The Housatonic Community College Foundation was founded in 1990 by a group of Greater Bridgeport residents and business and arts leaders. The Foundation provides financial assistance to the College and its students beyond the fundamentals provided by the State of Connecticut and assists the College in becoming a unique educational resource for its students and the community. The Foundation also serves as a vehicle generating funding for Housatonic student scholarships, student emergency assistance, child care assistance for parents enrolled at Housatonic, program enhancements and support of the Housatonic Museum of Art.
Housatonic Community College (HCC) draws students with diverse cultural, educational and economic backgrounds. Most of the students require some form of financial assistance during their enrollment. Through the Foundation, deserving students receive scholarships and tuition assistance, and help in covering costs associated with tutoring services, financial emergencies, child care for enrolled parents, textbooks and other educational materials.
The Foundation provides supplemental support to the College to meet financial needs not covered by state funding alone. These include professional development, technology and skills training, equipment and facility acquisitions, and enhancements to academic programs. This support is critical for HCC to remain a current and vital resource to its students and the Greater Bridgeport community.
The Foundation also supports programs to address the serious problems faced by high school students who enter Housatonic Community College with academic deficiencies that severely limit and often prevent their academic achievement. These programs currently include Bridges and Middle College. Both work directly with high school students, counselors and instructors to help students become college-ready and better able to achieve success.This support is critical for HCC to remain a current and vital resource to its students and the Greater Bridgeport community.
The Housatonic Museum of Art
The Museum maintains an extensive art collection that offers students, faculty and art enthusiasts from the region the opportunity to view original works on display throughout the year, throughout the College. The Museum engages in educational outreach activities including a Student Docent Program for middle school and high school students, special exhibitions and lectures open to the public, and conservation efforts. The Foundation provides direct financial assistance to the Museum and collaborates with Museum staff on a wide range of fundraising programs and activities