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Berkshire Compact for Education  


The Berkshire Compact for Education is a countywide initiative focused on promoting a continuum of education in Berkshire County.  The Compact serves all Berkshire County residents, with the premise that everyone, regardless of their circumstances, should have the opportunity to aspire to higher education. The Berkshire Compact has more than 80 members that meet as a group on a regular basis and participate on subcommittees focused on raising student aspirations to attend college and making connections between workforce needs and the education system. 

The Compact focuses on:

  • Raising the aspirations of our residents to view a minimum of 16 years of education or training as the norm.

  • Providing them with access to education

  • Encouraging them to obtain the skills, technologies and tools they need to enjoy all the opportunities presented by the new economy of Berkshire County. 

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Berkshire County Goes to College
During the week of April 7-11, 2014, sixth graders from all of Berkshire County's public schools visit the campuses of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), Berkshire Community College (BCC), Williams College and Bard College at Simon's Rock.

North County Eighth Graders Attend Career Fair
MCLA welcomed 390 eighth grade students from Northern Berkshire County Schools as the region's business professionals held workshops to give students a taste of their careers. As one student mentioned, the fair "made me realize how important it [college] can be & that it will pay off if you get a college education."

Area third-graders given college experience at MCLA
MCLA welcomed 140 third graders from Northern Berkshire County schools as part of the Berkshire Compact's College Visit program.

Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award recipients announced
Three Berkshire County educators received Educator Recognition awards, given by MCLA in collaboration with the Berkshire County Superintendents' Roundtable.

MCLA's Delta Mu Delta to Honor Andrew Mick '09 & College's Business Students
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) recognized the achievements of a group of its business administration students, as well as Andrew Mick '09, recently retired president and chief executive officer of New England Newspaper, Inc. (NENI), as they were inducted into the Zeta Zeta chapter of the Delta Mu Delta national honor society on April 20 in Murdock Hall room 218.

Mayor Alcombright reads to children for "Wee Read" Program
Mayor Richard Alcombright read to children at the Haskins Center in North Adams as part of the Wee Read Berkshire County initiative.

Wee Read Berkshire County to promote early literacy
Wee Read Berkshire County will be offered throughout Berkshire County, promoting early literacy. This year's books is "The Tiny Seed," by Eric Carle.