Welcome to BCC - Placing higher education within reach.
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.
BCC Mission Statement
Berkshire Community College (BCC) strives to place higher education within reach of
all residents of Berkshire County and beyond. BCC is committed to access, academic
excellence, student success, and leadership in the community.
BCC helps students overcome financial, physical, and/or social barriers and welcomes
them into a college environment of academic excellence.
BCC provides quality programs that prepare students to enter or progress within the
workforce and/or for transfer, while fostering a lifelong enthusiasm for learning.
BCC provides the resources and services students need to be successful, to meet our
academic standards, and to achieve their personal and professional goals.
BCC provides leadership by furthering the engagement of our students in the community;
by working collaboratively with civic leaders, organizations, and employers; and by
serving as a center for diverse educational and cultural activities.
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
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
VISION FOR BCC
BCC is a dynamic learning community, transforming lives and preparing students
to succeed in an increasingly complex, diverse, and changing world.