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BCC to Host Admissions Info Sessions
08:11AM / Monday, May 02, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will host two free virtual information sessions to be held in the month of May: Wednesday, May 4 at 4 pm and Thursday, May 19 at noon.    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      Learn about BCC's affordability

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Scholarship Offered to BART Graduates
12:00PM / Sunday, May 01, 2022
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ADAMS, Mass. — Graduates of Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (BArT) who have completed their first year of college are invited to apply for the Julia Bowen Bridge to College Scholarship.   The scholarship fund was established in 2017 to honor Julia Bowen, BArT's founding executive director.    The scholarship was created by and is managed by the BART Foundation to provide financial assistance to select BArT alumni through their college career.   A scholarship of up to $1,000 will be awarded to a BArT alumnus or alumna who has successfully completed year 1 of college. Assuming successful completion of the school year, the award will be

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Pittsfield School Committee OKs $72M Fiscal 2023 Budget
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:40AM / Thursday, April 28, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday adopted a $72 million operating budget for fiscal 2023. It will go to the City Council in early June for final approval.

The budget of $72,398,262 is a 7.56 percent, or $5,086,562, increase from this year. Most of the increase is in contractual obligations, which increased by about $4.7 million.

Superintendent Joseph Curtis said this includes resources to ultimately settle with the American Federation of Teachers.

Members of Local 1315 AFT, which includes bus drivers and attendants, cafeteria workers, custodians, paraprofessionals, and educational secretaries, have called for better compensation from the district.

"In

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Pittsfield High School Proteus Theatre Presents 'Pippin'
12:23PM / Monday, April 25, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield High School Proteus Theatre will perform the musical "Pippin."   The musical will take place on Friday and Saturdays, April 29, 30, May 6, and May 7, at 7:30 p.m.   There will be Sunday performances on May 1 and 8 at 2:30 p.m.   Pippin is a 1972 musical. Music and lyrics were written by Stephen Schwartz and the book by Roger O. Hirson.   The musical tells the story of a young prince, Pippin, and his adventures in finding his life purpose.      All performances will take place in the Pittsfield High School Auditorium at 300 East St. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased online

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BCC Announces Two New Academic Certificate Programs
08:06AM / Friday, April 22, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the creation of two academic certificate programs beginning this fall: Technical Theatre and Advanced Manufacturing Technician.    Certificate programs, which may be completed in as little as a year or less, provide the skills needed for immediate entry into the job market or the first step toward continuing higher education.    The Technical Theatre Certificate is designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in educational, community and resident theatre venues, as well as in the film industry. With an immersive, hands-on learning approach, the program introduces students to the

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BCC Receives $10M to Remove PCBs From Window Caulking
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:19AM / Thursday, April 21, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College received $10 million from the state to remove polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated caulking and replace windows on the Koussevitzky Arts Center and Jonathan Edwards Library.

The funds are being provided through An Act Providing for Capital Facility Repairs and Improvements for the Commonwealth, a $3.9 billion capital bond bill passed in 2018.

The college is notably excited about the award, Vice President of Administration & Finance Andrea Wadsworth said, because it will allow BCC to approach its PCB initiative in a holistic manner and honor its commitment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to remove the

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BerkshiresCanCode Announces Launch of Initial Program
12:11PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — CanCode Communities, a nonprofit organization training non-traditional talent for software career opportunities, announced the launch of its initial BerkshiresCanCode program: Front-End Web Development.    Registration is now open for the 12-week course, which starts on May 10 and runs through July 28.   "We're thrilled to offer our first-ever adult workforce course through BerkshiresCanCode, and to begin to serve this rapidly expanding community of software and technology companies," said Annmarie Lanesey, Founder and CEO of CanCode Communities. "It's exciting to work with untapped talent and equip people with the skills to

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Additional High School Librarian Added to Pittsfield Schools Budget
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:36PM / Sunday, April 17, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Following a workshop and internal review of the Pittsfield Public School's proposed fiscal 2023 budget, the administration made a few changes to the proposed spending.

Two positions were removed from the $72.3 million budget, a part-time assistant athletic director and full-time human resources assistant, to make room for two full-time librarians located at Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School.

Previously, one full-time high school librarian had been funded through federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds but Superintendent Joseph Curtis said the district would like to make a local commitment to having a librarian

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1Berkshire Welcomes Youth Leadership Class
08:07AM / Sunday, April 17, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire welcomes its 12th class into the updated and relaunched Berkshire Youth Leadership Program.   This group of 32 rising high school juniors from across the Berkshires were selected through a competitive application process to begin a year-long leadership development program that kicks off in June 2022 with a three-day, three-night retreat to be held at the newly-renovated Camp Arrow Wood retreat.   The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program is focused on helping students in the region develop and grow through career opportunity awareness, leadership skill development, and the design and completion of a 10-month-long collective-impact project focused

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April Vacation Events at the Berkshire Museum
08:00AM / Saturday, April 16, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — April break activities kick off at the Berkshire Museum with a full week of indoor playtime plus special performances, screenings, and discussions from Saturday, April 16 through Saturday, April 23.   "The Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Experience" (Monday, April 18) features "Captain Nemo's Adventure Academy" which is created and performed by touring actor David Engel as an homage to the famed captain from Jules Verne's novel. Performances are 11 AM and 1 PM.   Berkshire Museum has been proud to present Voyage to the Deep (in partnership with General Dynamics). Visitors can explore the Nautilus submarine and engage in

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