Jan 27, 2021  
College Catalog 2020-2021 
College Catalog 2020-2021

Special Programs & Services

Transition to College & Careers

Transition to College & Careers (TCC) is a free, non-credit program offered both days and evenings that help adult students 18+ prepare for college and identify a career path. The program includes intensive academic preparation in English reading and writing, math, study strategies, and computers in a college context. We offer college navigation, career advising, and tutoring in an environment conducive to learning.

Programs are offered during spring, summer, and fall semesters. Day TCC classes are held on the HCC campus.  Evening TCC program classes are held at the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center (PAFEC) in downtown Holyoke.

For more information, please contact Marie Troppe, Director, ABE Transition to College & Careers (TCC) at 413.552.2728 or mtroppe@hcc.edu.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

HCC offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and an array of services to help English language learners succeed in college. ESL courses prepare students for Associate Degree or Certificate programs.

ESL Academic Courses

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Department offers four levels of Academic ESL for students who are working toward an Associate degree or certificate at HCC. Courses are offered in English Grammar, Writing and Reading, Speaking and Listening, and Pronunciation. ESL credits may be used as elective credit for graduation in some programs of study. This is a credit-bearing curriculum that focuses on student academic advancement.

ESL Support Services/Bilingual Services

HCC offers a comprehensive ESL curriculum in a supportive environment. Our services include:

  • Individual and group tutoring
  • Bilingual academic advising
  • Student advocacy and referrals
  • Orientation seminars
  • Bilingual academic and career counseling
  • Language assessment/placement
  • Self-directed and computerized lab instruction

To learn more about ESL Support Services stop by the office in the Donahue 203, call 413.552.2553 or 413.552.2234, or email gmontero@hcc.edu.

Cursos Académicos De ESL

El Departamento de Inglés como Segundo Idioma (ESL), ofrece cuatro niveles académicos para estudiantes que desean lograr un grado asociado o certificado en HCC. Los cursos que se ofrecen son: Gramática, Escritura, Lectura y Conversación. Los créditos de ESL pueden ser usados como electivos requeridos para graduación en algunos programas de estudio. Nuestro currículo tiene créditos que se enfocan en el aprovechamiento académico del estudiante.

Servicios de Apoyo

HCC ofrece un currículo de ESL en un abiente acogedor. Nuestros servicios incluyen:

  • Tutoría individual y en grupo
  • Consejería académica bilingüe
  • Asesoría estudiantil y referidos
  • Seminarios de orientación
  • Consejería bilingüe sobre carreras
  • Evaluación de lenguaje/ubicación
  • Laboratorio de instrucción auto-dirigida computarizada

Para Mayor Información Para saber más sobre los servicios del Programa de Apoyo de Inglés como Segundo Idioma, visite nuestra oficina en el edificio Donahue 203, o llame al 413.552.2553 ó 413.552.2234. Email: gmontero@hcc.edu.

Курсы По Английскому Языку

Департамент по английскому языку предлагает четыре уровня обучения английскому для студентов, которые хотят получить Диплом (Associate Degree) или Сертификат (Professional Certificate) в колледже (HCC). ESL курсы предлагаются в следующих разделах: грамматика, чтение, письмо, разговорная речь, восприятие на слух. ESL кредиты могут быть засчитаны в некоторыe программы для получения диплома.

Услуги ESL Программы

Колледж предлагает услуги, которые помогут вам быть успешными студентами:

  • Индивидуальные и групповые занятия с репетиторами
  • Помощь на испанском и русском языках
  • Ориентация для вновь поступивших студентов
  • Определение уровня знания английского языка
  • Занятия с использованием компьютера
  • Оценка знания языка (тестирование)
  • Консультации по учебе и карьере на испанском и русском языках

Для получения дополнительной информации об ESL услугах остановитесь в здании Donahue, комната 203, или позвоните по телефонам 413.552.2553 или 413.552.2234.

Еmail: mkorchevska@hcc.edu

HCC Adult Learning Center at the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center

The HCC Adult Learning Center is a community-based ABE program located at The Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center, 3rd Floor, 206 Maple Street, in Holyoke. The Center’s programs are partially funded by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and offers Pre-HiSET Preparation and HiSET Preparation. All learners receive career counseling, academic counseling, and referrals as needed. To learn more about our services, contact Marisol Fontanez at 413.552.2990. All services are free.

