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Berkshire Community College Offers New Hospitality, Culinary Program

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A new program from Berkshire Community College aims to link interested area residents with the region’s hospitality companies. 

Starting March 18, the Pittsfield based school will offer the Fast-Track Hospitality and Culinary Program. BCC Dean of Community Engagement, Education, and Workforce Development Jill Sasso-Curtis says the free pilot effort is designed to address a shortage of service professionals in the county.

“We have been partnering with Berkshires-based organizations in the hospitality industry to create and design the programming, and the employees in that industry, the experts, are going to be the teachers,” she told WAMC.

Mezze Restaurant Group and Main Street Hospitality have partnered with BCC on the program. It’s supported by a $125,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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