BCC to Present ‘Successful Immigrants in the Berkshires’ Panel

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners encouraged to participate

Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold a virtual panel titled “SUCCESS Presents: Successful Immigrants in the Berkshires” on Friday, February 4 from 5-6:30 pm. The panel, held on Zoom, is specifically geared to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students. BCC students will receive forum credit for participating.



Feb. 4, 2022, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 

This workshop provides an intentional space for BCC’s ESOL learners to connect, grow their network, and strengthen their skillsets with other Spanish-speaking BCC alumni and community members. The panel will be focus on how to maximize success in a predominantly English taught environment as an ESOL learner.”

BCC Academic Success Coach Kelsey Jones

Panelists include BCC Senior Admissions Counselor Eleanore Velez, BCC Director of Adult Learning Program Ana Suffish and several representatives from Latinas 413, a local advocacy group that helps immigrants expand their social and economic capital by serving as a bridge to available resources in Berkshire County.

To register for the event, visit

For more information about academic success coaching or to learn about future workshops, call (413) 499-4660 ext. 4725 or email George Ambriz at


The Supporting Urgent Community College Equity through Student Services (SUCCESS) program is designed to maximize collaboration among the Commonwealth’s community colleges, identifying best practices and bringing those practices to scale rather than creating new initiatives. While the SUCCESS program is beneficial for all, it is primarily designed to serve vulnerable student populations, including first-generation, low-income, minority, disabled and LGBTQ+ students. At BCC, approximately 500 students participate in the program. Each student is assigned a coach, who focuses on academic skills, socio-economic support and housing and food insecurities.