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Berkshire STEM Network Snags $65,000 State Grant
01:08PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Network has received $65,000 from the Massachusetts STEM Pipeline Fund to promote STEM education in the region.

The funding is part of more than $250,000 in recent grant awards to support the commonwealth's regional STEM networks. This regional award will support Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley. As the lead partner of the Berkshire STEM Network, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will continue to collaborate with education, community and industry partners across the region.

MCLA Dean of Academic Affairs Monica Joslin, who serves on the STEM Advisory Council, said an investment

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Students Join Berkshire Community Collegeís 2016 STEM Starter Academy
03:17PM / Monday, August 15, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Twenty-six Berkshire County students have joined the 2016 STEM Starter Academy at Berkshire Community College, a program geared toward high school students who are interested in attending BCC to study STEM fields.

Part of a statewide Massachusetts Community College initiative, the program features a three-week Summer STEM Success Academy and a year-long Support Academy at BCC. The program aims to provide students with the tools they need to be STEM ready in college and the workplace including: academic support, tutoring, special field trips, guest speakers and a STEM Academy Success Kit.

Colleen Baker

Ajejandro Cermeno

Anthony Hover-Williams and Alexi

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Pittsfield Co-op Awards $7,000 in Scholarships to Area Students
12:49PM / Monday, August 15, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank has announced that 14 area students have received awards from the bank's Centennial Scholarship Fund.  Each recipient received $500.

Created in 1989 in celebration of the co-op’s 100th anniversary, the Centennial Scholarship Fund has provided more than $295,000 in aid to local students seeking to further their education.  

Richard Garwood, Nicholas Gingras        

Hailey Graham, Allison Hunt         

Michael Peplowski, Nicholas Terpak

Kayla Kowalczyk, Erica Perrea, Colleen Kiely     

Jesse Rogers, Meryl Phair

Morgan DeGrenier

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MCLA Admissions to Offer Information Sessions
03:23PM / Monday, August 08, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will offer three information sessions this month, including one in Pittsfield, in the Silvio O. Conte Federal Building. Two additional information sessions, which also will include tours of the campus, will be held at MCLA.

The next information session will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Silvio O. Conte Federal Building, 78 Center St., Pittsfield. Information sessions and opportunities to tour the MCLA campus also will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 27, beginning at 11 a.m. in Murdock Hall room 218 on the MCLA campus.

Those interested in enrolling this fall as incoming freshmen or transfer

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Pittsfield UNICO Chapter Awards Scholarships
03:36PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Chapter of UNICO held their scholarship awards ceremony at the Italian American Club in June inin conjunction with the Paul J. Capitanio Jr. Memorial Football Scholarship award ceremony.

Since 1987 the Pittsfield UNICO chapter has given out over $285,000 in scholarships throughout Berkshire County. The ceremony was the culmination of the chapter’s fundraising efforts throughout the year which included a wine tasting, a golf tournament and other events.

The UNICO Scholarship Committee, chaired by Julie Salatino, awarded 16 scholarships totaling $15,000 dollars. The Paul J. Capitanio Jr. Memorial Football Scholarship committee, chaired by past

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Contaminated Soil Adds to Cost of Taconic High Site Work
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Getting rid of construction debris found in the soil at the site of the new Taconic High School will require construction managers to dip into contingency funds for the first time.   John Benzinger of consulting firm Skanska USA said three types of materials were found in the soil: contamination, construction debris, and unusable soils. He estimates more than a half-million dollars will be needed to dispose and replace the materials found.   "Someone obviously dumped some stuff they shouldn't have when they built that soccer field," Benzinger said. "This material needs to be sent to a disposal facility."   The contamination is

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Miss Hallís School Announces Headís List, Honor Roll
10:42AM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall’s School has announced 40 local students among the 112 girls schoolwide named to the Head’s List and Honor Roll for the second semester, which ended June 1.

For Head’s List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

 

Head's List

Amelia Biancolo, of Dalton; Rachel Campoli, Dalton; Emily Pulver, Canaan, N.Y.; and Sarah Willson,

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Taconic High Building Project Site Work Picking Up In Summer
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016
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Much of the material being excavated is being kept on site to be re-used. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With school out, site work on the new Taconic High School is picking up.   The site of the new school, directly across the driveway from the current building, is under heavy construction, with equipment, material piles and dozens of workers getting the ground ready for vertical construction.    "They've started pouring the footings, which are the below-level anchors to the building," Superintendent Jason McCandless said on Tuesday.    The project is being managed by Gilbane Construction in tandem with project managers from Skanska USA. So far, site

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MCLA, BCC Offer Summer Program to Aid Transition to College
01:57PM / Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Berkshire Community College, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, will offer the first MCLA/BCC Dual Enrollment: Summer 2016 Academy from July 6 through Aug. 5, to provide an intensive college readiness experience to local, newly graduated high school students.

This pilot program, directed toward newly graduated high school students from Pittsfield and northern Berkshire County, will include two Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program academic courses, which will prepare them to attend MCLA or BCC this fall. In addition, each student will

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Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Lists Graduates, Award Recipients
03:42PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Adult Learning Center's Graduation took place June 15 at Crosby Elementary School.

Among the 40 adult students earning a high school equivalency, 36 achieved their goal by successfully passing the HiSET exam and another four completed the Adult Diploma program.
 

2016 Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Award Recipients

William Stickney Scholarship: Samuel Acquah, Lorraine Akor, Don R. Ross, Gabriel J. Schultheis

Linda Hermanski Positive Mindset Award: Linda Brown

Persistence and Dedication Award: Carlos Barrillas

Committed to Excellence Award: Maribel Maza-Quispe

Samuel Acquah, Lorraine Akor, Christine A. Baker, Nicole M. Bianco, Adrian

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