Through partnerships forged within our community, our region, our state and country, Harford Community College continues to strengthen the fabric of our institution.
Collaboration provides new and enhanced opportunities for our students and allows faculty and staff to engage in dialogue that stretches our views of what we thought possible. We welcome discussions with future partners as we move forward in an effort to provide the best possible education for our students.
Harford Community College has joined this network of higher ed institutions, coaches and advisors, state policy teams, investors and partners, to help our students and more than 4 million other community college students have a better economic opportunity to achieve their dreams.
The College is beginning its third year as members of Achieving the Dream (ATD) and is working to operationalize our student success initiatives via our Strategic Plan. Four ATD themes have been included as objectives in the Strategic Plan: course modality and persistence, developmental course completion, onboarding, and equity. College representatives continue to partner with ATD's Leadership and Data coaches. The Data coaches are helping us to build our internal capacity with data literacy and understanding.
Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) and Harford Community College (HCC) share a mission to inspire academic growth and achievement for the people of our community. We believe in equity and access for every student, from pre-K through college graduation. For many years, both HCPS and HCC have worked to create educational opportunities tailored to the needs, abilities, and goals of our diverse student population—and now, we are coming together to ensure all public school students in Harford County graduate high school with the skills and experience necessary to succeed in today’s most in-demand careers.
We refer to this joint effort as North Star. North Star offers flexible and dynamic learning options, enabling students to explore career paths and areas of study while still in high school. After graduation, some students may choose to continue their coursework at HCC—earning an associate degree, certificate, or licensure that will transfer to a four-year institution or lead to employment—while others will be ready to enter the workforce immediately. We understand that every student is unique, and will provide students with the guidance they need to determine their future goals—along with the practical tools needed for professional and academic success.
North Star provides the structure for high school graduates to become the backbone of our workforce in Harford County. They are our future tradespeople—our electricians, HVAC workers, automotive technicians, heavy-equipment operators, and water treatment specialists. They will make up the next generation of white-collar workers, from IT specialists and accountants to paralegals and administrative professionals. Through North Star, students who choose to obtain a two- or four-year degree will do so in less time, and with less debt, thanks to dual-enrollment opportunities that allow HCPS students to earn college credit at HCC.
We are looking to expand our existing career and technical options, and hope to partner with local businesses, county government, and the people of our community to best meet the needs of our students, their parents, and the regional workforce. If you are interested in supporting us in this important work, please email NorthStar@hcps.org.
APG is the largest employer in Harford County. The Post Command works closely with College leadership to ensure our programs are aligned with regional workforce needs. They, along with their many defense contractors, provide opportunities for our students to explore cutting edge careers through co-ops and internships. Harford Community College maintains an office on Post where we provide support to active-duty military, veterans and their families who are pursuing academic goals. We also offer a schedule of credit classes each semester and provide contract training for organizations on Post.
APG Liaison and Strategic Partnership Coordinator
Towson University in Northeastern Maryland shares a 2+2 program with Harford offering students the flexibility to pursue a four-year degree after they complete an associate degree. Located on the grounds of Harford Community College, their building houses state-of-the-art classrooms, labs and educational resources. Currently Harford offers 9-degree programs that transfer directly to Bachelor's degree programs at TUNE. This partnership allows Harford County students to earn a four-year degree without losing credits or leaving the county.
Workforce and Entrepreneurial Training in Edgewood
Harford Community College is proud to partner with the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation, the Rural Maryland Council, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties, the Edgewood Branch of the Harford County Public Library and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to make education and training accessible to residents and businesses in the Route 40 corridor of Harford County at our Leading Edge Training Center Powered by the Ratcliffe Foundation.
This initiative empowers residents with knowledge, skills, and abilities to secure careers and earn head-of-household wages that enhance the quality of life for residents in southeastern Harford County and throughout the region.
- Fabrication lab for additive manufacturing
- Simulation and lab space for trade skills
- Collaboration room for innovation
- Training space for workforce development.
- Maker space, entrepreneurship, and business acceleration programming.
Students receive scholarships, stipends and tool allowances which enable them to learn valuable career skills and obtain employment. Programs include stackable workforce credentials in:
- Heavy Equipment Operations
- Hydraulics and Pneumatics
- Forklift Training
- Warehousing, Supply Chain, and Logistics
Credit and Noncredit Classes
Classes at the Edgewood Branch of the Harford County Public Library are scheduled at times convenient for both high school students interested in getting a jump on college as well as those who are working and want to begin a degree or career path.
Refer to the schedule of classes to learn about class availability at the library.