Western Mass Women’s Fund Awards 3-year Grant for GARDEN Project

Thanks to extended funding by the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Franklin County women in transition will be able to develop skills in sustainable agriculture and food preservation. The Franklin County Women’s GARDEN (Growing Agricultural Resiliency and Developing Economic Networks) Project – a collaboration between Greenfield Community College, Montague Catholic Social Ministries, and New England […]

GCC and Worcester State University Sign Agreement for $30,000 Baccalaureate Degree Program

Starting in Fall 2015, incoming full-time Greenfield Community College students may enroll in a program to complete their GCC associate’s degrees and Worcester State University bachelor’s degrees in four years for approximately $30,000. On Wednesday, June 17, Greenfield Community College (GCC) President Robert Pura and Worcester State University (WSU) President Barry M. Maloney met at […]

Class of 2015

Class of 2015 Commencement Awards The Liberal Arts Award Samuel Castillo The Liberal Arts/Dance Award Brittany Woodward Liberal Arts English Award – April B. Albrecht Alexandra G. Werbicki The Music Department Award Steve Jonker The Donald Oberacker Award Eric Meals Business Information Technology award Laura DiLuzio Accounting Randy Andrews The Art Department “Medici Award” Kristina […]

50th Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony

On June 4, Greenfield Community College held a special graduation and pinning ceremony for the 50th class of students to complete GCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program. Along with celebrating this year’s 40 nursing graduates, the ceremony included the awarding of three scholarships to fund further nursing education for GCC graduates as well as the announcement […]

GCC/Elms College Partnership Graduates First Class with Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Work

Six of the graduates receiving Bachelor of Science in Social Work degrees at Elms College’s May 16 commencement exercises at the MassMutual Center in Springfield weren’t typical Elms students, they were the first cohort of students to complete the Elms College Bachelor’s Degree Completion program at Greenfield Community College. The students entered the program in […]

Guinevere Arthur Vanhorne honored at State House

Greenfield Community College student Guinevere Arthur Vanhorne is one of “29 Who Shine,” a group of outstanding Massachusetts public college and university graduates honored by the Department of Higher Education at a Massachusetts State House ceremony earlier this month. Every year, one graduate from each of the 29 Massachusetts public campuses is recognized for their […]

Tenzin Thutop Honored with GCC’s Nelson Mandela Book Award

For many years, GCC student Tenzin Thutop has looked to Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, and Mahatma Gandhi as role models as he works to preserve Tibet’s rich religion and culture. When Thutop heard about GCC’s Nelson Mandela Book Award that asks students to describe how they have been inspired by Mandela, he knew he […]

Business Club Visits the Big Apple

Ask most people what they imagine when they hear “Business Club trip,” and they probably don’t say meeting an attorney whose entertainment law firm represents Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, learning a song and dance choreography from a cast member of the Broadway show “Chicago” and then attending the show, watching the longest baseball game […]

Marketing Students Advise Business Owner

How does a restaurant owner engage consumers? What is an effective “hook” to draw people to a restaurant in an area with many competing restaurants? For the 21 GCC students in Tina Stevens’ Principles of Marketing class, these questions aren’t an abstract exercise, they are real questions from a real client seeking marketing advice. This […]

Crystal Kindle Named Newman Civic Fellow

Greenfield Community College Student Senator Crystal Kindle is one of 201 students from across the United States being honored for her leadership by being chosen to receive a Newman Civic Fellow Award from Campus Compact. Kindle, 32, of Rowe, will graduate in May of 2016 with an Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts degree and major […]

GCC to Offer Summer 2015 STEM Academy

Thanks to two Massachusetts Department of Higher Education grants, Greenfield Community College is encouraging students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Last summer, GCC hosted a very successful STEM STARTER Academy for high school students and partnered with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) on the 413-STEM Academy. The STEM […]

Get Started in Sports Management @ GCC with New Athletic Facility Certificate

Want to jump into the world of sports management but aren’t sure where to begin? GCC’s new Athletic Facility Administration Certificate is a perfect first step toward working at a fitness center, stadium, or other sports facility, or continuing on for further education. The new certificate can be completed in one year of full-time study […]

