New Directions

It's a great time to be an adult student! Across the nation, adults are enrolling in colleges and universities in record numbers. At HCC, adult learners find the individualized attention and flexibility they need to achieve their goals. HCC's New Directions college success program serves students age 24 and older, parents , and veterans, including those who have been out of school for many years. We recognize that adults often need help balancing college life with career, family, personal and/or military responsibilities. New Directions is free—our only goal is to help you succeed at HCC, define your career and educational goals, and discover opportunities for transfer to a four-year college or university. Services include:

  • pre-enrollment counseling
  • help navigating the admissions process 
  • information about financial aid 
  • academic advising
  • orientation workshops
  • transition to college support
  • basic computer instruction
  • career and transfer guidance
  • scholarship assistance

Schedule and Location

Monday-Friday • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Frost Building, Room 232

Our space includes the Marieb Center, a lounge and study center for non-traditional women.

Transportation and Parking

Transportation to the HCC campus is available via PVTA buses. Parking is available in student lots.

To Apply

While there is no charge to participate in New Directions, we ask you to complete an application and meet with one of our program coordinators so we can better serve you. Applications are available from the New Directions Office. 


Karen Rock
Phone: 413.552.2189

Lori Wayson
Phone: 413.552.2072

Cindi Schroeder
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 413.552.2346
Fax: 413.552.2192


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040