PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Community College will offer free college courses to local high school juniors and seniors this summer and fall.
The courses will be available to students who live in Berkshire County, according to a news release from BCC. They include acting, dance, music, math, conservation and ecology, computer programming, cooking and baking, accounting, history and philosophy.
Accepted students can earn up to six credits in the summer and up to 15 credits in the fall, and all tuition and fees will be waived. Juniors and seniors can place into college-level classes with a high school GPA of 2.7 or higher, or take BCC’s Accuplacer placement exam.
Students who choose to take pre-calculus, calculus or higher will be required to take the math Accuplacer. Students who have an individualized education program or 504 plan can contact Pamela Farron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Early College program allows students to challenge themselves by experiencing the rigor of a college course. As a bonus, they experience what it is like to be in a college classroom at no cost to their families,” Elizabeth Lapierre, BCC coordinator of enrollment services, said in the release.
For more information on the courses, and to complete a registration form, visit berkshirecc.edu/early-college. Registrants must receive approval from their high school guidance counselors.