CEP Staff

Rose Egan, Executive Director

Yasmine Mercado, Office Manager

Kris Gwaltney Program Support Specialist

Mishie Serrano, Community Engagement Specialist

Angelika Bay, Lead Instructor, English for Speakers of Other Languages

Krystal Ortiz, Instructor, Native Language Literacy in Spanish/Pre-ESOL Literacy Instructor; Bilingual Education & Career Advisor

Elda Yvon, Instructor, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Vida Zavala, Instructor, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

CEP Board of Directors:

Denise Salgado, President

Irma Medina

Darlene Morse

Tom Thacher

Tara Marshall


CEP provides a variety of adult and family educational opportunities in the diverse Holyoke community. We began in 1991 as an ESL program based in the Latino community. Today our educational programming includes:


  • Two levels of Native Language Literacy in Spanish to prepare for the HiSET/GED in Spanish held at our headquarters on Main Street in Holyoke. 

  • Three levels of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) day and evening classes held at our main headquarters on Main Street and at the Picknelly Adult and Family Learning Center in Holyoke. 

  • Adult Basic Education-Transition to College and Careers day and evening classes held on the campus of Holyoke Community College.

Why is Adult Education
  • Educational attainment is directly connected to the economic and social stability of the family.

  • 30% of the population of Holyoke ages 18 and older does not have a high school diploma.

  • 26.4% of the population of Holyoke lives below the poverty level.

  • 45.2% of families in Holyoke with related children under 5 years old live below the poverty level.

  • 71% of single mother households with children under age 5 live below the poverty level.

  • 42.8% of families with children ages 5+ speak language other than English at home.

  • 18.4% of the population of Holyoke speak with limited English proficiency.

"The Literacy classes in Spanish fills a much needed void for Spanish speakers who need basic education."

Allison Castille Rosenblatt~Migrant Education, New England HEP

Advocacy and Referrals

CEP has implemented education projects on issues relevant to community members, such as bilingual education, health, and economic disparity. CEP is a member of the Juntos Collaborative, a network of Adult Basic Education service and workforce development providers. We offer educational counseling and referral services, as well as legal, medical, housing, and personal advocacy for our students. CEP sponsors community workshops (charlas) organized by our staff and volunteers in consultation with parents of Latino children in Holyoke Public Schools.


The Community Education Project receives funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the City of Holyoke, Community Development Block Grant Program. We also receive generous support from the Nellie Mae Foundation, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Hazeldean Foundation, The Beveridge Family Foundation, MT. Pleasant Foundation, and Peoples Bank. Additional funding for our programming comes from the generous support of private donors. 


The Community Education Project is a 501(c)(3) organization and is classified as a public charity.



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