BCC Hosts Nursing Info Sessions

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will offer four virtual information sessions this month for students interested or enrolled in the Fall 2022 Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, four sessions for the Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate program,  as well as four sessions for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to ADN program. 
The one-hour sessions are held via Zoom.
PN info sessions will be held:
  • Monday, February 14 at 12 pm
  • Thursday, February 17 at 5 pm
  • Tuesday, February 22 at 11 am
  • Wednesday, February 23 at 5 pm
ADN info sessions will be held:
  • Monday, February 14 at 1 pm
  • Thursday, February 17 at 6 pm
  • Tuesday, February 22 at 1 pm
  • Wednesday, February 23 at 6 pm
LPN to ADN info sessions will be held:
  • Monday, February 14 at 2 pm
  • Thursday, February 17 at 7 pm
  • Tuesday, February 22 at 2 pm
  •  Wednesday, February 23 at 7 pm
To register for an info session and view a list of Zoom links, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/nursing-info.  
Completing an information session is mandatory for all nursing students. The sessions provide an opportunity for prospective nursing students to learn more about BCC's programs, the admissions process, prerequisites, immunization information and more. 
The BCC nursing program, which is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, is a sequence of lectures, skills training, laboratory and clinical courses. Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination to become either Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) or registered nurses (RNs). 
The deadline for application to the fall 2022 ADN program is Friday, April 1, 2022.  

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Toys For Tots Providing for Thousands of Berkshire County Kids

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Piles of toys being sorted for age and gender in the Toys for Tots drive. More than 3,500 children are expected to receive toys through the program this year. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thousands of local kids will have presents to open this holiday season thanks to the Marine Corps' annual Toys For Tots collection.

The Berkshire County House of Correction's storage building looked more like Santa's workshop as a dozen volunteers sorted mountains of toys for ages newborn to 14.  

"Everything's going great," Berkshire County coordinator Christopher Keegan said. "How could it not?"

Last year, about 3,500 kids received toys and Keegan expects that number to be surpassed this year. The state Department of Children and Families, one of more than 20 participating agencies, has more than a thousand sign-ups alone.  

Individuals also register with Keegan directly and online.

For nearly a decade, he has seen more and more tots needing toys during the holiday season. Between 2021 and 2022, the receiving list increased by around 800 kids.

Unwrapped toys are collected through boxes placed in businesses, schools, and other public spaces. There were more than 240 boxes this year and they were collected on Tuesday to be sorted by gender and age groups.

The drive sees everything from dolls and toy trucks to a Little Tikes basketball hoop and donations are still coming in. Shoppers fill any gaps with funds that are raised through events like the Toys For Tots musical bingo, which was a great success this year.

Keegan's yearly goal is to honor every request for toys. There are many returning volunteers who collect, pack, shop for, and deliver the presents — sometimes up until Christmas Eve.

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