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BCC Offers Medical Coding and Health Information Management Certificates
07:54AM / Monday, June 14, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) is ready to prepare students for the growing field with its hybrid Medical Coding courses, which focus on how to use the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), CPT, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding manuals.    Courses also include hands-on practice using medical coding software.      Students may enroll any time to begin the program this fall. The Medical Coding Certificate may be completed in two semesters, while the Health Information Management Certificate may be completed in three semesters.    Medical coders and health information specialists are responsible for safeguarding

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Berkshire County In Mild Drought Conditions
08:07AM / Friday, June 11, 2021
BOSTON — Although drought conditions have improved in some regions in the Commonwealth, Berkshire County remains in mild drought conditions.   With periodic precipitation events occurring throughout the Commonwealth in recent weeks, drought conditions, with the exception of groundwater in certain regions, improved or remained steady. As a result of recent data collections, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides  announced that the Western and Cape Cod Regions will remain at a Level 1-Mild Drought.   "This summer, the Commonwealth's drought monitor regions continue to experience fluctuations in conditions, which necessitates us all

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The Retired Investor: Want equality? Start With Better Jobs
By Bill Schmick,
05:08PM / Thursday, June 10, 2021
Jobs. They are the primary focus of the Federal Reserve Bank, the Biden administration, the Republican opposition, and most U.S. corporations. Supposedly, with all this high-powered attention, we still can't find enough workers to fill all the positions available. Has anyone questioned why?   One important reason might be that 60 percent of jobs in the U.S. are considered "mediocre" or "of poor quality," according to a recent Gallup survey. If you combine those findings with the fact that many workers in the service economy are poorly compensated, the problem begins to come into clearer focus.   If you listen to the free market critics, generous Federal

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Lenox Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2021 Announced
01:19PM / Thursday, June 10, 2021
LENOX, Mass. — Lenox Memorial High School has announced Cooper Shepardson as the class of 2021 valedictorian and Jenna Codey as the class salutatorian.   Graduation will take place Sunday, June 13, at 1 p.m. at the school.   Shepardson, son of Tanya and Jeremy Shepardson, has been an active member of school and the larger community. He has been a member of the varsity hockey team and captain of the baseball and soccer teams. He is also a member of the National Honors Society and a peer mentor to sixth-grade students. Shepardson participated in Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Invitational Math competition at which his mathematical proficiency earned him a

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Green Team Recycle and Shred Drive
12:20PM / Thursday, June 10, 2021
CHESHIRE, Mass. — There will be a recycle and shred drive at the Cheshire Transfer Station to support the Youth Center.   The drive will be held Saturday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at the Cheshire Transfer station located at 191 Church St.   The drive will be hosted by the Green Team, a local youth education program supported through MassDEP that teaches kids the importance of recycling.   Price List: $5: suggested donation for shredding. $5: Small computer related items, mouse, keyboard, telephone, answering machine, DVD player, VCR, etc. $10: Medium electronic related items, copy machines, printers, scanners, computer monitors, laptops, CPU towers,

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Monument Mountain Awards & Scholarships 2021
09:56AM / Thursday, June 10, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the Monument Mountain Regional High School's class of 2021.   President's Educational Awards: Elena Samara Angerman, John Paul Arias, Alec Matthew Bachman, Avery Susan Ball, Joseph Taylor Beardsley, Isaiah Aiden Bennett, Marlena Aisulu Benson, Gianna Margaret Bertelli, Jackson Joseph Blanchard, Donovan Michael Bond, Talia Helene Caine, Izabella Castro, Stephanie Lucero Celis, Andrew B Churchill, Cassius Easton Combs, Maggie Elizabeth D'Aniello, Dylan Joseph DeCelle, Emily Antonela Delgado, Emily Nicole Erickson, Angel Xicohtencatl Espinoza-Bergins, Emelia McCarthy Fedell, Lucien Firth,

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BCC Announces Fall Courses
07:56AM / Thursday, June 10, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) has released its fall course schedule, available online at www.berkshirecc.edu/fall.    A printable PDF is also available on the website.    Fall classes begin Tuesday, Sept 7. After more than a year of offering mostly remote or online classes due to the pandemic, the college will now offer five types of learning:   Hybrid-virtual: Students meet virtually with professors and classmates via video conferencing at set times, typically once per week, with the remainder of the coursework online. Hybrid In-person: Students meet on campus with professors and classmates at set times, typically once per week,

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Berkshire Health Systems Offers Vaccine Clinics in Medical Arts Complex
04:02PM / Wednesday, June 09, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced it will provide COVID-19 vaccine clinics in its Medical Arts Complex, located adjacent to Berkshire Medical Center, in the coming weeks, as efforts continue to achieve a higher percentage of vaccinations in the community.    The COVID-19 vaccine is free and is available to anyone ages 12 and older.   Vaccine clinics will be held on the second floor of the Medical Arts Complex, which faces the parking lot for the facility, on Tuesdays, June 15 and 22, and Thursdays, June 17 and 24, from 11 am to 2 pm. The Pfizer vaccine will be provided at all of these clinics, requiring two doses. Participants will be given

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BCC Partners with Rural Recovery Resources
08:10AM / Wednesday, June 09, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On May 18, 2021, Berkshire Community College (BCC) began a series of five online training sessions called Foundations of Opioid Addiction and Recovery, designed for healthcare and social services professionals working in South Berkshire County.    The training program was made possible with a $1 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant awarded to Rural Recovery Resources, a project created by the South Berkshire Opioid Consortium (SBOC). The SBOC consists of four funded partners: Berkshire Community College, The Brien Center, Fairview Hospital, and the Railroad Street Youth Project. BCC will conduct training sessions twice a year

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MCLA to Hold Virtual Info Session
04:47PM / Tuesday, June 08, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) will hold a virtual information session at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15.   This information session will offer details about the College's Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Education (MEd), Principles of Accounting certificate, Network Security certificate, Teacher Licensure, Leadership Academy, and bachelor's degree completion programs.     Community members interested in advancing their educational credentials by attaining a bachelor's degree, an undergraduate certificate, a master's degree, or an educator license to become a teacher, principal, or

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BCC Professor Featured On Podcast
01:57PM / Tuesday, June 08, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's Pam Coley McCann is featured in a new podcast     Meghan St. John, creator of a new podcast called Speak Little Forest, recently delved into the topic of maintaining mental health with Pam Coley McCann, a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in the Berkshires and Associate Professor of Human Services at Berkshire Community College (BCC).    The episode, titled "Hope for Hard Times," can be found at www.speaklittleforest.com.    "Pam and I talked about a variety of subjects, all connected to mental health and our special Berkshire community," St. John

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Berkshire Business and Professional Women Accepting 2021 Scholarship Applications
By Brittany Polito,
11:51AM / Tuesday, June 08, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass.— A local organization continues to support Berkshire County women in advancing their careers through education and certification.

The Berkshire Business and Professional Women (BBPW) are accepting applications for the 2021 Career Advancement Scholarship program that supports the unique needs of non-traditional women students through June 18.

For 2021, scholarship awards range from $250 to $2,500 based on the applicant's needs and merits.

BBPW has been awarding scholarships to Berkshire County women for almost 30 years. The goal is to alleviate financial barriers associated with pursuing further education, training, and credentials and targets those who are

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