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BCC Hires new Community Outreach Counselor for Enrollment Services
08:02PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Karen Ruiz León has joined Berkshire Community College as the community outreach counselor for enrollment services.

Ruiz León, who lives in North Adams, previously worked at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she was the advancement communications and engagement associate. Along with her duties in that role, she was also a key part of many of MCLA’s diversity initiatives.  

Ruiz León’s strong and dedicated diversity background and her multilingual abilities will be a major asset as she engages with the many populations across the Berkshires and tries to help them find their pathway to BCC and beyond.

The community

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Southern Vermont College Holds 91st Commencement
02:56PM / Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College recognized 84 degree candidates and 2 certificate recipients at its 91st commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, on the Greystone Lawn of the Everett Mansion.    An honorary degree of humane letters was awarded to Nicholas T. Pinchuk, chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Inc. and formerly president of global refrigeration operations for Carrier Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.    Pinchuk is a leader on workforce development and technical education and careers. Recognizing his role in the formation of the nation's technical education agenda, the Career and Technical Education

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BCC Welcomes New Director of Information Technology, Coordinator of Academic Computing
04:02PM / Monday, May 14, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced that Arlen Rauschkolb has joined the college as director of Information Technology and Christian Tenczar has joined as the new coordinator of Academic Computing.

Rauschkolb brings decades of experience in technology management for higher education, including community colleges. He also has a rich academic background with a B.A. in anthropology, M.S. in social and philosophical foundations, M.S. in urban affairs, and doctoral program in urban education.

Rauschkolb is actively involved with organizations that advance academic technology, where he has been a frequent presenter. He is a natural collaborator and a true

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BCC Rededicates Theater to the Late Robert Boland
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:24PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
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Jonathan Daube was one of three former college presidents to join for the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Catherine Addy was hired to become Berkshire Community College's second president, Robert Boland was nearing retirement.   "I was completely intimidated by him. I thought the best I could do was stay out of his way, let him do his magic, and then kind of step in and take some of the credit because he worked at BCC and so did I. That seemed like a good plan at the time," Addy said.   Boland joined the new Berkshire Community College in 1961. A theater professional, he was chairman of the Theater and Fine Arts Department, overseeing more than 60

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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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