Berkshire Community College is on the Move to Framework in downtown Pittsfield
Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced today that the college will soon establish a presence at Framework, the up-and-coming collaborative workspace located in the heart of downtown Pittsfield.
Framework was started in 2017 by a group of local investors and entrepreneurs seeking to provide shared workspace, community and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers and small businesses. The group strongly believes in the power of open space and interaction for creating new ideas, fostering collaboration and catalyzing business growth. Their web address is www.pittsfieldcoworking.com.
“We were attracted to this opportunity for a number of reasons,” said Jill Sasso Curtis, BCC’s Dean of Community Engagement, Education and Workforce Development. “Framework’s ethos is closely aligned with the college’s commitment to growing the local economy. The exceptional downtown location, in an area of ongoing investment on North Street, offers BCC significantly increased visibility and accessibility. Our presence at Framework will enhance our ability to engage with prospective students as well as local and regional businesses. We’re really excited to be a part of the energy, enthusiasm and collaboration that Framework fosters.”
As a result of the completion of a nearly $34 million renovation to portions of the college’s main campus on West Street, BCC’s administrative and educational activities currently housed at the Conte Federal Building will be able to relocate back to the main campus at the expiration of the Conte lease in August, 2018. The college will be active at Framework by late summer.
BCC’s partnership with the Berkshire Innovation Center will provide another important opportunity to contribute to the development of the local economy. Upon completion of the BIC, BCC anticipates expanding its array of classes and training sessions at the new shared facility. This partnership will allow member organizations and students to utilize the state-of-the art manufacturing equipment that BCC was able to secure for the community through a state grant.
“We look forward to working with Framework and the BIC to foster innovation in the Berkshires” said Sasso Curtis. “The mounting energy is palpable.”