First Graders Go to College for Read Across America Day

On March 2nd, 60 first graders from Greenfield’s Federal Street School will go to college, visiting Greenfield Community College’s Main Campus to celebrate the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March […]

GCC & Baystate Franklin Medical Center Partner to Create NEW Simulation Learning Lab

Opening in time for the spring semester, Greenfield Community College and Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s new Simulation Learning Lab will provide a state-of-the-art interactive learning environment for GCC students and BFMC health care staff. Partnering to create the new Lab, GCC provided the patient simulation manikin and computers that run it, while BFMC provided space […]

Local Designer Awarded Child Care Center Project

Greenfield-based Jones Whitsett Architects has been chosen to design Greenfield Community College’s new Child Care Center. The Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance(DCAMM) selected Jones Whitsett to design a state-of-the-art facility that will combine a healthy, creative educational setting with maximum environmental efficiency. Jones Whitsett is led by Principal Architect Margo JonesAIA, NCARB, […]

Greenfield Community College Announces New Director of Campus Public Safety

Fulfilling his long-time career goal, Luis R. Santamaria has been chosen as Greenfield Community College’s new Director of Campus Public Safety and begins his new position on February 9. Santamaria will oversee GCC’s Campus Public Safety department and serve as GCC’s Chief of Police. He leaves his position as Associate Director of Public Safety for […]

GCC & Elms College to Offer 4 Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs

4 Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs to be available on the GCC Main Campus At Greenfield Community College, 2+2 equals more than four, it equals earning an accredited Elms College Bachelor of Arts degree delivered on the GCC campus. Culminating a highly collaborative effort by Greenfield Community College and Elms College faculty and staff, GCC President […]

New Certificate Program to Advance Corrections Careers

Greenfield Community College’s new Corrections Certificate Program is part of a community solution to reducing incarceration. The nine-course Certificate focuses on inmate management, treatment, and re-entry into the community and fits within the nationally recognized Transition from Jail to Community Model (TJC) currently in use at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The Program prepares students […]

Student Recognized by New England Educators

Megan Doull’s instructors at Greenfield Community College aren’t the only ones who know she’s an exceptional student. Educational leaders from across New England recognize Doull’s academic success. At their annual Fall conference, members of the Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE) presented Doull with the LAANE Student Scholarship. Highly recommended by GCC faculty, Doull […]

GCC Leader in Training Public Safety Professionals

National leaders and area employers know Greenfield Community College’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Fire Science Technology (FST) programs are at the forefront of training public safety professionals. GCC-trained Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics consistently perform better on certification exams than the national average and are sought after by regional employers who know GCC EMS […]

Student Civic Engagement Project Helps Local Farm and Food Bank

On November 2, Greenfield Community College volunteers will take their commitment to civic engagement off campus and out to the field. GCC students, staff, and faculty will participate in a gleaning trip sponsored by GCC’s Civic Engagement and Service Learning program on Sunday afternoon, November 2 to rescue food from area farms and bring it […]

Cheri Ducharme appointed Simmons Nursing Faculty Endowed Chair

Greenfield Community College Nursing Professor Cheri Ducharme has been appointed to the Jean Simmons Nursing Faculty Endowed Chair. The Simmons Endowed Chair was endowed as part of a $1 million fund donated by anonymous donors in June, 2013. The endowed faculty chair is named in honor of long-time GCC nurse educator, Jean Simmons ’65 and […]

Students See State Government, Up Close and Personal

Students in GCC Professor Buz Eisenberg’s Political Science classes do more than read about state government, they meet the people who make the laws. On November 13, Eisenberg and 19 GCC students will travel to Representative Paul Mark’s 2nd Berkshire Day at the Massachusetts State House. They’ll join people from local government, education, business, labor, […]

GCC & Community Action Lead the Way in Early Care and Education

When Community Action’s staff couldn’t find enough college-level coursework in leadership to meet Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care requirements, Gwen Hawk knew who to call. Hawk, Education Manager for Community Action’s Parent Child Development Center (PCDC), phoned Kate Finnegan, Co-Chair of GCC’s Education Department, to talk about how to meet this workforce development […]

