Inside the Picknelly Center

Located on the third and fourth floors of the Holyoke Transportation Center, the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center was established by members of the Juntos Collaborative, Holyoke Public Schools, and Holyoke Community College (HCC) to provide Holyoke residents with adult basic education and related services in an easily accessible location.

Transition to College and Careers

Transition to College & Careers (TCC) is a free, non-credit program (offering day and evening options) that helps adult students 18+ prepare for college and identify a career path. The program includes intensive academic preparation in English reading and writing, math, study strategies and computers in a college context. We offer college navigation, career advising, and tutoring in an environment conducive to learning.


Adult Learning Center

The HCC Adult Learning Center (HCC ALC) is a free, intensive, evening High School Equivalency Preparation program that offers basic literacy, adult basic education, preparation, and High School Equivalency preparation classes along with a host of companion services including technology training, career development, field trips to local colleges for classes and demonstrations and academic counseling. Located at the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center in downtown Holyoke, programming is offered September through June.


Community Education Project

CEP offers educational counseling and referral services, as well as legal, medical, housing, and personal advocacy for our students. CEP Classes held at PAFEC include two levels of English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) and an evening ABE Transition to College and Careers class. CEP is a member of the JUNTOS Collaborative.


Gill Community Technology Center

A center to promote technology literacy and support the education and workforce programming of the PAFEC, the technology center offers free and low cost basic computer and software classes in English and Spanish. It also provides free open sessions for the general public, lab space for adult basic education (ABE) and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) classes, and High School Equivalency preparation.


Holyoke Adult Learning Opportunities (HALO) Center

The HALO Center provides beginning literacy, ABE, pre-High School Equivalency, and High School Equivalency preparation services in English, as well as beginning and intermediate ESOL classes. HALO is funded by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Holyoke Public Schools. HALO is a member of the JUNTOS Collaborative.


Holyoke Community College Courses

Workforce Development Classes, non-credit offerings, English writing and composition, introduction to healthcare careers, High School Equivalency Testing and MCAS preparation, as well as career counseling, admissions, enrollment, financial aid, and other student support services.


Holyoke Tutor Mentor Program

The Holyoke Tutor/Mentor Program recruits, trains, and supports a pool of tutors who work with learners already studying English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or Adult Basic Education (ABE).


SABES (System for Adult Basic Education Support)

The System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) is the ABE professional development (PD) system of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Adult, and Community Learning Services unit. Since 1990, SABES has been essential to the advancement of the Adult Basic Education (ABE) system in Massachusetts, providing effective leadership and support to ABE programs, practitioners, and learners across the state. The current system includes eight centers, each providing PD on a specific topic. Holyoke Community College hosts the SABES PD Center for SMARTT and Cognos, the state’s ABE data management system. HCC also has sub-contracts with Quinsigamond Community College for both the SABES PD Center for English for Speakers of Other Languages and the SABES PD Center for Educational Leadership and Strengthening ABE Programs. For more information on SABES, please go to For information on the SABES PD Centers affiliated with HCC, please contact Michele Sedor at


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040