Freeport – From November 1 through November 5, Highland Community College will be holding a series of special events as a part of “Highland Homecoming: Paws to Celebrate.” The events will be free and open to the public and culminate in a Community Celebration on Saturday, November 5, to coincide with the Cougar basketball home opener for the women’s and men’s teams. There will be free admission to the double header, with the women’s game beginning at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 3 p.m.
There will be free hot dogs, brats, chips, and beverages served outside the Sports Center/YMCA, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A number of free and fun activities for all ages will be taking place, including guided campus tours, Clydesdale-drawn wagon rides, an alumni women’s basketball game, open houses held in the new chemistry lab and nursing simulation labs, inflatables and face-painting for kids, and much more.
A drawing for door prizes, including 25 tuition waivers for Lifelong Learning classes, will be held during the day’s activities. At the end of the men’s game, a grand prize drawing will be awarded for a transferrable full-time, one semester tuition waiver of up to 15 credit-hours for the Spring or Fall 2017 Semester. All entries must be received at the event.
With Veteran’s Day on the horizon, there will be a brief presentation recognizing area veterans prior to the men’s game. Following the game, there will be a post-game celebration at Eilert’s, located at 1100 W. Galena Avenue in Freeport, with free hors d’oeuvres.
In the days leading up to the Community Celebration, there will be a number of events designed to showcase HCC, including an open house and live recording session in the new Mass Communication production facility and a special Visual Arts Faculty Exhibit in the Highland Gallery.
Visit highland.edu/homecoming for the latest news and updates. HCC has much to celebrate, to include:
- Total percentage enrollment increases during the past two years that puts Highland at the top of community colleges and universities in the state
- Six new programs in the past two years including Criminal Justice, Environmental Science, Hospitality Management, Mass Communication, Mechatronics, and Phlebotomy (Spring 2017)
- The addition of new Chemistry lab and Mass Communication production facility
- The creation of a new Lifelong Learning program offering community education courses district-wide
- Number 3 ranking in the “Top Community Colleges in the State of Illinois” published by USA Today College and #1 ranking in the “Top Online Colleges 2016” in Illinois by OnlineColleges.com
- The recent Student Senate-hosted contest to name the Highland Cougar mascot “Roary”
For more information about “Highland Homecoming: ‘Paws’ to Celebrate,” visit highland