MCLA to Host Eighth Grade Career Experience

NORTH ADAMS, MASS.—Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will welcome approximately 800 eighth graders from eight Berkshire County schools on Thursday, May 30, and Friday, May 31, for the eighth annual Eighth Grade Career Experience 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 Drury Middle/High School in North Adams will attend the fair on May 30 from 8:15-10 a.m. Students who are in eighth grade at Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield and Clarksburg School will participate that same day from 9:45-11:30 a.m.
On May 31, eighth-grade students from Mount Greylock Middle/High School in Williamstown and Nessacus Middle School in Dalton will attend the fair from 8:15-10 a.m. They will be followed that day by students from Reid Middle School in Pittsfield and Gabrielle Abbott School in Florida, who will participate from 9:45-11:30 a.m.
Funded in part by a 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 science, 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 20 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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