January 2021
HCC’s Plan to Reopen Campus provides for online-only instruction for most winter and spring semester classes, except some with a clinical, lab, or hands-on component. Read the full plan here. Our efforts remain focused on supporting our students, employees, and our community!
Happy New Year From HCC’s New President, Dr. Theresa B. Felder

On behalf of the HCC faculty, staff, and administration, I wish everyone a Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to kicking off 2021 as the new president of Harford Community College.  
 
To our students: Our focus this coming year is to help you thrive during this difficult time. The pandemic has certainly been challenging, but I urge you not to give up! Our advisors are just a phone call or email away and are ready to help you achieve your goals. 
 
Thank you for choosing Harford Community College. I wish you all the best for a happy and prosperous 2021! 
Dr. Theresa Felder Appointed HCC’s 10th President

Dr. Theresa B. Felder will assume leadership of the College beginning January 1, 2021. She comes to Harford from Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio, where she served as the Senior Vice President for Student Success. Dr. Felder’s focus is on providing access to higher education for all students; she is especially passionate about increasing the number of college graduates from first-generation and low income backgrounds. Read more here.

Plan to start classes this spring but didn’t test well on the Accuplacer? Winter Warm-Up is a free program that gives you a chance to get ahead. You’ll have access to remote academic prep services, brush up on test-taking strategies, get faculty help via MS Teams, and then retake the Accuplacer FREE. Available throughout the month of January. Email Pam Runge at prunge@harford.edu to get started.
The Spring Noncredit Schedule of Classes is Here

One of the many gifts of the season arrived in your mailbox earlier than usual this year. Use the extra time to browse the Spring Noncredit Schedule of Classes at your leisure and decide what classes you’d like to take. Many classes start in January!

For the complete catalog, click here.

Things to Do

First Day Hikes 2021: Start the New Year Off on the Right Foot!

Maryland State Parks are offering self-guided “First Day Hikes” across the state this weekend. Harford Countians can enjoy a variety of invigorating hike options in Gunpowder Falls, Rocks, or Susquehanna State Parks. The trails are well marked. First Day “I Hiked” stickers will be available at select locations. Details on the various hikes available in each park are here.
2021 Annual Art + Design Faculty & Staff Virtual Exhibition
January 21-February 22

This annual exhibition displays the recent artwork of many talented faculty and staff from the Art + Design program at Harford Community College. This year’s virtual exhibit will include a wide variety of media and conceptual ideas. View the exhibition here when it opens on January 21.

Focused Artwork: James McFarland, Snowfall (Lake)
Education News
Free OSHA Forklift Certification

Earn an industry-recognized credential in this free 8-week program! Those 18+ can learn the math concepts needed to prepare for the GED® Math exam and get hands-on training in forklift operation that will qualify you for employment in warehouse distribution sites throughout Harford County. Funded by the Maryland Department of Labor, the program can begin as early as January. For more information and to apply, contact Beth Johnson at bejohnson@harford.edu.
Homeschool Classes Available

Homeschool youth ages 12-17 can take classes remotely beginning in January and February in Pastel Drawing & Painting, Art Studio, Phys Ed, and High School Essay Composition. Physical Education for ages 5-11 is also offered. Course descriptions are available here; you can register here.
Meet Your Health and Wellness Goals in the New Year!

Fitness Classes Starting in January

From Cardio Fit, Core Shape, Yoga/Pilates Fusion and Kick Boxing to Tai Chi, Tai Yoga Tone, Slow-Flow Vinyasa Yoga, Zumba and Zumba Gold, there’s a virtual class for everyone to help you achieve your New Year's fitness resolutions starting this January! Find your perfect fit here; register here.
Introduction to Belly Dancing
Wednesdays, January 13- February 17 | 6-7 p.m.

Gain flexibility and strength while learning the basics of belly dance from the shimmy to the hip drop. No previous dance experience required – just a fun attitude and a willingness to learn! For this virtual class, wear comfortable form-fitting clothing; hip scarves optional; bare feet, socks or dance shoes. Info here; register here.
Introduction to Meditation
Tuesdays, January 19- February 23 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Explore the range of contemplative practices beginning with meditation, including its history, psychology, and philosophy, and the latest research on meditation and mindfulness practices. Self-reflection and journaling are part of this virtual course. Information here; register here.
Good News at HCC
Harford Community College Recognizes 57 Fall Semester Nursing Grads in Presentation

In lieu of their traditional Pinning Ceremony, Harford’s nursing class created a PowerPoint presentation honoring the fall 2020 associate degree graduates. The presentation features students’ messages of appreciation and photographs taken during the course of their program. The listing of graduates, those receiving honors, and a link to the presentation are available here.
Harford’s Student-Led Owl Magazine Wins National Awards

Owl Magazine, Harford’s student multimedia publication, earned national recognition in five categories in the 2019-20 Pinnacle Awards sponsored by the College Media Association. Student media publications from two- and four-year colleges and universities across the country are judged in the annual competition. In two categories, Owl Magazine was the only community college publication recognized! Click here for the complete story.
Harford Athletics Announces 2021 Winter & Spring Seasons

Harford’s Fighting Owls will compete in the 2021 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) winter and spring sports seasons, Athletic Director Estevan Vasquez announced. Harford's men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball will begin competition in mid-February. Schedules will be published here soon. The College will revise plans if county COVID-19 metrics are above the 5-8% positivity rate threshold. Full story here.
HCC and the Season of Giving
Harford’s big-hearted employees once again demonstrated their community spirit as they dropped off toys for the Empty Stocking Fund of Harford County at the College’s Holiday Drive-Thru. Employees enjoyed festive holiday tunes on WHFC 91.1 while visiting various stops along the route for treats and reconnecting with some familiar faces from the safety of their cars. Many employees brought more than one toy and several brought bagfuls!

A representative of the Empty Stocking Fund expressed their happiness with the “haul,” noting that at least as many if not more toys than usual were collected this year and thanking the volunteers who cheerfully braved the cold and windy evening. The Fund is supplying more than 475 children and their families this year with toys and gift cards for food and other essentials. 

Pictured are some of the 160 beautifully handcrafted hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and baby blankets donated by Harford Community College staff members to 31 families at Harford Family House. Using their sewing, knitting and crocheting skills, the generous elves worked hard to help keep the families cozy and warm this winter.


This is the third year that HCC employee artisans created handmade cards to go on veterans' meal trays at Perry Point VA during the holiday season to thank them for their service and to brighten their rooms. The resident veterans have not been able to receive visitors from family or volunteers due to COVID-19 for quite a while. Learn more here.
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