Berkshire Community College is a public, community college offering a Associate Degree Certificate Programs, as well as other educational opportunities, primarily to the residents of Berkshire County and surrounding areas.
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. There, enrollment grew from 153 to 1,222 students.
In 1972, the college moved to its present location occupying a magnificent 180-acre site four miles from the center of Pittsfield. Twelve years later, a satellite facility known as the South County Center opened in Great Barrington. 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.
The vast majority of BCC students (97%) are Massachusetts residents with (96%) percent coming from Berkshire County. More than half (61%) of the students are women. In addition, (49%) of the student body consists of "nontraditional" students - that is, 23 years of age or older. In fall 2013, BCC also enrolled 7 international students from 6 different countries.
Graduation & Transfer Statistics
BCC awarded its first two degrees, both to women, in 1961. In 2013, 309 degrees and certificates were conferred. Historically, BCC graduates have successfully transferred into colleges and universities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States, as well as a number of foreign countries. Thirty-five percent (35%) of the graduating class of 2013 transferred into a baccalaureate-level program at a a diverse group of four-year degree granting institutions around the country.
Following their graduation from BCC, many students seek employment electing to work while at the same time continuing their education. Results from a recent (2013) follow-up survey indicated that 92% of BCC graduates were employed either full- or part-time following graduation. (For further information about graduation and transfer statistics, go to Statements and General Disclosures.)