Howard Community College celebrates 40 years of service and growth

 
The Baltimore Sun
 
What began in 1970 as a one-building community college in Columbia — a structure that housed everything from administrative offices to a library to a cafeteria — has grown into a sprawling campus and cultural magnet that draws nearly one out of every four Howard County high school graduates.

Howard Community College celebrated its 40th anniversary last week with a campuswide celebration that included a birthday party at its Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, which was decked out in 1970s disco motif.

A crowd that included students, administrators, faculty and county officials ate birthday cake, listened to popular 1970s tunes and reflected on how far the college has come. And Edward Cochran, one of the school's first trustees, said that HCC's growth and impact on its community reflect how community colleges are steadily shedding their status as second-rate to four-year universities.
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