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Houston Community College Plans Major Restructuring

The Houston Community College system will soon be restructured into 16 “centers of excellence.”

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Changes are coming to the Houston Community College system. Chancellor Cesar Maldonado outlined the restructuring plan in his first State of the College address today. 

The Houston Community College system will soon be restructured into 16 “centers of excellence.”

Chancellor Cesar Maldonado says each college will focus on a specific field, like business or construction. He says the change will make teaching more efficient.

“This means we will be able to focus our expertise, our resources and our best faculty in one location,” Maldonado says.

HCC already has two such programs in place, an engineering center and a college for health sciences.

Maldonado says some students have voiced concerns about the changes. 

What if the campus that offers their major is located far away?

Maldonado says each center will have satellite campuses where students can take basic courses, and many will offer classes online, but they’ll have to travel to their respective centers to take higher level courses.

“In our academic programs, we will ensure consistency across the system with quality in that student experience,” he says.

HCC plans to launch 12 centers of excellence next year. They’ll later expand to four more. 

 

HCC’s centers of excellence will each specialize in a specific subject, like business, transportation or technology.

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