GCC receives award for Excellence in Manufacturing Training

Tooling U-SME Recognizes Six Community and Technical Colleges with Platinum Education Center Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Training  Coinciding with Manufacturing Day, October 1, 2014, Tooling U-SME, a leader in manufacturing training and development, today presented its Platinum Education Center designation to six community and technical colleges nationwide, including Greenfield Community College. The Tooling U-SME Platinum Education […]

GCC Wins National Green Genome Award

Recognition for outstanding college sustainability and workforce efforts  When community college leaders from across the United States look for an example of an innovative, effective, and sustainable college, they’ll look to Greenfield Community College. As part of an expanding national effort to support environmentally sustainable practices, programs, and job training at the nation’s almost 1,200 […]

GED / High School Equivalency Graduation to be held October 8

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, more than 30 GED (General Educational Development) and HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) graduates and their families will participate in a commencement ceremony at Greenfield Community College Main Campus from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Greenfield Community College has one of the highest High School Equivalency test passing rates of the twenty-five Testing […]

GCC’s Popular Senior Symposia Expands Locations and Program Format

Twelve years ago, former Greenfield Community College administrator Risky Case buttonholed GCC Dean for Community Education Bob Barba at a College event and said, “I’d like to talk with you about the College doing more for seniors.” Within a few weeks, Barba met with Case and about twenty-five others that Case helped bring together. That […]

MA Community Colleges awarded $20 million U.S. Dept. of Labor Grant

Highest Funded Grant in the Country Boston, MA, September 29, 2014 –A consortia proposal submitted collectively by the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts led by Massasoit Community College has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for the fourth and final round of federal funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and […]

Inside Art Exhibit Bridges Jail & Community

While artwork in the Inside Art exhibit at Artspace covers a range of subjects and media, the varied pieces all deliver one message. Created by men incarcerated at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (the Greenfield Jail), everything in the exhibit says loud and clear: “We’re here, and we’re members of the community.” How did art by […]

GCC announces President’s List & Dean’s List for Summer 2014

Each semester Greenfield Community College recognizes superlative academic performance. We applaud the success of students who earn these high grades and appreciate sacrifices that are often made by students in order to earn these grades. For Summer 2014, GCC named 48 students to the President’s List and 31 students to the Dean’s List. To be […]

GCC Improves Recycling

Greenfield Community College received 50 large recycling bins designed specifically for placement alongside the college’s trash receptacles as part of a national recycling bin grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation. In its 9th year, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is providing nearly 4,500 recycling bins to colleges and […]

Greenfield Community College officials testify at congressional hearing about energy-related jobs and education

From the Recorder – by KATHLEEN McKIERNAN GREENFIELD — For a second time this year, Greenfield Community College’s program in renewable energy and energy efficiency is being recognized by national leaders in Washington, D.C. President Bob Pura and Associate Professor Teresa Jones on Tuesday attended a congressional hearing on energy-related jobs and education at the […]

GCC President and REE Professor to testify at Congressional Hearing June 24

On Wednesday, June 18, Congress called Greenfield Community College. Sarah Parker from Representative Peter DeFazio’s office contacted GCC, asking GCC to speak at a hearing on education and American energy jobs being held by the Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. DeFazio is the Ranking Member on the House Natural Resources Committee, […]

Practical Nursing Certificates awarded June 20

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students will be graduating in a special ceremony to be held 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Main Campus, Dining Commons, Greenfield, MA.  This is the twenty-second graduating class of the program which prepares students to become Licensed Practical Nurses. Many in the class are non-traditional students […]

Rosenberg secures $9.5 million bond bill for GCC Day Care Center

State Senator Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst), Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate, announced today that he has secured $9.5 million in the Senate’s Capital Bond Bill for the design and construction of a childcare center on the Greenfield Community College campus. Rosenberg said this proposed center, which would be a state-of-the-art facility designed to achieve maximum […]

