Springfield College has partnered with the Gándara Center in providing employee grants to full and part-time employees, who are enrolled in either undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, or certificate of advanced graduate study programs at Springfield College.
Gándara Center employees are eligible to receive scholarships, which have been established by Springfield College to support its members being educated for leadership in service to others. Students must provide employment information to confirm their eligibility.
“We are excited for this new partnership between Gándara and Springfield College. The Gándara Center is committed to supporting our staff to advance themselves in their education and careers,” said Lois Nesci, Chief Executive Officer. “This opportunity will not only help our staff achieve their goals but it will in turn help them develop further skills to best serve those individuals in our care,” she added.
Gándara Center employees can receive the employee grant for each degree pursued at the College, and participants will be awarded potential transfer credits who have completed trainings and certifications as outlined in the College’s experiential learning handbook.
In addition, the College will provide a pathway for Gándara Center employees, once enrolled, to earn additional credits for their degree program through the College’s prior learning assessment portfolio program.
Gándara Center, based in West Springfield, has been providing bilingual, culturally sensitive behavioral health, substance use, prevention and educational services to the region since 1977. The agency was founded to ensure access and services to Hispanics, African Americans and other underserved populations. Today, the Gándara Center serves a diverse multicultural clientele in more than 100 locations across Massachusetts and its family-centered and community-based approach reaches more than 15,000 children, families, and adults every year through residential, mental health, substance use, and preventative services.
Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Approximately 4,100 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.