Berkshire Community College

Ellen Kennedy is the president of Berkshire Community College. With its main campus headquartered west of downtown Pittsfield, the college serves around 1,300 students —  96 percent from Berkshire County. BCC is also the home of the Western Massachusetts branch of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a country-wide educational entity funded by philanthropist Bernard Osher that offers adults above 50 noncredit college courses. Kennedy spoke with WAMC in advance of the new school year.

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On Tuesday, Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker announced that Berkshire Community College would receive $5.5 million to turn the first floor of its Field Administration building into a One Stop Student Success Center. The grant is a part of Baker’s 2019 Capital Investment Plan to invest $190 million in higher education in the commonwealth. Conceived in 2015, the goal of the center is to make the admission and enrollment process easier for students at the college’s Pittsfield campus. WAMC spoke with Adam Klepetar, BCC’s Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, he accepted the grant on behalf of the college during a ceremony at Westfield State University.

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Berkshire Community College says its offices will move into a new space in downtown Pittsfield.

BCC Opens Women’s Center

Apr 18, 2018
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Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield officially opened its new women’s center on Tuesday.

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An unusual program at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield hopes to document the stories of immigrants coming to western Massachusetts. 

BCC Slates Turf Field Groundbreaking In May

Dec 31, 2017
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The groundbreaking for an artificial turf field at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is set for May, but a funding gap could change those plans. 

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The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will hold a series of listening sessions across the state before concluding in Pittsfield. 

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Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is hosting a play reading about seven women who have advocated for the well-being of women, children and families around the world tonight. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with local actress Carla Lewis and CeCe Sloan, a member of the U.S. National Committee of Women and the director of SEVEN, A Documentary Play.

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A new collaboration has been designed to strengthen collegiate early childhood education programs in Western Massachusetts. 

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A new collaboration has been designed to strengthen collegiate early childhood education programs in Western Massachusetts. 

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A plumbing system problem closed Berkshire Community College early Wednesday. 

The Berkshire Concert Choir was formed in 1977 with the merger of the Stockbridge Singers, Inc. and The Cantata Choir of South Congregational Church of Pittsfield. The Choir is a membership organization open to all who enjoy singing and are willing to devote one evening a week to rehearsals.

The Choir presents Carl Orff's cantata, Carmina Burana, on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm in the Boland Theater at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield. 

To tell us more, we welcome Paula Nuss, Artistic Director, Marilyn Gerhard, tenor and President of the choir, and Francis Stone, bass and board member.

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Berkshire Community College and area business leaders showed off cutting-edge technology on Thursday that they believe will grow the region’s innovation and manufacturing sectors.

The renovated Hawthorne Hall at Berkshire Community College is open for classes.
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The fall semesters for most colleges and universities are just under way and in Pittsfield, the area’s community college is undergoing major changes.

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The federal government has awarded Berkshire Community College nearly $2 million to improve student graduation rates and expand its ability to serve low-income students.

A planned athletic turf field at Berkshire Community College has been pushed back a year as the state Department of Environmental Protection reviews an appeal from a neighborhood group concerned about environmental impacts.

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Opponents of an artificial turf field on the Berkshire Community College campus are raising concerns about environmental and health impacts they believe will be created by the project. They spoke at a meeting Monday night.

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A community forum is planned today at Berkshire Community College to discuss the building of a turf athletic field at the school’s Pittsfield campus.

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will deliver the keynote address at Berkshire Community College’s 55th commencement ceremony Friday afternoon. C-SPAN will air Warren’s speech at later date.

  Founded in 1954, Berkshire County Arc provides a broad range of community-based services to 650 individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injuries and autism throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties in Massachusetts. The agency offers three day programs, 35 residential programs, employment services, citizen- and self-advocacy programs, respite services, an adult family care program and Zip 'N Sort Mail Services.

On Saturday, March 28, the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group will host the 2015 Berkshire County Sprout Film Festival at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass. The Festival begins at noon and will feature short films about individuals with various disabilities, their lives and personal achievements.

Here to tell us more are Jessica Dennis, Adult Family Care Case Manager at Berkshire County Arc and Amy Robandt, Director of Family Services at Berkshire County Arc.

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Berkshire Community College has announced U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren will serve as the keynote speaker at May’s commencement.

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Berkshire Community College is preparing for $32 million in upgrades to its Pittsfield campus, including building renovations, a turf athletic field and resurfaced parking lots and driveways.

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For the third straight year, Massachusetts has included Berkshire Community College in its Amp It Up! advanced manufacturing grant program.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has just over a month left in office. The Democrat made his way out to westernmost portion of the commonwealth for what may his last visit as governor Monday.

With Halloween creeping closer on Friday, a Williams College professor and author is giving a very timely, yet eyebrow-raising talk at Berkshire Community College tomorrow. Colin Adams is a mathematics professor, humor columnist for the Mathematical Intelligencer and author whose new book is titled Zombies & Calculus.

Adams spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis to explain how the characters in the novel use math to battle zombies.

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Berkshire Community College and the University at Albany have an agreement today allowing atmospheric science students to transfer between the schools and across state borders.

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There are more than 185,000 unresolved murders in the United States. A talk this Saturday at Berkshire Community College will focus on how cases go cold and the methods law enforcement agencies use to solve them.

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People across the country are taking part in a national day of service to mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

More than 50 people came out for a meal and some entertainment at First United Methodist Church in Pittsfield Monday afternoon. Nine year-old Gavin Trautman was busy running around handing out food and drinks.

Taconic HS and BCC Showcase High-Tech Partnership

Oct 2, 2013
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A western Massachusetts high school is showing off its new high-tech manufacturing equipment.

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The recently appointed Massachusetts Secretary of Education visited with school superintendents and local officials in the Berkshires today to hear suggestions for improving the state education system.