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MCLA Graduates Told to Find a Career that Captures Heart, Mind
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:04PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — College graduates are frequently sent off with a charge of doing their best and making the world a better place. But on Saturday, they were also reminded to reach behind them to help others along the path.    Stephanie Wilson, a member of a select group of humans who have rocketed into space, told the graduating class of 2018 at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts that she hoped that her generation has done its job correctly serving as mentors to their generation.   "Hopefully, we have taught you how to establish a support network, which advice to heed and which advice to discard," said the astronaut and aeronautical engineer,

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Lanesborough Votes to Include New Ashford Tuition Revenue In Budget
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07:17AM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town officials voted to include anticipated tuition revenue from New Ashford in the Mount Greylock Regional School budget, against the school official's advice.   Mount Greylock had put forth a budget aimed to keep the town's contribution for Lanesborough Elementary School flat. But, there is still uncertainty around whether or not New Ashford will continue to send their children to the district. The district is raising tuition for New Ashford and next week residents there will decide whether or not to pay it or seek to send their children elsewhere.   Superintendent Kimberly Grady previously told the Lanesborough officials that without knowing

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BCC, MCLA Agreement Creates Pathway to Physical Therapy Doctorate
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55PM / Friday, May 11, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The county's two public colleges are teaming up to create a pathway for physical therapy assistants to continue their education.    Berkshire Community College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts signed an articulation agreement on Thursday that opens the opportunity for a four-year degree in health sciences with a concentration in pre-physical therapy to BCC graduates.   The health sciences and community health education were added to the degrees offered by MCLA last year. The concentration in pre-physical therapy will now allow BCC students who have earned their associate's degree as a physical therapy assistant to matriculate

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'Show {Your School} Love Campaign and Contest’ Runs Through May 22
02:14PM / Wednesday, May 09, 2018
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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week this month (May 7-11), Berkshires MacKid will celebrate Berkshire County K-12 private and public schools and their teachers throughout the month of May in partnership with Realty Street, Mazzeo's Ristorante, Dalton General Store, Tyler and Pine Bakery, Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, and the Pittsfield Suns.

Through May 22, individuals will be able to submit one vote per day per email address for the school of their choice online and then answer a few super quick questions to "show your school love."

The wining school will receive a luncheon in June for its staff courtesy of Realty Street, Mazzeo's Ristorante, Dalton General Store, and

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United Way, Berkshire Bank Surprise Teachers On National Teacher Appreciation Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:01PM / Tuesday, May 08, 2018
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The teachers were surprised with the recognition.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Teachers at Crosby Elementary School were getting their classes through the MCAS tests on Tuesday. They still have lessons to teach. And then there was knock on each one of their doors.   It was either Gary Levante or Deanna Markham from Berkshire Bank or it was Jennifer Kerwood from the Berkshire United Way. The teachers didn't know it was coming, but the two organizations were thinking about them because Tuesday wasn't just another school day.   It was National Teacher Appreciation Day.   For each elementary school teacher at Crosby, one of those three handed over a box filled

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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Awards from Williams College
12:58PM / Monday, May 07, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced its 2018 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, 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.

Adams-Cheshire will fund the implementation of Project Lead the Way at Hoosac Valley Middle School. PLTW will help teachers engage in student-centered instruction and improve student learning through increased engagement

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Economic Development Secretary to Speak at BCC Commencement
11:07AM / Friday, May 04, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash will be teh keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 58th commencement exercises to be held Friday, June 1, at Tanglewood in Lenox.   Ash is responsible for directing and executing Gov. Charlie Baker's agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. Since joining the Baker-Polito administration, Ash has prioritized efforts to grow jobs, help communities realize their economic development priorities, connect citizens to new economic opportunities, and build prosperity across

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BArT Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
07:16PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018
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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 2017-2018 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.

Grade Six

Abreyana Avila, Tiana Carver, Addison

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BCC Phi Theta Kappa Scholars Honored at State House Ceremony
04:09PM / Friday, April 27, 2018
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BOSTON — Two Berkshire Community College students were honored by the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office at a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on April 18.

Iolani DeRis and Bridget Wnukowski 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, and the

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MCLA Names Winner of Innovation Challenge
03:55PM / Friday, April 27, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior Shannon Cahill of Grafton was the winner of the college's second annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Her winning idea was for "Greylock Sound," a performing arts booking and promotion agency she co-founded in December 2017.

The challenge aims to match entrepreneurial students with resources and networking opportunities that will help them to make their ideas a reality. Also recognized at the competition as the runner-up was senior Ashley Anderson of Springfield, for "Kumba," a cross-platform, digital mental health counseling mobile phone application

For her winning idea, Cahill

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