HCC MCAS Transitional Program

If you are a high school student from the classes of 2003-2016 who needs help passing the MCAS test, this program is for you. The HCC MCAS Transitional Program offers free test preparation classes to students from high schools in Hampden and Hampshire counties. Along with developing the skills you need to pass the test, you'll also have opportunities to create a resume, do an internship, and take the College Placement Test. 

About the HCC MCAS Transitional Program

The program helps students transition from high school to college and/or employment. It offers:

  • MCAS test preparation classes
  • employability skills training
  • job shadowing 
  • internships.

Four six-week sessions are offered throughout the year, which correspond with the MCAS re-test schedule. The first two weeks during each session, students will participate in a Workplace Readiness and Career or Transition to College seminar prior to the MCAS preparation courses. Students can attend more than one session if needed to obtain a passing score on the MCAS test.

There is no fee to apply and the program is free for all accepted students.

The HCC MCAS Transitional Program works with CareerPoint in Holyoke and FutureWorks in Springfield to recruit and train students.

Schedule and Location

Spring 2016 MCAS classes in English, Mathematics, and Biology will be held Mondays thru Thursdays, May 2 through May 26, from 5:30-8:00 p.m., in Room 154 of the Donahue Building. You'll find information regarding the latest program here.

Transportation and Parking

PVTA bus pass are available for students as needed and can use HCC's free shuttle service, La Guagua Pa'l College. Free parking is available at HCC in Lots: A, B, C, E, F, H, K, and L. Parking in any other lot may result in ticketing.

To Apply

Download an application (Biology and Math) or call the MCAS Transitional Program at (413) 552-2781.


For more information, please contact our staff, listed on the left.

The HCC MCAS Transitional Program is funded by two state-funded grants from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 538-7000