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Profiles of Excellence

"Everyone's got a different path to getting here. I think of community college as a kind of crossroads. I really value hearing what roads people have taken to get here."   

– Les Welker '19, biology major, headed to Yale University

Les Welker

programs You have the passion. We have the program.

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Earn your associate degree and get to work or transfer to a four-year college.

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Explore certificate programs like accounting, electronic media, and sustainability studies.

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Register your child for an exciting summer program.


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value experience the value of an hcc education.

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Many of our classes are offered online, which means college can happen on your schedule!

Flexibility & Balance

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HCC offers a multitude of support programs for students.

Professors Who Care

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You can go anywhere with an HCC education. Explore 85-plus transfer opportunities to four-year schools.

What's After HCC?

start for something, stop for nothing.

Earn Your G.E.D.

Get started on the road to education by earning your HiSET/GED.

Grow your career

Move ahead in your field with our professional development programs.

enrich your life

Learn a new hobby or skill.

news&events Keep up with everything going on at HCC.

Leader of Promise

HCC honors student and engineering major Maxwell Faytell of Northampton has been named a Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar for 2019.

Powering Kindness

A birthday tweet by President Christina Royal asking well-wishers for 4700 acts of kindness elicited an interview with columnist Cynthia Simison and a story in the Sunday Republican.

'An incredible inspiration'

Yankee Candle founder Michael Kittredge '73, who died July 24, often credited HCC for helping him become a successful entrepreneur and was a generous benefactor to the college.