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About MCLA

Community Collaboration

MCLA - A Leading Partner in The Berkshires

Growing from our history in the arts, sciences and professional programs, we participate and are lead partners in many regional endeavors. Here are a few highlights:

Berkshire Compact for Education

Berkshire Compact logoMCLA is the lead partner in the Berkshire Compact for Education, regarded as a model for collaboration across the county. The Compact's initial goal is to significantly increase county residents' aspirations for and access to higher education. Another challenge is to prepare our youth for the increasingly technical jobs that have replaced our once prevalent manufacturing jobs and family-owned businesses.

Berkshire STEM Pipline Network logoSTEM Pipeline

In partnership with the Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Pipeline Network, MCLA provides preK-16 teachers and students with training and curriculum resources to motivate and inspire more Berkshire County students to enter the STEM fields.

The Network was created to:

  • Increase student interest in STEM areas.
  • Increase student achievement among all PreK–12 students in order to prepare graduates to be civically and college and/or career ready
  • Increase the percentage of skilled educators who teach PreK–16 STEM
  • Increase the percent of students completing post-secondary degrees or certificates in STEM subjects.
  • STEM degrees and certificate attainment will be aligned with corresponding opportunity in STEM-related fields to match the state’s workforce needs for a STEM talent pipeline.

Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

North Adams is home to the country's largest museum of contemporary art, MASS MoCA. The Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) is a collaborative project spearheaded by MCLA with a focus to promote economic development through the arts. BCRC provides training and resources to local artists, art managers, and creative workers through programs that include MCLA Gallery 51, B-HIP, Downstreet Art, MCLA Presents! and Berkshire ArtStart.

Berkshire Environmental Resource Center

The Center is an asset to both MCLA students and the community at large. It plays an important role in supplementing the Environmental Studies major, and also serves as a research and policy center to promote environmental awareness and preservation. We strive to increase the effectiveness of our outreach through workshops and a speaker series, and to be a strong model for environmental education nationwide.

Green Living Seminar

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

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