El Camino Best Group Photo_edited
El Camino Best Group Photo_edited

El Camino Presenters HTCC 2018_edited
El Camino Presenters HTCC 2018_edited

MVC UCI Group Pic_edited
MVC UCI Group Pic_edited

El Camino Best Group Photo_edited
El Camino Best Group Photo_edited



"I attribute my success as a transfer student to not only the long hours and hard work I put into studying, but also the supportive community that the Honors Program provided for me."

— Itzania, El Camino College

Who are we?

A consortium of over fifty community colleges throughout California from Crescent City in the north to San Diego in the south. Each college is represented by its honors/scholars program director (a classroom faculty member) and its designated honors/scholars counselor.

When and where are HTCC meetings?

We meet three times each semester, aside from national and regional conferences and special meetings with our transfer partners. Meetings usually begin at 10am and end at 1pm, with a new directors meeting taking place 9-10am  

(Click on the schedule of meetings link for details.)

How do new members join HTCC?

Guests and observers are welcome at any meeting. Please notify the president if you wish to attend (see contact information below). Full membership is available to colleges which have operating honors programs; guest membership is available to colleges which are developing programs. Institutional dues are $120 per year. If you are interested in membership, please contact the president. (HTCC Application For those New To Honors.)

What do we do?

The HTCC is a forum for honors directors and counselors to share experiences and successful practices in dealing with talented and motivated students.

The HTCC participates annually in the UCI Community College Honors Research Conferencewhich gives students in community college honors programs the opportunity to present the results of their work. The annual conference hosted by the University of California Irvine takes place each spring.


The HTCC provides an annual Teaching and Learning in Honors Symposium that invites faculty and counselors to discuss honors pedagogy and practical strategies to increase student engagement in community college honors programs.


The HTCC negotiates special transfer agreements linking community college honors/scholars’ programs to specific universities, large or small, public or private.  Students completing our programs then enjoy enhanced transfer consideration at the partner-campus, e.g.,  priority acceptance consideration, special scholarships, housing priority and a range of other academic and social benefits such as library privileges even before transfer.


The HTCC awards scholarships and other awards to community college honors students for their achievements. These awards are announced at the annual UCI Community Colleges Honors Research Conference.

HTCC Events
The UCI Community College Honors Research Conference
March 26 & 27, 2021
(to be hosted virtually
by UC Irvine)