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Career Programs and Options are designed for students who desire to enter one of the many careers for which an Associate Degree is sufficient preparation. Career programs serve a two-fold purpose: they offer a general education that provides an understanding of the world as well as preparation for a particular occupation. Because these programs are not designed for ease of transfer, but for career preparation, not all of the coursework may be transferable to four-year institutions.

Career services include career exploration, planning, counseling, job search, and job placement. The workshops, print material, and computerized resources in the Career Center help students to choose a career path based upon their abilities, values, interests and academic background, as well as job-market information. The Center has print and computerized resources for assessment of student interests and aptitudes and a listing of careers/majors for which they would be best suited, as well as information on specific careers and information on transferring to other colleges and universities. Computerized resources include FOCUS, Career Cruising, and Massachusetts Career Information Systems (MASS CIS). In addition, career counselors are available by appointment. Software programs in the Career Center also include resume writing and a job-listing system that provides information on job openings with area employers. Career workshops are offered on a regular basis, and students are encouraged to use the Center's resources during their entire time at Holyoke Community College. Internet access is also available through the Career Center web-site Placement packets are available for graduating students. The Career Center also provides resources offered by CareerPoint, the federally-funded, one-stop career center located in downtown Holyoke. A computerized database of CareerPoint job opportunities and information is available. Students are also referred to CareerPoint staff for follow up. FutureWorks, the federally-funded, one stop career center in Springfield, also shares its job database with the Center. The Career Center also promotes work experience opportunities through InternHere.com, a resource of the Hartford Springfield Economic Partnership (HSEP). Students interested in transfer information have access to the College Source software that provides access to virtually all U.S. colleges and many others worldwide. Students who choose to transfer should consult with the College's Transfer Counselor or attend a group workshop. Computerized financial aid information is also available.

CERTIFICATES - See "Areas of Study"

The Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS) provides comprehensive academic support to meet the learning needs of all HCC students - inside and outside the classroom. CAPS' three centers include: Tutoring, Writing/ ESL, and Math. Located in DON 240 next to the HCC Library, CAPS provides a variety of academic support services for students who need help with reading, writing, math, study skills, college courses, and personal management skills relating to college through the use of learning coaches. Centers are open the entire year during the day and in the evening, and services are free to all HCC students. Call (413) 552-2584 for information.

Free one-on-one and small group tutoring is available from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Tutoring addresses such concerns as understanding course content, reading textbooks, preparing for tests, or writing papers. To obtain a tutor, go to the Tutoring Center in Donahue 244. Tutoring is available by drop-in or by appointment.

William Dwight Jr. Writing Center 
The Writing Center (DON 238) is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday. The Writing Center also offers online tutoring to students enrolled in Distance Learning courses. The Writing Center offers students free drop-in consultation and assistance related to any college course that requires writing assignments such as essays, research papers, or literary analyses. Handouts, videos, and software dealing with the writing process, grammar, punctuation, and other topics are available. Contact the Writing Center at (413) 552-2599 for more information.

Math Center
The Math Center offers free tutoring for any college math course and math topics related to science, business, health, and other fields. Located in DON 246, the Math Center is open for drop-in help from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday. The Center provides help with course content, study skills, problem-solving strategies, and ways to overcome math anxiety. Handouts, videos, and software dealing with algebra, basic math, calculus, and other topics are available. Students may also receive assistance by calling the Math Help Desk at (413) 552-2423 or by accessing online math tutoring at http://webtide.hccdl.org.

Any curriculum change, such as a change of program or department, should be undertaken only after seeking the advice of the program coordinator, academic advisor, or career counselor. A Change of Major Form must then be filled out in the Academic Affairs Office. In some cases, graduation may be delayed due to different program requirements. Certain day programs have enrollment limitations and can be entered only with the Program Coordinator's approval. In some cases, applicants may be placed on a waiting list. These programs are:

  • Applied Technology Nursing
  • Early Childhood Education Radiologic Technology
  • General Integrated Studies Veterinary and Animal Science
  • Medical Assistant Visual Arts
  • Music

Community Services provides programs, services and support that make a difference in people's lives. Whether it be professional development, enrolling in a fun evening class, preparing for the GED, summer programs for children, or lifelong learning for seniors, Community Services provides memorable learning experiences that address both the personal and organizational lifelong educational needs of all of our communities. We offer a wide variety of programs that offer tremendous value. Community Services also helps forge strong community partnerships and collaborations.

We provide Continuing Education Units (CEU's). CEU's are a measurement and record-keeping device for certain offerings and cannot be converted to credit. A CEU is equivalent to ten hours of planned learning activity having responsible sponsorship, capable direction, qualified instruction and some form of evaluation of the student. Grades recorded for CEU's are "S" (satisfactory) or "U" (unsatisfactory). A grade of "S" can be obtained only if the student satisfactorily completes the attendance and course requirements.

