Utilizing new ITV technology,Hudson County Community College (HCCC) now offers 19 degree programs that can be completed from start to finish, on site, at the College’s North Hudson Campus in Union City.
“To better respond to the community’s needs and to offer more flexible options, the College has integrated Interactive Telepresence Video (ITV) into classrooms at our North Hudson Campus,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber. “This technology has enabled us to significantly increase the number of degree programs offered in totality at North Hudson, so students never need to leave that Campus to complete their degrees.”
ITV classes mirror traditional classroom experiences for students in different locations. Large video monitors and enhanced video and audio equipment provide two-way, real-time instruction between students and faculty on the College’s Journal Square and North Hudson Campuses.
The instructors and students can see and talk with one another as though they were actually in the same room. In the HCCC ITV model, the instructors rotate between Campuses weekly. During the week instructors are not physically in the classroom, Academic Coaches are present to assist students.
Hudson County Community College initiated and fully implemented ITV technology last Fall, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It not only addressed concerns about traveling from one campus to the next during this time, it provided us with a way to offer nine more complete degree programs – for a total of 19 – at North Hudson,” Dr. Reber said.
The nine new programs are Accounting AS, Business AA, Business Administration AS, Criminal Justice-Homeland Security AS, Early Childhood Education AAS, English AA, Environmental Studies AS; History AA, and Sociology AA. The ten existing programs offered fully in Union City are Criminal Justice AS, Digital Art and Design Proficiency Certificate, Early Childhood Education AA, Early Childhood Education Child Development Associate (CDA) Coursework, Elementary/Secondary Education AA, Health Science AAS, Infant/Toddler CDA Professional Development, Liberal Arts AA, Psychology AA, and Special Education AA.
Dr. Reber said the College will continue adding fully on-site degree programs at the North Hudson Campus in the future.
Nearly 3,000 students pursue studies at the HCCC North Hudson Campus each semester. In addition to classrooms with SMART-boards and Wi-Fi, the seven-story, 92,300 square-foot building at 4800 Kennedy Boulevard in Union City houses a fully operational Library and Bookstore; an Enrollment Center with Enrollment Services, Bursar, Financial Aid, Testing & Assessment, Academic Advisement, and Community Education Offices; Academic Support Center; Computer, Science and Language Labs; Student Lounge; Outdoor Courtyard; and Multipurpose Room. A glass-enclosed pedestrian bridge connects the building to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Bergenline Avenue Transit Center.
Information about courses offered at the HCCC North Hudson Campus may be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.