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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Tails Wag for New Pittsfield Dog Park

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

The park has separate areas for large and small dogs. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city unveiled its first dog park at Burbank Park this past week after nearly two decades of planning. Officials say there has been a positive community response from both four-legged and two-legged residents.   
 
"It's so nice to see all the happy dogs just running off-leash and playing with each other, their tongues hanging out, they're smiling, and their tails are wagging," Recreation and Special Events Coordinator Becky Manship said.
 
"It's just really a positive thing for Pittsfield and beyond because we know that there are some users from outside the community, so it's not just for Pittsfield."
 
The fenced area for off-leash dogs features a grassy layout for pooches to roam, a walking path, benches, complimentary waste bags, and even a dog-sized water fountain.
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