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.

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!

BCC Foundation Scholarships

  • Is your current GPA 2.75 or higher?
  • Have you earned 12 or more non-developmental credits at BCC?
  • Will you be returning to BCC in the Fall of 2014?

If you answered YES to all three questions, check your student email!  You’ve been invited to apply for scholarships through the BCC Foundation.  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

Open the related email, read the instructions and click the link titled ”online application” and act now to begin the process.

Remember, you can fill in bits and pieces of the information and SAVE the application to complete later, -  but not too late!  The aplication MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN 11:59 PM ON THURSDAY, MARCH 6.

You’ll need to prepare a 500 word essay answering a specific set of questions, as well as submit the name, address and email from a member of the faculty or staff here at BCC or elsewhere, or an employment supervisor, whom you’ve spoken to, and is willing to supply a recommendation for you via this online application.  This individual may not be a family member.

You can prepare your essay using microsolft word, revise it, stop by TRIO with it, and when ready, cut and paste it into the online application.  Be sure it’s polished, well written, and representative of your best work!

Please stop by with questions, a draft of your essay or any other written comments you’d like to include.  We’re happy to help and want YOU to be a part of the group receiving approximately $200,000 in Foundation scholarship awards this spring!

NOTE:  There are a small number of scholarships for students transferring as well.  If this applies to you, look for related instructions and stop by with any questions.


Inspirtational Video from Michelle Obama


Michelle has a story that many of us can relate to.

Career Cafe with Judith Monachina

BCC’s career counselor, Judith Monachina, will be hosting a Career Cafe most Tuesdays throughout the semester in the Student Development Center. The Cafe will be held from 12:15 – 1 pm and is open to students who want to work on establishing their resumes,and sharpening their interview and networking skills. If you are graduating this spring, or are engaged in an active job search, this is the group for you. For more information, call Judith at 236-1611.

BRTA – Semester Passes or “CharlieCards”

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority recently announced a new fare structure that started in January, 2014!  Beyond the new trip prices, you may now purchase several types of passes including the long awaited ”CharlieCard”.

The CharlieCard was created specifically for college students as a semester pass that works systemwide and offers unlimited use AND transfers for $250!  They are smart cards with built in chips that may be registered online for fare protection, are made of durable plastic and re-useable or refillable over multiple years.  For convenience they can be read from within a mitten or wallet and offer value that is valid on other identified transportation systems in Massachusetts. 

The Spring semester includes any travel during 1/1 – 5/31, and the fall semester covers travel from 8/1 – 12/31.

Eligible students may  access financial aid funds for early purchase of a CharlieCard. 

Visit the berkshirerta.com website and contact the Financial Aid Office for addition information.