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BCC to Offer Free Course for Local High School Students
08:07AM / Tuesday, January 25, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will offer a free course for Berkshire County high school students called "Introduction to Interpersonal Communication," a three-credit course. 
The course, a hybrid of in-person and online learning, will be held Wednesdays, Feb. 9 through May 18, from 6-8 pm. The instructor is Tattiya Maruco, Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Design / Adjunct Faculty – Communications.
The class is designed to actively build strategies for effective interpersonal communication with a diverse audience, including conflict management and self-advocacy, by experimenting with language, non-verbal cues and the art of listening. Students should expect presentations, active projects, guest speakers and both large and small discussions in this hands-on class. In keeping with BCC's small class size, the course is limited to 22 students.
The course is open to Berkshire County high school students who meet the prerequisite minimum GPA of 2.7, or who successfully achieve a college-level reading and writing placement via the Accuplacer test. Students of all high school grades may enroll, but freshmen and sophomores must qualify by Accuplacer. Students must have access to a computer and internet for assignments. Textbooks will be provided.
Masks are required in all indoor spaces at BCC, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, all students taking in-person classes must be fully vaccinated as of Jan. 3, 2022. All faculty and staff are also required to be fully vaccinated.
For more information on BCC's Early College program, visit
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