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BCC Fine And Performing Arts Virtual Information Session
08:22AM / Thursday, March 04, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) is offering a Virtual Fine & Performing Arts Information session on Thursday, March 11 at 6:00 PM.   Information sessions provide an opportunity for prospective students to learn more about the Fine & Performing Arts program, including the admissions process, financial aid process/due dates, and have a chance to chat with faculty about the Music, Theatre, or Visual Arts options offered at the College.   For more information, or to register for this Virtual Fine & Performing Arts Information session, head to www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse and register for this virtual session at the bottom of the page, or

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State Adding Teachers, School Staff to List Eligible to Receive Vaccine
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:42AM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021
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Today, I am directing every state to prioritize educators for vaccination. We want every educator, school staff member, and child-care worker to receive at least one shot by the end of this month.

It’s time to treat in-person learning like the essential service that it is.

— President Biden (@POTUS) March 2, 2021 GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Educators, early educators and school staff will be eligible to make appointments through the commonwealth's system to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting next week, Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Wednesday morning.   Making a stop at West Parish Elementary School, Baker said educators, who were next on the state's priority

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BCC to host Virtual Open House on Saturday
08:01AM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will host a Virtual Open House on Saturday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.   During the virtual open house, guests choose one of four break out rooms, where they can chat with Admissions Counselors and faculty about their academic interests or how to navigate the admissions process. The four break out rooms, facilitated by deans or faculty, will be for Nursing, Business & Outreach, STEM and Allied Health, or Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences.   Attendees will then also get a chance to learn more about financial aid opportunities and about their transfer options from BCC to hundreds of four-year schools.

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Literacy Network Adds Two New Staff Members
08:53AM / Friday, February 26, 2021
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LEE, Mass. — Amanda Giracca and Miguel Silva have joined Literacy Network of South Berkshire as Development & Communications Associate and Learner Liaison, respectively.     "Amanda and Miguel bring the necessary professional and personal skills to their respective roles," Executive Director Leigh Doherty said."It takes a team, and I am really excited by this one."    Giracca, a Berkshire County native, is a writer and former writing professor who most recently taught at the University at Albany. She has been a volunteer tutor for LitNet, and served as an intern for the organization's annual appeal starting last

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Hancock Shaker Village Improves Internship Program With Donation
04:02PM / Thursday, February 25, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A grant from the Feigenbaum Foundation will allow Hancock Shaker Village to offer paid internships for up to ten people during the 2021 season.    Launched in 2017, the Village's internship program engages undergraduate students in a living history museum and farm to develop professional skills and connect to career opportunities. In addition to the gift from the Foundation, an anonymous donor in 2020 supported the creation of onsite intern housing, thereby also providing interns the option to live on campus beginning in the summer of 2021.    "We are grateful for the Feigenbaum Foundation's generosity and long-standing commitment

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BCC offering Virtual Massage Therapy Information session
12:44PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. Berkshire Community College (BCC) is offering a Virtual Massage Therapy Information session on Wednesday, March 3 at 4:00 PM.   Information sessions provide an opportunity for prospective and accepted Massage Therapy students to learn more about the Massage Therapy program, admissions process, financial aid process/due dates, immunization/medical requirements, CORI/SORI clearance, and the part-time evening/Saturday program pathway.   For more information, or to register for this Virtual Massage Therapy Information session, contact Judy Gawron, Program Coordinator and Professor in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, at jgawron@berkshirecc.edu or by calling

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State Wants Students Back in the Classroom in April
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:33PM / Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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BOSTON — Public school students are expected to be back in the classroom by April.    Gov. Charlie Baker and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley on Tuesday outlined a phased-in process that will begin with elementary students.    "There's no substitute for in-person learning, especially for kids in elementary school," the governor said at his daily briefing. "Our administration's been clear for months that the best place for kids is in the classroom and today Commissioner Riley started a process, working with the board of Elementary and Secondary Education, to get more kids back into the classroom full time by

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MCLA To Open Registration for Summer Sessions
04:01PM / Monday, February 22, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Registration for MCLA's three summer sessions will open March 1, 2021, and the majority of summer classes will be taught online this year.     Summer classes at MCLA offers summer classes for MCLA undergraduate and graduate students; students from other colleges; high school students; college graduates interested in Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Education (MEd) courses; or community members and others seeking courses.    Summer sessions schedule  Session A: May 24-July 2  Session B: June 21-July 30  Session C: July 6-August 13  MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education

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IS183 Adjusting to Digital Platform, Welcomes New Faculty Artists
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:33AM / Sunday, February 21, 2021
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Artist and speaker Pops Peterson, seen with students in this file photo, his hosting a scholarship fundraiser to help children attend IS183 Art School.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — A well-known Stockbridge art school quickly pivoted to digital learning at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with success and is now welcoming three new faculty artists to its talent pool.

"It's been full of changes, and full of innovation, and definitely challenges," Executive Director Lucie Castaldo said in regards to the historical year. "Virtual programming is going great, better than any of us expected because we really had no idea."

Since last April, IS183 Art School has had 648

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BCC Offering Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
03:53PM / Thursday, February 18, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) is offering its Phlebotomy Technician Certificate (PTC) this spring, with classes starting on March 2, 2021.    The non-credit program provides hybrid (classroom and online) instruction, laboratory simulation, and clinical site placement to train phlebotomy technicians.   Phlebotomists or phlebotomy technicians primarily draw blood, which is then used for different kinds of medical laboratory testing. Because all blood samples look the same, phlebotomists must carefully identify and label the sample they have drawn and enter it into a database.   Based on the data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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