NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) welcomed eighth grade students from seven Berkshire County schools last week when they attended the Fifth Annual Eighth Grade Career Fair in Bowman Hall on the MCLA campus.

Funded in part by a $7,500 grant from the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America of Pittsfield, and sponsored by MCLA and the Berkshire Compact for Education, the Fair provided an opportunity for the students to explore, ask questions, and learn about different types of careers so that they might make informed decisions about course selection in high school and begin to think about higher education.

Each student chose to attend two workshops, which were led by local employers, high school teachers and college faculty. The 19 career workshops included those in education, forensics, journalism, law enforcement, culinary arts, health care, law, engineering, advanced manufacturing and green technology.

MCLA Executive Vice President Denise Richardello welcomed the students to campus, and urged them to explore their interests and learn about the different professions and careers being represented at the career fair. She also stressed the importance of thinking about continuing their education beyond high school. Partnering with Guardian Life and the many other community organizations that participated in this program exhibits the commitment not only to our eighth-grade students, but also in helping them think about the many career options available locally. The Berkshire Compact’s mission is to raise the aspirations among Berkshire County residents to view a minimum of 16 years of education or training as the norm. 

The students in attendance included those from Abbott Memorial School in Florida, BArT Charter School in Adams, Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield and Hoosac Valley High School in Cheshire, who attended the Fair on Thursday, June 2.

Students from Drury High School in North Adams, John T. Reid Middle School in Pittsfield and Nessacus Regional Middle School in Dalton attended on Friday, June 3.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.​

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