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News & announcements from 2013

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

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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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Real-Life Lessons Lead to Dream Job for Meghan Billiel

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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” »


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

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

“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 Awarded 2013 Leading by Example Award

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Presented by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Leading by Example Awards recognize outstanding efforts among individuals, Commonwealth agencies, public higher education institutions, and municipalities that have established and implemented policies and programs resulting in significant and demonstrable energy and environmental benefits. Greenfield Community College was among 10 recipients of a… Continue reading “GCC Awarded 2013 Leading by Example Award” »


GCC President Robert Pura - photo by Gerald Martins

The GCC Experience

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

There is something transformational that begins to happen as you drive into Greenfield Community College. It is on that half mile, winding road, that one begins to feel the transition from a world of increasing individualism and isolation to one of inclusion and collaboration. The word “community” defines GCC as a college. More than a… Continue reading “The GCC Experience” »


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GCC Changed Lives Through Education in this Family

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Brian Miner ’85 is truly a legacy of this community’s college. Miner wrote to GCC President Bob Pura just before our 50th celebration to offer a complete picture of the impact GCC has had on his family: his mother, his brother and uncles. Continue reading “GCC Changed Lives Through Education in this Family” »


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Hammond to serve as Honorary Chair for GCC Foundation 2013 Annual Campaign

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Brian Miner ’85 is truly a legacy of this community’s college. Miner wrote to GCC President Bob Pura just before our 50th celebration to offer a complete picture of the impact GCC has had on his family: his mother, his brother and uncles. Continue reading “Hammond to serve as Honorary Chair for GCC Foundation 2013 Annual Campaign” »


GCC President Robert Pura - photo by Gerald Martins

The Stuff That Dreams Are Built On

Monday, May 6th, 2013

President Franklin D. Roosevelt invested in public works projects to create jobs for unemployed Americans. The Great Depression demonstrated that spending on the infrastructure of our country could be an instrument of social policy and change. The investments were viewed as an economic catalyst. That policy and those investments created jobs, put people back to… Continue reading “The Stuff That Dreams Are Built On” »


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Lorenz, Ruggeri Launch GCC Foundation Campaign

Monday, May 6th, 2013

The GCC Foundation’s 2013 annual campaign, Creating Change Through Education, kicked off with honorary chair Skip Hammond and co-chairs Beth Lorenz and Joseph Ruggeri at the helm. The 2013 campaign has established the goal to raise $800,000 by May 31st in support of students. GCC President Bob Pura reinforced the message that change is created… Continue reading “Lorenz, Ruggeri Launch GCC Foundation Campaign” »


GCC welcomes GSB President John Howland

howlandGCC was pleased to welcome John Howland, the new President & CEO of Greenfield Savings Bank, to his first visit on campus March 26th. He is pictured here in front of the entrance to the GCC Greenfield Savings Bank Math Studio – thank you, GSB, for all of your support of GCC students!

Foundation welcomes new Board President

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Robyn Provost, Vice President of Mowry & Schmidt, Inc., General Contractors, has been elected President of the Board of Directors of the GCC Foundation. Robyn has served on the board for five years and is a longtime volunteer fundraiser for the annual campaign. Her work with their family-operated construction business, based in Greenfield since 1947, has made her a familiar face to many companies and individuals across Franklin County. Robyn lives in Heath with her husband, Tom Carlson.