Westover Job Corps Center

Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge On November 8, 131 teams of high school students participated in the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA.   Most teams prepared for an extended period of time, but the three Westover teams from the Office Administration Trade signed up later in the process [...]

Learning & Getting Paid: WIN WIN!

December 21st, 2018

CONGRATULATION CARLOS LOPEZ, BRICK MASONRY …for your paid WORK BASED LEARNING ROLE AT D&D MASONRY & CHIMNEY, CHICOPEE MA. Says Carlos: “I’m happy to have the experience out in the field. It’s a great opportunity.  I give credit to Mr. Marion for preparing me well and all the staff who’ve helped me.  It is wonderful [...]

Welcome Center Gets a Face Lift

December 21st, 2018

Shown here HBI Building Construction Tech instructor Mark Aubin and student Hector Ramos display the handcrafted table they built for the sitting area in our newly re-furbished Welcome Center.  First impressions are important, and the new management team at Westover decided to make the front entrance to the campus more home-like.

Carving Turkey for the Community

December 21st, 2018

Jonathan Dessources, a Culinary Student from Boston, MA is carving turkey alongside community leaders from the City of Chicopee at the Chicopee Boys & Girls Club Thanksgiving meal.

Welcome and Happy Holidays!

December 21st, 2018

New Students are treated to a hot, homemade breakfast every week.  This holiday season the food presentation and the decor in Oscar’s Cafe were really outstanding.  Thanks Culinary Arts for contributing so much to our campus culture. There is nothing more like “home” like delicious home-cooked food, and you put your heart into everything you [...]

“Congratulations!  Because of the exceptionally high score you received on your Microsoft Office Specialist MOS Word 2013 exam, you have been named Massachusetts’s Champion and selected to compete in Certiport’s 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship” This is the message Jeremy Jones Jr. received.  Age 19, from Springfield, MA, this quiet, serious student had [...]

Brick by Brick

September 18th, 2018

The Westover Brick Masonry trade repaired the Fire Station in downtown Chicopee, Massachusetts to re-point worn areas on the corner of the building. Students worked with their instructor Robert Marion for a week, ensuring that the red brick structure was in tip top shape. The Fire Department actively works with Westover to promote careers in public safety, to volunteer in the community, to promote employer partnerships and to encourage youth to enroll. The Department recently supported Safe & Sound Week working with our Safety Officer. We ran into them again at our Clinical Nursing site, enjoying a BBQ lunch with the elderly residents. We always get a big smile and kind words.

Oh Baby I love Nursing!

September 18th, 2018

Braydon Russell held a SIMS baby at the University of Massachusetts School of Nursing. The Westover C.N.A. trade is now in a partnership with this top nursing program.

Helping the Homeless

September 18th, 2018

Westover volunteers staffed the donation table at Six Flags, Springfield, MA on National Roller Coaster Day. We packed a Peter Pan Bus with school supplies and then spent a week sorting them and preparing backpacks for homeless schoolchildren. A total of 2000 backpacks were donated to area schools. The Westover students rode the bus and delivered the backpacks to the schools. The backpacks were sorted by grade level. Other local employers and volunteers joined in. The “Stuff the Bus” campaign is sponsored by United Way.

The Westover Carpentry trade built an outdoor storage shed for the Granby Massachusetts High School. The construction firm Fontaine Brothers invited the students in with their instructor Mike O’Neal to help out.