About the Program

Each participant will be assigned to an ongoing HCC learning community class and will have the opportunity to learn with students and teach with faculty. In addition, participants will engage in a faculty seminar on key readings in the LC literature and consult with the LC program coordinator on a weekly basis. 

It is the objective of this program that through experiencing and documenting a multi-disciplinary LC course in action, participants will familiarize themselves with not only the fundamental knowledge but also the skills necessary to administer a learning communities program. Please find below a sample outline of the program activities and events:

  • Welcome reception with HCC faculty and administrators
  • Participation in two HCC Learning Community faculty teams in planning, implementation, and assessment
  • Attendance in a weekly faculty seminar on key LC-related texts and materials
  • Participation in scheduled meetings with local collaborating college and community partners, e.g., iCONs (Integrated Concentration in Science) program at UMass
  • Attendance at the Atlantic Center for Learning Communities Retreat (registration not included)
  • Weekly consultation with the LC Coordinator regarding LC pedagogy, and program policies and practices
  • Program coordination for all events held at or sponsored by HCC
  • Farewell reception with students, faculty, and administrators

Program Outcome

Participants will be prepared to design, teach, and assess their own LC courses back at their home institutions.

Program Tuition

$4,500 / participant. Please note: Program tuition does not include airfare, housing, meals, or other transportation costs.

2016-17 Academic Year Program Dates & Application Deadlines:

Fall semester program:
September - October 2016; Application Deadline for Fall Program: June 15, 2016

Spring semester program:
February - March 2017; Application Deadline for Spring Program: November 15, 2016

Contact Information:

Professor Jack Mino, LC Program Coordinator at jmino@hcc.edu
Professor Miles Xian Liu, English at xliu@hcc.edu


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040