Holyoke Community College will be remote in Spring 2021

HOLYOKE – Holyoke Community College will continue to operate primarily remotely for the Spring 2021 semester, according to an internal memo sent this week.

The College made a public announcement Friday.

Holyoke Community College president Christina Royal said administrators expect that no more than 10% of the college’s course offerings will be offered in person.

“In every case, plans for offering face-to-face courses will be reviewed by the college’s Return to Campus Task Force to ensure that health and safety protocols are in place,” she said.

Holyoke Community College’s spring semester begins Jan. 25 with the second spring semester beginning Feb 16 and the third session March 29.

Royal said she made the announcement now because registration begins Monday, Nov. 2, for HCC’s two-week January term and the spring 2021 semester. Registration and course materials must be prepared in advance of that date, so students have time to make informed decisions about their classes.

In May, Holyoke Community College announced that its fall 2020 classes would be offered mostly by remote learning. That semester began Sept. 8.

Holyoke Community College is the state’s oldest community college, serving more than 11,500 students annually in credit and noncredit programs and courses.

Elsewhere, Greenfield Community College also announced that it will be primarily a remote-learning institution in the spring.

Springfield Technical Community College is mostly online in the fall and has not made an announcement on Spring 2021.

Royal is also set to appear at noon today on a livestream broadcast with state Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow. To watch and participate in the livestream event, go to twitter.com/ericlesser or facebook.com/EricLesserMA.

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