Hands-on learning and enrichment

From accounting to marketing to entrepreneurship, GCC students apply classroom concepts to real world challenges to make learning come alive.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

    GCC VITA program

    Students Lyubov Denissevitch and Natalia Masaitis receive Achievement Awards from professor Tom Fredrick, MBA, CPA for helping to prepare nearly 200 individual income tax returns through GCC’s V.I.T.A. Program.

    GCC students earn professional experience in tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Supervised by BIT Professor, Tom Fredrik, MBA, CPA, students prepare and efile federal and state tax returns for local citizens. In 2012, GCC’s VITA students were recognized by the I.R.S. for submitting more than 200 error-free tax returns!

  • GCC BUS 209 student Alex Urkiell presents a marketing plan to Amherst Boys and Girls Club. GCC alum and Amherst Boys and Girls Club board member Tom Crossman watches.

    GCC BUS 209 student Alex Urkiell presents a marketing plan to Amherst Boys and Girls Club. GCC alum and Amherst Boys and Girls Club board member Tom Crossman watches.

    Each semester, students of BUS 209 Principles of Marketing, gain hands-on professional experience by preparing and presenting marketing plans for local businesses. To date, Principles of Marketing students have provided marketing consultation to:

    • Hillside Organic Pizza
    • The Greenfield Business Association
    • Real Pickles
    • Kringle Candle
    • Lefty’s Brewery
    • The Greening Greenfield Committee
    • The Artisan Consortium of Old Deerfield
    • The Bridal Barn
    • The Bement School
    • The Tai Kwon Do Center
    • Indoor Action
    • Amherst Boys and Girls Club

    To inquire about the opportunity to serve as a client of the Principles of Marketing class, contact Thom Simmons, Department Co-Chair.

  • Thom Simmons, economics professor and advisor to the Business Club Advisor, leads students on a walking tour of lower Manhattan.

    Thom Simmons, economics professor and advisor to the Business Club Advisor, leads students on a walking tour of lower Manhattan.

    Initiated by GCC students under the leadership of Co-Chair and professor of economics Thom Simmons, the GCC Business Club is one of the largest on-campus student organizations. Each year, students are empowered to set their own objectives and pursue entrepreneurial learning through attendance at the fall Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Conference in the Springfield Civic Center. Business Club students also plan an annual spring trip to New York City where they visit financial institutions, tour NBC Studios, take in a Broadway play, and meet with business leaders in disciplines of their choosing.

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  • Each year GCC students compete in the Grinspoon Elevator Pitch Competition and Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Competition. More than a dozen students have won over $30,000 in awards for investment in entrepreneurial ventures while pursuing their business education at GCC!