Pittsfield: Job training programs underway

Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires is accepting applicants for two innovative job training and skill development programs.

The courses, "Business 101: Spot-On-Cleaning," and "Soft Skills Development" will both begin this month.

"Business 101: Spot-On-Cleaning" is a 15-week-long custodial training program that began Monday. Enrollment is on a rolling basis, allowing new participants to join throughout the program’s progression. "Spot-On-Cleaning" provides training in the real world of custodial cleaning and includes hand-on cleaning experience at several Pittsfield locations.

"Soft Skills Development" begins Friday. The six-week program is offered in partnership with Mildred Elley. Classes will be held each Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mildred Elley’s Pittsfield campus at 505 East St. The "Soft Skills" program teaches life skills and helps participants to formulate and achieve career goals.

Goodwill’s tuition-free classes are available to those with barriers to work including the working poor, those with disabilities, those lacking a high school diploma or GED, dislocated individuals and families, ex-offenders, older workers, at-risk youth, non-English speakers and veterans.

Information: Goodwill Employment Program Manager Kathy Anker, (413) 442-0061 ext. 19.

Pittsfield: Basic supervision seminars on tap

Fred Pryor Seminars will hold a session on basic supervision on Thursday, April 3, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.


The hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seminar will discuss the required skills that every supervisor must have. The cost is $149.

Fred Pryor Seminars is holding similar events in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, but the Pittsfield session is the only one that will be held in Massachusetts.

Information: www.pryor.com.

Fred Pryor Seminars is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

Pittsfield: Credit union offers 2 scholarships

The Credit Union of the Berkshires is offering two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

Eligibility information and applications are available at all Berkshire County High School Guidance Departments, or at www.cuotb.org.

The deadline is May 1.