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Our career training and certificate programs in the Berkshires / Pittsfield, MA offer the most advanced career training available because we know how crucial up-to-date employment skills are to your professional development. We design and update our courses of study often to help you become a perfect match for your future employer upon graduating from Mildred Elley.

The Pittsfield Campus offers a number of exciting certificate programs. Many can be completed in under twelve months!

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Business Management

Jobs in Business Management are abundant and the range of businesses is unlimited. Our graduates are well prepared for positions in banking, finance and sales, customer service, and many other for-profit, non-profit, and government jobs. They are trained in the latest computer technologies to enhance their productivity, ensuring them a competitive advantage over other job candidates.

Mildred Elley College is good for you because it works with your schedule, the professors and staff are very caring. The classes are not over crowded so you won’t feel left out or over looked.

-Asheal Straw,
Class of 2015

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Accounting Systems Specialist Certificate

With the number, size and complexity of businesses, the demand for accounting services has increased dramatically. You will learn principles of financial and managerial accounting, computerized accounting and software applications used to record and analyze financial information and transactions.

Administrative Assistant Certificate

In today‘s economy, skilled administrative assistants are essential in all professional offices. Administrative support personnel are responsible for producing professional correspondence, handling confidential records, creating newsletters and brochures, transcribing dictated reports and maintaining office organization. This program provides hands-on computer training that allows students to compete in today‘s technological environment.

Graduates of the Administrative Assistant program obtain employment in all types of businesses including law offices, medical offices, insurance companies, schools and colleges, accounting firms, and governmental agencies.

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Medical Assisting

Healthcare professions are one of the fastest growing career fields in the country. The Department of Medical Assisting offers three program options.

Employment for medical assistants is expected to grow 29% from 2012 to 2022 as reported by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.† This is much faster than the average growth rate for other occupations. Medical assistants continue to be in high demand as they become more relied upon as an important asset to the medical team and as physicians’ practices switch to electronic records.


The skills I learned at Mildred Elley gave me the experience I needed to get the job at the doctor’s office. I am very grateful for Mildred Elley.

-Prakai Soule,
Class of 2015

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Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate

The Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate program provides an in-depth analysis of human anatomy and physiology, clinical and laboratory procedures and patient contact skills utilized in a clinical environment. As a graduate, you are prepared for entry-level positions in medical clinics, laboratories, private physician’s offices, pharmacies and hospitals.

Medical Office Assistant Certificate

The Medical Office Assistant Certificate program offers an intensive study of medical office management and procedures and insurance processing. As a graduate, you are prepared for entry positions as medical secretaries and receptionists, billing specialists, medical records clerks, admitting clerks and administrative medical assistants.

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Practical Nurse (PN)

The Practical Nurse Certificate program at Mildred Elley in Pittsfield, MA is a credit-bearing certificate program aimed to prepare you for licensure as a Practical Nurse (LPN) in the state of Massachusetts. If you’re thinking of becoming a nurse, our nursing program is comprehensive and designed to give students the clinical and lab skills necessary to become a successful LPN. Our faculty comes from diverse backgrounds within the medical industry, and our on-campus clinical labs provide students with the most real world and technical learning environment possible. Students will also complete training at our clinical partners’ sites so they are better prepared for their career upon entering the workforce. In order to become a licensed practical nurse, you will need to pass the NCLEX-PN examination. As a graduate, of the nursing school program, you will be well prepared to take the NCLEX-PN examination. Upon passage, you will obtain a Massachusetts licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and subsequent employment in the field of nursing.

It’s the best school. They are very personal and everyone knows my name. My professors remember me and care about me. I’ve never felt so supported.

-Nycole Gallagher,
Class of 2015

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The Cosmetology Certificate program in Pittsfield, MA qualifies and prepares its graduates for successful passage of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Cosmetology licensing examination, administered by the Board of Registration of Cosmetologists, and successful practice in the field of cosmetology and appearance enhancement. The program is equivalent to 1,000 clock hours of instruction. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 hours distributed among fields required by the Board in order to be eligible to register for the Board licensure examination.

Successful cosmetology certificate graduates will be well prepared for licensure examination and subsequent practice through having acquired training in all areas of cosmetology required by the Board, including manicuring, hair straightening and permanent waving, shampooing, finger waving, marcelling and all iron curls, skin care, facial grooming, wig instruction and scalp treatments, dyes and bleaching, hair cutting, hygiene and sterilization, anatomy, physiology, applied sciences, and business practices. An emphasis is placed on preparing students to work under supervision of experienced cosmetologists, and in the future, for a possible career route as an entrepreneur.

