MCLA Announces Spring Classes for Pittsfield Education Center at Conte


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) this spring semester will offer three undergraduate classes, as well as two graduate classes in Education, at the Education Center at Conte, inside of the Silvio O. Conte Federal Building in downtown Pittsfield.  

Registration begins on Dec. 1. 

The Center, which serves MCLA, Berkshire Community College (BCC) and the Berkshire Readiness Center, features 4,700 square feet in college classroom, office and meeting space. Part of a unique agreement with the U.S. General Services Administration, it's the first time that space for public higher education has been allocated inside a federal building.  

Its location provides convenient access to students who normally commute to North Adams from the Pittsfield area, as well as adult learners who may work in central Berkshire County, according to Kelly Jourdain, program coordinator of MCLA's Division of Continuing and Professional Education.

Morning courses, such as business administration professor Dr. Nancy Ovitsky's "Service and Event Marketing" (BADM 387), which starts at 7:30 a.m., will allow students to attend class before they go to work. In addition to meeting face-to-face, students in this hybrid class will learn online. 

Other undergraduate classes include Dr. Len Paolillo's sociology and interdisciplinary studies course, "Education and Labor" (SOCI 395), and James Moriarty's "Contemporary Business and Organizational Issues" (BADM 405), another hybrid business class, which will start at 8:30 a.m.  

The Center also will offer graduate courses in Education. They are "Ethics and the Foundation of Schooling" (EDUC 702/ADM 702) and "Literacy, Acquisition and Development" (RDNG 616). 

"We are excited to have a presence in downtown Pittsfield," Jourdain said. "This facility shows how we've expanded - as well as our commitment to growth - as we offer classes to those who live and work throughout the Pittsfield community." 

According to MCLA President Mary K. Grant, the Center provides an important opportunity for the College to expand its courses and programs in Central Berkshire County. In addition to the new Center, MCLA students also can take classes in Pittsfield at the Intermodal Education Center, which operates at a capacity of more than 2,200 people a year. 

For more information about classes at the Education Center at Conte, go to For information about the graduate classes in Education, contact MCLA's Education Department office, 413-662-5381, or the Registrar's office, 413-662-5095. To learn more about undergraduate courses held at Conte, call Jourdain at 413-662-5576.