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BCC to Offer Financial Aid Info Sessions
07:49AM / Tuesday, February 15, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — To help current or prospective students at Berkshire Community College (BCC) learn about aid options such as FAFSA, scholarships and work-study programs, BCC’s Student Financial Services will host four free information sessions about how to navigate paying for college.    The 30-minute sessions, conducted online via Zoom, will be held Thursday, Feb. 17, at 3 pm; Tuesday, March 8 at 12:30 pm; Wednesday, March 30 at 9 am; and Monday, April 11 at 3:30 pm. To register for a session, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/admission-and-aid/financial-aid and click “Register for a Paying for College Info Session.”   Info sessions are geared towards new

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Being the First: What it Means to be a First-generation College Student
08:30AM / Monday, February 14, 2022
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Being the First: What it Means to be a First-generation College Student   Higher education is changing. As the college-going population in America shifts to include a larger percentage of minority and disadvantaged students, first-generation students — those who are the first in their families to attend or graduate college — represent 56 percent of all undergraduates, according to the Center for First-Generation Student Success. At community colleges, that number is even higher: Sixty-four percent are first-generation students.   But first-gen students face myriad challenges. According to the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, such challenges can be psychological,

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BCC Hosts Nursing Info Sessions
04:08PM / Saturday, February 12, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will offer four virtual information sessions this month for students interested or enrolled in the Fall 2022 Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, four sessions for the Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate program,  as well as four sessions for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to ADN program.    The one-hour sessions are held via Zoom.   PN info sessions will be held: Monday, February 14 at 12 pm Thursday, February 17 at 5 pm Tuesday, February 22 at 11 am Wednesday, February 23 at 5 pm ADN info sessions will be held: Monday, February 14 at 1 pm Thursday, February 17 at 6 pm Tuesday, February

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Taconic's Future Identity Will Be Rockets, Thunder or Titans
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Friday, February 11, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School could soon be the Home of the ... Titans, Rockets or Thunder.

The school's been considering a new mascot name since Braves was dropped in 2020. 

On Wednesday, student representative William Garrity told the School Committee that the Taconic Mascot Committee has narrowed it down to three finalists from 10 options chosen through an open

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Pittsfield Superintendent Takes No Position on School Mask Mandate Lift
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:54PM / Thursday, February 10, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent Joseph Curtis says the school district has "no position" on its masking policy following Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement that the school mask mandate will be lifted on Feb. 28.

On Wednesday, Curtis told the School Committee that he will look to them for consideration and if nothing is brought forward, he will make a final decision.  

"As you can imagine, the superintendents had no notice of this announcement, besides around an hour and a half, so we found out about this, the mask policy not being extended past Feb. 28," he said. "We found out at 9:30 a.m. and the governor released his statement soon

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1Berkshire Extends Youth Leadership Program Deadline
08:32AM / Thursday, February 10, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire's Berkshire Youth Leadership Program is extending the deadline for applications to the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) Class of 2022-2023 to 11:59PM on Friday, Feb. 18.    Until the Feb. 18 deadline, sophomores from any school in the Berkshires, and equivalent-aged home-schooled students, are encouraged to submit an application for the program.   The application can be found at: https://1berkshire.com/1berkshire-programs/youth-leadership-program/ylp-application/   "Students and school staff have faced unprecedented challenges to the normal course of life throughout the pandemic, but especially over the last few months,"

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State to Lift School Mask Mandate
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12:07PM / Wednesday, February 09, 2022
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BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker announced that the school mask mandate will not be extended and will be lifted on Feb. 28.   "Given the extremely low risk for young people, the widespread availability and the proven effectiveness of vaccines, and the distribution of accurate test protocols and tests, it is time to give our kids of sense of normalcy and lift the mask mandate on a statewide basis for schools," Baker said during a press conference Wednesday with Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffery Riley   In early January, the requirement for face coverings in K-12 public schools was extended through Feb. 28. This was the third extension since

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BCC Offers Free English Classes for Afghan Evacuees
08:18AM / Wednesday, February 09, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will offer Afghan evacuees in the Berkshires free english classes at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Pittsfield.   “Learning English is a crucial step for many immigrants as they adjust to a new country and a new culture. For many years, the BCC Adult Learning Program has supported the immigrants of Berkshire County in their goal to learn English and become active members of our community," said Ana Suffish, director of the BCC Adult Learning Program. “We look forward to helping our newest immigrants do the same."   Morning classes are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am-12 pm.

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BCC to Present Virtual Undergraduate Scholars Conference
08:09AM / Tuesday, February 08, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will present its annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 2 pm.    The free event, open to the public, will take place on Zoom. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/news-events/undergraduate-scholars-conference/.   BCC has a variety of programs and courses, from its Berkshire Honors program and research in STEM fields to experiments in the behavioral sciences and beyond. With this in mind, the Undergraduate Scholars Conference seeks to celebrate student work of exceptional merit.   The conference features student presentations on original scholarly works that go above and beyond

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BCC Hires Academic Success Coaches
08:07AM / Monday, February 07, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC)'s Humanities, Behavioral & Social Sciences Division recently hired two part-time academic success coaches, Jordan DeGaetano and Jennifer Jennings, to support students in English course work.    Funding for the positions was made possible by grants from the Massachusetts Supporting Urgent Community College Equity through Student Services (SUCCESS) program.   "Research has shown that academic coaching has a positive effect on course completion, GPA and student retention," said Dr. Laurie Gordy, Dean of Humanities, Behavioral & Social Sciences. "Our new academic coaches will provide greater

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