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This course is intended to help students determine their major and file a degree plan. Learning Communities Learning Communities consist of at least two courses linked together often by a common theme. Because they are linked, the same group of students attend both classes as a cohort, providing an opportunity to make deeper connections with peers and faculty.

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The instructors work together to plan and provide common outcomes, common activities, and additional support for students. The desired educational benefit of a learning community is that course content is reinforced by the two participating disciplines making it easier for the student to retain the information. The student must enroll in both classes of a learning community at the same time. Service Learning A course that is designated as having a service learning component is one that provides students with an opportunity to apply what is learned in the classroom to a practical experience in the community.

Often partnering with non-profit organizations and community service sections of corporations, service learning enriches the educational experience for students by unveiling the relevancy of coursework to real life scenarios in the community. Service learning improves retention rates of students, increases their sense of civic responsibility and deepens their understanding of community issues.

Service learning also allows students to explore roles and activities that will help them develop valuable knowledge and skills and explore possible career options. Tutoring, Writing Centers, and Math Labs One important key to success in college is learning to use available resources.

Houston Community College provides many tutoring opportunities for students in almost all areas. Whether a student prefers face-to-face interaction or the privacy and convenience of working with a tutor online, HCC provides the options. In addition, HCC provides access to writing centers and math labs, staffed with experts ready to assist students with writing assignments and math problems.

The program is designed for full-time students beginning their college experience or with limited HCC credit hours under Students study together in cohorts for their core curriculum classes. Qualified students can receive scholarships and textbook assistance. Students must have a 3.

The Honors College application must be completed separately from the HCC application and all students are interviewed before acceptance. Omega Sigma is one of chapters. Membership is based on high academic standards. HCC has an active chapter and has consistently ranked as a top 25 chapter on the international stage. The chapter promotes scholarship; develops leadership skills; and is involved in service to the college and community. HCC Online Courses offer one to four semester hours of credit and are equivalent to on-campus courses in terms of transferability no distinction is made on college transcripts.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the HCC Online homepage at hccs. Students taking online courses are required to complete a mandatory online orientation and to be familiar with unique HCC Online requirements and procedures. These courses may be appropriate for students who are:. Financial aid is regularly available. To find out more, email hcc. These academies allow students to attend college without a TSI test and earn a Level 1 certificate.

Each certificate program is between 6 months and two years long, and the classes are all credit courses with a combination of workforce preparation and an added support course throughout the program. When a student signs up for a Level 1 college certificate using financial aid or self-financing, HCC supports the student until graduation. The curricula are competency-based and organized to teach industry-driven educational outcomes. Construction Management Technology Academy The Construction Management Technology program is designed to develop qualified personnel for employment in the field of construction or to enhance the workplace skills of those already employed in the industry for career advancement.

Information Technology Academy Certificate programs focused on information technology usually last between six and 12 months. These programs will help a student to learn the basics of a particular area of information technology. IT certificate programs are often suitable for students who want to gain experience in the information technology field and are seeking to specialize in a particular skill or learn more about a particular topic. Healthcare Academy Technology is becoming increasingly integrated into the healthcare industry, including medical records and health information systems.

If a student is interested in these essential healthcare industries areas, Healthcare Information is a great place to start. Student Services The mission of the Student Services Division is to foster a learning environment that supports students in their educational journeys. This includes engaging students in innovative co-curricular programs and providing exceptional support services to promote their intellectual and social development.

If a student plans to transfer to complete a baccalaureate degree, it is important to determine a major and the transfer institution as soon as possible, because different universities may have different requirements. New students are assigned an advisor upon completion of the admission application. Advisors provide one-on-one advising support for students, assist with pathway planning, and provide information about institutional and external resources available to students. Students may email inquiries online to student. Information, answers to frequently asked questions, and a video library can be found 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In order to accomplish this mission, HCC will provide a full range of professional services including personal and mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, ADA and Tile IX accommodations, career counseling, academic skills enhancement, outreach programming, consultation, and crisis intervention. Counselors are available by appointment during the following hours: Monday-Thursday am pm, Fridays am pm Walk-in-hours vary across campuses.

