Houston Community College Foundation News

Welcome to the HCC Foundation News page! Here you will find recent news about the activities and successes of the Houston Community College Foundation. Please check back regularly for updates.

Siemens Donor Appreciation


HCC Foundation is pleased to recognize donor Siemens Digital Industries Software, who has awarded software valued at $318,300.00 through a grant to HCC’s Central College to support the Architectural Design and Construction Center of Excellence. The award was recognized at the October HCC Board of Trustees meeting. 

Siemens representative, Senior Director, Global Strategy (Energy & Utilities), John Nixon (pictured right corner of check) presented the check to HCCF and HCC officials, including HCC Central College President, Dr. Mudassir Siddiqi. “Through our partnership with Siemens, together we will prepare the next generation of digital talent with the skills employers need today and in the future,” said Dr. Siddiqi. 

View donor presentation here.

Audi Fuels Student Success with Engine Donation


HCC Foundation extends appreciation to Audi of America, Inc. for their generous donation of an E-Tron vehicle motor. The donation was formally accepted at the HCC Board of Trustees October board meeting. The motor will be instrumental in providing hands-on access to skills training for HCC automotive students. Because of Audi’s generosity, these are dollars saved which HCC is able to apply directly to support HCC’s programs and services to help ensure that Houston-area students will receive the higher education they need to meet the challenges of today’s economy. 

Spark Engineering Equipment Donation


Thank you to Sparx Engineering for their generous in-kind donation of a BSL2 Biological Safety Hood, valued at $3,500, to the HCC West Houston Institute SciLab. The HCC Foundation is honored to receive such a generous gift from Sparx Engineering, and we look forward to our students being able to utilize this equipment. The equipment was formally accepted at the October 20th HCC Board of Trustees meeting.

BP America Donor Appreciation

BP America Check Presentation

From left, Trustee Robert Glaser, District V; Trustee Monica Flores Richart, District I, Dr. Mehmet Argin; Dean, HCC Global Energy Center of Excellence; Dr. Monique Umphrey, HCC Northeast President; Mark Crawford, Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, BP America; Dr. John P. Hansen, District VI, Board Chair; Dr. Reagan Flowers, District IV, Vice-Chair; Trustee Eva Loredo, District VIII; and HCC Foundation President, Karen Schmidt. Background, from left, HCC Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, District II; HCC Chancellor Dr. Cesar Maldonado, and HCC Trustee Dr. Pretta VanDible Stallworth, District IX.  

HCC Foundation extends appreciation to BP America for their continuous support and most recent gift of $75,000. BP America was recognized for their commitment to HCC student success at the HCC Board of Trustees meeting on September 22. BP America’s generosity is fueling support for STEM education programs at institutions nationwide, including HCC, and initiatives that strengthen the communities where their employees live and work.

“We are grateful to BP America for their community leadership, vision, and commitment,” says HCC Foundation President Karen Schmidt.

Thank you BP America

HCC and HCCF partner with PepsiCo and Gallery Furniture for Hurricane Ida Relief to Louisiana

Ida Relief Drive

On Thursday, September 2, 2021, David Regenbaum, HCC Foundation Board Chair; Ryan McCauley, HCC Foundation Board Chair-elect; Karen Schmidt, HCC Foundation President; Kristina Perez, HCC Foundation Development Director; HCC Chancellor Maldonado; Dr. Madeline Burillo-Hopkins, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Education and Southwest College President; and Michael Webster, Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Education, joined PepsiCo and Gallery Furniture to donate Aquafina Water and Gatorade to support the Hurricane Ida Relief effort for our neighbors in Louisiana. 

Please see the link below to view the event:


To view photos from the event, click here.

We are grateful to have such wonderful industry partners – PepsiCo Foundation and Gallery Furniture – who are generously supporting HCC’s values and mission.



Helfman Naming

HCC Foundation extends appreciation to HCCF Ambassador Alan Helfman for his giving heart and commitment to the community, including support of HCC Public Safety. The Alan Helfman Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Program was formally recognized at a naming ceremony held on August 24th. Thank you, Alan for all you do to drive HCC student success!

To view a video clip from the virtual naming ceremony, click here.

To view photos from the virtual naming ceremony held on 8/24, click here.




HCC Foundation is proud of HCC’s long-term work with Apple to bring new learning opportunities to the community, facilitating tremendous student success. Since 2019, HCC students — and the broader community — have had access to Apple technology and coding opportunities as part of Apple’s Community Education Initiative. This deep collaboration has helped more people in the Houston area build critical job skills, setting HCC students up for rewarding careers in cutting-edge fields like app design and more.

