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BCC to Host Admissions Info Sessions in October
09:09AM / Sunday, September 25, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Those interested in Berkshire Community College BCC) can learn more at one of three free virtual information sessions to be held in the month of October

The sessions will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 17 at 12 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. 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, learn about BCC’s cost and

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OLLI Holds 12th Art Exhibit Oct. 1 to 31
09:47AM / Friday, September 23, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, MA — Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College will hold the 12th Annual OLLI Art Exhibit from Saturday, Oct. 1 through Monday, Oct. 31 in the Crane Room at Berkshire Museum.

Addtionally, a free reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 6 from 5:30–7:30 p.m.. All are welcome.

The Berkshire Museum is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.. OLLI members may attend the exhibit free of museum admission and should check in at the front desk.   

The OLLI Art Exhibit showcases the work of OLLI’s many talented artists for fellow members, friends, fa.m.ily and the public.

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Pittsfield Discusses Taconic Transition to Vocational Focus
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:53AM / Friday, September 16, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee discussed the concerns raised by community members regarding Taconic High School transition to vocational focus.    Committee members on Wednesday said residents have been expressing their unease about the decision, questioning how this would affect the students' lives if they decide to go to college instead of continuing the vocational path.    Multiple committee members noted that although the school would focus on vocational, this decision would not harm the students’ opportunity of attending college.   "There is certainly a perception, I would assume from long ago, that if a student chooses a

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Dalton to Set Special Town Meeting for Wahconah Track
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
02:33PM / Wednesday, September 14, 2022
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DALTON, Mass. — The Select Board voted to hold a special town meeting to decide whether to expand the scope of the Wahconah Regional High School project to include a new track at an added cost of up to $45,000 a year to the town.   It has not yet set a date.    During last month's meeting, the board informed residents that on Aug. 22 the School Building Committee recommended expanding the scope of the project because the project is $2 million under budget.    Central Berkshire Regional School District leaders attended the meeting Monday night to present why they believe expanding the scope is necessary and opportune.   The reason they did not include

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Lenox Principal Resigns, Was Fired in 2008 Over Conduct With BArT Student
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:11PM / Tuesday, September 13, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — One week after iBerkshires.com reached out to the Lenox Public Schools  regarding 14-year-old suspicions of an inappropriate relationship with a minor by the man who was hired as the district's middle-high school principal this summer, the district announced late Tuesday that Salvatore Frieri had resigned.   "Mr. Frieri's resignation is especially upsetting and disappointing after LMMHS had such a joyful opening to the 2022-2023 school year," Superintendent Marc Gosselin wrote in an email sent to the school community. "Still, this decision is ultimately best for Mr. Frieri and his family and our LMMHS students and

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BCC Evacuees Pilot Program Helps Students get Employed
12:35PM / Sunday, September 11, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, MA — In the spring of 2022, Berkshire Community College (BCC) enrolled 20 Afghan evacuees in a pilot program designed to teach them English and help assimilate them into American life. Sixteen of the 20 students completed the course and more than half the students were employed at local businesses. 

The program, which offered free morning and evening classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pittsfield as well as asynchronous instruction, met with success. Those students who did not complete the course had found jobs, and the class schedule conflicted with their work schedule, according to Ana Suffish, director of the BCC Adult Learning

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MassDOT Accepting Entries for Annual High School Video Contest
10:16AM / Friday, September 09, 2022
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BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced entries are now being accepted for the ninth annual statewide high school video contest: Safe Streets Smart Trips. 

The contest, which began in 2014, encourages high school students to showcase their understanding of roadway safety across all travel modes to try to decrease pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities. The contest serves as an initiative of the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth.

"We look forward to seeing the videos created by high school students that will help

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BCC Hosting Exhibit by Artist, former Professor Benigna Chilla
08:30AM / Friday, September 09, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, MA — Internationally known artist and former BCC professor Benigna Chilla’s solo art exhibition, From West to East to West, is on view at Berkshire Community College (BCC)’s Koussevitzsky Gallery through Friday, Oct. 28. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday. 

Specializing in the intersections between math, design and architecture, Chilla creates multi-layered paintings and wall hangings with vibrant colors and rich, varied textures. This exhibition features the artist’s recent series of large paintings, created after a 2011 stay in Bhutan and her retirement from BCC as a professor of visual arts.  

Chilla’s

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Pittsfield School Committee OKs Unions' Higher Pay
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:13AM / Friday, September 09, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee has passed memoranda of agreements for four bargaining units that include "substantial increases."

During a special meeting on Thursday, MOAs for the 2021-2022 school year and the 2022-2025 school years were unanimously approved for bus drivers and attendants, cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, and educational secretaries.

The unions are represented by the Pittsfield Federation of School Employees, a local affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

On behalf of the negotiating team and the whole committee, Chair William Cameron expressed that they are "extremely gratified" with the agreements and hope to settle

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Helen Moon Named BCC's first Heart of Service Alumni Award Winner
08:40AM / Friday, September 02, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, MA — Helen Moon, a 2013 graduate of Berkshire Community College (BCC), has been named the first recipient of the Daniel Dillon ’62 Heart of Service Alumni Award.

The award was created in remembrance of Dillon, a 1962 BCC graduate who was a pillar of community service. He died in January 2021 after a battle with COVID-19.  

Moon, 39, recently served as a Pittsfield city councilor — the first immigrant and Asian American councilor elected in the city of Pittsfield. In addition to working as a critical care nurse at Fairview Hospital, she is the Development and Communications Coordinator at the Elizabeth Freeman Center. She earned her associate degree

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