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MCDI to Close Springfield Center in September

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The Mass. Career Development Institute (MCDI) has announced they will close this fall.

In a statement released Friday, MCDI Executive Director Timothy Sneed says that the agency is currently working to “transition its remaining programs to other community providers” and the center will close on September 1.

In addition to the “steadily declining” funding, Sneed says that “job training programs that were once unique to MCDI are being duplicated in other places in the community.”

MCDI has an annual budget of $2.7 million, of which 41 percent of funding comes from federal sources and 39 percent from the state.

Sneed notes that there are about 250 students currently enrolled in MCDI programs.

Those students currently enrolled will be able to complete their training by the end of the academic year this spring.

The center’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program will be available until September 1.

Sneed adds, “The good news is that no one in our community will be without the services as our core programming, such as nurses aide training, is available in the community college system or the vocational education system.”

Speaking of the 29 people who will lose their jobs because of the closure, Sneed says, “Our hope is that by announcing our plans well in advance of the closing of all operations in September, these workers will have ample time to be absorbed into the workforce where their skills in job training can be utilized.

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