Student Pathways

Find your pathway to success at Holyoke Public Schools.

We celebrate the individuality of every student. At Holyoke Public Schools, we know that students do best when they pursue their passions and are trusted to pick their pathway. We asked eight of our outstanding students about their pathways and plans.

Meet Jason, Nekisha, Ryan, Jorge, Ciecola, Josiah, Miranda, and Jaylene!

Jason Rising Star

“I want to go to college, pass law and criminal justice, and play baseball while I’m there”

-Jason Rosado Burgos, Holyoke High School – North Campus

Nekisha Rising Star

“I’m looking forward to going to STCC. I’m going for early childhood education… I want to try to keep up with my cosmetology trade too.”

-Nekisha Rodriguez, Holyoke High School – Dean Campus

Ryan Perry Rising Star

“My goal is to go to college, maybe go play volleyball at the Elms… they have a really good computer science program”

-Ryan Perry, Holyoke High School – North Campus

Jorge Rising Star

“My dream job is to be an electrician.”

-Jorge Gonzalez, Holyoke High School – Dean Campus

Ciecola Rising Star

“I want to go to college and become an OBGYN. It’s a lot, but I’m ready for it.”

-Ciecola Bacchus, Peck School

Josiah Rising Star

“I want to work on a career for being a cartoonist. I have a passion for animation.”

-Josiah Gonzalez, Mcmahon School

Miranda Rising Star

“I will be attending Our Lady of the Elms College for Nursing and I’m so excited to start my journey.”

-Miranda McKenna, Holyoke High School – North Campus

Jaylene Rising Star

“I want to be a lawyer and I love soccer.”

-Jaylene Moquin, Morgan School

Meet the 2018 Rising Stars and Learn about their Career Goals

We have developed a strategic plan for transforming the high school experience to ensure that every student in grades 6-12 have a high quality educational option, with a focus on college and careers for all students. Built upon choice, and access to advanced educational opportunities, the plan deepens student engagement, and provides families, business and civic leaders explicit opportunities to partner with educators to help guide students’ career and college plans.  Read more about the innovative strategic plan.

Sample of programs for students:

Seeking advanced courses-

  • Reduced-price college courses at Holyoke Community College, Westfield State, and UMass Amherst
  • Growth of Advanced Placement offerings at Holyoke High School

Interested in vocational pathways-

  • Automotive
  • Culinary
  • Health Sciences
  • Machine Manufacturing
  • Cosmetology
  • Electrical
  • Construction
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Computer Programming
  • Web Design

Interested in science careers-

  • Partnership with STEM Starter Academy at Springfield Technical Community College
  • Holyoke Codes workshops in coding, robotics, and technology

Interested in the arts-

  • School musicals and plays
  • Sample of school clubs: Anime Club, Art Club, Band, Choir, Drama Club, Yearbook, Photography Club
  • Lectures and workshops with local authors and artists
Contact the Student Enrollment and Family Empowerment Center at 413-534-2055, to learn about new initiatives and programs at Holyoke Public Schools and how to support your children in their pathway to success.
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