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Houston Community College System


Houston Community College System

Houston Community College System
Midtown Houston
Established 1971
Type community college system
Chancellor Dr. Mary S. Spangler
Academic staff 2,513
Admin. staff 954
Students 57,364
Location Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Campus six commuter campuses
Nickname HCCS (or HCC)
Mascot Eagle
Affiliations SACS
File:HCC logo.jpg

Houston Community College System (HCCS) is a community college system that operates community colleges in Houston, Missouri City, and Stafford in Texas.

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of HCCS includes territory within the following school districts:[1]

(*)district included in service area by state law, but is not part of the tax base.


HCCS is the second attempt of the Houston Independent School District to create a community college. In 1927, the district founded its first community colleges, Houston Junior College (for whites), which later evolved into the University of Houston and the Houston College for blacks (now Texas Southern University). In 1971, the district founded HCCS after HJC's and HCN's evolutions into the University of Houston and Texas Southern University respectively. In its early days, HCCS once used HISD school campuses for teaching facilities with classes during evenings and weekends like its ancestors. Around 1997 HCCS began to transfer operations to community college district-operated campuses throughout the HCCS service area.[2]

HCCS cities

HCCS includes all of the following cities

HCCS includes portions of the following cities

The district also covers unincorporated areas of Harris (including some of Bridgeland), Fort Bend, and Waller Counties.

HCC Television

HCCS operates a television channel called Houston Community College Television (HCCTV).[3] The channel is aired on Comcast Channel 19, TV Max Channel 97, Phonoscope Channel 77 and Cebridge Channel 20. In addition it is streamed over the internet. The studio complex, which has one large studio unit, five edit suites, and a digital master control system, is located at the HCC headquarters.[4]

HCC began its television channel in 1994.[4]

HCC Athletics

HCC offers several sports activities to its students throughout its campuses, the sports offered includes:

List of colleges in HCCS

Central College


Coleman College of Health Sciences

Northeast College


Northwest College


Southeast College

[8] Southeast College is home to two separate campuses in different parts of the HCC Southeast service area.

Eastside Campus (Houston)

Felix Fraga Academic Campus (Houston)

The Felix Fraga Academic Campus, also known as the Fraga Campus, is conveniently located a mile and a quarter east of 301 N. Drennan St.

The Fraga Campus opened in January, 2010 and was named for Felix Fraga by the HCC Board of Trustees in honor of his dedication to the educational, social, and economic success of the young people of Houston’s southeast community and who has devoted his life to improving their neighborhood. Fraga served as an HISD trustee and as a member of the Houston City Council. Today he is the Vice President of External Affairs for the Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

The Fraga Campus hosts classes to over 1,500 students every semester. Its flagship offerings include Maritime Logistics, Pre-Engineering, and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) classes. Of course, most Core courses are also available.

In partnership with HISD, Fraga Campus is also the host location of HISD's East Early College High School.

Southwest College


  • Alief Campus (Houston)
    • The Alief Campus will be the site of Alief ISD's Alief Early College High School.[10][11]
  • Alief Continuing Education Center (unincorporated Harris County)
  • Gulfton Center (Houston)
  • Missouri City Sienna Campus (unincorporated Fort Bend County)
  • Stafford Campus (Stafford)
  • West Loop Center (Houston)


External links

  • HCCS Homepage
  • HCCS Libraries
  • "Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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