Message from the President

I am pleased that Hillsborough Community College is now fully open. HCC’s leadership and COVID planning teams have worked diligently throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic to establish a return-to-campus plan and associated protocols informed by the latest data-backed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in consultation with local health officials. The overarching goal throughout has been to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. By working together to put the health of our College community first, we have safely returned to our campuses and facilities and a new operational normal with faculty and staff available to serve students on all our campuses and virtually for those who want that flexibility. 

HCC has continued to see a low COVID positivity rate on our campuses and facilities due in large part to our College community’s vigilance, and I am delighted to have heard from so many of our faculty, staff, students and their families that have taken part in our vaccination events. Based on the latest scientific data shared on May 13, the CDC changed its recommendations for wearing face masks, stating that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing. As a result, masks will be optional on College property, but no longer required, as of June 29, 2021.  

Our Returning to the Nest: Hillsborough Community College Back-to-Campus Plan has been, and will remain, flexible to accommodate the complex and ever-changing conditions that have confronted us throughout the pandemic. Again, HCC will continue to follow the most current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to direction from state and local government. 

I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have navigated these new waters together.  Our community has demonstrated enormous strength and resiliency, and your support of HCC has been very meaningful to the faculty and staff as we have endeavored to serve our students throughout this pandemic. Together, we are Hawk Strong.   

Dr. Ken Atwater 
President, Hillsborough Community College