HCC student working at Nuestras Raices

Welcome to Cooperative Education (Co-op)

Career Counselors Margaret Downing and Andrea Picard invite you to explore the possibilities! As your personal career counselors, Margaret and Andrea together have over 30 years of experience in student, academic and career development. 

Wherever you are in your journey at HCC, we encourage you to take advantage of our services and expertise! 

Below is a list of academic majors each counselor specializes in: 



Accounting Criminal Justice
Administrative Professional Studies        Education
Business Administration Foodservice Management
Communication Hospitality Management
Creative Writing Medical Billing
Graphics Veterinary Technician

Our advice: Get started early!

  • Explore and identify career options within your major
  • Learn about experiential education opportunities in your field
  • Enhance your workplace readiness skills
  • Build a network of professional contacts, references, and mentors
  • Hone your professional style
  • Understand and apply  the "21st Century Skills" employers seek from new graduates

Want to learn more? Check out our guides!

GUIDE FOR STUDENTS                             GUIDE FOR EMPLOYERS

                                                 Walk-in Office Hours

Monday 1-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Wednesday 2-3:00 p.m.
Thursday 10-11:00 a.m.

If our walk-in office hours don't fit your schedule, we are happy to arrange an appointment at a time that is convenient for you! 


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