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Pittsfield School's Curriculum Panel OKs 2 Pilot Courses
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
10:23AM / Saturday, November 05, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.  — The Pittsfield Public Schools' curriculum subcommittee voted to approve two pilot courses during its meeting on Tuesday night.    The "History of Math" course has been in the works for over a year. It would be a half-year elective to ensure it is accessible to students who have an interest in the topic since all half-year electives are currently either English or history based.    Pittsfield High School math teachers Mary Morrison and Jennifer Gaudette developed this course as a way to answer one of the most common questions they are confronted with -- "when will we ever need to know this."    "So the

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BCC Wins Grant for Behavioral Health Workforce Program
03:06PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) has been awarded a $1,080,231 grant from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program called Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET). Grant funds, dispersed over four years, will provide stipends, partial reimbursement of tuition and fees, and supplies for up to 15 students per year enrolled in BCC's Mental Health, Addiction Recovery and Human Services certificate programs.    The grant will also support hiring a project coordinator and a mentor/coach for students.     "We continue to focus on ways to increase access by expanding opportunities for students to explore

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Bioscience Image Library at BCC Sees Growth
12:09PM / Tuesday, November 01, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In 2019, when the pandemic had not yet taken hold in the United States, Berkshire Community College (BCC) Professor of Life Sciences Fayette Reynolds created the Bioscience Image Library.    The website got under 1,000 hits.    Three years later, as the global workforce has become accustomed to working remotely and relying on digital communication, the digital library has gotten more than 3.3 million hits and is still growing, according to a press release.    "We had no idea this would turn into what it did," said Reynolds, who created the open educational resource (OER) library when she couldn't find copyright-free

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BArT First Quarter Honor Roll
04:00PM / Monday, October 31, 2022
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School announced the students who made the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2022-2023 school year.     Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors".  Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."   Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.   Students in

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MCLA Information Sessions for Continuing Education, Graduate Programs
08:25AM / Monday, October 31, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Division of Graduate & Continuing Education (DGCE) will host information sessions for those interested in completing a Bachelor's Degree or pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA).    The 30-minute information sessions will be available in person and online in North Adams and Pittsfield.    The community is invited to the Nov. 1 information session at 5 p.m. remotely online only, Nov. 8 at 12 p.m. in Pittsfield at 66 Allen St., and Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. in North Adams, MCLA Eldridge Hall room 206, with optional remote registration for the latter two sessions.    MCLA's

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BCC to Host Virginia Tech Gun Violence Survivor for Public Talk
08:28AM / Thursday, October 27, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) welcomes speaker Lisa Hamp on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6 pm for "Safety is Personal: Lessons Learned as a Survivor of the Virginia Tech Tragedy."    The talk, presented by the Koshka Foundation, is free and open to the public and will be held in the Boland Theatre, located in Koussevitzky Arts Center.    Hamp, a nationally recognized school safety advocate, was a student in the only classroom to successfully prevent multiple entry attempts during the Virginia Tech school shooting 15 years ago. She shares personal experiences during and after the shooting, describing how her class built a barricade to prevent

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Congressman Neal Touts $350k Grant for BCC Nursing Equipment
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:09AM / Thursday, October 27, 2022
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Students practice on a SIM mother in childbirth at BCC. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal traveled to Berkshire Community College on Wednesday to tout a $350,000 earmark he placed for upgrades to the college's nursing program simulation (SIM) equipment.

The congressman later traveled to Adams to announce a $1 million grant for the Greylock Glen.

Neal credited part of Berkshire Medical Center's high-quality care to its link with BCC, which provides hands-on experience to medical professionals in training.

"This announcement today, I think is consistent with what we've had a chance to witness," he said. "And that's been the success of

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BCC Applying 'The Pedagogy of Real Talk' to Curriculum
08:00AM / Friday, October 21, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Since 2020, faculty at Berkshire Community College (BCC) have been applying a program called The Pedagogy of Real Talk across the curriculum.    To date, 11 BCC faculty members from a variety of disciplines have participated in the program.     According to a press release, Real Talk focuses on creating a connection between faculty and students by getting to know the individual student. Real Talks create an opportunity to develop understanding, trust and empathy through open dialogue.    The talks are supported by alternative lessons that help students connect to the material based on their own

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Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County Fundraiser
04:03PM / Thursday, October 20, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After a two-year hiatus, Links for Literacy will be returning to the Berkshire Athenaeum on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.     Mini gold will be set up on all three floors of the library. Proceeds will help support Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County in their continuing role of providing free tutoring services to adults in Berkshire County.     Children ages 12 yrs. and under golf for free.  The cost is $5 per person for all others.     In addition to the mini golf, there will be a free pizza lunch available for all participants as well as snacks throughout the day.  

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BCC Opens One Stop Enrollment Center
By Sabrina Damms,
06:00PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Berkshire Community College staff, community leaders, and students gathered in the quad to celebrate the completion of the new One Stop Enrollment Center.   “Berkshire Community College is such an important landmark and institution in the city of Pittsfield and for the entire Berkshires. The way that they are able to provide academic programming for people of all ages and all abilities,” Mayor Linda Tyer said at the ribbon-cutting event Wednesday. “And now with this, the completion of this project, it will be an even more welcoming place for people to come and to learn and to create friendships and memories. And so this is just another example

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