- The STRIVE Program: The STRIVE Program provides support to at-risk students. Four counselors, (one focuses on each: financial aid, academics, learning disability needs, and personal support,) are available for helping, advising and referring. Help ranges from selecting courses to personal advice to financial concerns. At-risk students are those who: are first generation college students, have very low incomes, have learning disabilities. The goal of the program is to promote success from these students by providing them with the extra support that they need. Matriculation is high as a result from the STRIVE program.
Key Words: At-risk, academic support, Promoting Women and Minorities
Contact: Luke Glasner 552-2505
- METS: METS (Math, Engineering, Technology and Science) is a mentoring program that gives academic and personal support to women and minority students who are pursuing or exploring careers in mathematics, engineering, technology and science. The philosophy of the METS Program is that each individual has unlimited capabilities. Given appropriate support, the student can achieve his or her academic goals. METS is committed to helping women and minorities build networks among students, faculty and professionals.
METS is proud of the diversity in the program. Students experience the different ethnicities and cultures. The staff (students, faculty, professionals, tutors and mentors) are diverse in race, gender, age and expertise.
The mentoring program provides a holistic approach to succeeding in mathematics, engineering, technology and science. METS gives students support in the following areas:
- Tutoring: Provides math, chemistry and physics support.
- Mentoring: Connects newer students to older students.
- Networking: Provides a support group to discuss academic concerns and students issues.
- Information: Speakers on issues that affect students’ academic and personal lives. Handouts, videos, and tapes are available on student issues.
- Career Issues: Offers exploration, discussions and presentations by a variety of professionals.
- Safe Environment: Where students can connect and help each other grow.
METS was created out of need. There students who needed the tutoring, the mentoring, the networking; but they did not know where to find it. METS helps students make those connections. With the necessary connection, the belief (and the reality) of the METS program is that doors will be opened.
Key Words: Women, minorities, support, mentors, tutors, networking, Promoting Women and Minorities
Contact: Gail Hilyard 552-2552
- The METRO Program: The METRO Program is an outreach program for students in the Holyoke area. The outreach is targeted mainly at single mothers and other women who are interested in going to college but need help in finding the means to do so. The goal of the program is to increase access to higher education for low income women.
Key Words: Women, low-income, increase access to higher education, Promoting Women and Minorities
Contact: Ann Scott 552-2524
- Upward Bound: Upward Bound is a federally funded program that works to provide enriched academic experiences for college bound high school students. HCC’s program targets 50 students from 4 high schools in Chicopee and Holyoke. The high school students come to HCC campus and UMass campus for academic programs during the school year and the summer. Though the academic programs are run by HCC faculty, HCC students tutor some of the high school students.
Key Words: At-risk, college bound, school year, academic program on college campus, Summer Program
Contact: Sonia Pope (Director) 552-2179
- STEP: Skills, Training and Enrichment Program (STEP) is an academic support program for students from the Holyoke public middle schools. The program's primary goal is to provide students from low-income families with the skills and motivation to complete middle and high school and to enroll in college.
The program schedules activities after school two afternoons per week. Activities and instructions are held on the HCC campus in classrooms and in the computer labs. Tutoring, mentoring, field trips, and workshops are also provided. Students are offered instruction and tutorial assistance in language, math, social sciences, science and computer skills. Students all participate in workshops given by HCC staff on study skills, personal skills, and career development.
Key Words: At-risk, Promoting Women and Minorities
Contact: Soniah Gonzales 538-7000 ext. 2250
- Tech Prep: The Tech Prep program is a partnership between some western Massachusetts high schools and three community colleges, Holyoke Community College, Greenfield Community College and Springfield Technical Community College. Through the program, students get a head start in high school toward technical training at the college level. The goal of Tech Prep is to improve the abilities of students to successfully enter the workforce. It consists of a comprehensive educational plan tied to career objectives. A Tech Prep program is a four-year sequential offering utilizing academic and vocational courses that lead to advanced skill enhancement.
Holyoke Community College is affiliated with the following high schools:
- Amherst High School
- Northampton High School
- South Hadley High School
- Holyoke High School
- Southwick High School
- Easthampton High School
- Hampshire Regional High School
- West Springfield High School
- Dean Technical High School
- Westfield Vocational High School.
Key Words: High school-college partnership
Contact: Terri Howard
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