Message from the President

We have been working tirelessly to ensure that we provide excellent academic programming and support services and all of the extracurricular activities that enrich the learning environment that make our campuses so vibrant. 

Your safety remains of paramount concern to us. Our thoughtfully developed protocols, using guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local health officials, and our own COVID-19 team, have resulted in minimal disruption during this pandemic. Being vaccinated can protect your health and that of those around you and can help minimize potential disruptions to operations should you be exposed to COVID-19.

With the new guidance issued by the CDC recommending the use of masks inside public buildings even for fully vaccinated individuals as a precaution given the broad circulation of the highly contagious delta variant of the virus, members of the college community are expected to wear a mask or face covering while inside college facilities. This is in accordance with the directives from the Department of Education.

Vaccines and masks are highly effective at stopping the spread of COVID-19. Everyone in the HCC community is expected to follow these recommendations: get vaccinated and wear a mask while inside college buildings. To be clear, neither vaccination nor masking in indoor public spaces is required at HCC as we start the fall term.

I encourage you to visit our Return to the Nest website to familiarize yourself with the helpful information on COVID-19 and the protocols we have put in place.  If you are in need of an accommodation, please contact Human Resources at

We must all continue to be vigilant and do our part to protect the health and safety of the HCC community. If there is a change in policy, we will send a college-wide communication. Thank you for being responsible members of the college community and I look forward to seeing you on campus. 

Dr. Ken Atwater 
President, Hillsborough Community College