In recognition of Highland Community College’s 60th anniversary, on Tuesday, September 26, State Senator Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) presented HCC President Christina Kuberski and Trustee Doug Block with an honorary Senate Resolution commemorating the occasion.
“Highland Community College is an excellent institution of higher learning that has helped many Northwest Illinoisans reach their academic goals,” said Chesney. “It is a true gem in our community, and I am proud to present the college with a resolution that acknowledges its successes over the last six decades.”
HCC’s main campus is located on 140 acres in Freeport, and the public referendum calling for the creation of the college passed in 1961 by a 3:1 margin. In 1962, 229 students began attending evening classes held at the Freeport Senior High School, and in 1964 money was raised to purchase the farmland where the college is now located. The plan for the current campus was approved by voters in 1968.
“This college offers comprehensive learning opportunities with over 70 degrees and certificates, including a wide variety of vocational degrees,” added Chesney. “HCC also offers adult education classes that include GED and English as a Second Language courses, helping students of all ages meet their individual educational goals.”
In addition to academic programs, HCC offers 12 men and women’s athletic teams, allowing students to wear the “Cougar” uniform and compete interscholastically. Dozens of clubs also provide opportunities for students to explore other interests.
“Highland Community College is a supporter of regional economic development and provides pathways for students to enhance their learning through partnerships with businesses, industry, chambers of commerce, units of local government, and other educational institutions,” said Chesney. “It is fitting that on the occasion of the college’s 60th anniversary that the school’s history and successes are enshrined in the Illinois State Statutes through this honorary resolution.”
Click here to read Senate Resolution 112.