Berkshire Community College To Celebrate 60th Anniversary Virtually

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In 2020, Berkshire Community College (BCC) turns 60 years old. 
To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the College has partnered again with Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV) to broadcast an hour-long anniversary special on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6:00 PM.
Founded in 1960, BCC is the first community college established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
The 60th celebration video is made up of a compilation of interviews with faculty and staff, a compilation of shorts about various academic programs, spotlights on families that met at BCC, a conversation with Robert Boland for whom the theatre at BCC is named, and a look at the student support services.
"When COVID upended all of our plans this year, we knew we had to find a way to reimagine how we were going to celebrate our 60th anniversary," Toni Buckley, director of Alumni Relations at the college said. "We are fortunate to again be able to partner with PCTV, as we did for commencement this year, to share the stories of faculty, students, alumni, and more and create a really amazing hour-long celebration that shows how BCC has helped make this area a better place to live, learn and grow."
According to as press release, the celebration will include a look back at the history of the College, from its roots in downtown Pittsfield to moving to the 180-acre campus on West Street, where it continues to support the Berkshires with access to higher education for its residents and so much more.
Viewers can watch the 60th anniversary special on PCTV channel 1302, if they have Spectrum in Pittsfield, Dalton and Richmond; on the PCTV Select app, which is available on modern Roku and Apple TV devices; or on Facebook Live on the PCTV or BCC Facebook pages. The video will also be available on the homepage of the BCC website the following day.
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