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. 

tcc stride

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

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 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.

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.

"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.

Student Experience

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?"

Growth Mindset

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