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Herberg's Husky 4 Wins Berkshire Robotics Challenge
07:58PM / Saturday, March 19, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Husky 4 of Herberg Middle School defeated the Raging Riots of St. Mary's School in Lee to be crowned champion of "Cargo Connect," the 21st Berkshire Robotics Challenge, conducted Saturday at the Berkshire Innovation Center.   The tally in the finals was 250 points for Herberg and 200 for St. Mary's.   The competition involved six teams of students ages 8 to 14 from throughout the county who used programmable robots built from Lego kits to complete a variety of missions involving hypothetical scenarios related to safe, efficient transportation. The event was sponsored by Berkshire Applied Technology Council, with major underwriting

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BCC to Host Admissions Info Sessions 
12:04PM / Wednesday, March 16, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will host two free virtual information sessions to be held in the month of April: Monday, April 4 at 6 pm and Wednesday, April 6 at 4 pm.    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: how to apply, register, and choose classes     Learn about BCC's affordability and its financial

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BCC Hospitality and Culinary Program to Offer ServSafe Workshops
08:05AM / Tuesday, March 15, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As part of its FastTrack Hospitality & Culinary Program, Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced it will offer three free ServSafe Certifications beginning in April.    Offered in both English and Spanish, the online workshops are presented in an asynchronous format, allowing students to start and complete them at their own pace.   ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the U.S. National Restaurant Association. The program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Conference for Food Protection.   The free online certifications, available beginning April 1,

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BCC Hosts Meet and Greet for Prospective, Current Nursing Students
12:38PM / Sunday, March 13, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) welcomes prospective and current nursing students to a free Meet & Greet on Tuesday, March 15 at 2 pm.    The session will be held in Room 110 of Hawthorne Hall, located on the main campus. To register for the event, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/nursinginfo.   Dean of Nursing Lori Moon will offer an overview of BCC's various nursing programs, including the Practical Nurse certificate program that serves as a precursor to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN); the Associate Degree in Nursing/Registered Nurse (ADN/RN) program; and the Bridge program, which transitions current LPNs into the ADN/RN program.

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Pittsfield Public Virtual Academy Approved for Another Year
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Saturday, March 12, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Virtual Academy will remain in place, at least through fiscal 2023 through the use of ESSER III funds.    The School Committee approved the second of three proposals on Wednesday based on the recommendation of Superintendent Joseph Curtis.    This configuration will serve 215 students in Grades 1-12 (with some combination of grades). This will require 21 full-time equivalent staff positions at a cost of $1.75 million.    The first proposal would have served 235 students in K-12 at a cost of $2.4 million; option three would have been 175 students in Grades 6-12 for $1.5 million.   The School Department will

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Taconic Sophomore Wins Voice of Democracy Essay Contest
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04:28PM / Friday, March 11, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taibat O. Ahmed, a sophomore at Taconic High School, for a second year in a row, has won as this year's first-place winner of the Veterans of Foreign Wars "Voice of Democracy" essay contest for Pittsfield.   Ahmed has won $1,000 as first-place winner for Taconic High School, $1,000 as first-place winner for Pittsfield, $250 as first place for District 9 Berkshire County, and $2,000 for third-place winner at the Massachusetts VFW state level for a total of $4,250.     Awards were presented to her on March 2 at Taconic High School.   The length of the essay was limited to a 3 to 5 minute oral duration. The theme of this

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General Dynamics Seeks High School Students for STEM Competition
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Monday, March 07, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — General Dynamics Mission Systems is holding its annual High School STEM Competition on April 29.   The company is seeking to create enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math education by providing science challenges that feature a mix of systems, mechanical, electrical, and software engineering techniques.   "STEM education is important to help develop the workforce of the future. We have seen that exposure to STEM activities early in life creates lifelong learners that often decide on STEM careers. We are looking to develop our future workforce," said Thomas Lussier, director of engineering.   Mark Marzotto was introduced to

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BCC's Multicultural Affairs, Diversity and Engagement Center Workshops
08:00AM / Monday, March 07, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC)'s Multicultural Affairs, Diversity and Engagement (MADE) Center, recently created as part of a campus-wide commitment to support historically minoritized and marginalized students, will offer a series of six one-hour workshops this month.    The MADE Center provides academic and social support services for all students, but with a special focus on supporting traditionally underserved populations.   Students receive forum credit for attending the workshops. They include: March 9, 1 pm – Community Conversation: Where am I in Diversity?: A conversation focused on various social identities and how each

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Masks Now Optional in Pittsfield Public Schools
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:23PM / Friday, March 04, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Come Monday, mask-wearing will be optional in Pittsfield Public Schools.

Superintendent Joseph Curtis posted a communication with an update of the policy on Friday.  

This was a decision that students and families were anticipating after Curtis' Feb. 18 update that stated the mask mandate would be lifted in the first or second week of March.

"Since March of 2020, all members of the PPS community have endured a school and work life that never could have been envisioned just over two short years ago. Constant changes in schedules, routines, and practices have tested our resiliency, strength, and flexibility. I will now call on each of you to show

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BCC's Education Department to Hold Virtual Information Session
08:02AM / Monday, February 28, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC)'s Education Department will hold a virtual information session on Monday, March 7 at 6 pm.    The free one-hour session provides an opportunity for prospective students to meet education faculty members, ask questions and get started on a cost-effective, intellectually challenging pathway to teaching.   The session includes a program overview of various early childhood and elementary education programs offered at BCC; a brief summary of grant opportunities; admissions and financial aid tips; and a Q&A session with faculty and current education students.   To register for the event, visit

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