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The Career Vocational Technical Education Initiative

CVTE Linkage Initiative

The Career Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) Linkage Initiative at Berkshire Community College works with local high schools to provide high school career vocational students with a smooth transition into the higher-ed programs of their choice.

The overarching goal of the CVTE Linkage Initiative is to "link" high school career and technical programs with related programs at BCC. Students in aligned programs may be able to receive college credit for some of their high school coursework upon entering BCC under the terms set between the College and their high school.

Contact Us

Addie VanDeurzen, CVTE Linkage Coordinator
Email: avandeurzen@berkshirecc.edu
Phone: 413-236-2180

Students and/or parents may also contact their high school guidance counselor or program teacher.

College Credit

Students who have completed one of the following high school programs may be eligible for college credit:

  • McCann
    • Advanced Manufacturing Technology
    • Business Technology (with Microsoft certification)
    • Culinary Arts
    • Drafting/CAD
    • Information Technology (with CISCO certification)
  • Monument Mountain
    • Early Childhood Education (through Early College)
  • Taconic
    • Advanced Manufacturing Technology
    • Culinary Arts
    • Early Education and Care
    • Health Technology (through Credit for Life Experience, with CNA)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if I am eligible?

    The best way to determine if you are eligible is to contact the CVTE Linkage coordinator at BCC to discuss your experience and next steps.

    Addie VanDeurzen
    Email: avandeurzen@berkshirecc.edu
    Phone: 413-236-2180

    Basic Eligibility Requirements

    • In general, students need to have earned a minimum of a B in the high school course/program (80-83, depending on the agreement) and a minimum of a C overall high school GPA (70-73, depending on the agreement).
    • Some agreements require a certification (CISCO or Microsoft, for example) and/or a recommendation from their high school teacher.
    • Some articulation agreements are covered under one of the statewide articulation agreements, while others are local arrangements.
    • A current articulation agreement must be on file. Local articulation agreements must be renewed annually.
    • Students must enroll and matriculate into a program of study within 12 to 24 months of high school graduation (depending on the agreement).