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Ashley Lessard finished one semester at HCC back in 2013; 10 years later, she has returned to complete her degree, thanks to MassReconnect, the state's free community college program for residents 25 and older.

HCC Reconnect

programs You have the passion. We have the program.

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Earn your associate degree and get to work or transfer to a four-year college.

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Explore certificate programs like accounting, music, culinary arts, education, and sustainability studies.

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Register for personal enrichment and professional development classes.


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value experience the value of an hcc education.

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Free child watch, food pantry access, menstrual equity, emergency grants, and more.

Resources & Support

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HCC offers a multitude of support programs for students.

Professionals Who Care

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You can go anywhere with an HCC education. Explore 85-plus transfer opportunities to four-year schools.

What's After HCC?

start for something, stop for nothing.

Earn Your G.E.D.

Get started on the road to education by earning your HiSET/GED.

Grow your career

Move ahead in your field with our professional development programs.

enrich your life

Learn a new hobby or skill.

news&events Keep up with everything going on at HCC.

A Nursing Journey

Read the remarkable story of HCC nursing student Afrike Phakos, who was featured Feb. 18 in the Outlook 2024 section of the Republican newspaper.

HCC Jazz Festival

Grammy-award winning jazz pianist Luis Perdomo will be the featured guest artist at the 25th anniversary Holyoke Community College Jazz Festival, March 1-2.

'Collaboration Key'

Read President George Timmons' commentary from Outlook 2024, the Springfield Republican newspaper's special annual edition on the state of the regional economy.