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New HCC president reflects on journey: Timmons sees his own struggles and arc in students’ paths
04-19-2024 4:43 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HOLYOKE — George Timmons knows just how much a difference a college president can make in a student’s life.As a senior at Norfolk State University, a historically black university in Virginia, Timmons faced the possibility of not being able to...

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HCC graduates share stories of triumph, perseverance at 77th commencement ceremony
06-02-2024 1:17 PM

By ELISE LINSCOTT

SPRINGFIELD — When Carineh Santana was hit by a car last summer, she doubted she’d graduate from Holyoke Community College as planned this spring. That wasn’t the only challenge she’d faced, either, identifying as a queer, Latinx, first-generation...


Arts Briefs: An arts festival at Smith College, a theatrical version of an iconic 1920s novel, and more
04-12-2024 8:40 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Editor’s note: The performance at Northampton’s A.P.E. Gallery tonight with Fumi Tomita has been canceled. However, Tomita and Allen Fowler will be present for the artist’s reception at the gallery from 5-8 p.m.​​​​​​A new arts celebrationNORTHAMPTON...


The power of pickleball: Courts are springing up around the region as its legions of devotees continue to grow
01-05-2024 5:53 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

On any given weekday morning, upward of 40 people fill the Holyoke Community College gymnasium to partake in the sport that has become a favorite pastime for those looking to socialize and for people of all ages and abilities looking for a little...


Now free for some, community colleges see enrollment climb
12-26-2023 7:51 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI and SAM DRYSDALE

HOLYOKE — At Holyoke Community College this fall, 3,706 students are enrolled and receiving credits for classes they are taking. That’s a 4.4% increase over the 3,550 students at the college in the fall of 2022.The jump in enrollment mirrors what is...


Food for all: United Way, HCC team up to open new food pantry in Holyoke that’s open to all who show up
11-23-2023 10:00 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

HOLYOKE — The Holyoke Community Cupboard, United Way of Pioneer Valley’s newest food pantry with Holyoke Community College, seeks to tackle stigmas of emergency food supplies by offering refrigerated and frozen staples to anyone who needs to...


MassConnect helps boost enrollment at community colleges
11-13-2023 8:48 PM

By SOPHIE HAUCK

After watching enrollment decline for years, local community college officials are feeling optimistic about rising numbers of students signing up for classes, in part thanks to MassReconnect. The new state financial aid program covers the cost of...


Authenticity is the watchword at Holyoke Community College commencement
06-06-2023 2:22 PM

By Melissa Karen Sances

SPRINGFIELD — “Make some noise! Yeah, make some noise!” yelled an excited father from the rafters. On cue, the Holyoke Community College band began playing “Pomp and Circumstance” while 686 students proceeded to their seats. Each time the revved-up...


A higher ed game-changer?: Could MassReconnect change college education in Massachusetts? Experts say yes
05-28-2023 12:31 PM

By Naylynn Tañón Reyes, Swaha Bhattacharya, and Tint Tha Ra Wun

NORTHAMPTON — Chuck Bayliss, now an Ada Comstock scholar at Smith College, started her own woodworking business in 2006 in Leeds via a trade program at Seattle Central Community Colleges in downtown Seattle. Due to health concerns, however, Bayliss...


HCC lands $1.28M grant to create free human services internship program
05-24-2023 1:54 PM

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College has landed a $1.28 million grant to launch a free new certificate and internship program intended to help address a shortage of workers in the human services industry.The grant, from the Massachusetts Executive...


Farewell to an ‘all-star’: Reflecting on the legacy of Christina Royal as she prepares to leave her post as HCC president
05-07-2023 2:56 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HOLYOKE — For Christina Royal, the power to help students realize their full potential is just like magic. In front of a group of former graduates, state dignitaries and city officials gathered at Holyoke Community College last week to bid Royal...


Ready for next artistic adventure: Amy Johnquest, longtime director of the Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College, is stepping down
04-21-2023 11:53 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Amy Johnquest has had a number of different gigs during her life, from designing posters for Downtown Sounds in Northampton, to painting signs and creating window displays for other businesses, to creating her own mixed media art.But later this...


HCC lands $10M gift, largest ever to a state community college
04-20-2023 11:38 AM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College has received a pledge of more than $10 million, the largest single gift commitment in the college’s 77-year history and one of the largest gifts ever to any community college.The pledged gift is included in the...


The Great Experiment: The virtual college campus in the time of COVID-19
04-25-2020 8:59 AM

EDITED BY MAX DUTZIK HENRICKS,PARKER PETERS, NICO RIBADENEYRA and MIRANDA DEBRUYN

Note: This is the first of three narrative reports in a special series produced by Professor Kathy Roberts Forde’s “Longform Narrative” class in the Journalism Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Until the COVID-19 crisis disrupted...

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