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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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BCC Faculty Advocate for Paused Respiratory Care Program
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:53AM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some Berkshire Community College faculty are asking the board of trustees to take a deep breath before shutting down its respiratory care program.    BCC hasn't made a determination on the accredited program, but it is on pause and under review.    Two faculty members in the program, Margaret Goss, director of clinical education, and Thomas Carey, a professor of allied health, advocated to keep the program at Tuesday's trustees meeting and highlighted its importance in producing local respiratory therapists.    They fear that if the program were to be discontinued, the area would face a shortage of health-care

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BCC Professor Wins Open Education Resources Award
08:04AM / Wednesday, March 30, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) congratulated Professor of Life Sciences Fayette Reynolds for winning second place in the Massachusetts Open Educational Resources (OER) Advisory Council's first annual OER Olympic Awards.   Reynolds created BCC's Bioscience Image Library, which offers students and the general public free access to microscopic images of plants, animals, bacteria, fungi and more. The images are particularly useful for students studying biology, botany, zoology, histology and microbiology.     Winners of the OER Olympic Awards were selected by a subcommittee of the OER Advisory Council, which evaluated more than 25

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District Attorney's Office Annual STRIVE Conference
12:05PM / Monday, March 28, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office’s annual STRIVE Leadership Conference on March 31 will focus on youth mental health and wellbeing, inclusivity, and anti-bullying.   The District Attorney’s Office Youth Advisory Board organizes and hosts the annual event for eighth-grade students from schools throughout the county as they prepare to enter high school. This year’s theme is "Courageous Conversations."   "Despite its ubiquitous impact on our lives and community, the concept of mental health is still foreign to many students in the Berkshires. The Youth Advisory Board is taking the first steps towards helping

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Pittsfield School Officials Want Taconic Solely Vocational
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:46PM / Saturday, March 26, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A jump in students choosing technical education has school officials recommending Taconic High School becomes an all-vocational school.   "When we built the school, this is the problem we hoped to have and now it's here and we're actually past the tipping point," Principal Matthew Bishop said. "I think we thought we had more time but we're there and we have to sort of gladly look at this problem and decide what we want to do."   Assistant Superintendent Tammy Gage gave a presentation to the School Committee on Wednesday on the impact of increased career technical education, or CTE, applications for Taconic and the

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BCC Announces New Faculty, Staff
08:16AM / Friday, March 25, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the addition of seven new full-time staff members, as well as an employment status change for one staff member.     joins BCC as Testing Center Clerk. Castagna has worked in a variety of BCC offices as both a student worker and as a temporary part-time employee over the past five years. Previously, he worked at Hillcrest Educational Centers in Youth Development. He earned a Music Certificate in Music Production at BCC and plans to continue his education to earn an associate degree in music. In his spare time, Castagna enjoys building his own computers with rescue pit bull terrier Nylah at his

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