GCC Grads ‘jump-start’ into next chapter

CHRIS SHORES, Recorder, June 2, 2014 GREENFIELD — In the eyes of student speaker Michael Lewis, a new class of superstars graduated from Greenfield Community College on Saturday. The college’s 51st annual commencement ceremony honored 282 students who earned associate degrees this year and 97 who earned certificates. “We have completed this phase of the […]

Grinspoon Awards Recognize Entrepreneurial Spirit of GCC Students

Entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well – and honored – at Greenfield Community College. On April 30, two GCC students received the Grinspoon Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and $1,000 from the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation (HGCF) at The Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative Awards Ceremony and Banquet. Laura DiLuzio won for her DiLuzio Business Services and Brian Llewelyn […]

Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan Appointed to Board of Trustees

Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan has been appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve as a member of the Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees. Donelan’s five-year term will run until March 1, 2019. Donelan was elected Sheriff of Franklin County in November, 2010 and sworn into office in January, 2011. Prior to that, Donelan […]

What Working Professionals are Saying About GCC’s Online Computer & Business Courses. . .

What can working professionals learn through GCC’s online computer and business courses? “An incredible number of useful business tools and techniques that make our students very valuable in the workplace and the ‘go to’ people for the Office suite,” according to GCC Computer and Information Systems (CIS) faculty member Doug Wilkins. “Many students taking our […]

GCC Student Finalist in Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Abigail Friel’s photograph of a young girl bottle feeding a lamb is one of 60 finalists selected from over 50,000 photographs submitted by photographers from 132 countries to Smithsonian Magazine’s 11th Annual Photo Contest. Friel’s photo, “Feeding time on Hettie Belle Farm” (Warwick, MA, February 2013, Nikon D5100), is one of ten finalists in the […]

Why Study Art at GCC This Summer?

Curious about game design? Eager to get a jumpstart on a GCC art degree? Want to learn more about color? Planning to transfer from GCC to a BFA art program? GCC is the place to be this summer. The GCC Art Department will offer courses that provide five distinct experiences in art: Game Development, Color, […]

Social Gaming Club Promotes Community

Members of GCC’s Social Gaming Club know there’s more to life than work and their goal is to help the GCC community have fun. “Social” gaming involves games where players sit at a table with other people, including traditional card and board games, as well as role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, collectible card games […]

New ! Office Administration certificates meet workforce needs

Want to manage a modern technology-based office but don’t have the needed skills and credentials? Check out the General Office Administration and Medical Office Administration Certificate programs at Greenfield Community College. Students in the General Office Administration program learn the wide range of skills needed to manage small business, non-profit, and other offices, including management, […]

Regional program grows new careers in precision machining

Just a few months after the end of a new 12-week training program, eight students are employed by area companies and one is launching his own precision machining business. Gerald Barsh and Nathan Beauregard have launched new careers in precision machining thanks to the Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative (MSMI), a training program and collaborative project […]

Scholarship continues to provide access for community

When Greenfield Community College says it is accessible to everyone and committed to student success, it means it. In 2007, generous anonymous donors helped GCC establish the Community Access Scholarship Fund to provide the financial support future students need to help overcome their personal circumstances and allow them to make a successful transition to college. […]

Marlboro College & GCC Partnership Help Non-Profits

Until recently, when local non-profit organizations wanted training for their staff and board members, they had to hire a consultant or travel to find training programs. Thanks to a partnership between Greenfield Community College and Vermont’s Marlboro College, such training is now available in Greenfield at GCC. Workshops in GCC Community Education’s Non-profit Management Series […]

New Course Explores World of Fashion & Textiles

Thirty years ago, when Greenfield Community College Professor of Economics & Business Thom Simmons walked through New York City’s garment district every day on his way to and from work, he had no idea he would someday work in and teach about the fashion industry. Then, Simmons moved to New Hampshire and started raising sheep […]

GCC Student 1 of 200 accepted to Honors College

In January, soon-to-be Greenfield Community College graduate Justin MacDowell will travel to The Netherlands to start his first semester studying at University College Utrecht. MacDowell, who never finished high school and will receive his Associate in Arts degree from GCC this month, was one of only 200 students accepted to the highly competitive international Honors […]

