Adult Basic Education

Holyoke Community College's Adult Basic Education (ABE) Programs provide basic skills instruction in math, writing, and reading to adult learners in order to prepare them for their High School Equivalency Certificate through the HiSet test (formerly known as GED), jobs or higher education. These programs can be found at a number of locations throughout Western Massachusetts.  

Adult Learning Center

Are you an adult looking for a free, high-quality education? The Holyoke Community College Adult Learning Center (ALC) is an evening adult basic education high school equivalency preparation program committed to providing high quality instruction and services to residents of the greater Holyoke area.


Transition to College and Careers

Transition to College & Careers (TCC) is a free, non-credit program offered both days and evenings that helps adult students 18+ prepare for college and identify a career path. The program includes intensive academic preparation in English reading and writing, math, study strategies and computers in a college context. We offer college navigation, career advising, and tutoring in an environment conducive to learning.


Gill Community Technology Center

A center to promote technology literacy and support the education and workforce programming of the PAFEC, the technology center offers free and low cost basic computer and software classes in English and Spanish. It also provides free open sessions for the general public, lab space for adult basic education (ABE) and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) classes, and High School Equivalency preparation.



The System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) is the ABE professional development (PD) system of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Adult, and Community Learning Services unit. Since 1990, SABES has been essential to the advancement of the Adult Basic Education (ABE) system in Massachusetts, providing effective leadership and support to ABE programs, practitioners, and learners across the state. The current system includes eight centers, each providing PD on a specific topic. Holyoke Community College hosts the SABES PD Center for SMARTT and Cognos, the state’s ABE data management system. HCC also has sub-contracts with Quinsigamond Community College for both the SABES PD Center for English for Speakers of Other Languages and the SABES PD Center for Educational Leadership and Strengthening ABE Programs. For more information on SABES, please go to For information on the SABES PD Centers affiliated with HCC, please contact Michele Sedor at


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040