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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 receives VIP treatment from Springfield Armor


GCC President Bob Pura hosted a great evening of “GCC Night at the Springfield Armor” with a road trip on March 21st to a basketball game at the Mass Mutual Center. Members of our community joined GCC alumni and employees for a wonderful night of VIP treatment, including reserved courtside seating, dinner and great camaraderie while watching this area’s minor league basketball team play to win. This sold-out game was the Springfield Armor’s final home game of the season.

GCC Art Program: Welcome to “Face Nook”


For the past 5 years, an anonymous donor has supplied a $100 award to a GCC painting student each semester to be used to purchase painting supplies. In return, the students have created a miniature self-portrait on a canvas supplied by the donor. Award recipients are art program majors, nominated by the painting faculty, who have demonstrated a commitment to the medium and are producing work of a high standard. We are pleased to announce two exciting opportunities related to this initiative:

1. A collection of these mini portraits will now be offered for sale as part of a unique fundraising exhibit to benefit GCC’s Art Department, hosted by Nina’s Nook in Turners Falls in November 2014.

2. In addition to the existing collection, current and former painting students of the college are also invited to submit their work in this event using 6″ square canvases. The exhibit, to be called “Face Nook,” will open November 14 and close December 6. All work must be delivered to Nina’s Nook by November 5, either in person to the gallery or shipped to: Nina Rossi, 21 Central St, Turners Falls MA 01376. For details contact Nina Rossi,