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BART Announces Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
03:53PM / Wednesday, May 05, 2021
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 - 10 for the 2021-2022 school year.   The next enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year for grades 6 - 10 is Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. The easiest way to apply is to click here or to type https://www.bartcharter.org/apps/form/Enrollment-Form into your web brower.   More information on the school's enrollment and lottery process can be found at www.bartcharter.org. Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or enrollment@bartcharter.org. Please reach out to the Enrollment Team with any

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1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program Class of 2021 Commencement
12:18PM / Wednesday, May 05, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Tuesday, May 4, 1Berkshire celebrating the commencement of the Youth Leadership Program's Class of 2021 via Zoom.    Having completed the entirety of this 10-month leadership program, 31 students shared the products of their collective impact projects with attending family, friends, and regional leaders, and were recognized for their program completion.    The Class of 2021 is the 11th class in the program's history.   Though the class applied to the program prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health guidance precluded in-person meetings throughout the course of the year. As a result, from their kickoff retreat

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Pittsfield Boards to Select School Committee Replacement
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, May 05, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee and City Council will meet Wednesday evening to fill a vacancy on the School Committee left by the abrupt departure of Dennis Powell.

Five letters of interest have been submitted for the term expiring in December.

Powell resigned April 14 in protest over the committee's decision to offer the superintendent's position to Joseph Curtis, the deputy superintendent who'd been temporarily filling the post since last fall.

Powell had been the only supporter of Portia Bonner, a Connecticut administrator and the only Black candidate. He signed off during the Zoom meeting and submitted a formal resignation letter to City

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'Nosh Box' Takeout Fundraiser Supports Pittsfield Schools
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:33PM / Tuesday, May 04, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local educational organization is supporting Pittsfield schools with tasty bites that can be enjoyed in the comfort of home.

The Pittsfield Education Foundation is hosting a takeout-to-donate event called "Food for Thought" to benefit students and teachers of the Pittsfield Public Schools. This is the organization's fourth annual fundraising event and it has a goal of raising $10,000.

Participants will be able to order a "Nosh Box" for $40 from KJ Nosh catering containing a dinner for two with an assortment of hors d'oeuvres prepared by chef Mike Mongeon.

"The funding we raise supports different efforts that the Pittsfield

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MCLA MBA Program Presents 'Friday Focus' Panel
12:16PM / Tuesday, May 04, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — At noon on Friday, May 7, MCLA's Master of Business Administration Program will present the last event in its "Friday Focus" series of free virtual panels on entrepreneurship and small business in the time of COVID-19.     Moderated by MCLA Director of Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnerships Dr. Joshua Mendel, this event will focus on "Business Financials in the Time of COVID" and feature Gregg Levante, MBA '14, vice president, commercial banking relationship manager for NBT Bank, N.A.; Adams Community Bank's Vice President of Business Banking Tracy L. McConnell; Marie Harpin, MBA '14, Avangrid

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BCC Student Selected for Commonwealth’s '29 Who Shine' Program
08:03AM / Tuesday, May 04, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Danielle Harriott, a nursing student at Berkshire Community College (BCC) and a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) on the surgical floor at Berkshire Medical Center, has been selected as BCC's honoree for the Commonwealth's 29 Who Shine program.    She will be honored on Thursday, May 13 at 2 pm by Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education during a YouTube livestream event.   Launched by the Commonwealth in 2011, 29 Who Shine recognizes 29 outstanding public college and university graduates. Each honoree shows exceptional promise as a future leader and has a strong record of academic achievement and civic

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Scholarship Offered to BART Graduates
12:01PM / Monday, May 03, 2021
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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 continued through

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General Dynamics Launching Virtual High School STEM Competition
04:42PM / Friday, April 30, 2021
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PITTSFIELD Mass. — The General Dynamics Mission Systems Pittsfield site is launching a Virtual High School Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Competition taking place Thursday, May 13 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.    All high school age students in the Berkshires and surrounding areas are invited and encouraged to participate. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce students to basic concepts of engineering, spark serious interest in STEM fields, and get acquainted with a major STEM employer in the region.   Participating students will use Tinkercad, a free online engineering tool, to work through and solve hardware and software related puzzles. Students

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MCLA Community Invited to Vote on 2021 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge
04:38PM / Thursday, April 29, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The MCLA community is invited to view and vote on MCLA senior business plan pitches during the College's virtual 2021 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge (IEC).    Voting is open from 5 p.m. on Monday, May 3 to 8 a.m. on Friday, May 7, and any member of the MCLA community (student, faculty, staff, alumni, or general community member) is eligible to vote once during that time.     To watch and vote, visit https://lnk.mcla.edu/thechallenge    Students began their projects with an idea, laid out a plan, and researched customer demand to determine viability. Each senior will present their business plan in a recorded

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Pittsfield Planning Graduations; School Committee OKs $68M Budget
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Thursday, April 29, 2021
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The School Committee approves the fiscal 2022 education budget. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The pandemic forced the city's two high schools to hold virtual graduations last year.   Not so for the class of 2021.   With the state set to relax COVID-19 restrictions in May, this year's class will get the traditional ceremonial send off albeit with some modifications.   Superintendent Joseph Curtis on Wednesday told the School Committee that the district plans to hold its graduation ceremonies outdoors without capacity limits and with masking requirements.     Both high school ceremonies are set for Sunday, June 6. Taconic will be at 11 a.m. and PHS at 4

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