Holyoke Community College Website


  • Year Founded: 1946 
  • Annual Enrollment: 9,602
  • Ages 17-24: 67%
  • Faculty/Student Ratio: 15/1
  • Top Five Degrees:
    • Liberal Arts & Sciences (A.A.)
    • Business Administration Mass Transfer (A.S.)
    • Criminal Justice (A.S.)
    • Nursing (A.S.)
    • Biology (A.S. Liberal Arts & Sciences)


HCC offers 90+ degrees and certificates designed for transfer or immediate entry into the workforce. Offerings include: 

  • Latinx Studies 
  • Sustainability Studies  Communication, Media & Theater Arts 
  • Community Health Worker 
  • Cannabis: Culinary Assistant, Cultivation Assistant, Extraction Technician &  Patient Advocate

Students learn in state of the art facilities, including: 

  • HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute 
  • HCC Center for Life Sciences 
  • HCC Center for Health Education & Simulation 

Christina Royal, Ph.D.

Christina Royal is the fourth president of Holyoke Community College and the first woman to lead the school since it was founded in 1946. She holds a PhD in education from Capella University and a master of arts in educational psychology and a bachelor of arts in math from Marist College.

Before coming to HCC in January 2017, she served as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Inver Hills Community College and previously as associate vice president for e-learning and innovation at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland and director of technology-assisted learning for the School of Graduate and Continuing Education for Marist College, her alma mater.

Shortly after beginning her tenure at HCC, President Royal launched a comprehensive strategic planning process for the college that brought together students, faculty, staff, the HCC board of trustees and community members to explore how the college can best meet the needs of our region’s workforce and prepare our students for the future. These efforts have produced new degree and certificate options, wrap-around student support services, and an ongoing focus on process improvement.

An active and engaged member of the community, President Royal serves on numerous boards and councils across the Pioneer Valley, including the United Way of Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Western Mass Network to End Homelessness, Food Bank of Western MA, the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on College Readiness, among others.

Follow President Royal on Twitter: @HCCPrez

Campus Locations:

Main Campus

303 Homestead Ave.,
Holyoke, MA 01040

Picknelly Adult & Family Education Center

206 Maple Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute

164 Race Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

HCC Center for Health Education & Simulation

404 Jarvis Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040

Ludlow Adult Learning Center

54 Windsor Street
Ludlow, MA 01056

Education to Employment (E2E)

79 Main Street
Ware, MA 01082