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Pittsfield School Committee Adopts Face Mask Policy
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Tuesday, September 01, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee has adopted a new face mask policy   At the end of a long meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 26, the committee accepted a "use of face mask" policy that would guide mask use during the upcoming school year.   "We need to get this policy on the books because there are staff members starting to come into the buildings," Chairwoman Katherine Yon said.    Pittsfield Public Schools staff were starting to return to school Monday. The majority of students will start the school year remotely on Sept.15 with only some kids allowed in the building. As the year goes on and heath data shows that it is safe to do so, more

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BCC To Host On Campus And Virtual Registration
03:35PM / Monday, August 31, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BCC to host another registration day on campus and virtually Wednesday, Sept. 2.   Berkshire Community College (BCC) will host another open registration day, on-campus and virtually, on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.    During this registration event, applicants and students may show up in person or online to get help registering for the fall 2020 semester, which begins Sept. 8. BCC enrollment teams will be available both on-campus and remotely.   The use of an online Zoom waiting room for people looking to make appointments with Advising will be utilized, on-campus or off, where students will get queued up to meet with the Academic

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MCLA Welcomes Students Back, Implements COVID-19 Precautions
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:27AM / Monday, August 31, 2020
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MCLA has signs around the campus reminding everyone to mask up and social distance. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Move-in weekend at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has generally been a celebratory affair as hundreds of students show up with parents and family in tow to prepare for the fall semester.    This year was a low-key affair as the annual event played out over several days with staggered arrivals and mandated COVID-19 testing — another sign of the changes wrought by the novel coronavirus pandemic.    "It looks very different, we've spread out moving over a few more days," said Gina Puc, dean of enrollment management and community

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BCC to Offer New Certificate Programs This Fall
11:11AM / Saturday, August 29, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will be offering two new certificate programs in the 2020-2021 academic year, including Law Enforcement and Mental Health Worker certificates – in addition to the Cannabis Industry certificate, which is now offering a second year cohort model this fall.

The Law Enforcement certificate falls under the Criminal Justice program. The certificate was developed and ratified by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Training and Education Committee as an important step in their goal to have a better educated and more professional workforce in the commonwealth. The certificate combines specialized criminal justice and general

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Mount Greylock Still Negotiating with Union on Return to Classes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:39AM / Friday, August 28, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday agreed on a plan for the sports program at the middle/high school but failed to agree on an agreement with the district's teachers about a plan to resume school in September.   After meeting in executive session for more than 2 1/2 hours, the seven-member panel returned to open session to inform the audience viewing its virtual meeting that it would not, as planned, be taking a vote on a memorandum of agreement with the Mount Greylock Educators Association.   "We want to acknowledge first how much everyone … really needs more clarity on our fall plans," committee member Jamie

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BCC Offers Networking and Cybersecurity Program
10:57AM / Thursday, August 27, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is continuing to offer its Networking & Cybersecurity program for students interested in entering the workforce as a network technician and/or as a tier 1 cybersecurity analyst in a Security Operations Center (SOC). 

Students can also elect to transfer to a college or university to further their skills in computer Info Systems (CIS) to become a tier 2 or 3 security analyst or network engineer. On average, entry level analysts start out making about $62,000 a year.

"Anyone who has watched the news in the past couple of years knows why cybersecurity has become so important and the need for cybersecurity analysts is

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Pittsfield Public Schools Postpones All Fall Sports
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:36PM / Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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The School Committee hears from Athletic Director Jim Abel on Wednesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee has voted to postpone all interscholastic athletic activities through Nov. 30.    The committee heard from Athletic Director Jim Abel on Wednesday and moved on his recommendation to essentially suspend all fall athletics with hopes of resuming them at a later date.    "I want athletics as much as anyone else," Abel said. "... Given our position and the type of organization that we are, I just don't think it is responsible to not offer in-person education in our schools but consider in-person athletics. It seems

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College Notes: Summer & Fall 2020
07:59PM / Monday, August 24, 2020
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The O'Connor Center for Community Engagement at the has recognized more 30 students for their outstanding commitment to community service. Among them is Samuel Polastri of Becket, who was named a Community Service Leader for the 2019-2020 school year. Community Service Leaders are students who have accrued anywhere from 100 to 400 or more hours of volunteer work during the year.      Jacob Hane of Williamstown has been selected as a tutor in the Oral Communication Center atfor the 2020-21 academic year. Hane, a junior majoring in classical languages, is a graduate of Mount Greylock Regional School.   The center's mission is to support the Clinton, N.Y.,

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Summer Jazz Camp Brought Music to Bowe Field
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:39AM / Saturday, August 22, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires' Summer Jazz Day Camp was in full swing at Bowe Field this past week.   Playing a musical instrument with others has topped the list of things not allowed during the pandemic, but musical director Richard Boulger found a way to make it happen.   "I thought let's go for it," Boulger said. "So we have been very ambitious...what better time than now to celebrate life with music."   Wind instruments require the player to blow air through the instrument creating spit. It is also impossible to play while wearing a mask. This is not optimal during a pandemic so the camp, that is typically held at Hoosac Valley High

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State DPH Setting Up Rapid Response Testing Deployment for Schools
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:24PM / Thursday, August 20, 2020
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Gov. Charlie Baker has been encouraging school systems to in low-transmission areas to start at least some in-person education.  BOSTON — The state is launching a rapid response testing program for all K-12 schools in Massachusetts as part of a package of resources to encourage schools to bring students back into the classrooms.    Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday said the testing program for the novel coronavirus would be made available to the schools based on criteria spelled out by the Department of Public Health in coordination with local boards of health.    "This program will be designed to quickly deliver testing resources for students and

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