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Berkshire Bank Branch Officer Completes Graduate School With Honors

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank announced that Heidi Higgins, assistant vice president and branch officer of the 99 North St. Pittsfield office, has completed the American Bankers Association Stonier National Graduate School of Banking at University of Pennsylvania. Higgins received her diploma on June 7, 2012, graduating with honors.
 
 “We are so proud of Heidi’s accomplishment," Tami Gunsch, senior vice president of retail banking, said. "She completed an intensive program designed to build upon her already well-established banking and leadership skills. All that she learned will enhance her professional career and benefit our customers.”
 
Stonier is an intensive three-year program for bank executives. Since its inception in 1935, more than 17,000 students have followed a curriculum of more than 45 courses and enjoyed networking opportunities with more than 400 fellow students. Between sessions, students keep up with trends by completing additional extension and online coursework. The program culminates with the Capstone Strategic Project, where students develop comprehensive business projects for their financial institutions.
 
Higgins joined Berkshire Bank in July 2011 following the bank’s partnership with Legacy Banks. She had been with Legacy since 2000, serving as both branch officer and marketing officer, previously working at Berkshire Federal Credit Union. She holds a B.S. in marketing from Bentley University. 
 
She is a registered para planner and was selected as a Berkshire County Young Careerist by Berkshire Business and Professional Women in 2009. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Berkshire County Chapter of Business and Professional Women as well as Pittsfield Citizen Scholarship.
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