Talent, Resources, Initiative, and Opportunity Designed primarily for students who intend to graduate from BCC and transfer to a four-year college, TRIO is a federally funded program that provides free support services to eligible students.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Scholarship

In 2014, the Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing post-secondary education.

Copy and paste link below into your Internet browser for more information on the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Scholarship and application process.


If you are interested in applying and need help with the application, please contact Peggy Williams (236-1683) for assistance.

Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  1. Must be a woman, at least 17 years of age.
  2. Must be a mother, with minor children.
  3. Must be pursuing a vocational degree/certificate; or an associate’s degree; or a first bachelor’s degree; or a professional/master’s/doctoral degree.
  4. Must be enrolled in a not-for-profit, accredited institution or program during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  5. Must be low-income (annual family income less than $20,000 for a family of 2; less than $24,000 for a family of 3; less than $28,000 for a family of 4).


Berkshire BPW Career Advancement Scholarship

Copy and paste link below into your Internet browser for more information on the Berkshire Business and Professional Women CAREER ADVANCEMENT SCHOLARSHIP.


If you are interested in applying and need help with the application, please contact Peggy Williams (236-1683)  for assistance.

2014 Scholarship Application Deadline: July 18, 2014

Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  1. Women who are 25 years of age or older.
  2. Must reside in Berkshire County.
  3. Must be employed full-time or part-time.
  4. Must be enrolled in an educational program or course at an accredited college, technical or vocational school on a full-time or part-time basis.
  5. Must complete the BBPW Career Advancement Scholarship Application Form and submit it with a personal statement (two-page limit).
  6. Enclose two letters of recommendation.

MCLA Transfer Admission Session for FALL, 2014

This session will be held NEXT WEEK on Tuesday, June 17th, 6:00 pm at the Intermodal Center (bus station) in Pittsfield.

Learn more about the opportunities to transfer to MCLA for the Fall semester. Please bring a copy of your transcripts for review. To register go to: MCLA.EDU/TRANSFER or call 413 662 5410

PRIORITY Filing Deadline for MAXIMUM Financial Aid at is Thursday, May 1st!


At BCC, if you file your FAFSA by May 1, complete the financial aid process by July 1, and qualify for a Pell Grant, financial aid will pay 100% of your tuition and fees up to 12 credits each semester. That’s a BIG deal!

If you need assistance please stop by the Financial Aid Office or TRIO for help!

New TRIO Talk Opportunity

Tomorrow (Thursday, 4/17) there is an All College Meeting at 12:15 in the Bowland Theater to discuss the college’s Strategic Plan. Please let us know if you attend and you will be given one TRIO Talk credit.

The Strategic Plan outlines the initiatives and focus the college plans to take  over the next five years. Student input is critical as much of it could impact you during your time at BCC. Please plan to attend.

Need a Cultural Event? Here’s another opportunity. Forum credit available.

BCC’s Music Program to Hold Spring Concert April 25

The BCC music program will present its annual Spring Concert on Fri., April 25 at 7:30 p.m.  The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Boland Theatre.

Performing groups will include: “K111,” a student band currently recording an album; the BCC Chorale, under the direction of M. Rahima Hohlstein; the BCC Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jeff Link and student leaders Cameron Rahilly and Jose Lu; and the cast of the BCC Players’ spring musical Young Frankenstein, which opens May 9.  Student soloists include Keane Decker, Joey Frighetto and James Russell.

The doors to the concert will open at approximately 7 p.m. No reservations are needed.  FORUM credit is available for BCC students.


Need Veggies This Summer? Free farm share available!

Arrowhead, Herman Melville’s homestead on Holmes Road is starting a farming venture this summer. A farm share has been donated and Arrowhead is looking for students to volunteer 4 hours per week to maintain the share. In return, you will receive a portion of everything that is raised and grown over the summer. If you are interested, contact Kristen Laney at 441-1669. This is an excellent opportunity to obtain a great selection of organic foods for yourself and your family.

Important TRIO Talk Opportunity!! Protect your identity and your credit.

Save the Date!

BCC is pleased to announce that Assistant Attorney General, Ann Lynch from the Western Division and Kate Alexander, Consumer Councilor/Mediator, from the Berkshire Consumer Services office, will be here on Tuesday, March 25th at 12:15pm in the SBA lounge. Kate, who works in cooperation with the Attorney General’s Office and Ann will speak about a variety of consumer related issues including identity theft and fraud, debt and credit and other related topics. Forum credit will be available.

Amherst College Transfer Opportunity

The Amherst College Transfer Student Association Panel Discussion will be held on March 7th from 12:00-1:00 in the GB room. Please spread the word. Flyers will be available for distribution next Monday – see TRIO Office for more details.

“Amherst College educates men and women of exceptional potential from all backgrounds so that they may seek, value, and advance knowledge, engage the world around them, and lead principled lives of consequence.

Amherst brings together the most promising students, whatever their financial need, in order to promote diversity of experience and ideas within a purposefully small residential community. Working with faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to intellectual freedom and the highest standards of instruction in the liberal arts, Amherst undergraduates assume substantial responsibility for undertaking inquiry and for shaping their education within and beyond the curriculum.”

To learn more about Amherst College, visit their website at  https://www.amherst.edu/.

Interested in Transferring to MCLA in North Adams?

Come by the TRIO Office on Wednesday, 3/5, at noon to learn more…

Meet with Deb Foss, Coordinator of the Academic Advising Center and Chair of the Psychology Department to learn about the transfer application process and majors offered at MCLA.  Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity!