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2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Housatonic


I am pleased to welcome you to this written overview of Housatonic Community College. In these pages you will find a wealth of information about the college, its over 60 degree and certificate programs, its policies and procedures, and specifics you need to know about life at HCC from admission to graduation.

While the catalog is an important resource and reference for your Housatonic experience, I want to assure you that it isn’t the whole story. It gives you names and qualifications of the faculty and staff, but it doesn’t express how much they care about every student on the HCC campus and everything they do to help each student achieve success.

The catalog describes student activities and opportunities, but when you attend workshops, listen to lectures, become involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, you will have the opportunity to expand your HCC experience and make new friends. At HCC, you spend each day surrounded by the paintings, sculptures, and drawings that comprise the Housatonic Museum on view throughout the campus.

HCC can provide you with skills that meet the needs of the business and professional community, making you valuable in the workplace. You can brush up your skills or prepare to transfer to a four-year institution. At HCC you will find programs to help you realize your dreams and ambitions, and people to help you get there.

I welcome you to Housatonic!

Paul Broadie II, Ph.D., President

Role and Scope

Housatonic Community College is located in Bridgeport, Connecticut’s largest city, and serves an eleven-town area in Southwestern Connecticut. A member of Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, the college opened its doors in 1966 as a branch of Norwalk Community College and became independent in 1967. In 1997 HCC moved to its present site in downtown Bridgeport. In 2008 Beacon Hall became the second building on the HCC campus. The Housatonic Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden are part of the teaching mission of the college. With nearly 4000 works in the collection, and over 1700 displayed throughout the building, the Museum offers lectures, demonstrations, and changing exhibitions in the Burt Chernow Galleries.

Currently the college is expanding Lafayette Hall adding 46,000 sq. ft. to the building. The space and subsequent renovation will create a new Welcome Center enabling students to more efficiently complete the registration and enrolment process. Additionally, the college library will be enlarged and new science labs, art studios, and student services offices will be added. Completion is expected in 2017 in time for HCC’s 50th Anniversary.

Housatonic is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

In response to community and student needs, Housatonic offers associate degree programs in preparation for transfer to four-year institutions, as well as occupationally-oriented associate degree and certificate programs. Short-term, non-credit courses, seminars and workshops, as well as targeted student services help meet community and personal enrichment needs. These programs prepare students for employment, and advancement in business, industry, manufacturing, health services, fine arts, theater, digital media, early childhood education, natural sciences, computer arts and information systems, and human services. The college also assists local businesses and institutions to train and update the skills of their workers.

Housatonic is a student-centered institution and is a national Achieving the Dream institution. The college strives to provide high quality, accessible instructional and student services within an environment of mutual respect among faculty, staff, and students. These services are provided through an open-door admissions policy at affordable cost in a variety of settings and through a variety of teaching methods and approaches.

Special support services responding to student and community needs include disabilities support services, career and transfer counseling, academic support and tutoring, library facilities and instruction, English as a Second Language programming, and an array of student clubs and activities.

The student body reflects the diversity of the service region. Changes in student and educational goals, economic diversity, and industry needs are responded to with flexibility and responsible adjustment in programs and services. Outreach to the local community is part of the mission of the college. Non-credit courses, seminars, cultural events, and forums focus on the changing requirements of the workplace as well as personal enrichment.

Housatonic’s Mission

Housatonic Community College, through a collaborative, learner-centered, technology-rich and stimulating educational environment, empowers all individuals to develop to their full potential as lifelong learners. As a knowledgeable and dedicated faculty and staff, we inspire students to contribute responsibly to our dynamic regional and global society.

Housatonic’s Vision

By 2021, Housatonic Community College, empowered by resources and public support, will be a regional leader in higher education, workforce development, and community engagement with cutting-edge programs in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and other disciplines that address the ever-changing needs of students, employers, and society.

Housatonic Places High Value On:

Educational Excellence

  • Providing innovative programs that satisfy a variety of individual, regional, and global societal needs;
  • Sensitivity to students with diverse backgrounds, needs and goals;
  • Providing innovative programs that satisfy a variety of individual, regional, and global societal needs
  • Emphasizing critical thinking, empowering students to become independent learners, creative problem solvers, and engaged citizens
  • Sparking intellectual curiosity and promoting lifelong learning through a rich cultural and academic environment
  • Ensuring personal, academic, and organizational integrity and honesty in all endeavors
  • Promoting the educational belief that learning is the basis for personal growth and enrichment and that personal maturity is defined by responsibility, accountability, and transparency

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Embracing cultural and intellectual differences
  • Fostering interpersonal engagements that are respectful of individuals and cultures
  • Cultivating an environment that encourages diverse populations to contribute to, and participate in, the educational process

Services and Resources

  • Making available to students resources and support from entry to completion of goals;
  • Maintaining a safe and secure campus

Personal Connection and Community Engagement

  • Providing opportunities for students to experience a positive connection at Housatonic that lasts a lifetime
  • Building strong connections that contribute to, and support, community engagement.

