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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”” »

Mareike and Stephen

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” »

Music students perform in the Cohn Family Dining Commons last fall

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” »


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” »


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” »


“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”” »


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 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” »

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,