BCC Offers Full Suite of Online Language Classes

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) offers many non-credit career training courses and workshops designed for both workforce development and continuing education.
BCC currently offers 12 language courses, plus a sign language series that bundles two classes, via the online platform ed2go. Students may choose from four Wednesday start dates: Oct. 13, Nov. 17, Dec. 17 and Jan 12. Some courses also offer self-paced options, allowing students to start and finish at their own pace. To register, visit www.ed2go.com/ebcc.
The courses are:
Spanish for Law Enforcement: Communicate more effectively with Spanish-speakers while adding a valuable skill to your resume. This course helps students master basic Spanish and gain more power handling situations that involve Spanish-speaking victims, witnesses or criminals. (24 course hours, $115)
Spanish in the Classroom: Designed for teachers, this course helps bridge the communication gap among the teacher, Spanish-speaking students and parents. Learn essential Spanish phrases and pronunciation. (24 course hours, $115)
Speed Spanish: Learn six easy recipes to glue Spanish words together into sentences and engage in conversational Spanish in no time. (24 course hours, $115)
Speed Spanish II: Become more conversational and comfortable in Spanish-speaking situations. This course will immediately improve Spanish fluency by covering a variety of important words and teaching proper pronunciation. (24 course hours, $115)
Speed Spanish III: Master the ability to speak, understand, and read Spanish by taking this final installment in Speed Spanish. Learn the final six recipes that serve as templates for creating any Spanish sentence. (24 course hours, $115)
Beginning Conversational French: Master the basics of conversational French. This course emphasizes proper pronunciation as well as cultural tips, including appropriate gestures and body language. (24 course hours, $100)
Conversational Japanese: Whether you want to learn to speak Japanese for travel or just for fun, this course makes it easy for beginners to master the essentials. The course includes drills, interactive exercises and dialogues. (24 course hours, $100)
Instant Italian: Learn how to express yourself comfortably in Italian with practical, everyday words and phrases. Students read, hear and practice dialogues used in a wide variety of settings. (24 course hours, $100)
Discover Sign Language: This course immerses students in silence to help provide an understanding of the perspective of the hearing impaired. Learn basic signing and facial communication skills. (24 course hours, $100; self-paced option available)
Discover Sign Language II: Take your sign language skills to the next level with additional vocabulary, grammar lessons and cultural information. (24 course hours, $100; self-paced option available)
Discover Sign Language Series: Gain skills and confidence signing with the Deaf community. This course bundle helps students understand the perspective of the hearing impaired through use of videos demonstrating how to make signs and communicate by facial expression. (48 course hours, $199; self-paced option available)
Writing for ESL: Learn to write in English more effectively to help achieve personal and professional goals. This course teaches how to achieve clear, logical and cohesive writing in any academic or work setting. (24 course hours, $115)
Grammar for ESL: Prepare for mainstream English classes as a non-native speaker. This course is designed as an in-depth analysis of English grammar for intermediate to advanced ESL college students. (24 course hours, $115)
All courses and programs earn an achievement certificate issued by BCC.

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BCC Sees Increase in Enrollment Count

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) recently released its enrollment data for fall 2021 — a season still  impacted by COVID-19, but with a growing number of first-year and continuing students. 
 Key findings include: 
  • Overall enrollment is up 1.4 percent over 2020 
  • The first-year student population is up 16.4 percent 
  • Continuing students are up 3.9 percent 
  • Full-time equivalent (FTE) students are down 1.2 percent 
  • Readmitted students (those who leave college for less than a year and reapply) are down 27.27 percent
The number of non-degree-seeking students has also grown, largely due to BCC's Early College program, which offers up to 15 free college credits to high school juniors and seniors. BCC has increased the number eligible students for the program.  
"I'm thrilled that our new student and continuing student numbers are up. The BCC team has worked so hard to create an environment during the pandemic in which students could continue to thrive," said Adam Klepetar, BCC Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. "We continue to operate successfully in a very challenging enrollment environment, with decreases in the number of high school graduates and increases in competition." 
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