PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Community College's new Career Café is open for business, serving up resources and counseling services to help students explore potential careers.
Located within the Student Development Center in the Susan B. Anthony Building of the college's main Pittsfield campus, the Career Café is a revamped space that includes chairs, tables, and bookcases of materials and brochures. Also on hand is Career Development Coordinator Judith Monachina, who is available in her office to offer students assistance.
While there are no baristas or pastries, the Career Café does offer a new Keurig coffee machine, which was donated to the cause.
Students in art professor Lisa Griffith's two-dimensional design class studied art and posters from national labor movements and created original and inspired new framed art donated to decorate the walls in the Career Café. The art is part of the annual BCC Student Art show, which is currently on display in the Koussevitzky Arts Center.
Art and music student Laura Soave created a black-and-white jazz-era style piece for the Career Café to represent the visual and performing art major offerings at the college.
"I think [this space] is wonderful and inspirational," she said. "I hope people come here and sit and look around and get some ideas of what they want to do in life.
She said having her work in the space was also inspiring because it was the first formal showing of her work.
Other participating art students include: Brady Hanford, Judith McNutt, Matthew Jacob, Kendra Alden, Michaela Poplaski and Jade Roy.
The seven pieces depict people engaged in various types of work, including serving food, servicing solar panels, providing health care, fashion design and more.
Monachina said she's pleased with the outcome.
"It's been an underutilized space. We didn't have much on the walls," she said. "The challenge of having a commuter campus is have a place where people can come and sit. I hope this will be a welcoming place."
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n Meet with a career counselor to help you make decisions about your work, study and career.
n Find help figuring out how your interests and goals can translate into career ideas.
n Get help investigating different careers through meetings with alumni and others in the community.
n Find assistance in searching for internships and summer jobs.
n Learn skills and find tools to help with the job and internship search; go through a mock interview to practice for important meetings.
n Attend group meetings and workshops with topics ranging from job search strategies to
n Find encouragement and support for taking the steps toward a fulfilling work life.
For information, stop by the center or contact Judith Monachina at (413) 236-1605 or firstname.lastname@example.org.