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.


(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!

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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

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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: