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North Adams School Committee OKs Golf, Cross Country for Fall
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Thursday, September 03, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday voted to move football and soccer to the so-called "Fall II" and to allow golf and cross country to go ahead with precautions.    The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association last week released final guides for fall high school sports in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The concept of a Fall II had been approved earlier for football and other high contact sports to be played  between February and April.   "It would basically run dates to be determined but between the winter, and the spring season so for our district probably mid-March to the end of April," said Athletic

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North Adams Schools Use $1M in Grants to Prepare for School Year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Wednesday, September 02, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Schools has received more than $1 million grants to aid it in shifting to remote learning or, later on, a hybrid model of learning.    The grants will fund a range of technology and support materials as well as a coordinator of digital learning and instructional technology.   "North Adams was recently the recipient of a rather large remote-learning grant that has allowed us to really think about how we would utilize that those funds to support our teachers this year, knowing that we will be highly dependent on remote learning, whether it's hybrid or fully remote," Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the committee

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BCC To Host On Campus And Virtual Registration
03:35PM / Monday, August 31, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BCC to host another registration day on campus and virtually Wednesday, Sept. 2.   Berkshire Community College (BCC) will host another open registration day, on-campus and virtually, on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.    During this registration event, applicants and students may show up in person or online to get help registering for the fall 2020 semester, which begins Sept. 8. BCC enrollment teams will be available both on-campus and remotely.   The use of an online Zoom waiting room for people looking to make appointments with Advising will be utilized, on-campus or off, where students will get queued up to meet with the Academic

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MCLA Welcomes Students Back, Implements COVID-19 Precautions
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:27AM / Monday, August 31, 2020
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MCLA has signs around the campus reminding everyone to mask up and social distance. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Move-in weekend at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has generally been a celebratory affair as hundreds of students show up with parents and family in tow to prepare for the fall semester.    This year was a low-key affair as the annual event played out over several days with staggered arrivals and mandated COVID-19 testing — another sign of the changes wrought by the novel coronavirus pandemic.    "It looks very different, we've spread out moving over a few more days," said Gina Puc, dean of enrollment management and community

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BCC to Offer New Certificate Programs This Fall
11:11AM / Saturday, August 29, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will be offering two new certificate programs in the 2020-2021 academic year, including Law Enforcement and Mental Health Worker certificates – in addition to the Cannabis Industry certificate, which is now offering a second year cohort model this fall.

The Law Enforcement certificate falls under the Criminal Justice program. The certificate was developed and ratified by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Training and Education Committee as an important step in their goal to have a better educated and more professional workforce in the commonwealth. The certificate combines specialized criminal justice and general

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BCC Offers Networking and Cybersecurity Program
10:57AM / Thursday, August 27, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is continuing to offer its Networking & Cybersecurity program for students interested in entering the workforce as a network technician and/or as a tier 1 cybersecurity analyst in a Security Operations Center (SOC). 

Students can also elect to transfer to a college or university to further their skills in computer Info Systems (CIS) to become a tier 2 or 3 security analyst or network engineer. On average, entry level analysts start out making about $62,000 a year.

"Anyone who has watched the news in the past couple of years knows why cybersecurity has become so important and the need for cybersecurity analysts is

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College Notes: Summmer & Fall 2020
07:59PM / Monday, August 24, 2020
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The O'Connor Center for Community Engagement at the has recognized more 30 students for their outstanding commitment to community service. Among them is Samuel Polastri of Becket, who was named a Community Service Leader for the 2019-2020 school year. Community Service Leaders are students who have accrued anywhere from 100 to 400 or more hours of volunteer work during the year.      Neha Goel of Pownal, Vt., was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Goel was initiated atin Troy N.Y.     Kathryn J. Wells of Windsor has been awarded the Outstanding Student in

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MCLA Welcomes Six New Faculty Members
10:37AM / Sunday, August 23, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Six new faculty members will be joining the MCLA community for the college's fall semester: Lisa Arrastia, Thomas Burton, Whitney Gecker, Sharon Head, Sudipto Sarkar, and J. Antonio Templanza. 

• Dr. Lisa Arrastia joins MCLA's Education Department as assistant professor of education. Her fields of concentration are audioethnography, critical childhood studies, and critical race theory. Her scholarship investigates the pedagogies of culture, racial capitalism, masculinity, and the intersections of race, social class, place, and school. 

Originally from New York City, Dr. Arrastria has a Ph.D. in American Studies from University of Minnesota,

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Summer Jazz Camp Brought Music to Bowe Field
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:39AM / Saturday, August 22, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires' Summer Jazz Day Camp was in full swing at Bowe Field this past week.   Playing a musical instrument with others has topped the list of things not allowed during the pandemic, but musical director Richard Boulger found a way to make it happen.   "I thought let's go for it," Boulger said. "So we have been very ambitious...what better time than now to celebrate life with music."   Wind instruments require the player to blow air through the instrument creating spit. It is also impossible to play while wearing a mask. This is not optimal during a pandemic so the camp, that is typically held at Hoosac Valley High

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State DPH Setting Up Rapid Response Testing Deployment for Schools
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:24PM / Thursday, August 20, 2020
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Gov. Charlie Baker has been encouraging school systems to in low-transmission areas to start at least some in-person education.  BOSTON — The state is launching a rapid response testing program for all K-12 schools in Massachusetts as part of a package of resources to encourage schools to bring students back into the classrooms.    Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday said the testing program for the novel coronavirus would be made available to the schools based on criteria spelled out by the Department of Public Health in coordination with local boards of health.    "This program will be designed to quickly deliver testing resources for students and

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