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July 28, 2023

Joint Partnership: Upscaling Largely Minority Driven Population

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About the partnership

This case study highlights the impactful joint partnership between Upright Education, Holyoke Community College (HCC), and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) with the shared goal of upscaling the largely minority-driven population in the region. Through this collaboration, Upright Education has played a key role in providing transformative career opportunities to empower individuals in these communities. This case study showcases the successful outcomes achieved through these joint efforts.


Holyoke and Springfield, neighboring cities with significant minority populations, faced challenges in offering comprehensive upscaling resources and pathways to career success for their residents. The need to bridge the skills gap and empower individuals in these communities to thrive in the ever-evolving job market was evident. Upright Education, HCC, and STCC recognized the importance of addressing this challenge collectively and embarked on a joint partnership to bring about lasting change.


The joint partnership between Upright Education, HCC, and STCC aimed to provide a comprehensive and inclusive approach to education and career development for minority communities. Upright Education's expertise in bootcamp-style training, career services, and industry connections was combined with the academic strengths and community engagement of HCC and STCC.

The collaboration focused on several key initiatives, including:

  1. Tailored Programs: Upright Education worked closely with HCC and STCC to develop specialized programs that aligned with the needs of the local job market and the aspirations of minority students. These programs offered relevant and in-demand skills training in fields such as technology, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing.
  2. Supportive Learning Environment: Upright Education's comprehensive support services, including dedicated career coaches and mentoring programs, were integrated into the educational experience at HCC and STCC. This ensured that students received personalized guidance and resources to overcome challenges and excel in their chosen career paths.
  3. Industry Partnerships: Upright Education's strong connections with industry leaders enabled HCC and STCC students to gain valuable real-world exposure through internships, apprenticeships, and industry projects. This bridged the gap between classroom learning and industry demands, enhancing students' employability and career prospects.


The joint partnership between Upright Education, HCC, and STCC has had a significant impact on minority communities in Holyoke and Springfield. By combining their resources, expertise, and commitment to diversity and inclusion, they have achieved the following outcomes:

  1. Upskilling Minority Workforce: The collaborative efforts have empowered individuals from minority communities to acquire in-demand skills, opening doors to higher-paying jobs and career advancement opportunities. The partnership has helped create a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the local population.
  2. Economic Growth: The upskilling of the largely minority-driven population has contributed to economic growth in the region. As individuals secure well-paying jobs and develop their careers, they contribute to the local economy, creating a ripple effect of prosperity within their communities.
  3. Community Transformation: The joint partnership has brought about a positive transformation within Holyoke and Springfield, instilling a sense of hope, empowerment, and pride in individuals and their families. The upscaling of the minority population has fostered a stronger sense of community and social mobility.


The joint partnership between Upright Education, Holyoke Community College, and Springfield Technical Community College serves as an exemplary model for uplifting minority communities through education and career development. By combining their strengths and resources, these institutions have made a significant impact on the lives of individuals in Holyoke and Springfield, providing them with opportunities to succeed in the job market and contribute to the growth and prosperity of their communities. The partnership showcases the power of collaborative efforts in creating lasting change and serves as an inspiration for similar initiatives aiming to empower minority populations and drive inclusive economic development.

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