Expect Traffic Delays on West Street in Pittsfield Thursday

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Expect delays Thursday morning on West Street due to MountainOne Thankful 5K road race.
 
The eighth running of the MountainOne Thankful 5K currently has more than 400 registered walkers and runners to take to the road on Thanksgiving morning at 9:00AM from Berkshire Community College.  
 
Drivers are asked to be aware of the increased activity along the half mile stretch from Meadow Ridge Ave to Berkshire Community College.  Online registration for the event closes at 5pm on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at www.zippyreg.com.  In store registration will be held at Berkshire Running Center on Wednesday from 12pm-5pm. There is no day of registration although pre registered runners can pick up their bib the morning of the race from 7:30-8::30AM. 
 
The 5K course will start on West Street just past the college and lead the attendees through the parking lots of the campus and then will be out on West Street between the college and onto Meadow Ridge Avenue.  Once the runners turn down Woodland Ave they will return and follow the course back to West St and then finish in the parking lot of the Patterson Field House.  
 
Pittsfield Police Department will be on site to also provide support for a safe passage for all participants.  The Berkshire Running Foundation also left flyers in the mailboxes of the homes that the 5K passes.  Expectations are the race will be completed shortly after 10:00AM. 
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Berkshire County Regional Employment Board Awarded State Grant

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced $16.3 million in Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) grants awarded to nine organizations to upskill 1,860 individuals for careers in high-demand occupations in healthcare and behavioral health sectors across Massachusetts. 
 
The funding will support initiatives to train and hire unemployed and underemployed individuals while providing current employees with the skills to meet the needs of Massachusetts employers for roles such as Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Nurse Assistant, and Mental Health Peer Support Specialist.
 
"Industries across the state are experiencing workforce challenges, but the need is particularly great in behavioral health care, as we need enough trained workers to provide the care that our residents need and deserve," said Governor Maura Healey. "These grants will help address these challenges by hiring and training new talent and upskilling existing talent."  
 
In Berkshire County, the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc. was awarded $2,227,173.
 
Berkshire County Regional Employment Board will provide training and placement services to prepare 510 unemployed and underemployed participants for Medical Assistant, Certified Nurse Assistant, Acute Care Nurse Assistant, and Registered Behavioral Technician positions. They will partner with Community Health Programs, The Brien Center, Berkshire Health Systems, and Integritus Healthcare. 
 
This partnership also aims to assess the demand and develop programming opportunities for Licensed Practical Nurses, career pathways for Licensed Practical Nurses to Registered Nurses, and provide career advancement training for incumbent Behavioral Health workers.
 
The Workforce Competitive Trust Fund Program grants, administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, are part of the Healey-Driscoll Administration's strategic investment to retain and upskill existing talent in Massachusetts' current workforce. The Healthcare/Behavioral Health Hub Grants announced today support investments in collaborative efforts focused on addressing healthcare and behavioral health workforce needs in regions across the Commonwealth. 
 
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