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BCC Institutes Debt Forgiveness Program
08:09AM / Friday, September 17, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced its plans to use $335,000 in federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to erase outstanding balances accrued by students enrolled in credit degree or certificate programs from March 13, 2020 through May 31, 2021.    HEERF funds were earmarked as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.   Students affected by the program have been informed via letter, which states:   "We care about you, and we are committed to doing everything we can to help you continue to meet your educational goals at BCC. We appreciate the challenges of being a college student during

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MCLA Plans Sept. 17 Constitution Day Lecture
04:06PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The History and Political Science Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will hold its annual Constitution Day Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 in Murdock Hall Room 218 on the MCLA campus.     This event is free and open to the public, and a remote viewing option is available; register for online viewing at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2ghaDyNKTnW-8PJ3xQMcRw.    Paul M. Collins, Jr., professor of legal studies and political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will give a talk titled "Is This the Most Conservative Supreme Court in the Modern Era?"     According to a

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MCLA Welcomes Four New Faculty Members
01:41PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA welcomes four new faculty members to campus for the fall 2021 semester: Andrew Best, Assistant Professor of Biology; Rebecca Relyea, Assistant Professor of Radiologic Sciences; Yavuz Ceylan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry; and Sean Scanlon: Visiting Assistant Professor of History.    "I look forward to welcoming these new faculty to the already outstanding group of educators I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the summer," said Richard Glejzer, MCLA's Vice President of Academic Affairs. "They will be joining a community of dedicated and talented teachers, scholars, and artists who have persevered and guided

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BART Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
12:00PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 through 9 for the 2021-2022 school year and for students in grades 6 through 10 for the 2022-2023 school year.   The next enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year for grades 6 through 9 is Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at noon. The first enrollment deadline for the 2022-2023 school year for grades 6 through 10 will be in January though applications can be submitted anytime.    The easiest way to apply is to click here or to type https://www.bartcharter.org/apps/form/Enrollment-Form into your web browser.   More information on the

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MCLA Climbs U.S. News College Rankings
04:45PM / Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — According to the 2022 U.S. News and World Report rankings, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has risen to #7 on the list of Top Public Colleges, and risen to #21 as a Top Performer on Social Mobility and first among all Massachusetts schools.    "I am proud to see MCLA recognized again as a Top Public College, but I am more proud of the work we've done to continue to climb these rankings for nine of the last 11 years,” said MCLA President James F. Birge. “We have an excellent faculty body with expertise and dedication to a liberal arts education. We have staff dedicated to student outcomes at every level and in every department.

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William Stickney Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Registration
12:41PM / Monday, September 13, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The William Stickney Pittsfield Adult Learning Center is currently offering registration for free classes in HiSET/GED preparation, Adult Basic Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).    Please contact Bridget Manarchik to make an appointment by phone at 413.499.9530 or email bmanarchik@pittsfield.net by Friday, Sept. 17.    

 

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Mount Greylock School Committee Moves Forward with Artificial Turf Field
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:30PM / Thursday, September 09, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday voted to move forward with a long-discussed project to build an artificial turf playing field at the middle-high school.   On a vote of 5-2, the committee decided to direct the district's administration to have its architect finalize bid documents and conduct cost estimates in anticipation of putting to bid later this fall a project to install a synthetic multi-sport field and a track on the Cold Spring Road campus.   Three committee members, Curtis Elfienbein, Carolyn Greene and Steven Miller, repeated their yes votes from December, 2020, the last time the committee voted to prepare the bid

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BCC's Nonprofit Institute Open for Registration
08:01AM / Thursday, September 09, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Registration is open for Berkshire Community College (BCC)'s Nonprofit Institute, an eight-part virtual workshop program dedicated to teaching essential functions for those involved in the nonprofit sector.   The workshops, available as an entire package or a la carte, will be held via Zoom on Thursdays, Sept. 30 through Nov. 18, from 5:30-7 pm.   Registration fees are $40 per workshop or $250 for all eight workshops. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/nonprofit-institute. Upon registration, links will be provided to each virtual session.   "We've designed these workshops for business professionals, board members and volunteers who

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BCC to Welcome New Students with Special Events
08:00AM / Monday, September 06, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) welcomes students enrolled for the fall 2021 semester with a week of events designed to encourage student engagement.    All events, ranging from psychic readings to rock climbing, are free.   Schedule of events:   Tuesday, September 7: 11 am–1 pm: Mr. Ding-a-Ling Ice Cream Truck. Beat the heat with a free ice cream treat from the beloved truck. Location: Main Campus Circle. 2–3 pm: Virtual Student Government Association (SGA) Meet & Greet. Meet BCC's new and returning SGA members and learn how to get involved. Location: Zoom (visit www.berkshirecc.edu/news-events for link). Wednesday,

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MCLA to Feature Sgt. Justin Biasin as Artist of the Month
04:35PM / Friday, September 03, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA Sergeant Justin Biasin will be MCLA-Pittsfield's featured Artist of the Month, with work on display at the College's Pittsfield location at 66 Allen Street.   Biasin's work will be exhibited for the entire month, and an opening artist reception will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, during the city's First Fridays Artswalk.    Biasin, a photographer, will show new work he has created over the past year.   According to a press release, Biasin's work offers a glimpse of modern-day life contrasted with the expansive serenity of the Berkshire County landscape.    In his free hours, Biasin spends his

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