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A Newsletter for Alumni, Parents, and Friends of Greenfield Community College and the GCC Foundation

A Criminal Justice student finds the right fit at GCC – and a dream job at a local law practice. Continue reading “Real-Life Lessons Lead to Dream Job for Meghan Billiel” »

From a young age, Meghan Billiel ’02 dreamed of a career in criminal justice, but it wasn’t until she studied at GCC that she understood what was really involved in such work. Following high school, Meghan attended Framingham State University for a year and a half and then UMASS for a semester. She imagined working as a forensic psychologist like Jodie Foster’s character in The Silence of the Lambs. She signed up for psychology classes and several classes later Meghan realized psychology wasn’t the right fit. Her time at Framingham State and UMASS didn’t help Meghan find the right path. Meghan returned home to Greenfield to sort out what she wanted to do and how to get there. She still dreamed of a career in criminal justice.

When Meghan started taking classes in Criminal Justice at GCC, she immediately knew she’d found the right place. She appreciated the small classes, supportive faculty, and feeling of community. A class in Police Process taught her that what you see on television isn’t reality, that DNA tests don’t come back in ten minutes and fingerprint results aren’t instantaneous.

Continue reading “Real-Life Lessons Lead to Dream Job for Meghan Billiel” »

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GCC President Testifies at Massachusetts Legislative Sub-Committee on Student Loans and Debt Hearing

Student debt has become an increasingly burdensome and complex issue for many Massachusetts students and their families. With 65 percent of Massachusetts students taking out loans to pay for college, Massachusetts ranks 12th in the nation for number of students carrying debt. To address this pressing issue, Representative Paul Mark (House Chair) and Senator Eileen… Continue reading “GCC President Testifies at Massachusetts Legislative Sub-Committee on Student Loans and Debt Hearing” »

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“Be More Than Just A Graduate: Be An Alum”

In his remarks at the GCC Class of 2013 Graduation Rehearsal, Erik Risinger ’13 urged his fellow graduates/soon-to-be-alumni to stay connected to their college. Following are his words: “Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d like to direct your attention for a moment to the fact that you are about to leave GCC. Which, if you’re like me,… Continue reading “”Be More Than Just A Graduate: Be An Alum”" »

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Paul McCarthy’s road to a law enforcement career took many turns

“Those front stairs went on forever,” said Police Detective Paul McCarthy ’86 of Saugus, when asked about his memories of GCC. Detective McCarthy’s route to GCC was less typical than many of the college’s alumni, and the career that followed paved a new pathway to work in Criminal Justice. McCarthy grew up in Newton, where… Continue reading “Paul McCarthy’s road to a law enforcement career took many turns” »

GCC Women’s Resource Center Welcomes Janet Rogers

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This fall the GCC Women’s Resource Center was pleased to host a reception at which students, faculty and staff were able to thank the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation for their long-time, generous support of this important program for women students in transition.

Pictured above: GCC Women’s Resource Center Coordinator Rosemarie Freeland; Recently retired GCC Counselor Sue McGowan; GCC President Bob Pura and Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation representative Janet Rogers

GCC Foundation 2013 Annual Campaign Leadership

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The GCC Foundation 2013 Annual Campaign was very successful, raising a record-breaking $954,330 in support of students and programs at Greenfield Community College. Pictured above, Campaign Honorary Chair Edward “Skip” Hammond and Campaign Co-Chairs Joseph Ruggeri and Beth Lorenz listen to the student speaker address the gathered fundraisers at the Campaign Kickoff Celebration.

Thank you to all who help raise funds for this community’s college!