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Instructor - Teacher's Assistant (Paraprofessional) Training Program

Holyoke Community College
Holyoke, MA

Job Details

The Division of Business and Community Services at Holyoke Community College is seeking a dynamic instructor to teach Teacher’s Assistant (Paraprofessional) training courses for grant-funded workforce training and contract training programs and to assist in creating curricula for a statewide training initiative. Help us grow a new generation of diverse educators! The Instructor will build on a successful model developed by Holyoke Community College with Springfield Public Schools, adapting the curriculum for other Title 1 schools/school districts and regional needs, to prepare entry-level adults for roles as Paraprofessionals/Teacher’s Assistants for current K-12 teachers, some opportunities including training for high school students, after school hours.

The instructor will need to become familiar with Federal, State and Local school district guidelines and expectations. A Master’s Degree in Education and at least five years of K-12 teaching experience is required.

Contexts may include working with low income adults and in regional high school settings, with graduating seniors. Where possible, the program will include guest speakers from local school districts. May also participate in further development of the curriculum as we increase training capacity and collaborate with additional school districts.

Guiding Themes

  1. Developing relationships and building empathy; strengthening communication, professionalism, and responsibility soft skills.
  2. Fostering appreciation of diversity, equity and inclusion, life experiences, and asset value of students and participants.
  3. Promoting teamwork, particularly the Teacher-Para team, while negotiating difficult situations and interactions.

Academic ReadinessACT Workkeys PCTA: Workplace Documents, Applied Mathematics, Business Writing (Required for participants without minimum of 60 college credits or Associates Degree) English Language Learning strategies

Key Education Specific Topics
  1. Legal Issues in education
  2. Developmental Stages/ Pedagogy Theories
  3. ACEs (Acute Childhood Experiences)
  4. Diversity, equity and inclusion
  5. Behavior management strategies
  6. SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) and Trauma informed instruction/ schools
  7. Educational Technology: Productivity (Google and Microsoft suite) LMS and engagement
  8. School District Policies and Human Resources (District specific)
  9. Career Advancement (District Specific)
  10. Self-Care and stress management


  • Master’s Degree.
  • Minimum five years’ work experience in K-12 education as a classroom teacher.
  • Must describe, in the application, ability to effectively teach the content outlined above.
  • Ability to teach in online, hybrid or face-to-face settings.
  • MUST be available to teach face-to-face in the Holyoke area (Hampden County) including in local high schools.
  • Minimum five years’ work experience in K-12 education as a classroom teacher.
  • Commitment to, and demonstrated ability to, work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff & student body.
  • Daytime M-F availability.
  • EQUIVALENCY STATEMENT: Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position.

  • Experience with urban, Title 1 Education
  • Curriculum development or program design experience.
  • Bilingual capacity in English and another language.
  • Part-Time, Non-Benefited, MCCC unit position

    Salary: $30.03/hour

    Hours: 10–18.5 hrs./week

    Funding Source: Grant (CCWTF)

    Start Date: January/February, 2023
    **Please Note:Candidates for employment should be aware that all Holyoke Community College students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated by the start of your employment. Accordingly, initial employment is dependent upon receipt and verification of full vaccination status records; details of how to fulfill vaccine record verification requirements will be provided during the hire and onboarding process.

    - All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. HCC is not sponsoring H1B Visa.
    - Pre-Employment Background check, including Criminal History will be conducted for all positions.

    Holyoke Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College’s Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.


    Working at Holyoke Community College

    Since its founding in 1946, Holyoke Community College has focused on inspiring futures through education and training, access, and engagement. The goal is simple-exceptional preparation for personal and professional success through education for all learners.

    HCC's highly-qualified, committed faculty and staff engage learners through innovative, relevant instruction and comprehensive student support services, ensuring that our students are well prepared for their next step in life-whether to transfer to a four-year institution, to advance in a career, to build skills, or simply to enhance their quality of life.

    HCC faculty and staff support students in discovering their academic abilities and career aptitudes for the future they choose. We think they'll find that HCC provides the best start for attaining their goals, for one of the best dollar values in education today.


    Located in Western Massachusetts' scenic Pioneer Valley, HCC draws students from more than 70 cities and towns throughout the region and from beyond. As a gateway to quality, accessible education and career advancement, more than 100,000 students have come through the doors seeking to realize their dreams and aspirations. HCC boasts the largest enrollment and awards the highest number of associate degrees and certificates among Western Massachusetts community colleges. At the college's 65th commencement in May 2012,a total of 1,000 students received approximately 1,026 associate degrees and certificates. Graduates ranged in age from 18-80, and came from 70 Massachusetts towns, as well as Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and from as far away as Florida, Michigan, Missouri and South Carolina. Our international grads included citizens of Israel, Malawi, Peru and South Korea.


    HCC offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate options, as well as adult basic education/GED programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit community service personal and professional enrichment courses. To accommodate students' busy lives, HCC offers day, twilight, evening, weekend, and online classes. Academic programs, in a variety of disciplines, are designed for immediate career entry or for transfer to four-year institutions. Plus, for those seeking additional intellectual challenge in their coursework, HCC is known for its exceptional learning communities (team-taught interdisciplinary courses organized around a common theme) and its Commonwealth Honors program, among other programs and services.


    HCC has the highest transfer rate of any community college statewide, holding articulation agreements with more than 27 colleges and universities. Many students attend HCC with the intention of transferring to a four-year college or university. And many do so after graduating-often with generous and even full scholarships-to public and private four-year colleges and universities across the country. Locally, HCC is the largest feeder institution for Westfield State College and UMASS Amherst.

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    HCC offers short-term certificates and training for students whose goal is immediate career entry. HCC's Career Center provides additional assistance in helping students obtain employment in the region's many workplaces.

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    Throughout the year, HCC is home to numerous recreational and cultural activities and events that are open to the community. View an art exhibit at the Taber Art Gallery, catch a live performance at the Leslie Phillips Theater, enjoy the college's annual Jazz Festival, or come watch one of HCC's competitive varsity athletic games. HCC has the largest disc golf course in Western Massachusetts, and it's free and open to the public.

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