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The Community Education Project

 Teaching and Learning in our Community
  • CEP Staff

     

    CEP Staff

    • Rose Egan, Executive Director
    • Mayra Rivera, Office Manager
    • Elizabeth Rivera, Educational and Career Planning Advisor; Community Services Specialist
    • Jose Quevedo, Native Language Literacy in Spanish / Pre-ESOL Literacy Instructor
    • Mary Martone, ABE/Transitions to College & Careers, Career and Educational Advisor
    • Aisling Buckley, ABE/Transition to College & Careers, Instructor
    • Ashley Aliengena, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Instructor
    • Brian Haley, Financial Specialist

     

    CEP Board of Directors:

    • Irma Medina, President
    • Susan Carey
    • John Perez
    • Tom Thacher
    • Jacqueline Lozada
    • Denise Salgado
    • Sarah Schmidt

     

  • About CEP

     

    CEP provides a variety of adult and family educational opportunities in the diverse Holyoke community. We began in 1991 as an ESL program based in the Latino community. Today our educational programming includes:

     

        • Two levels of Native Language Literacy in Spanish to prepare for the GED in Spanish
        • Two levels of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
        • Family Literacy/ESOL program at Sullivan School in Holyoke
        • Adult Basic Education Transition to College and Careers day classes at Holyoke Community College and evening
        • Bridge to ABE-TCC classes at Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center.
  • Adult Basic Education Classes

     

    CEP provides a variety of adult and family educational opportunities in the diverse Holyoke community. We began in 1991 as an ESL program based in the Latino community. Today our educational programming includes:

     

    • Native Language Literacy in Spanish.
    • Pre-GED in Spanish.
    • Two levels of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
    • An Adult Basic Education (ABE)-to-College Transition class at Holyoke Community College, and Bridge to Transition Classes at the Picknelly Center.
    • A variety of support services & referrals to ensure our adult learners can focus on their educational & career goals leading to economic self - sufficiency.
  • Why is ABE Important?

     

    “Educational attainment is directly connected to the economic and social stability of the family.”

    (source: Literacy Works of Hampden County)

     

    • 11.4% of the population over the age of 25 have less than a ninth grade education
    • 14.6% have completed some high school, but do not have a diploma or equivalent
    • 6,748 city residents – more than a quarter of the city's adults over the age of 25 –– who must confront

             the exigencies of family, civic participation, and employment without a high school education

    • 20% of the population over the age of five speaks English "less than very well"; of these 7,086 residents, and

             6,367 (or 90%) are native speakers of Spanish

     

    (Source: U.S. Census 2010)

     

  • Advocacy and Referrals

     

    CEP has also implemented education projects on issues relevant to community members, such as bilingual education, health, and economic disparity. CEP is a member of the Juntos Collaborative, a network of ABE service and work force development providers. We offer educational counseling and referral services, as well as legal, medical, housing, and personal advocacy for our students. CEP sponsors community workshops (charlas) organized by our staff and volunteers in consultation with parents of Latino children in Holyoke Public Schools.

     

  • Funding

     

    The Community Education Project receives funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the City of Holyoke CDBG Program. We also receive generous support from the Beveridge Family Foundation, the Mt. Pleasant Fund, the Hazeldean Foundation, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and Carlos Vega Fund for Social Justice. Additional funding for our programming comes from the generous support of private donors. The Community Education Project is a 501(c)(3) organization and is classified as a public charity.

    Please consider making a donation to support our education programming, please click here for contact information.

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