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