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MCLA Summer Undergraduate Research Institute Underway
03:44PM / Monday, August 15, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' third annual Summer Undergraduate Research Institute is in full swing this month, as participants conduct experiments to hone their research skills and further their projects.

This year's participants include Andrea Fachini, Class of 2017, and Daniel Heinen, Class of 2018, both of whom are biology majors at MCLA. They are working on research related to endosymbiont bacteria from sea anemones and an augmented virtual reality laboratory simulation, respectively.

Under the direction of Dr. Ann Billetz, associate professor of biology, the Summer Undergraduate Research Institute provides students with an opportunity to

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Students Join Berkshire Community College’s 2016 STEM Starter Academy
03:17PM / Monday, August 15, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Twenty-six Berkshire County students have joined the 2016 STEM Starter Academy at Berkshire Community College, a program geared toward high school students who are interested in attending BCC to study STEM fields.

Part of a statewide Massachusetts Community College initiative, the program features a three-week Summer STEM Success Academy and a year-long Support Academy at BCC. The program aims to provide students with the tools they need to be STEM ready in college and the workplace including: academic support, tutoring, special field trips, guest speakers and a STEM Academy Success Kit.

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MCLA Admissions to Offer Information Sessions
03:23PM / Monday, August 08, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will offer three information sessions this month, including one in Pittsfield, in the Silvio O. Conte Federal Building. Two additional information sessions, which also will include tours of the campus, will be held at MCLA.

The next information session will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Silvio O. Conte Federal Building, 78 Center St., Pittsfield. Information sessions and opportunities to tour the MCLA campus also will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 27, beginning at 11 a.m. in Murdock Hall room 218 on the MCLA campus.

Those interested in enrolling this fall as incoming freshmen or transfer

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McCann Technical Prepares For Upcoming School Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Monday, August 08, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School administrators are preparing for the upcoming school year and welcoming a small uptick in incoming freshmen.  

Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee on Thursday that 144 eighth-graders have shown an interest in going to McCann.

Although 144 students committed to McCann, only 117 actually sent in the paperwork solidifying their attendance. Kratz said this is normal.

"This is pretty typical. Right now we have 117 kids that have actually sent in their paperwork," the principal said. "I am hoping we will be high 120s, low 130s but until all of the dust settles, we won’t know for sure. Some students might

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MCLA Adds Biochemistry Concentration to STEM Lineup
01:25PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is offering a new concentration – biochemistry – to its chemistry program. The program will prepare students for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers in growing fields such as biotechnology and medicine.

"We are very pleased to add the biochemistry concentration to the chemistry major," said Dr. Cynthia Brown, vice president of academic affairs. "This is a strong addition to our STEM program offerings, and we expect a robust response to the program as it rolls out this fall."

According to Dr. Carolyn Dehner, assistant professor of chemistry at MCLA, biochemistry gets to

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McCann Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
04:02PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2015-16 school year.

Grade 9 High Honors go to: Bedini III, Raffaele; Bednarz, Ryan; Blake, Hannah; Blake, Hope; Daub, John; Demastrie, Nichole; Devito, Cortney; Fink, Elissa; Furlon, Krista; Goodell, Morgan; Goyette, Megan; Harrington, Madison; Lesure, Elisha; Marino, Emma; Norton, Matthew; Parks, Samuel; Rondeau, Caleb; Tetlow, Aubrey; Thurston, Rutger; Vallone, Brandon; Vigiard, Joseph; Wojcik, Abigail; Wood, Kirsten.

Grade 10 High Honors go to: Boucher, Mackenzie; Charon, Ryan; Diesz, Natalie; Dowling, Aimee; Esoldi, Julia; Favre, Joshua; Ferrara, Michael; Fuller, Hannah;

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MCLA Hosts Third 413 STEM Academy
12:22PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the third year, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hosting its "413 STEM Ready Academy," from Monday, Aug. 1, to Friday, Aug. 5.

The intensive, summer residency program gives students at the region's community colleges insight into what it is like to attend a four-year institution, and encourages them to earn a bachelor's degree.

The 21 students who will participate – six from Berkshire Community College, seven from Greenfield Community College and eight from Holyoke Community College – intend to major in fields that include biochemistry, biology, biological science, biotechnology, computer science, environmental science,

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MCLA Names New Vice President for Institutional Advancement
12:30PM / Friday, July 29, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mary Hastings, a development executive with roots in the Northern Berkshires, joins Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts this month as vice president for Institutional Advancement.

“I am extraordinarily excited to join MCLA, as I have seen the college praised and recognized for its excellence, which is a credit to the vision and energy of the board, faculty, administration and entire MCLA community,” Hastings said.

According to MCLA President James F. Birge, Hastings brings substantial experience in fundraising and development strategy to MCLA.

“Mary’s experience in development and expertise in fundraising make her ideally suited for

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