New director appointed to La Plaza Comunitaria

Six years after opening La Plaza Comunitaria, Mirtha Jones will leave her post as director at the end of the month to move to Florida near her family.

Mike Feely, former director of the St. Andrews Center, will take her place Dec. 1, according to officials.

"Mike has worked with me since the beginnings of the planning of La Plaza Comunitaria and is familiar with the purpose of the program more than anyone else I know," Jones said. "I am confident the program will continue and grow under his coordination."

La Plaza Comunitaria is an educational program sponsored by the Mexican government and Chattanooga State Community College for Hispanic immigrants. It teaches everything from literacy to studying for the General Educational Development test to job skill classes, including computers and gardening.

It has served more than 800 people since 2004, according to Jones.