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Training Calendar
By Tom McDonough, Business Services Representative
Whenever my wife sends me to the supermarket she reminds
me over and over the important things she wants me to get.
When I return I invariably have to go back out again to get
the things I forgot. Years ago I should have invested in the
company that makes Post-It Notes. I’d be rich. I realize many
of us are like this. Life is busy and unless we write it down or
have another way to remember important things, those
thoughts abandon us never to be seen again. Well, they may
visit us one last time – around 2:30 in the morning – then
they’re gone for good. But while writing it down helps, it may
not be the complete solution. I’m human. Even if I put the
shopping list in writing I still forget items…or lose the list!
The services offered at BerkshireWorks Career Center are
like those important items on the shopping list. Just because
you read about them or someone told you about them doesn’t
mean you’ll remember all of them. You may also have no idea
who or what BerkshireWorks is. When I say I’m from
BerkshireWorks the one line that makes me cringe is, “Oh,
you’re from the unemployment office!” Unemployment support at BerkshireWorks is essential, but we do so much more.
If you’re a business with one or a variety of needs,
BerkshireWorks is a resource that can help. We advertise job
openings that businesses and organizations are seeking to fill,
at no cost. We provide guidance for programs such as worksharing, other layoff aversion strategies, the new apprenticeship initiative, and training subsidies for new and current
employees. We also tailor labor market data for your company, as well as present information on grant funding and tax
incentives. And our doors are always open for your job fairs
and recruitment events at no cost.
Whether your focus is recruitment, retention, training, or
expansion, BerkshireWorks Career Center has the tools to
help you make it happen. So when you read or hear about
resources available at BerkshireWorks, make a note of it just don’t lose the note! ■
At the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, we know just how important lifelong learning is to personal and professional
development. Here are the training programs, workshops, and seminars happening throughout the County.
*denotes discount offered to Berkshire Chamber members
BCC College and Career Navigator
1/22, 1/23, 1/29, 1/30, 2/5, 2/6, 2/12, 2/13,
9:30AM – 12PM; Location: BerkshireWorks
Career Center, 160 North Street, Pittsfield;
Cost: FREE; Contact (413)499-2220 ext., 141
or email [email protected]
Career Center Seminar
1/22, 1/27, 1/29, 2/3, 2/5, 2/10, 2/12, 2PM;
Location: BerkshireWorks Career Center, 160
North Street, Pittsfield; Cost: FREE; Contact:
www.berkshireworks.org or (413) 4992220, ext. 110
Creating your Resume
1/22, 2/5, 10:00AM – 12PM; Location:
BerkshireWorks Career Center, 160 North
Street, Pittsfield; Cost: FREE; Contact: www.
berkshireworks.org or (413) 499-2220, ext.
110
Elder Services
1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 10:00AM – 12PM;
Location: BerkshireWorks Career Center, 160
North Street, Pittsfield; Cost: FREE; Contact:
www.berkshireworks.org or (413) 4992220, ext. 110
Interview More Effectively
1/29, 2/12, 10:00AM; Location: BerkshireWorks
Career Center, 160 North Street, Pittsfield;
Cost: FREE; Contact: www.berkshireworks.
org or (413) 499-2220, ext. 110
Job Search Assistance: Walk-Ins
Welcome
M-F, 8:30AM - 4:00PM; Location:
BerkshireWorks Career Center, 160 North
Street, Pittsfield; Cost: FREE; Contact: www.
berkshireworks.org or (413) 499-2220, ext.
110
Job Club
1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 1:00PM; Location:
BerkshireWorks Career Center, 160 North
Street, Pittsfield; Cost: FREE; Contact: www.
berkshireworks.org or (413) 499-2220, ext.
