JUNTOS IN THE COMMUNITY
Through their collaboration, the Juntos partners have streamlined and improved the adult education services they offer Holyoke residents. Each provider has its niche; they are complementary rather than competitive. For example, during weekday mornings HALO offers beginning and low-intermediate EL, ABE, and GED courses, while CEP courses include Native Language literacy (NLL), intermediate and advanced English literacy, and College Transitions. Juntos publishes a course schedule that includes all the classes offered by each partner. Last year, together the partners were able to offer 250 spaces for adults in need of adult education services, an increase of 100 percent since the partnership began.
While in many respects the six partners act as one, their individuality has remained intact. Each organization has specific strengths and expertise that it brings to the effort. Each organization also recognizes that the partnership has allowed them to achieve results that they could not attain alone, including: