BCC to Hold Virtual Open House

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold a virtual open house on Saturday, November 6 from 10–11:30 am, followed by an optional financial aid session at 11:30 am. 
Participants will:
  • Learn how to apply, register and choose classes
  • Find out why BCC is the most affordable college option in the area
  • Hear from faculty and staff about BCC's quality programs and the wide variety of student support services
  • Learn how BCC classes transfer to hundreds of schools or prepare students for an immediate career
All participants will receive a free gift card to local lunch spots, a discount at the BCC Bookstore, and a chance to win BCC swag. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse.
Attendees of the financial aid session will learn the basics of how to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. In addition, participants can speak with an academic advisor about the Spring 2022 course schedule.
Shorter info sessions also available
Sign up for a 30-minute virtual info session with an admissions counselor, who will provide the tools necessary to apply, register and start on the path to future success. The next sessions will be offered:
  • Friday, Oct. 22 at 12 pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 4 pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 18 at 12 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 4 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 13 at 6 pm
To register for an info session, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse. For more information, email admissions@berkshirecc.edu or call (413) 236–1630.

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Pittsfield Picks Veteran Employees as ARPA Fund Managers

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two familiar faces will be serving as the city's special projects managers for the $41 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

Director of Community Development Deanna Ruffer and former Director of Public Health Gina Armstrong will share the one full-time position as co-managers.

Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday informed the City Council by email that Ruffer would be resigning from her current post in early to mid-February to take on this new role.

Rather than a resignation, Ruffer sees this as a transition. Armstrong resigned from her position in September, citing a need for more balance in her life and to spend more time with her family.

In the fall, the special projects manager position was created to oversee the city's allocation of ARPA funding. It will likely only be in place over the next five years, until the spending deadline in 2026, and will be paid in full through the ARPA funds.

"I am very excited to transition from the city's Community Development Director Position to co-special project manager for the City's American Rescue Plan program. This opportunity coincides with a personal desire to adjust my work-life balance to allow me to spend more time with family and pursuing personal interests," Ruffer wrote to iBerkshires in an email.

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