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McCann Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
02:57PM / Monday, May 08, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its third quarter honor roll for 2016-17 school year.

High Honors

Boudreau, Brian; Cristofolini, Lorenzo; Denault, Angela; Field, Mallory; Gardner, Makenzie; Gibeau, Allie; Gifford-Blasi, Ivy; Gigliotti, Chastity; Gigliotti, Katie; Gigliotti, Madison; Gorman, Kayla; Kendig, Caleb; Kipp, William; Lincoln, Rosalyn; Noel, Alexander; Oakes, Jacob; Pandell, Blaize; Parada, Ryan; Pecor, Robert; Rancourt, Amanda; Wojcik, Alexander; Wood, Elizabeth.

Boucher, Noah; Cahill, Alyssa; Charon, Ryan; Diesz, Natalie; Dix, James; Dowling, Aimee; Duquette, Amber; Favre, Joshua; Fuller, Hannah; Gamari, Daniel; Ingalls, Maisy; Kittler, Benn;

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MCLA Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society Inducts Students, Businessman
11:31AM / Friday, May 05, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently recognized the achievements of six business administration students, when they were inducted into the Zeta Zeta chapter of the Delta Mu Delta national honor society on Saturday, April 22.

The new members of Delta Mu Delta are seniors Jordan R. Meredith, Brianne Murray O'Rourke, Brian Harper, Tyler V. Panetti and Liza Scranton and junior Nicole Hastry.
 
In addition, Daniel J. Trombley ’90, majority owner and manager of Alton and Westall Real Estate Agency in Williamstown, who serves as chair of the MCLA Foundation Board of Directors, was inducted as an honorary member of the organization.

"Dan

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McCann Tech Welding Grads Hope to Spark New Careers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Friday, May 05, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Certificates of completion were awarded Wednesday to the dedicated graduates of McCann Technical School's evening welding course, part of a workforce development program to train for manufacturing skills.    "This is a compressed course. You went through a lot of material in a very short period of time," metal fabrication instructor John Kline said. "You know how far you've come in the short seven weeks we had here. ...   "I hope you got a lot of out of it, and not just the hands-on welding but what you learned in the classroom as well. You not only learned how, you learned why. And you need

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MCLA Names Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition
01:06PM / Monday, May 01, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the seventh annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. This award, given by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents and Berkshire Community College, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.

This year's recipients will be recognized on Thursday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218, on the MCLA campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The recipients are Lisa Kelly Kane (Early Childhood – Community Setting), director of St. Paul's Children Center of Stockbridge; Robin Poirot (PreK-Grade 2), a kindergarten

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Sociology Major Names Newman Civic Fellow at MCLA
07:50PM / Friday, April 28, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts sophomore Maggie Whited of Lincoln, Mass., was selected by the Campus Compact as the College’s 2017 Newman Civic Fellow.

According to the Campus Compact, Fellows tackle community challenges, provide fresh energy and perspective, inspire and mobilize others, and develop their own skills and potential. Through service, research and advocacy, Newman Fellows make the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

As one of this year's Newman Civic Fellows, Whited – who majors in sociology at MCLA, with

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MCLA Holding 25th Community Day of Service
12:57PM / Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will hold its 25th annual Community Day of Service on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at worksites throughout North Adams and the greater community.  

Everyone is invited to join in this effort, which will kick off at 9 a.m. at MCLA's Venable Gym in the Amsler Campus Center, with registration and a welcome by MCLA President James F. Birge, North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright and Spencer Moser, director of MCLA's Center for Service and Citizenship.

According to Moser, this year is special in that it marks the 25th anniversary of this annual spring day of service. Participants will meet in the

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BCC Students to be Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:42PM / Monday, April 24, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. mdash; Berkshire Community College will hold an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Thursday, April 27, at 12:30 p.m. in the Boland Theatre of the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the college's main campus in Pittsfield.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have

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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Awards from Williams College
01:17PM / Monday, April 24, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced its 2017 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty Development to Adams-Cheshire, Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART), Lanesborough Elementary, McCann Technical, Mount Greylock Regional, North Adams and Williamstown Elementary. Each district will receive $5,000 for professional and curricular development projects.

Adams-Cheshire will continue last year's efforts to transform C. T. Plunkett Elementary School into a full-service school, using the Olmsted Award to hire two consultants who will assist with the process. Citing Eric Jenson's book "Teaching with Poverty in Mind" as a guiding influence, the school will

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MCLA Makes It Official With Inauguration of President Birge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:33PM / Friday, April 21, 2017
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Birge takes the oath of his office from Susan Gold, chairman of the board of trustees. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — James F. "Jamie" Birge hadn't intended to become a college president.    After interviewing dozens of presidents of colleges large and small, private and public, for his dissertation in leadership studies, he came away with the impression it was too difficult, too demanding and fraught with financial pressures.   "Why would anyone want to do that job?" he joked on Friday afternoon as he gave his inaugural address as the 12th president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. "After finishing my dissertation

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United Way Program to Provide Kindergarteners With Supplies
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:24PM / Thursday, April 20, 2017
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Gary Levante is co-chairing the day of caring this year.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Every child entering kindergarten next year will have a backpack full of supplies.   Berkshire Bank employees will be filling 1,200 backpacks with books, supplies, reading lists, and informational fliers as part of the Berkshire United Way's day of caring. The literacy kits will be given out at locations throughout Berkshire County on June 21 at a series of "pop-up parties."   "Each kindergarten party will have a variety of family friend activities. There is going to be food and fun and all types of good stuff," said Berkshire United Way CEO Kristine Hazzard

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