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BCC Offers Free Exam Prep Class for Certified Professional Coders
08:15AM / Friday, May 27, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College invites students who have completed the Medical Coding Technical Skills Certificate program to register for a free, non-credit course called Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam Prep.     The course, offered both in-person and remotely, will be held on four consecutive Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm on June 9, 16, 23 and 30.    To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/him.     The comprehensive review course is designed for students preparing to take the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) credential exam to become a Certified Professional Coder.  It covers the Current

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BCC to Hold New Student Orientation Sessions
08:06AM / Thursday, May 26, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces a slate of orientation sessions for new students, including in-person and virtual events, over the summer months.    These in-person sessions will be held on Tuesdays, June 28 and Aug. 9 from 8:30 am to 2 pm. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/orientation.   Accepted students learn about college success strategies, campus technology, career and transfer resources, athletics/recreation and financial aid. An interactive tour and a boxed lunch are included, and the session concludes with academic advising and course registration.    Designed to

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Pittsfield Postpones School Intruder Drills After Texas Shooting
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:38AM / Thursday, May 26, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent Joseph Curtis postponed active intruder drills that were scheduled this week out of respect for those who were killed in a mass school shooting in Texas on Tuesday.   Nineteen children and two teachers lost their lives when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire on a fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.   An emotional School Committee on Wednesday called for gun control and mental health support.    "The amount of courage that it took for our teachers and our kids and our parents to come to school today is miraculous," said Mayor Linda Tyer.   Chair William Cameron opened the meeting with a moment

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BCC to Host Admissions Info Sessions 
11:04AM / Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold three free virtual information sessions that will be held in the month of June: Wednesday, June 1 at 4 pm; Tuesday, June 21 at 12 pm; and Thursday, June 23 at 6 pm.    The 30-minute info sessions, presented by admissions counselors on Zoom, are designed to familiarize prospective students with the application and registration process.       To register for a session, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse.    Information session participants can:     Ask questions about the admissions process: how to apply, register, and choose classes      

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Berkshire Community College Announces New Staff
12:00PM / Saturday, May 21, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the addition of four new full-time staff members, as well as an employment status change for one staff member.    New staff   joins BCC as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, where he will support the fundraising efforts of the Berkshire Community College Foundation. He will work to continue to strengthen relationships in the community to help achieve annual and long-term fundraising goals. Delmolino, a Berkshire County native, has returned to Pittsfield after spending the past 18 years living in Jackson Hole, Wyo. While in Jackson Hole, he was Director of Advancement at Teton Raptor

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Berkshire Community College Participates in 'No Mow May'
08:05AM / Friday, May 20, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) is now taking part in an initiative called "No Mow May."    BCC has directed its facilities staff to refrain from mowing campus lawns until after June 1.    The "No Mow May" movement, which originated in the United Kingdom in 2019, now includes dozens of participant cities in the United States. By leaving normally clean-cut lawns untouched, the initiative aims to help bees and other pollinators thrive as they emerge in the spring.    Mowing lawns less frequently allows flowering plants to bloom, providing pollinators with the nectar and pollen they rely on to feed themselves and

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Mildred Elley School Awards Certificates to 66 Graduates
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Friday, May 20, 2022
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Keynote speaker Pittsfield Police Officer Darren Derby speaks of his own struggles in life and urges the graduates to meet people with kindness. See more photos here. Right, Brother Jackson is the class speaker. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mildred Elley School presented certificates to 66 graduates on Thursday at the Holiday Inn and Suites.    The Pittsfield campus of the New York institution offers courses ranging from cosmetology to business technologies.    Campus Director Belinda Green commended the graduates on their academic achievement that they were able to share with faculty, family, and staff.   "Graduation is one of the greatest times

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BCC to Hold Honors Scholar Celebration
08:17AM / Wednesday, May 18, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC)'s Honors Program will hold a year-end celebration on Thursday, June 2 at 2 pm.    The hour-long event will be held in Melville Hall, Room M-212, and will also be available for virtual attendance on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/6236694683).    Opening remarks will be presented by Laura Saldarini, BCC Director of Academic Operations. The featured speaker is Soncere (Starr) Williams, Berkshire Honors Scholar alumna.    Williams, the valedictorian of the BCC Class of 2019, is graduating this spring from Columbia University with a master's degree in social work. She plans to pursue a doctorate

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BCC Holds 'Stay Active and Independent for Life' Classes
08:11AM / Tuesday, May 17, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program recently led a four-month program called Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL).    The free program, designed for senior citizens interested in increasing mobility, was held twice a week from Jan 10 through May 4.    "Research indicates that falls suffered by persons over age 65 can often be reduced or eliminated by participation in community programs that focus on identifying risk factors, learning how falls can be prevented and conducting strengthening, balance and aerobic exercise," said PTA Program Coordinator Michele Darroch, who initiated the

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BIC B[E]TA Program Application Period Closing Soon
08:08AM / Tuesday, May 10, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) is running their experiential learning program - B[E]TA - this summer for high school students entering their Junior or Senior year or those recently graduated.    The B[E]TA program is designed to connect students with local businesses, explore idea development and business strategies, and engage in technologies offered at the BIC.   Specifically, participants will learn: The entrepreneurship journey Business agility Key aspects of 3D printing Professional uses of virtual and augmented reality The six week summer program will run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm; starting Tuesday, July

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