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The college participates in various state and federal grants, work-study, loan and scholarship programs. Most of these programs are available to anyone who demonstrates financial need and qualifies academically.

FATV consists of a video library of over 60 videos that cover topics such as financial literacy, financial aid, and financial advisement. Grants Grants are gift aid from the federal and state government that do not have to be repaid. Grants are awarded to students on the basis of need. When Should I Apply? Students should apply for financial aid each year in early January. Students who meet the deadline date and qualify may be awarded aid in time to register and purchase books.

The deadline for submitting an application for a federal student loan for the Fall and Spring semesters and the Spring only semester is March 1. Financial aid applications are accepted after the Priority Deadline, however, financial aid awards may not be available to pay for tuition, fees and books at the time of registration. Students who submit a financial aid application after the Priority Deadline must be prepared to make other arrangements to pay for books, tuitions and fees. See also Cost of Attendance and Refund Information above.

Loans Loans must be repaid. Emergency Loans A limited amount of money is available as Emergency Loans to those who need help to pay for tuition, mandatory fees and textbooks. Emergency loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be repaid within 30 days. A student must show financial need to receive an Emergency Loan and provide proof of their ability to repay the loan. The program encourages community service work and work related to the course of study.

Scholarship Scholarships are gift funds that do not have to be repaid. HCC coordinates a variety of institutional, foundation and private scholarships. Students should apply as early as possible, as all scholarship applications and awards have a deadline. See below for more information. Most scholarships require that the student be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at HCC per semester; many require enrollment in 9 or 12 credit hours per semester.

Applicants will be considered for every scholarship for which they appear eligible. The HCC Foundation online scholarship application for the following academic year opens annually on the first Monday in January and closes on the first Friday in June. Opportunity 14 Scholarship In addition to the array of merit-based scholarships that the HCC Foundation awards each academic year, the Opportunity 14 Scholarship is a need-based scholarship that is awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year.

No application is required. Opportunity 14 is a program designed to remove the financial barriers that prevent so many young people from going to college. The Opportunity 14 Scholarship helps students who qualify for some financial aid, but not enough to pay for their education. The Opportunity 14 Scholarship is structured to encourage students to attend college full-time and complete their degrees. Libraries are open 7 days a week and are here to help students succeed. The HCC library system consists of 9 libraries, 6 electronic resource centers ERCs as well as holdings with access to more than , electronic and print resources.

HCC librarians are available face-to-face and online to help guide students to the resources they need. HCC librarians also collaborate with faculty to provide course related instruction face to face and on-line. HCC Libraries also provide access to more than unique databases, numerous digital journals and thousands of physical multimedia items. The catalog is updated frequently and provides easy access for navigating library resources. More Than Books and Databases HCC Libraries provides access to computers, printing, photocopying, scanning, DVDs, streaming video, Chromebooks, study rooms, 3D printing, and one-button studio access in certain locations.

Books can be requested and delivered to any HCC Campus library by simply clicking on the "Request" button through the catalog. Students will need an HCC Library card number to access the databases away from campus. A student ID card is a library card. Library material can be checked out for 3 weeks and renewed twice.

Students can renew twice by telephone or the library website. Overdue Books The card inside books shows when it is to be returned. Also, students will be blocked from further borrowing until the materials due are returned to the library. What About Other Libraries? In the event the HCC Libraries do not own a particular item students need for their research, students, faculty, and staff have full privileges to the TexShare Card Program and to the interlibrary loan program which expands access to the collections of all participating libraries.

Students will be subject to the loan rules of each individual institution—both as to the number of items they may check out and how long they may keep them out. Students will be responsible for any overdue fines or lost book fees that particular library may charge. Bookstore Students may purchase textbooks, study aids, and a wide range of novelty items and apparel at the college bookstore. Students are encouraged to purchase books prior to the first day of class. Students should bring a copy of their class schedule to ensure that they are purchasing the correct texts.

