Transforming Immigrant Digital Equity (TIDE)

Pilot Site: Holyoke Community College

Site Holyoke Community College – English for Speakers of Other Languages
Location Holyoke, Ludlow, and Springfield, MA
Expanding to West Springfield, MA
Organization Type Two-year community college
Size 485 students served per year
33 staff
Student Population 78% women
49% Hispanic or Latino
40 years old, on average
Contact Pesha Black, Director of English for Speakers of Other Languages

Holyoke Community College’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs span several sites in Western Massachusetts, including the college’s campus in Holyoke, the Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center in Ludlow, and the Springfield Adult Learning Center in Springfield. Following its vision of helping students overcome barriers to success, Holyoke Community College (HCC) provides a variety of free, state-funded classes, which are currently offered in online and hybrid modalities. These classes include general beginner- to advanced-level classes, Integrated Education and Training programs (known in Massachusetts as MassSTEP), and an Accelerated Career English (Pay-for-Performance) program. HCC also offers credit-bearing academic ESOL courses outside of the Adult Education program.

HCC’s other Adult Education services include a Transition to College & Careers program, English GED® and HiSET® preparation and testing services, adult basic education classes, and free or low-cost computer classes in English and Spanish.