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BArT Upcoming Enrollment Deadlines
04:00AM / Saturday, October 24, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades six through nine for the 2020-2021 school year, and grades six through ten for the 2021-2022 school year.    The next enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year will be Thursday, Oct. 29 at 12:00 p.m. The first enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year will be in January 2021; date TBA.    More information on the school's enrollment and lottery process can be found at www.bartcharter.org.    Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or

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Berkshire Community College Celebrates 60th Year With Video Ceremony
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Thursday, October 22, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state's first community college opened 60 years ago in the Central Annex building on Second Street with about 150 students and a handful of disciplines.    Since then, its moved to West Street, increased its student body by more than tenfold and offers 40 associate degrees and 15 certificates, some in disciplines that didn't exist 60 years ago.    Much of Berkshire Community College's original establishment is because of the work done by former state Rep. Thomas C. Wojtkowski of Pittsfield, who represented what was then the 5th Berkshire District.    "We all have to credit Tom Wojtkowski for the fact that

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Berkshire Community College To Celebrate 60th Anniversary Virtually
10:19AM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In 2020, Berkshire Community College (BCC) turns 60 years old.    To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the College has partnered again with Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV) to broadcast an hour-long anniversary special on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6:00 PM.   Founded in 1960, BCC is the first community college established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.    The 60th celebration video is made up of a compilation of interviews with faculty and staff, a compilation of shorts about various academic programs, spotlights on families that met at BCC, a conversation with Robert Boland for whom the theatre at BCC is named, and a look at the

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Berkshire Museum To Participate In National School Readiness Project
03:42PM / Thursday, October 15, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum was selected to participate in the Building a National Network of Museums and Libraries for School Readiness Project

As part of an agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded to Boston Children's Museum to expand its existing School Readiness through Partnerships program to three new states, the Berkshire Museum has been selected to engage in the Building a National Network of Museums and Libraries for School Readiness project.    The museum's programming during the project will focus on developing and testing object-based mobile museum units in non-traditional, community settings. This

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Berkshire Country Day School Head Speaking at Conference
09:13AM / Thursday, October 15, 2020
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LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School Head of School Jenifer Fox will keynote for the International Democratic Education Conference.   The conference will take place on Thursday, Oct 29, at noon. Her talk, "A Child's Search for Meaning: How we can infuse education with meaning and why," will be delivered via internet conference to a worldwide audience in both English and French.   The education conference meets annually, rotating hosting responsibilities between eight to 10 different countries. The gathering draws a few thousand attendees from 30-40 countries who convene to discuss and envision the future of education. This year, the conference will honor

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Two BArT Students Named In The National Merit Scholarship Program
05:39PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — Two BArT Students Named "Commended Students" in the National Merit Scholarship Program.   Principal Sean Keogh, of Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School announced that Emma Danylin and Kyle Gwilt have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.    A Letter of Commendation from the School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, has been presented to these seniors.   About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5

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BCC TRIO Student Support Services Program Renewed
11:28AM / Monday, October 05, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College TRIO Student Support Services program has been renewed with a $1.4 million award.   In August, The U.S. Department of Education announced that Berkshire Community College's (BCC) TRIO Student Support Services grant program was renewed for five years, with an award of $1,473,625 to help students succeed in and graduate from college.    BCC's program will receive $294,725 per year, allowing it to continue serving 165 students per academic year through 2025.   TRIO grants are awarded every five years on a competitive basis, with a total of $270 million allocated to 968 institutions by the federal government in

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BCC To Host Virtual Info-Sessions
03:07PM / Friday, October 02, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Community College (BCC) Admissions team is hosting virtual information session events.   These sessions are designed to help students enroll in classes this spring. This October, the sessions will be on Monday, Oct. 5 at 4:00 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 15 at 12:00 p.m.   The virtual info-sessions include conversations with Admissions Counselors about applying, registering for classes, financial aid opportunities, and what the spring semester will look like. Registration for these virtual info-sessions are available at www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse.   During the virtual info-session, prospective students of all ages can ask questions about

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BCC Host Non-profit Institute Workshop
08:43AM / Thursday, October 01, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College to host an eight-part Non-profit Institute workshop series starting Oct. 1.   Berkshire Community College (BCC) will begin hosting the Non-profit Institute, which runs eight consecutive workshop sessions weekly, on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:00 pm via Zoom, Oct. 1 through  Nov. 19.   This program offers an overview of resource development functions. Open to nonprofit staff, board members and community volunteers, discussion will focus on real world needs and daily challenges.    Participants may enroll in the eight-part series for $250; the fee for each separate session is $40.   Instructor Abbie von

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ThinkFOOD 2020: Eating to Save the Planet
02:51PM / Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. The seventh annual ThinkFOOD 2020 conference will be virtual this year.   The Center for Food Studies at Bard College at Simon's Rock presents the 7th annual ThinkFOOD conference as a virtual event on Zoom on Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4 with a special opening workshop on Friday, Oct. 2.    ThinkFOOD will feature panels to help viewers eat, shop, and think about food in a more sustainable way.    The keynote address will be by Brian Donahue of Brandeis University, author of "A New England Food Vision".    Registration closes on Friday   The conference starts Friday, Oct. 2 with an interactive kombucha

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