Holyoke Community College

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Holyoke Community College
HolyokeCommunityCollege Seal.svg
Former names
Holyoke Graduate School
(1946-1947)
Holyoke Junior College
(1947-1964)
Motto Efficiunt Clarum Studio (Latin)
"They make it clear by study"
[1]
Type Community
Established September 9, 1946
July 1, 1964[2][a]
Endowment $12.3 million[3]
President Christina Royal
Academic staff
128 full-time faculty
332 adjunct[4][5]
Students 8,243[4]
Location Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates: 42°11′40.35″N 72°39′0.87″W / 42.1945417°N 72.6502417°W / 42.1945417; -72.6502417
Campus Suburban
Colors Green & Black
         
Nickname HCC
Mascot Cougars
Website www.hcc.edu
HolyokeCC logo.svg

Holyoke Community College (HCC) is a public community college in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It offers associate degrees and certificate programs, as well as a transfer program for students to earn credits for transfer to other colleges. Holyoke Community College holds the distinction of being the first community college established in Massachusetts, as it was founded by the city's school board in 1946, while others were subsequently chartered under state jurisdiction after 1960.[6] HCC currently offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate options, as well as adult basic education/GED programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit community education classes. In a 2016 report on community colleges in the United States, the Aspen Institute and Columbia University's Community College Research Center cited HCC as among 2-year community colleges with best practices for student transfers to 4 year institutions such as the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[7] Additionally among the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts, HCC has the highest percentage of student graduates completing associate degrees and certificate programs.[6]

HCC is located on a 135-acre (0.55 km2) campus, and has satellite locations throughout the Pioneer Valley, including the HCC-MGM Culinary Arts Institute, the only culinary arts program at a Massachusetts college accredited by the American Culinary Federation.[8][9]

The college participates in the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) and allows high school applicants to opt for full or part-time coursework to receive both high school and transferable college credit.[10] Enrolled students may also complete certain coursework at Mount Holyoke and Smith College, as both share faculty with the community college.[7]

History

HCC's first director, George E. Frost, discusses enrollment with high school seniors, 1950

Holyoke Community College's history is unique in that it was not only the first established community college in the state, but was initially managed municipally by the local school board. With funding provided by the GI Bill following World War II, the opportunity was granted to states to provide supplementary education in addition to coursework given through high school. In order to expedite the establishment of this coursework, the Massachusetts General Court passed an emergency act on June 13, 1946 to allow school committees to vote for post-graduate instruction.[11] Following a period of evaluation, the Holyoke School Board voted in favor of establishing the Holyoke Graduate School on September 9, 1946, having admitted 67 students for its founding class.[12] On April 1, 1947 this name was changed to the Holyoke Junior College after a state act was passed allowing municipalities to operate higher educational institutions under this title.[2][13]

On July 1, 1964, with approval from the state department of education, the school board relinquished control and the college was given its current name, Holyoke Community College.[2][14]

Foundation

HCC's main campus, sitting at the edge of the municipal watershed for the Holyoke Water Works, the area to the west of campus is entirely forested

Following a devastating fire that destroyed the then-refurbished college building (the former Alderman Holyoke High School), the yellow bricks from the former facility were sold off to raise funds for an independent charitable corporation, created by Mayor William S. Taupier. This charity, known as the Friends of Holyoke Community College, was initially founded for the purpose of conducting fundraising to construct new facilities.[15] The idea of rebuilding such a school in Holyoke was left in doubt by the state but after hundreds of letters and phone calls from residents to Governor Volpe, funding was granted for an entirely new campus in Homestead Avenue.[16] The Friends of Holyoke Community College would be renamed the Holyoke Community College Foundation in 1985,[17] a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which fundraises to supplement state appropriations to the college through benefactor scholarships, educational grants, and the annually-awarded Elaine Marieb Faculty Chair for Teaching Excellence.[18]

Notable alumni

  • Craig Blais, American poet and scholar, assistant professor of English at Anna Maria College, recipient of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, with published works in The Antioch Review and Yale Review.[19]
  • Richard H. Demers, former mayor of Chicopee, Massachusetts and former member of House of Representatives, real estate developer.[20]
  • Luis Daniel Muñiz, Puerto Rican politician and senator for the Mayagüez-Aguadilla district.[21]
  • Richard Neal, former city councilor and mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, member of the US House of Representatives representing the 1st district of Massachusetts.[22]
  • Patty O'Donnell, former member of the Vermont House of Representatives, and member of the school board of Vernon, Vermont.[23]
  • Joe Peters, artist whose work has been featured in the Corning Museum of Glass.[24][25]
  • Todd Smola, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the 1st Hampden district.[26]
  • Jay Willis, American soccer player who currently plays for Western Mass Pioneers and is head soccer coach for Worcester State University.
  • Aaron Vega, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the 5th Hampden district, serving on the Joint Committee on Higher Education, former documentary film editor with previous work with Ken Burns[27]

See also

  • WCCH (103.5 FM), the community college's FM radio station

Notes

  1. ^ City transferred ownership; formally joined the Massachusetts Community College System.

