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/.
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!
- 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.
Michelle has a story that many of us can relate to.
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.
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.
Representatives from the following colleges/universities will be available to meet with prospective students during the coming weeks:
Bay Path College:
February 26, 10:30- 1:00
March 13, 10:30- 1:00
April 24, 10:30-1:00
Elms Continuing Education Program:
February 11 & 20
Johnson & Wales University:
March 3, 10:30- 1:00
February 12 & 26
Roger Williams University:
February 27- SBA Lounge
April 10- cafeteria
Westfield State University:
Westfield State University
Continuing Education program:
Next Sunday, January 26, from 1:00 – 4:00, Karrie Trautman and Anne Moore will join financial aid professionals from MCLA, Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Williams College to provide free assistance to local families applying for college financial aid for the 2014-2015 academic year. This event known as FAFSA Day Massachusetts will take place at the Intermodal Education Center, Pittsfield.
Students/families participate in a guided presentation which will last approximately one and a half hours; those who are ready to file their FAFSA can go directly to the computer room where other support personnel will be on hand to assist them as needed. We also staff two “Fast Track” tables for those with quick questions.
Please help spread the word to students, family, friends and neighbors who could benefit from our expertise. Online workshop registration at www.FAFSAday.org is recommended.
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.