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Berkshire Museum Offers Virtual After School Program
12:05PM / Thursday, September 17, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Enrollment for the Berkshire Museum After School program After-School@Home is now open.   The Berkshire Museum will host After-School@Home through the fall and bring lessons on science, history, art, and culture directly to students' homes.    "We realize that remote schooling has changed the way everyone is learning this year, so supporting educators and students is one of our top priorities," Jeff Rodgers, the Berkshire Museum's Executive Director said. "Our after-school programs complement classroom learning, encourage curious kids to explore new ideas, and they also happen to be great fun.”   The first

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Berkshire United Way Teams Up With Ready4K
08:59AM / Thursday, September 17, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire United Way (BUW) and Northern Berkshire United Way (NBUW) have partnered with Ready4K to provide Berkshire families with educational facts and on their cell phones.    To support early childhood education, BUW and NBUW have teamed up with Ready4K to help support early childhood education through a text messaging program.   According to BUW and NBUW, based on research conducted in a recent 2019 Early Childhood Assessment and Sustainability report, Civitas Strategies found that bolstering the services available to directly serve parents and caregivers has the greatest potential to positively influence the overall well-being of the family unit

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OLLI, 1Berkshire & BIC Launch Transformative Technology Fall Series
09:52AM / Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, The Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College (OLLI) announced the launch of "The Impact of Transformational Technologies on Work and Society" series.    This eight-week course of weekly webinars will bring regional, national, and global experts and leaders together to share and discuss key technologies impacting a broad spectrum of individual and societal realms, with a focus on how they impact rural regions like Berkshire County.   "This is a groundbreaking initiative and a creative collaboration that we hope will inspire greater economic and community

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Berkshire Museum Enters Next Reopening Phase
02:36PM / Thursday, September 10, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum will implement its third phase of reopening Monday, Sept. 14.    The Berkshire Museum, which began a phased reopening on Aug. 1, will start phase of their reopening process that will bring changes to the museum’s available gallery experiences.   This includes the departure of "The Art of Warner Bros.," which has been on view at the museum since January.    In addition to the museum’s Aquarium, exhibitions on view will now include "Berkshire Backyard," "Rocks and Minerals," "Animals of the World in Miniature" and the "Feigenbaum Hall of

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The Berkshire Museum Helps Families Prepare for a Different Kind of Kindergarten
04:16PM / Thursday, September 03, 2020
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  PITTSFIELD, Mass. The Berkshire Museum launched a new series this week dedicated to preparing young children and their caregivers for the first days of kindergarten.    The new digital content, located here, includes an updated digital edition of the museum's award-winning publication "In Kindergarten" in addition to fun, age-appropriate videos that teach essential kindergarten skills and explore pandemic precautions for early learners.    "Since 2014, the Berkshire Museum has played a role in every Berkshire County child's transition to formal education with 'In Kindergarten' and our popular Kindergarten Day events," Jeff

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BCC To Host On Campus And Virtual Registration
03:35PM / Monday, August 31, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BCC to host another registration day on campus and virtually Wednesday, Sept. 2.   Berkshire Community College (BCC) will host another open registration day, on-campus and virtually, on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.    During this registration event, applicants and students may show up in person or online to get help registering for the fall 2020 semester, which begins Sept. 8. BCC enrollment teams will be available both on-campus and remotely.   The use of an online Zoom waiting room for people looking to make appointments with Advising will be utilized, on-campus or off, where students will get queued up to meet with the Academic

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MCLA Welcomes Students Back, Implements COVID-19 Precautions
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:27AM / Monday, August 31, 2020
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MCLA has signs around the campus reminding everyone to mask up and social distance. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Move-in weekend at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has generally been a celebratory affair as hundreds of students show up with parents and family in tow to prepare for the fall semester.    This year was a low-key affair as the annual event played out over several days with staggered arrivals and mandated COVID-19 testing — another sign of the changes wrought by the novel coronavirus pandemic.    "It looks very different, we've spread out moving over a few more days," said Gina Puc, dean of enrollment management and community

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BCC to Offer New Certificate Programs This Fall
11:11AM / Saturday, August 29, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will be offering two new certificate programs in the 2020-2021 academic year, including Law Enforcement and Mental Health Worker certificates – in addition to the Cannabis Industry certificate, which is now offering a second year cohort model this fall.

The Law Enforcement certificate falls under the Criminal Justice program. The certificate was developed and ratified by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Training and Education Committee as an important step in their goal to have a better educated and more professional workforce in the commonwealth. The certificate combines specialized criminal justice and general

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BCC Offers Networking and Cybersecurity Program
10:57AM / Thursday, August 27, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is continuing to offer its Networking & Cybersecurity program for students interested in entering the workforce as a network technician and/or as a tier 1 cybersecurity analyst in a Security Operations Center (SOC). 

Students can also elect to transfer to a college or university to further their skills in computer Info Systems (CIS) to become a tier 2 or 3 security analyst or network engineer. On average, entry level analysts start out making about $62,000 a year.

"Anyone who has watched the news in the past couple of years knows why cybersecurity has become so important and the need for cybersecurity analysts is

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College Notes: Summmer & Fall 2020
07:59PM / Monday, August 24, 2020
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The O'Connor Center for Community Engagement at the has recognized more 30 students for their outstanding commitment to community service. Among them is Samuel Polastri of Becket, who was named a Community Service Leader for the 2019-2020 school year. Community Service Leaders are students who have accrued anywhere from 100 to 400 or more hours of volunteer work during the year.      Neha Goel of Pownal, Vt., was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Goel was initiated atin Troy N.Y.     Kathryn J. Wells of Windsor has been awarded the Outstanding Student in

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