The Forum: McCann Tech students earn RIT credits


NORTH ADAMS -- Fifteen underclassmen at McCann Technical school have qualified to receive college credit from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) through the Project Lead the Way Program, according to instructor John Euchler.

To gain credit, students enrolled in the Engineering Design (Grade 9), the Principles of Engineering (grades 10 and 11) and the Digital Electronics (Grade 10) courses needed to maintain a B course average as well as achieve a qualifying score on a national engineering final examination.

The students being recognized for this achievement are: rising seniors Zoe Loughman and Laura Netti; rising juniors Keigan Case, Noah Curran, Evan Delmolino, Nicholas DeRose, Samantha Dorwin, Tanner Parrino, Amanda Vallone and Lukas Yelle; and rising sophomores Samuel Delmolino, William Gallipeau, Nicholas Garrity, William Kipp, and Mitchell Poirier.

McCann’s Pre-Engineering program was certified through the Project Lead The Way Pre-Engineering and Engineering Technology Program by a visiting team from the engineering department of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Students who demonstrate exemplary work in their pre-engineering courses and pass the national examination may apply for college credit at a variety of national affiliate colleges and universities. Students enrolled in the program have an opportunity to continue to gain college credit as they progress through the courses as upperclass students at McCann.

Now entering its 10th year at McCann, the Project Lead the Way program is co-taught by three academic and three technical teachers and is supported by two counselors, all who have had specialized training in exposing high school students to the basic concepts of engineering. Since its launch, more than a hundred McCann Tech students have become eligible for between three and 12 college credits through the program.

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PITTSFIELD -- The first session of Berkshire Community College’s (BCC) Green Business Careers Certificate Program concluded June 19 with a celebration for students and their families at BCC’s Intermodal Education Center.

The Green Business Careers Certificate participants included: Chris Beaulieu, Paul Bouchard, Gregory Hanson, Justin Persing, Paul Shartrand and Sandy Wheeler.

The program, funded by a "Pathways Out of Poverty" grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, is designed to connect low-income, disconnected youth and dislocated, unemployed and underemployed individuals with employment opportunities in the clean energy sector.

Another point of the program is to prepare participants to be college- and work-ready by providing them with instruction in life skills, and instruction in communication, computer literacy and applied mathematics. The program culminated with a credit bearing "Introduction to Renewable Energy" course.

Vice President of Community Education and Workforce Development William Mulholland addressed the class and noted the accomplishment of each student and commended them for their perseverance in the program.

Upon completion, participants receive academic advising, career coaching and job placement assistance at the college.

Berkshire Community College will run a second session of the Green Business Careers Program beginning on Aug. 5, at no cost. For more information about the upcoming program, which runs through December, please contact Audrey Clairmont at (413) 236-5252 or

Participants must be 18 years or older, have a GED or high school diploma and meet grant income guidelines. For more details, visit


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