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

Posted on 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 M. Donoghue (Senate Chair) along with Representatives Denise Provost, Aaron Vega, James Arciero, Angelo D’Emilia, and Senator Richard Ross were named as members of a newly-formed Subcommittee on Student Loans and Debt to investigate, study, and make recommendations on these important issues.


GCC President Robert Pura offers testimony at the hearing held September 30th at the Greenfield Community College Cohn Family Dining Commons. Several GCC students also joined faculty and staff in sharing their personal experiences to the sub-committee that day.

As part of the investigative process, the subcommittee held a series of public hearings across the state to provide an opportunity for students, parents, community members and college officials to speak about the impact of loans and debts on families in Massachusetts.

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


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.