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News & announcements from the ‘President’s Message’ category

GCC President Robert Pura - photo by Gerald Martins

We find the most hope for change at the local level

Monday, May 12th, 2014

On January 8, 1964, in his first State of the Union Address as President, Lyndon B. Johnson, said “Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope.” He was talking of course about the large number of Americans living in poverty. He then declared “unconditional war on poverty.” Fifty years later poverty remains a national… Continue reading “We find the most hope for change at the local level” »

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” »

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” »

GCC President Robert Pura - photo by Gerald Martins

50th Anniversary Celebration Keynote Address

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

In 1947, President Truman commissioned a study of the nation’s higher education landscape. That commission made two things clear: 1) for our nation to thrive in a post-WW environment colleges within the community providing access for all needed to be created and 2) they were to be fueled by the GI Bill supporting the thousands. GCC… Continue reading “50th Anniversary Celebration Keynote Address” »

GCC President Robert Pura - photo by Gerald Martins

Thank you

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

During this, GCC’s 50th anniversary year, more than ever, I would like to thank you for your support. It has been my privilege to serve as President of this college for 11 1/2 years and during that time I have seen the extraordinary level of support GCC receives from individuals and businesses, alumni and community… Continue reading “Thank you” »

GCC President Robert Pura confers a degree on a recent graduate

Greenfield Community College: The Pathway to America’s Dreams

Friday, November 18th, 2011

I had the opportunity to walk up the same steps at Ellis Island that my father walked as a child coming to America. It was a significant and powerful experience for me. At the top of those stairs, you enter the Great Room. To the right you see The Statue of Liberty and to the… Continue reading “Greenfield Community College: The Pathway to America’s Dreams” »

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,