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Pittsfield Pols Discuss Importance of Millennial Voters At BCC Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, September 30, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In just a few short years, college students will be graduated, looking for work, buying a home, having children, and pay off loads of student debt.

But right now they aren't thinking of that, at least not in the political sense.

The 18- to 29-year-old age bracket votes at a much lower rate than older generations. And because of that, it is easier for politicians to craft their views around the population that put them in office — ignoring the issues of the young.

"The 18-to-29 age group only has at best a 45 percent turnout. The highest voting group of people are over 60 and 72 percent turn out to vote, at least 72 percent. You want want

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MCLA Starts Off Semester With New Leader, More Students & $2M Grant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:29AM / Wednesday, September 07, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is starting of the 2016 fall semester in a good place.

For the first time in two years, it has a permanent president at the helm, enrollment is up and it was just awarded $2 million to help it keep doing what it's been doing so well: retaining and graduating its low-income and students of color.

President James F. "Jaimie" Birge announced at Tuesday's traditional convocation breakfast that the college was told last week it would receive a $2.177 million federal "Strengthening Institutions Program" grant.

"Last week, the U.S. Department of Education recognized MCLA as one of only 13

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Q&A With MCLA President James Birge
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Originally called the North Adams Normal School, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was founded to train public school teachers.   True to that heritage, today's MCLA faculty members take seriously their role as educators. That is the message the college's 12th president received when he arrived on campus earlier this year.   "To a department, the faculty talked about their commitment to students achieving their academic goals, which isn't always the case," James F. "Jaime" Birge said recently. "Faculty aren't always as uniformly committed to that purpose as our faculty here. Literally, every

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Berkshire STEM Network Snags $65,000 State Grant
01:08PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Network has received $65,000 from the Massachusetts STEM Pipeline Fund to promote STEM education in the region.

The funding is part of more than $250,000 in recent grant awards to support the commonwealth's regional STEM networks. This regional award will support Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley. As the lead partner of the Berkshire STEM Network, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will continue to collaborate with education, community and industry partners across the region.

MCLA Dean of Academic Affairs Monica Joslin, who serves on the STEM Advisory Council, said an investment

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Students Join Berkshire Community Collegeís 2016 STEM Starter Academy
03:17PM / Monday, August 15, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Twenty-six Berkshire County students have joined the 2016 STEM Starter Academy at Berkshire Community College, a program geared toward high school students who are interested in attending BCC to study STEM fields.

Part of a statewide Massachusetts Community College initiative, the program features a three-week Summer STEM Success Academy and a year-long Support Academy at BCC. The program aims to provide students with the tools they need to be STEM ready in college and the workplace including: academic support, tutoring, special field trips, guest speakers and a STEM Academy Success Kit.

Colleen Baker

Ajejandro Cermeno

Anthony Hover-Williams and Alexi

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Pittsfield Co-op Awards $7,000 in Scholarships to Area Students
12:49PM / Monday, August 15, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank has announced that 14 area students have received awards from the bank's Centennial Scholarship Fund.  Each recipient received $500.

Created in 1989 in celebration of the co-op’s 100th anniversary, the Centennial Scholarship Fund has provided more than $295,000 in aid to local students seeking to further their education.  

Richard Garwood, Nicholas Gingras        

Hailey Graham, Allison Hunt         

Michael Peplowski, Nicholas Terpak

Kayla Kowalczyk, Erica Perrea, Colleen Kiely     

Jesse Rogers, Meryl Phair

Morgan DeGrenier

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Miss Hallís School Announces Headís List, Honor Roll
10:42AM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall’s School has announced 40 local students among the 112 girls schoolwide named to the Head’s List and Honor Roll for the second semester, which ended June 1.

For Head’s List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

 

Head's List

Amelia Biancolo, of Dalton; Rachel Campoli, Dalton; Emily Pulver, Canaan, N.Y.; and Sarah Willson,

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Berkshire County Arc Awards Scholarships to Five Local High School Seniors
03:35PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group have awarded scholarships ranging up to $1,400 to five high school seniors who demonstrated outstanding prior involvement with individuals with disabilities and the potential to contribute to the field of human services.

* Victoria A. Ryan, Monument Mountain Regional High School

* Cody Ciepiela, Wahconah Regional High School (Recipient of the Down Syndrome Family Group Scholarship, which is funded by Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group.)

* Elizabeth B. Bean, St. Joseph High School (Recipient of the Carol Craighead Memorial Scholarship Award,

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Berkshire Country Day School Celebrates Awards, Graduation
03:22PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
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LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School, an independent school for students in preschool through ninth grade, celebrated an Awards and Graduation Ceremony on June 15.

Fourteen students graduated from BCD.
 

Members of the Class of 2016 are:

* William Hakan Blomquist, Hillsdale, N.Y.

* Nicolas Frederic Capala, Spencertown, N.Y.
 
* Samantha Veta Mavis Elliott, Pittsfield, Mass.
 
* Samuel Maher Ferrone, Spencertown, N.Y.
 
* Maxwell Bradshaw Kittredge, Dalton, Mass.

* Tibor Kane Lazar, Kinderhook, N.Y.

*  Rosemary Elizabeth Lindsay, Lakeville, Conn.

*  Finn Iverson Mathews, Lenox, Mass.

* Dorree Sainoi Ndooki, Great Barrington, Mass.

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Deanís List
02:55PM / Monday, June 27, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.—Berkshire Community College has announced its Spring 2016 Dean’s List.

According to Dr. Frances Feinerman, vice president for Academic Affairs, to be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 159 students

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