BETA is an intensive experiential learning program designed to connect students with local businesses, explore idea development and business strategies, and engage in technologies offered at the BIC.





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Highlights of the B[E]TA Summer 2022 program.

  • Open to students entering their Junior and Senior year, and recent graduates.
  • Program will run Monday - Friday; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; from July 5 - August 12.
  • A $1,500 stipend will be provided for completing the program.
  • Technology focus will be in the Life Sciences, Aerospace/Defense, CleanTech, and Digital Design/Gaming sectors.
  • Check back frequently for updates, including schedule and more!


FREE Summer 2022 Programs
Held at the BIC

Principles of Entrepreneurship (ENTR 210):  3 MCLA Credits

What:  This hybrid format course will develop entrepreneurial skills through the integration and application of Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, and Lean Canvas.  Working in small groups, students gain an understanding of social entrepreneurship through the application of these tools to identify, refine, and present viable solutions to contemporary challenges facing communities.  This course is free of charge to participants.

Students will be required to submit a high school transcript and a copy of their vaccine card with booster.

When:  July 11th - August 18th:  Mondays and Thursdays will be the in-person days from 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Where:  The Berkshire Innovation Center, 45 Woodlawn Ave, Pittsfield

College Planning Workshop (CECS 100):  Non-credit workshop

What:  MCLA will deliver an intensive college planning workshop.  The workshop is designed for students who would benefit from support and assistance while navigating the college planning process.  This program is constructed as an in-depth opportunity for students to craft a college essay, learn how to communicate with college officials, prepare for interviews, understand tuition and financial aid, and build the academic and professional self-confidence to begin the transition from high school to college.  The workshop is an important next step for students to immerse themselves into the strategic process of college planning.  This workshop is free of charge to participants.

When:  July 5th - July 29th:  Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Where:  The Berkshire Innovation Center; 45 Woodlawn Ave, Pittsfield

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The Berkshire E-Talent Accelerator (BETA)  leverages subject matter experts and academic talent from within the BIC membership network and beyond.   The curriculum exposes high school students to STEM career opportunities in the Berkshires, immerses them in fundamentals critical to these career paths, and introduces them to some of the advanced equipment available at the Innovation Center.

Students completing the program will leave with a practical understanding of STEM career opportunities and a roadmap for achieving these professional goals. They will also be part of a growing network of mentors and peers – connected permanently on a virtual collaboration platform – who can support them on their professional journey and keep them aware of opportunities in the Berkshires. This initiative will help to ensure that our community has the technical talent required to drive business growth, now and in the future.  

What is the BETA program? Hear directly from some of the BETA 2020 students in this video written and produced by Marko Iwasiwka - who was part of the BETA Fall 2020 program and is now a student at MCLA.


The Summer 2022 program will be open to a small cohort of students, who will be exposed to four technology areas - life sciences, aerospace/defense, clean tech, and technology/gaming.

Admission to the program will be selective. The Berkshire Innovation Center is uniquely positioned in the county to offer access to innovative technologies and we encourage and welcome all applications.

Highlights from Fall 2020

Frequ[E]ntly Ask[E]d Qu[E]stions

When will the program run?

B[E]TA 2022 will run Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, starting Tuesday, July 5 and ending Friday, August 12.

How do I contact the program?

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I am enrolled in an alternative HiSET/GED program. Can I apply?

Yes, so long as you are essentially doing the work of a high school junior/ senior.

When and how will acceptance decisions be released?

You will receive an email with your application decision a few weeks after the application deadline.

I will not be able to attend the entirety of the program, should I still apply?

Yes, we encourage you to apply, but preference will be given to applicants that are able to attend the full program

Is there a waitlist?

Yes, 20 students are accepted and 10 students are waitlisted.

What is the word limit on the essays?

The essays have a strict word limit of 300 words per short answer question.

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