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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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Taconic Construction Hits Home Stretch, Plans Laid For Move
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:42AM / Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Dave DeForest led the School Building Needs Commission on a tour on Monday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Gilbane Construction is scheduled to finish the new Taconic High School on June 29.   From there, a moving company will be contracted to bring all of the equipment being kept at the current school over to the new one. Teachers will be asked to box up their classrooms and whichever moving company wins the bid will make the transition.   John Benzinger of Skanska USA, the project consultant, said the moving contract is out to bid and that he expects the work to start in early June. The plan is to have the new building fully moved into by Aug. 1.   A group of staff and

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Concert Benefits Girls Empowerment
02:30PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
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EGREMONT, Mass. — Miss Hall's School seniors Anna Kim and Tiffany Luu will host a fundraising concert titled "Girls Aloud! Advocating Girls Empowerment" on Sunday, April 29, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at The Barn at the Egremont Village Inn on South Main Street.  

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Berkshire HorseWorks, a 501c3 based in Richmond that provides EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to those at risk and equine-assisted team building for organizations of all kinds. Kim has been interning at the organization during her senior year as part of the school's Horizons program.

Tickets are limited.General admission is $15,and the student price is

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MCLA Presents 'Into the Woods'
02:20PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' 2017-18 theater season, "We the People," will culminate with the theater program's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods," which will open on Friday, April 20.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on April 20, 21, 27 and 28, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 29, in Venable Theater on the MCLA campus. A talkback will take place after the 8 p.m. show on Saturday, April 28. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the box office at 413-662-5123 or go online.

Directed by Jeremy Winchester, assistant professor of theater at MCLA, the show

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BCC Students to be Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:08PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
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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 Tuesday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Boland Theatre of the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the college's main campus in Pittsfield.

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 standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have achieved

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Sixteen BCC Students Receive Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship
12:40PM / Friday, April 20, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Sixteen Berkshire Community College science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors have been awarded a 2017-18 Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship totaling $49,000.

The BCC students who have received this scholarship award are: Shawna Axenroth, Brianna Christman, Jonathan Daly, Tara DiNicola, Ivan Fernandez, Kyle Gallup, Mohammad Jadallah, Theresa Kelly, Jessica Levy, Alaina MacDonald, Shawn Paunchai-Green, Zachary Reynolds, Kimberly Sawyer-Wheeler, Andrew Turnbough, Jessica Zamboni and Gavin Ziegler.

The Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship was created by the Massachusetts Legislature to support economic growth and development. The purpose is

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Pittsfield Schools Shift Bus Payment Back to City, Reduces Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Thursday, April 12, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The final payment for the school bus fleet is moving to the city's side of the budget.   At the public hearing on the School Department's proposed budget Wednesday, Superintendent Jason McCandless said the $558,469 payment is being pulled from the budget request.   That drops the schools' requested allocation to $60,492,869 — a $426,531 increase from last year. The increase is .7 percent higher than this year's budget.   "This was a unique arrangement of paying for buses from our own operational budget that came about through a prior city council, prior administration, and prior school committee," McCandless

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