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Alumni Steering Committee

Alumni Steering Committee members, left to right: Cathie Schmerse, Cindy Carter, Jeff Cowman and Pat Dunn.

All alumni are given a free membership to the Highland Community College Alumni Association and have access to special members-only deals, discounts and privileges. Anyone who has earned credit at HCC and/or Freeport Community College is encouraged to register here.

Nearly 16,000 graduates
Highland has surpassed the 15,000 graduates milestone, and has served thousands more at the main Freeport campus and satellite locations.

The Steering Committee
Jeremy Monigold (chair), Jeff Cowman, Pat Dunn, Cynthia Faulkner, Jim Frisbie, Wendy McGath, Cathie Schmerse, Chris Urish, and Cal Wescott.

Member Benefits

  • One free ticket to Cougar volleyball or basketball home opener.
  • One time per semester 20% discount at the J. Rosemary Shockey HCC Bookstore (meal cards, bus passes, textbooks and software excluded).
  • A free haircut and half-off one service at the HCC Cosmetology Salon. Call 815.599.3544 for an appointment.
  • Free beverage of your choice with the purchase of a sandwich or meal at the Arts Cafe.
  • Entry into annual drawings for a free Lifelong Learning class
  • Entry into annual drawings for free services at the Cosmetology Salon.
  • Entry into annual drawings for a free vehicle wash and detailing. Call 815.599.3511 for an appointment.

Alumni Association Meetings
The Alumni Association Steering Committee meets regularly. Please contact Jeremy Monigold  if you would like to attend.

Frequently asked questions about the HCC Alumni Association.

Alumni Outreach Project

As part of Highland Community College’s work to stay in touch with HCC’s alumni, the HCC Foundation has been conducting outreach to over 100 businesses in HCC’s district, asking them to post outreach materials in their employee break areas or post them in an area accessible to the public.   Alumni wishing to update their contact info with HCC can mail in a reply card or provide their updates here.

Alumni Facebook Page

The Alumni Association has a Facebook page where all activities will be listed.  Join us to see what your Alumni Association is doing by going to the Facebook page.

Distinguished Alumni
Highland Community College takes great pride in the achievements of its graduates and former students. To recognize their outstanding accomplishments, the HCC Foundation sponsors an annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Program.

The 26th Annual Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony will be held in spring 2021. Watch this space for new nomination and event dates.
Nomination Form

  • The 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients – press release
  • The 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients – press release
  • The Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients – alpha order
  • The Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients – by year

2019 Distinguished Alumni Inductees

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2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032


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