Skills, Training, and Enrichment Program (STEP)

Are you a middle school student who hopes to someday attend college? STEP Is a free afterschool program designed to help you overcome barriers to academic success and open doors to higher education. You'll receive instruction in language, science, math, and computer skills, as well as workshops on career exploration and personal management skills. Students also participate in field trips to area colleges and to places of cultural or scientific interest.

Our Mission

Our goal is to develop tight interpersonal relationships through mentoring which foster increased self-esteem and a clearer definition of ‘self,' while focusing on valuing education, respecting diversity, establishing a personal responsibility to the global community, and the development of personal dreams and goals.

About STEP

The Skills, Training and Enrichment Program (STEP) of Holyoke Community College (HCC), now in its 20th year, is a comprehensive program of academic and personal support services for students in the City of Holyoke.  The primary goal of STEP is to serve, support and motivate participants to enter and complete high school better prepared to succeed in college. Above all, students gain respect for themselves and their peers through participation in STEP.  They also became more self-confident and self-disciplined while improving academic outcomes.  STEP provides a safe community where students can receive individual attention and find others to share their experiences. The program incorporates interactive and hands-on learning experiences with in-school activities, classes, and field trips. There is no cost to apply to or enroll in STEP.

STEP is a partnership between HCC and the Holyoke Public Schools.

Schedule and Location

STEP currently offers services to the 7th and 8th grade students at the Maurice A. Donahue Elementary School (15-20 participants), the  Dr. Marcella R. Kelly Elementary School (15) and the William R. Peck Full Service Community School (two groups of 15+) in Holyoke.

STEP meets M-F from 2:52 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. at the Peck, Kelly, and Donahue Schools. The year-round program includes a three-week summer session.

Transportation and Parking

Transportation is provided for participants and parking is available at all program sites.

To Apply

Interested students must fill out a STEP application form, available by download or by contacting the STEP office, below.


Melany Mendoza, Director of After-School Programs
Phone: (413) 552-2471
Fax: (413) 552-2045

STEP is funded by a McNair (MEOP) grant, Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, Holyoke Public Schools CCLC Program, New Alliance Foundation, and Westfield Bank.


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