BCC to Hold New Student Orientation and Registration Sessions

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced a full slate of orientation sessions for new students over the coming months. All accepted students are invited to attend. 
Two-hour information sessions will be held in the SBA Lounge from 10 am-noon on Tuesday, June 27; Thursday, July 20; and Wednesday, August 16. During these sessions, students can take a campus tour and, if registered, pick up their student ID.  
Students accepted into the Pre-Nursing/Pre-LPN program, Liberal Arts or Business are invited to attend a new student orientation and registration session, including a campus tour, lunch with the Financial Aid Department and registration for classes with an advisor. The four-hour sessions, held in the SBA Lounge, are as follows: 
  • Pre-Nursing/Pre-LPN: Tuesday, June 13 or Tuesday, August 15 
  • Liberal Arts: Thursday, June 15 
  • Business: Tuesday, June 20 
Simple 30-minute sessions are also offered to help accepted students feel more prepared for the first day of school. Students should come with their schedule, and BCC staff will guide them to their classrooms find their classes and pick up their student IDs. The sessions will be held on Tuesdays from June through August, offered every half hour from 10 am to 3:30 pm. 
"My BCC Wellness: Creating Your Own Path," led by Personal Counselor Lisa Mattila, will be held on Tuesday, July 18 from 10 am-1 pm in the SBA Lounge. Designed as a fun way to connect with other students, learn ways to decrease stress and create an action plan, students will attend a campus tour, learn about the College and, if registered, pick up their student ID. 
Orientation Day is Thursday, August 31 from 9 am-12:30 pm in the Connector.  
Space is limited and registration is required for all sessions. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/orientation.
For more information, contact Tina Schettini, Coordinator of Student Activities, at tschetti@berkshirecc.edu or (413) 236-1603. 

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Election Checkup: Pittsfield Sees Increased Interest in School Committee

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More candidates have had their signatures certified and there is now a full slate of interest in the School Committee.

Not long after the City Council averted a petition from Ward 2 Councilor Charles Kronick that imposed a 30-year age requirement to represent Pittsfield schools, two more people have taken out papers for the six-seat board: Stephanie Sabin and Dominick Carmen Sacco.

According to her social media, Sabin works as a patient advocate for bariatric surgery at Berkshire Medical Center.

Kronick had proposed charter modifications that include a minimum 30-year age requirement on School Committee candidates and a one-year "cooling off" period for elected officials and it did not fare well.

A majority of the councilors and some community members spoke against the proposal before Ward 1 Councilor Kenneth Warren called a charter objection.

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