Early College and Dual Enrollment

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Jules Gillis
Advanced Learning Manager
Phone: (413) 534-2020, Extension 1113
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Marielys Barreto
Advanced Learning Coordinator
Phone: (413) 534-2020, Extension 1143
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About Early College & Dual Enrollment

Through partnerships with local colleges and universities, Holyoke High School students are able to earn high school and college credits in a challenging, yet highly supportive environment. This experience provides students with an understanding of college-level work, reduces the time and cost of earning college credits, and increases the likelihood of students completing a college degree. Tuition, fees, and transportation are all provided.

Early College Program with Holyoke Community College

Eligible students in grades 10-12 (must apply in 9th grade for full 3 year experience)

In this program, sophomore students take their first college courses at Holyoke High School. In their junior year, students have the option of taking college courses at Holyoke High School or taking courses on the main HCC campus. Senior year students take courses on the HCC campus with other HCC students. This program is aligned with the high school’s theme-based academies. Tuition, fees, books, and transportation are all provided. All credits earned are transferable to most four-year Massachusetts public colleges and universities.  Students are supported through mentoring, tutoring, and an early college readiness class (AVID).

Dual Enrollment

Eligible students in grades 11-12 (students apply on a semester basis with their counselors)

Dual Enrollment offers students the opportunity to take college classes to supplement their high school curriculum. Students can choose a class that meets their needs and interests and fits in with their high school schedule. It offers students the opportunity to get college credit even if they are not part of the early college programs described above.

HHS currently has relationships with HCC, STCC, UMASS, and Westfield State. Holyoke High School students may apply to take a Dual Enrollment class at any of these colleges. Courses are taught during the day at these college campuses, or online.  If you wish to take a class at a different college or university, you must apply directly to that institution.

For more information on dates and deadlines for Dual Enrollment, click here.

Eligible students in grades 11-12 (must apply in tenth grade)

Early college program offered through Westfield State University to eligible high school juniors and seniors.  These courses for 11th-grade students are co-taught during the day at Holyoke High School by a high school faculty member and a WSU professor. 12th-grade students take classes at WSU.  Students who complete this program get priority enrollment at Westfield State. Tuition, fees, and transportation are all provided.

For more information on how to enroll in Early College through Holyoke High School, click here.