Welcome from the President

Since its launch in 2009, HCC’s Sustainability Studies program has grown, not only in the numbers of students and course offerings, but also in its influence on our community. The founder of the program, Professor Kate Maiolatesi,

Fertile Ground HCC Sustainability Programs Grow

By Janice Beetle Leigh-Ellen Figueroa, ’13, is feeding children in Holyoke, West Springfield and Chicopee with organic food they helped to grow – and planting seeds of knowledge about building a sustainable future. Along with Lauren Lemire,

Student Profile: Steven Jones Success the second time

Steven Jones’ first shot at college ended in failure. He’d entered HCC right after graduating from Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Working nights as a dishwasher, he got out at 2 a.m., then got up for

Learning to Teach

With her sights set on becoming a teacher – a profession with a long history in her family – Maldonado, 27, encouraged Texeira, 22, to join her at Holyoke Community College and earn a degree in education. “She says to me all

Faculty Profile: Mónica Torregrosa. ‘Speak your mind’

Growing up in Chile under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, Mónica Torregrosa knew that speaking your mind could lead to imprisonment, exile or even death. “We had very little chance to speak our opinions. You had to

HCC Health Services

By RONNI GORDON HCC Health Services is more than a place to go when you are sick or in need of immunizations or sports physicals, though it is those things too. Mitchell Pysznik, a registered nurse and

Outlook good for jobs in nonclinical healthcare fields

By ALANA WIENS Healthcare is projected to make up the largest segment of the U.S. economy by 2020. While we often think of doctors and nurses when we consider jobs in healthcare, 42 percent of all healthcare

Student Profile: Olga Moreno

“Hi” and “Bye” were the first two English words Olga Moreno ever learned. Sometimes, however, she mixed them up. “I would say them at the wrong time,” says Moreno. That was in 2003 when she moved to

HCC readies for expansion

By Chris Yurko Health care has long been a robust industry. It accounts for nearly one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Even during the recent recession, as unemployment rose, the nation added health-care jobs, and growth is expected

Health, Fitness and Nutrition programs thrive at HCC

By Ronni Gordon Cori Muddiman was an overweight Home Depot contractor from Springfield who lost more than 100 pounds and became increasingly interested in physical fitness. Omri Rachmut, a native of Jerusalem and a former paratrooper in

Nourishing a Healthy Lifestyle HCC professor – Laura Christoph

By Janice Beetle Laura Christoph ran seven miles a day in high school and weighed only 90 pounds. While competing in a race as a senior at Falmouth High School, she felt something go “click,” and she

Faculty Profile: Ian Camera

Ian Camera is a self-described geek. He loves technology and embraces its value and application in the modern classroom. “I’m a grownup nerd,” he says. But there’s another side to Camera too – the people person, the

The David M. Bartley Center for Athletics & Recreation

By Chris Yurko Between classes, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, when other students are grabbing lunch, chatting up friends or perhaps studying, Eric Tipton works out. He throws on his shorts, puts in his ear buds, turns

Student Profile: Jonathan Mendez

The first time Jonathan Mendez enrolled at HCC, he wanted to be a chef. In 2009, he was enrolled as a Culinary Arts major, but he didn’t finish his first year. “I love to cook, so, I

Student Profile: Amber Nehring

The C-plus Amber Nehring received in a high school chemistry class bothered her a lot. She was a straight A student. She loved chemistry. She knew, though, she hadn’t applied herself. Her professor knew it too. In