Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has received a grant award of $11,000 from the Berkshire United Way to support Berkshire County Goes to College, an annual event held by The Berkshire Compact for Education and MCLA.

This grant will enable approximately 1,200 sixth grade students from Berkshire County’s public schools to visit MCLA, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Berkshire Community College, and Williams College to learn about the benefits of a college education.

At the sixth grade visits, each college campus provides a unique sampling of college life, exposing students to academics, extracurricular activities and campus life.

In addition, the grant will fund a portion of the Compact’s third grade visit program, where MCLA offers yearly college visits to third grade students from North County schools. The United Way grant will support third grade college visits to BCC from Conte, Crosby and Morningside schools in Pittsfield.

Information: Bernadette Lupo at MCLA, (413) 662-5203,