Hear from a HACC student, as the school celebrates 50 years

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Mar 16, 2014 7:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The largest community college system in Pennsylvania is celebrating its 50th anniversary, making it the oldest one in the state.

Moses Kavishe arrived in central Pennsylvania in December of 2010 from Tanzania, and enrolled at HACC for the start of the spring semester in 2011.


Since then, he's become a part of the school's Strategic Planning Committee and mentor for international students, all while trying to navigate life in the U-S.

Kavishe says everything about HACC made him feel welcome, and adds he's now in a better position to succeed.

"We have ups and downs, but you learn to make mistakes, you learn to grow up, but you learn through asking people and see their opinions, what they can suggest for you, so it's an open environment for everybody."

He says the process may be just as important as the destination.

Kavishe is planning to graduate this spring with an associates degree in business administration and go onto more schooling at Shippensburg University.

The numbers can be overwhelming - a half million people attended HACC and there are 61,000 alums and 3,500 international students representing 51 counties. 

"HACC can be even more than 100 years, but if it doesn't make an impact that people are expecting, I feel like it's meaningless. From my perspective, HACC has changed people's lives more than 50 years."

HACC will celebrate it's 50th anniversary with events all year, including a lecture series, special events at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center, and a gala in October.

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