Houston Community College Celebrates a New Chapter With Arts Center

They’ve created a program to house all of their arts degrees.


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HCC leaders and community members at the dedication of the new Center of Excellence for Visual and Performing Arts

Spirits were high among the crowd that gathered at a Houston Community College campus, where Chief Academic Officer Kimberly Beatty opened the ceremony to announce the start of a new phase for the college – the grand opening of the Center of Excellence for Visual and Performing Arts. "We've been waiting for this a long time and we're very excited," Beatty said, beaming.

HCC offers degrees and certificates in a variety of arts disciplines, but it hasn't always been easy to streamline everything across the dozens of campuses in Greater Houston. The college's Chancellor Cesar Maldonado says the new plan will unify the arts degree programs within the entire system. It's a way for everyone to stay on the same page and share the same vision. "Now we have a dedicated program director," he explains. "We have a dean that's looking at not only what we're doing to take care of the needs of today, but what new programs are out there."

The intent is to create more opportunities for students through the formation of a cohesive unit, something HCC has already done in several other departments. "Being a Center of Excellence gives us a level of entrée into the Houston community," says Colleen Reilly, Director of the center. "It allows us to create stronger partnerships."

Reilly adds that approximately 80 students are enrolled as majors in the center’s degree programs and approximately 15,000 people take their courses annually.

Houston Community College's Center of Excellence for Visual and Performing Arts will be headquartered at the Spring Branch location but arts programs on every campus will be under the umbrella.

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