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MCLA Offering College Classes to High School Students
08:00AM / Monday, August 09, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education worked this summer with Student Diplomacy Corps (SDC) to offer college classes to 101 high school students from 15 U.S. states and four different countries, including two from Berkshire County.     The program, which provides full scholarships for high school students, lets participants select from ten college credit courses, from Public Health to Sociology and Culture, Ecology, History, Literature, and Music.    "The Student Diplomacy Corps has offered an outstanding program this summer that MCLA has been proud to support," said Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing

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MCLA Accepting Applicants for Fall Degree Completion Program
07:50AM / Wednesday, July 28, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education is accepting applicants to the College's fall Degree Completion Program, a cohort-style program that begins Sept. 1 for students looking for a non-traditional path to a bachelor's degree.     MCLA's Degree Completion Program is best suited for those who have an associate's degree or some college credits. Each program is conducted in a cohort-style learning format, in which students begin their course of study with a group of their peers and proceed through the program together. Classes are offered in the evening and online to help students balance work, family commitments, and

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Greylock Awards $14,500 in Scholarships
12:12PM / Friday, July 23, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union awarded two rounds of scholarships to college-bound high school seniors.   Eighteen awards of $500 each were granted in Berkshire County and one in Columbia County, NY under the Credit Union's annual "Community Enrichment" scholarship program.    Five "Scholastic Achievement Awards" of $1,000 each were also awarded. These awards are available as a part of Greylock's employee benefit package. In total, 24 students were awarded $14,500 toward continuing education.    "Greylock is delighted to recognize our area's outstanding students with these scholarships," said

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BCC Announces Virtual Info Session
08:03AM / Friday, July 23, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold a virtual information session for its hospitality and culinary programs on Tuesday, August 10 at 12 pm.    Current and prospective students can register for the Zoom session by visiting www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse and scrolling down to the "Program Info Sessions" section.   After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, BCC is relaunching its newly revised hospitality and culinary programs this fall. During the virtual information session, James Storey, BCC Faculty & Curriculum Coordinator, Hospitality Management, will review various certification and degree offerings, describe some of the new

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College Notes: Summer & Fall 2021
03:25PM / Thursday, July 22, 2021
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Two Berkshire County graduates have been accepted to in Potsdam, N.Y., as a member of the class of 2025. Gracie Towler of North Adams will be majoring in electrical engineering and Kate Kerwood of Pittsfield will be majoring in aeronautical engineering.

Michael Maruk of Pittsfield, a student atin Newton, presented at the university's Spring Symposium research showcase "The Invention of Now." The Spring Connected Learning Symposium is one of two annual research symposia held at Lasell University.   He participated in a video presentation, "What Does Conscious Awareness Mean To Me?" as one of Lasell's resident assistants.   presented its annual Key

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BCC Adds Licensed Practical Nurse Info Session
07:56AM / Thursday, July 22, 2021
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  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) encourages prospective Licensed Practical Nursing students to apply to BCC for fall registration on or before the deadline of Monday, July 26.    Registrants are required to participate in a virtual information session. A new mandatory LPN Info Session has been added on Friday, July 23 at noon.   Panelists include Lori Moon, Dean of Nursing; Karrie Trautman, Coordinator of One Stop Operations; Tammy Westlake, Student Advising Coordinator; and Eleanore Velez, Admissions Counselor. Participants will learn the basic requirements of the program and get a course overview.   To register, visit

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BCC Upcoming Admissions Info Sessions
08:07AM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) invites prospective students to its next series of free Virtual General Information Sessions: Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 5 pm, Thursday, Aug. 19 at 12 pm, and Saturday, Aug. 21 at 12 pm.    The 30-minute info sessions, presented by admissions counselors on Zoom, are designed to familiarize prospective students with the application and registration process.      Virtual General Information Session participants can:     Ask questions about the admissions

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MCLA Athletics Golf Classic Returns
04:04PM / Monday, July 19, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The MCLA Athletics Golf Classic will make its return Monday, Aug. 2 at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield after a one year absence due to the pandemic.    The Golf Classic serves as a major fundraiser for the College's Athletics Department. Over the years, the Classic has netted more than $40,000 in funds to support the MCLA's student-athletes.    Jointly hosted by the offices of Institutional Advancement and Athletics, this year's event will honor 2020 and 2021 senior student-athletes, who either had significant portions of their season cut short or were unable to begin their season as a result of the

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Venable Theater Renovations to be Completed for MCLA Student Return
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12:06PM / Friday, July 16, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Venable Theater renovations at the Massachucetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) are slated to be completed before students return for the fall semester.   Students return in-person this fall and will be able to begin working immediately on the College's 2021-2022 Theatre Season.   "The changes to the theater will provide students with the opportunity to work with the most up-to-date lighting technology in the field," said Jeremy Winchester, chair of MCLA's Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "Since theatre is so reliant on entertainment technology, this will give our students a substantial competitive advantage as they

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Irish American Club Establishes Irish Dance School
11:53AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Irish American Club of Berkshire County, led by President Kevin Cahill, announced the opening of their new Irish dance school, Scoil Rince Bréifne Ó Ruairc, under the direction of Jennifer Darby.   Scoil Rince Bréifne Ó Ruairc (skoal RIN-ka BREF-nee o RORK) will offer Irish dance classes to children and adults in Pittsfield. Their mission is to provide high-quality traditional Irish dance instruction in a fun, supportive, and inclusive environment to anyone in Berkshire County.   Jennifer has achieved certification as a teacher of Irish dance with Cumann Rince Naisiunta, an open platform Irish dance organization that is

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