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Student Resources

A diverse group of Highland students sitting at a table with markers and papers.

At Highland, our faculty and staff are committed to helping students achieve their goals. We have adopted an Early Alert program to help students who may encounter challenges. Students who get the help they need early in the semester are often able to successfully complete their courses.

Whether a student is referred through the Early Alert program or simply in need of assistance, the following FREE services are available to all students:


Located on the first floor of Building H (Student/Conference Center)
Student advisors are available to help you schedule appropriate classes, interpret the results of placement tests and other assessments, discuss your career goals, and develop a plan to address any academic and career development concerns. Schedule an appointment with an advisor via email, by visiting Ask an Advisor or by calling 815.599.3573.

Career Services

Located on the first floor of Building H (Student/Conference Center)
Students often benefit from further development in their career goals. The Career Center offers a variety of assessments and exploratory tools to help you attain your personal and professional goals. Make an appointment with Career Services by calling 815.599.3536.

Computing Resources

Located in M147 and online
Orientation to Highland computer programs and services is available on a walk-in basis in the Success Center. View online tutorials for our software programs.

Counseling Center

Located in M121
In the event a student is facing difficult personal and/or academic hurdles, our Counseling Center provides a free assessment service and an opportunity to speak confidentially with a qualified counselor.

To schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center, contact Liz Gerber. For urgent situations email the Counseling Center, or call Liz Gerber at 815.599.3531. For emergencies, contact 911.

Disability Services

Located in M-147
Disability Services for students ensures Highland Community College’s continued compliance with the rules and regulations set forth by the US Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

HCC uses an interactive and dynamic process with the student in determining what accommodation/modification would be most effective for the student. The Coordinator of Disability Services acts as a liaison with faculty, staff, and outside agencies to assist in that process.

We are always working to create an accessible college community where individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment. Services are to promote independence and offer appropriate accommodations.

Students should contact Disability Services at 815.599.3605 or 815.599.3582, or send an email for more information.

Visit Disability Services for more information on how to register for and submit testing accommodations.

Financial Avenue

Financial Avenue is an online financial literacy resource that can help you to attain financial independence with information and resources about budgeting, credit, the importance of saving and tackling debt. Login into Financial Avenue.

Project Succeed

Located in M111
Students who qualify for TRIO/Project Succeed (by being a first-generation college student, a student with a disability or meeting income guidelines) receive free additional advising services as well as specialized instruction and assistance. Project Succeed is a great place to connect with a staff members ready to be your guide.

Success Center

Located in M-147
Highland’s Success Center offers many services including study groups, writing assistance, study skills development and assistance with ADA services. Visit the Success Center online or in-person to request service. Also feel free to email  them or call 815.599.3446 for more information.

Testing Center

Located in M-113 (inside Success Center)
Proctored exams for HCC classes, placement tests, as well as testing for online and hybrid classes are all offered free of charge by the Testing Center. Contact them at 815.599.3680 or via email  to determine your testing needs. Students requiring special testing accommodations should contact ADA Services at 815.599.3582 or via email.


Located in M-147 and in Building R outside of the math labs
Individual tutoring services have helped many students master challenging subjects. Peer tutors have already completed courses in the subject area and have been recommended by the instructor. Math, English and Chemistry tutors are also available on a walk-in basis.

To be matched with a tutor in a specific subject, visit the Success Center or contact Brian Moore. View the current walk-in tutor schedules.