In mid-March, the MacDill Air Force Base Security Forces implemented new guidelines which streamline and simplify the steps necessary to gain access to HCC classes on base. Since classes returned to MacDill under heightened security restrictions after 9/11, access procedures involved a time-consuming and somewhat confusing process that could take almost a month to complete. Prospective non-military students were required to obtain their fingerprints from a local Sheriff station, then, mail them with a fee to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Tallahassee for processing.
Under the new rules, a student wishing to participate in HCC classes on the airbase need only register like for any other course via Hawknet or with their advisor. Then, they simply call the HCC MacDill Center office not more than 5 business days before their scheduled class start date. The Center office will verify their registration status with the Air Force and give updated instructions, based on the latest security guidance.
Usually, this will involve the student reporting to the Base Visitor Reception Station at the Dale Mabry Gate within two days of their class start with their driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of auto insurance. If the student has verified their registration with the Center office, their name will appear on an approved access roster. The Air Force will conduct a no-cost Federal background check on the student. If no problems appear, they will then issue an access pass for their class.
HCC has offered classes on MacDill Air Force Base for over 25 years. Its classes are open to all HCC students. The Center’s course schedule is based on an accelerated instructional format for college credit courses lasting 4 to 10 weeks in length. For more information on MacDill Center operations or the access process, contact the Center office at (813) 259-6396/6394/6391.
Article written by: Plant CityCampus Staff