BETA-1 is an intensive experiential learning program for High School Juniors and Seniors and recent High School graduates with an interest in pursuing a career in technology or advanced manufacturing


The Berkshire E-Talent Accelerator (BETA) leverages subject matter experts and academic talent from within the BIC membership network and beyond. With BETA-1, we are offering a curriculum that will expose high school students to STEM career opportunities in the Berkshires, immerse them in fundamentals critical to these career paths, and introduce 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 first BETA-1 program will be open to a cohort of 20 students, who will be separated into four verticals — advanced manufacturing and material science, software and programming, electronics and electrical engineering, and IT and security — based on preferences identified during the application process.

Admission to the program will be selective and students will receive a $1500 stipend for their participation. The Berkshire Innovation Center is uniquely positioned in the county to offer access to innovative technologies and we encourage and welcome all applications, with preference given to those who have been underserved. 

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

When will the program run?

BETA-1 is schedule to run from October 12 to November 24, 2020.  The sessions will be after school and in the early evening.

How do I contact the program?

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How do I know if the recommendation form has been submitted?

You will receive an email once your recommender submits the form and if/when they submit a letter of recommendation.

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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