March 20, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. —Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Department of Graduate and Continuing Education has announced that two new certificate programs in accounting and network security will be available this fall. Classes for these 21-credit programs will be held at MCLA-Pittsfield, 66 Allen Street.

MCLA’s new Certificate in Principles of Accounting provides an opportunity to advance one's knowledge in accounting principles and software used in the profession. This would be useful for both entry- and mid-level employment in any business or organization seeking people with a background in accounting. The program emphasizes application of skills and competencies that are sought out by employers and can increase one's employment options and earning potential. The program may be completed in just over one year for students attending half-time. All courses in the certificate are eligible for transfer to MCLA’s Business Administration degree if graduates decide to pursue the degree. The program is an alternative for students who may not be seeking a degree or CPA-preparation.

The College’s new Certificate in Network Security will provide participants with a strong, undergraduate-level foundation in networking, network security, troubleshooting, and problem-solving for computer networks. The Certificate in Network Security will provide excellent preparation for a variety of career paths in business, education, non-profits, human services, or any endeavor that relies on networks and information technology.

“I’m excited to bring these programs to the Berkshires—and to our new location in Pittsfield,” said MCLA President James F. Birge, Ph.D. “Teaching practical skills and designing programs to create solid foundations in accounting and network security will help professionals increase their expertise in these areas as they earn credits that can be applied to a future MCLA degree. As an economic partner in the region, the College is always working to offer new programs that fill the needs of our community.”

MCLA officials announced the new programs earlier this week at the grand opening celebration of MCLA-Pittsfield. The building, also occupied by 1Berkshire, has been renovated and upgraded to accommodate MCLA classes.

For more information about these new programs, visit or contact the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at (413) 662-5575.

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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