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

GCC President Robert Pura - photo by Gerald Martins

“Hope springs eternal”

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Whether it is the perspective of the farmer or philosopher, framed by religion or the poet; spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings – so too at Greenfield Community College. As our students, faculty and staff are deep into the sprint to the finish line of the semester and academic year, the GCC… Continue reading “”Hope springs eternal”” »

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 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.