In the fall of 1976, Houston Community College Northwest started its first day of classes at the Cy-Fair Campus with approximately 250 students. This was in partnership with Cy-Fair ISD, which provided HCC with an underutilized facility near Tanner Road and Gessner. The staff was small but committed. When the building needed painting, the custodian, faculty and staff got together to complete the task. Nothing was too large or small a task for those early visionaries who were dedicated to establishing a presence in the northwest Houston area.
That staff included the future Northwest President Dr. Zachary Hodges, who then was serving as the first campus-based counselor at HCC. In 1978, Dr. Hodges created a program for after school classes at Katy High School that later became HCC's first dual credit program. In 1985 HCC opened a campus at Westchester, a previously closed Spring Branch ISD school, and Dr. Hodges served as a campus director. In 1989, then Chancellor Dr. Charles Green divided HCC into six colleges and the Northwest college was born. Northwest College has the unique privilege of having campuses in three Houston-area school districts.
The Northwest college has grown due to the commitment and dedication of the faculty and staff and our amazing, hard-working students. Now with four westside campuses at Alief Hayes, Alief Bissonnet, Spring Branch, and our new Katy campus, this commitment continues with courses offered in more than 60 HCC programs with over 9,000 students. We look forward to serving you and helping you continue your educational journey.