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.
TCC Stride is a three-week class offered in August and January that gives students a preview of what the TCC class is like – sort of like a "warm-up" or a "head start." Students are expected to enroll in regular TCC classes after they finish the Stride class. Stride offers students the opportunity to prove to themselves that they're ready for the regular TCC class by demonstrating commitment to and full engagement with the class during the three-week period.
Schedule & Location
Classes meet on the HCC campus.
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.
Evenings: Tues. & Thurs. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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 a placement 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 referring a student to the TCC program, please fill out this form.
"Best Decision I Ever Made!"
TCC grad Godknows Agbodo explains why he values the relationships he built with teachers and classmates in the TCC program.
"Best Price – It's Free!"
TCC Director Marie Troppe explains that students pay no money for the TCC class (no tuition, no fees, no book costs).
"Math Doesn't Have to Be a Barrier"
TCC instructor Dorothy VanDeCarr offers advice and reassurance to students who have math anxiety or don't think they're good at math.
Learn about the TCC student experience.
Figuring Out the Best Path for You
Are you wondering, "What if I don't know what I want to study?" or "If I already know what I want to study, how can I benefit from career advising?"
Learn about the "growth mindset" that drives Transition to College & Careers' work!
who is tcc for?
Many different kinds of students can benefit from the Transition to College & Careers program at Holyoke Community College. Here are a few examples.
Sammy dropped out of high school in tenth grade. At age 23, he earned his high school equivalency through HiSET. He is good at working with computers. He would like to go to college to get a certificate in computer networking, but he's not sure where to start.
Alicia is 45 years old and her kids are now grown. She has always wanted to start her own business, but she doesn't feel confident she can do it on her own. If she understood finances better, she would feel more capable of starting her own business.
Martin has worked for the same landscaping company for 20 years but his company has just laid him off. For years he has coached youth soccer as a volunteer. He thinks he would like to get a human services degree so he can work with at-risk youth.
Oscar just graduated from high school. He got good grades, but struggled with the work because of his learning disability. He has heard that the adaptive technology available at Holyoke Community College is more advanced than what his high school had. This makes him hopeful that college will be less of a struggle for him.
Isabel's employer is encouraging her to attend college for an associates degree. Her employer values her work and says she can get a promotion once she earns her degree. Isabel took the college placement exam and was placed into English 095 and Math 075.