CIP Berkshire students had a tremendously successful summer session in their college classes at Berkshire Community College (BCC).
While these classes are worth as many credits and have the same amount of course work as a regular semester, they are compressed into either six or eight weeks.
The content and the assignments for the classes come at a fast and furious pace! There is no time to procrastinate, there is not a moment to lose.
Four Berkshire Center students took Introduction to Oral Communication, five took Mathematics modules, one took Macroeconomics, one took Introduction to Sociology, one took U.S. History, one took Introduction to Literature and two students took a non-credit workshop in Mixology.
One Berkshire Center student earned eight college credits by taking the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test in Spanish. The lowest grade earned was B-.
The level of determination and hard work demonstrated by everyone was truly remarkable.
Many of our other academic track students worked at jobs and internships while they studied at night to prepare for college classes in the fall. Attendance at Bookends, tutorials and study halls was exemplary.
The eight incoming freshmen are a very enjoyable group who are cohesive and extremely supportive of one another. They are all excited to be here and staff is excited about working with them as they strive to achieve adult autonomy. In addition to daily reframing, they were in theme based classes in self-determination theory, self-advocacy, executive functioning, and in overcoming anxiety.
These new students were assessed in every aspect of academics: they took a learning skills assessment in reading , writing and math at BCC, a multi-page academic executive functioning profile, we examined their learning styles–visual, auditory, kinesthetic–they filled out questionnaires asking what they find difficult academically, they took a multiple intelligence inventory, and they completed a self-assessment regarding how they feel about themselves.
All of these academic assessments not only help CIP provide an optimal program specifically tailored to the needs and interests of the students, they also help the students gain a great deal of insight about themselves as learners.
Thanks and congratulations to all of our hardworking students. Thanks and congratulations to the excellent tutorial staff here at the Berkshire Center.