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Berkshire Community College

Berkshire Community College is an accredited, co-educational two-year community college in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Its primary campus is in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, with a satellite campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and classroom spaces in the city of Pittsfield. Established in the 1960s, it is the oldest college founded by the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office.

More than 3,000 students enroll annually in BCC's academic programs, which include associate degrees, certificate programs, and transfer programs. An additional 5,200 enroll in noncredit or workforce development courses. The majority of students are from Massachusetts, with 96% coming from Berkshire County. The student body is 61% female and nearly half of enrolled students are 23 years old or older.

Berkshire Community College has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges since 1964.] In 2006, the college was recognized as the only community college in the state to exceed the national average in graduation rates for 2002-04. The Berkshire Eagle (formerly Berkshires Week) has continuously named BCC the "Best College" in the Berkshires since 2001.

Founded in 1960, BCC was the first community college established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Today, there are 15 community colleges throughout the state. During its first 12 years, BCC was located in downtown Pittsfield in a former junior high school made available by the city. 

Last year, nearly 3,000 students enrolled in day or evening credit courses at the main campus, off-campus sites, and/or online. Additionally, more than 5,200 people enrolled in various noncredit and workforce development offerings.

In recognition of its tradition of academic excellence and service, Berkshire Community College affirms the following values:

  • Integrity and Engagement. We expect all members of the college community to participate in the fulfillment of the college mission through actions that are forthright and consistent with the mission.
  • Innovation. We promote a campus climate that encourages innovative thought and creative expression.
  • Diversity and Inclusion. We foster an environment that validates and respects cultural identities and provides curriculum, pedagogy, programs and services within multicultural philosophies and frameworks.
  • Service. We maintain a community that demonstrates respect for growth, responsibility, and leadership through service to others.
  • Sustainability. We follow practices that promote environmental and financial sustainability at the college. 
BCC is a dynamic learning community, transforming lives and preparing students to succeed in an increasingly complex, diverse, and changing world. 

The Berkshire Community College is a Public university located in Pittsfield.
The Berkshire Community College was founded in 1960.
The current president of Berkshire Community College is Ellen Kennedy.

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