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Green Team Recycle and Shred Drive
12:20PM / Thursday, June 10, 2021
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — There will be a recycle and shred drive at the Cheshire Transfer Station to support the Youth Center.   The drive will be held Saturday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at the Cheshire Transfer station located at 191 Church St.   The drive will be hosted by the Green Team, a local youth education program supported through MassDEP that teaches kids the importance of recycling.   Price List: $5: suggested donation for shredding. $5: Small computer related items, mouse, keyboard, telephone, answering machine, DVD player, VCR, etc. $10: Medium electronic related items, copy machines, printers, scanners, computer monitors, laptops, CPU towers,

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BCC Announces Fall Courses
07:56AM / Thursday, June 10, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) has released its fall course schedule, available online at www.berkshirecc.edu/fall.    A printable PDF is also available on the website.    Fall classes begin Tuesday, Sept 7. After more than a year of offering mostly remote or online classes due to the pandemic, the college will now offer five types of learning:   Hybrid-virtual: Students meet virtually with professors and classmates via video conferencing at set times, typically once per week, with the remainder of the coursework online. Hybrid In-person: Students meet on campus with professors and classmates at set times, typically once per week,

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BCC Partners with Rural Recovery Resources
08:10AM / Wednesday, June 09, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On May 18, 2021, Berkshire Community College (BCC) began a series of five online training sessions called Foundations of Opioid Addiction and Recovery, designed for healthcare and social services professionals working in South Berkshire County.    The training program was made possible with a $1 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant awarded to Rural Recovery Resources, a project created by the South Berkshire Opioid Consortium (SBOC). The SBOC consists of four funded partners: Berkshire Community College, The Brien Center, Fairview Hospital, and the Railroad Street Youth Project. BCC will conduct training sessions twice a year

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MCLA to Hold Virtual Info Session
04:47PM / Tuesday, June 08, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) will hold a virtual information session at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15.   This information session will offer details about the College's Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Education (MEd), Principles of Accounting certificate, Network Security certificate, Teacher Licensure, Leadership Academy, and bachelor's degree completion programs.     Community members interested in advancing their educational credentials by attaining a bachelor's degree, an undergraduate certificate, a master's degree, or an educator license to become a teacher, principal, or

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BCC Professor Featured On Podcast
01:57PM / Tuesday, June 08, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's Pam Coley McCann is featured in a new podcast     Meghan St. John, creator of a new podcast called Speak Little Forest, recently delved into the topic of maintaining mental health with Pam Coley McCann, a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in the Berkshires and Associate Professor of Human Services at Berkshire Community College (BCC).    The episode, titled "Hope for Hard Times," can be found at www.speaklittleforest.com.    "Pam and I talked about a variety of subjects, all connected to mental health and our special Berkshire community," St. John

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Berkshire Business and Professional Women Accepting 2021 Scholarship Applications
By Brittany Polito,
11:51AM / Tuesday, June 08, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.— A local organization continues to support Berkshire County women in advancing their careers through education and certification.

The Berkshire Business and Professional Women (BBPW) are accepting applications for the 2021 Career Advancement Scholarship program that supports the unique needs of non-traditional women students through June 18.

For 2021, scholarship awards range from $250 to $2,500 based on the applicant's needs and merits.

BBPW has been awarding scholarships to Berkshire County women for almost 30 years. The goal is to alleviate financial barriers associated with pursuing further education, training, and credentials and targets those who are

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Adams Community Bank Hosts Transition to College Webinar
08:02AM / Tuesday, June 08, 2021
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ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Joshua Mendel, Director of Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnership at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Kate Heekin, Associate Director of Admission at Williams College, and Celia Norcoss, Dean of Students at Berkshire Community College will present a virtual information session on the transition to college process.    This event will be held on Tuesday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.   This event is free and open to the public.   The panel and current college students will share guidance on navigating orientation, managing time, seeking health and counseling services, budgeting, managing academics, and handling a social

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BCC to Offer Free College Courses for High School Students
04:21PM / Monday, June 07, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced it will be offering free college courses to Berkshire County high school juniors and seniors this summer and fall.    The available courses includes acting, dance, music, math, conservation and ecology, computer programming, cooking and baking, accounting, history, philosophy, and many more.    "The Early College program allows students to challenge themselves by experiencing the rigor of a college course. As a bonus, they experience what it is like to be in a college classroom at no cost to their families," said Elizabeth Lapierre, BCC Coordinator of Enrollment Services.    To view

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MCLA-IAH Closes out Symposium and Launches Regional Campaign
08:02AM / Monday, June 07, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — From Tuesday, June 1 to Thursday, June 17, 2021, the MCLA Institute for the Arts and Humanities (MCLA-IAH) will host its annual Summer Symposium, a series of four events on the theme of accountability.     The series will close on June 17 from 2-4 p.m. EST with an experiential poetry workshop offered by The Mastheads, led by architect Tessa Kelly and poet Sarah Trudgeon. The workshop will launch INSCAPES, a yearlong regional campaign designed to highlight the creativity of all residents across the Berkshires through public poetry prompts and text-based art installations.     Following the workshop, any Berkshire resident can engage

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PHS Class of 2021 Has Musical Commencement, Acknowledges All Career Paths
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
09:19PM / Sunday, June 06, 2021
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The chorus prepares to perform live, as did the band and orchestra. A number of other graduations had teed up recorded performances because of the uncertainty of pandemic restrictions. See more photos here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield High School held what is believed to be the first-ever graduation in its "back yard" on Sunday, and the first time the event has been held at the school since at least the late 1980s.

The graduation celebration for the 187 seniors was musically charged with a performance from the band playing "The Mandalorian" by Ludwig Goransson, the chorus with a live rendering of "High Hopes" by Panic! At The Disco that had the

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