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MCLA to Distribute State, Federal Funding Directly to Students
08:00AM / Friday, October 22, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will distribute $1 million in federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF), as part of the American Rescue Plan, in 2021, along with $689,200 via the state-funded MassGrant Plus program.     "Many of our students have considerations beyond getting to class on time—they are often balancing their studies with work, family obligations, and other commitments," said MCLA President James F. Birge. "I'm grateful for this federal and state funding, which will go directly to support our students. A college education can change lives, and for many of our students, receiving

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MCLA Announces Hardman Journalist in Residence
12:17PM / Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Wall Street Journal Senior Editor Bob Davis will be Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' 2021 Hardman Journalist in Residence from Nov. 1-2.    As part of his residency, he will offer a community lecture at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, in the First Floor Atrium of the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation. This event is free and open to the public and will be delivered in person with a hybrid virtual option.    To register for the in-person event or virtual lecture, visit https://mcla.edu/mcla-in-the-community/events/notable-speakers/hardman-lecture-series.php.    Bob Davis is a senior editor who covers economic issues

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Hawlemont Seeks to Join Northern Berkshire School Union
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire School Union is looking for a lot more information before it makes a decision on accepting the Hawlemont Regional School as a member.   The regional school serves the elementary needs of Charlemont and Hawley and recently contacted NBSU about joining the union.    NBSU is five independent town school districts that share administrative services between Clarksburg, Florida, Monroe, Rowe and Savoy.    Monday's meeting of the School Union Committee was to hear a presentation of the proposal but the lack of a quorum because of missing Monroe members prevented more than a brief general discussion and a recommendation

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Live Theatre Returns for MCLA
07:59AM / Monday, October 18, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Theatre announced its 2021-2022 season of performances, which will be offered in person on MCLA’s campus.    These four productions feature guest directors, student directors, and experimental productions that give students agency in the writing and production process.     MCLA Theatre is excited to return to live performance in a newly renovated Venable Theatre, with new seating, lobby, and renovated restrooms that are fully accessible.      The season opens Nov. 5 with "Falling and Loving" by Charles Mee, directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Laura Standley.

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MCLA Celebrates STEM Week with Virtual Programming
08:05AM / Thursday, October 14, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA and the Berkshire STEM Network will offer virtual programming for local public school students, K-12 educators, and the general community during Berkshire County STEM Week (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) from Oct. 18-22.     A complement to the statewide STEM Week initiative, Berkshire County STEM Week's theme is "See Yourself in STEM." Free and open to the public, the week will feature a series of unique virtual panels, workshops, speakers, tours and information about opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math in the Berkshires and beyond.      Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV)

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Clarksburg Officials Reject Idea of Nonbinding Resolution on School's Future
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, October 14, 2021
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — School officials have rejected the idea of asking the community whether the school should close and merge with North Adams or try for another renovation project.   Superintendent John Franzoni had recommended a nonbinding resolution on the upcoming special election or at town meeting to take the temperature of the town.   He found no support from town or school officials, or from the teachers.   "At some point, you're going to have to make a decision, the options are running out," he told the School Committee on Tuesday.    Franzoni has been urging the community to make some hard decisions regarding the 60-year-old school,

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BCC Receives Nearly $870,000 From the Commonwealth's SUCCESS Fund
12:11PM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) has received an allocation of $869,377 from the state legislature as part of a $16 million fund distributed to all 15 community colleges in the Commonwealth.    The allocation is earmarked for the Supporting Urgent Community College Equity through Student Services (SUCCESS) Fund, which focuses on vulnerable populations. The funding, which was requested through the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC), covers the period through June 30, 2022, but will likely be renewed if the program proves successful.    The majority of BCC's SUCCESS funding will be spent on staffing, including hiring

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MCLA to Hold In-Person and Virtual Admission Events
07:56AM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— The Office of Admission at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hosting in-person tours and events, including open houses on Oct. 23 and Nov. 13.    Prospective students and their families are welcome to register for open houses, Saturday tours, and virtual events that offer information and perspective about academics, student life, financial aid, scholarships, and more.     "It's exciting that we have prospective students on campus for tours and open houses again," said MCLA Director of Admission Kayla Hollins. "And it's great to see our student ambassadors go back to what they enjoy doing, which is giving tours

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McCann Tea Room Schedule
12:55PM / Monday, October 11, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Tea Room is open from 10:45 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.   Tea Room Schedule: Wednesday, Oct. 13 Thursday, Oct. 14 Thursday, Oct. 28 Thursday, Nov. 4 Wednesday, Nov. 17 Thursday, Nov. 18 Wednesday, Dec. 1    Thursday, Dec. 2   The Tea Room will reopen in late January of 2022   Please Plan on Bring and Wearing a Mask till you arrive at your table for lunch.         

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BCC Announces Application Deadline for Nursing Program
08:00AM / Friday, October 08, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces a deadline of Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 to apply to its Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program for the fall 2022 semester.    Admissions into the nursing program are based on space availability and follow a competitive process.   The BCC nursing program, which is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, is a sequence of lectures, skills training, laboratory and clinical courses. Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination to become registered nurses (RNs).   For more information, visit

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