Courses & Programs
Whether you want solid preparation for transfer to a four-year college or university, or skills you can use to enter the workforce immediately, HCC will take you where you want to go. Outstanding faculty, small class size, flexible day, evening, Saturday, and online classes, and comprehensive academic support ensure your success. Not seeking a a degree? Our Business & Community Services division offers a wealth of personal enrichment and professional development classes.
HCC offers two degrees: an Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.), plus numerous certificate options and a BA option at Elms College.
Associate degrees can be completed in as little as two years full time, or part time at a pace that suits you. Degrees prepare you for a career or transfer to a four-year college or university, and require completion of at least 60 credits, usually specific major-related courses and a flexible choice of electives. And when you're ready to transfer, HCC's joint admissions and transfer agreements make it easy for you to continue your education.
Certificates can be completed in as few as two semesters full time, or part time at a pace you choose. They are designed to provide expertise in a particular field so you can launch a new career, strengthen current skills, or pursue an interest. Certificates often require the completion of nine or more related courses.
Whatever you choose, you'll find a supportive community of teachers and learners at HCC. Want to dive deeply into a subject you're passionate about? HCC offers learning communities, small groups of students who explore a theme through the lens of multiple disciplines. Want to gain hands-on experience in a particular career field? Service Learning allows you to use what you've learned in class to contribute to the community, and Career Services will help you find an internship or discover the career that is just right for you.
Adult Basic Education
Holyoke Community College's Adult Basic Education programs provide basic skills instruction in math, writing, and reading to adult learners in order to prepare them for their High School Equivalency Certificate through the HiSet test (formerly known as GED), jobs, or higher education.
Explore our Adult Basic Education programs.
Workforce Training & Professional Development
Love the field you're in but want to advance? HCC offers courses and certificates that allow you to sharpen your skills and enhance your resume.
Thinking of going in a different direction? HCC can help you start a new career in one of a variety of fields.
Learn more about our workforce development programs.
Express your creativity, learn a new skill, get fit, or organize your finances: HCC's personal enrichment courses offer something for everyone at an affordable price. These courses don't have grades or exams – just the opportunity to learn in a fun, "small-class" environment with people with similar interests. Open to learners of all ages, our classes are taught by qualified instructors and conveniently scheduled to allow working people to participate.
Find out more about personal enrichment classes!