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BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
12:39PM / Monday, June 26, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its Spring 2017 Dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major, completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester, and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 136 students qualified for High Honors:

Massachusetts

Michael A. Corkins, Rebecca L.

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Berkshire Community College Announces Five New Hires
02:32PM / Friday, June 23, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced new faculty and staff additions.

Jonah Sykes joined BCC as the manager of Marketing and Communications. Sykes previously worked for six years at Berkshire United Way, first as their executive assistant, then as the coordinator of marketing and communications and finally as the development manager. During his time at BUW, he oversaw the fundraising efforts of more than 190 employee charitable campaigns and led marketing efforts around website design, digital marketing analytics, and event planning.

Sykes has a bachelor of arts degree from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a master of arts degree in public

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Egremont Principal Materas Honors Late Student In His Own Way
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:14AM / Thursday, June 22, 2017
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Gabby's classmates signed their names to the decal on Wednesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Egremont Elementary School community was devastated in December when 11-year-old student Gabrielle Corbett died unexpectedly.   Principal Jared Materas saw himself as being a rock for the students and staff and he tried to hold the community together through the difficult period of grief. And it was tough for him, too. She never left his mind.    When Materas isn't in school, and what many don't know about him, is that he races cars. His hobby is to head down to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut for asphalt track racing. He was driving back from the

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Capeless Elementary Celebrates Year's End With Field Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:40PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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Volunteers from the Berkshire County sheriff's office helped run the games. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The students at Capeless Elementary School put in a hard year's worth of work. And now it is time to celebrate.   In the waning days left to the school year, staff at Capeless put on their annual field day, setting up an array of games and activities for the children to play.   From tug o' war to variations of tag, to duck duck goose, the students rotated from station to station having fun.   "Field day is really about celebrating the end of the year, the close of working so hard all year and having a fun time with minimal competition. It is more for

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BArT Announces Third Trimester Honor Roll
01:39PM / Monday, June 19, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third trimester of the 2016-2017 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."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Dion Bianco, Ivan Chen, Zy'Aira Cooper, Felee Davis,

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BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
11:48AM / Monday, June 19, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seventeen graduates of the practical nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College were recognized June 15 during a pinning ceremony in the Robert Boland Theatre of the college's Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Chelise Rondeau

Salina Kiplagat

Megan Mahoney

Yormary Shogren

Angela Colson, Brittany Moore-Lusigan, Lindsay Ostellino

Samantha Andrews

Gregory Martin, Pamela Matson, Railea Rivera, Lesline Rostick

Stephanie Fredsall

Anna Owuor

Shauna Hoffman

Valentina Gavel

Natalya Sevostyanova


Lindsay Ostellino

Gregory Martin

Natalya Sevostyanova

 
Graduates of the 10-month program are eligible to sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse

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Pittsfield School Committee Chair Nominated For State Awards
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:54AM / Monday, June 19, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee nominated its chairwoman for two statewide awards.   The Committee voted on Wednesday to nominate Katherine Yon for a Massachusetts Association of School Committees lifetime achievement award and as an all-state school committee member. She was nominated by both Superintendent Jason McCandless and School Committee member Cynthia Taylor, separately, when the statewide organization sent out requests for nominations.    "Her belief in the power of great teacher and great schools to lift up and enhance the life of every child in neat ways is inspiring to us all. She continues to work as a teacher, as a tutor, and a mentor to

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Pittsfield Questioning Continued Use of 'Braves' For Taconic Mascot
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, June 15, 2017
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There are only two high schools in Berkshire County that still use terms for Native Americans as a moniker and/or logos. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School may need a new mascot.   The state Legislature is currently debating a bill that would ban the use of names, symbols, or imagery referring to Native American tribes. The proposed law even specifically uses the term "braves" as being outlawed from use.   Taconic High School has long used the name Braves, with a mascot depicting an American Indian, but with a new school and a new law, school leaders are starting to question if the name should stay or go.   "Whether the law is enacted or not,

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McCann Postgraduates Ready for Workforce
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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The graduates flip their tassels over to show they've graduated. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was the second time that Jennifer Boucher of Adams had earned a diploma from McCann Technical School's postgraduate program.    And she held it tight as she danced her way out of the gym to the strains of "Uptown Funk" on Monday, ready for a life-changing career.   Boucher had first earned a cosmetology diploma from McCann and has been working as a hair stylist for years. On Monday night, she was pinned and presented a diploma in dental assisting.   "I am 45 years old and decided in this past year that I needed to make a

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32 Overcame Adversity to Graduate From Pittsfield Adult Learning Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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Student speaker Donald Cummings said he was inspired to change his life through a video game gamertag. He said, 'you can't give up until you actually try.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Earning a GED isn't a goal for most young children. But, life happens.   Life happened for 32 city adults who on Monday celebrated passing the high school equivalency test (HiSET) in the adult diploma program.   Those enrolled in the Pittsfield Adult Learning Center had all set their minds on second chances and earned a general educational development diploma to help themselves and their families.   "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't

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