A public, non-profit college founded in 1946, HCC is part of the Massachusetts public higher education system. Since its founding, HCC has focused on providing access to the highest quality education and workforce training for all who seek it.
HCC's highly-qualified, committed faculty and staff engage learners through innovative instruction and comprehensive student support services, ensuring that our students are well prepared for their next step—whether transfer to a four-year institution, career advancement, or the acquisition of skills that enhance the quality of life.
HCC is the premier Massachusetts community college, providing the best start at the best value for students from our increasingly diverse world. Enthusiastic, highly-qualified faculty engage students in innovative and creative learning. Students thrive in our vibrant, accessible, and welcoming campus community because we care about them and provide comprehensive academic and personal support. We challenge ourselves to identify and provide relevant, responsive solutions for the needs of organizations and individuals in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. HCC students are exceptionally prepared for success in today's changing world.
Located in Western Massachusetts' scenic Pioneer Valley, HCC draws regional, national and international students. A gateway to quality, accessible education and career advancement, HCC has welcomed more than 100,000 students who have come to realize their dreams and aspirations. HCC boasts the largest enrollment and awards the highest number of associate degrees and certificates among Western Massachusetts community colleges.
HCC's tuition and mandatory fees have consistently ranked among the lowest among of all Massachusetts' public higher education institutions making the college accessible to the many who seek to benefit from the rewards of higher education. Plus, HCC offers generous financial aid and scholarship opportunities to help ensure access for eligible students.
HCC offers approximately 100 associate degree and certificate options, as well as adult basic education programs, preparation for the high school equivalency test, education and training for business and industry, and personal and professional enrichment courses. To accommodate students' busy lives, HCC offers day, twilight, evening, weekend and online classes. Academic programs are designed for transfer to four-year institutions or immediate career entry. Students seeking a challenging and rigorous academic experience can take advantage of HCC's exceptional Learning Communities (team-taught interdisciplinary courses organized around a common theme) and its Commonwealth Honors program.
HCC has the highest transfer rate of any community college statewide, holding articulation agreements with more than 27 colleges and universities. Many students attend HCC with the intention of transferring to a four-year college or university. And many do so after graduating-often with generous and even full scholarships-to public and private four-year colleges and universities across the country. Locally, HCC is the largest feeder institution for Westfield State University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
The HCC Center for Career Development assists students with career exploration, planning, advising and job placement assistance. Staff help students research career paths based upon their abilities, interests and academic backgrounds. Internships and job shadowing opportunities provide students with the means to experience working in an area of interest.
Located on a beautiful 135-acre campus just off I-91, HCC offers easy access for residents of the Pioneer Valley. HCC students enjoy classrooms and laboratories equipped with the latest technology and wi-fi connectivity throughout the campus. The college's Media Arts Center draw students interested in video, sound, and game design, as well as animation and commercial and fine art photography. Home to the college's Business Division, the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development offers professional development and personal enrichment classes for the community and workforce training for area businesses. The David M. Bartley Center for Athletics and Recreation offers students a state-of-the-art fitness center outfitted with a three-court gymnasium, saunas, and cardiovascular equipment, including treadmills, stair climbers, elliptical machines, plate-loaded weight machines, free weights and more. Group classes and personal trainers are also available throughout the year.
Throughout the year, HCC is home to numerous recreational and cultural activities and events that are open to the community. View an art exhibit at the Taber Art Gallery, catch a live performance at the Leslie Phillips Theater, enjoy the college's annual Jazz Festival, or come watch one of HCC's competitive varsity athletic games. HCC has the largest disc golf course in Western Massachusetts, and it's free and open to the public. The best place to discover what's happening at HCC is on our online events calendar. We invite you to visit and get to know us!