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MCLA to Deliver Free College Planning Workshop for Berkshire County Students

NORTH ADAMS, MASS.—Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present a free intensive college planning workshop for current Berkshire County high school juniors and sophomores, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, July 7–29, from 9–11 a.m. High school and college professionals will provide students with support and assistance in navigating the college planning process. This program offers an in-depth opportunity for students to craft a college essay, learn how to communicate with college officials, prepare for interviews, understand tuition and financial aid, and build the academic and professional self-confidence to begin the transition from high school to college. The workshop is an important next step for students to immerse themselves in the strategic process of college planning.

Students will meet in person at MCLA–Pittsfield, 66 Allen Street, next to City Hall. Individual appointments with a coordinator will be available after the workshops, from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. A high school transcript and proof of COVID vaccination and booster are required. Complete the online application here. For additional information and questions, please contact Director of Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnerships Dr. Joshua Mendel at 413-662-5409, or email

About MCLA:
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 127-year commitment to public education, we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For nine of the last 11 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. Since the list was created, MCLA has risen to #21 as a Top Performer on Social Mobility and ranks first among all Massachusetts schools, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants.

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