The bookstore will buy back books that are in good condition and will pay 50 percent of the purchase price if they will be in use the next term and if the text is not overstocked. HCC recognizes students with disabilities as a valued element of diversity and ensures that no academically qualified student with a disability will be denied access to or participation in the services, programs, and activities of HCC.

HCC makes its campuses and programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. ADA Accommodation Process for HCC Students The Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and requires postsecondary institutions to provide accommodations when a student discloses a disability. In college, students with disabilities are covered under Section of the Rehabilitation Act, which also prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, and under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The objective of reasonable accommodations in college is to accommodate the functional limitations of the student while maintaining the integrity of college courses and programs.

Colleges provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with federal law, and not modifications to courses. Accommodation letters are not retroactively applied. Due to high demands for services, HCC strongly encourages students to request accommodations before the start of each academic term. Failure to provide sufficient documentation or timely request accommodations may delay the delivery of accommodations. Returning students should contact the disAbility Services office at the beginning of each semester to receive their reasonable accommodation letters.

Additional documentation may be requested if students request to change their existing accommodations. Examples of Reasonable Accommodations Examples of accommodations students have received include, but are not limited to, extra time for testing, use of a tape recorder in classroom, Sign Language interpretation or CART services, preferrential seating in the classroom, and alternate text books. The Ability Services Offices are located at each of our 6 colleges. The College District designates the following person to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of , as amended, which incorporates and expands the requirements of Section of the Rehabilitation Act of , as amended: Name: David Cross Position: Director of EEO Compliance and the Office of Institutional Equity Address: Main Street, 7th Floor, Houston, TX Telephone: A party who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal through the applicable grievance policy beginning at the appropriate level.

A party shall be informed of his or her right to file a complaint with the U. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. There is no charge to apply. Additional documentation that may be required includes, but is not limited to: Military Identification Card, Official Military Orders, DD Form or other official substantiating documentation. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees. To be eligible, a Veteran must:.

A letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office stating the parent or spouse died as result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action or is considered totally disabled for purposes of employability as a service-related injury or illness. In the event the Veteran is eligible for Chapter 33, the cost of enrollment for the term may not exceed the value of Hazlewood COE is required. Please request an education benefits letter by calling A completed formal application for Hazlewood Act benefits.

Applications are available at the Veteran Services department. Transferability of Benefits Legacy Documents Eligible Veterans may assign unused hours to a child under certain conditions. The following documents are required:. F-1 students must maintain at least 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters 9 credit hours during the summer, provided this is their first semester of attendance at HCC.

International students holding an F-1 visa are limited to no more than the equivalent of one class or 3 credit hours of distance education online class per semester that will count towards the full-time status. Prospective students maintaining any other type of visa status, except F-2 and B visiting visas, may enroll at HCC as permitted by U.

The student should call the college of choice for admission instructions and meet the published application deadline. International students who want to study in the U. HCC has been approved by the U. F-1 students must maintain full-time status, which is defined as being enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours for the spring and fall semesters or a minimum of 9 semester credit hours for the summer term, provided in that case that summer is the initial semester of enrollment at HCC.

F-1 international students must adhere to the U. Students with questions may schedule an appointment with International Services and Programs ISP to discuss their options. English Proficiency and Course Placemen t International students planning to enroll in academic programs must demonstrate English language proficiency. Scores on the exams must meet state and institutional requirements for placement into college-level classes.

Students who do not meet these requirements will be required to enroll in the Intensive English program. International Transfer Students A transfer student is any student who has previous college work and plans to pursue a certificate or degree at HCC. HCC admits transfer students who already have established F-1 status while attending other colleges and universities. A transfer student may be admitted to either an academic program or the Intensive English program. Each semester, all incoming students new, transfer, change-of-status and reinstatement are required to attend the mandatory student orientation to learn more about adjusting to life in Houston and at HCC.

