Transition to College and Careers Program

This free comprehensive program is a bridge to higher education for people in Hampden and Hampshire Counties. We conduct extensive outreach and recruitment with regional Adult Basic Education organizations, community-based organizations and social services agencies. To learn more

The Class Provides:   


  • A supportive community learning environment

  • A qualified instructor

  • Extensive mentoring/tutoring

  • Instructions in Math and Reading and Writing

  • Computer skills and study strategies

  • Weekly guest speakers

  • Access to HCC resources

  • Assistance with financial aid and admissions applications

  • Free bus passes

  • Counseling/Advising

Our Primary Target Populations Are:


  • People who feel academically or otherwise unprepared for college

  • First-generation college students

  • Low-income people from all backgrounds

  • Puerto Ricans and other Latino communities

  • Immigrants from all countries

  • High-level English Language Learners

  • Individuals who are at least 18 years old, have earned a high school diploma more than four years ago

  • Individuals who have a GED/HiSET are encouraged to apply

Contact Us

ABE/ABE Transition to College & Careers Program

Marie Troppe

Kittredge Center 315

(413) 552-2728/


ABE-TCC class at Holyoke Community College 


        9:15am-1:15pm (day)

Evening ABE-TCC at Holyoke Community College:


      5:30pm-8:30pm (evening)

"This has been an amazing experience. I never would have imagined how lucky we are to have this program where we live. The ABE/ ABE Transition to College & Careers Program is the best thing a person who is an ESL student or adult returning to college can do. It is a blessing and I will forever be grateful to HCC and CEP for their generosity in offering this course free of charge."


~Esther Hermele

"I found the ABE/ABE Transition to College & Careers Program enlightening and informative. Without this program I probably wouldn't have considered going back to school. I felt too intimidated and frustrated. Thank you to the staff of the program for all of your support.


~Betty Vasquez