Integrated ESOL Culinary and ESOL Nurse Aide

HCC offers integrated ESOL-Nurse Aide training at the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center, 1st floor, 206 Maple Street, in Holyoke.  HCC also offers integrated ESOL-Culinary/Hospitality training at the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield, and at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, 164 Race Street, Holyoke.  Both programs provide contextualized ESOL and job training that leads to industry certifications and employment.  All learners receive career counseling, academic counseling, job placement, and referrals as needed.  For more information, contact Pesha Black, 413.552.0320, pblack@hcc.edu.  All services are free.

Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center

The Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center is a community-based ABE program that offers ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes during the day and evening. The Center also offers individual or paired tutoring for those who cannot attend evening classes. New to the center are computer skills workshops, assistance with citizenship issues, and transitioning learners to college. All learners receive career counseling, academic counseling, and referrals as needed.

The Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center is located at 54 Winsor Street, 2nd floor in Ludlow. For more information, contact the director at 413.583.0320. All services are free.

Multicultural Academic Services (MAS)

The Multicultural Academic Services (MAS) program is designed with the goal of helping students of underrepresented groups find the pathways that will help them succeed in college. It caters to students challenged by issues of language, cultural identity, and isolation. Through a one-on-one approach, students are encouraged to develop skills that promote self-authorship, self-advocacy, and leadership. The MAS Program serves as a pipeline for students transitioning from ESL, local high schools, and alternative high schools.

Participants from targeted high schools are identified as soon as they are accepted at HCC. Students receive a variety of services: tips to prepare for the College Placement Test, one-on-one guidance and support on paperwork requirements from the college, support from a freshmen college student mentor who recently graduated from high school, on campus meet and greets in the summer, and direct access to an academic advisor as soon as they apply to the college.

MAS students are eventually encouraged to seek transfer support from the Pathways Program or to transfer to a four-year institution.

MAS also provides support and services to all international students on a student visa. International students are guided, monitored, and advised on their career path and the academic policies and procedures to maintain their student visa.

El Centro is a student empowering space to gather, network, and provide educational and recreational workshops and talks, in addition to study, rest, and pray. El Centro houses the MAS program and the Orientation and New Students Program. The two programs collaborate to assist new incoming students.

The Puente Experience is a bridge program under El Centro for new incoming students. It provides First Steps to College workshops, peer mentoring, and New Student Orientation materials and guidance to successfully start college.

For more information about MAS stop by Campus Center 248 or call 413.552.2346.  You can also contact Myriam Quiñones at 413.552.2539, mquinones@hcc.edu or visit our Facebook page.

Hours of operation:

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Bilingual Professional Staff: English/Spanish

New Directions for Adult Learners

New Directions for Adult Learners is a college success program for students age 24 and older, parents, and veterans–including students that have been out of school for many years.. New Directions recognizes that adults often need help balancing college life with career, family, personal, and/or military responsibilities.  Our goal is to help you succeed at HCC, define your career and educational goals, and discover opportunities for transfer to a four-year college or university. Services include:

  • pre-enrollment counseling
  • help navigating the admissions process
  • information about financial aid
  • academic advising
  • orientation workshops
  • transition to college support
  • basic computer instruction
  • career and transfer guidance
  • scholarship assistance

Our program includes the Marieb Center, which is a lounge and study space for non-traditional women.

New Directions also offers a comprehensive “Smart Start” program each semester that assists new students with transitioning academically and socially to college life. New Directions for Adult Learners, Frost 232, 413.552.2346, https://www.hcc.edu/courses-and-programs/academic-support/new-directions-for-adult-learners.

Office for Students With Disabilities and Deaf Services

The Office for Students with Disabilities and Deaf Services (OSDDS) provides assistance to students with documented disabilities through assessment of individual academic needs and implementation of accommodations for both classroom and campus access. Students are encouraged to contact the office immediately following their acceptance to the college to obtain timely services and arrange for equipment.

Typical accommodations available to students include: arrangement of alternative testing services, ASL interpreters and oral transliterators, and introduction to the HCC assistive technology center. Accommodation plans are developed in conjunction with faculty and community support services as well as HCC campus services.

Additional support services such as electronic/alternative texts, tutorial assistance, and transfer counseling may be arranged through other campus or community service providers. For information about services, contact OSDDS, Donahue 147, 413.552.2417.

Pathways Program

Pathways wants you to dream big! The Pathways Program helps promising students succeed at HCC and explore transfer opportunities to selective liberal arts colleges such as Mount Holyoke, Smith, Hampshire, Amherst, and beyond. The Pathways Program offers: academic and personal advising, workshops, college visits, and assistance with the transfer process. For more information, contact Pathways, Frost 264, at 413.552.2857. For more information visit www.hcc.edu/pathways.

