Courses & Programs

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.

About TCC

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;
  • Tutoring;
  • 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

Applicants must:

  1. Have completed a HiSET or GED (high school equivalency), or have a high school diploma
  2. Be at least 18 years old (there is no maximum age)
  3. 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.

Please fill out this form if you are interested in learning more about the TCC program. 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 making a referral to the TCC program, please fill out this form.

Transition to College & Careers

Learn about the TCC student experience.

"Best decision I ever made!"

HCC Transition to College & Careers graduate Godknows Agbodo explains why he values the relationships he built with teachers and classmates in the TCC program as he learned how to navigate the American higher educational system and how to be successful at Holyoke Community College.

"Math doesn't have to be a barrier"

Transition to College & Careers instructor Dorothy VanDeCarr offers advice and reassurance to students who have math anxiety or don't think they're good at math.

"Best price – it's free!"

Transition to Colleges & Career Director Marie Troppe explains that students pay no money for the TCC class (no tuition, no fees, no book costs). Your "payment" is your time and effort, not dollars. The students who make the most gains are the ones who show up consistently, do the homework, ask questions, ask for help, and practice their skills.

Figuring Out the Best Path for You

Many people agree that college will make your life better in terms of improving your job opportunities. Transition to College & Careers Career and Educational Advisor Mary Martone answers the questions, 1) "What if I don't know what I want to study? and 2) If I already know what I want to study, how can I benefit from career advising?"

Growth mindset

Learn about the "growth mindset" that drives Transition to College & Careers' work!