Capitol Technology University and Howard Community College Enter into Guaranteed Dual Admission Program Agreement


COLUMBIA, MD – Howard Community College (HCC) has entered into an agreement with Capitol Technology University for a Guaranteed Dual Admissions Program Agreement. Under its terms, the institutions will facilitate the admission of eligible students enrolled at HCC who complete an associate degree (A.A., A.A.S., or A.S.E.) program into a select four-year bachelor's degree (B.S.) program offered at Capitol Tech. 

The programs in focus include computer engineering, computer science, construction management, cybersecurity, electrical engineering, electronic technology, game and simulation, and engineering. On Monday, June 10, at 2 p.m., a ceremonial Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing will be held at Howard Community College. President of HCC, Dr. Daria J. Willis and President of Capitol Tech, Dr. Bradford L. Sims, will be present along with members of leadership and staff. The event will take place in the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Building, Community Room 101. More information will be announced.

“Howard Community College is committed to meeting our students where they dream with this new and exciting partnership with Capitol Technology University,” stated Dr. Daria J. Willis, President of Howard Community College. “Through innovative student services and articulation agreements we can provide college access to more members of our community and increase college completion.”

The partnership seeks to reduce the cost of higher education by encouraging students to complete an associate degree at HCC through collaborative academic advising and the completion of a Dual Admission Contract. Eligible students who complete this contract are guaranteed admission to Capitol Tech with a pathway toward completing the Bachelor of Science degree. Leaders say that this is the first of many opportunities HCC and Capitol Tech will create to support professional achievement.

“Capitol Tech is dedicated to offering HCC students a smooth and supportive pathway to completing their bachelor’s degrees, ensuring a successful and rewarding career in STEM fields,” stated Dr. Bradford L. Sims, President of Capitol Technology University.

Student services and academic advising provided by each institution, including general education and prerequisite requirements for admission into the Capitol Tech B.S. degree program, will be the shared responsibility of the institutions. Once admitted to HCC, students will have access to all student services at the college until the completion of the associate degree requirements, with access to all student services at Capitol Tech during their entire enrollment in the Agreement.

Howard Community College was recently named among the nation's top two-year colleges by Niche, an online college selection and data resource for families. HCC ranked #92 among all two-year institutions and the top community college in the Baltimore metropolitan area. HCC enrolls nearly 22,000 credit and non-credit students of all ages from more than 104 countries and yields more than $343 million in economic impact as one of Howard County's largest employers.

Capitol Technology University has received recognition by Forbes as one of America’s Top Colleges in 2023, ranking among the top 8% of best colleges offering a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree as well as specialized programs in engineering, business and art. Capitol Tech was selected based on Forbes’ Carnegie Classification of specific data related to student success, return on investment, alumni influence, impressive graduation rates, high graduate salaries, financial aid options, and additional standards of excellence. Capitol Tech engages the community worldwide through educating both local and international students, coordinating with educators, and supporting multinational professional associations.


Since 1970, Howard Community College (HCC) has been a preferred college choice for students and families in Howard County, Maryland. A public community college, HCC offers associate degree and certificate programs, as well as workforce development training and continuing education classes, to nearly 22,000 credit and noncredit students each year. HCC received the 2019 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s only presidential-level honor for performance excellence in organizations. For more information, visit the HCC website.


Capitol Technology University is a leading STEM university established in 1927. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), Capitol Tech is dedicated to offering undergraduate and graduate programs in cyber and information security, critical infrastructure, engineering, computer and data science, business, and management of technology. Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency (NSA), Capitol Tech is focused on empowering graduates for today’s evolving technology workplace. On a 52-acre campus located in Laurel, MD, Capitol Tech is positioned near the epicenter of our nation's most vibrant technology job corridor in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. For more information, visit the Capitol Tech website.