Today, the HCC Board of Trustees recognized Apple’s contributions to HCC learning and innovation, and the impact it has had on the community. “We are so grateful to Apple for their support of the HCC Foundation, our students, and the Houston community, and we look forward to continuing this partnership in the years to come,” said HCCF President, Karen Schmidt. 

To view the donor presentation at the HCC Board meeting, 6/16, click here.



HCC Foundation extends appreciation to BMC Software for the generous in-kind donation of 57 TVs to HCC, valued at $77,313. The gift was approved for acceptance at the HCC Board of Trustees meeting on June 16th. This AV equipment will support distance learning activities, Skype collaborations, HCC DIT gaming or esports, wayfinding and other HCC events and occasions that require the use of portable monitor screens.

Thank you BMC for helping to enhance our student experience!

To view the donor presentation at the HCC Board meeting, 6/16, click here.


Alan Helfman

Congratulations to HCC Foundation Ambassador Alan Helfman!

The Board of Trustees of Houston Community College unanimously approved at the May 19th HCC Board meeting the naming of the Alan Helfman Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Program. We are extremely grateful for Alan's many contributions to HCC and sincerely appreciate all that he does for the College and our students.

To view tribute video honoring Mr. Helfman's accomplishments, click here.

To view the donor presentation at the HCC Board meeting, 5/19, click here.


HCC Foundation salutes Verizon for their generosity on behalf of HCC students! Thank you for your significant investment over the last year in support of HCC, our students, and the Houston community. Verizon’s investment in HCC has provided support for student emergency assistance through our Swoop to the Rescue program, for the HCC Math Competition, programs to support small businesses, and for the Verizon Innovative Learning program. Their giving was recognized at the May 19th HCC Board of Trustees meeting.

This summer, HCC is partnering with Verizon for the Verizon Innovative Learning program (see flyer).

To view the donor presentation at the HCC Board meeting, 5/19, click here.




The educational path for Black and Hispanic students at HCC just got better with fresh funding of $600,000 from The PepsiCo Foundation for the college to offer a broad range of technical education and training.

Kyle Washington, GM market director for PepsiCo Beverages North America, presented the check to kick off the partnership between HCC and The PepsiCo Foundation during the HCC Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday, April 21.

“Although we may be a global corporation, we remain a local company – employing local associates and contributing to our local economies,” Mr. Washington said as he presented the check. “During my tenure with the company, I’ve seen the transformative change that can happen when we collaborate with the communities where we live and work. I’m thrilled that Houston Community College is one of four launch partners for our new community college scholarship and mentoring program for Black and Hispanic students.”

HCC is among the first four community colleges in the nation to partner with The PepsiCo Foundation Uplift Scholarship program aimed at leveling the playing field for Black and Hispanic students to secure in-demand jobs with livable and sustainable wages.

To learn more about The PepsiCo Foundation Uplift Scholarship Program at HCC, visit hccs.edu/uplift.

To read the PepsiCo release on announcement of their national initiative, click here.



Culinary Lobby Naming

The HCC Central College’s first-floor lobby of the culinary arts building has been named in honor of celebrated Houston chef Hugo Ortega, a proud graduate of HCC's Culinary Arts Program and successful owner of four critically acclaimed restaurants in Houston.

In late 2019, the Ortega family, including Chef Hugo, wife, Tracy Vaught, and daughter, Sophia, donated $100,400 to the HCC Foundation to establish the Chef Hugo Ortega Endowed Scholarship. The Chef Hugo Ortega Endowment Fund provides scholarship funds for tuition, books, fees, and culinary arts student supplies. The distinctive wall in the new culinary arts building's lobby features his name to recognize his family's contribution.

Thank You to the Ortega family for their generosity and commitment to students!

Read more on gift announcement in CultureMap article, 2/09/21 

Chef Hugo and wife, Tracy Vaught


(as of 07/2020)



Houston Community College’s Center for Entrepreneurship is now the Glenda & David Regenbaum Center for Entrepreneurship at Northwest College. This past April Glenda and David Regenbaum generously donated $100,000 to the Center to support entrepreneurial initiatives to help educate and nurture the growth of small businesses. The center is located at HCC Northwest Alief Hayes campus in West Houston. Mr. Regenbaum is Chairman of the Board for the HCC Foundation Board of Directors.

Thank You Glenda and David for your extraordinary dedication
and commitment to HCC students!

Click here to read full story.

