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BCC Students to be Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:42PM / Monday, April 24, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. mdash; Berkshire Community College will hold an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Thursday, April 27, at 12:30 p.m. in the Boland Theatre of the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the college's main campus in Pittsfield.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have

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MCLA Makes It Official With Inauguration of President Birge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:33PM / Friday, April 21, 2017
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Birge takes the oath of his office from Susan Gold, chairman of the board of trustees. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — James F. "Jamie" Birge hadn't intended to become a college president.    After interviewing dozens of presidents of colleges large and small, private and public, for his dissertation in leadership studies, he came away with the impression it was too difficult, too demanding and fraught with financial pressures.   "Why would anyone want to do that job?" he joked on Friday afternoon as he gave his inaugural address as the 12th president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. "After finishing my dissertation

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United Way Program to Provide Kindergarteners With Supplies
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:24PM / Thursday, April 20, 2017
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Gary Levante is co-chairing the day of caring this year.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Every child entering kindergarten next year will have a backpack full of supplies.   Berkshire Bank employees will be filling 1,200 backpacks with books, supplies, reading lists, and informational fliers as part of the Berkshire United Way's day of caring. The literacy kits will be given out at locations throughout Berkshire County on June 21 at a series of "pop-up parties."   "Each kindergarten party will have a variety of family friend activities. There is going to be food and fun and all types of good stuff," said Berkshire United Way CEO Kristine Hazzard

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World War 2 Veteran Shares His Story With Reid Students
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:47AM / Monday, April 17, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was like pins and needles.   That's what Bill Weigle, a World War II pilot, told the Reid Middle School eighth-grade class of his flights during the war. He never knew when or if a German fighter would appear near him and shoot him down.   "I did not come here to tell you I'm a hero because I'm not. But we were on pins and needles the whole time," Weigle said.   Weigle was alive on Thursday to share his story with the class and credited that to the education and training he received. He stressed the importance of education to the students, multiple times telling them that if he didn't have the training he had, he would

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BCC Phi Theta Kappa Scholars Honored at State House Ceremony
09:55PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
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BOSTON, Mass. ─ Two Berkshire Community College students were honored by the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office at a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on March  30.

Cheryl Bassett and Mary Mick were among a small group of scholars honored as the highest academic achievers of the community colleges system and were presented with medallions and certificates for being named to Phi Theta Kappa’s All-Massachusetts Academic Team.

Every year, MCCEO hosts this event at the State House in Boston to showcase the best and brightest of the 15 college system. The event is co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the

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Pittsfield Residents Oppose School Budget Cuts at Public Hearing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
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Ava Mungin got roaring applause for her comments in defense of the work the paraprofessionals do for the students. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ava Mungin is who children come to when they need help.   When they are hungry, they go to Mungin. When they are sick, they go to Mungin. When they want to get off drugs, they go to Mungin.    "I've given them hope I've given them a sense of self-worth and confidence.I do this every day," Mungin said.   She is a special education paraprofessional at Pittsfield High School and most recently she's been working with a student who can't speak, but is able to walk and use crosswalks because of

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Haas Foundation Grants 10K For Manufacturing Scholarships at Taconic
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:37PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School manufacturing students will now have an easier time pursuing careers thanks to the Gene Haas Foundation.   The Haas Foundation is granting the program $10,000 to provide scholarships to graduates. The foundation was started with a $20 million donation by the owner of Haas Automation, a company that builds manufacturing machines.   "We make anything that makes something else. If it cuts metal, wood, plastic, glass, ceramic, our machines can handle it. Our machines are used very widely in the workforce, which is perfect for schools. It gives schools the ability to teach what an actual shop environment is," said sales advocate

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Education Task Force Seeks Community Input, Aspirations
02:39PM / Monday, April 10, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force is seeking input as it develops recommendations for county schools.    Five "community aspiration" meetings are scheduled this month for parents, educators and community members to share expectations, aspirations, and concerns for the future of preK-12 public education in Berkshire County.   The first session is this Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center.   Despite having high-quality educators, say task force officials, the educational opportunities available to children and young people in Berkshire County are threatened by the region's

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Wahconah Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Building Feasibility Study
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:33PM / Saturday, April 08, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. — Nearly 75 percent of those voting in the Central Berkshire Regional School District on Saturday cast ballots to move the district forward in the process of renovating or replacing Wahconah Regional High School.   The question was whether the district should spend $850,000 on a feasibility study to look at options for the 56-year-old school.   The Massachusetts School Building Authority will reimburse the district for between 50 and 54 percent of the cost of the feasibility study, according to district officials. The same reimbursement rate from MSBA would apply if and when the district decides to move forward with any building project.   On Saturday,

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County's Students Inspired To 'Envision Their Future' At Youth Conference
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:31AM / Saturday, April 08, 2017
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Some of the workshops got the students more in touch with their artistic side, while others taught students about job-searching resources available in the community. PITTSFIELD, Mass, — The morning started with a "when I was your age" type story from children's author Ty Allan Jackson.   Jackson was speaking over the sound of the rain beating on the top of a large party tent. His audience: just about 120 high school students from across the county. When he was their age, the ghettos of New York City had broken education systems, there were issues of poverty and crime. And nobody was listening to the what those in the neighborhood had to say.   It was those

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