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SPRINGFIELD — Berkshire Community College (BCC) signed an articulation agreement with Western New England University (WNE) on May 8, allowing BCC students to transfer seamlessly to WNE.

Representatives from the two colleges gathered at BCC’s Berkshire Science Commons, where BCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Laurie Gordy and WNE Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Maria Toyoda formally signed the agreement.

The joint admissions program, which is consistent with the individual missions, policies, and regulations of each institution, seeks to strengthen the academic and student-support partnerships between BCC and WNE, facilitate student access to baccalaureate and graduate education, and provide barrier-free movement for students enrolled in an associate-degree program at BCC to the baccalaureate graduate degrees at WNE.

“We are thrilled to partner with Berkshire Community College to provide a stepping stone for students looking to continue their education at WNE,” Toyoda said. “The signing of this document exemplifies WNE’s dedication to our community and meeting students where they are. We recognize that pathways to education are ever-evolving, and we are proud to meet students where they are and welcome them to our institution.”

Gordy added that “the articulation agreement with Western New England is particularly exciting for BCC because of the excellent quality of education at WNE and because of the geographical proximity of the two schools. We’re pleased that our BCC graduates will have another option to continue their education in the Commonwealth, and we’re proud to be able to make the transition easy and accessible for our students.”

Students will be informed about the opportunity to participate in the joint admissions program at the time they are applying to BCC. In order to satisfy the conditions of admissions into WNE, participating students must earn a minimum 2.50 cumulative CPA, earn at least a grade of a C- or better in their major coursework, and earn their associate degree. Students seeking joint admissions into specialized programs such as business, engineering, computer science, chemistry, or biology must satisfy all program requirements and earn the minimum cumulative GPA established for those programs.

Students who satisfy the requirements of the joint admissions program are eligible for guaranteed acceptance to WNE, provided they complete an approved associate-degree program at BCC and meet the requirements of the joint admissions program and major-specific requirements; guarantee of junior status at WNE upon matriculation with an associate degree; and guarantee of 60 transfer credits, with some stipulations.

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NORTH ADAMS — BFAIR (Berkshire Family and Individual Resources) will stage its Summer Kick-Off Festival on June 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Paterson Field House at Berkshire Community College. 

This event is bringing back a popular BFAIR event in the mini-golf tournament, the BFAIR-Way, alongside live music, games, activities, raffles, prizes, food trucks and more. 

Funds raised from the festival support the BFAIR mission of providing quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities, autism, and acquired brain injury while kicking off the summer with some fun. The festival is sponsored by  

Beat the Heat sponsor Greylock Federal Credit Union and Fun in the Sun sponsor MountainOne Bank. 

To register for the event visit: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/2022bfairsummerfest/ 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Tara Jacobsen, Fundraising and Grants Manager, at [email protected]. 

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NORTH ADAMS — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and Berkshire Community College (BCC) have signed a new articulation agreement, creating a pathway for students who complete BCC’s associate degree in early childhood education to enroll in MCLA’s liberal-arts degree-completion program in children, families, and society.

Students who complete this associate-degree program at MCLA will also be able to enter MCLA with a core-requirement waiver. Students must graduate with at least a 2.5 grade point average to qualify.

This agreement means students who qualify will be able to earn their associate and bachelor’s degrees as well as early education and care certifications. These credentials support requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC). This pathway can also result in a lead teacher certification from the DEEC.

“This is an exciting pathway for future educators,” MCLA President James Birge said. “MCLA began as a normal school, and the college remains committed to creating opportunities and pathways for educators. MCLA is proud to be involved with BCC in these educational efforts to meet the needs of districts in the Berkshires, in the region, and in Massachusetts.”

Patricia Kay, chair of BCC’s Education Department, added that, among first-time community-college students, the desire to transfer to a four-year school is strong.

“The transfer pathway, an academic avenue for advancement, is important for students to consider. The ease of the transfer process remains key to students wanting to acquire a bachelor’s degree,” she said. “BCC and MCLA have constructed a transfer articulation agreement that builds on skills acquired in the first two college years, making the transition to the four-year program efficient and effective for students. We are pleased to celebrate this articulation agreement with MCLA and look forward to collaborating now and in the future to enhance the quality of educators in Berkshire County.”