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What makes Berkshire Community College (BCC) a vibrant and diverse community? It's the people. Our Spotlights are a collection of articles featuring members of the BCC Community – showcasing their successes, struggles, history and experiences.

Mike Kusek
  • Student Spotlight

  • Mike Kusek

  • Visual Arts
  • You might not guess that a systems engineer at General Dynamics has a passion for art. But for Mike Kusek, making paintings is second nature. Currently enrolled at BCC as a fine arts/visual arts major, Mike is well on his way to an associate degree - a degree that complements a bachelor of science degree he earned almost 20 years ago at Central State Connecticut University. There, he was a computer science major with a minor in mathematics.
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Julia Kalinowski
  • Alumni Spotlight

  • Julia Kalinowski

  • Human Services
  • It's often said that the best counselors are those who have overcome adversity themselves. That theory will likely ring true one day for Julia Kalinowsky, a 23-year-old Pittsfield native who recently graduated from Berkshire Community College with an associate degree in Human Services.
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Laurie Vilord
  • Faculty Spotlight

  • Laurie Vilord

  • Medical Coding
  • When Laurie Vilord decided to change course in her career, she tackled it with gusto, earning a Medical Coding Certificate and a Health Information Management (HIM) Certificate from BCC in just one year. "I don't really recommend that, but I'm kind of an overachiever," she laughs.
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Transforming BCC's Campus
  • Campus Life Spotlight

  • Transforming BCC's Campus

  • Changes at BCC
  • As Berkshire Community College carefully emerges from the pandemic, campus projects continue to improve the efficiency, aesthetics and safety of the College. Such projects include critical infrastructure upgrades, architectural improvements and replacement of windows, roofs, carpeting and more.
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Pam Farron Profile
  • Staff Spotlight

  • Pam Farron

  • Disability Services
  • One fall day in 1995, Pam Farron received a newspaper clipping from a friend. It was a classified ad for a Coordinator of Disability Services position at BCC. On a whim, Pam — then five years into her position as Assistant Coordinator of Disability Services at Hudson Valley Community College — took the day off, drove to BCC and walked around the campus.
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