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 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.
The Fall 2021 program will be open to a cohort of 20 students, who will be exposed to four technology areas - advanced manufacturing and material science, software and programming, electronics and electrical engineering, and IT and security.
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.
B[E]TA 2021 is schedule to run from October 18 to December 3, 2021. The sessions will be after school and in the early evening. The program will not meet during the week of Thanksgiving.
You will receive an email once your recommender submits the form and if/when they submit a letter of recommendation.
Yes, so long as you are essentially doing the work of a high school junior/ senior.
You will receive an email with your application decision a few weeks after the application deadline.
Yes, we encourage you to apply, but preference will be given to applicants that are able to attend the full program
Yes, 20 students are accepted and 10 students are waitlisted.
The essays have a strict word limit of 300 words per short answer question.