The administration, faculty and staff of Springfield Central High School are committed to offering a variety of resources to reach out to students in need of additional support. This page provides brief summaries and the contact information of some of these resources. Further information and representatives for the services listed below can be found in the College Readiness Office, Room 126, or through the Guidance Department.

Gear Up

GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) promotes school-wide changes that boost college awareness among students and parents. The program provides a wide-range of services for students and staff and serves first-generation college-bound students, many in lower-income levels.

Jamie Chazan and Kristen Wing
GEAR-UP Educational Advisors
Springfield Central High School
Room 126
(413) 531-4407
Jamie Chazan
Kristen Wing

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federally funded Trio program of Valley Opportunity Council, Inc, in cooperation with the Colleges of Worcester Consortium. The primary purpose of ETS is to create and/or increase the desire in eligible 9th through 12th grade students to complete high school and enter into a post-secondary institution. Some of the services we offer are: college and career searches, college application and financial aid assistance, college field trips, SAT preparation and registration, after school workshops and much more.

Erica Lebel
Educational Talent Search Advisor
Springfield Central High School
Room 126
(413) 787-7272 ext. 2124
Erica Lebel

Play It Smart

Our mission is to help student-athletes take responsibility for their futures through lessons learned on the playing field, in the classroom and in service to others.

In 1998, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Inc. (NFF) created Play It Smart, an educational program targeted at high school football players from economically disadvantaged environments where family and community support are often lacking. The program, designed to transform student-athletes' passion for sport and intense dedication to their team into a force for greater good in their lives, is remarkably successful. Play It Smart participants graduate and go on to college at rates well above those of their peers, all at a cost of less than a dollar per day per student-athlete.

Valdamar Brower
Play It Smart Advisor
Springfield Central High School
Room 129
Valdamar Brower

AIC Upward Bound

As a recipient of a US Department of Education TRIO Upward Bound grant, AIC collaborates with the Springfield Public Schools to prepare disadvantaged high school students at Central High School to successfully enter college. The Program Director works directly with high school staff and the students to develop activities that engage students in order to increase academic proficiency.

James Bermudez, Velada Chaires & Raymond Dandurand
Upward Bound Advisors
Springfield Central High School
James Bermudez
Velada Chaires
Raymond Dandurand

ACCESS Springfield College Program

ACCESS Springfield assists students and their families in identifying and applying for grants, scholarships, and loans, and filling out the FAFSA, CSS Profile and other critical need forms needed to ensure the maximum amount of financial aid and other resources.

Jasmine Brewer
ACCESS Springfield Financial Aid Advisor
(413) 652-0923
Jasmine Brewer

NMH Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program at Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) is a federally funded (Department of Education) initiative designed to provide low-income students with the skills and motivation needed to succeed in college. The students come from a group that has statistically demonstrated a low likelihood of graduating from high school, going to college, and finishing college. NMH Upward Bound counters the risk factors for these students by providing long-term, rigorous, intensive services. (

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