In 2008, community members with then Westfield Mayor Michael Boulanger mobilized to create an alternative high school preparation program for the community. Domus Incorporated, a non-profit developer of affordable and supported community housing, spearheaded this grass roots community-wide initiative. Along with area legislators, local human service providers, Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS), The Westfield Athenaeum, and area colleges, an advisory board was formed. "Westfield Community Education (WCE)" was established and classes and tutoring began immediately at the Westfield Athenaeum. WCE is substantially volunteer based.
Ann Lentini, Domus Incorporated
Amber Danahey, City Of Westfield, Community Development
Peter Miller, City Of Westfield, Community Development
Kelly E. Pelkey, Westfield Community Education
Mark Styspeck, Westfield Community Education
Rosemary Adams, Westfield Community Education
Jane Toomey, Teacher, Westfield Community Education
Judy Foard, Tutor, Westfield Community Education
Andrea Kallfa, Westfield Community Education
Ken White, Holyoke Community College
Of our 230 students that have taken the High School Equivalency Test through January 1, 2018 - 197 have passed. We have over 28 students currently active in various stages of study.