Multicultural Academic Services
The Multicultural Academic Services program helps students from underrepresented groups succeed in college.
If you're coming to HCC from a local high school, you are the perfect fit for MAS support services. We walk you through the process of enrollment from the moment that you apply to HCC. The program also supports students who are transitioning from HCC's ESL classes, as well as international students. MAS offers academic, career, and transfer advice. We also plan college visits to transferring schools in western Massachusetts. As a proud HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution), we at MAS are bilingual: Spanish-English.
WHO WE ARE
MAS is designed to help students from the moment they apply to HCC. It equips new and transitioning students with the necessary tools to start college and be successful. It caters to students challenged by issues of language, cultural identity, and isolation. Through a one-on-one approach, students are encouraged to develop skills that promote self-authorship, self-advocacy, and leadership.
services we offer
The MAS Student Lounge is a cozy space where students can study, rest, or read; a small library of donated books; and a computer and printer available to students for their academic needs.
The Puente Experience Summer Program (under MAS) offers First Steps to College seminars, peer mentor support, and a free summer class (MyFoundationsLab) that prepares students to improve their college placement test scores. In addition, we offer summer workshops to fully prepare students to start their first semester successfully.
WHO WE SERVE
Recent High School Graduates: The Puente Experience, under the MAS program, works with high school seniors from the moment they apply to HCC. We provide one-on-one guidance to prospective students and their parents throughout the spring and summer prior to their first semester of college. We then continue to support students throughout their first year of college. The First Steps to College Seminar offers step-by-step information to students and parents regarding the process of enrolling at HCC (placement testing, financial aid, required documentation, registering for classes, and buying books). Puente also offers peer mentoring, free summer classes, and instructional summer workshops.
ESL transitioning students: The MAS program offers students who complete the ESL level five class and are transitioning to other courses related to their career the support needed for their transition. We offer one-on-one support in choosing courses and understanding their career. We also offer workshops about financial aid, DegreeWorks, and Online Services. Our bilingual, bicultural staff can offer advice driven by their own personal experience.
International Students: The MAS program is the support system for students on F1 visas once they are admitted to HCC. Besides academic advice, we offer a wrap-around support around housing, places to visit and shop, transportation, and accommodations.
SCHEDULE & LOCATION
MAS resources and programming are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. MAS is located in Frost Building, Rooms 260-262.
TRANSPORTATION & PARKING
Transportation to the HCC campus is available via PVTA buses. Parking is available in student lots.
No application is necessary. Just contact us.