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Community Colleges

Community colleges are public, two-year institutions that allow students to earn an Associate’s Degree, a professional certificate, and workforce training. Community colleges also provide opportunities for students to complete coursework that can be used toward a four-year degree.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook outlines many career paths available to those who have earned an Associate’s Degree.

Maryland Community Colleges

Maryland has 16 community colleges, located throughout the state. Maryland’s community colleges offer open admission, meaning they are open to all students who have earned a high school diploma or GED certificate. Tuition for Maryland’s community colleges are significantly lower than that of four-year institutions, making them a cost-effective option for students who are looking to further their education.

Howard Community College

HCPSS has a close relationship with Howard Community College (HCC). HCC offers Associate’s Degrees, Certificate Programs and Letters of Recognition. Information about HCC’s degree and certificate programs is available online.

Through the JumpStart dual enrollment program, HCPSS students can earn college credit by taking college-level classes at their high school or at Howard Community College.