Hibbing Community College Foundation

Hibbing Community College - Who We Are

Hibbing Community College History... Every year, Hibbing Community College serves more than 2,000 students who go on to become our communities' nurses, police officers, pharmacy technicians, engineers, teachers and more.

Over time, Hibbing Community College has evolved, changed, merged, moved and grown.

Hibbing was one of the first towns in the nation to expand educational opportunities by opening a two-year college in 1916. Thus, Hibbing Community College is one of the oldest two-year colleges in Minnesota and the nation.

Eleven students attended the first and only course offered in 1916 at Hibbing Junior College -- later know as Hibbing State Junior College and then as Hibbing Community College. Campus locations changed three times -- from North Hibbing, to the west wing of Hibbing High School and finally to its current location.

The Hibbing Area Vocational Technical Institute was established in 1962. It responded to the need to provide post-secondary vocational opportunities for high school graduates and miners who were being affected by the "boom and bust" cycles on the Iron Range. The institution was renamed a "technical institute" in 1987 and a "technical college" in 1989. In 1992 it merged with the Eveleth campus to form Range Technical College.

Through the consolidation of Hibbing Community College and Range Technical College-Hibbing, Hibbing Community College, a technical & community college, was established on July 1, 1996. Governed by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, HCC is a two-year, community and technical college.

In 2001, the college completed a co-location project, resulting in the building of a new addition to the campus. The new campus better supports HCC's educational mission and enriches the lives of all who study and work here. The new facility is truly a campus for the 21st century.

In 2004, Hibbing Community College joined the Northeast Minnesota Higher Education District, a group of two-year technical, community and consolidated colleges in Minnesota's Arrowhead region. Joined together under one President and governance structure, HCC and its sister colleges now, more than ever, effectively serve the life-long learning needs of the people of this region.


Mission Statement: The Hibbing College Foundation exists to strengthen the availability of higher education at Hibbing Community College through financial support for scholarships and enhancement of programs.

Vision Statement: The Hibbing College Foundation is a well-known and respected organization which provides financial support to Hibbing Community College students allowing them to reach their personal educational goals.

Foundation Board Members

Wayne Kangas, President

David Jordan, Vice President

Peter Clevenstine, Treasurer

James Bayliss

Jane Brownlee

Rian Burkes

Rita Charter

Mike Finco

Krystle Glad

Joe Jerulle

Jon Minne

Brian Simonson

Amalia Spagnolo

Jerry Wallis

Emeritus Member

Veda Ponikvar

Ad Hoc Members - Hibbing Community College

Aaron Reini, Interim Provost
Angie Weaver, Foundation Director
Jessalyn Sabin, Faculty Representative