CLEP Testing
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®) gives you the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know with qualifying scores on one or more CLEP examinations. CLEP allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired college-level mastery of course content in 33 different subject areas. Holyoke Community College awards credit for successful scores on 30 CLEP exams. Students who successfully complete a CLEP exam can:

  • Enrich their degree programs with higher-level courses in the same discipline
  • Expand their horizons by taking a wider array of electives
  • Avoid the need to repeat material that they already know


  • $30 Registration Fee (money order only, payable to HCC/CBPD) and
  • $77 Exam Fee (payable directly to CLEP by valid debit/credit card at the test center the day of your testing appointment).
  • The exam fee is waived for qualifying military personnel.

General Testing Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm.

Please call or visit the Holyoke Community College High Stakes Testing Center to request an HCC/CLEP Registration form and schedule your testing appointment.

GED Testing Services
As the largest GED Center in Massachusetts, we offer English GED services and provide testing in the afternoon and evenings. Testing is offered over a 3-day period. Examinees must attend an "Open Registration" and select specific testing dates. Generally, if you are not currently enrolled in high school and have never graduated, you are eligible to take the GED test. The cost is $65 for the battery of tests; each retest costs $15. Applicants must register and pay all fees in advance, by money order-no cash-and personal checks are accepted. The minimum passing score per GED is 410.
Preparation for Massachusetts Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons Exam
We offer the state authorized Salespersons and Brokers exam preparation course in the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. For more information, contact us at (413) 552-2320.

HCC Adult Learning Center at the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center
The HCC Adult Learning Center is a community-based ABE program located at The Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center, 3rd Floor, 206 Maple Street, in Holyoke. The center offers Basic Literacy, Pre-GED Preparation, GED Preparation and "Fast Track" Math. The center offers a GED Practice Test, which is available for qualified students. All learners receive career counseling, academic counseling, and referrals as needed. To learn more about our services, contact the program coordinator at (413) 552-2912. All services are free.

Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center
The Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center is a community-based ABE program that offers of English for speakers of other languages. Classes are held during the day and evening. The center also offers individual or paired
tutoring for those who cannot attend evening classes. New to the center are computer skills workshops, assistance with citizenship issues, and transitioning learners to college. All learners receive career counseling, academic counseling, and referrals as needed. The Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center is located at 54 Winsor Street, 2nd floor in Ludlow. For more information contact the program coordinator at (413) 583-0320. All services are free.

Personal Enrichment
Community Services offers something for everyone. These courses don't have grades or exams - just life enhancing learning experiences in a fun, enjoyable environment. A diverse array of students of all ages enroll in our courses, so attending is an excellent way to get acquainted with new people who have similar interests. For a complete listing of offerings, check the HCC Course Bulletin published every semester or our personal enrichment page where you can register online. We are located in the Kittredge Center, Room 219 at (413) 552-2324.

Professional Development for K-12 Educators
Community Services offers accredited CD and Internet-based PDP programs that are self-paced and user-friendly. These convenient, superior quality courses can be completed in the comfort of your own home or office, and you have up to 6 months to complete your course. For more information or to register, call Community Services at (413) 552-2320. Go to http://www.virtualeduc.com/holyoke/ to see a listing of course offerings.

Youth Summer Programs
Community Services offers programs for youth during the months of June, July and August. Families can choose from 1-week programs in baseball, basketball, soccer, and more. For more information, (413) 552-2320.

Technology is a fundamental part of the fabric of modern life. Because computer skills are essential to success in most career areas, Holyoke Community College has invested heavily in computer equipment and the human support necessary to make that equipment useful. The College has 31 computer labs equipped to support our diverse educational offerings, Features include: high-speed Internet access, four electronic LABS, areas on campus for wireless connection, five state-of-the art MAC labs, and several "smart classrooms" wired for videoconferencing. In addition, Holyoke Community College has recently embarked on an initiative to expand its distance learning options, offering more online classes than ever before. As a result, the opportunity to develop or enhance computer skills in two areas - word processing and information retrieval - is incorporated into the schedule of every student enrolled at the College. In addition, all students have numerous other opportunities to explore more advanced computer areas, such as graphic design, electronic media, geographic information systems, web page design, and more.

