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Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (COM-104)

Wednesdays, September 14 – December 21
6 pm – 7:30 pm
Instructor: Tattiya Maruco

Requirement: High school GPA of 2.7 or college-level reading and writing placement by Accuplacer. Open to all grades; however, freshmen and sophomores must place by Accuplacer.

About the course:

  • This is a hybrid course. Instruction is a mix of meeting in-person and online coursework.
  • Students must have access to a computer and internet for assignments.
  • Textbook will be provided; students responsible for pickup from campus bookstore.

Actively build strategies for effective interpersonal communication with a diverse audience, conflict management and self-advocacy by experimenting with language, non-verbal cues and the art of listening. Expect presentations, active projects, guest speakers and both large and small discussions in this hands-on class.

22 spots available.

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To Apply use the Early College registration form

 

Great news: More free opportunities for high school juniors and seniors!

  • Students can take up to 15 credits this fall (high school schedules permitting). Tuition and fees will be waived.

To enroll, use the Early College registration form

Juniors and seniors with a high school GPA of 2.7 or higher can place into college-level classes, or they may take the Accuplacer placement exam

(Students interested in taking Pre-Calculus, Calculus or higher are required to take the Math Accuplacer.)

Fifteen credits is a full course load. The College does not encourage all students to take 15 credits. Students must take their high school schedule, classes, sports and extra-curricular activities into account.

A low grade point average (GPA) and Withdraws can affect a student’s future financial aid eligibility. See the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for more details.

Students taking nine credits or more will automatically be charged for health insurance. If students have health insurance of their own, they may waive the insurance fee at Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk

To check pre-reqs, please refer to the BCC College Catalog.
 
Students who currently have an IEP or 504 plan can contact BCC's Disability Resource Center

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Kiara Badillo, Early College Coach
413-236-1635
kbadillo@berkshirecc.edu

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Fall Course Listing

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2022–2023 College Catalog

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Remember: Don't wait!
Registering early for college classes is extremely helpful for students to be able to get books and login support before classes start. (Two weeks before classes start is ideal.)
 
Fall classes start on September 6, 2022, and the Add/Drop period runs from September 6-13.

Early College Information Sessions

Join the Admissions and Early College staff for live information sessions and one-on-one discussions to learn more about the program and the admission process.

Click on a session type to learn more about it and to register.

  • Virtual Early College General Information Session: What Is Early College?

    A 20-minute PowerPoint presentation gives prospective students an overview of what early college is, who it is for and how to apply. Q&A session included.

    Offered Tuesdays @ 1 pm and Wednesdays @ 6 pm

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  • Virtual One-on-One Early College Support

    These 45-minute personalized sessions are designed to answer questions about whether Early College is a good fit, help students register and choose classes and get support logging on.

    Offered:

    • Monday and Tuesdays @ 9 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 3 pm
    • Wednesdays @ 11 am, 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm
    • Thursday @ 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm 
    • Fridays by email request only

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  • Virtual Group Login Sessions: How to Login to BCC Accounts

    A 30-minute PowerPoint presentation demonstrates how to log into all your BCC accounts, from email to web advisor, using screenshots of login pages. Students can try logging in themselves, and a Q&A is included.

    Just click the register online button below and then choose one of three meeting types above the calendar and then book any available time that pops up.

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More Details

To apply for this opportunity:

Complete the Early College Application Form (requires guidance counselor approval).

Email the completed form to Kiara Badillo, Early College Coach: kbadillo@berkshirecc.edu.

Students who have already taken one free ‘Bridge to College’ course this year are still eligible for this program.

Applications will be processed in the order they are received.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can apply for Early College?

    To be eligible for Early College, a student must meet the following criteria:

    • Be a local high school student (includes home-schooled students)
    • Be a Massachusetts resident
    • Be placed at a college level by GPA (2.7 or higher) or by taking the Accuplacer
  • What are the different forms of Early College?

    There are three ways you can earn college credit while in high school:

    • Bridge to College: Eligible high school seniors take one free college-level course during their senior year. Students are responsible for cost of books and transportation.
    • Concurrent Enrollment: High school students take a high school course for college credit. The high school course must pass an approval process with Berkshire Community College. Check with your school or contact the BCC Early College Team to check availability at your school. Concurrent Enrollment Form
    • Dual Enrollment: High school students take college courses and receive college credit. Students are responsible for cost of tuition and fees, books and transportation.
  • How do I know if I am eligible to take a course?

    Some courses have pre-requisites (requirements before taking the course), meaning you must be considered college-level reading and writing. Certain courses require a specific level of math.

    You can demonstrate college-level reading and writing one of two ways:

    • High school GPA of 2.7 or higher
    • Scored college-level reading and writing by taking our Accuplacer placement exam

    Depending on the math requirement, you may be placed into a course based on high school GPA; otherwise, the Accuplacer exam is required.

  • What kind of classes may I take in Early College?

    You may take any college course that interests you, provided you meet the requirements of the course  (based on your Accuplacer score or your high school GPA). You should always check with your guidance counselor to make sure you will receive high school credit for the course.

    The BCC Early College Team can help choose the best course for you.

  • Where do I go to take an Early College course?

    You can take a course on BCC's Main Campus or at any of our off-campus sites. Online courses are also available.

  • What are some high school concurrent courses?

    Recent concurrent courses include:

    Taconic High School

    • Health Technology Program - BIO-150 (3 credits)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology - BIO-150 (3 credits)

    Pittsfield High School

    • Human Anatomy & Physiology - BIO-150 (3 credits)

    Lee High School

    • AP English - ENG-101 and ENG-102(6 credits)
    • AP Statistics - MAT-123 (3 credits)
    • Spanish 4 Honors - SPA-201 (4 credits)
    • AP Biology - BIO-105 (4 credits)
    • AP Physics - PHY-101 (4 credits)

    Wahconah Regional High School

    • Human Anatomy & Physiology - BIO-150 (3 credits)
    • Environmental Science - ENV-101 (4 credits)

    Monument Mountain Regional High School

    • Early Childhood Education - ECE-104 (3 credits)
    • Personal Finance - BUS-139 (3 credits)

Early College Videos

View our informational webinars below for more information about Early College at BCC.

Other Ways to Earn Credits

Are you in a vocational program at your high school? You too can earn college credits for classes you’re already taking! Check out the Career Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) program for a full list of classes at your high school.

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