Massachusetts: SPED collaborative sees student capacity doubling to 800 in next few years

Dec 16, 2017, Worcester (MA) Telegram: Move to Worcester allows growth at Central Mass. Collaborative The CMC, formally known as the Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative, is one of the largest special education providers in the state, taking in autistic children, teens overcoming drug addiction and other students with behavioral or emotional issues. After moving from its former, smaller location on Hartwell Avenue in West Boylston, the organization is now poised to become even larger, with projections showing the collaborative’s student capacity capable of doubling over the next several years, to just over 800 students. Already, the number of students served by the CMC’s various programs crept up from 416 November of last year to 439 last month, according to the organization’s executive director, Michael Tempesta. … The building houses most of the CMC’s programs, including the Hartwell Learning Center, a therapeutic day programs serving special needs students in kindergarten through fifth grade; the Thrive program, which enrolls autistic children in all grades; Central MA Prep and Robert H. Goddard Academy, which take in students with emotional and behavioral disorders from seventh to 12th grade; and Rockdale Recovery High School, a special public school for students recovering from addiction.