May 25, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will welcome approximately 800 eighth grade students from seven Berkshire County schools on Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2, when they attend the Sixth Annual Eighth Grade Career Fair in Bowman Hall on the MCLA campus.

Eighth graders from Hoosac Valley Middle/High School in Cheshire, Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter School in Adams, and Mt. Greylock Middle/High School in Williamstown will attend the Fair on June 1, 8:15-10 a.m. Students who are in the eighth grade at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield will participate that same day, 9:45-11:30 a.m.

On June 2, eighth grade students from Drury Middle/High School in North Adams and Nessacus Middle School in Dalton will attend the Fair, 8:15-10 a.m. They will be followed that day by students from Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield and Gabrielle Abbott School in Florida, who will participate from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m.

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

The Fair will include a motivational video from the state’s “WOW Initiative,” to introduce students to career opportunities within the, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

Each student also will attend two workshops of their choice, which will be led by local employers, as well as high school and college faculty.  The 22 career workshops include those in education, environmental studies, journalism, law enforcement, culinary arts, health care, law, engineering, advanced manufacturing, aviation and the arts.

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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