Hispanic Heritage month.

Calculators — Andrew Magrath, Debarati Ghosh & Nadine Kim

Currently the calculator loaning services at Brandon Campus has a need for calculators that meet the mathematics department’s use policy. This funding will provide additional scientific calculators for the STEM center’s loan program.

Tactile Library — Bryan Shuler

Students respond positively to tactile experiences that coincide with the material being covered in their classes. The Tactile Library will provide access for teachers to check out and use in the classrooms authentic and replica artifacts of cultural and historical significance.

Molecular Modeling Kits — Dr. Amanda Tiano

It is important that students in chemistry can draw connections between 2D Lewis structures on paper and the 3D compounds they illustrate. By providing these Molecular Modeling Kits, students will get a hands on understanding of these three dimensional structures.