Who are we?

Over fifty community colleges throughout California from Crescent City in the north to San Diego in the south. Each college is represented by its honors/scholars’ program director (a classroom faculty member) and its designated honors/scholars’ counselor. We are a registered non-profit corporation with the State of California (Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation).

What we do?

The HTCC is a forum for honors directors and counselors to share experiences and successful practices in dealing with talented and motivated students.

The HTCC holds an annual student research conference giving students in community college honors programs the opportunity to present the results of their work. The annual conference hosted at the University of California Irvine takes place each spring.

The HTCC provides an annual Teaching and Learning in Honors Symposium that invites faculty and counselors to discuss honors pedagogy and practical strategies to increase student engagement in community college honors programs.

The HTCC negotiates special transfer agreements linking community college honors/scholars’ programs to specific universities, large or small, public or private.  Students completing our programs then enjoy enhanced transfer consideration at the partner-campus, e.g.,  priority acceptance consideration, special scholarships, housing priority and a range of other academic and social benefits such as library privileges even before transfer.

The HTCC awards scholarships and other awards to community college honors students for their achievements. These awards are announced at the annual conference at UCI.

When and where are HTCC meetings?

We meet three times each semester, aside from national and regional conferences and special meetings with our transfer partners. Meetings usually begin at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. (Click on the schedule of meetings link for details.)

How do new members join HTCC?

Guests and observers are welcome at any meeting. Please notify the president if you wish to attend (see contact information below). Full membership is available to colleges which have operating honors programs; guest membership is available to colleges which are developing programs. Institutional dues are $90 per year. If you are interested in membership, please contact the president. (HTCC Application For those New To Honors.)

Student Success Stories

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Diamond Polk

The Honors Program made me proud of Fullerton College. Although some stigmatize junior colleges, the honors program made me 100% prepared for USC. I've made the Dean's List both semesters at USC, and I am confident inside the classroom!


Associate's Degree:
A.A. Theatre Arts


Bachelor's Degree:
USC Major: Theatre Arts


Scholarships/Awards:
Honors Ambassador

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Isabel Oropeza

The Honors Program and its workload helped me prepare for the rigorous courses and academic challenges that awaited me at Pepperdine University. It was an invaluable experience that helped me develop the skills I needed in order to succeed at the university level.


Associate's Degree:
Fullerton College, Interdisciplinary Studies


Bachelor's Degree:
Pepperdine University, B.A. Organizational Communications


Scholarships/Awards:
•2013 Magna Cum Laude • 2012 Lambda Pi Eta, National Communication Honor Society of the National Communication Association • 2010 Fullerton College Woman of Distinction • 2010 Associate Students Outstanding Service Award • 2010 President’s Gold Award Recipient for Community Service • 2009 - May 2010 Chair, STEM Youth Conference Planning Committee

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Jonathan Wainwright

The honors program was one of the first opportunities I had to actually think, one of the first opportunities I had to reason through things and learn how to argue. The classes I took in the honors program taught me as much about myself as they did the subject matter.


Associate's Degree:
Fullerton College, A.A. Political Science, 2011


Bachelor's Degree:
UC, Berkeley, B.A. Political Science, 2013


Scholarships/Awards:
Scholarships: Political Science Scholarship, Fullerton College Man of Distinction

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Lydia Moira Faitalia

Participating in the Honors program at San Bernardino Valley College was the best move I made for my future and a stepping stone to becoming a distinguished scholar at UCLA.


Associate's Degree:
San Bernardino Valley College: AA Liberal Arts, AA Business Administration


Bachelor's Degree:
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Major: American Indian Studies, Political Science


Scholarships/Awards:
2013 UCLA Tap Scholarship -Jesse Ingram Estate, 2012 UCLA Tap Scholarship-Jesse Ingram Estate, 2012 Honors Program Scholarship, 2012 Effie Jane and John Lounsbury Memorial, 2012 Susan Petta Memorial Scholarship, 2011 Wilcox Scholarship.

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Miguel Alvarez

The Honors Program at Fullerton College gave me the foundation to succeed at UCLA with access to diverse faculty and students who pushed me further as a scholar. As a Student of Color the Honors Program provided me access to opportunities to achieve a higher education and a role model for other students.


Associate's Degree:
A.A. in Political Science


Bachelor's Degree:
B.A. in Political Science


Scholarships/Awards:
Fullerton College Man of Distinction

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Pedro Reyes

After serving a 15-month deployment in Iraq, I came home looking for my next challenge. The American River College Honors program helped me to find my new role when I came home, and showed me that I can do more than I ever thought possible.


Associate's Degree:
American River College Honors Transfer Certificate, 2013


Bachelor's Degree:
Will major in English at Stanford University, beginning fall 2013


Scholarships/Awards:
United Auburn Indian Community Native American Scholarship 2011, 2012, 2013

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Shunhua Lin

The Honors Program at San Bernardino Valley College gave me the opportunity to test my ambitions, to cultivate my interest in science and enabled me to experience the feeling of success, which spurred me on to greater effort.


Associate's Degree:
A.S. in Chemistry at San Bernardino Valley College (2014)


Bachelor's Degree:
Plans to major in chemistry, physics, or math at UCR or Stanford University, beginning fall 2014


Scholarships/Awards:
Huntoon-Ferre Scholarship; Schools First Scholarship; Presented at HTCC Student Research Conference in 2013

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Stuart Chapin

The honors program at SBVC gave me access to the tools needed to succeed at UCLA. The honors program at SBVC offered course work that went above and beyond the standard academic class offerings. The advanced course work helped me develop the writing and analytic skills demanded at today's 'institutions of highest learning.


Associate's Degree:
San Bernardino Valley College: A. A. liberal arts (philosophy) A.S. political science 2011


Bachelor's Degree:
UCLA: Major Philosophy; Minor Public Policy 2014


Scholarships/Awards:
Two letters of congressional recognition for my work in student government and my work as president of the honors society (at SBVC) Mountain Bruins Scholarship Fallen Patriots scholarship

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Veronica Escobar


Associate's Degree:
Fullerton College, A.A. History, A.A. Chicano/a Studies (2013)


Bachelor's Degree:
CSU, Dominguez Hills, Chicano/a Studies Major


Scholarships/Awards:
Scholarships: Nettleship Scholarship, 2013 Fullerton College Woman of Distinction, 2013 Fullerton College Woman of the Year