Mildred Elley Launch Hero Scholarship

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mildred Elley Pittsfield launched a new scholarship award opportunity, the HERO Scholarship. 
 
The HERO scholarship stands for Hope to Engage in Education to Revitalize the Opportunity in Our Community and will be awarded to two Berkshire County residents who are looking to pursue an education that will lead to a career that will make a positive difference in this community. 
 
Mildred Elley offers career training certificate programs in the areas of Cosmetology, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Practical Nurse, Medical Office Assistant, and Business Technologies Specialist. 
 
"Mildred Elley has been providing quality career education to Pittsfield residents and Berkshire County for over 30 years," said Mildred Elley Chairwoman of the Board, Faith A. Takes.  
 
To learn more about the HERO Scholarship, a list of requirements, and instructions on how to apply, visit: https://mildred-elley.edu/campus/pittsfield/scholarship or stop in to see an admissions representative and they will help you get started. 
 
Applications are due by Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, no later than 5 P.M and can be dropped off at the Mildred Elley Pittsfield campus, at 100 West Street, Pittsfield MA. 
 
Winners will be announced on Nov. 8 2021 and begin classes on Nov. 15, 2021. For questions, please contact Matthew Martin, Director of Admissions at Mildred Elley, mmartin@mildred-elley.edu or call (413) 442-0333. 
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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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