They cannot opt out of the plan unless a waiver of coverage is approved upon condition that the student has an acceptable alternative insurance plan. International Initiatives and Study Abroad Houston Community College, with a diverse student body and its location within a global city, is committed to globalizing learning for students so they are equipped to compete in the global workforce. Students, faculty and staff collaborate with institutions abroad to create exchange programs and study abroad opportunities through this initiative.

Department of State. Only a few community colleges in the nation are eligible to host under the J-1 visa. What is the J-1 Visitor Program? The J-1 program enables foreign nationals to come to the U. The exchange of professors and research scholars promotes the exchange of ideas, research, mutual enrichment and linkages between research and academic institutions in the U. Houston Community College HCC considers students holding a nonimmigrant visa to be international students.

Prospective students maintaining any other type of visa status, except B visiting visas, may enroll at HCC as permitted by U. The student should call the program of choice for admission instructions and meet the published application deadline.

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HCC analyzes credit accepted for transfer in terms of level, content, quality, comparability, and degree program relevance. Transfer of credit from one institution to another involves at least three considerations:. Transfer Credit HCC guarantees to those students earning the Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching and the Associate of Science degrees that their required courses will transfer to all public-supported Texas colleges and universities.

However, no institution of higher education shall be required to accept in transfer, or apply toward a degree program, more than sixty-six 66 semester credit hours of lower-division academic credit. Institutions of higher education may choose to accept additional credit hours by agreement. The transfer guarantee of academic courses is subject to the following conditions:. If the above terms and conditions have been met and courses are not accepted by a receiving institution in transfer, the following terms and conditions are applicable:. HCC evaluates, accepts, and awards credit for transfer course work, experiential learning, advanced placement, and professional certificates that is consistent with the HCC mission and for which HCC can ensure that the course work and learning outcomes are at the collegiate level and comparable to HCC certificate and degree programs.

Transfer students are required to send official transcripts from each previously attended college or university. Transfer work is evaluated within the first semester of attendance. This could be learning acquired through military service, employer training programs, independent study, non-credit courses, open courseware, or volunteer or community service. Prior Learning Assessment PLA is a means of evaluating what a student already knows at the college-level derived from these experiences for college credit, certification, or advanced standing toward further education or training.

To be eligible to earn PLA credit, a student must be currently or previously enrolled at HCC for the past 12 months and meet all Houston Community College admissions requirements. They should not have previously taken or attempted the course by title that is the same as the PLA credit for which they are applying.

Credit earned through these examinations will be recorded by the Registrar only after the student has completed six semester hours at HCC. Questions regarding credit received for the above national exams should be directed to the Advising Office. Transfer Dispute Resolution If a student is informed by a Texas public college or university that it will not accept the transfer of any HCC academic course credit, the student may have a case for a transfer dispute which will ultimately be resolved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board THECB.

Students should be cautioned that workforce course credits may or may not be transferable, depending upon the program and articulation agreements between HCC and the college or university involved. In addition, no institution of higher education shall be required to accept in transfer, or apply toward a degree program, more than sixty-six 66 semester credit hours of lower-division academic credit.

Institutions of higher education, however, may choose to accept additional credit hours by agreement. Rules and procedures for the resolution of transfer disputes regarding lower-division courses have been formulated by the THECB as follows: If an institution of higher education refuses to accept course credit earned by a student at another institution of higher education, the receiving institution shall provide written notice to the student and to the sending institution that transfer of course credit has been denied, along with the reasons for denial.

Students may dispute the denial of transfer credit by contacting a designated official at either the sending or receiving institution. The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the dispute in accordance with THECB rules and guidelines. If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or the sending institution within 45 days of the date the student received written notice of denial, the institution denying the course credit transfer shall notify the Commissioner of Higher Education of the unresolved dispute and the reasons for the continued denial of course credit transfer.