Holyoke Community College has joined seven other area colleges, both public and private, to develop cooperative programs and services designed to enhance the educational experience. Included are student and faculty inter-college library privileges, joint student activities, and academic cooperation. Known as the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield (CCGS), the association was formed in 1970 by the Presidents of each of the member institutions: American International College, Bay Path College, Elms College, Holyoke Community College, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), Western New England College and Westfield State University (WSU). Probably the most important cooperative endeavor is academic exchange. Each Fall and Spring term, any Day Division CCGS student carrying at least six credits may enroll at another CCGS college at no additional cost for any course not offered at his or her own institution, excluding DCE and summer offerings, on a space-available basis. The course is scheduled as part of the student's normal schedule credit load, and all records of the registration and grade are kept by the registrar of the home college. This cross-registration includes an Army ROTC Program. The three public colleges in the area, HCC, STCC, and WSU, have formed the Public College Collaborative, in which sharing of resources, faculty, and student cross-registration are encouraged.

Cooperative Education allows students to supplement and enrich a traditional academic program with degree-related, supervised experiences (paid or unpaid) with local employers for a minimum of 150 hours. Student also attend a weekly 50-minute seminar to develop technical and professional communication skills; gain an understanding of organizational structures, culture, and ethics; apply and reflect on the connections to academic theory and practice; strengthen critical thinking, research, and problem-solving skills; develop a greater awareness and appreciation of self, others and social responsibility in a work, career, and global context; and establish a network of professional contacts, mentors, and references. Cooperative Education is offered as a program requirement or elective. To learn more, contact Andrea Picard, Coordinator of Experiential Education in Kittredge Center 313, at (413) 552-2342 or apicard@hcc.edu, or the Cooperative Education and Career Services Office at (413)552-2322.

A requirement that must be fulfilled at the same time as another requirement. All course co-requisites are listed in the COURSE DESCRIPTIONS section of this catalog. If none is listed by a course, none exists for it. (See Pre- Requisite) Students may petition to be excused from co-requisites. To do so, he or she must present a written argument justifying the request, using a form designed for this purpose, and secure the agreement and signatures of both the course instructor and division dean or his/her designee.

HCC offers 24/7 mental health counseling; legal assistance; budget, debt and financial counseling; new parent coaching and numerous other services through the WellConnect Student Assistance Program. The college also offers on-campus programming throughout the year aimed at supporting health, wellness and academic success. Please note that services such as psychological assessments and testing, clinical diagnosis and treatment, psychotherapy, family therapy, couples counseling, medications, or emergency after hours services are not provided by the College. Should a student require such assistance, referrals are made through WellConnect.


  • Code (A) English Composition 
  • Code (C) Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Code (B) Behavioral and Social Science 
  • Code (D) Natural or Physical Science; Mathematics

A full-time course load is twelve to eighteen credits; a part-time load is eleven or fewer credits. Students normally carry fifteen credits if they plan to graduate in two years and are enrolled each year in the two 14-week semesters. Students who wish to carry more than eighteen credits to accelerate their progress must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and obtain written permission from the Office of Academic Affairs. When registering for classes, students should keep in mind that one credit normally requires at least three hours of study per week.

Course requirements are determined by each instructor, based upon college-approved course syllabi. These requirements will be presented to students, in writing, at the beginning of the semester, and must be adhered to. They cover such things as attendance policy, course requirements and expectations, reading assignments, examination procedures, make-up procedures, grading policy, and the academic content of courses.

Successful completion of most courses results in the awarding of a specific number of credits. Degrees or Certificates are awarded when enough credits are accumulated to meet specified requirements.

Holyoke Community College grants transfer credit for sufficient scores on certain Advanced Placement1 (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). An official score report must be sent directly from the testing agency to the college registrar. The college accepts credits in many subject areas for Advance Placement scores of three or higher. The registrar can provide more specific information upon request.

Challenge Examinations
The college grants transfer credit for satisfactory performance on challenge examinations produced and administered by the college. Challenge examinations are not offered for courses already tested by a CLEP Subject Exam orfor courses that duplicate work offered by secondary schools (e.g., Algebra I and II, remedial English, or General Studies courses); or for studio art or music performance courses, which seek to improve skills rather than impart a body of knowledge. Challenge examinations are administered by the individual Division offices. They are graded on Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis and credit is awarded by the college after approval by the vice president for Academic Affairs. The challenge examination fee is one-half of the full cost of the course.

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP.) gives you the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know with qualifying scores on one or more CLEP examinations. CLEP allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired college-level mastery of course content in 33 different subject areas. Holyoke Community College awards credit for successful scores on 30 CLEP exams. Students who successfully complete a CLEP exam can: • Enrich their degree programs with higher-level courses in the same discipline • Expand their horizons by taking a wider array of electives • Avoid the need to repeat material that they already know Costs: $30 Registration Fee (money order only, payable to HCC/CBPD) and $77 Exam Fee (payable directly to CLEP by valid debit/credit card at the test center the day of your testing appointment). The exam fee is waived for qualifying military personnel.

* Information regarding CLEP testing may be obtained from the Community Services office located in Kittredge Center at (413) 552-2320.


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