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STEM Academy

Are you interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Want to know more about STEM disciplines, studies, and careers? Register now for HCC's free STEM Academy!

STEM Academy Classes

Free Lab Science: STEM Explorations
SEM 130-03 & SEM 130-04 (CRN 31457 & 3158)
Monday & Friday 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Extra Support in Self-Paced Mathematics
MTH 020-06 (CRN 31196)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursdaym Friday 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Steps to Enroll if New to HCC

1. Fill out the HCC Application.

2. Take a placement test for reading and math (you'll receive an appointment by mail). 

3. Upon completion of your placement test, you will be directed to meet with an advisor to discuss your options.

Current students, visit the Advising Center or go to Online Services with your alternate PIN (if required).

About STEM Starter Academy

In 2014, HCC and other community colleges received grant funds from the Department of Higher Education to establish a STEM Academy. The purpose was to support community colleges in their efforts to recruit, retain, and graduate significantly more students in STEM pathway programs leading to job placement or college transfer to higher level STEM academic programs. HCC's STEM Academy goals are to:

  • Increase student awareness of and access to STEM programs of study and career opportunities
  • Enhance student readiness for and recruiting into STEM pathway programs
  • Improve student retention based on academic success and overcoming "life barriers"
  • Increase completion through award of certificates or degrees and pathways to STEM jobs or transfer to higher level STEM academic programs

For more information, please contact the STEM Projects Administrator Carolyn Gardner-Thomas at STEMacademy@hcc.edu or 413.552.2257.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040