A Message from Our President

Ellen Kennedy

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Berkshire Community College — an institution committed to supporting you and to helping you accomplish your educational and life goals. Whether your plan is to transfer to a four-year institution, further your skills, improve your employment opportunities, or satisfy your passion for learning, we are here to meet your needs. 

At BCC, we offer a rigorous and high-quality program at an affordable cost. BCC is a liberal arts institution, and critical thinking is at the core of all we do. We do that with a faculty dedicated to the art of teaching and possessed of a desire to expand your horizons and a staff determined to make that as painless a process as possible. 

We believe that education doesn’t end in the classroom. At BCC you will have the opportunity to explore your interests through a variety of extracurricular activities including student clubs and organizations, educational trips, fitness and wellness classes, club sports, and service-learning experiences.

Our Pittsfield Campus has been reinvigorated with the renovations of our two main classroom buildings. Hawthorne Hall re-opened for classes in June 2016, followed by Melville Hall in January 2017. A brand new connector will join the buildings.

In many ways, the transformation of those buildings is a metaphor for what is taking place at BCC as an educational institution. We are starting with a strong tradition and foundation and building upon that to meet the evolving needs of our students — not just with state-of-the-art facilities, but also with a plan and direction thoughtfully developed through a campus-wide strategic planning initiative that will, we believe, also benefit the economies of the region and the Commonwealth.

All of these efforts have been founded in a passion for creating a future for BCC that embraces the aspirations of our students and the needs of the communities we serve.

Every day I am on campus, I wear my campus ID.  On the back of it, which is frequently the front, are the words “ASK ME.”  That is no idle invitation.

Like everyone else on this campus, I am here to serve you. If you have a question, or if you need support to help you achieve your educational dreams, ASK US.  You are the reason we are here. 

Ellen Kennedy