Achieve Success through Supported Education (ASSET)

ASSET is a transitional program that helps students with disabilities prepare for secondary education or the workplace. It serves students between the ages of 17-25 who live in Holyoke and surrounding communities.


ASSET assists students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school into either secondary education or into the workplace. It offers two programs:
• Business Office Technology (BOT), which teaches job skills, social success, and computers
• Culinary Arts Training (CAT), which provides instruction in the areas of basic knife skills, kitchen safety, and food prep.
Students who are eligible can complete both programs, starting in BOT and moving into the CAT program the following year. A graduation ceremony is held at the end of the school year in May.

Participants are supported by their school districts, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and the Department of Developmental Services.

ASSET is a partnership between HCC and Community Enterprises.

Schedule and Location

Classes meet M-F from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., September through May.
They are held in the Kittredge Building, Room 314.

Transportation and Parking

Transportation is provided by the supporting school districts and/or supporting agencies. If needed, student parking is available.

To Apply

A completed two-page referral form is required for each potential student, along with a current IEP and letter of interest. Applicants must possess a fourth grade reading level. An interview will be conducted with the student and their family.


Luanne Neves, Instructor
Phone: (413) 552-2820
Fax: (413) 552-2745


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040