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Pittsfield Education Foundation's 'Food for Thought' Features BBQ
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:29PM / Tuesday, May 03, 2022
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PEF volunteers will continue the curbside delivery offered last year during the 'Food for Thought' fundraiser.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Education Foundation is again offering "Food for Thought" as a way to raise funds to expand educational opportunities in the Pittsfield Public Schools.   The foundation hopes to exceed last year's goal of $10,000.    The non-profit has partnered with Smokey Diva's at 239 Onota St. creating dinners that cost $46 to $54 per box. Participants will have a choice of a BBQ Box and a Vegetarian Box prepared by the Smokey Diva's owner Lorraine Jones. All orders have to be placed

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Mental Health on the College Campus: How BCC Helps Students Overcome Barriers to Succeed
02:55PM / Monday, May 02, 2022
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May is National Mental Health Month, a time not only to reflect on the importance of seeking help, but also to remind ourselves that mental health is a critical part of overall health. For college students who struggle with mental health issues – whether occasionally or chronically – academic pressure can be debilitating. Add the anxiety and stress brought on by the pandemic, and mental health challenges in the collegiate world increase significantly.   Colleges and universities across the nation, many of which have reported significant increases in both the frequency and severity of students' mental health needs during the pandemic, have scrambled to make mental health

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BCC to Host Admissions Info Sessions
08:11AM / Monday, May 02, 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 May: Wednesday, May 4 at 4 pm and Thursday, May 19 at noon.    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

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Scholarship Offered to BART Graduates
12:00PM / Sunday, May 01, 2022
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ADAMS, Mass. — Graduates of Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (BArT) who have completed their first year of college are invited to apply for the Julia Bowen Bridge to College Scholarship.   The scholarship fund was established in 2017 to honor Julia Bowen, BArT's founding executive director.    The scholarship was created by and is managed by the BART Foundation to provide financial assistance to select BArT alumni through their college career.   A scholarship of up to $1,000 will be awarded to a BArT alumnus or alumna who has successfully completed year 1 of college. Assuming successful completion of the school year, the award will be

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Pittsfield School Committee OKs $72M Fiscal 2023 Budget
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:40AM / Thursday, April 28, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday adopted a $72 million operating budget for fiscal 2023. It will go to the City Council in early June for final approval.

The budget of $72,398,262 is a 7.56 percent, or $5,086,562, increase from this year. Most of the increase is in contractual obligations, which increased by about $4.7 million.

Superintendent Joseph Curtis said this includes resources to ultimately settle with the American Federation of Teachers.

Members of Local 1315 AFT, which includes bus drivers and attendants, cafeteria workers, custodians, paraprofessionals, and educational secretaries, have called for better compensation from the district.

"In

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Pittsfield High School Proteus Theatre Presents 'Pippin'
12:23PM / Monday, April 25, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield High School Proteus Theatre will perform the musical "Pippin."   The musical will take place on Friday and Saturdays, April 29, 30, May 6, and May 7, at 7:30 p.m.   There will be Sunday performances on May 1 and 8 at 2:30 p.m.   Pippin is a 1972 musical. Music and lyrics were written by Stephen Schwartz and the book by Roger O. Hirson.   The musical tells the story of a young prince, Pippin, and his adventures in finding his life purpose.      All performances will take place in the Pittsfield High School Auditorium at 300 East St. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased online

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BCC Announces Two New Academic Certificate Programs
08:06AM / Friday, April 22, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the creation of two academic certificate programs beginning this fall: Technical Theatre and Advanced Manufacturing Technician.    Certificate programs, which may be completed in as little as a year or less, provide the skills needed for immediate entry into the job market or the first step toward continuing higher education.    The Technical Theatre Certificate is designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in educational, community and resident theatre venues, as well as in the film industry. With an immersive, hands-on learning approach, the program introduces students to the

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BCC Receives $10M to Remove PCBs From Window Caulking
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:19AM / Thursday, April 21, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College received $10 million from the state to remove polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated caulking and replace windows on the Koussevitzky Arts Center and Jonathan Edwards Library.

The funds are being provided through An Act Providing for Capital Facility Repairs and Improvements for the Commonwealth, a $3.9 billion capital bond bill passed in 2018.

The college is notably excited about the award, Vice President of Administration & Finance Andrea Wadsworth said, because it will allow BCC to approach its PCB initiative in a holistic manner and honor its commitment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to remove the

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BerkshiresCanCode Announces Launch of Initial Program
12:11PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — CanCode Communities, a nonprofit organization training non-traditional talent for software career opportunities, announced the launch of its initial BerkshiresCanCode program: Front-End Web Development.    Registration is now open for the 12-week course, which starts on May 10 and runs through July 28.   "We're thrilled to offer our first-ever adult workforce course through BerkshiresCanCode, and to begin to serve this rapidly expanding community of software and technology companies," said Annmarie Lanesey, Founder and CEO of CanCode Communities. "It's exciting to work with untapped talent and equip people with the skills to

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Additional High School Librarian Added to Pittsfield Schools Budget
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:36PM / Sunday, April 17, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Following a workshop and internal review of the Pittsfield Public School's proposed fiscal 2023 budget, the administration made a few changes to the proposed spending.

Two positions were removed from the $72.3 million budget, a part-time assistant athletic director and full-time human resources assistant, to make room for two full-time librarians located at Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School.

Previously, one full-time high school librarian had been funded through federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds but Superintendent Joseph Curtis said the district would like to make a local commitment to having a librarian

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