Regenbaum Video

(as of 05/20/2020)

Progress Report


“I was shocked they said I had been awarded.” Houston Community College student Jamyra McAfee’s laptop was stolen, leaving her unable to continue her coursework when HCC courses went online during the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to the HCC Foundation relief fund, she replaced her laptop. As featured in the Houston Chronicle, 5/3/2020.

You can help more students in need like Jamyra – make a gift online at

Read full article here




HCC Foundation December 2019 Check Presentation


The HCC Foundation received gifts totaling a record $154,664.29 from HCC employees during the 2019 Faculty & Staff Campaign.

This total includes campaign donations along with proceeds raised at the 2019 Bedichek-Orman auction, which served as the capstone to the annual giving campaign.

A heartfelt thank you goes to every faculty and staff member who helped make this success possible. Your giving helps students achieve their goals and provide a brighter future for their families.

HCC Foundation Faculty Liaisons Dr. Mary Lawson and Professor Antrece Baggétt (top left and right, holding check) shared news of the 2019 campaign’s success at the December 4th HCC Board of Trustees Meeting.

HCC Foundation November 2019 Check Presentation

HCC East Side Friends Supporting Student Success 

Morales Foundation

East End District

The HCC Foundation was pleased to recognize two of our East Side partners at the November 6, 2019 HCC Board of Trustees meeting! We are grateful to the East End District and the Morales Memorial Foundation for their generous support to students at HCC Southeast College! Your combined gift of $35,000 will change lives.


HCC Foundation October 2019 Check Presentation

The HCC Foundation was pleased to recognize FANUC America Corporation, the leading supplier of robots, CNC systems and factory automation, for their gift of software and materials totaling $321,580 to HCC’s Southwest College – Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence

This generous gift provides Southwest College – Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence Advanced CERT Software, a CERT Instructor, and comprehensive educational packages and toolkits.

"HCC is grateful to FANUC for their generous gift to the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence. This gift will allow us to train instructors and subsequently students in Robotic Welding," said Dean of HCC Advanced Manufacturing, Dr. Ritu Raju. "As a FANUC-certified campus, we look forward to building a strong pipeline of skilled workers for our industry partners."

The HCC Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence focuses on training qualified workers in high-growth, high-demand and high-wages occupations in machining, additive manufacturing, robotics, CNC operations and advanced manufacturing. Houston is recognized as a top manufacturing city in the country, with over 10,000 manufacturers who employ more than a quarter of a million skilled workers in the production of plastics, rubber, metals, medical devices, valve, fitting, steel products and petrochemicals.

"We appreciate FANUC’s gifts that will support our students. Their commitment is an inspiration to us all and we are grateful for their support and partnership," said HCC Foundation Board Treasurer, Dr. Robert L. Ford.

Founded in 1982, FANUC America has over 1,500 employees in the Americas. Their team of automation professionals work in customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, IT, logistics, operations, manufacturing, product development, sales & marketing and training.  


HCC Foundation September 2019 Check Presentation

Barnes & Noble College was recognized for the company’s gifts totaling $165,000 to the HCC Foundation in FY2019. These gifts include cash and in-kind contributions on behalf of HCC student success.

The generous annual support provided by Barnes & Noble College helps to fuel the studies of HCC students, including significant in-kind support to provide the textbooks and supplies for HCC Honors College students. Barnes & Noble College helps these top-performing students succeed by providing their textbooks at no charge.

“The Barnes & Noble book scholarship is a key component to our students’ college success and high graduation rates, allowing them to start strongly and engage with the course material quickly,” said Dr. Cheryl Peters, interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Curriculum and Learning Initiatives. who also oversees the HCC Weekend and Honors College.

HCC Foundation Board Chair David Regenbaum noted that many students donate their textbooks when finished to other deserving students. “This example of encouraging philanthropy in future generations is a wonderful tribute to the impact of the support receive from Barnes & Noble College."

Regional Manager Paul Stevenson observed it was great to see their support in action, acknowledging the Honors College students who were present for the occasion.

“Barnes & Noble College has been a very proud partner of HCC for well over two decades. We look forward to many more years of a great, valued partnership here at HCC and being a part of student success as we move forward.”


HCC Foundation September 2019 Check Presentation

Occidental Check Presentation

The HCC Foundation also recognized Occidental and HCCF Board Member Jeanne Perdue who made a combined gift totaling $20,000 to HCC’s Northeast College – Global Energy Center of Excellence. This generous gift enables Northeast College – Global Energy Center of Excellence to award scholarships to students in the AAS degree programs. The Occidental Recruitment Impact Scholarships will help students pay for their tuition, books, and fees.

