March 31 – April 1, 2017

Your overnight stay on Friday, March 31st has been reserved at the Country Inn at Jiminy Peak. Each participant is assigned a private room. Although there is no charge for your room, you will be asked to leave a credit card number for incidentals. Please leave your bags stowed in your cars until check-in.

Please park in the lot outside the Country Inn. You will be provided with parking credentials after 5:00 pm when we break for dinner and you check in to your rooms.  Please note that you are required to stay at Jiminy Peak the entire time and cannot have any outside visitors.


April 5, 2017

Our Bus Tour begins and ends at the Stationery Factory in Dalton. Boxed lunches will be provided on the bus. Multiple stops and an ambitious agenda are planned, please make every effort to help us stay on schedule. Please plan to arrive at the Stationery Factory by 11:15am. Thank you!

Address: 63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton, MA  01226 Map

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April 12, 2017

The Community Service Session will be held at the Adams Visitors Center, and will be facilitated by Amanda Bankowski and Jill St. John. Class members will be presented with opportunities to get involved with various non-profit organizations throughout the region.

Address: 3 Hoosac St., Adams, MA  01220  Map

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April 19, 2017

The Creative Economy Session will be held at Blue Q, and will be facilitated by Julia Dixon and Jenn Smith. Class members will explore current creative economy initiatives, trends, and challenges.


(first location – warehouse) 703 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, MA  01201  Map

(second location – office)  103 Hawthorne Ave., Pittsfield, MA  01201   Map   Limited Parking Available. We recommend parking at the warehouse location and carpooling over to the office for the second portion of the evening, if time allows. Additional parking is also available at the Berkshire Eagle building.

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April 26, 2017

The Education Session will be held at Berkshire Community College, and will be facilitated by Dennis Egan, Christine Hoyt, and Darcie Sosa. Class members will learn about various educational opportunities available in the region, as well as explore the challenges facing each type of educational institution.

Address: 1350 West St., Pittsfield, MA  01201   Map

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May 3, 2017

The Workforce Session will be held at Wahconah Park, and will be facilitated by Brian Flagg, Chantel Flanery and Chris Hays. Class members will explore current opportunities and challenges for hiring and workforce development in our region.

Address: 105 Wahconah St., Pittsfield, MA  01201   Map


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May 10, 2017

The Healthcare session will be held at Stanton Home, and will be facilitated by Keri Purcell and Jillian St. John. Attendees will explore a wide range of healthcare options in the region, and hear from multiple presenters on current challenges and highlights.

Address: 205 North Plain Rd., Great Barrington, MA  01230   Map

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May 24, 2017

The Energy & Environment Session will be held at Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, and will be facilitated by Hannah Kirchner and David Rice. Participants will learn about an array of environmental issues affecting the area, as well as experience a tour of Iredale’s LEED certified facility.

Address: The Bryant Building, 50 Church St., Great Barrington, MA  01230   Map

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May 31, 2017

The Government Session will be hosted by Hillcrest Educational Centers, and will be facilitated by Danielle Giulian and Catherine Van Bramer. Local leaders will be on hand to share their background and career pathways, and to take questions from class participants.

Address: 788 South St., Pittsfield, MA  01201   Map


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June 7, 2017

The Leadership Session will be Lenox Town Hall, with a pasta dinner provided by The Olde Heritage Tavern. The session will be facilitated by Pat Haraden, Patricia Purdy, and Pete White.

Address: 6 Walker St., Lenox, MA  01240  Map


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June 14, 2017

The 2017 Commencement event will be held at The Orchards Hotel in Williamstown. Commencement is mandatory for class participants. Participants’ dinner is included with your tuition, and you are encouraged to invite guests – tickets must be purchased in advance and will be $40 per person.

Address: 222 Adams Rd., Williamstown, MA  01267   Map

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