Please be aware that all students enrolled at BCC are eligible to apply for a book loan. If accepted, students will be allowed to borrow a book for the semester. Applications for the Spring 14 semester are available on-line at www.berkshirecc.edu/scholarships Applications are due Monday January 6th.
Once the committee reviews applications and distributes books to those who have applied, any remaining books in the lending library are available to students. They just need to complete a short form.
Please contact the BCC Foundation with any questions.
BCC YOUNG ARTIST SERIES TO FEATURE MATT CUSSON
Dec. 4 Event to Include Concert and Q&A
PITTSFIELD – The Berkshire Community College (BCC) Young Artist Series will feature a concert and Q&A session by Matt Cusson on Wed., Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Boland Theatre on the college’s main campus at 1350 West Street in Pittsfield.
The Young Artist Series, presented by the Berkshire Bank Foundation and the Berkshire Community College Foundation, aims to provide an opportunity for students of any voice or instrument to find out more about being a young performing professional artist.
Cusson, a hometown favorite and BCC alumnus, is an accomplished singer/songwriter who has earned numerous industry accolades. Initially a self-taught musician, who excels at soul, jazz and pop, Cusson has performed with such well-known talents as Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Christina Aguilera and James Taylor.
The Q&A session, which will follow the concert, will allow attendees to speak directly with Cusson, who will share details about his experiences working as a professional musician and insight about the music industry.
Tickets are FREE for TRIO Students, $15 for adults and $5 for high school or college students (with valid student ID). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend, please sign up in the TRIO Center.
The Bookstore has a 6 foot artificial Christmas Tree that they would like to donate to a student who might need one. It comes in 3 pieces with stand and is pretty full. See Kristen Scala in the Bookstore for more information.
Admission representatives from the following colleges/universities will be available to meet with prospective students (consider bringing a copy of your transcript and questions about majors, financial aid, application, etc.):
Wednesday, December 4th: UMass-Lowell; Southern Vermont College
Thursday, December 5th: MCLA; University of Phoenix; Elms College (Continuing Education Program)
Monday, December 9th: Bay Path College; Elms College (Continuing Education Program)
Tuesday, December 10th: Westfield State University (Continuing Education Program)
Thursday, December 12th: Western New England University
PLEASE NOTE: The state legislative subcommittee hearing on student loan indebtedness originally scheduled to be held at BCC on Nov 18, has just been moved to Mon Dec 9, as the Massachusetts Legislature unexpectedly needs to be in session this coming Monday. Please plan accordingly. 11:00 – 1:00 in K-110. We will update you if there are any future changes.
Next Mon, Nov 18, the state legislative subcommittee on student loan and debt will hold its 7th and final hearing here at BCC from 11:00 – 1:00 in K-110. Students are invited to attend and comment on their experiences with student loan debt and to hear legislators suggest possible solutions to this growing problem.
This hearing also provides an opportunity for the non-aided student population to hear their classmates’ stories and to observe their state government in action. If you attend, please let someone on the TRIO Staff know so you can receive TRIO Talk Credit.
Applicants must be women, 25 years or older, who are current residents of the Northern Berkshire Area (2 years), and enrolled in an accredited degree program of study. Completion of a minimum of 6 credit hours with a GPA of 3.00 or higher is also required.
Additional information and an application can be accessed off the BCC home page by clicking “Quick Links” at the top of the page, then “Scholarships” from the alphabetical list of choices, and finally “Scholarship Search (external)” from the subcategories listed. Scroll down through other opportunities until you find the heading for this scholarship! Don’t delay. Applications are due 12/20 and require submission of the application form, three letters of recommendation, and a copy of your transcript.
Meet with Joshua Mendel, Associate Director of Admission, on Thursday, November 14th between noon and 1 pm in the TRIO Center, to discuss the transfer application process for Spring 2014 OR Fall 2014, programs of study, etc. Bring along your current transcript and receive a draft transfer credit analysis back by email!
GET credit for a TRIO Talk with BCC’s Financial Aid Office & American Student Assistance® (ASA) presentation on:
Identity Theft: Watch Your Back
Tues, Nov 5 ● 12:15 – 1:15 ● K-111
As you get started on your holiday list, be careful about where and how you shop. Millions of Americans become victims of identity theft every year. And you thought holiday overspending was stressful!
Identity theft can happen offline and online, so make sure to keep the following in mind when shopping for family and friends:
- Shield your credit card number when swiping it, and don’t leave it in plain sight before and after making purchases.
- Shop only at reputable stores if you shop online—and make sure that both your network and the website are secure.
- Monitor your bank and credit card statements carefully and frequently to ensure that your transactions are accurately reflected.
Learn more by attending this workshop & you could win 1 of 3 $100 VISA Gift Cards to begin your holiday shopping!
What Is $ALT?
$ALT was created by ASA, a nonprofit organization BCC has teamed up with, to help students like you become more financially savvy. This program rewards you for making smart money decisions, and BCC is providing all of its services to you—including your membership as a gift—free of charge. If you haven’t created your $ALT account yet, visit www.saltmoney.org to sign up today!
Consider dropping by to speak with a representative, pick up literature on the school(s), then come by TRIO to discuss your thoughts on transfer, possible schools and majors!
The following colleges/universities will be available in the BCC cafeteria to meet with prospective students over the next few weeks:
Elms College in the Berkshires (Off-Campus Program), October 28th and October 30th; 10:00-1:00
Paul Smith’s College, November 12th; 11:00-2:00
Westfield State University (Continuing Education Program), November 12th; 10:00-1:00
UMass-Lowell, November 13th; 10:00-1:00
Westfield State University, November 13th; 10:00-1:00
MCLA, November 14th; 10:00-1:00
Elms College, November 21st; 10:30-1:00
Western New England University, November 21st; 10:00-1:00