The Commissioner or a designee shall make the final determination in an unresolved dispute concerning the transfer of course credit and provide written notice of the determination to the involved student and institutions. Transfer Limitation Students who intend to transfer to baccalaureate degree programs should be aware of possible limitations on lower division course work.

Universities will generally not accept in transfer more than 66 semester credit hours of lower division academic credit. The programs range from manufacturing and global energy to logistics, engineering, fashion design and information technology. The Houston Community College District is committed to excellence in education.

As an expression of this commitment, HCC guarantees its graduates both transfer credit and entry-level job skills. Such guarantee is a statement of confidence in the administration, faculty, and staff as well as a commitment to our educational mission to empower students so they may achieve their highest potential. This guarantee is expressly subject to and limited to special conditions identified in the following sections on job competency and transfer credit. The HCC obligation under this guarantee is limited to providing additional courses under the conditions prescribed in these sections.

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Job Competency Guarantee HCC guarantees that graduates earning workforce certificates or degrees will possess the job skills required for entry-level employment in the occupational field for which they have been trained. This guarantee does not imply the graduate will pass any licensing or qualifying examination for a particular career.

Any HCC workforce program certificate or degree graduate whom the employer determines is lacking in the technical or general educational skills necessary for entry to the position shall be provided up to nine tuition-free credit hours. Program competencies are identified in the course syllabus provided to each student. The Career Planning and Resources Office assists current and former HCC students with career assessments, career planning, identifying full or part-time employment, connecting with internship and externship opportunities.

Workshops covering job and career readiness are held in classrooms and at various campuses throughout the district. The Virtual Career Network allows a student to search employment opportunities in the Houston-area, post resumes, register for various workshops, review upcoming events, participate in mentor discussions, and much more. The Testing Center is responsible for the administration of various assessment tests to incoming and current students for the purpose of determining course placement.

Testing schedules will vary, and not all tests are available at each college. Special accommodations and testing centers are available for those who qualify. For the list of counselors and their contact information visit: www. The center serves children 6 weeks - 5 years of age, Monday thru Friday, am - pm. Lab school staff are not supervised by HCC, but are expected to follow the guidelines of developmentally appropriate practice and state minimum.

Childcare assistance is also available through Workforce Solutions. Some of the activities include: student government; student associations; clubs and organizations relating to student interests; honor societies; student publications The Egalitarian and organization newsletters ; recreational and intramural sports as well as cultural, social, educational and leadership development activities. Student Identification Card Student identification ID cards are available once a student has registered and paid for classes. The card will be needed for library and computer lab usage, admission to college activities, and voting in campus elections.

ID cards are nontransferable and are to be held only by the students to whom they were issued. Students are required to be in possession of their ID card at all times. If students lose their ID cards, they should report it to the campus police by calling To obtain a replacement card, students must initiate the process at the college campus they attend. The student associations, organizations and clubs, and the Student Government Associations and United Student Council have been developed as organizations through which students within the college district and its colleges and district-wide programs join together to:.

Registered students are eligible to be members of their respective College Student Association. Membership is activated by attendance at a meeting. The Egalitarian promotes the free exchange of ideas and information throughout the colleges subject to applicable policies and law. The newspaper staff maintains a high standard of journalistic excellence. The Egalitarian is distributed several times throughout the year to students, faculty and staff at all HCC campuses and centers.


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The mission of the association is to promote meaningful engagement and continuing relationships between HCC and its alumni through programming and membership. Health Services HCC does not operate a Student Health Center; however, HCC is concerned about the health and welfare of its students and provides important health information to students.

Police Services and Campus Safety The HCC Police Department receives reports of all incidents occurring on campus and is responsible for campus safety and the investigation of any campus crime. Administrative violations may be adjudicated in the discipline process. Violations which rise to violations of the law will may adjudicated by the appropriate court system.

