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BCC Nursing Program Earns Accreditation
06:08PM / Tuesday, April 30, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's two-year nursing program is being accredited through 2023, bringing relief to the beleaguered program.    College officials were notified this week that the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has restored continuing accreditation to the Associate Degree of Nursing program for the next four years. In its notification to the college, ACEN acknowledged that deliberations on the change in status centered on the materials that were submitted to the board following the visit by the peer accreditation team.   In mid-April, BCC announced that it would voluntarily and temporarily suspend admission to the

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Oil Spill Under Former Taconic Add Unforeseen Cost To Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Tuesday, April 30, 2019
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The School Building Needs Commission met in the new high school for the first time. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An oil spill has led to contractors to dip more into the contingency fund for the new Taconic High School.   Jim Moran, project manager with Skanska USA, said a slab under the boiler room was removed during the demolition of the original school, unveiling an oil spill contaminating the soil. The land there had to be remediated and rain had poured in requiring treatment.   "The good news is that the project remains on budget. But we had some challenges over the winter and spring, unforeseeable conditions that cost money that we didn't anticipate," Moran

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BArT Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
11:04AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Grade 6

Jeffrey Bourassa, Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin, Sascha Ehrlich, Darryl Hage, Ryley Schwarz and Alexandria Zustra.

Natasha Burnell, Efrem Chen, Caiden Davis, Allissa Davis, Evan Hilton, Jayda Kimok, Kaitlyn Milette, Ania O'Leary, Brooke Reynolds and Katelynne Williams.

Grade 7

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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Awards from Williams College
10:32AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced its 2019 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Lanesborough Elementary School, McCann Technical School, Mount Greylock Regional School, North Adams Public Schools and Williamstown Elementary School.

Each entity will receive $5,000 for professional and curricular development projects.

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will use the funds to support the creation of a robotics classroom at Hoosac Valley Elementary School, including new equipment for its science facility.

BArT will create an

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Mass MoCA Exhibited 273 Works by High School Students
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Garrett Rhoads was inspired when he looked into a little box on a piano, wondering what it was.    The box held a spool of perforated paper to make the piano play.    "I knew what it was because I have seen them before," the Pine Cobble School eighth-grader said. "I just, I loved how it looked. And so I wanted to do something with it."   He unspooled the paper and liked the movement it made as it fluttered. So he created a waterfall of four pieces with an accent in the middle of printed words and fingerprints.    "We were using ink and I actually got it on my fingers and I put it on my piece of paper

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Park, School Violence Prompts Response From Pittsfield Officials
Staff Reports,
06:42PM / Friday, April 26, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City officials are looking to address ongoing issues of violence in schools and parks.   Mayor Linda Tyer, Police Chief Michael Wynn, Superintendent Jason McCandless, and District Attorney Andrea Harrington released a joint statement on Friday addressing the growing concern over the incidents.   "The safety and well-being of our children is priority No. 1. We will not tolerate conduct and behavior that puts the lives of our children and other members of our community in harm’s way. This issue is now at the highest ranks of city, school, and law enforcement officials," said Tyer in the statement.    "We are actively engaging

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Pittsfield School Committee Condemns Racial MCAS Question
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Friday, April 26, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee is condemning a racially insensitive question on the MCAS.   But school officials aren't sure what the best remedy to the situation will be. School administrators are now crafting a letter to state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley to have it on record that the Pittsfield School Department believes the question should not have been on the test and that the vetting of the questions failed.   "At the very least we are sharing with the commonwealth and with the community that this is an unacceptable question," said Mayor Linda Tyer, who sits on the School Committee.   The

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BCC Students To Be Inducted Into National Honor Society
11:40AM / Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will hold an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Thursday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in the Boland Theatre of the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the college's main campus in Pittsfield.

A reception will be held in the theater lobby immediately following the induction. This year's guest speaker is Annette Guertin, professor of mathematics at the college.

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

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MCLA Picks Winners of Third Entrepreneurship Challenge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Thursday, April 18, 2019
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The Whet Towel was the winning idea in this year's challenge.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There were three finalists for the third annual Innovation and Entrepreneurial Challenge on Wednesday night. They were different yet had one thing in common: being eco-friendly or at least all-natural.    But it was the pitch about making disposal razors last longer that stood out for the judges and deemed worthy of the $10,000 prize.    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students Nicholas Strezynski and Owen Fitzgerald came up with towel that includes a denim strop designed to extend the life of disposable razors.    "For years, I've been using

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BCC Suspends Nursing Program For One Year
Staff Reports,
10:18AM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is suspending its nursing program for a year.   The decision is another blow — hopefully a short-term one — to nursing education in the region following the impending closure of Southern Vermont College. The associate's degree program will go on hiatus for first-year students in 2019 to address lingering issues and begin re-enrollment of new students in fall 2020.   "We have a 50-year history of graduating excellent practitioners and this brief pause allows us to address specific areas of focus that have been highlighted by our accrediting and licensing bodies," said college President Ellen Kennedy in

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