Transition to College & Careers
Transition to College & Careers (TCC) 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. We offer college navigation, career advising, and tutoring in an environment conducive to learning.
A collaboration between the Community Education Project and Holyoke Community College, TCC offers a supportive learning community and:
- Instruction in math, reading, writing, computer skills, and study strategies;
- A regular speaker series including academic, career and skill building classes/workshops;
- Assistance with college and financial aid applications, and navigating the college environment;
- Career and educational advising
A separate class, TCC Prep, is offered to learners who need additional help before beginning the TCC program. TCC encourages all adult students to apply. Another class, TCC Intensive, is offered to learners who are able to devote more hours per week to the class. Upon completion of this course, students may earn up to three college credits through a challenge exam.
Schedule & Location
Classes meet both on the HCC campus and at the Picknelly Adult & Family Education Center (PAFEC), located at 206 Maple Street in Holyoke.
Classes run September to December, January to May, and July to August. Students are encouraged, however, to apply to the program early to secure a class seat.
Days: Mon., Wed., Fri. 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. classes on the HCC campus
Evenings: Tues. & Thurs. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. classes at PAFEC
Transportation & Parking
Transportation is available via HCC's free shuttle service, La Guagua. All Holyoke buses go to the Transportation Center located next to the PAFEC building. There is also garage parking and free on-street parking after 5 p.m.
How to Apply
- Have completed a HiSET or GED (high school equivalency), or have a high school diploma
- Be at least 18 years old (there is no maximum age)
- Plan to enter college to pursue a certificate or degree after completing the program
Application to TCC consists of a phone interview and an in-person interview, followed by an assessment of your reading, writing, and math skills, and an Accuplacer test. Acceptance is based on your academic skills, motivation, level of commitment, and family circumstances that permit you to meet attendance requirements. There is no fee to apply and the program is free for all accepted students.
If you are an Adult Basic Education partner, an internal HCC department, or anyone else interested in making a referral to the TCC program, please fill out this form.