Students Join Berkshire Community College’s 2016 STEM Starter Academy

August 10, 2016

Twenty-six Berkshire County students have joined the 2016 STEM Starter Academy at Berkshire Community stem 2016 College (BCC), a program geared toward high school students who are interested in attending BCC to study STEM fields.

Part of a statewide Massachusetts Community College initiative, the program features a three-week Summer STEM Success Academy and a semester-long Fall Support Academy at BCC. The program aims to provide students with the tools they need to be STEM ready in college and the workplace including: academic support, tutoring, special field trips, guest speakers and a STEM Academy Success Kit.

The following students applied and were accepted into the program:

Adams: Colleen Baker

Cheshire: Ajejandro Cermeno

Dalton: Anthony Hover-Williams and Alexi Liccardi

Great Barrington: Martha Escobar

Lee: David Belanger and Ronnie Moretz

Lenox: Jessica Zamboni

North Adams: Anthony Marable

Peru: Jordan Young

Pittsfield: Halimat Ahmed, Shane Charow, Elizabeth George, Alicia Herrera Gomez, Casey Hopkins, Benjamin Lewis, Cody Lovellette, Matthew Martinez, Thien Nguyen, Colby Padgett, Alexis Rice, Don Ross and Nicholas Simonds.

Sheffield: Jean Paul Casalinas

Williamstown: Jamie Meehan and Nevin Nassar.

BCC’s STEM Starter Academy is beginning to recruit for the 2017 class. Students interested in pursuing certificate or associate degree programs in such STEM fields as Biology, Computer Information Systems, Engineering, Environmental Science, Fire Science, Atmospheric Science, as well as Liberal Arts majors who are concentrating in STEM studies, are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit or contact Constance West at