Points Of Pride

Henry Ford Community College has a tradition of more than 75 years in providing transfer opportunities, career training, and other services to the residents Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, and southeastern Michigan. The list of accomplishments of students, faculty and staff is long and distinguished. Here is a brief listing of our latest and greatest achievements.

Celebrating 75 Years

HFCC Celebrates its Diamond Anniversary

HFCC has been an invaluable asset in accessing affordable higher education in Michigan and a gateway to many different industries since it first opened its doors in 1938. HFCC has implemented input from the community and alumni in order to make it a venerable institution of academic excellence as it enters its next 75 years.

Training for Michigan Growth Industries

HFCC Home to Training for Growing Film Industry in Effort to Revitalize Economy

To assist in the economic development of southeast Michigan and to help develop a workforce for the state’s burgeoning feature film industry, the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) at HFCC offers a Basic Film Set Training course to prepare people for entry-level employment in the film and television industry. Partners in this workforce development project include the Office of the Wayne County Executive, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth (DLEG), the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) and TicTock Studios of Holland, Mich.

HFCC’s Partnership with CISCO

HFCC has teamed with CISCO, the worldwide leader in networking that has transformed how people connect, communicate, and collaborate in order to provide high-tech training for students in preparation for 21st century jobs. CISCO has certified HFCC as a CISCO Networking Academy. Through this innovative partnership, HFCC and CISCO prepare students for the demands and opportunities in the networking field. This partnership teaches students how to design, build, and maintain computer networks that enable students to develop the skills needed to compete in an increasingly technology-dependent workplace. Students can also prepare for the CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam in order to become more marketable and more competitive.

Culinary Arts Offers Accelerated Degree Program

HFCC’s Culinary Arts Program now offers an accelerated degree program tailored for those who have undergraduate degrees and for high school students in a vocational education program with which HFCC has articulation agreements. The Culinary Arts Program offers an associate’s degree in Applied Science that is accredited as an exemplary program by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). The ACFEFAC is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which brings added prestige to this program. Additionally, HFCC’s Culinary Arts Program offers career certificates in Baking & Pastry and Professional Restaurant Service.

Top-Notch Facilities

HFCC is Home to Top-Rated Planetarium

HFCC offers students and the community access to planetarium shows and observatory open houses in conjunction with the University of Michigan–Dearborn. The HFCC planetarium, solar system scale model, and full access to U-M’s observatory provide our students and community with access to top-rate astronomical equipment.

State of the Art Science Education Center

The current science building added 18,500 additional square feet to its 50,000 square feet, boasting four new laboratories in Biotechnology, Molecular/Cellular Biology and Environmental Science, two new lecture halls, renovated space for Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Physics and Biology, and individual study and group study areas. Other educational and sustainable features include a green roof, a rain garden, and a green wall.

Dedicated Faculty/ Staff

CISCO instructor Todd Browning was the subject of an interview in a recent issue of Certification Magazine. Todd spoke of the on-going collaboration between HFCC and Ford Motor Company on a highly successful CISCO program and other joint educational initiatives.

Adnan Salhi, Reading and Language Instructor, had his research article, “Do Test Scores Tell All the Story? A Close Up Look at Students Who Score High On Standardized Tests But Say They Hate To Read” published in the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction.

Jolie Stepaniak and Paul Root, two professors in the HFCC Science Department who teach Biotechnology, won the Innovation of the Year Award. The National League for Innovation in the Community College created the Innovation of the Year Award, which is designed to recognize college faculty and staff members who have designed and implemented a significant innovation.

First-Rate Honors Program/Student Scholars

Student Work Presented at LAND Conference

Five HFCC students were named Student Scholar Award Recipients at the 2014 Liberal Arts Network for Development (LAND) Conference. Each year, LAND seeks to develop and promote a network for strengthening liberal arts education across all of Michigan’s 28 community colleges.

LAND sponsors five student competitions to recognize outstanding student work in the liberal arts: creative writing, illustration, fine arts, and digital literacy. Five HFCC students – Imane Rhaleb, Angela Grahl, Steffani Traskos, Jason Lucas, Ben Topping – earned recognition for their research papers, which will be published this summer in the LAND Journal. Additionally, Rhaleb, Traskos, and Topping won a $100 cash award for placing second, whereas Lucas won $150 for placing first.

Graduate receives Harvard University Presidential Scholarship

HFCC Henry Ford II Honors Graduate Ardeta Gjikola (Class of 2005) received a Presidential Scholarship from Harvard University in 2008. She was also a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. After graduating from HFCC, Ardeta completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Michigan in 2007.