Approved and Adopted February 16, 2016

Academic Goals

Degrees and Certificates

Housatonic Community College is a two-year comprehensive community college authorized to award Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. Students are prepared to continue their education and to transfer their credits to four-year institutions throughout the country. Career programs prepare graduates for occupations in business, human services, criminal justice, early childhood education, occupational therapy, manufacturing, and others, usually requiring no more than two years of study. All degree career curricula include a core of studies in general education as well as in technical and occupational courses.

The college also offers a broad variety of certificate programs and program options for personal enrichment and to prepare students for employment or advancement in business, industry, health, manufacturing, and public service organizations.

Committed to Success: Support Services

Academic Support Services have been designed to help students commit to succeed in their studies. Academic Support Services include the Center for Academic Progress (CAP) offering Accuplacer Prep classes and refresher programs, classes and tutoring for students needing help placing into college-level courses, Library study rooms, Writing Across the Curriculum Center, services for those with disabilities, free tutoring, including online tutoring, computer labs, and frequent workshops. Services are provided by highly qualified and dedicated faculty and staff.

Marketing & Communications

HCC’s Marketing and Communications Services serve the college’s internal publicity needs and extends the college’s reach into the community. External reach includes public and media relations, marketing, advertising and publications supported by in-house graphic design, web administration and content management. Internally, this department produces brochures, posters, web support, and color-print shop production to support in-house functions and updates the internal community to news and items of general interest.

Continuing & Professional Education Programs

As former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan once said, “Learning will increasingly need to be a lifelong activity. The days when a high school or college education would serve a graduate throughout his or her working career are gone.” To address those challenges, Continuing Education at HCC has been specifically designed to encourage individuals to invest in their own lifelong learning needs through the pursuit of learning that is most meaningful to each individual.

Whether it be for career development or personal enrichment purposes, HCC offers programming to serve either objective. Career Enhancement programs offered by HCC provide the needed skills to enter employment or to upgrade current skills to keep pace in a constantly changing work environment. Courses include English as a Second Language, basic skills, GED, bookkeeping, manufacturing, health care, information technology and entrepreneurship, among many others. Nearly all of the career skills-based courses include National or State Certifications (test required) such as Certified Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Certified Professional Coder, Personal Trainer, CompTIA Computer Technician (3 programs), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), S.M.A.R.T Professional Bartending and others. Occupational training programs prepare students for entry or mid-level skills jobs. 

For current information about HCC Continuing & Professional Education programs, visit the college’s website at www.housatonic.edu/CE or call 203-332-5057.


Housatonic Community College is one of 12* regional community colleges in Connecticut. Each serves specific geographic areas and each offers some specialized degree and certificate programs.

The system was established under Public Act 330 enacted in 1965 and amended in 1989 when the separate community college and technical college systems were merged. In July 2011, one governing board, the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, was established for all community colleges and state universities.

*Currently, the community colleges are: Asnuntuck (Enfield), Capital (Hartford), Gateway (New Haven), Housatonic (Bridgeport), Manchester (Manchester), Middlesex (Middletown), Naugatuck Valley (Waterbury), Northwestern (Winsted), Norwalk (Norwalk), Quinebaug Valley (Danielson), Three Rivers (Norwich), and Tunxis (Farmington).

Currently, the state universities are: Central Connecticut (New Britain), Eastern Connecticut (Willimantic); Southern Connecticut (New Haven), and Western Connecticut (Danbury).

Housatonic’s Administrative Officers:

The President: Paul Broadie II, Ph.D.
The Dean of Academic Affairs: Michael B. Brown, Ph.D.
The Dean of Administration: Rose Ellis, Ph.D.
The Acting Dean of Students: Mr. James Connolly
The Director of Human Resources: Mrs. Theresa Eisenbach
The Acting Director of Continuing and Professional Education: Mr. Philip Dante

The Housatonic Community College Foundation, Inc.

