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World Is Our Classroom works.

“We understand how important education is to our company’s future. That’s why we got involved from the beginning.”
– Don Goodroe, Area Manager, SUEZ, founding WIOC partner

“It makes me feel like a scientist or engineer.”
– EN White 5th grader (Holyoke)

“WIOC shows the importance of developing interest in and awareness of the types of careers out there while students are still in school.”
– Richard J. Kos, former Mayor, Chicopee

“The program is very energizing and my employees love to see the school bus arrive. It brings meaning to the workplace. Ultimately, it’s about providing jobs for families and the community.”
– John Hazen, President, Hazen Paper Company

“The program helped me see how things happen in real life.”
– STEM Middle Academy 7th grader (Springfield)

“Our partnership with Mestek has allowed us to build career pathways with the company for our students, from the 5th grade program to bringing Westfield Academy students back for internships.”
– Stefan Czaporowski, Superintendent, Westfield Public Schools

“WIOC programs are a great way to help students understand the relationship between learning math and science in the classroom and their real-life application in the workplace.”
– Ron St. Amand, Director of Science, Springfield Public Schools

“The Westfield Manufacturing Education Initiative held at Mestek’s Reed Institute allows us to invest in our future workforce by linking the school curriculum to local industry.”
– Joanne Berwald, Vice President, Human Resources, Mestek, Inc.

“Our hope is that some of the students will choose to study water or wastewater management and become stewards of our natural resources.”
– Josh Schimmel, Executive Director, Springfield Water and Sewer Commission


World Is Our Classroom, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, is an innovative, program-based project that provides the children of our community with education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and manufacturing through programs that emphasize real-world experience and hands-on learning.

Please contact us at 413-787-0008, or nora@worldisourclassroom.org to learn more about the organization.

© 2020 World Is Our Classroom