Bits & Bytes: OLLI speaks with Dr. Joe Coughlin of MIT’s AgeLab; Summer Youth Program Adventures in Music; United Live Community Celebration; BCC virtual information sessions

OLLI at BCC will present a virtual discussion with Dr. Joe Coughlin, researcher, educator, speaker and advisor whose work explores how global demographics, technology and changing generational behaviors are transforming businesses and society. Photo courtesy OLLI

OLLI will present “The New Future of Old Age in Today’s Longevity Economy”

PITTSFIELD – the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College will present an online discussion with the teacher Joe coughlin, founder and director of MIT AgeLab, at Thursday April 29 at 3:30 p.m. Dr Coughlin will discuss the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship and innovation in an aging society, as well as his call for Boston and the New England region to become a hub of longevity – pioneering new approaches to service of the elderly.

Dr. Coughlin’s most recent book is “The Economics of Longevity: Inside the World’s Fastest Growing and Most Misunderstood Market”. Researcher, teacher, speaker and advisor, his work explores how global demographics, technology and changing generational behaviors are transforming businesses and society.

Coughlin was appointed by President George W. Bush to the White House Advisory Committee on Aging and by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to the Governor’s Council on Aging, where he co-chaired the Innovation Subcommittee. and technology. Coughlin is a senior contributor to Forbes and writes regularly for MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. He was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the 100 Most Creative in Business and by the Wall Street Journal as the inventor of the future of retirement.


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Berkshire School of Music to Offer Youth Adventures in Music Summer Program

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PITTSFIELD – Berkshire School of Music (BMS) recently announced that it will be offering a new summer program for youth called Adventures in music. The program will give aspiring musicians a solid foundation for making music in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Participants will attend world music, choir and creative movement group lessons on the tent lawn of the historic BMS campus, as well as small-group piano, ukulele and visual arts performance workshops. Session 1 will be held from July 5 to 16 and will be aimed at children aged 5 to 9. Session 2 will run from July 19 to 30 and will be aimed at older children aged 10 to 13. Each class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended day options available.

Adventures in Music will be led by Cassie Pearson, BMS Youth Summer Programs Coordinator. Daniel Ariel, BMS faculty member, will be one of the summer instructors. “I couldn’t be more jazzed up for this summer’s music program for kids!” said Ariel. “I really can’t think of a better opportunity for the children of the Berkshires to step out of the ordinary and enter a whole new world. With a whirlwind of in-store activities, from world music workshops to creative movement sessions and even visual arts and music classes, this is a perfect one-day youth program to keep the kids entertained. and keep them interested for a good part of the summer. Ariel will be joined by BMS faculty members Andrea Goodman and Allen Livermore.

For more information and to register, visit the BMS website or call 413-442-1411.


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Berkshire United Way to host virtual celebration of the Live United community

BERKSHIRE COUNTY – Berkshire United Way, with main sponsor Greylock Federal Credit Union, will organize its Live United Community Celebration of 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Thursday, April 29. The event is free and will be virtual with the help of Pittsfield Community Television and Berkshire Community College. Registration is not compulsory, but appreciated here.

Berkshire United Way will present a special tribute in memory of Dan Dillon, along with the following awards: Employee Campaign Coordinator Award: Tom Blauvelt, Wheeler & Taylor Insurance. Robert K. Agar Jr Volunteer Award: AME Zion Church Memorial Award. Daniel C. Dillon Helping Hands, Caring Heart Award: Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.

The Live United Community Celebration is the highlight of Berkshire United Way’s #HereForGood Volunteer Month.


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BCC announces nursing admissions and information sessions

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PITTSFIELD – Berkshire Community College (BCC) will offer three free virtual general information sessions in May: Tuesday May 4 at 5 p.m., Thursday May 20 at 12 p.m. and Wednesday May 26 at 5 p.m. The 30-minute information sessions, presented by admissions counselors through Zoom, are designed to familiarize prospective students with the application and registration process.

Participants in the virtual general information session can:

  • Ask questions about the admissions process: how to apply, register and choose courses
  • Learn more about BCC’s affordability and financial aid options
  • Listen to staff talk about quality programs and student support services
  • Find out how courses will transfer to hundreds of schools or prepare graduates for immediate careers

Virtual Nursing Information Sessions

In addition to general admissions information sessions, BCC also offers sessions for those who wish to pursue or pursue a nursing career. Three free virtual sessions will take place on Wednesday May 26:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (PN): 5 p.m.
  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN): 6 p.m.
  • Educational mobility: PN to DNA: 7 p.m.

To register for an admission or a nursing session, visit the website for a list of registration links. For more information, contact the admissions office at 413-236-1636.


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