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BCC Presents VENT
Nov 29, 2010
According to an announcement from The New England Campus Compacts (NECC), Berkshire Community College (BCC) students Beatriz Pereira, Jessica Schrump, Devon Roller and Michael Van Deusen are the recipients of a Best in Class Student Leadership Mini-Grant funded by the Jenzabar Foundation. BCC's students earned one of six awards in the amount of $250 to support a student-driven community partnership and project.

The project developed by Pereira, Schrump, Roller and Van Deusen focuses on fostering a supportive environment at BCC by holding a forum on student self-care, stress reduction and the balancing of academic and personal lives. The forum, titled VENT: Self-Care for the Engaged Student, is a combination of peer-to-peer support and presentations about resources on and off campus for managing academic troubles, community relations, personal issues, and future plans to increase our students' capacity to be engaged student-citizens in the community. VENT is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7th at noon in BCC's room H-207.

NECC is a consortium working together to provide enhanced opportunities for its members, which include colleges and universities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. A nonprofit coalition, NECC is committed to developing the civic skills of students, building partnerships with the community, and integrating civic engagement with teaching and research. Mini-grants were also awarded to students at Brandeis University, Middlebury College and Mount Holyoke College.

For more information on VENT, contact Mary Parkman, BCC's Service-Learning Coordinator, at 413-236-2176 or

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