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MCLA & BCC TO SIGN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM AGREEMENT


July 12, 2017
PITTSFIELD, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will sign an articulation agreement with Berkshire Community College (BCC) to benefit students who earn an associate’s degree in early childhood education at BCC and wish to continue their studies at MCLA to earn a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. This signing will take place on Wednesday, July 19, at 3 p.m. in room 204A at the Conte Federal Building in Pittsfield.
 
Students from BCC who have earned an associate’s degree in early childhood education will be guaranteed various privileges that allow for a seamless transition from BCC to MCLA. Through this coordinated program of study at both institutions, students may obtain an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree, as well as required Early Education and Care (EEC) certifications. These credentials support requirements of the state’s Department of Early Education and Care, and further advance students’ knowledge, skills, confidence, dispositions and professional connections the ensure the highest quality early educational delivery across our region.
 
Students will attend classes in Pittsfield one night per week, to assure they can balance their studies with work and family commitments. Both BCC and MCLA's programs are cohort-based, where students move through the series of classes together as a group. Students may complete the requirements for their bachelor’s degree in just over two years.
 
MCLA President James F. Birge said the College is pleased to offer this opportunity to students who desire to continue their education at MCLA, as both campuses recognize the importance of educating high-quality early childhood educators in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of Berkshire County.
 
“With this agreement, it will be easier than ever for qualified early childhood education students at Berkshire Community College to join our campus to earn their bachelor’s degree,” Birge said. “We look forward to welcoming students to this program in the fall, and are delighted to continue our partnership with BCC as we move forward with this newest articulation agreement.”
 
Ellen Kennedy, President of Berkshire Community College, agreed: “We are excited to continue the long tradition of working with MCLA to ensure our students are able to smoothly transition from one institution to another to pursue their passions and achieve their dreams.”
 
Kennedy continued, stating: “Adding the early childhood education programming is another great example of our commitment to our students’ aspirations.”
 
According to Jake Eberwein, dean of Graduate and Continuing Education at MCLA, “Early education teachers are the foundation of our regional educational continuum, and their willingness to commit to furthering their own education will assure our youngest children receive high quality, highly engaged early education experiences.”
 
BCC students with a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average with their associate’s degree in early childhood education are guaranteed admission to the Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies/Early Childhood Education program at MCLA. This articulation agreement also includes other privileges, including admission with junior status based on credits, and transfer of credits according to course equivalency guides.

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. For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.
 
Berkshire Community College (BCC) is a public, fully accredited, community college offering associate degree and certificate programs, as well as various other educational opportunities, primarily to the residents of Berkshire County and surrounding areas. Visit BCC online at www.berkshirecc.edu.