In Spring of 2008, community members along 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, area colleges and the Westfield Business Improvement District, an advisory board was formed. "Westfield Community Education" was established. Classes and tutoring began immediately in the Fall of 2008 at the Westfield Athenaeum.
"I think this class is what I expected and then some. ...I like the way the class is taught and the people in the class are respectful and helpful. My goal is to get my GED and move forward in life with a career." Stephen
"...class is great and I want to thank everyone for their help and support making this possible." Kyle
"...this program is very helpful for people who don't have a lot of money and for families that have children and [are] just making ends meet..." Sue