It was a fun-filled, jammed-packed two weeks for the six campers who attended Berkshire Mploy 2016.
Campers started and ended their days at Elms College where they were able to get an understanding of living on a college campus and staying in the dorms for two weeks.
Each day was scheduled with many activities and the opportunity to create bonds and form new relationships with their fellow campers and CIP staff.
As a part of their experience, campers worked diligently on developing career goals, creating a resume and reference sheet, building a LinkedIn profile, and fine-tuning their interview skills through mock interviews with Berkshire staff.
On top of all the hard work they did in the classroom, campers engaged in many tours and talks of established and cutting-edge businesses around the Berkshires:
- Boyd Technologies in Lee, MA. Boyd Technologies is a leading international supplier of advanced flexible materials. The company produces and distributes finished products to customers around the world. While you won’t find the Boyd Technologies name on finished products or even see some of the components they supply, they are all around you, from disposable medical products in hospitals, to functional components in car batteries.
- Barrington Stage Company (BSC) in Pittsfield, MA. BSC is a not-for-profit professional theatre company with a three-fold mission: to produce top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre, especially the young.
- Bradley Farm in Lanesborough, MA. Bradley Farm is owned and operated by the founder of CIP, Dr. Michael McManmon. Bradley Farm was established in 1762 and is nestled in the foothills of Mt. Greylock. The farm produces and sells organic fruits and vegetables and is the home of many animals.
- Country Curtains in Lee, MA. Country Curtains was founded by Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick in 1956. The business began from their dining room table, where they produced and sold mail order curtains. Over the years, Country Curtains has grown by leaps and bounds and their mail order, website orders and stores make them a leader of curtain sales and distribution throughout the United States and internationally as well.
- Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. Norman Rockwell Museum presents the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, including beloved paintings from The Saturday Evening Post and the Four Freedoms, and the best in the field of American illustration. Campers experienced Rockwell’s art, life and legacy in the artist’s picturesque New England hometown of Stockbridge, Massachusetts nestled in the culturally rich Berkshires.
During the tours, campers received the opportunity to gain knowledge about each business and ask pertinent questions in regards to career opportunities, employer expectations, and educational requirements.
In an effort to work on their social skills, the campers also participated in many social activities which included miniature golf games, a trip to the Six Flags Amusement Park, a night of bowling, and even laser tag!
As the campers finished up their stay with CIP and began to transition back into their home lives, they took the time to reflect on their experience at CIP and all the new and exciting things they learned, with each of them gaining more knowledge and more confidence to reach their goals of independence and career aspirations.
All of us here at CIP Berkshire wish them all the best for their futures and hope to see them again in the near future!See More Photos on Flickr