The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board (BWB) has positioned itself as the regional lead in developing and coordinating all Career Readiness activities and programs for Berkshire County in-school and out-of-school youth. The BWB has established Connecting Activities (CA) as the ‘overarching initiative’ encompassing all regional career awareness, exploration and immersion activities and has continued to work to strengthen partnerships and collaborations among school-based-staff, school district administration, regional employers and community-based professionals in expanding the College & Career Readiness system throughout Berkshire County.

The BWB and its school district and community-based partners are committed to expanding the delivery of Work-Based-Learning and Career Readiness opportunities to students/youth in Berkshire County through the prioritization of the following strategies and focal areas:

  • Continuously inform the Berkshire County community on the importance of Career Readiness
  • Continuously inform the Berkshire business community on the need and benefits of their participation in Career Readiness
  • Promote the Berkshire Jobs4Youth Campaign through securing local employers financial and in-kind support
  • Establish integrated College & Career Planning systems in all of the region’s school districts ensuring every student graduates with a College & Career Plan
  • Provide all youth with Career Readiness opportunities
  • Further the development of high schools’ College & Career Centers and Career Readiness Teams
  • Bring more private school institutions into the Berkshire Connecting Activities Network
  • Provide additional work readiness training opportunities in meeting the Berkshire business community’s need for skilled & reliable workers
  • Provide professional development opportunities for educators to further align industry skill sets and needs with local training programs and academic curriculum

Long-standing partners of the BWB, including school districts, employers, CBOs, social service agencies, higher education and economic development entities, have played an integral role in supporting BWB staff with the abovementioned expansion of workforce services and resources to the residents and employers of the region.

This extensive community-wide collaboration is unique to Berkshire County and serves as the catalyst for the consistent innovation and sharing among partners regarding all youth-related workforce development activities and programs under the CA initiative. The BWB’s extensive promotion of CA and how it serves as a primary vehicle in driving the College & Career Readiness initiative has resulted in regional recognition of the true importance of Connecting Activities and how it is a direct remedy in addressing the economic and population issues affecting Berkshire County.

APPLY TODAY for Career Readiness Funding Opportunities

Career Readiness funding opportunities are available to regional education professionals for the 2023-2024 school year!

In addition to our career awareness, exploration and immersion programs offered to our students in the K-12 system, learn about how we are supporting our future workforce through our additional federal and state funded programs below.

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