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BArT Second Quarter Honor Roll
08:20AM / Friday, February 03, 2023
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School announced the students who made the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2022-2023 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.   Students in Grade 6 who

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BArT Educator Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction
12:10PM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
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ADAMS, Mass. — Alex Chautin, an English Language Arts teacher at Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).    Chautin was nominated by a student for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession, said a press release.     Each year student members of NSHSS are invited to nominate the educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career for the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award.    "Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence deserve

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BCC '40 Under Forty' Awards to Resume Spring Schedule
01:49PM / Wednesday, February 01, 2023
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced it will host its 40 Under Forty awards in March 2024.    The hiatus in 2023 will allow the event to get back on track after its annual springtime schedule was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.    For the last two years, the event was held in September, whereas it historically takes place in March. The College plans to resume the springtime schedule, resetting the event with nominations opening this fall.    "40 Under Forty is truly one of the most special events we hold at BCC, and we are thrilled to be able to resume our spring schedule in 2024," said BCC President Ellen Kennedy.

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Pittsfield School Committee Votes Taconic All-Vocational
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:03AM / Wednesday, February 01, 2023
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a historic move fueled by the growing demand for skilled tradespeople and the evolution of career technical education, the School Committee has decided that Taconic is a solely vocational school.

On Tuesday, the committee unanimously voted to start the school's transition to all vocational, only accepting Career Technical Education (CTE) students beginning in the fall. The motion was followed by a round of applause.

All new non-CTE students will attend Pittsfield High School and Taconic's remaining non-CTE students in Grades 10-12 will graduate as usual. The class of 2027 will be the first all-technical class to graduate.

This has been on the

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MCLA Green Living Seminar: 'The Myth of Progress'
08:25AM / Monday, January 30, 2023
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— Tom Wessels, Terrestrial Ecologist and Professor Emeritus at Antioch University, will give a talk titled "The Myth of Progress" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121.    The presenter will attend via zoom.      As part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar series, this event is free and open to the public.    According to a press release:   The presentation will be a conversation about Wessels' book, "The Myth of Progress," which is a scientific critique of the failings of our current economic system. The book covers three

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Upcoming Nursing Accreditation Review Visit at BCC
01:51PM / Friday, January 27, 2023
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. —Berkshire Community College (BCC) has announced that it will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its Associates Degree Nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).   The community is invited to meet with the site visit team and share their comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 1:30-2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, in G-12 located at 1350 West St.    This meeting is also available remotely using zoom - https://zoom.us/j/94368462033.    Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:   Dr. Nell Ard, Interim Chief Executive

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BCC Holds Pinning Ceremony for the Inaugural January Class
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:45AM / Friday, January 27, 2023
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College honored the first graduates of its January nursing program on Thursday evening in a pinning ceremony held in the college's Boland Theatre.    The ceremony marked the work of the 19 graduates over the past two years. It took a week longer than usual after being postponed because of a snow storm last week.   "Tonight students celebrate their hard work in a nursing tradition dating back to the 1800s. It is the faculty's favorite time as they watched as their students have grown over the years," said Dean of Nursing Lori Moon.    "Tonight is very important and each one of you worked

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Central Berkshire Regional Works to Improve Student Belonging
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
03:28PM / Thursday, January 26, 2023
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DALTON, Mass. — The Central Berkshire Regional School District is working on improving the general public's accessibility to the Diversity Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Steering Committee's resources for the.    It plans to improve the website, increase its social media presence, and link scholarly articles and videos to the agenda and on the homepage.   It will continue to develop the theme of belonging that it has been working on for a couple years now.    The steering committee was established a few years ago but its work was hindered because of the pandemic.   Although members conducted meetings via Zoom the energy of the meeting was lost,

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Painting Exhibition on View at BCC
02:01PM / Thursday, January 26, 2023
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) presents "Plein Air Impressionism," an exhibition of oil paintings by artist Gary Lecuyer, on view in Koussevitzky Gallery through Feb. 28, 2022.    The gallery is open Monday–Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.    According to a press release:   Lecuyer captures the light, color and atmosphere of the landscape with short and quick brush strokes in his impressionist style of oil painting. He believes in "direct contact" with nature, painting in such locations as a deserted forest at 7 am in January because "the light is right." He began his study of oil painting as a

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Ahead of Taconic Vote, Students Talk Vocational Programs
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:48AM / Thursday, January 26, 2023
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sa'lina Rheaume went through the career exploration program at Taconic High School before finding electrical work to be rewarding as well as being the potential for a well-paying career.

"At first I was nervous because I know a lot of females don't go into this field, but I've actually been enjoying it a lot and when I finish a project it makes me very happy," the 10th-grader said. "Especially when it works."   She is very excited to be eligible for the co-op program that will allow her to get experience in the field.   And she thinks Taconic becoming a full vocational school would give students many opportunities to

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