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, 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.


HCC ALC is part of the Juntos Collaborative, which incorporates six literacy programs throughout Holyoke that share the goal of helping adults in Holyoke get a free, high-quality education. The Holyoke Tutor/Mentor Program recruits, trains, and supports a pool of tutors who work with adult learners in HCC ALC and other Juntos programs.


  • Adult Basic Education: The basic literacy class provides math, reading and writing academic support for students.
  • Pre-High School Equivalency: Provides math, reading, writing, science and social studies academic support for students.
  • High School Equivalency Preparation: Provides comprehensive instruction in math, reading, writing, science and social studies academic support.
  • Fast-Track Math: Provides intensive math support. Recommended for students needing assistance with math or who have passed all areas of the High School Equivalency Preparation program  exam except math. 
  • Fast-Track Writing: Offers individualized one-on-one and small-group support for students who need extra support in developing writing skills.

Free Services Offered

  • In-class tutoring
  • Counseling Services: career counseling, academic counseling
  • Referrals to partnering agencies
  • Transition to College support services.
  • Field Trips and special "Elective" courses

Schedule and Location

Programming is offered September through June. We are located at the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center on the upper floors of the new Holyoke Transportation Center in downtown Holyoke.

Picknelly Center

206 Maple Street
Holyoke, MA  01040

Transportation and Parking

Transportation to Picknelly Center is available via HCC's free shuttle service, La Guagua Pa'l College. 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.

To Apply

For more information or to register for a class, contact:

Aliza Ansell, Program Coordinator
Phone: (413) 552-2912

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