Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning (ExL) at HCC

 Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, more specifically defined, it is learning  through reflection on doing.  

Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting. Experiential learning encompasses a variety of activities including internships, externships, practicums, service learning, shadowing, cooperative education, volunteering, student organization leadership, campus involvement, faculty-led projects, and student employment/work-study. 

Learning that is considered "experiential" contain all the following elements

  • Reflection, critical analysis and synthesis
  • Opportunities for students to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results
  • Opportunities for students to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically
  • A designed learning experience that includes the possibility to learn from mistakes and successes 

Stay tuned for updates...we are currently working to improve our ExL programs to better serve you!  

If you are interested in learning more about ExL, contact Andrea Picard, Coordinator of Experiential Learning at apicard@hcc.edu or 413-552-2342.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040