Freedom of Inquiry and Expression Educational institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. Students and student organizations will be free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. They will be free to support causes by orderly means which do not disrupt the regular and normal operation of the institution and which comply with the regulations that relate to student activities and conduct.

At the same time, it should be made clear to the educational and the larger community that in their public expressions or demonstrations, students or student organizations speak only for themselves. Recognized student organizations will be allowed to invite and to hear any person of their choosing when the purpose of such an invitation is consistent with the aims of the college district.

Hate messaging will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action. Student Complaints Houston Community College is committed to providing an educational climate that is conducive to the personal and professional development of each individual. In order to ensure that commitment, the College has developed procedures for students to address their concerns within the college community. A student who has an unresolved disagreement with a faculty or staff member, another student, or a student group, or is dissatisfied with the service they received, may initiate a complaint without prejudicing his or her status with the College.

It is the goal of HCC to assist all students in efficiently resolving their concerns.

1. Introduction

Students who have not been able to resolve their concern informally, may file a formal written complaint. Controlled substances include, but are not limited to, such substances as marijuana, hashish, heroin, cocaine, LSD, PCP, methamphetamine, anabolic steroids, human-growth hormones and fentanyl. Individuals or organizations that engage in conduct constituting hazing are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the HCC Student Code of Conduct and Discipline Procedures and prosecution in accordance with applicable law. Texas Education Code Chapter 37, Subchapter F governs conduct considered to be hazing in educational institutions.

Criminal offenses may be imposed for hazing for both individuals and organizations. Pursuant to Texas Education Code Section The term includes:. An individual commits the offense of hazing if the individual: 1 engages in hazing; 2 solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another in engaging in hazing; or 3 has first-hand knowledge of the planning of a specified hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution, or first-hand knowledge that a hazing incident has occurred, and knowingly fails to report that knowledge in writing to the dean of students or other appropriate official of the institution.

The degree of offense depends on the specific conduct of the individual and the extent of injury to the victim. Additionally, an organization is subject to criminal penalties for engaging in hazing. An organization commits the offense of hazing if the organization condones or encourages hazing, or if an officer or any combination of members, pledges, or alumni of the organization commits or assists in the commission of hazing.

Such offense is punishable as a misdemeanor by imposition of a fine. It is not a defense to prosecution for the offense of hazing that the victim acquiesced or consented to the act of hazing. Further, an individual who makes a report in good faith to the dean of students or other college official of an act of hazing is immune from criminal prosecution and civil liability that might otherwise be imposed as a result of the report.

In addition to the penalties imposed by Texas Education Code Chapter 37, Subchapter F, individuals or organizations that engage in hazing may be subject to prosecution for other offenses in the Penal Code and subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the HCC Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures. Gang-Free Zones Certain criminal offenses, including those involving organized criminal activity such as gang-related crimes, will be enhanced to the next highest category of offense if they are committed in a gangfree zone.

For purposes of the college district, a gang-free zone includes a school bus and a location in, on, or within 1, feet of any district-owned or leased property or campus. Houston Community College is committed to providing an educational climate that is conducive to the personal and professional development of each individual. HCC does not discriminate and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity and gender expression, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or Veteran status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:.

General Information Campus Carry Texas law previously permitted public and private universities to ban the carrying of concealed handguns on their campuses. Open carry of handguns or other firearms on a college campus continues to be prohibited. Applicable signage is posted to conform with applicable law.

Investigating complaints of discrimination initiated by students, faculty, staff, and the community, promptly and impartially. Providing training and education materials regarding Equal Employment Opportunity EEO and diversity compliance issues. Developing new programs and metrics to advance diversity, inclusion, and multi-culturalism at HCC. A student should submit to the registrar a written request that identifies the record s the student wishes to inspect. The college official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

If the records are not maintained by the college official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed. A student who wishes to ask the College to amend a record should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.


