When Holyoke Community College's newly renovated campus burned to the ground on a bitterly cold day in January of 1968, it was the resourcefulness and innovative spirit of the College and community that enabled students to resume their studies in temporary facilities within a matter of days. Later, flooding the governor's office with hundreds of letters and phone calls, the community and College joined forces to insist that the school be rebuilt in Holyoke.
Today, Holyoke Community College is housed on a multi-million-dollar, 165-acre campus, and is equipped with the latest state-of-the art technology in specialized learning facilities. The school serves over 9,000 students, and provides a variety of recreational and cultural activities, from sports programs to music festivals, for students and community members alike. The College's strongest assets continue to be an innovative spirit, a sincere concern for students, and a commitment to strive for even greater success. These are the values which have a created a tradition of excellence spanning almost six decades, and which are enabling Holyoke Community College to meet the challenges of the new millennium.