Highland Community College is committed to shaping the future of our communities by providing quality education and learning opportunities through programs and services that encourage the personal and professional growth of the people of northwestern Illinois.

As a community college, our mission is built around meeting the needs of our greater northwest Illinois community through quality educational and cultural programs. We are proud to have served thousands of students at our campus in Freeport and at satellite locations throughout the district.

In addition to offering comprehensive academic programming with over 60 degrees and certificates, Highland is a beacon of cultural opportunity. Our theatre, arts, music, literature and lecture series are popular throughout the area. And our Cougars have a strong record of athletic successes.

Career Services

Whether you are a current HCC student investigating career paths, an area resident in need of employment-related services, or an employer looking to advertise positions, you can find the help you need at HCC's Career Services Center.
Career Cruising

is an online, subscription-only resource that includes not only career and occupational information but also features a brief career assessment. The results are immediate and, while not as in-depth as the MBTI or Strong Interest Inventory, provide some helpful ideas for individuals exploring career options. The program's informational base is extensive and even includes a database of schools filtered by factors such as programs offered and region. After just a few minutes, you can discover careers that could be right for you as well as explore the means to reach your goals.
Business & Community

Small business development and customized training are just a part of the business services offered by our Business Institute.


In 1990 a major local bank approached the college with an idea for celebrating, with a gift of some enduring significance, their 100th anniversary. The Highland Leadership Institute was created to develop and sustain a network of local leaders. Alan Wenzel, a Speech Communicator faculty member was appointed director, and in 1991, the first class was named. Each year since then, the Leadership Institute has offered from 20 to 40 community leaders a program of leadership skill building and community awareness.

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Speakers Bureau

Need an interesting and enlightening presentation for your organization, club, school, church, business, or civic group?

The Highland Community College Speakers Bureau can help. Whether you're interested in knowing more about fine arts, cosmetology, social sciences, or nursing programs - or Highland Community College in general - our Speakers Bureau can provide the expert to present to your group.