Perkins Secondary to Post-Secondary Initiatives

The Perkins Grant provides for programs that help students transition from the last years of high school into the first two years of post-secondary education. It facilitates a smooth academic and career pathway leading to an associate degree or certificate, particularly through articulation agreements between HCC and a number of high schools in various areas of study. These agreements enable students to receive college credits at HCC for courses taken in high school. Please contact the Perkins Grant Coordinator, Heidi Rademacher, Campus Center 148, at 413.552.2250 or hrademacher@hcc.edu for more information.

Senior Waiver

Massachusetts residents 60 years of age or older have the opportunity to take HCC credit classes on a space-available basis through HCC’s senior waiver program. Seniors pay a non-refundable fee of $50.00 per semester regardless of the number of credits taken. Seniors can only register for courses two weeks prior to the semester in which they are planning to enroll. Registrations will not be accepted after the end of the add/drop week. For information, contact the ACT Center, 413.552.2722.


STRIVE (Students Together Reaching Individual Visions of Excellence) is a federally-funded TRiO Student Support Services program designed to assist participants in graduating from HCC and transferring to a four-year institution by providing a range of academic support services. To be eligible for STRIVE, students must be enrolled in three or more classes (9 credits or more) and be in need of academic or financial support. Students must qualify under at least one or more of the following three categories: low income, first generation (parent(s)/guardian have not earned a Bachelor’s degree), or have a documented disability. For more information, please contact STRIVE, Donahue 250, at 413.552.2505 or strive@hcc.edu. Applications are available online at www.hcc.edu/student-services/support-at-hcc/strive or in the STRIVE Office.

Student Engagement

The Student Engagement Office helps build community and foster college involvement through social and educational programming and leadership development. Opportunities for involvement include the Student Senate, the student member of the Board of Trustees, and over 25 active clubs and organizations. To learn more, visit Student Engagement at www.hcc.edu/campus-life/student-activities. Students, faculty, and staff participate in a wide variety of programs (multicultural events, music, dance, speakers, and campus celebrations) during the weekly Wednesday activity period. Anyone wishing to participate is encouraged to contact Student Engagement at 413.552.2418 or clubs@hcc.edu.

THRIVE Student Resource Center

The Thrive Student Resource Center offers an array of free services for students and community members facing non-academic barriers. Services include: access to the HCC Food Pantry, free and confidential applications for SNAP (food assistance) and MassHealth, financial coaching and budget planning, help establishing or fixing credit, and referrals to community resources such as the HCC Career Closet, housing, Community Legal Aid, and VITA (free tax prep). For more information visit www.hcc.edu/thrive or stop by the Thrive Center, Frost 233. To make an appointment, contact 413.552.2783 or thrive@hcc.edu.

Veteran Services

Veteran Services provides veterans, reservists, active duty and eligible spouses and dependents of veterans support in the adjustment to becoming successful in college life, resources to help with any problem encountered on campus, and the most up-to-date information about military benefits.

The Bunker is a combination resource center and study lounge for any currently enrolled student that is military affiliated.  The Bunker is a designated “quiet zone” with separate computer workstations, tables, chairs, and a printer located in DON 105.  The Veterans’ Lounge has tables and chairs that create the perfect atmosphere for a casual conversation or a meeting, located in DON 138.

Eligible veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, disabled veterans, and dependents of deceased or 100% total and permanently disabled veterans may qualify for monthly educational benefit payments from the Veterans Administration. To ensure that our recently discharged veterans and their eligible family members will not have to bear the cost of out-of-state charges while using their Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Montgomery GI Bill® education benefits, HCC is fully compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice & Accountability Act of 2014.  Any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31 or 33 that has provided a certificate of eligibility will not have any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment from the VA.  Certain eligible veterans residing in Massachusetts are also entitled to a tuition waiver for classes. Students with only tuition waivers are responsible for all fees other than tuition. Veterans may also be eligible for health benefits to satisfy HCC’s health insurance requirement. Massachusetts National Guard members in good standing are eligible for a tuition and fee waiver for classes. Contact: Veterans Services, Frost 232, at 413.552.2265 or veterans@hcc.edu, or visit the Veteran Services page.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  More information about educational benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. goverment website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

Wellness Promotion

Wellness Promotion at HCC provides programming that supports student success while encouraging a balanced lifestyle and a sense of belonging on campus. Credit-bearing classes, workshops for classes and student groups, and ongoing drop-in practices for Yoga and iRest® Integrative Restoration (guided meditation) are offered throughout the semester. For more information contact Wellness Promotion, 413.552.2422, https://www.hcc.edu/student-life/caring-for-yourself/resources-body-mind-spirit.