Deans and admissions staff welcomed newly accepted students during the Jan. 10 New Student Orientation at Springfield Technical Community College.New students gathered at the Ira H. Rubenzahl heard an overview of what they might experience while studying at STCC. They were told what to expect in classes and the roles students and professors play. After the overview session, they moved to breakout sessions where they learned about advising and student resources. They also attended a financial aid session that showed them how to navigate payment systems, complete the FAFSA and how aid works in general.

One of the main messages they heard: Ask questions; you will get support.

Lashonda Chest was one of the new students seated in the forum for the welcome and introductions. She said she works as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) and wants to change careers.

“I’m going to school for Criminal Justice to be a lawyer,” she said.

Brett Proto, of Wilbraham, said he wants to study business at STCC with the goal of transferring into UMass. He likes the fact that STCC has a smooth transfer system into state colleges and universities.

Malahne Browne, 19, graduated from the High School of Commerce in 2021 and liked that STCC was close and convenient.

“A lot of my friends and family came here,” said Browne, who hopes to student health science and eventually get into nursing school. “I’m kind of nervous because school is really hard for me,” she said. “But I’m excited. I want a career. I’m ready. I’m motivated now.”

Interested in becoming an STCC student? Spring semester classes start Jan. 23. Click here to learn more about the spring semester including how to apply. For questions, call (413) 755-3333 or email