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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' is now accepting students for its new health sciences bachelorís degree with a concentration in radiologic technology.

MCLA Offers Health Sciences Degree With Concentration in Radiologic Tech

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' is now accepting students for its new health sciences bachelor’s degree with a concentration in radiologic technology for the fall 2020 semester. 

The program has been approved through the MCLA governance process and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, and students completing the degree are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography examination. 

MCLA now offers one of only five accredited programs in the Northeast in a field that demonstrates 100 percent job placement. MCLA will also be able to provide students in health sciences and radiologic technology programs with the most up-to-date equipment to prepare them for careers in radiology through a $421,546 Skills Capital Grant awarded by the Baker-Polito Administration to update equipment and expand student enrollment in programs that provide career education.

In fall 2019, MCLA became the official teach-out partner for the radiologic sciences program of Southern Vermont College following its closure. MCLA partnered with Berkshire Health Systems and its North Adams Berkshire Medical Center Campus to ensure that students in the program were able to complete their degrees without interruption.

"There is high demand for qualified candidates in the health care industry, including in radiology, and the demand is only growing," said MCLA President James F. Birge. "By offering a radiologic technology program at MCLA, students will benefit from being well trained for an in-demand industry, and the local community will benefit by having highly skilled health care providers close to home."

According to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's Blueprint, health care is the largest and fastest-growing industry sector in Berkshire County. This new concentration will prepare students for careers in radiology and a variety of specialty modalities, and provide students with the most up-to-date equipment, including a digital direct X-Ray system, an Anatomage table, and upgraded online technology to support distance learning.

Further developing relationships with Berkshire Health Systems, the largest employer in the county, will create an academic environment positioned for excellence, with clinical rotations and internships for students to put their knowledge to work right here in our community.

"Highly trained radiologic technologists are essential to Berkshire Health Systems as we provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art imaging throughout the Berkshires," said David Phelps, president and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. "We are proud to be collaborating with MCLA on the development and implementation of a radiologic technology major, providing local access to this critical training program at MCLA and our North Adams campus of BMC. 

"Radiologic Technology is a growing field and this program can help to fill the vital need for technologists to serve our patients. Our community will also benefit greatly from the addition of these skilled positions in the Berkshire workforce," he said.

According to the 2017 staffing survey completed by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, mammography and MRI will continue to have consistent growth, as 63 percent of all technologists today range from age 40 to 65. This shortage is not predicted to peak for another 10 to 15 years.


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Clues for Annual Fall Foliage Leaf Hunt Follow Parade Theme

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The annual Fall Foliage Leaf Hunt, a traditional popular feature of Fall Foliage Festival Week, returns this year and starts Saturday.

This year the committee has revealed that there will be 15 colorful leaves hidden in North Adams, Adams, Clarksburg, Cheshire, Florida and Williamstown. The first set of clues are listed below. 

When a leaf is found it should be brought to Pedrin's Dairy Bar during normal operating hours to claim a prize. One prize per household please. All leaves should be returned by Oct. 12. 

Prizes are generously donated by area merchants including Pedrin's, Boston Sea Foods, Craft Food Barn, Planet Fitness, Big Y, North Adams Museum, North Adams MoviePlex 8, Walmart and Wild Oats. 

A second set of clues will be announced in the event of unclaimed leaves. 

The committee has repeated the last two years' successful procedure whereby one plastic bag with a yellow or orange leaf should be removed and brought in and another with a green leaf should be left at the site so that subsequent hunters will know they correctly solved the clue but someone already claimed the prize-winning leaf. 

A complete list of winners, locations and sponsors will be released in October. 

As always, the leaf committee has included an invisible leaf hunt for homebound residents. Interested persons are asked to mail a postcard (or card in an envelope) with the number of the clue and the answer/s with their name, address and phone number, to the Mayor's Office of Tourism, City Hall, 10 Main St. North Adams MA 01247. Only mailed entries will be accepted. In the event of a tie, the earliest postmark will determine the winner. Answers must be received by Oct. 12.

This year's theme is "Games, Movies and Takeout" — the things that kept us going through COVID.

The first set of clues are:                                            

The children's card game War

1. North Adams

2. Adams

3. North Adams

4. Florida

5. North Adams

The classic movie 'On The Waterfront'

6. North Adams

7. Williamstown

8. Cheshire

9. Clarksburg

10. Adams

Takeout

11. North Adams

12. Williamstown

13. Adams

14. Cheshire

15. Adams

 

Invisible Leaf Hunt Clues (fill in the blanks)

1. War: During the Civil War local troops called the _________ ________, mustered in the yard of what is now _______ _________ on ________________Street in North Adams.

2. On the Waterfront: The YMCA ran _________ _____________. in North Adams at the ___________ ________________ also known as _________ __________.

3. Takeout: In Williamstown _______ __________ restaurant, although mainly eat-in, advertised ________________ flavors of today's popular take-out item _________ _______.

Good luck. Thanks for participating.  

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