BCC Hosts Info Sessions for Early College Program

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) invites high school juniors and seniors to participate in virtual information sessions on its Early College Program, which offers free courses to eligible students who are Berkshire County residents.
 
Juniors and seniors can place into college-level classes with a minimum high school GPA of 2.7 or take the Accuplacer placement exam. Qualifying students can take up to 15 credits during the spring semester, which begins Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.
 
Two free virtual information sessions are now being held to help guide prospective and current Early College students through the process:
 
"What is Early College?" A 20-minute presentation explains what early college is, who it is intended for and how to apply. Offered Tuesdays at 1 pm and Wednesdays at 6 pm.
 
One-on-One Early College Support: Students can request a 45-minute session with an advisor to determine if the program is a good fit for them, as well as to get help with registration, selecting classes and logging into student accounts. Offered Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 3 pm; Wednesdays at 11 am, 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm; Thursdays at 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm; and Fridays by request. 
 
To register for information sessions, apply to the Early College Program, or learn more, visit berkshirecc.edu/earlycollege.

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Greenagers Youth Crew to Assess County Bridges and Culverts

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

The survey is part of a larger hazard mitigation program to identify areas for flooding and ecological damage caused by climate change.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Greenagers youth crew will be assessing the bridges and culverts of Pittsfield, Lenox, Stockbridge, and New Marlborough over the next two years. 

The environmentally interested teens will be determining what improvements are needed for the infrastructure to support increased precipitation and flooding, wildlife crossings, and stormwater management.

"I think sort of the biggest thing we want to get out there is that if you see folks assessing these structures or in your neighborhood, then it's a Greenagers crew, that it's youth doing this project in their area," Courteny Morehouse, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's senior planner for the Environmental & Energy Program said.

"And then if they want to get in touch and learn more about the project, or just get engaged, they can contact me they can, they can go and talk to the youth that are there, mostly just want to get folks knowledgeable about the project that's happening."

At the project's conclusion, the four communities will be given a Road Stream Crossing Management Plan (RSCMP) with an inventory of its road street crossings and culverts that need attention ranked by priority.

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