Courses & Programs

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Adult Education

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Holyoke Community College's Adult Education programs provide basic skills instruction in math, writing, and reading, or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to adult learners in order to prepare them for their High School Equivalency Certificate (through the HiSET or GED test), jobs, or higher education. These programs can be found on the HCC campus and at the Picknelly Adult & Family Education Center in downtown Holyoke, the Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center, Education to Employment (E2E) in Ware, the Springfield Adult Learning Center, and several other locations.


Adult Learning Center

Are you an adult looking for a free, high-quality education? The Holyoke Community College Adult Learning Center, located at the Picknelly Center in downtown Holyoke, is an evening high school equivalency preparation program for adult learners, committed to providing high quality instruction and services to residents of the greater Holyoke area. 

Gill Community Technology Center

A center to promote technology literacy and support the education and workforce programming of the Picknelly Adult & Family Education Center, the Gill Technology Center offers free and low cost basic computer and software classes in English and Spanish. Read more.


The Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center (LAALC) helps adults learn English through ESOL, and offers other support programs. This free program serves adults in the Ludlow/Indian Orchard area who are immigrants or refugees. Students range in age from 17 to 70+. Read more.

Transition to College & Careers

Transition to College & Careers is a free non-credit program offered both days and evenings that helps adult students 18+ prepare for college and identify a career path. The program includes intensive academic preparation in English reading and writing, math, study strategies, and computers in a college context. Additional services include college navigation, career advising, and tutoring in an environment conducive to learning. 

Please fill out this form if you are interested in learning more about the Transition to College & Careers (TCC) program for yourself. Contact with any questions or for more information. If you are an Adult Basic Education partner, an internal HCC department, or anyone else interested in referring a student to the TCC program, please fill out this form.

E2E (Education to Employment)

The Education to Employment (E2E) Quaboag Region Workforce Training & Community College Center is a collaboration between HCC and the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation. The initiative is supported by the Ware Business Association, Country Bank, Baystate Health Eastern Region, and many other area businesses. Read more.

Springfield Adult Learning Center

The Springfield Adult Learning Center serves learners of all ages from a variety of language backgrounds and cultures. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are offered for free. The SALC offers day and evening classes through a partnership between Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College, and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Adult & Community Learning Services.

Please complete this form to apply. You will get a follow-up phone call within a few weeks to complete a short language assessment by phone. Please note that there is a waiting list for these classes. We look forward to working with you!

Community partners may make referrals here.

Please contact the SALC office with any questions at 413.755.3765.

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