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New Adult Learning Space Created At Former Library Branch


A western Massachusetts city with a high number of high school dropouts has opened a new adult education center.

Springfield Superintendent of Schools Dan Warwick praised the new adult learning space, located in a renovated former full-service library branch in the city’s Pine Point neighborhood.

" This is a second chance in life." said Warwick.  " People get a chance to get the GED and then move on to community college and become the workforce we need in this area for the jobs that are coming in."

There are roughly 24,000 adults in Springfield who do have a high school diploma.

The library branch was renovated at a cost of $1.5 million to put in classrooms, a conference room, computer stations, and new furnishings.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.