Harford Community College (HCC) is one of 16 community colleges in Maryland where the Governor of Maryland appoints the Board of Trustees. It is medium-sized in comparison to the other schools, offering over 70 degree and certificate programs at the associates level and enrolling just under 10,000 (7,800 FTE) credit and 15,000 continuing ed students taught by nearly 400 faculty. Between 2007 and 2011, the College saw a 25% increase in enrollment.
Since then, overall enrollment has declined steadily, but at a somewhat slow pace (generally < 4% per year), with projected declines for the next 3-4 years. However, online enrollment has continuously risen steadily, including a 6% increase over the past year. In 2014, the College saw its first balanced budget in many years, and the sources of funding are state, county, and tuition based. The online learning program was developed in the late 1990s after a long tradition of delivering distance education courses through other methods.