Jan 27, 2023  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

Programs & Services

ACT Center - Advising and Transfer Center (Campus Center 102)

An additional resource for assistance with academic advising and transferring to a four-year college.  Your one-stop resource center for assistance with academic advising, choosing a major, career exploration, job search, and assistance transferring to a four-year college.

Athletics and Recreation

The David M. Bartley Center for Athletics and Recreation is the focal point of a variety of programs and opportunities for students. This multi-use facility, which is the site for numerous campus-wide events, includes a fitness and wellness center that features cardiovascular and strength equipment, a group exercise room, a three-court gymnasium, a seminar/classroom, a training and assessment room, and steam/sauna areas. Academic courses, varsity sports, recreation, and wellness programs are among the offerings for students. Located adjacent to the outdoor track and soccer field, the Bartley Center (BC) is a resource that enhances the educational experience and lifestyle of students through its programs and activities. For more information, visit BC 204, or call 413.552.2161, www.hcc.edu/student-life/athletics

Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS)

The Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS) provides comprehensive academic support to meet the learning needs of all HCC students. CAPS’ three centers include: Tutoring, Writing/ESL, and Math. CAPS provides a variety of academic support services for students who need help with content-related matters, reading, writing, and math.  Learning Coaches are also available which can assist student with strategies related to studying, time management, note-taking, and stress reduction skills. 

The Centers are open in person Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  They are open virtually Monday-Thursday 9:00a.m. - 8:00p.m., Friday 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.  Services are free to all HCC students. CAPS hours of operation are available on Moodle.  CAPS is located in the Donahue building (DON 240). Call 413.552.2584 for information.

Counseling and Wellness

HCC provides free counseling services for students through a partnership with the Center for Human Development (CHD).  CHD provides services through a unique, multicultural approach using evidence-based practices designed for college students who are grappling with mental health distress.  CHD provides their services in both English and Spanish.  In addition to one-on-one counseling, CHD also provides facilitated support groups.  CHD is located on campus in the Frost Building, Room 232.  Their phone number is 413.552.2626.

El Centro

El Centro aspires to provide a Hispanic-thriving learning community to meet the needs of Latinx students, where they can receive culturally responsive guidance and support essential to achieve academic success, advancement, and a sense of belonging.

At El Centro, we connect with prospective and enrolled Latinx students and develop empowering relationships in support of their academic persistence and graduation, while grounding students in a sense of belonging through cultural celebration, community connection, and achievement.

Through a holistic approach, students are encouraged to develop skills that promote self-authorship, self-advocacy, and leadership. 

El Centro provides:

  • Bilingual services to students and their families

  • Support throughout the HCC application process

  • FAFSA application support and Financial Literacy

  • One-on-one guidance and academic advising 

  • Pathways to graduation, transfer, or career 

  • Wraparound support services

  • A Latinx student-empowering and student led space to gather, network, and learn

  • Mentorship opportunities

  • Cultural events and celebration 

For more information about El Centro stop by Campus Center 248 or call 413.552.2052.  You can also contact Julissa Colón at jcolon@hcc.edu.     

Bilingual Professional Staff: English/Spanish


The Holyoke Community College Library provides students with the assistance and resources to fulfill their classroom assignments and expand their education beyond the classroom and into their daily lives. The research strategies acquired while learning to use the Library effectively will provide students with lifelong learning skills to assist them in finding appropriate information, evaluating it critically, and synthesizing it into knowledge.

The library’s knowledgeable staff is available to work with students one-on-one, in teams, and in the classroom. Library services can be accessed in person at our service desks or by phone, email, or text message. Located in the center of the College complex, the Library offers two computer labs, two photocopiers with scan-to-email abilities, two group study rooms, and a quiet study area.  Students have access to print and electronic books, online periodicals, and streaming educational videos. HCC faculty may place course materials on reserve at the circulation desk for student use. The library also lends technology including Chromebooks, laptops, WiFi hot spots, and calculators. The online catalog and online databases are accessible from both in the Library and from off campus. Easy 24/7 remote access to the Library’s electronic collection means that the Library is always open when you need it.

Holyoke Community College is a founding member of HELM (Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts) which augments the resources of the HCC Library by providing access to the collections of member libraries. Students at HCC may borrow from HELM libraries themselves or by requesting material to be delivered to the HCC Library.

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, or 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
  • career and transfer guidance
  • assistance with unemployment benefits

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 deaf and disabled students with documented disabilities through assessment of individual academic needs and implementation of accommodations for all college programs and services, classrooms, and campus access, as well as telework/study. Students are encouraged to contact the office during their application process.  Early collaboration with OSDDS will assure timely services and assistive technology training . Students should contact the office before beginning their first semester so that services can be provided in a timely manner. Each student’s instructor and appropriate campus services are involved in this process.

Typical accommodations available to students include: arrangement of extended time or proctored testing services, ASL interpreters and C-Print Captionists, and introduction to the HCC assistive technology services. 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 are available through campus or community service providers.  For information about services, contact OSDDS at osd@hcc.edu or 413.552.2417. 

Pathways Program

The Pathways Program wants you to dream big! We are a transfer support program that helps promising students succeed at HCC and explore transfer opportunities to selective liberal arts colleges such as Amherst, Hampshire, Cornell, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and beyond. The Pathways Program helps students every step of the way with 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.  It is never to early to think about transfer!

Perkins Secondary to Post-Secondary Initiatives

The college has established numerous articulation agreements between HCC and local high schools in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. These articulation agreements enable students to receive college credits at HCC for courses taken in high school.  Recent graduates from the following high schools may be eligible for college credit:

  • Agawam High School
  • Amherst Regional High School
  • Chicopee Comprehensive High School
  • Chicopee High School
  • Dean Vocational Technical High School
  • Easthampton High School
  • Gateway Technical High School
  • Hampshire Regional High School
  • Holyoke High School
  • Lower Pioneer Valley Career School
  • Ludlow High School
  • Monson Innovation High School
  • Northampton High School
  • Putnam Vocational Technical High School
  • Quaboag Regional High School
  • Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School
  • Southwick Regional School
  • Tantasqua Regional High School
  • Westfield High School
  • Westfield Technical Academy

 Please contact the office of Admissions at admissions@hcc.edu or 413.552.2321 for more information.

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, National Society of Leadership and Success, MassPIRG, 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 (11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.). Anyone wishing to participate is encouraged to contact Student Engagement at 413.552.2536 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.

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services is a federally-funded program designed to assist students in graduating from HCC and transferring to a four-year institution by providing academic support services. To be eligible for TRIO SSS, 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 of the following three eligibility factors: first generation to college (neither parent(s)/guardian has received a Bachelor’s degree), demonstrate financial need (low-income) or have a documented disability. For more information about the TRIO/SSS Program, please call 413.552.2505 or email trio@hcc.edu. A program overview and student application are available online at https://www.hcc.edu/trio or in the TRIO SSS Office (Donahue 240).

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 are available 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 Certifying Official (DON 105), at 413.552.2189 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.