BCC to Offer Workshops in May

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is offering the following workshops on its main campus on West Street this spring.

"Getting Paid to Talk" (WKS 1050) explores professional voice-acting for television, radio, audio books, and more. Students will be taught the basics and record a commercial under the direction of a producer. Voice-acting can lead to a successful and high-earning career. The class, taught by the Creative Voice Development Group, meets Monday evening, May 4, from 6:30 to 9. Cost for registration is $50.

"Creative Talent Acquisition Strategies" (WKS 1328) investigates new ways for innovative companies and human resources to recruit by turning to creative techniques to locate quality talent. The course also covers tried-and-true methods, and shows the learner how to target specific applicant types. The class, taught by Employers Association of the Northeast, meets Tuesday morning, May 12, from 8:30 to noon. Cost for registration is $125.

"ServSafe Food Safety Certification" (WKS 396) certifies participants in food safety and sanitation. This nationally-recognized course meets the specifications set by the Massachusetts Food Code. The class includes a course book, instruction, certification exam, and diploma (upon passing the exam with 75 percent). Classes, taught by Nancy Simonds-Ruderman, meet Tuesday, May 19 and May 26, from 1:30 to 5. Cost for registration is $155.

For more information, or to register, call the Office of LifeLong Learning at 413-236-2122 or 2123.
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That means delaying the next phase of Baker’s plan to reopen the state’s economy and increasing efforts to enforce the social distancing and face-covering mandates currently in place.
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