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BCC's '40 Under Forty' Awards Night Scheduled
08:05AM / Monday, September 13, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold its annual 40 Under Forty awards celebration on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 5-7 pm.
The event will be held under a large tent near Paterson Field House. Tickets are $65 and are available at
40 Under Forty honors talented millennials and Generation Z professionals in the Berkshires who have shown their support for the region through leadership, community service, and a dedication to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the community.
Because COVID-19 caused last year's event to be rescheduled, this year's celebration will honor 2020 winners. 
Shela Levante, Director of Development, said the celebration has become an anticipated event in the Berkshires, and that the 2020 event was missed. 
"We felt strongly that last year's winners deserve recognition in spite of the fact that the event had to be rescheduled," she said. "We wanted to make sure they had their moment to shine, and we're so pleased to be able to hold the event in person." 
Masks are required inside the tent and recommended outside the tent.
Nominees for 40 Under Forty must be 39 years old or younger as of April 1 of the award year and must work in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Nominations can be submitted by a co-worker, peer, or family member. A panel of judges reviews the nominations and score them according to four criteria:
  • Career path — How fast has the individual risen? How is his or her rising career path unique or unusual?
  • Commitment to the community — Does the individual volunteer? In what capacity?
  • Outside recognition — Has this individual been recognized by any industry or community groups?
  • Overall nomination — Is the nomination complete? Is it thorough and thoughtful?
Applications for the 2022 cohort will open in fall 2021. For more information, contact the Office of Advancement at (413) 236-2185 or
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