HFCC Ceramics Students Receive Scholarships and Recognition

Two HFCC ceramics students, John Antczak and Angela Carter, received $500 scholarships from the Michigan Ceramic Arts Association. This award is to encourage students to further their ceramics education and to continue on to a career in ceramic arts or ceramics industries, and/or the teaching of ceramics arts.

Renowned Nursing Program

A Rich History of Quality Nursing Education

Established 1953, HFCC’s Nursing Program was the first in Michigan to offer an associate’s degree in Nursing.

In 1983, HFCC was selected as one of five colleges in the Midwest whose nursing program participated in a 3-year program titled “Associate Degree Nursing – Facilitating Competency Development.” The project, sponsored by the Midwest Alliance in Nursing, involved two HFCC nursing instructors and two Harper-Grace nursing service administrators as part of team that defined the competencies of nursing graduates with an associate’s degree.

In 1984, HFCC’s Nursing Program entered into a special agreement with Hutzel Hospital to assist its Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to complete the HFCC Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program. These classes were taught on the hospital campus. In addition to the campus Advanced Placement Program (APP) for LPNs, an on-site program at Henry Ford Hospital was also established in 1988.

In 1991 and 1994, HFCC’s Nursing Program was awarded grants from the Helen Fuld Institute. The grants enable the Nursing Program to continue its multimedia efforts by implementing interactive video into the curriculum.

In 2000, HFCC’s Nursing Program was awarded accreditation with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Inc. In 2008, it was awarded re-certification. The Nursing Program is proud to have maintained this accreditation in nursing education.

In 2005, a partnership between HFCC’s Nursing Program and the Henry Ford Hospital System (HFHS) was established to create a mechanism that would address the nursing shortage at this large hospital complex through the sharing of assets. Current hospital personnel applied and were admitted to the Nursing Program, taking their coursework at the main hospital facility, working for the system that supported their completion.

In 2008, The HFHS/HFCC Accelerated Nursing Program was selected by the League of Community Colleges as the winner of the “Innovation of the Year Award.” The program demonstrated its sustainability by beginning a third cohort over spring/summer of that year.

In 2010, HFCC’s nursing program moved from HFCC’s main campus in Dearborn to the HFCC School of Nursing, located on the HFCC East Campus. Dedicated on Nov. 17, 2010, the new School of Nursing provides a modern and spacious learning environment dedicated to the education of future nursing professionals and includes three simulation suites, expanded computer and practice skills labs, and plenty of “soft space” necessary for student collaboration and study.

On March 18, 2010, The Katie Viger Law was signed into effect by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Katie Viger was a May 2009 HFCC Nursing graduate who received her honorary nursing license on Feb. 12, 2010 – the first of its kind. Katie died five days later, but her legacy lives on forever and this law has since allowed two others to receive their honorary Michigan nursing license. The inception of the bill to create the Katie Viger Law and the efforts to achieve its subsequent passage were spearheaded by Catherine Gangarossa, a member of the HFCC nursing faculty.

Student Nursing Association Wins 3 Awards at MNSC Convention

At the Michigan Nursing Students Association (MNSA) Convention, HFCC’s Student Nurse Association (SNA) won the Fundraising Award and earned recognition for outstanding fundraising activities. The second award was the Community Health Scholarship. SNA received $100 for its efforts in increasing public awareness about mental health. The third award was the Chapter of the Year Scholarship, for which SNA received $300.

1st RN Graduates from Henry Ford Early College at 19

Sarah Kazbour is the first registered nurse (RN) to graduate from Henry Ford Early College – a partnership between HFCC, HFHS, and the Dearborn Public Schools – at the age of 19, no less. This 5-year program is for high school students interested in health careers. Currently, she is an RN at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and is working on her undergraduate degree in nursing via an online program at Ohio University.


HFCC Athletics Department Attracts Scholars/Athletes

In the last 8 years, HFCC has had 11 Academic All-Americans (3.6 GPA or better and a minimum of 45 credits) and 6 Distinguished Academic All-Americans (3.8 or better and a minimum of 45 credits).

Wrestling Team Qualifies for National Championships in Inaugural Season

All six wrestlers on HFCC's National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) wrestling team have qualified for the NCWA National Championships. Additionally, HFCC Coach Grant MacKenzie was recently named by the Great Lakes Region as Coach of the Year. MacKenzie, a graduate of the NWCA/Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Academy, founded HFCC’s NCWA wrestling program during the 2013-14 academic year.

Charitable Contributions

Adray Memorial Golf Tournament Raises Nearly $1 Million

The Mike Adray Memorial Golf Tournament – the largest annual fund-raising event for the HFCC Foundation held each May – is a very successful fund-raising event, having raised nearly $1 million to benefit scholarships for deserving HFCC students. This golf tournament provides nearly 100 scholarships for local high school students seeking a college education.