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  7. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the College. First, the U. Comptroller General, The U. Attorney General, the U. Admissions Information General Admissions Criteria A comprehensive community college system, HCC offers many programs designed to meet the needs of students according to their interests. Dual Credit To be eligible for any dual credit course, the student may be currently enrolled in a public school district, charter, or private school with an established memorandum of understanding MOU with Houston Community College.

    Articulated Credit HCC participates in the Advanced Technical Credit ATC program commonly known as statewide articulation , provides an educational and training structure that is sensitive to the transition of high school students to college. Admissions for Minors Students who are 16 years old or younger AND have graduated from high school may be eligible for special admission to Houston Community College.

    In addition to the regular admission process, students age 16 years or younger must: Show proof of education indicating graduation from public high school or completed secondary education according to the same general standards as those students who graduated from public high school. Once admitted, meet with the Dean of Student Success prior to registering for the first semester. Non-Degree Seeking A non-degree seeking applicant is admitted on the basis that coursework will be taken for personal enrichment and not for the purpose of seeking a degree or certificate.

    The following persons shall be classified as Texas Residents and entitled to pay resident tuition at all institutions of higher education: A person who was enrolled at a Texas public institution during a fall or spring semester within the previous twelve months and was classified as a Texas resident for tuition purposes. A person who graduated from a public or accredited private high school in this state or as an alternative to high school graduation, received the equivalent of a high school diploma in this state, AND maintained a residence continuously in this state for the 36 months immediately preceding the date of graduation, or received the diploma equivalent as applicable and the 12 months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolled.

    A person or a dependent whose parent established a domicile in this state not less than 12 months before the census date of the academic semester in which the student enrolled in an institution. AND maintained a residence continuously in the state for the 12 months immediately preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolled in an institution. Students must reside at a street address in the district. Post office boxes and dormitory addresses cannot be used. Out-of-State Residency A student who has not resided in Texas for 12 months immediately preceding registration is considered out-of-state.

    A non-resident student classification is presumed to be correct as long as the residence in the state is primarily used for the purpose of attending school. See the section below on Veterans Services for information regarding residency determinations of Veterans and military-affiliated students. International Student Residency An international student is a non-U. Undocumented Students Texas State Law states that undocumented students can be admitted to the college and be considered a resident of Texas for tuition purposes if the undocumented student resided in Texas, and met the conditions listed below: Graduated or will graduate from a Texas public or private high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in Texas; Resided in Texas for 36 months leading up to graduation from high school or receiving the equivalent of a high school diploma; Have resided or will have resided in Texas for the 12 months prior to the census date of the semester in which the student will enroll in the college.

    Sign the Affidavit of Intent to Become a Permanent Resident provided by the college that states the student has filed or will file an application to become a permanent resident at the earliest opportunity the student is are eligible to do so. Change of Residency Change from out-of-district residency to in-district residency must be made at the time of registration.

    Penalties Any student who provides false information or withholds information for proper determination of residency, admission, or enrollment is subject to any or all of the following penalties: Withdrawal from all classes with no refund. Dismissal from the institution. Payment of the difference in fees within 30 days. Loss of credit earned while under incorrect residency status. Cost of Attendance and Refund Information Students have to pay tuition and mandatory fees based on residency, as discussed above and subject to certain waivers and exemptions.

    Step II: Activate a Positive Feeling — think about what you are grateful for or what you have a great appreciation for, like your pet, a special person, or special place you visited that resulted in a good feeling inside. It takes less than 5 minutes to practice these techniques which help you keep your cool. So, try them out now and let me know how you feel. I bet you will begin to feel more self- control and a sense of calmness. I wish I had these techniques when I was in college! CampusTalkBlog For every student, every year.

    College overload and exhaustion? Here are 3 Key Tips to Understanding Stress Know that you first experience stress in your feeling world. You will not see it. Know how to read your feelings. For example, when you feel anxious, how does that affect your mood, body, and thoughts? Does your heart race? Do you dive into doing more things or do you procrastinate?