Center Type
Job Corps Center
Management Company
Physical Address

103 Johnson Rd
Chicopee, MA 01022-1063
United States

Geolocation Field
42.1957304, -72.5602233
Phone Number
(413) 593-4000
Fax Number
(413) 593-1979
Location Description

Established in 1964 near the gates of the Westover Air Reserve Base, the Westover Job Corps Center was one of the first established in the country. The center’s facilities are modern, often updated by the students themselves as a part of their studies. Located on a 43-acre campus in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the center is just a short drive from the National Basketball Association Hall of Fame, Forest Park Zoo, and Six Flags New England.

Center History

Established in 1964 near the gates of the Westover Air Reserve Base, the Westover Job Corps Center was one of the first established in the country.

Housing: a furnished bedroom

Our campus' residential living facilities can house 237 male students in two dorms and 140 female students in one dorm. Independent-living floors are available in the dorms for students who qualify. Residential students live with one roommate and enjoy the following amenities:

  • laundry facilities
  • TV lounges
  • vending machines
  • computer labs
  • microwaves
  • refrigerators
  • bathrooms and showers

We also serve nonresidential students.

Director Name
Cathy Williams
Director Email
Director Phone
Director Extension
Director Fax
Child Development Center

Please check with our admissions counselor for details on our Child Development Center.

Student Programs
Student Government Association
<p>The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of our students and plays a key role in the operation of the center. We encourage all of our students to join the SGA.</p> <p>The SGA Council is composed of Executive Board officers, Vocational Representatives, and Area Student Leaders. The Executive Board members are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Community Coordinator. Vocational Representatives are student leaders representing each career training program on center. The Area Student Leaders are mentors, recreational aides, residential advisors, safety marshals, and student tour guides.</p> <p>In their weekly meetings, SGA representatives make recommendations to the Center Director about rules affecting students including enforcement of rules. The Center Director also consults with the SGA before introducing new rules for students.</p> <p>SGA members also have the responsibility to:</p> <ul> <li>Be a positive role model to the other students.</li> <li>Assist in the decision-making process with the Center Director and Senior Management Team relating to policies affecting student life on and off campus.</li> <li>Develop leadership skills.</li> <li>Practice self-government and have input on center policies.</li> <li>Learn and practice positive leadership and socialization skills.</li> <li>Assist with tours on center.</li> <li>Work with all departments through the SGA Committees.</li> <li>Host activities for the student body.</li> <li>Work closely with the Business-Community Liaison to bridge the gap between the Job Corps program and the community.</li> </ul> <p>After 30 days of enrollment at our center, you may apply for the Leadership Training Class. After you complete three weeks of leadership training, you can apply for SGA membership.<br> </p>
Dance Club
<p>Experience the wonder of dance and the joy of performing in a safe and supportive environment with Dance Club. Students are exposed to an array of dance styles and learn to see dance as an art, a way of expression. Like any art, the emotions and messages it can convey are limited only by the dancer’s imagination, from simple expressions of fun and joy to deeper, more poignant messages. In addition to making new friends and learning new dance styles, studying dance can lead to better balance and more fluid movement in everything you do.</p>
<p>Fostering positive relationships with the communities our centers are in is a key part of what Job Corps does. This can mean performing work in the neighborhood that aligns with a student's career pathway, such as building new playgrounds, patching up sidewalks, or cleaning up parks. At the Westover Job Corps Center, it also means assisting the following organizations with their important work:</p> <ul> <li>Audubon Society</li> <li>Baystate Children’s Hospital</li> <li>Boys &amp; Girls Clubs</li> <li>Habitat for Humanity</li> <li>Stavros Niarchos Foundation</li> <li>Stone Soul, Inc.</li> <li>U.S. Green Building Council Green Schools Initiative</li> </ul>
Educational Programs
HiSET/High School Diploma
<p>One of our top goals at Westover Job Corps is to ensure that every qualified student obtains his or her HiSET/high school diploma prior to leaving the center. Students who don't already have a high school diploma upon their arrival at Westover can enroll in our HiSET/high school program.</p>
English Language Learning Programing
<p>Students needing to learn English can enter our English Language Learning (ELL) program. Students in the ELL program are tested regularly to determine their language proficiency levels.</p>
Courses necessary for military acceptance
<p>Tutoring programs are available where students are tutored in language arts, math, reading, science, social studies, and writing by instructors or by fellow students (Peer Student Tutors). Students interested in getting into a tutoring program may contact their instructors or the Academic Manager.</p>
<p>The College Program is an advanced training program. To qualify for this program, a student must have a high school diploma or GED (from our center or another educational facility) and have successfully completed a vocational trade at Job Corps.</p> <p>Benefits of the College Program include:</p> <ul> <li>academic advisement, mentoring, and tutoring</li> <li>paid tuition, fees, books, and supplies</li> <li>housing and recreation</li> <li>meals provided by Job Corps, on-and-off center</li> <li>transportation to and from college of choice</li> </ul> <p>This program is offered through partnerships with Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College.</p>
Driver Education
<p>Driver's Education is available to all students needing their driver's license.</p>
Who do I have to live with?

Students stay in separate male and female dormitories. There are two students in each dorm room. Your room will be assigned to you upon arrival at the center.

Job Corps values diversity and will provide you with opportunities to live and interact with people of many different backgrounds.