Holyoke Community College’s mission is to serve the Pioneer Valley by providing comprehensive, high-quality educational opportunities that are responsive to community needs and meet the intellectual, esthetic, and practical needs of a diverse student body. The college offers the full range of programs and services appropriate to a community college, as defined by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education’s generic system-wide community college mission statement. In addition, the college will continue to focus upon the following strengths that distinguish Holyoke Community College from other colleges.
Holyoke Community College is committed to career programs responsive to the economic and social needs of the region. A wide range of career-oriented programs, in areas such as Business, Health, and Technology, are designed to prepare students to enter and advance in their chosen field. Through active collaboration with industry, government, and community groups, the college constantly increases the strength, currency and variety of its programs. All areas of study provide a basis for transfer, since all Associate Degree programs include a common core of courses designed to expose students to diverse fields of knowledge.
As a learning-centered institution, the college encourages and supports a contemporary assortment of instructional strategies. These include interdisciplinary courses, Learning Communities, experience-based education, community service learning, self-paced learning, web-based instruction, distance learning, and the use of instructional technology in a full range of subjects and at instructional levels ranging from pre-college to honors level offerings.
Serving an economically, educationally and linguistically diverse population, the college has a special commitment to public school partnerships and adult literacy. Holyoke Community College is the site for vital educational opportunity programs including the Massachusetts Educational Opportunity Program, and the regional center for a System for Adult Basic Education Support for Western Massachusetts.