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MCLA To Hold In-Person Convocation
12:13PM / Monday, August 23, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will hold an in-person Convocation ceremony for first-year students at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the Amsler Campus Center Gym.     Students and guests at Convocation will follow current COVID-19 public health protocols as outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, including mask-wearing and social distancing.     "I'm so excited to welcome the Class of 2025 to campus, and to come together for Convocation in person this year," said MCLA President James F. Birge. "Convocation is one of our favorite traditions here, and it will be wonderful to clap and cheer for

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State Board of Education Expected to Endorse School Mask Mandate
09:23AM / Saturday, August 21, 2021
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BOSTON — The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education plans to meet Tuesday morning at 10 to authorize the commissioner of education to issue a mask mandate for public school students.    "In light of the current rise of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, I believe a mask mandate will be an important additional measure to keep students in school safely at this time," writes DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Rily in a memorandum to the board. "Masks remain a simple and effective mitigation measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A mandate will also provide more time for students and staff to get vaccinated, as we know vaccination remains the single most important tool in

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Literacy Network of South Berkshire Welcomes New Board Member
08:43AM / Friday, August 20, 2021
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LEE, Mass. — Literacy Network of South Berkshire (LitNet) announced the election of Catheryn Chacon to the organization's Board of Directors.     "LitNet is thrilled to have Catheryn joining our Board. We are particularly grateful that she will bring her professional expertise to LitNet's Finance Committee," said LitNet's Executive Director, Leigh Doherty.    Originally from Colombia, Chacon came to the United States when she was 15 years old and settled with her family in Lee. She received her associate's degree from Berkshire Community College, and her bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from the Isenberg School of

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Health Education Students Offered Free Program Focused on Community Needs
08:04AM / Friday, August 20, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is resuming its in-person Health Scholars' Program in collaboration with Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield.    The program is for allied health students (including nursing, physical therapist assistants, respiratory care, and community health workers) interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in addressing local community needs.    "There are many reasons to take advantage of the Health Scholars' Program," says AHEC Center Director, Sheila Dargie. "The opportunity to work with professionals outside the traditional

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BCC Sets Date for Final Nursing Program Info Session
12:19PM / Thursday, August 19, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College has set a final opportunity on Monday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. to attend a mandatory Nursing Information Session for students ready to enroll in the spring 2022 Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) cohort.    To RSVP, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/nursinginfo. The deadline to submit a complete matriculation form is  Wednesday, Sept. 1.    The nursing program is recognized as one of the top ten nursing programs in the commonwealth, according to Nursing Schools Almanac's 2020 rankings. The ADN program at BCC is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and is

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Greylock Federal Credit Union Provides Financial Literacy Resources
07:59AM / Wednesday, August 18, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. Greylock Federal Credit Union (FCU) is bringing financial literacy education to over 14,440 students and residents in Massachusetts.    Students at 166 schools will have free access to Banzai, an online program and content library that allows users to practice real-world finance from the safety of their home or classroom using any internet-enabled device. Greylock FCU offers Banzai to all of the students in their field of membership areas which include Berkshire, Westfield, Southwick, Granville, Montgomery and Russell counties.    "Thank you SO much for providing the Berkshire Country Day School students with the Banzai courses!" said teacher

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BCC Updates COVID-19 Policies
04:02PM / Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adhering to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, effective Wednesday, August 18, 2021, masks are required in all indoor spaces at Berkshire Community College (BCC).    This applies to any vaccination status.   All faculty, staff and students in the College's healthcare fields who will be working or learning in long-term care facilities, including skilled nursing facilities and the state's two Soldiers' Homes, must be fully vaccinated (per local facility requirements and Governor Baker's Executive Order) against COVID-19 by Oct. 10, 2021.    Additionally, anyone (including students, staff and faculty) working or

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LitNet featured as BerkShares' Business of the Month
12:27PM / Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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LEE, Mass. — Literacy Network of South Berkshire (LitNet) will be featured on BerkShares' Business of the Month radio show, hosted by Rachel Moriarty of BerkShares, Inc.    The show will air on Wednesday, August 18 at 9:05 AM on local radio station WSBS. LitNet is BerkShares' featured business for the month of August.   In the 25-minute show, Moriarty interviews LitNet's Executive Director Leigh Doherty about the impact that LitNet's work has on the Berkshire community and the ways its programming impacts the local economy by helping community members achieve a higher level of education, better English language skills, or U.S. citizenship, and the way

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Berkshire Community College To Host Registration Days
07:57AM / Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) invites all interested in applying for the fall semester to attend two registration days on Saturday, Aug. 21 and Saturday, Aug. 28 from 8 am to 12 pm.    The sessions will be held on campus, where students can walk in without an appointment and be instantly accepted to the College after applying. Applicants can receive instant acceptance.   Academic advisors and financial aid counselors will be available to help guide students through the process. Participants are also invited to join the One Stop virtual window for questions and answers, the link for this virtual window is available at

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BCC Launches Early College Program
08:04AM / Friday, August 13, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the creation of an Early College program offering free college courses to Massachusetts high school juniors and seniors.    Students with a high school GPA of 2.7 or higher (or who pass BCC's Accuplacer exam) may take up to 15 credits this fall, academic schedules permitting. Tuition and fees will be waived.    Three options are offered within the program:  Bridge to College: Available to high school seniors only, this option offers waived tuition and fees for one course per year.  Concurrent: Students enroll in a high school course approved for BCC college credit.  Dual

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