110
Job Club, North County
1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 10:00AM; Location: North
Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street, North
Adams; Cost: FREE; Contact: www.berkshireworks.org or (413) 499-2220, ext. 110
Massachusetts Rehabilitation
Commission
1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 11:00AM - 12:00PM;
Location: BerkshireWorks Career Center, 160
North Street, Pittsfield; Cost: FREE; Contact:
www.berkshireworks.org or (413) 4992220, ext. 110
North County Job Search
Assistance in Adams
Antiques 102*
Create Eye-Catching Graphics for
Facebook (and More) with
Microsoft Publisher*
W, 1/21-3/11, 7-9pm; Location: South County
Center; Cost: $120.00; Instructor: David
LeBeau; Contact: Linda Morelli at 413-2362127 or [email protected]
T & TH, 2/17 & 2/19, 6-8pm; Location:
Melville, room 236; Cost: $40.00; Instructor:
Amy Chin; Contact: Linda Morelli at 413-2362127 or [email protected]
Understanding Microsoft Windows 8*
Groom the Graduate
Morelli at 413-236-2127 or [email protected]
S, 1/24-1/31, 8:30am-12:30pm; Location:
South County Center; Cost: $85.00; Instructor:
Sharon Davis; Contact: Linda Morelli at 413236-2127 or [email protected]
2/24, 6-8pm; Location: South County Center;
Cost: $25.00; Instructor: Diane Massey;
Contact: Linda Morelli at 413-236-2127 or [email protected]
ServSafe Food Safety Certification
Business 101 Spot-On-Cleaning
Custodial Training Program
1/27, 9am-4:30pm; Location: Intermodal
Education Center, room 1; Cost: $165.00;
Instructor: Nancy Simonds-Ruderman; Contact:
Nancy Simonds-Ruderman at 413-429-7173 or
[email protected]
Dining Etiquette for Social &
Business
T, 1/27-2/3, 6:30pm-8pm; Location: South
County Center; Cost: $35.00; Instructor: Diane
Massey; Contact: Linda Morelli at 413-2362127 or [email protected]
Preparation for the Construction
Supervisor’s Exam
W, 1/28-3/11, 6-9:30pm; location: Melville,
room 215; Cost: $295.00; Instructor:
Construction Supervisor Staff; Contact: Linda
Morelli at 413-236-2127 or [email protected]
Facebook for Business: Visibility +
Customers – Profits*
T & TH, 2/3-2/5, 6-8pm, Location: Melville,
room 236; Cost: $40.00; Instructor: Amy Chin;
Contact: Linda Morelli at 413-236-2127 or [email protected]
A Powerful Management
Approach*
2/4, 9am-12pm; Location: Intermodal
Education Center, room 1; Cost: $30.00;
Instructor: Frank Biscotti; Contact: Linda
Morelli at 413-236-2127 or [email protected]
PowerPoint Level 1*
S, 2/7-2/14, 8:30am-12:30pm; Location: Field
Administration, room 203; Cost: $85.00;
Instructor: Quentin Chin; Contact: Linda Morelli
at 413-236-2127 or [email protected]
Networking for Success*
2/10, 6:30-8pm; Location: South County
Center; Cost: $20.00; Instructor: Diane Massey;
Contact: Linda Morelli at 413-236-2127 or [email protected]
MS Word 2013 - an Introduction*
1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 9AM-12PM; Location:
Adams Council on Aging @ The Visitors Center,
3 Hoosac Street, Adams; Cost: FREE; Register
online at www.berkshireworks.org or (413)
499-2220, ext. 110
S, 2/14-2/21, 8:30am-12:30pm; Location:
South County Center; Cost: $85.00; Instructor:
Sharon Davis; Contact: Linda Morelli at 413236-2127 or [email protected]
North County Job Search
Assistance in North Adams
2/17, 6:30-8pm; Location: South County
Center; Cost: $20.00; Instructor: Diane Massey;
Contact: Linda Morelli at 413-236-2127 or [email protected]
1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 9AM-12PM; Location:
North Adams City Hall, 74 Church Street, North
Adams; Cost: FREE; Register online at www.
berkshireworks.org or (413) 499-2220, ext.
110
Paralegal Certificate Course
Online, 1/12-4/24; Cost: $1,289.00; Instructor:
The Center for Legal Studies; Contact: Linda
Professional Presence for Women*
ServSafe Recertification
2/17, 9:30am-1pm; Location: South County
Center; Cost: $125.00; Instructor: Nancy
Simonds-Ruderman; Contact: Nancy SimondsRuderman at 413-429-7173 or [email protected]
M-Th, 2/16-6/8: Location: Goodwill, 158 Tyler
St, Pittsfield; Cost: FREE, Instructor: Kathy
Anker, Goodwill Workforce Development,
Contact: Pam Bennett, [email protected], 413-442-0061
Training Workshop: GoodWorks
Soft Skills
F, 2/6-3/13, 9am-1pm, Location: Mildred Elley,
100 West St, Pittsfield; Cost: FREE, Instructor:
Kathy Anker, Goodwill Workforce Development,
Contact: Pam Bennett, [email protected], 413-442-0061
Training Resources
Adult Learning Center
ree day & evening classes for adult basic skills,
including HiSET preparation (formerly GED),
Adult Diploma, ESOL (English for Speakers of
Other Languages), and self-improvement. Support services: Adult Career Pathways, job
readiness skills, career & educational planning,
counseling, computer lab, distance learning
and public transportation. Location: 141 North
Street, Pittsfield; Contacts: Paul Gage, (413)
499-9530, [email protected]; Mia Albano,
499-9509, [email protected]
Berkshire Community College
Project Link – Helps students transition
between ABE programs and college; Contact:
Barbara Baker, (413) 236-2175, [email protected]; Academic ESOL (Pittsfield) Day &
night classes, 4 college credits, (413) 2362104, Fee; HiSET (formerly GED) Testing
Center for Berkshire County, (413) 236-1655.
