New Directions

New Directions is a college success program for students age 24 and older, parents, and veterans.  New Directions is a comprehensive program which recognizes that adults often are balancing college life with many career, family, personal or military responsibilities. We serve a wide range of new and returning students, including those who have been out of school for many years.  Program staff helps new students navigate the complexities of college admissions and provide support as they transition to college life. Our goal is to help you succeed at HCC, define your career and educational goals, and discover opportunities for transfer to a four-year college or university. Services include:

  • pre-enrollment counseling 
  • information about financial aid 
  • academic advising
  • orientation workshops
  • transition to college support
  • basic computer instruction
  • career and transfer guidance
  • scholarship assistance

There is no fee to apply to or participate in New Directions.

Schedule and Location

Programming and resources are available M-F from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
New Directions is located in Frost Building, Room 232. Our space includes the Marieb Center which is a lounge and study center for non-traditional women.

Transportation and Parking

Transportation to the HCC campus is available via PVTA buses. Parking is available in student lots.

To Apply

Applications are available from the New Directions Office. In addition to submitting the application, an interview with the program coordinator is required.


Karen Rock
Phone: (413) 552-2189

Lori Wayson
Phone: (413) 552-2072

Cindi Schroeder
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (413) 552-2346
Fax: (413) 552-2192


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