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BCC to Host Admissions Info Sessions 
08:08AM / Monday, June 27, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will host three free virtual information sessions to be held in the month of July: Wednesday, July 6 at 4 pm; Monday, July 18 at 12 pm; and Tuesday, July 19 at 6 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    

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Maggie Harrington-Esko Tapped as PHS Principal
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:17PM / Sunday, June 26, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After working in many different positions at Pittsfield High School for more than 16 years, Maggie Harrington-Esko has been tapped as the new principal.

She will replace Henry Duval, who is retiring in the fall after nearly 30 years in public education.

Esko began her career at the high school in September 2006 as a social studies teacher, during which she also acted as a teacher leader, mentor, and adviser.

After 11 years in the classroom, Esko was hired to the administrative team where she had multiple titles. Over the last five years, she has been dean of students, vice principal, assistant principal of teaching and learning, and interim

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BMS Summer Youth Program: Adventures in Music
11:55AM / Wednesday, June 22, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Music School (BMS) announced the return of Adventures in Music, a program for youth this summer.    Designed for young music lovers, Adventures in Music gives budding musician a foundation in making music in a fun, engaging atmosphere. Participants will enjoy group classes in world music, chorus, puppetry, and creative movement on the tented lawn of BMS's historic campus, as well as small group workshops in piano, percussion, opera, and visual arts interpretation.   BMS faculty member Daniel Ariel will be one of the teachers working with our students this summer.    "I can't think of anything more enjoyable than

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Pittsfield Schools Celebrate Carter LaCasse's Return Home
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:16PM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield High and Allendale Elementary schools rallied in support of Carter LaCasse on Tuesday.     The 8-year-old boy was recently cleared of cancer after a more than six-month battle with a rare form of leukemia   As a second-grade student of Allendale and the son of a PHS teacher, the schools saw no better way to welcome him home than with a celebration at both.   Carter traveled by both schools in his mother's car escorted by first responders and paused in front of each to be recognized.  He smiled from the back seat while students and staff cheered for his return wearing "#CarterStrong" shirts.   The

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College Notes: Spring 2022
02:26PM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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Spencer Villinski, astudent from Pittsfield, was a member of the award-winning DECA team at the professional organization's regional and international competitions this semester.   Distributive Education Clubs of America Inc. prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management, with collegiate chapters around the world. The Newton college's DECA chapter competed at the Massachusetts DECA Association's regional qualifying competition in February, and sent a cohort of seven students to the organization's International Career Development Conference in Baltimore.   Villinski received a fourth-place award at the state level

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BART Announces Junior Book Awards
11:28AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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ADAMS, Mass — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School presented Junior Book Awards during a ceremony on Friday, June 17 at an all-school assembly.   The recipients follow:   The Saint Anselm College Book Award goes to a junior who exercises a capacity for academic achievement and qualities in the areas of civic engagement and social responsibility. This award goes to Josiah Hylton.   The RIT Award is given to a junior or juniors who demonstrate high academic promise. The awardee will receive a waived application fee and a $32,000 scholarship ($8,000 annually) if they are accepted for admission to an RIT BS/BFA program, and enroll full-time in the fall

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BCC Names New Director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
11:51AM / Friday, June 17, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Carol Allman-Morton has been named director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College.    Allman-Morton was most recently Director of Alumni Engagement at Amherst College, where she had been employed for more than 10 years with progressively responsible positions. Previously, she was Assistant Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis University in Waltham. She is also an ordained minister at Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire in Housatonic.     "Adult learning is an integral part of the College, and our vibrant OLLI program enjoys a tremendous following in the

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Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Celebrates Graduates
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:18AM / Thursday, June 16, 2022
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See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 48 graduates of the William Stickney Pittsfield Adult Learning Center walked proudly in their black caps into the Taconic High School auditorium to receive their diplomas.    It was the first time in three years the ceremony had been held in person and the graduates were ushered as  Anthony Gubelman played "Pomp & Circumstance" on the grand piano.   Families, friends, faculty, and staff gathered in the Taconic High School auditorium to celebrate the hard work these graduates did to earn their adult diplomas, or pass the General Educational Development Test or High School Equivalency

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Taconic Class of 2022 Told to Make the Best of a Challenging Situation
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:02PM / Tuesday, June 14, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School valedictorian William Garrity urged his classmates to make the best out of a challenging situation, both with the class's high school experience and with their futures.

This advice came from his experience during the COVID-19 pandemic when he was able to expand his horizons because of the opportunities it opened up.

"Because of the extra time I had available, I started to work a little bit more on leisure projects. Because of the influx of funds coming from the federal government to colleges, I was able to take many dual enrollment courses at (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) and (Berkshire Community College) and complete a

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Pittsfield Public Schools Honors Outstanding CTE Students
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
11:12AM / Monday, June 13, 2022
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There were 81 graduates from the CTE program this year. See more photos here.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools celebrated its Career and Technical Education students last month, awarding 14 outstanding students for their efforts in the program.    The CTE program had 81 graduates this year and 53 of the juniors and seniors made approximately $815,360 in earned wages while completing 50,960 co-op hours. Of the 36 seniors, 20 where offered full-time positions after graduation.    "We know firsthand some of the workforce and other challenges this pandemic brought and continues to bring to our community. A talent deficit exists across

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