Locations: 1350 West St., Pittsfield and 343
Main St., Great Barrington
BCC’s Adult Learning Program,
South County
Free day classes and tutoring for adult basic
skills, including HiSET preparation (formerly
GED) and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other
Languages). Support services: ESOL distance
learning, computer skills, and job readiness
skills. Location: Berkshire Community
College, 343 Main Street, Great Barrington.
Contact: Kelly Jourdain at (413) 236-2174 or
[email protected]
Berkshire Area Health Education
Center (AHEC), Inc.
Berkshire AHEC educates students and practitioners in the health professions, and assists
healthcare providers, agencies, academic institutions, community organizations, coalitions,
and neighborhood groups to effectively plan
health service delivery & prevention activities.
Visit www.berkshireahec.org or call 413-4472417 for more information and a program
schedule. Location: 703 W. Housatonic Street,
Suite 208, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Berkshire Immigrant Center
A resource and advocacy center for immigrants;
Citizenship exam preparation – Free for immigrants; Civics classes and referrals to community resources. Location: First Baptist Church, 88
South Street, Room 202, Pittsfield (use entrance
near Pittsfield Cooperative Bank); Contact:
Hilary Greene, (413) 445-4881, [email protected]
BerkshireWorks One-Stop Career
Centers
HiSET (formerly GED) Preparation – for at risk
youth age 16-21; Locations: 160 North St.,
Pittsfield; Contacts: Pittsfield - Kelly Groves,
(413) 499-2220 x145, [email protected]
Construct
Free instruction and flexible schedule for HiSET
(formerly GED) preparation, counseling for
higher education and jobs, employment programs. Location 41 Mahaiwe Street, Great
Barrington. Contact June Hailer, (413) 5281985, [email protected]
Goodwill Industries of the
Berkshires
Job Training Maker Space includes Business
101: Programs teach purchasing, inventory,
sales, customer service. Warehousing, Retail,
Office Programs: logistics, quality, safety, and
merchandising. GoodWorks: Soft Skills. Suit
YourSelf: Interview coaching, clothing. Multiple
locations in Berkshire County, Southern VT.
Contact: www.goodwill-berkshires.org/programs
Literacy Network of South
County (LitNet)
Free tutoring and flexible scheduling for adult
basic skills, including ESOL (English for
Speakers of Other Languages), HiSET preparation (formerly GED), and citizenship preparation. Location: Lee Library, 100 Main St., Lee;
Contact: Contact: Laura Qualliotine at lauraq@
litnetsb.org, (413) 243-0471, or www.litnetsb.org
Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire
County, Inc.
Free tutoring for adult basic skills, HiSET preparation (formerly GED) and ESOL (English for
Speakers of Other Languages). Location:
Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue,
Pittsfield; Contact: Karen Wallace, (413) 4999487, lvobc.org
New England Safety Consultants
OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Programs, HAZWOPER
Refreshers, and First Aid & CPR courses. Also
offers school and business safety evaluations,
action plans for disasters (both natural or manmade), and other trainings. visit newenglandsafetyconsultants.com or call 413-464-8064
for details.
Northern Berkshire Adult Basic
Education Program
Program Revise introductory copy to “Free
day and evening classes for HiSET (formerly
GED), ESOL (English for Speakers of Other
Languages), and basic skills. Books and materials are free for enrolled students. Support
services include advising, career and educational planning, distance learning options, and
transportation support. Classes held in North
Adams, Adams and Williamstown. For more
information or to enroll, call Thelma (413) 6625310 or email [email protected]