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CVTE Linkage Initiative (formerly "Tech Prep")
 

The overarching goal of the Career Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) Linkage Initiative is to "link" high school career and technical programs with related programs at BCC and other local colleges. BCC is the lead agency for the Berkshire CVTE Linkage Consortium, a partnership of area colleges, 8 public high schools in Berkshire County with designated vocational and/or career programs, and local employers.

Member high schools include:

  • Charles H. McCann Technical High School
  • Drury High School
  • Monument Mountain Regional High School
  • Mt. Everett Regional High School
  • Mt. Greylock Regional High School
  • Pittsfield High School
  • Taconic High School
  • Wahconah Regional High School

Other Berkshire County high schools are invited to participate in Linkage projects and activities on a space available basis.

The Linkage Initiative facilitates opportunities for high school students to explore career options in technical fields that require at least a two-year associate degree.

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Beginning in high school, students map out an educational plan that combines strong academics with technical courses and/or work-based experiences. Students are also invited to visit area colleges to learn more about the programs that interest them.

The CVTE Linkage Initiative collaborates with several BCC departments to offer programs and activities that help ensure that graduating high school seniors are well prepared for their postsecondary experience. The CVTE Linkage Initiative also offers Early College Advising to graduating CVTE seniors who plan to attend BCC.

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To help ensure academic success in college, a resource is available thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Massachusetts CVTE Linkage Initiative.

Recently adopted at BCC, this brochure, "Are You Prepared for College Success?" [Can we use the cover of the brochure as a graphic and hot link to get to the brochure?] details the differences between the culture of high school and the culture of college in areas such as student responsibility, support services, and basic organization and expectations.

Many students may be able to receive college credit for some of their advanced high school coursework under the terms of 2 + 2 articulation agreements between the college and their high school. These agreements result in non-duplicative programs of study wherein students earn BCC credit while still in high school.

Selected BCC programs that may result in earning college credit include Allied Health, Business Administration, Business Careers, Computer Information Systems, Culinary Arts, Engineering Technology, Environmental Science, and Hospitality Administration. To view the most current list of BCC articulation agreements with area schools, click here.

A Statewide Articulation Agreement for Drafting between high schools with CVTE Ch. 74 approved drafting programs and the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges was signed in December 2010. Locally, this agreement benefits students at McCann Technical High School.

Additional statewide agreements are currently under discussion. For more information on statewide agreements, refer to the "What's New" link on the Massachusetts Community Colleges website: http://www.masscc.org .

To earn additional college credit, high school CVTE Linkage students are also encouraged to participate in BCC's Bridge to College or Dual Enrollment program during their junior or senior year as a way to earn college credit while exploring a potential career, or simply to get a jump start on college requirements.

For more information about the CVTE Linkage Initiative, students and/or parents may contact their high school guidance counselor or the CVTE Linkage Coordinator, Julie Hannum, at BCC (413) 236-2180 or via email at jhannum@berkshirecc.edu