I hope that everyone is having an exceptional fall semester. As we head into the holidays, I want to offer my thanks to the entire HCC team for the outstanding work that you do keeping our student at the forefront of everything we do.
This edition of Online@HCC offers just a glimpse of the exciting things that have taken place over the past several months. At All College Day, you all received an update on several of the major transformational initiatives that have been started over the past three years. It was exciting to feel the sense of ownership that our team has as we move forward in implementation, and I am proud that, despite the anxiety that often comes with such major organizational shifts, these initiatives have been met with a sense of optimism and recognition on the positive impact they will have on the student learning experience.
Just last week the HCC Foundation hosted the Scholarship Partners Breakfast to thank our major donors and corporate sponsors. Hearing the student speakers reflect upon the impact that the college has had on their lives - not just through financial support, but through our services like counseling and advising - was especially gratifying. Another speaker reflected on his introduction to the college through his attendance at an event at Gallery 221 at the Dale Mabry Campus. This experience led him to create a lasting gift to honor and showcase a loved one’s talent. These simple interactions help build the wonderful reputation that HCC should be recognized for.
I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season filled with friends and family. I will be giving thanks that I am part of the HCC family.
-Dr. Ken Atwater