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alumni steering committee
Alumni Steering Committee members, from 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.

Over 13,000 graduates
Highland has surpassed the 13,000 graduates milestone, and has served thousands more at the main Freeport campus and satellite locations.

The Steering Committee
Jeff Cowman (chair), Pat Dunn, Cynthia Faulkner, Jim Frisbie, Wendy McGath, Karl Richards, Cathie Schmerse, Cal Wescott and Pete Willging.

Alumni Association Meetings
The Alumni Association Steering Committee meets regularly. Please contact Pete Willging 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.

The HCC Foundation wishes to thank the following Freeport area businesses, who have posted HCC Alumni outreach materials in high-traffic areas accessible to the public. 


Alumni Email Groups
Several Highland Alumni have joined a Highland Alumni Group. You may join this group at The originator of this group is HCC alumnus Dennis Polhill, class of 1967. This HCC Alumni email group is open to all Highland alumni and friends.

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.

2016 Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form (Deadline for nominations is September 16)

  • The 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients - press release
  • The Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients - alpha order
  • The Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients - by year

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