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.
Each year roughly 2,000 students enroll in day or evening credit courses at the main
campus, off-campus sites, and/or online.
The vast majority of BCC students (97 percent) are Massachusetts residents with 94
percent coming from Berkshire County. More than half (62 percent) of the students
are women. Our student body consists of 22% non-white students. Additionally, 51 percent
of students are non-traditional by age (23 years or older).