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Hoosac Valley Kindergarteners on 'How to Cook a Turkey'
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11:24AM / Thursday, November 25, 2021
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  ADAMS, Mass. — There are many ways to cook a turkey, and the kindergarten classes at Hoosac Valley Elementary School annually send iBerkshires their own ideas on how much turkeys weigh, who cooks them and how long it takes, along with their own somewhat exotic recipes.    Their Thanksgiving recipes are always amusing and sometimes enlightening, particularly the choices of stuffing, but we must strongly caution against following any of their directions as a matter of public health. Please note, these recipes are only for your reading pleasure. Happy Thanksgiving!   Teacher Robin Poirot started this fun project some years ago so we start off with what her

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BCC Hosts Info Sessions for Early College Program
04:09PM / Wednesday, November 24, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) invites high school juniors and seniors to participate in virtual information sessions on its Early College Program, which offers free courses to eligible students who are Berkshire County residents.   Juniors and seniors can place into college-level classes with a minimum high school GPA of 2.7 or take the Accuplacer placement exam. Qualifying students can take up to 15 credits during the spring semester, which begins Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.   Two free virtual information sessions are now being held to help guide prospective and current Early College students through the process:   "What is Early College?"

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BCC Announces New, Returning Staff
08:04AM / Tuesday, November 23, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces the addition of three new staff members and two staff members returning to BCC after a hiatus necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Gabriella Martinez has joined BCC as a Clerk IV for the SUCCESS Program (Supporting Urgent Community College Equity through Student Services). A native to Berkshire County, Martinez attended American International College (AIC), where she earned her B.A. in sociology and worked in the Student Affairs Office. In her free time, Martinez enjoys hiking with her dog or doing yoga.     Sean Reagan has joined the BCC Academic Advising & Transfer team as an Academic

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Taconic's Bramer, Sherman Commit to College Baseball Programs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:22PM / Monday, November 22, 2021
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  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Deciding where you are going to go to college can be a long, painstaking process that stretches out over months.   Or, sometimes, you just know.   Taconic senior Sam Sherman has known for a long time that he could play college baseball, and he had been talking to several different schools about his future plans.   Merrimack College was not one of those schools until very recently.   "It was one of my last fall games, I just reached out to them, I had never talked to them before," Sherman said. "He said, 'Yeah, we'll come see you play.'"   The coaches liked what they saw, and Sherman

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BCC Launches 'Foundations of Mental Health' Training Program
12:16PM / Monday, November 22, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) to roll out Foundations of Mental Health, a multi-session virtual training that incorporates interactive activities, role-plays and videos.   When Williams College psychology major Allison Li connected with Elena Nuciforo, Director of Workforce Development: Healthcare at Berkshire Community College (BCC), she was looking for ways to fulfill the experiential component of her public health concentration.    She told Nuciforo about her interest in public mental health, and an idea was born: Nuciforo suggested that Li design a training program to teach customer service professionals about mental health conditions,

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BCC Announces Vaccination Requirement for In-person Students
06:10PM / Friday, November 12, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced a deadline of Monday, Jan. 3 for all returning students attending in-person classes to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and show proof of vaccination status.   Following the same guidelines, the College is requesting that new students for the spring semester provide vaccination information within the admission process when accepted after Jan. 3 and be fully vaccinated by the beginning of classes on Jan. 24, 2022. BCC is one of 15 community colleges in the Commonwealth, all of which now require vaccinations to attend spring semester classes.   In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control

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Pittsfield Public Schools See 37 Student COVID-19 Cases
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:14PM / Wednesday, November 10, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are currently about 37 student cases of COVID-19 in the Pittsfield Public Schools and Superintendent Joseph Curtis is stressing the importance of mitigation practices.

This case number is even higher than the district's rate during this time last year.

"We have an extremely high number of cases with our students and I would just indicate and stress that even more cases than we had during the pandemic at this time last year,"  Curtis said the School Committee on Wednesday night.

"And so, I want to emphasize that all of our health and safety practices are in place, sanitization that has occurred throughout the pandemic is still in

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AGO Secures $1M for Students in Agreement With Mildred Elley
05:43PM / Tuesday, November 09, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mildred Elley School will provide more than $1 million in relief to hundreds of former students in an agreement reached with the state Attorney General's Office.    The New York State for-profit school, which has a campus in Pittsfield, is accused of using unfair recruitment and enrollment practices between 2015 and 2017.    Some of these allegations related to placement rates for graduates, with the AGO finding that, for example, placement rates for clinical medical assistant and paralegals was "materially lower" than the school's reported rates of more than 70 percent.   The school also allegedly failed to make certain

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BCC to Honor First-Generation Students
12:00PM / Friday, November 05, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the first community college in Massachusetts, Berkshire Community College (BCC) joins Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) to hold an all-day First-Generation Student Celebration on Monday, Nov. 8.   First-generation, or "first-gen," students are the first in their families to attend or graduate from college.    The celebration also allows an opportunity for students to visit MCLA on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The event is held in collaboration with TRIO (Talent, Resources, Initiative, Opportunity) Student Support Services, the Center for First-Generation Student Success, and the Berkshire Community College

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New Recording Studio Opens at BCC
04:25PM / Wednesday, November 03, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) recently completed construction of a new recording studio in the Koussevitzky Arts Center.   "The studio was a long time coming. It's an amazing space that will transform the Music Production Certificate program, the college as a whole, and the community," said Ellen Cooper Shanahan, Professor of Music and Department Chair, Fine & Performing Arts. "It will support the training of future and current professional musicians in the Berkshires." Shanahan explained that the studio will eventually be available for use by members of the public.   BCC is in the planning stages of building a curriculum

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