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Along with 14 other community colleges around Massachusetts, Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield will not require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the fall semester. WAMC spoke with college president Ellen Kennedy about why she signed on to a letter outlining the policy and more.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker toured a vaccination clinic in Pittsfield Thursday before giving an update on the state’s COVID-19 situation.

A University of Pittsburgh geriatric medical expert is giving a virtual talk for Berkshire Community College today. She says the elderly face outsized inequities in the American healthcare system.

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Across Berkshire County, community groups are recognizing the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service on Monday.

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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts will not consider standardized test results in its admissions process for the next two years as part of a pilot program.

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Berkshire Community College says after a positive COVID-19 test earlier this semester, it now has no active cases of the disease.

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Positive COVID-19 tests remain low at Berkshire County higher ed institutions.

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Higher ed institutions in Berkshire County are settling into the new norm of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Academic institutions around Berkshire County are responding differently to the spread of COVID-19. Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts is moving entirely to remote learning starting in April after an extended spring break. Meanwhile, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams has extended its break through Friday, March 27th before returning to normal classes on March 30th. Berkshire Community College, with 1,600 students from around the county and a flagship campus in Pittsfield, is canceling many events into April. Dean of Enrollment Management Christina Wynn explained to WAMC how BCC is crafting its response, and why the community college faces unique challenges.

A group of state and local environmental groups are bringing a documentary about the 2018 Merrimack Valley Columbia Gas disaster to Pittsfield, Massachusetts. “Under Pressure” explores the natural gas industry and the impact of the chain of explosions that ripped through dozens of homes in Eastern Massachusetts. It was created by Greenfield’s Four Rivers Charter Public School class of 2019, and will be screened at Berkshire Community College tonight at 5:30 along with guest speakers. Rosemary Wessel, the program director for the Berkshire Environment Action Team’s No Fracked Gas In Mass program, spoke with WAMC about the film, ongoing legislative responses after the disaster, and what role fracking plays in the commonwealth.

Candidates sit behind a long table in front of glass walls at Berkshire Community College while the moderator looks on from behind a podium to their left.
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Candidates running for school committee in the coming Pittsfield, Massachusetts municipal election debated at Berkshire Community College Monday night.

Berkshire Community College is holding a series of debates among candidates in the Pittsfield, Massachusetts municipal election starting Monday.

As the marijuana industry continues to take hold in Massachusetts, Berkshire Community College is developing a unique cannabis certificate course with a local dispensary.

Berkshire Community College is set to host a debate for city councilor candidates at its Pittsfield, Massachusetts campus. WAMC’s Josh Landes has more.

The Berkshire County Branch of the NAACP and Berkshire Community College are holding an event this week to highlight local residents’ experiences with identity, inequality, and activism.

Berkshire Community College announced today that its nursing program will not accept a new class this fall.

A new program from Berkshire Community College aims to link interested area residents with the region’s hospitality companies. 

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A 5-year-old decision was re-examined at this week’s Pittsfield City Council meeting.

Berkshire Community College is holding an open house on its main Pittsfield, Massachusetts campus tonight.

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.