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.
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” »
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”" »
“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” »