BCC Announces Fall Courses

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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) has released its fall course schedule, available online at www.berkshirecc.edu/fall
 
A printable PDF is also available on the website. 
 
Fall classes begin Tuesday, Sept 7. After more than a year of offering mostly remote or online classes due to the pandemic, the college will now offer five types of learning:
 
  • Hybrid-virtual: Students meet virtually with professors and classmates via video conferencing at set times, typically once per week, with the remainder of the coursework online.
  • Hybrid In-person: Students meet on campus with professors and classmates at set times, typically once per week, with the remainder of the coursework online.
  • In-person: A traditional, in-person format, required for some hands-on courses such as clinical, lab, lecture, practicum, seminar and studio classes.
  • Web-based: Courses conducted entirely online without set meeting times, but with weekly deadlines for coursework completion.
  • Remote: Students meet virtually with professors and classmates via videoconferencing at scheduled times, typically twice per week.
 
In accordance with recent CDC guidelines, and as of June 3, 2021, wearing masks on campus is optional, but recommended if you are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
 
New students can review the Admissions Process Checklist on the BCC website and apply online for free. For more information, email admissions@berkshirecc.edu or call (413) 236-1630. Current or readmitted students should register for classes by contacting Academic Advising at academic_advising@berkshirecc.edu or (413) 236-1620. 

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