Students explore options at annual transfer fair

October 13, 2011

Hampshire college rep shares information with HCC studentCarmen Figueroa talks to a representative from Westfield State University.

First-semester student Carmen Figueroa already has a plan to transfer to a four-year school after she gets her associate degree from HCC in two years. She wants to earn her bachelor's in criminal justice at Westfield State.

Nevertheless, Figueroa was one of some 300 students who attended HCC's annual transfer fair on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Kittredge Center, where representatives from some 50 New England colleges shared information about their schools and programs.

"I'm just trying to weigh my options and look at what other colleges have to offer," said Figueroa, who is 19 and from Chicopee. "I know about Westfield State, but I don't know much about other schools."

According to Mark Broadbent, HCC's coordinator of transfer affairs, the annual transfer fair allows students to collect basic information about a lot of four-year schools at one time, make sure they are taking the right classes for the programs they want and maybe have a conversation with college reps. HCC has the highest transfer rate of any community college in Massachusetts. The college holds articulation agreements with more than 27 college and universities.

"Typically, the students just want to understand the transfer process," said Raul Lorenzo, associate dean of admissions at Hampshire College. "They want to know if you have the programs they want and how easy it is to transfer. I find out what it is they want to study and tell them what the program is like at Hampshire."

Lorenzo knows that the cost of a private college can be intimidating, so he was telling students about a special transfer program that awards $10,000 scholarships to community college students who enroll in Hampshire's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) program. "That scholarship could make the education extremely affordable," he said.

Kathy Nadeau, a first-semester HCC student from Chicopee, had a bag full of brochures and catalogs from a bunch of colleges. She made the rounds inquiring about nursing programs. She is now enrolled in HCC's Foundations of Health program. "I asked if they will accept my transfer credits," she said, "if I'm taking the classes they require and if they have a dance program-that's very important. "

Missed the fair but want to learn more about transfer? Check out the transfer page for upcoming visits, or contact Mark Broadbent at (413) 552-2498 or mbroadbent@hcc.eduThe college has the highest transfer rate of any community college statewide, holding articulation agreements with more than 27 colleges and universities. 


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