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BCC Sees Increase in Enrollment Count
08:06AM / Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) recently released its enrollment data for fall 2021 — a season still  impacted by COVID-19, but with a growing number of first-year and continuing students.     Key findings include:  Overall enrollment is up 1.4 percent over 2020  The first-year student population is up 16.4 percent  Continuing students are up 3.9 percent  Full-time equivalent (FTE) students are down 1.2 percent  Readmitted students (those who leave college for less than a year and reapply) are down 27.27 percent The number of non-degree-seeking students has also grown, largely due to BCC's Early

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Mount Greylock District Aims to Increase Sense of Belonging for All Families
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Monday, October 18, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Recent reports of racist incidents at Williamstown Elementary School prompted a discussion at the Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday.   And that discussion tied directly to a scheduled discussion about the long-term improvement plan for the district.   Committee member Jose Constantine raised the issue during the monthly report from WES Principal Cindy Sheehy.   "The question I have is one that is in response to what seems to be a step change in the number of racist incidents afflicting children in Williamstown," said Constantine, who holds one of four seats designated for Williamstown residents on the seven-person committee.

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Two Pittsfield Seniors Recognized with Superintendents Award
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:15PM / Friday, October 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two seniors, one from each of the city's high schools, were honored for their high reaching academics and community involvement at Wednesday's school committee meeting.

William Garrity of Taconic High School and Elodie Theriault of Pittsfield High School received the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Certificate of Academic Excellence.  
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The awards are given out annually to high school students who have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of academic excellence and have achieved the highest grade average at their school.

Garrity ranks first in the Taconic class of 2022 with a cumulative grade of 103.9.

Along with having an

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BCC to Participate in Berkshire STEM Week
07:57AM / Friday, October 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will offer a range of virtual and hands-on activities as part of the fourth annual Berkshire STEM Week, Monday–Saturday, October 18–23, 2021.    Included in the activities are a series of panels, workshops, speakers, tours, a job fair and information about career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the Berkshires and beyond.    The event is presented by the Berkshire County STEM Network in partnership with the Executive Office of Education and the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council. The Berkshire STEM Network, one of nine regional STEM networks across the

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Mount Greylock School Committee Hears Criticism of September Vote on Synthetic Field
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Friday, October 15, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District is still waiting for proposal from its architect to design new athletic fields, more than a month after the School Committee authorized the administration to move forward on obtaining those designs.   But while the committee was not able to take any action on the project at its Thursday meeting, it did hear from critics of the plan to install a synthetic turf multisport field at the middle/high school.   District Business Administrator Joe Bergeron on Thursday reported that architect Perkins Eastman did not provide a proposal for its design services in time for the School Committee to consider awarding the

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BCC Awarded Early Education Grant
12:21PM / Thursday, October 14, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Commonwealth's Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) has awarded Berkshire Community College a Career Pathways Grant totaling $257,331 for the 2022 fiscal year.    The grant funds tuition, fees and support for those pursuing a degree in higher education while working in the field of early education and care.     The grant is designed to reduce barriers to enrollment and completion by providing coherent and stackable courses for credentialing and degree attainment. It also addresses challenges in the early education field, including certified staffing shortages.    Funding supports:  Educator enrollment

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Pittsfield School Committee Candidates Talk Retention, Budget, Safety in NAACP Forum
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:37PM / Wednesday, October 13, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Six of the eight candidates running for the Pittsfield Public School Committee participated in a forum held by the Berkshire Chapter of the NAACP last week.

Common themes of debate included student retention, the school budget, student and parent engagement, and safety within the schools.

Most of the questions were answered with an overlapping consideration for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Incumbents William Cameron, Mark Brazeau, Alison McGee, and newcomers Vicky Smith, Sara Hathaway, and William Tyer participated in the forum moderated by Will Singleton.

Karen Reis Kaveney Murray and incumbent Daniel Elias were not present at the debate.

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BCC Offers Full Suite of Online Language Classes
07:59AM / Wednesday, October 13, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) offers many non-credit career training courses and workshops designed for both workforce development and continuing education.   BCC currently offers 12 language courses, plus a sign language series that bundles two classes, via the online platform ed2go. Students may choose from four Wednesday start dates: Oct. 13, Nov. 17, Dec. 17 and Jan 12. Some courses also offer self-paced options, allowing students to start and finish at their own pace. To register, visit www.ed2go.com/ebcc.   The courses are:   Spanish for Law Enforcement: Communicate more effectively with Spanish-speakers while adding a valuable skill to

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BCC Receives Nearly $870,000 From the Commonwealth's SUCCESS Fund
12:11PM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) has received an allocation of $869,377 from the state legislature as part of a $16 million fund distributed to all 15 community colleges in the Commonwealth.    The allocation is earmarked for the Supporting Urgent Community College Equity through Student Services (SUCCESS) Fund, which focuses on vulnerable populations. The funding, which was requested through the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC), covers the period through June 30, 2022, but will likely be renewed if the program proves successful.    The majority of BCC's SUCCESS funding will be spent on staffing, including hiring

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MCLA to Hold In-Person and Virtual Admission Events
07:56AM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— The Office of Admission at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hosting in-person tours and events, including open houses on Oct. 23 and Nov. 13.    Prospective students and their families are welcome to register for open houses, Saturday tours, and virtual events that offer information and perspective about academics, student life, financial aid, scholarships, and more.     "It's exciting that we have prospective students on campus for tours and open houses again," said MCLA Director of Admission Kayla Hollins. "And it's great to see our student ambassadors go back to what they enjoy doing, which is giving tours

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