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Tech Opportunity: Technology & The Future of Work
Posted 08/24/2020 10:17AM


I am reaching out tonight to make you aware of another program that the BIC is helping to bring to Berkshire County High School Students this fall.   This is an interdisciplinary course that is open to all Berkshire County High School Students, and one that is intended to appeal to all (not just those interested in a career in technology or advanced manufacturing).   The course, which will be entirely remote, is designed by Josh Shapiro, a Monument Mountain grad who now teaches at NYU.    The course is called Technology & The Future of Work and is designed to engage students in problems related to rapidly advancing technology & socio-political change.  Josh developed this course for NYU and it was recently selected to be featured in a "NYU Star Courses & Big Ideas" initiative.

This will be a fun class and very different from what students are used to. Students will log into a student portal each week to watch short video lectures and choose resources to engage with that best fit their individual learning styles. Students will then meet remotely with discussion leaders including entrepreneurs, the head of Verizon's 5G labs, former Andrew Yang staffers, and other students who have completed the course. Small group discussions will be held twice a week to grapple with big questions related to accelerating change and how our society will adapt to the future of work. Students will receive a credential at the end which they can put on their resume and college applications, but more importantly this will be an opportunity they will really enjoy.  Whether their interest is in technology, politics, business, economics or social activism, they will come out of the course with valuable new perspectives.

The Berkshire Innovation Center is very excited to offer this course in conjunction with Josh and his team at Edgi Learning.  Thanks to the support of community partners, the registration fee is $25.  Financial concerns should not be a barrier to enrollment. Scholarships will be available to any student who may have trouble paying this fee. You can learn more about the opportunity HERE or at  If you'd like to participate you can register directly at The class will start the week of September 21st and run for eight weeks.

If you have any questions feel free to email me ( or Josh Shapiro (

Ben Sosne
Executive Director
Berkshire Innovation Center

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