“We are grateful to Occidental and Jeanne Perdue for their community leadership, vision, and commitment to support Houston Community College students in achieving their educational aspirations and goals,” said HCC Foundation Board Chair David Regenbaum.

Perdue, who serves as Scholarship and Grants Chair on the HCC Foundation Board, approached her employer, Occidental Petroleum about setting up a named scholarship to benefit the Global Energy COE at HCC.

“It was easy to convince our recruiters that this would be a great way to prime the talent pipeline for hiring petroleum technicians,” said Perdue, who leveraged her personal gift with matching dollars from her employer to increase the overall contribution on behalf of Occidental.

"Occidental is honored to partner with Houston Community College. We truly believe our people are our most valuable asset and it is the reason why we are here today. That is also why we are continually investing in our employees and are always looking to develop our future workforce, said company representative Robert Rodriguez.

"The need for technical workers will continue to grow as our fields continue to become automated and driven by technology which is why programs like the ones at Houston Community College are so vital."

Nitya Capital and Swapnil and Deepika Agarwal Underwrite West Houston Institute Video Wall

HCC Foundation August 2019 Check Presentation

Nitya Capital and Swapnil and Deepika Agarwal were recognized at the HCC Board of Trustees meeting on August 7th for their gift of $92,000 to HCC’s West Houston Institute. The gift will underwrite the West Houston Institute video wall to serve as a focal point for the HCC state-of-the-art learning space.

Swapnil is a graduate of Hastings High School in Alief ISD, just a few miles from the West Houston Institute. His higher education began at Houston Community College where he started his coursework before self-financing his way through college at the University of Texas. Swapnil then worked in the real estate and finance industry before launching Nitya Capital and Karya Property Management in 2014.

“For those of you who have not been in the lobby of the West Houston Institute, the video wall is going to be truly impressive, spanning two stories and adding to the bold and innovative design of the space," said HCC Foundation Board Chair David Regenbaum. "It will provide an attractive element to the building for both students and outside community visitors."

Swapnil, whose company primarily focuses on providing housing to middle- and lower-class families of America, is humble about his philanthropy. The self-made businessman remarked, “It’s my privilege and honor to support and give back to the community. … I’m in this position because of what I learned at HCC.”

  Hindu Charities for America Establishes Named Scholarship

HCC Foundation August 2019 Check Presentation

The HCC Foundation recognized Hindu Charities for America (HC4A) for their gift of $10,000 to establish a named scholarship at HCC at the HCC Board of Trustees meeting held on August 7th.

The scholarship, to be awarded to 10 students in the amount of $1,000 each, will provide support for students in their final year of studies at HCC who are pursuing programs at HCC that lead to an associate degree in an Applied Science or other vocational program. The scholarship is earmarked for students at HCC’s Stafford or Missouri City campus who meet criteria as first preference, or HCC campuses in general.

“The primary objective of the Hindu Charities for America is to reduce income disparity through education and we could not find a better partner than HCC,” said HC4A Houston Region representative Sasidhar Konidena.

“We are grateful for Hindu Charities for America for what their investment will make possible for our students who are near completion and need financial support to help make their degree possible. They are a wonderful new partner for HCC student success,” said HCC Foundation Board Chair David Regenbaum.


HCC Foundation Salutes Dr. Norma Perez

HCC Foundation June 2019 Check Presentation: 

HCC Foundation salutes Dr. Norma Perez, HCC Vice Chancellor of Instructional Services and Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Perez has made personal gifts totaling $25,000 to establish the Maria and Jose Perez Endowed Scholarship at HCC in honor of her parents. The esteemed HCC leader says, “My parents taught me to give back.” The scholarship was announced at the June 5th HCC Board of Trustees meeting where Dr. Perez was accompanied by her family.

Thank you, Dr. Norma Perez, for your generous contribution. Your passion for education and your passion for student success is what makes us HCC strong.

Saluting our Veterans 

HCC Foundation May 2019 Check Presentation:


A gift of $10,000 received from the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation will benefit active duty service members as they transition from the military to civilian life.

Dan West, State Adjutant and Quartermaster for the Texas VFW, presented the check at the May 1, 2019, HCC Board Of Trustees meeting. 

"We are grateful for the support of the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation for their support of HCC's veterans program. We are proud to work with the Texas VFW to serve veterans in the Houston area, " said HCC Foundation Board President David Regenbaum. 

HCC Foundation opens Pathways to Success

HCC Foundation May 2019 Check Presentation: