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Budget Amendment Includes Increase For Rural Schools
04:12PM / Thursday, November 19, 2020
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BOSTON — State Sen. Adam Hinds announced Thursday that he has secured $3 million for rural schools in the state Senate's budget.   Hinds said the State Senate adopted his budget amendments to increase funding for the Rural School Aid grant program by $1.5 million, raising the total appropriation for this account to $3 million in the FY20 Senate Budget.    "A child's ZIP code should not determine the quality of their education," Hinds said in a release. "Rural school districts experience fiscal uncertainty every year because of the unique and substantial obstacles they face to provide their students basic school services. My hope is that with this

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BCC to Host Virtual Open House
08:14AM / Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will be hosting a Virtual Open House on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10:00 AM via Zoom.   During the virtual open house, guests will hear from President Ellen Kennedy before they choose one of four break out rooms, where they can chat with Admissions Counselors and faculty about their academic interests or how to navigate the admissions process. The four break out rooms, facilitated by deans or faculty, will be for Nursing, Business & Outreach, STEM and Allied Health, or Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences.   Attendees will then also get a chance to learn more about financial aid opportunities and about their transfer

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BCC Holding Regular COVID-19 Testing for Faculty, Students
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:41PM / Monday, November 16, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has been doing its part to keep the college campus healthy with regular COVID-19 testing.

The college's program was designed to address its needs in compliance with Phase III of the state's reopening 

Every two weeks since the beginning of the semester in September, BCC has offered free testing to any staff, faculty, and on-campus student. This service is volunteer and offered through vendor County Ambulance. 

So far, 153 BCC community members have been tested and testing will continue until the end of the semester.

"Our testing protocols are part of our Phase III reopening plan. We opted to create a

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BCC Shines Light on Honors Program
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Tuesday, November 10, 2020
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BCC staff and student Keira Codey discuss the college's honors program on the video episode of 'BCC Presents: Access Higher Ed.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is hoping to bring more awareness of its honors program as a path for student achievement.   For student Keira Codey, this was her first semester taking honors courses.    "With the higher level of the class, I felt like I would be more engaged in these classes," she said. "And I can say that I have been more engaged."   Now she'll be leaving BCC to attend the online history program at Southern New Hampshire University.   "The thing about

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Northern Berkshire Union Schools Report Fairly Smooth Reopenings
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:25PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Principals in the Northern Berkshire School Union reported last week that their reopenings have been going well.    Gabriel Abbott Memorial in Florida, Emma L. Miller and Rowe elementary schools reopened for in-person learning in September; Clarksburg has been operating with a hybrid model, largely because some classes are too large to properly distance within the building.    "Clarksburg can can be described as that wading into the beautiful lake, instead of jumping right in like my counterparts in the union, we took our time to reopen this school year with a very staggered, slow start," Clarksburg Principal Tara Barnes told the union

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BCC Hires New Faculty, Staff
11:33AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College announced that it has hired a number of new faculty and staff to the college.   Nicole Cerda has been hired as an Assistant Professor of Practical Nursing. She previously worked as the Nurse Educator at Canyon Ranch, where she is still employed part-time. Cerda earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from the University of Connecticut.   Kelley Alibozek has joined the nursing division this fall as an assistant professor. Alibozek is a BCC nursing class of 2011 alum. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Elms College and earned her Master of Science in nursing degree in 2019 from

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Berkshire BPW Names Scholarship Recipients
08:16AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  Berkshire Business & Professional Women (BBPW) announced the recipients of its 2020 scholarships at its October meeting.   BBPW awarded 22 local women scholarships, totaling $21,000, to help them attain their higher education goals.   "I never, ever thought I could go back to school, as a single mom with three kids," Billie Jo George, an oncology nurse at Berkshire Medical Center and one of this year's recipients said.   The women hail from seven different communities, including Adams, Dalton, Great Barrington and Pittsfield. Some are going to college for the first time, others are returning after time off, while still others

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BCC To Offer majority Of Courses As Virtual Or Online
08:07AM / Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will host the majority of its courses this spring 2021 in either hybrid or online options for its students.   The majority of BCC's courses will remain online or in a hybrid education model as the school continues to provide a safe learning environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. BCC’s spring semester begins on Jan. 25, 2021.   93 percent of all classes, except for nursing and physical therapy assistant classes, will be taught by faculty in an online or hybrid model.   "BCC made this decision by engaging every faculty member who is teaching and asked them to be a part of the decision making for their

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BArT Upcoming Enrollment Deadlines
04:00AM / Saturday, October 24, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades six through nine for the 2020-2021 school year, and grades six through ten for the 2021-2022 school year.    The next enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year will be Thursday, Oct. 29 at 12:00 p.m. The first enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year will be in January 2021; date TBA.    More information on the school's enrollment and lottery process can be found at www.bartcharter.org.    Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or

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Berkshire Community College Celebrates 60th Year With Video Ceremony
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Thursday, October 22, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state's first community college opened 60 years ago in the Central Annex building on Second Street with about 150 students and a handful of disciplines.    Since then, its moved to West Street, increased its student body by more than tenfold and offers 40 associate degrees and 15 certificates, some in disciplines that didn't exist 60 years ago.    Much of Berkshire Community College's original establishment is because of the work done by former state Rep. Thomas C. Wojtkowski of Pittsfield, who represented what was then the 5th Berkshire District.    "We all have to credit Tom Wojtkowski for the fact that

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