Northfield Mount Hermon Since the 19th century, Northfield and surrounding towns have been home to world-class educational institutions. Today that tradition continues as the Northfield Mount Hermon School, founded by D.L. Moody, thrives in Gill, Mass and one of the four remaining historically black boarding schools in the country, Redemption Christian Academy, is transforming the lives of young people on its scenic hillside South Mountain Road campus in Northfield. Northfield's Dickinson Memorial Library offer a variety of services to residents and travelers, including free Wi-Fi, copying facilities, maps, genealogical reference material and programs of special interest. A bit further from the Gateway towns, in Greenfield and Deerfield, are the internationally-known independent secondary schools Stoneleigh Burnham and Deerfield Academy, and the independent elementary schools Bement and Eaglebrook. The Hallmark Institute of Photography is located in nearby Turners Falls.

The entire Pioneer Valley is part of what is called "The Knowledge Corridor," a collection of top educational institutions located along the I-91 corridor from Connecticut to Vermont. The Five Colleges-the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College and Hampshire College in Amherst, Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, and Smith College in Northampton, provide a vitality and richness to the area not typically available outside major cities.

In Greenfield, Greenfield Community College is a valuable partner for educational, cultural, artistic and economic development. Greenfield Community College In Brattleboro, the School for International Training and Marlboro College provide cutting-edge information and sophistication to Southern Vermont. And in Keene, New Hampshire, Keene State College stimulates the life and economy of the Monadnock Region.