Jersey City's third institution for higher education, along with New Jersey City University and Saint Peter's University, is Hudson County Community College (HCCC). The campus consists of several properties in the locality of Journal Square and Bergen Square with college-operated properties throughout Hudson County.
Founded in 1974, HCCC is a two-year public, coeducational community college begun as one of the two "contract" colleges in the United States and New Jersey's only contract college. As such, the institution contracted for faculty and facilities to provide occupational and career-oriented certificates and Associate in Applied Science degrees to students. Its primary goal was to offer programs to students that reflected the nature of the current job market. This occurred during an era of fiscal restraints for government funding of a central campus with a permanent faculty.
By 1992, after years of fiscal problems and a mandate from the state's chancellor of higher education for reform, the County of Hudson made a commitment to reorganize HCCC with an urban-style campus and expanded services and enrollment. The reorganization resulted in the renovation of Historic Pathside, the former Public Service Building (now PSE&G) office building built in 1912 at 25 Journal Square. In 1996, a board room was dedicated to Hudson County Congresswoman Mary Teresa Norton (1925-1951). In 2017, the four-story Pathside property was approved for sale to the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency for a new city-owned museum and community center.
Today HCCC students pursue courses of study in business and marketing, computer science, health sciences, home economics, law, culinary arts, and multi-interdisciplinary studies. It offers a two-year transfer program through an Associate in Science (A.S.) or Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree to a bachelor's degree program and an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in a professional field.
In 2007 HCCC opened its five-story Culinary Arts Institute/Business Conference Center/Classroom Building on Newkirk Street. It offers degree and non-degree courses for professionals and hobbyists in the culinary field. In 2011 the college built its first off-site classroom building--the North Hudson Higher Education Center--in Union City.
Adding to its Journal Square campus, the HCCC Library building opened at 71 Sip Avenue in 2014. The six-story multipurpose facility, designed by NK Architects of Morristown, features a rooftop terrace overlooking Jersey City and Manhattan and a 9/11 monument fashioned from a World Trade Center column. In 2015 the Benjamin J. Dineen, III, and Dennis C. Hull Gallery opened on the sixth floor. The gallery's first exhibit displayed selected works from the collection of New Jersey and American art donated to the college by Mr. Dineen and Mr. Hull.
The college's six-story Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building at 282 Academy Street in the Bergen Square neighborhood is expected to open in September of 2017.
Hudson County Community College: http://www.hccc.edu
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