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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, 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. 

E2E (Education to Employment)

The Education to Employment (E2E) Quaboag Region Workforce Training and 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

Free classes for adults are available in Springfield through a partnership between HCC, Springfield Technical Community College, and the Springfield Housing Authority. Classes are held on the STCC campus and include English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and preparation for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET/GED). These services are funded through a generous grant by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Read more.

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