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McCann Tech to Overhaul Outdated Website
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:10PM / Saturday, July 21, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School will completely overhaul the school website to bring it up to date and make it more user-friendly.   The School Committee unanimously voted Thursday to allocate $25,000 from the tuition account to hire Finalsite to create a new website for the school.   "We have had a lot of problems with the website ... the website is probably 20 years old and it is using a system that we cannot access to change things," Superintendent James Brosnan said. "So when you visit the School Committee site you will see some old friends in the photos."   Brosnan said there was a small website update 10 years ago but much of the

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Leadership Academy Offers Revitalization Ideas for North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:04AM / Saturday, July 21, 2018
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The Friday morning gatherings offer coffee and conversation. The most recent klatch drew about 80.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Friday morning coffee klatch at the parklet on Eagle Street has grown by leaps and bounds as a stopover to catch up with friends and acquaintances on the way to work.    This past Friday saw a singular bump in attendance as members of the Berkshire Leadership Academy saw an opportunity to share data and impressions they've collected on the city over the past two weeks. Some of the 67 participants of the program at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts mingled with residents, business and community leaders as the gathering spilled onto

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BCC's Nursing Program Placed on Warning Status
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:58PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nursing program at Berkshire Community College has been placed on warning.   The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing cited the college on a number of issues, which college officials have characterized as "housekeeping," and dropped the state accreditation to "approval with warning."   College officials have now created a blueprint to address the cited issues and are hoping to be back into the board's good graces as early as January.    "These are not student facing issues, it is not about our curriculum. These are procedure and policy issues that we need to address. We have begun preparing our

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Berkshire Community College Breaks Ground for Turf Field Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
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The project is already underway and is expected to be completed in six weeks. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Friday night lights will shine a bit brighter in the county.   Berkshire Community College celebrated the groundbreaking of a new turf field sports complex on its campus. In just six weeks, the county will have a top-notch sports facilities for youth football, soccer, lacrosse, and more for both day and night play.    "This is a community asset, not a Berkshire Community College asset. This field is about bringing together families, athletes, future athletes, and kids just trying out sports to come up here and play on this field and feel this is their field.

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Demo Underway at Mount Greylock; School on Track for September Opening
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
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While demolition goes on outside, work continues on the interior as the $65 million school is being readied to open for classes in September.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The "cold corridor" is a memory, and soon the rest of the former academic spaces at Mount Greylock Regional School will follow in its wake.   Demolition is well underway at the Cold Spring Road campus, where Holyoke's American Environmental has taken the lead on tearing down the two classroom wings that have been replaced by a three-story addition as part of the school district's $64 million building project.   On Thursday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady and Turner Construction's

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Elementary School Science Camp Held at Williams College
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Monday, July 16, 2018
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The professors keep things light and entertaining.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was storytime this past week at Williams College.   But the rising fifth- and sixth-graders at the college's Summer Science Lab were not being told stories. They were challenged to make up stories.   As part of the weeklong day camp, campers were assigned each night to think about a phenomenon observed in class and develop a "story" that might explain it.   On Thursday morning, the observation involved the mixing of a yellow liquid and a blue liquid to make a green one.   After talking with the three dozen youngsters sitting at lab tables in the college's

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Drury Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
03:02PM / Friday, July 13, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced the honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

Grade 12

Boillat, Taylor Nicole; Clements, Ashley Elizabeth; Copeland, Mackenzie Marie; Crosier, Cassandra Champagne; Denning, Cady Aileen; Eastwood, Serena Marie; Moon, Amanda Marie Taylor, Kiara Elizabeth; Wright, Kevin Robert; Zoito, Allison Elizabeth,

Brayman, Jacob Richard; Davis, Isaiah Julien; Flynn, Trinity Marie; Jennings, Amy Lee; Johnson, Nickolas Chandler; Jutras, Lillie Annetta; Labdi, Shadi Samir; Lessard, Matthew Ryan; Neff, Anthony John; Stewart, Emily Catherine; Therrien, Brianna Marie; Toomey, Dylan Hunter.

Grade 11

Alicandri, Vincienza Mai;

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BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
02:07PM / Friday, July 13, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Twenty-two graduates of the Practical Nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College were recognized June 14 during a pinning ceremony in the Robert Boland Theatre of the college's Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Nurse Catherine Stechmann, staff development coordinator at Hillcrest Commons Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility and clinical instructor, addressed the students.

The ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition, dating back before the turn of the 20th century.  Traditionally, nursing students have conducted an honors or pinning ceremony to mark the passage of student nurse role to practice role.  It is an emotional

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College Notes: July 2018
04:16PM / Thursday, July 12, 2018
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Tiffany-Rae Robinson of Dalton was selected as orientation group leader (OGL) for the 2018 Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) program at   SOAR helps set the stage for academic readiness and successful community integration to Western New England University and leaders help new students transition by providing entering students and parents with information and structure for effective adjustment to the university environment.   OGLs are students who have consistently modeled solid citizenship and active participation in the Western New England Community. They are selected for their strong communication skills, their leadership qualities, and their ability to build

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Berkshire Community College Awarded $5.5M for Student Center
05:20PM / Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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We are here in Westfield to celebrate the signing of our capital investment bond bill worth nearly $4 billion. Included in this plan is $950 million towards public higher education to address the deferred maintenance backlog and to support workforce skills needs. pic.twitter.com/f4T0JxqWr3

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) July 10, 2018 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has been awarded $5.5 million for a project that will transform the first floor of the Field Administration building into a One Stop Student Success Center.   Gov. Charlie Baker announced this award on Tuesday at Westfield State University. The funding is part of a five-year $190 million

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