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BCC to Hold Virtual Open House for Early College Program
08:04AM / Friday, April 15, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — High school students are invited to attend Berkshire Community College (BCC)'s virtual open house for its Early College Program on Saturday, April 23 from 9-11 am.    To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/early-college.   Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link.    Dual Enrollment Coach Kiara Badillo will present an overview of the program, followed by breakout sessions on how to register for college classes while in high school, academic advising opportunities, student support systems and admissions. A Q&A session will conclude the event.    Supported by BCC's dual enrollment grant, the Early College Program allows

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BCC Players to Perform 'Rabbit Hole'
11:10AM / Wednesday, April 13, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Community College (BCC) Players announce their annual spring production will be "Rabbit Hole," opening Friday, April 22 at 7 pm and closing Sunday, May 1.    General admission tickets are $15 ($10 for BCC employees, students and senior citizens). To purchase tickets online, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/bccplayers.   Written by American playwright David Lindsey-Abaire, "Rabbit Hole" won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007.    According to a press release, it tells the  tale of Becca and Howie Corbett, who have everything a family could want — until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside

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BCC Foundation Introduces Richard J. Melluzzo Scholarship
08:16AM / Tuesday, April 12, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Community College (BCC) Foundation announced the creation of the Richard J. Melluzzo Scholarship, made possible by an anonymous donor in honor of the late psychologist and public health administrator.    Melluzzo, who died in December 2021, was a resident of Great Barrington for more 45 years and was an active member of the community.    The scholarship, intended to honor Melluzzo's passion for mental health, will be presented to incoming students at BCC who are enrolled in the human services field of study.   Awards will range from $1,000 to full tuition and fees. Eligible students can apply by visiting

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BCC to Hold Virtual Open House
08:05AM / Friday, April 08, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.  — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold a virtual open house on Tuesday, April 19 from 10-11 am, followed by a Paying for College workshop at 11 am.    To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse.    Participants will:   Learn how to apply, register and choose classes   Find out why BCC is the most affordable college option in the area   Hear from faculty and staff about BCC's quality programs and the wide variety of student support services   Learn how BCC classes transfer to hundreds of schools or prepare students for an immediate career   All participants will have

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BCC to Hold Commencement at Tanglewood on June 3
12:00PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold commencement exercises in person at Tanglewood in Lenox on Friday, June 3 at 4:30 p.m.   Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has not been held in person for two years.   The event, which is free and open to the public, celebrates students who earned degrees and certificates in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Graduates should register at www.berkshirecc.edu/commencement.    "We are overjoyed to be celebrating our students in a manner that befits their accomplishments, and we encourage our community to join us in celebration," said BCC President Ellen Kennedy.     The Berkshire

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BCC to Hold Info Session on Cannabis Industry Certificate
08:04AM / Wednesday, April 06, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold a virtual information session about its new Cannabis Industry Certificate program on Wednesday, April 20 at 4:20 pm. The session will be held via Zoom.    To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/cannabis-info.    The Cannabis Industry Certificate is designed to provide students with applicable skills and knowledge to work professionally in the areas of cannabis cultivation, processing, preparation, retail and outreach. Courses in the program include business, communication, biopsychology and botany, along with an onsite industry practicum.    Students must be least 21 years of age at the time

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BCC Offers Free Tutoring to All Students
08:08AM / Monday, April 04, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With pandemic restrictions being largely lifted, tutoring services at Berkshire Community College (BCC) have returned.     "The Tutoring Center is a friendly and dynamic environment," said Learning Services Coordinator Justine Fitzgerald. "We are busy building back our services after the pandemic pushed everything off campus."     BCC Tutoring Center staff recently held a tutor training session with a focus on improving accessibility to tutoring services. Fitzgerald said the session was a productive one in which new and longtime tutors and staff shared ideas and learned about recent changes to the tutoring programs

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Central Berkshire School Assessment Up $233K for Dalton
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:23PM / Friday, April 01, 2022
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DALTON, Mass. — The Central Berkshire Regional School District is requesting a 2.54 percent increase for its fiscal 2023 budget.    The proposed $29,084,048 spending plan is up $719,656 over this year's $28,364,392 budget. The bulk of that increase, $610,984, is expected to come from assessments to the seven member towns totaling $17,117,877.    Dalton's assessment is $10,183,947, up 2.3 percent, or $232,531 over this year's $9,951,416 budget. It includes operating costs of $8,521,913, transportation at $363,721 and capital costs of $1,298,313.    The assessments are based on enrollment, with Dalton having the highest number of students at

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Eighth Annual Live Out Loud Community Conference to be Held at BCC
08:07AM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — The Live Out Loud Community Conference will have its eighth annual event at Berkshire Community College (BCC) on Saturday, April 2 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Connector on the Main Campus.    This event is free to the public, although registrations are preferred. Attendees can register at www.liveoutloudberkshires.org.   The Live Out Loud Community Conference is Berkshire County's annual community conference to strengthen the community's understanding and advocacy of the LGBTQIA+ population. Beginning in 2014, the Live Out Loud Conference is designed to build community in Rural Berkshire County.   This year's event will

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Support Staff Demand Raises at Pittsfield School Budget Hearing
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:35AM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools budget hearing Wednesday was short but had a clear message: support staff want an increase in pay.    The proposed fiscal 2023 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.   "The Pittsfield Federation of School Employees are the support staff of the Pittsfield Public Schools, we are the bus drivers and monitors, the cafeteria workers, the custodians, the paraprofessionals, and the educational secretaries that do the hard work behind the scenes to make our school run," Pittsfield High School employee Marcus DuRant said to the

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