Berkshire Money Management Planner Earns Master's in Personal Financial Planning

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DALTON, Mass. — Zack Marcotte, a certified financial planner at Berkshire Money Management, has completed a rigorous course program through the College for Financial Planning, earning a master of science in personal financial planning. 

Marcotte has been with BMM for almost 13 years, beginning his career as an 18-year-old intern.

"Zack has taken every opportunity for continuing education and professional development, and his work ethic is limitless," BMM founder and CEO Allen Harris said. "His dedication directly translates into being able to continually provide individualized and holistic services to our clients, who are like family. They deserve that dedication and constant striving, and Zack is a striver."

The MS in personal financial planning course program consists of research projects, weekly assignments, group discussions, and hands-on case studies, and an end-of-program case study submission. The program provides students with immediate applicable tools and techniques and is designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing the CFP Certification while also earning a graduate degree. It is a one-of-a-kind program that utilizes industry-leading study materials, but in an entirely new way. Rather than exam preparation, the MS curriculum focuses on practical application. Students learn via group discussions, writing assignments, and case study projects.

All designees have agreed to adhere to Standards of Professional Conduct and are subject to a disciplinary process. Designees renew their designation every two-years by completing 40 hours of content-specific continuing education.

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Berkshire Humane Waives Dog Adoption Fees Through Sunday

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Humane Society has waived adoption fees of dogs who are at least one year old from Monday through Sunday this week. 
The promotion, called "Mass-Saves," is the first event of a statewide coalition led by MSPCA-Angell. Other shelters in the coalition funded by Best Friends Animal Society include Worcester Animal Rescue League, Boston Animal Control, Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center and Dakin Humane Society. The shelters will work together to improve and save lives of animals.
"Shelters throughout the country are experiencing an influx of dogs who are not being adopted right away, taxing the capacity of shelters to care for them," said John Perreault, executive director of Berkshire Humane Society. "We're no different. Due to the economy, we're receiving dogs with medical needs that need to be treated and dogs who need extra attention to address behavioral issues. 
"We have many good dogs in the shelter, but it takes resources and time to find them a home. That's why I'm excited to join this statewide team of organizations to address this issue."
"The issues facing animal welfare right now are daunting, to say the least," said 
Mike Keiley, vice president of animal protection at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell, said, "one of the most pervasive issues we're experiencing, and that's the dog population crisis." According to Keiley, a large and increasing number of homeless dogs need specialized help from behavior experts to adjust to shelter life long enough to find their adoptive homes.
"A lot of those dogs really struggle in shelters," Keily explained. "Given that recruiting qualified behavior personnel is just as hard as recruiting veterinary staff, most shelters aren't able to address this challenge alone, and, without that help, it may not be possible to rehome the animals." 
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