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Television Dreams Come True for Class of 1983 Grads Lynn Page and Keith Clark

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Public television professionals Lynn Page and Keith Clark both got their start at GCC Continue reading “Television Dreams Come True for Class of 1983 Grads Lynn Page and Keith Clark” »


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Student credits college with changing her life as Foundation kicks off campaign

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

By KATHLEEN McKIERNAN, Recorder Staff Friday, March 13, 2015 GREENFIELD — College had been a fairy tale where Guinevere Arthur Vanhorne grew up in Jamaica. Though she was smart in school, college and eduction wasn’t what her family did. Then, she came to Greenfield Community College. “It was always a dream, but here at GCC… Continue reading “Student credits college with changing her life as Foundation kicks off campaign “ »


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The road from GCC to Albany…

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

GCC wasn’t Lou Hmieleski’s first stop on his education journey, but it was the one that prepared him to go the distance. After graduating from Frontier Regional High School in 1981, he took the “family route” to Umass Amherst, as his parents and sisters had done. But it turned out to not be a great… Continue reading “The road from GCC to Albany…” »


Pictured (L-R): GCC President Bob Pura, Nursing Faculty Emeritae Jean Simmons,
Nursing Faculty Chair Holder Cheri Ducharme, and Assistant Dean of Nursing Nancy Craig-Williams

Cheri Ducharme named Nursing Faculty Endowed Chair

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

GCC Nursing Professor Cheri Ducharme has been appointed to the Jean Simmons Nursing Faculty Endowed Chair, endowed as part of a $1 million fund donated in June, 2013. The endowed faculty chair is named in honor of long-time GCC nurse educator, Jean Simmons ’65. Ducharme has been a full-time faculty member in GCC’s Associate Degree… Continue reading “Cheri Ducharme named Nursing Faculty Endowed Chair” »


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Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant gets his start at GCC

Monday, May 12th, 2014

“There’s nothing more satisfying than being that person people turn to in their hour of need,” said Major James E. Andrews II, A.A. GCC ’96, B.S. UMass ’00, M.S. Univ. of Nebraska ’06 and D.Sc. Baylor University ’11. And he credits GCC for putting him on the path to becoming that person. Continue reading “Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant gets his start at GCC” »


L-R, GCC alumni and panel members Noreen Woodruff '13, Elda James '75, and Chris Forgey '78

GCC alumni share career journey with students during “Coffee & Conversation”

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The GCC Student Life “Coffee & Conversation” series continued this month with Alumni Journeys, featuring a panel of GCC alums speaking with current students. The panelists spent the noon hour telling their story to students, and then holding a lively Q&A session. The three alumni each brought a different perspective to both their time at… Continue reading “GCC alumni share career journey with students during “Coffee & Conversation”” »


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2014 Annual Campaign: Inspiring Hope Through Education

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The weather was the only thing that was cloudy the morning of the GCC Foundation Annual Campaign Kickoff Breakfast. Over 50 smiling faces could be seen bright and early to get the inspiration and information they need to begin their volunteer work to raise funds for students and programs at Greenfield Community College. One of… Continue reading “2014 Annual Campaign: Inspiring Hope Through Education” »


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GCC Music Program offers an innovative approach to music education

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Over the past ten years, GCC has developed a unique capacity to provide music education for students seeking to acquire the skills and vision they need to fulfill their educational, professional and life goals. Music Department Chair Matthew Shippee states, “We’re fortunate that GCC has fostered the growth of a Music Department intent on both access… Continue reading “GCC Music Program offers an innovative approach to music education” »


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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” »


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.

Senator Elizabeth Warren visits GCC

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United States Senator Elizabeth Warren visited the GCC campus to meet with students and members of the community on February 19 to discuss college affordability, student loans, and to answer questions raised by students.