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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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MCLA-Pittsfield to Feature Ian Mosher as October Artist of the Month
07:59AM / Thursday, September 23, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —Recent MCLA graduate Ian Mosher will be the featured artist at MCLA-Pittsfield during October, with work on display at the College's Pittsfield location at 66 Allen Street.    Mosher's work will be exhibited for the entire month, and an opening artist reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, during the city's First Fridays Artswalk, sponsored by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development.    Mosher, who retired after 20 years in the U.S. Army, is a professional graphic designer and photographer. He attended the Tom Savini Special Make-Up Effects Program before earning his bachelor's degree in art,

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MCLA Presents 'Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance'
11:53AM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The History and Political Science Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present "Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance" a virtual musical theatre event, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, via Zoom.     This event is free and open to the public. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/85908275667.    This chamber music production showcases work conceived and performed by The Core Ensemble: Ju-Young Lee, Mikael Darmani, and Michael Parola, featuring actor Draclyn Blount. It celebrates African American poets: Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay, as seen through the eyes of painter and

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BCC To Offer Flu and COVID-19 vaccines
03:59PM / Tuesday, September 21, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will welcome Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) and Community Health Programs (CHP) to campus on Wednesday, Sept. 22 for free vaccination clinics.   : CHP's mobile health unit, the “Big Orange Bus,” will administer Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the flu vaccine and COVID testing.     The bus will be located near the Susan B. Anthony Center.   : BHS will administer the flu vaccine from 1-4 pm at the Susan B. Anthony Center.   Vaccines are given free of charge, and no appointment is necessary. Please bring insurance cards.   The Presidents of the

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