Berkshire Community College (BCC) has announced the addition of three academic counselors. Part of the institution’s Academic Advising Center, the academic counselors will advise and guide students to foster academic success and increase degree completion. In addition to their direct contact with students, they will work closely with campus-wide support services and work with faculty to help students successfully navigate the start of their college careers.
Darrett started his career as a graduate assistant in Student Accounts and Admissions at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in North Adams, Mass. He most recently served as a staff assistant in the Center for Student Success and Engagement at MCLA. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from MCLA, a certificate of advanced (CAGS) graduate study in Higher Education Leadership from UMass Amherst and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Bay Path University. He resides in North Adams.
Isham-Morton began her work with students as a head resident at Champlain College in Burlington, VT, where she later served as an area coordinator and the interim assistant director of Residential Life. Most recently, she worked at MCLA as a human resources recruiter/generalist. Other roles at MCLA included: residence director, residence life coordinator, executive assistant – Student Affairs and coordinator of student conduct. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from William Smith College and a master’s degree in Counseling from Johnson State College. She resides in Pittsfield with her husband and two young daughters.
Westlake, who has worked at BCC since 2012, previously served as a part-time academic advisor and an adjunct faculty member teaching BCC 101, a student success seminar. Prior to joining BCC, she worked at Le Moyne College in several capacities including academic advisor, co-director of global education, coordinator of academic initiatives and instructor of a first year seminar course for undeclared students. She previously worked as a graduate assistant student advisor in the School of Education and co-instructor of the Education Freshman Forum at Syracuse University. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications with a minor in Health Science from the State University of New York at Potsdam, a teaching credential in Cross-Cultural Languages and Academic Development (CLAD) at California State University San Marcos and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University. She resides in Dalton with her husband and two young sons.
The hiring of the academic counselors was made possible by a Title III Strengthening Institutions grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education.