Houston Community College is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the country with more than 70,000 students each semester, including more international students (nearly 8%) than any community college in the country. With an inspiring vision, HCC will become an opportunity institution for every student we serve – essential to our community’s success.

Houston Community College is embarking upon a critical time in its history with a bold, yet attainable vision for the future. Our vision is focused on three key concepts - relevant, opportunity and essential.

To ensure the organization achieves its vision and the critical pathway articulated in its strategic plan, it is imperative to clearly define the key themes articulated in the vision:


Relevant is defined as being closely connected to having demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand. HCC will be relevant in the way it uniquely meets the current and future needs of the region, its communities, residents and students.

Opportunity is defined as a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal. HCC will be an opportunity institution, offering students the ability to learn, improve and ultimately achieve their goals.

Essential is defined as absolutely necessary; indispensable. HCC will be essential to the community's success through the services it provides and the value it brings to the growing and diverse Houston area.



"Houston Community College will be the
most relevant community college in the country.
We will be the opportunity institution for every student
we serve - essential to our community's success."