The Housatonic Community College Foundation, Inc. (HCC Foundation) was founded in 1990 by a group of Greater Bridgeport area residents and business and arts leaders to assist the college and its students beyond the fundamentals provided by the state, and to help the college grow as a unique educational resource for its students and the community.

The Foundation also serves as a vehicle generating funding for Housatonic student scholarships, student emergency assistance, child care assistance for parents enrolled at Housatonic, program enhancements and support of the Housatonic Museum of Art.

The HCC Foundation, is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of the HCC Foundation is to solicit, secure and manage contributions from the private sector through philanthropic individuals, corporations and foundations, for the benefit of Housatonic Community College students. All philanthropic funds received on behalf of Housatonic Community College are managed by the HCC Foundation. Contributions can be sent to:

HCC Foundation, Inc.
900 Lafayette Boulevard
Bridgeport, CT 06604-4704


Housatonic Community College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), a national, nongovernmental organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through institutions offering post-graduate instruction. Accreditation by the New England Association indicates that an institution meets or exceeds criteria for quality, institutional integrity, and continuity. The college is authorized to award the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees.

Inquiries regarding the status of an institution’s accreditation by the New England Association should be directed to the Office of the President, Lafayette Hall, Room A201, 203.332.5224  or to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA, USA, 01803 718-425-7700, www.neasc.org.

To view the 2012 NEASC Self-Study document you may download it as a PDF file from the HCC web site (requires Acrobat Reader).

Accreditation by NEASC is for the institution as a whole. The Early Childhood Inclusive Education program has received national accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 1313 L St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20005 (800) 424-2460.

Housatonic Community College is a member of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system.

The Housatonic Museum of Art

The Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) was established in 1967 on the premise that visual art should be integrated into the daily environment as a vital component of an enriching academic experience. The Museum’s collection includes a broad range of art and ethnographic objects with a special emphasis on contemporary art. The HMA is one of the largest art collections of any two-year college in the Northeast.

Paintings, sculptures, and prints are displayed in small, thematic exhibitions throughout the college. The Burt Chernow Galleries presents rotating exhibitions that address topics relevant to the student body, that are inspired by the works in the collection, or traveling exhibitions that highlight regional, national or international artists. Programming between the museum, faculty and students further engages the students with the collection and exhibitions.

The collection has significant works by artists who are considered major art historical figures such as Pablo Picasso, Craig Kauffman, Auguste Rodin, Mary Cassatt, Milton Avery, Larry Rivers, Victor Vasarely, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Alex Katz, Tom Wesselmann, Isamu Noguchi, Christo and Jean-Claude, Sylvia Sleigh, Valerie Jaudon, Larry Bell, Jeff Koons, Will Barnet, and Larry Zox.

The Museum’s Mission:

  • To establish a collection of artworks that will serve as a repository of important artistic achievement
  • To introduce the Greater Bridgeport area to the pleasures and challenges that result from exposure to original art
  • To continue and expand The Housatonic Museum of Art as an expression of the serious commitment the college has made to cultural enrichment
  • To maintain and enhance the collection, with a focus on providing the college with an opportunity to engage students through object-based learning

The Museum and The Burt Chernow Galleries are expressions of a serious commitment to cultural enrichment. The College considers it essential for students, faculty members, administrators and visitors to experience art as an integral part of the educational environment, as important as libraries, textbooks and teachers.

Visit the Museum web site at www.HousatonicMuseum.org.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

Housatonic Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or genetic information in its programs and activities. In addition, the College does not discriminate in employment on the additional basis of veteran status or criminal record.

Housatonic Community College no discrimina con base en la raza, color, creencias religiosas, edad, sexo, origen nacional, estado civil, descendencia, historia de enfermedades mentales presentes o pasadas, discapacitación física o mental, orientación sexual, identidad y expresión de género o información genética en sus programas y actividades. Además, Housatonic Community College no discrimina en el empleo con base adicional en el estatus de veterano o antecedentes criminales.

All programs are open to students. These programs are described in the Degree and Certificate Programs section of the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Selective admission criteria are in place for the following Career and Technical Education Programs: Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Physical Therapy Assistant. Refer to the programs for special admission requirements.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of Human Resources/Equal Employment Opportunity Officer/Title IX, Mrs. Theresa Eisenbach Room LH-A203, phone (203) 332-5013; and Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Dean of Students Office, Room LH-A110, phone (203) 332-5183; Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport, CT 06604.