County Community College
PATHside Building at 25 Journal Square
Photo: P. Shalhoub, 2001
Culinary Conference Center
Jersey City's third institution for higher education, along with New Jersey City University and St. Peter's University, is Hudson County Community College (HCCC). The campus consists of several properties in the locality of Journal Square and Bergen Square with college-operated properties throughout Hudson County.
Founded in 1974, HCCC
is a two-year public, coeducational community college begun as one of
the two "contract" colleges in the United States and New Jersey's
only contract college. As such, the institution contracted for faculty
and facilities to provide occupational and career-oriented certificates
and Associate in Applied Science degrees to students. Its primary goal
was to offer programs to students that reflected the nature of the current
job market. This occurred during an era of fiscal restraints for government
funding of a central campus with a permanent faculty.
Today students pursue courses of study in business and marketing, computer science, health sciences, home economics, law, culinary arts, and multi-interdisciplinary studies. It offers a two-year transfer program through an Associate in Science (A.S.) or Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree to a bachelor's degree program and an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in a professional field.
In 2007 HCCC opened its five-story Culinary Arts Institute/Business Conference Center/Classroom Building on Newkirk Street. It offers degree and non-degree courses for professionals and hobbyists in the culinary field. In 2011 the college built its first off-site classroom building--the North Hudson Higher Education Center--in Union City.
Adding to its Journal Square development in 2014, the HCCC Library building opened at 71 Sip Avenue. The six-story multipurpose facility, designed by NK Architects of Morristown, features a rooftop terrace overlooking Jersey City and Manhattan and a 9/11 monument fashioned from a World Trade Center column. In 2015 the Benjamin J. Dineen, III, and Dennis C. Hull Gallery opened on the sixth floor. The gallery's first exhibit displayed selected works from the collection of New Jersey and American art donated to the college by Mr. Dineen and Mr. Hull.
The college's six-story Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building at 282 Academy Street in the Bergen Square neighborhood is expected to open in September of 2017.
| By: Carmela Karnoutsos
Project Administrator: Patrick Shalhoub