MCLA Hosts 'Berkshire County Goes to College'

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 350 local sixth graders will visit Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on April 10 and 11 as part of “Berkshire County Goes to College Day,” an annual event held by the Berkshire Compact for Education and MCLA.

In total, the day will bring approximately 1,100 elementary and middle school students to college campuses across the Berkshires from April 10 to 13. In addition to MCLA, students will visit Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Berkshire Community College and Williams College.

The Berkshire County Goes to College initiative is part of the Berkshire Higher Education Passport — a plan to help improve access to a college education. It provides the opportunity for every sixth-grade student in the county to visit a local college campus in April. It is part of an effort to raise awareness of college opportunities to Berkshire County residents at an early age.

On Tuesday, April 10, students from Brayton Elementary, Williamstown Elementary and Lenox Memorial schools will visit MCLA from 9 to noon. O Wednesday, April 11, students from Richmond Consolidated, Cheshire Elementary, C.T. Plunkett, Abbott Memorial and Greylock Elementary schools will visit the college, also from 9  to noon.

During 20-minute sessions held throughout the MCLA campus, the students will tour a residence hall, learn how to use the equipment in the television studio, create and record music with students and faculty, help to create robots with MCLA’s physics students, learn a dance routine from the Step Team, take an interactive tour of the athletic training room, see new chemistry experiments in the lab, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the fine and performing arts theater.

For more information about Berkshire County Goes to College Day, contact MCLA’s Office of Admission at 413-662-5410 or go to
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