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BCC to Host STEM Career Fair

The Berkshire STEM Pipeline Network will hold the 8th Annual Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, EngineeringSTEM Career Fair, and Math) Career Fair on Fri., Nov. 21. The event, to be hosted by Berkshire Community College, will begin at 8:30 a.m. More than 400 local high school and college students from throughout Berkshire County are expected to attend. BCC students are also invited.

BCC Professor of Environmental Science Tom Tyning will serve as the keynote speaker. Tyning, who has taught at BCC since 1999, previously was field biologist and master naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. He also served for 15 years as an adjunct instructor for the Environmental Studies Program at Antioch New England Graduate School. A published author, he conducts various field research projects on vernal pools, rare salamanders and endangered snake species in Western Massachusetts. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).

More than 25 business, non-profit, municipal, and college representatives will be on hand to talk to students about the various science, technology, engineering and math career options to consider in the Berkshires and explain the postsecondary requirements of those careers.

Employer participants include: APEX Resource Technologies, Bayer Material Science, Berkshire Community College (various departments and programs), Berkshire IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Berkshire Medical Center Robotics Department, Berkshire Mosquito Control Program, Berkshire Photovoltaic Services, Cavallero Plastics, College of Natural Sciences – UMass Amherst, Covanta Pittsfield, edm Services Inc., General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, GL&V USA Inc., Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Holiday Brook Farm CSA, Housatonic Valley Association, INTERPRINT Inc., LTI Smart Glass, MCLA, Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, McCann Technical School Surgical Technology Program, Mt. Everett Robotics (first Tech Challenge State Champions), Pittsfield Police Department and Tri-Town Health/Be Well Berkshires.

 A wide variety of STEM-related college information, from programs such as Engineering and Allied Health, as well as admissions information, will be shared by faculty and representatives from BCC and MCLA.

The fair is sponsored by the Berkshire STEM Pipeline Network, a cooperative regional effort among representatives from MCLA, BCC, public school districts, and local businesses and STEM-related organizations. Part of a statewide initiative, the mission of the STEM Pipeline Network is to encourage students to prepare for STEM careers, and to improve teacher preparation in STEM disciplines.

The STEM Career Fair will held on BCC’s main campus in the Susan B. Anthony Lounge. The event is not open to the public.

For more information, contact Addie Van Deurzen, Career Vocational Technical Education Linkage coordinator, at avandeurzen@berkshirecc.edu.