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MCLA to Hold In-Person and Virtual Admission Events
07:56AM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— The Office of Admission at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hosting in-person tours and events, including open houses on Oct. 23 and Nov. 13.    Prospective students and their families are welcome to register for open houses, Saturday tours, and virtual events that offer information and perspective about academics, student life, financial aid, scholarships, and more.     "It's exciting that we have prospective students on campus for tours and open houses again," said MCLA Director of Admission Kayla Hollins. "And it's great to see our student ambassadors go back to what they enjoy doing, which is giving tours

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BCC Announces Application Deadline for Nursing Program
08:00AM / Friday, October 08, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces a deadline of Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 to apply to its Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program for the fall 2022 semester.    Admissions into the nursing program are based on space availability and follow a competitive process.   The BCC nursing program, which is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, is a sequence of lectures, skills training, laboratory and clinical courses. Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination to become registered nurses (RNs).   For more information, visit

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Taconic Community, Pittsfield Residents Asked to Weigh in on New Mascot
10:03AM / Thursday, October 07, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School is seeking a new name and mascot and is looking to the community for inspiration.    The School Committee a year ago voted to change 50-year-old team mascot and begin the process of determining a new, more culturally acceptable identity for the vocational school.   The Taconic teams had been known as the Braves and used a logo with a Native American. Officials decided it was time to retire the outdated mascot, following the lead of numerous other schools and professional teams that have used Native American imagery.   The school district has enlisted the services of Heard Strategy & Storytelling, a marketing and

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BCC's Respiratory Therapy Program Receives Donated Pediatric Ventilator
11:50AM / Tuesday, October 05, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — To help advance education in the respiratory therapy (RT) profession and honor the life's work of Dr. Robert Kacmarek, Dräger has donated a Babylog VN500 ventilator to every school in Massachusetts with a respiratory therapy program, including Berkshire Community College.    This marks the seventh year of Dräger's RT school donation program, which began in 2014.    Dräger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. The Dräger Babylog VN500 is a ventilator for neonatal and pediatric patients ranging from 0.88 pounds to 44 pounds who require temporary or long-term respiratory

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MCLA Sets Virtual Sessions on Continuing Education, Graduate Programs
12:35PM / Thursday, September 30, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) will hold a series of virtual information sessions this fall for community members interested in the College's Master of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Master of Education program, Leadership Academy, and bachelor's degree completion programs.    Information sessions will take place at noon and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, Tuesday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 30. These sessions are free and open to the public. To register, visit Visit mcla.edu/infosession, or email DGCE Administrative Assistant Betty LeSage at Elizabeth.Lesage@mcla.edu for

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'Stories for Good' at BCC
04:00PM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold "Stories for Good: A Celebration of Diversity in Our Community" on Friday, Oct. 8 from 9 am to 1:30 pm.    Sponsored by the Education Subcommittee of BCC's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, the event is designed to make connections through stories that explore, celebrate and analyze diverse identities, what it means to support each other in a diverse community, and the impacts of equity and inclusion efforts at BCC.     The free event includes a keynote speech by local drag queen Boxxa Vine, breakout sessions encouraging discussion and interaction, a Q&A session

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School Mask Mandate Extended to November
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11:01AM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
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BOSTON — The mask requirement in schools has been extended out another month.    Public school children aged 5 and older and all staff will have to wear masks inside school buildings until at least Nov. 1, with certain exemptions.   The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in August declared "exigent circumstances" and authorized the Commissioner Jeffrey Riley to institute universal masking based on a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state near the end of July.    The mandate was put in place until at least Oct. 1. On Monday, Riley determined to extend the mask requirement "after consulting with medical experts and state

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BCC Announces New Hires, Promotions
01:50PM / Monday, September 27, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the addition of ten new staff and faculty members, in addition to three promotions.       Chris Bodnar has joined BCC as Director of Procurement in the Administration and Finance Division, bringing 20 years of experience in buying, purchasing, planning and inventory management with KB Toys and a hardware store chain. He has studied business administration at the University of Connecticut, Houston Baptist University, Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT, and Berkshire Community College. A resident of Hillsdale, NY, he lives with his girlfriend Noreen and has three grown

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BAAMS Appoints New Board, Expands Programming
04:00PM / Friday, September 24, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies, Inc. (BAAMS) announced the addition of a new Board of Directors and eBAAMS PLUS.    Richard Boulger, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, said he is delighted with the new leadership change.   "I could not be more thrilled to have a new board that is impassioned and truly understands the value, mission, and importance of BAAMS. Having a board that brings the same level of heart and commitment as our faculty is truly inspirational," Boulger said.   The new board is Edward "Ted" Wesley, President, Michelle Daunais, Secretary, and Maria Isotti,

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Author, Correspondent to Speak at MCLA Annual Public Policy Lecture Event
08:05AM / Friday, September 24, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Jamie Ducharme, an author and TIME magazine correspondent, will be Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' 2021 Public Policy lecturer.    She'll speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, at the college's Church Street Center Auditorium. A remote viewing option will also be available, and both options are free and open to the public.    Registration for the in-person event or for the virtual option can be done here.   Ducharme covers health and science. Her work has won awards from the New York Press Club, the Deadline Club, and the Newswomen's Club of New York. Her first book, "Big Vape: The Incendiary Rise of Juul"

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