References

  1. ^ Motto from college's seal shown on title page of- Long-Range Plan, Phase I, 1992-1997 (Report). ERIC ED 368425. Holyoke Community College. 
    • Translation taken from- Fairbairn’s Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland. I. Edinburgh: Inglis & Jack. 1905. p. 544. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Founding Years of HCC". HCC Archives & Special Collections. Holyoke Community College. Archived from the original on May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018. 
  3. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY2015 to FY2016" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Fast Facts About HCC". Holyoke Community College. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  5. ^ Schoenberg, Shira (January 12, 2018). "Massachusetts state employee salary database 2018". MassLive. Springfield, Mass. 
  6. ^ a b "Best Community Colleges In Massachusetts". Schools.com. QuinStreet, Inc. Archived from the original on September 19, 2017. HCC also took the No. 1 spot for its percentage of students who graduated with certificates or associate degrees, and its average net price was the second-most affordable out of all the schools in our survey...Holyoke Community College has to its name a distinction that no other institution in Massachusetts can claim: When it was founded in 1946, it was the only community college that existed in the Commonwealth. 
  7. ^ a b Wyner, Joshua; Deane, KC; Jenkins, Davis; Fink, John (2016). The Transfer Playbook: Essential Practices for Two- and Four-Year Colleges (PDF) (Report). Community College Research Center (CCRC), Teachers College, Columbia University. Retrieved May 1, 2018. 
  8. ^ Grand Opening of Culinary Arts Institute, City of Holyoke. 2018.
  9. ^ "Accredited Postsecondary Programs". American Culinary Federation. 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2018. 
  10. ^ "High School/Dual Enrollment". Holyoke Community College. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  11. ^ An Act providing temporarily for a course of school instruction beyond the regular high school course of instruction for the benefit of veterans and others, Act No. 532 of June 13, 1946. Retrieved on May 1, 2018. Massachusetts General Court, Acts of 1946.
  12. ^ "Graduate School Receives Go-Ahead in Board Meeting; Enrolment [sic] of 67 Considered Sufficient to Start Program - Superintendent to Get Teachers". Springfield Republican. Springfield, Mass. September 10, 1946. p. 8. 
  13. ^ An Act authorizing cities and towns which provide an extended course of instruction on junior college level for veterans and others to use the designation "Junior College" in connection therewith, Act No. 1782 of 1947. Retrieved on May 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "Building Rite At College Tuesday at 9". Springfield Republican. Springfield, Mass. December 2, 1964. p. 32. Known as Holyoke Junior College when it was controlled by the local school board, the college was taken over by state officials when the area community college was approved for this city 
  15. ^ "Mayor Forms Corporation to Aid Community College". Springfield Union. Springfield, Mass. January 27, 1968. p. 6. 
  16. ^ "Archives and Special Collections". Holyoke Community College. 2017. Archived from the original on October 28, 2017. HCC's newly renovated campus burned to the ground on a bitterly cold day in January of 1968. It was the resourcefulness and innovative spirit of the college and community that enabled students to resume their studies in temporary facilities within a matter of days. Later, flooding the governor's office with hundreds of letters and phone calls, the community and college joined forces to insist that the school be rebuilt in Holyoke. 
  17. ^ Query for "Holyoke Community College Foundation, Inc.", Massachusetts Corporation Card File Database, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  18. ^ "The HCC Foundation". Holyoke Community College. 2017. Archived from the original on October 28, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Faculty Profile: Craig Blais". Anna Maria College. Archived from the original on May 3, 2018. 
  20. ^ Public Officers of the Massachusetts General Court 1980-81. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  21. ^ "HON. LUIS DANIEL MUÑIZ CORTES" (in Spanish). Senado de Puerto Rico. Archived from the original on May 12, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018. Desde muy joven demostró su liderato siendo el presidente de su clase de cuarto año en la escuela superior Efraín Sánchez Hidalgo. Estudió en Holyoke Community College en Massachusetts. Posee un bachillerato en educación secundaria, en estudios sociales e historia, y una maestría en Administración y en Supervisión Escolar de University of Phoenix. 
  22. ^ Neal, Richard E. "Biography." Congressman Richard Neal (official website). United States House of Representatives.
  23. ^ "Patricia 'Pat' A. O'Donnell's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Archived from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  24. ^ Bennett, Sarah (November 7, 2013). "High Art". OC Weekly. Archived from the original on October 3, 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  25. ^ Cooper, Dan (January 11, 2012). "Artist Joe Peters finds talent, challenge in glass". Mass Live. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "About Todd". Representative Todd Smola. Archived from the original on July 31, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2018. 
  27. ^ "Aaron Vega". IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. 

External links

  • Official website
  • High School/Dual Enrollment Program, Holyoke Community College
  • Holyoke Community College Foundation, Inc., a private 501(c)(3) charity foundation which supplements state appropriations
  • 2017 Annual Report
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