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MCLA Celebrates STEM Week with Virtual Programming Oct. 18-22

NORTH ADAMS, MASS.—MCLA and the Berkshire STEM Network will offer virtual programming for local public school students, K-12 educators, and the general community during Berkshire County STEM Week (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) from October 18-22.


A complement to the statewide STEM Week initiative, Berkshire County STEM Week’s theme is “See Yourself in STEM.” Free and open to the public, the week will feature a series of unique virtual panels, workshops, speakers, tours and information about opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math in the Berkshires and beyond.


Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV) will be the platform host for the week’s series of events. Community members can access programming on cable access or at See a full program schedule at


Each day of Berkshire STEM Week is theme-based and is robust in part due to the partners in the Berkshire County STEM network.


Monday, Oct. 18: Food, Farming and Sustainability with contributing programming sessions from Berkshire Grown: “How to Keep Farmers Farming”; fall owling with Williams College; organic agriculture by Full Well Farm; and a LIVE Zoom session with the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.


Tuesday, Oct. 19: Careers in STEM with programs in building trades, nursing, mental health and design technology.


Wednesday, Oct. 20: STEM in Business, with sessions from Berkshire Innovation Center partners.


Thursday, Oct. 21: STEM Education, with programs from Flying Cloud Institute, the Berkshire Museum, MCLA, BCC, and Williams, as well as the MassHire Berkshire Career Centers Virtual Job Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Employment opportunities include STEM and manufacturing careers as well as internships and jobs for youth. The program also will have educational resources. An in-person STEM Café will be hosted in the Connector at BCC.


The week will also include all three episodes of “Project Frontline” by Boyd Studios, an Internship and Job Information Session by General Dynamics for MCLA and BCC students, a STEM Education panel hosted by the Berkshire Innovation Center with educators and students, and in-person STEM family programs at the Berkshire Museum on Oct. 23. The Flying Cloud Institute will also offer STEM art kits for families participating in Berkshire STEM Week.


Berkshire STEM Week is part of Massachusetts STEM Week. For more information and a listing of all statewide programs, go to


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At MCLA, we’re here for all — and focused on each — of our students. Classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate our students as individuals, as leaders, communicators, fully empowered to make their impressions on the world. In addition to our 125-year commitment to public education we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For eight of the last 10 years, MCLA has been named a Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA also appears on the organization’s list of top National Public Liberal Arts Colleges, as well as on the top 50 schools in U.S. News’ Social Mobility Ranking, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants