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BCC's Project Reach Students to Celebrate at Graduation Luncheon
Apr 24, 2014
WHO: Berkshire Community College's (BCC) Project Reach students.

WHAT: A graduation luncheon for BCC's Project Reach students.


Project Reach is a culinary arts vocational skills training program for students with significant learning difficulties who are receiving transitional services from Berkshire County high schools. The program is designed to help students gain employability skills in basic knife skills, cooking and baking techniques, weights and measures, kitchen sanitation and kitchen safety; and to develop the "soft" skills - such as teamwork, decision making, and communication - necessary to become effective employees. The program is designed to be completed in one year, although students have the option to participate for two years. At the end of the program, students receive a certificate of achievement.

According to Pamela Farron, coordinator of Project Reach and the Disability Resource Center, "Project Reach is an important program as it gives students who may not otherwise be able to manage traditional college instruction an opportunity to develop their vocational skills and have the same social opportunities that other young adults have at the college level."


Ten students representing four districts will be completing the program this year. All but one of the students are either involved in internships or paid employment. Of the ten students, one is returning for a second year, three are aging out and six have completed two years of the program.

WHEN: Mon., April 28 at 11:45 a.m. in the SBA building (Room G-10) located on BCC's main campus in Pittsfield.

DETAILS: For more details, contact Pamela Farron, coordinator of the Disability Resource Center, at (413) 236-1608 or

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