Various levels of organizations, from state to students, are involved in governing BCC. These organizations include the following:
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
The commissioner and staff of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education works with the state's Board of Higher Education "to ensure that Massachusetts residents have the opportunity to benefit from a higher education that enriches their lives and advances their contributions to the civic life, economic development, and social progress of the Commonwealth." For more information, visit www.mass.edu. Anyone wishing to contact the commissioner and/or any board member may write to:
One Ashburton Place, Room 1401, Boston, MA 02108-1696;
or call 617-994-6950; fax 617-727-0955; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCC Board of Trustees
The Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees is composed of area residents appointed to the board by the governor of Massachusetts. Some major board functions include reviewing and approving the college's programs and policies, various faculty and staff appointments, and tuition and fees not mandated by the state.
The board meets most months at 4:30 PM on the fourth Tuesday. Except for executive sessions, meetings are open to the public. Specific dates and locations are available in the President's Office.
BCC Student Trustee
The Student Trustee is elected by fellow students at the end of the spring semester and serves as the liaison between the student body and the BCC Board of Trustees. His/her term of office runs from July 1st to June 30th.
The Student Trustee must be currently enrolled at BCC and maintain a full-time student status for the entire length of his/her term. He/she must maintain a 2.000 GPA for each semester and a cumulative 2.000 GPA for the entire term of office. Upon election, the Student Trustee automatically becomes an official member of the Student Government Ambassadors.
BCC College Senate
The College Senate is composed of elected faculty, staff and student representatives from throughout the college. Although the senate has no authority to implement policy or changes, it makes such recommendations to the college's executive council. Senate meetings are open to all interested persons. Specific meeting dates, times and locations are available in the office of Student Life.
BCC Student Government Ambassadors
The BCC Student Government Ambassadors (SGA) are the legislative, representative, and investigative body of the college's student association. They also organize many student activities and community service projects.
The SGA consists of currently enrolled students elected each spring in college-wide elections. Candidates must have a 2.000 or higher grade point average. SGA members receive FORUM units for each term served and participate in various retreats, trips and special activities each semester.
The SGA meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:15 PM in the General Bartlett Room. The meetings are open to all interested students. The SGA Office (ext. 1665) is located off the Susan B. Anthony Center Lounge adjacent to the office of Student Life.
In addition, a Student Constitution establishes a viable system of government for all BCC students. The constitution is available in the office of Student Life.
The Berkshire Community College Foundation is a non-profit corporation established to encourage and receive gifts in support of the mission of the college. Gifts from alumni, students, corporations, friends, and staff are used to further the college's commitment to academic excellence and community service. Under the auspices of the BCC Foundation, the office of Development and Alumni Relations works to engage alumni with the college through the BCC News and regional social events.
The Foundation provides scholarships, grants and awards to deserving students to assist them in pursuit of their academic goals. It also supports initiatives in "value-added" activities such as conferences and hands-on experiences to expand student and faculty learning, emerging technologies, and campus restoration. In addition, the Foundation owns and operates the building in Great Barrington that provides a permanent site for the college's South County Center.
The Foundation is governed by a board of volunteers made up of members from various communities throughout Berkshire County and surrounding areas. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Foundation, should log on to the college's website or contact the Development Office (413) 236-2185).