About the Pioneer Valley

If you’re going to go to a training school, why not do it in an area that’s not only beautiful and full of exciting things to do, but also just a short drive from all the wonders of New England? The Pioneer Valley offers history, the arts, scenic drives, sports, amusement parks, museums, and great food – all conveniently located just 90 miles west of Boston, 20 miles north of the Connecticut border, and 40 miles south of the Vermont border. Best of all, the large number of colleges in the area means that there’s abundant affordable housing for our students.

Pioneer Valley is the name given to three counties in western Massachusetts through which the Connecticut River flows. As its name implies, it was home to many early American settlers and became known as a New England agricultural heartland for its rich land and proximity to the river. You can read more about the history, geology and economy of the Pioneer Valley here.

Visitors and residents alike enjoy the proximity to museums, hiking, Fenway Park, concerts, skiing, Six Flags New England, Sturbridge Village, Old Deerfield, the Basketball and Volleyball Halls of Fame, and the Yankee Candle flagship store. And, in just a 2-3 hour drive, you can visit New York City, Cape Cod MA, Newport RI, Mystic Seaport CT, the White Mountains NH, or Woodstock, VT. You’ll find no shortage of things to do and see in the Pioneer Valley and New England.