HCC is a unique University College. Our uniqueness originates in our Vision, Mission and Core Values but does not end there!
In pursuance of HCC’s deliberate plan to be the flagship Christian University in Africa, we have been developing an environment and preparing faculty and leadership to deliver tangible differences in the experience of students during their time of studies, and even when they become alumni.
A technology enabled campus – HCC has intentionally built a technology environment in which our students and faculty are striving towards a near-paperless educational context. Paper is only to be used when all other alternatives have been exhausted in determining how to function electronically! HCC aims to accomplish several objectives with its distinctive technology plan: Environmental stewardship
Competitive 21st Century-enabled students and faculty; our students will be on the same global competitive level as any graduate at any other university and in some ways better prepared. For example, our graduates would have used, not just studied, a host of technologies that many of their peers will not in aggregate experience. Our graduates, irrespective of their academic specialization, will have strong skills in the use of:
- iPads, Laptops, Tablets,
- Many network tools,
- Server technologies and network storage devices,
- Use of technology to do work beyond just rudimentary skills,
- How to create and distribute material they develop in their work without paper,
- How to use a library that utilizes electronic books (90% of HCC’s library is paperless), etc.
The following are the tools required and/or provided to function at HCC:
- Every student, faculty member and administrator will be required to have a laptop (at least), that meets minimum specifications, in order to work at HCC (HCC Minimum laptop specifications can be referenced via this hyperlink). HCC is prepared to help students who do not have qualified laptops to buy one and pay for it over their time as students at HCC. All faculty and staff will be issued with laptops as part of their tools for their job,
- Every student, faculty member, administrator, council member and alumnus will have a lifetime email address associated with HCC,
- Every student, faculty member, administrator and council member will have access to a secure electronic filing cabinet on campus in which to store materials they create (artifacts) or reference (subject to Copyright law). Students will be taught how to create, maintain and use an electronic portfolio (e-portfolio). An e-portfolio is an enhanced Curriculum Vita (CV). It is enhanced in that it can contain diverse media, written documents, presentations, audio, video and pictures). The intention is for students to use the e-portfolio to show-case their work during employment interviews, etc. Students will be encouraged to maintain this record after they leave HCC. HCC will always be available to help alumni in so doing with technical help, suggestions, etc. All the filing cabinets will be “backed up” against technical failures. HCC will teach students how to develop robust back up discipline for their electronic media.
Consequently, the following technical tools have been installed at HCC:
- The campus has a powerful Wi-Fi network which enables all people on campus to work on the campus network and across the network. Guests to the campus will be provided “guest passwords” to use the facility while on campus when required,
- HCC has several servers that support functions required on campus and beyond,
- The Library Catalog is electronic and supported on a software tool called KOHA (at the present time).
- Display monitors on campus are also controlled by the server. These displays will provide high level announcements, calendar information and news of interest to faculty and students (for example Examination Schedules or World Cup results),
- Filing cabinets and e-portfolio storage,
- Campus maintained reference materials,
- HCC website(s): Schools, Departments, Student, Faculty, Board, Alumni, etc., and
- Lab environments and/or tools for BITM and ITC courses.
Results not talk! – it is well and good to talk and teach about what students should do when they leave the College. It is another thing to demonstrate and show how to do what they need to do. At HCC we believe learning and doing are lifelong pursuits. We believe our students should adopt an attitude that embraces change and adaption. In the 21st century, this will be the world they live in.
Therefore we stand in readiness to assist our students to capture the dream of:
- creating a business
- being employed by a business
- employing many people and providing them jobs
- giving back to society (philanthropy) and their church
- taking care of their family
- working with or setting up a community development organization
- working with a church to nurture and develop people in their Christian discipleship
Whatever their dream maybe HCC is committed to helping students realize their dreams!
Catalyst for change and growth
HCC views itself as a catalyst for change. Change requires leadership with integrity. HCC administration and faculty understand the ethos that is being created and sustained. We will not rest or deviate from our Vision and Mission as long as it meets the needs of the people of Ghana, Africa and the rest of the world.
Graduates who discover, develop and deploy their God-given gifts
We are compelled to a life of service. Service is delivered via the talents and tools god puts in front of us. our job is to discover and develop these gifts and properly apply them in service in his kingdom. These values drive all actions irrespective of our roles in life. Whatever our career, all of us – are be encouraged to learn how to create and share with our families and others
As noted above, we expect all our graduates to require ongoing training beyond their formal degrees over the span of their careers. We will endeavor to provide such services and to work with them to offer training in their communities, even to people who are not HCC graduates.