Need to earn your GED? If you are preparing for the GED Test, HCC offers three different study options. Each reviews all the areas covered by the exam and offers tips for success. One is a free evening program; the other two programs charge a fee.
GED Preparation serves individuals age 16 and older who have not yet received their high school diploma. The programs begin with diagnostic testing and then review writing skills, social studies, reading comprehension, and mathematics. Upon completion, individuals will be ready for the test or will be advised if further study is needed.
Free evening program
T&R from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center (PAFEC), located above the Holyoke Transit Center at 206 Maple Street in Holyoke. This is a year-long program.
Fee-based evening program
M&W from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at PAFEC. The cost of this 12-week program is $249 with an additional fee of $25 for books.
Fee-based morning program
T&R from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Ludlow Adult Learning Center (LAALC), located at 54 Winsor Street in Ludlow. The cost of this 12-week program is $249 with an additional fee of $25 for books.
PAFEC: all Holyoke buses go to the Transportation Center located below the PAFEC. There is also garage parking and metered street parking nearby. A fee is charged until 5 p.m.
LAALC: transportation is available via PVTA B9. There also is on-street parking available on Chestnut Street.
The application/screening process consists of a phone interview and an in-person interview. In addition, applicants will have their reading, writing, and math skills assessed and take an Accuplacer test.
For the free program, contact Aliza Ansell at (413) 552-2912. Students are eligible on a first-come, first-served basis; currently, there is a waiting list.
For the fee-based programs, complete a non-credit registration form or register online or by telephone at (413) 538-5815.
Ken White, Dean of Community Services
Phone: (413) 552-2324
Fax: (413) 552-2745
GED Preparation is funded through JUNTOS and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.