Students are advised that although jobs in the beauty industry are not considered physically demanding, they will find that occupations in the field do require a certain amount of physical stamina. Due to the nature of the fields of cosmetology, prolonged periods of standing, sitting, and bending at the waist will be required. Lifting and periods of manual dexterity will be required in some cases as well.

I always wanted to be a Cosmetologist and Mildred Elley guided me along the way. Working on hair and doing everything that I love is fun. I have a career now and I’m only 20 years old.

-Autumn Leon,
Class of 2014

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Massage Therapy

Do what you love and help others through the art of ancient healing. The Massage Therapy program offers you the education, practice and skills necessary in the massage therapy profession. The program satisfies the academic requirements to qualify massage therapy graduates for the Massachusetts State Massage Therapy Examination.

Our small class sizes provide you with individual attention to focus on the development of your professionalism and career skills. As a graduate, you will possess the depth of knowledge and practical experience from your studies to successfully practice massage therapy profession upon licensure by the state of Massachusetts.

Mildred Elley taught me how to study and to learn. With those skills I have advanced to become a very skilled Massage Therapist. I feel very fortunate and I love what I do.

-Kim Lathrop,
Class of 2013

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Network Administration & Computer Security

The Network Administration and Computer Security Certificate program provides training and instruction in network administration, computer repair, and end user support.  Among the primary functions of a Network Administration and Computer Security Technician are support of computer networks, network troubleshooting, repairing computer hardware, loading and upgrading system and application software, supporting computer peripherals, and providing user support.  Students will receive broad instruction so that the skills can be applicable to a variety of situations and allow for growth and specialization within their chosen field.

Additionally, this program prepares students to take several Microsoft certification examinations that collectively lead to certifications as a Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA®), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS®), and CompTIA® A+.  Mildred Elley is an advanced level Microsoft IT Academy member, and uses Microsoft-approved materials, textbooks and software for many of its courses that support preparation for these credentials.  For a description of alignment of individual courses with exams and certifications, please refer to the description for the Information Technology A.O.S. degree program.



  • Networking
  • Computer Concepts
  • The Internet and Web Page Design
  • Microcomputer Hardware
  • Help Desk Management and User Support
  • Microcomputer Operating Systems
  • Client Operating Systems
  • Computer Security

The field of Information Technology has been identified as the fastest growing sector in the economy by the U.S. Department of Labor and the department expects the demand for network and computer systems administrators to increase as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks. According to Bureau of Labor statistics, employment of network and computer systems administrators is expected to grow 12% from 2014 to 2024.† 


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The skills I learned at Mildred Elley gave me the experience I needed to get the job at the doctor’s office. I am very grateful for Mildred Elley.

-Prakai Soule,
Class of 2015

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Paralegal Studies

The paralegal is a critical member of the legal support team. Paralegals are responsible for conducting legal research, drafting legal documents, maintaining legal files and interacting with clients as well as providing critical administrative support in the office. This program introduces you to the essential computer applications necessary to the legal field.

I went into paralegal and decided it was something I was passionate about and that I could make a real difference. It gave me the confidence that I could be successful in a career.

-Jennifer Hill,
Class of 2014

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Early Childhood Education

The certificate program in Early Childhood Education at Mildred Elley – Pittsfield, MA prepares students to work with young children in schools and childcare agencies as teacher’s aides, teaching assistants, and preschool teachers, and with acquisition of additional experience, as lead preschool teachers and directors of early childcare centers.

Program graduates will be prepared to utilize a variety of instructional strategies and assessment methods in order to meet the learning goals and needs of all students. The program provides a strong academic foundation in early childhood education (including a variety of experiences in the classroom, community, and educational settings) and liberal arts, while focusing on developmentally appropriate practice as defined by Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines for early childhood learning.

Graduates fulfill the educational requirements established by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care criteria. Upon completion of 9 months of work experience, graduates are qualified and may apply for the Level 1 Teacher, Infant-Toddler and/or Preschool certification. Upon completion of 18 months of work experience, graduates are qualified and may apply for the Level 2 Lead Teacher, Infant-Toddler and/or Preschool Certification.

Mildred Elley helped me find a really nice job in my career choice and I am living my dream!

-Courtney Gerry,
Class of 2014

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