Jones receives Green Giant Award from Western Mass Green Building Group

Area green builders know there’s a green giant walking among us, even though that giant isn’t a tall guy wearing green tights. The Massachusetts West Branch of the US Green Building Council recognizes that Teresa Jones, Program Coordinator for GCC’s Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency (RE/EE) program is a giant in the green energy and building field. […]

Joshua Freund Connects GCC with Stone Soup Café

Joshua Freund doesn’t list “Matchmaker” on his resume, but he should. Joshua made the match between Greenfield Community College and Stone Soup Café, a weekly “pay-what-you-can” community café that provides wholesome meals and supportive community to a diverse group of 60-110 people every Saturday at All Souls Church in Greenfield. Increasing accessibility to local food, […]

GCC to train 10,000 older workers for new jobs

Baby boomers to earn certificates or degrees in health care, education or social service occupations GREENFIELD, Mass. – Greenfield Community College (GCC) was recently chosen to join the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national effort to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in health care, education and social services. The program is sponsored […]

Plum: GCC’s Tasty Treat for the Whole Community

In an area known for many talented writers, there is a new venue for local writers to be published and for everyone to read their work. Plum, GCC’s online literary journal, launched last spring and will publish its second issue in December. In keeping with GCC’s mission of serving the community, Plum publishes writing by […]

GCC recognized by state for its energy leadership

The Recorder Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Greenfield Community College was among 10 recipients of a “Leading by Example” award presented by the state Monday recognizing efforts to significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, increased recycling, the use of renewable energy and other clean energy and environmental quality initiatives. The awards, presented by state […]

GCC honors 160 GED graduates

GREENFIELD — For some, the path to a high school diploma is straight and simple, but for others, life gets in the way. Some, eager to get into the “real world,” start GED programs as soon as they leave high school, while others go back to finish school much later in life. Thursday’s GED graduation […]

GCC Helps Design Successful Careers

While Caroline Collins, Megan Green, and Lynn Stowe Tomb don’t know each other, they have something in common. Each turned to GCC to further her career in graphic design. Caroline, 38, received an Associate of Science degree with honors from GCC in 2008. In the metro DC area, she works as an Interaction Designer for […]

Art Meets Science in GCC Greenhouse

In coming months, Greenfield Community College Art students and faculty will create art using “locally grown” inks they’ve made themselves from plants grown in GCC’s greenhouse. The Pigment Garden Project is the brainchild of Art Instructor Kelly Popoff and Greenhouse/ Laboratory Technician Tony Reiber and a collaboration between GCC’s Science and Art Departments. Kelly and […]

Energy Field Leads the Way

Like many GCC students, when Jamie Cross started at GCC in the spring of 2009, he wasn’t sure where he was headed. GCC helped him find the way. This fall, Jamie is studying at Illinois State University towards a master’s degree in Project Management focused in the Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency (RE/EE) field. Jamie grew up […]

Students Become Ambassadors

What do drum circles, a campus newspaper, orientation video, and tertulia have in common? All are projects proposed by GCC’s new Student Ambassadors to fill a need on campus. Student Ambassadors represent GCC at admission, orientation, presidential, and alumni events. The ten GCC Student Ambassadors were chosen from applicants last winter and prepared for their […]

Greenfield Community College to Provide Curriculum for 12-Week Precision Machine Training

With state grant funding, Greenfield Community College joins the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board (FHREB) and Career Centers, a consortium of area businesses, and Franklin County Technical School (FCTS) to provide a twelve-week training program in precision machining for unemployed and underemployed adults in the region. The Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative (MSMI) will address a […]

Medical Assistant Certificate program Planned for Fall Semester

Greenfield Community College (GCC) is launching a new one-year Medical Assistant Certificate (MAC) training program for the Fall semester beginning September 3, 2013.  The 29-credit program prepares students for entry-level Medical Assistant positions in healthcare providing a combination of medical office and patient care services in doctor’s offices and other health care facilities.  A 160-hour […]

No fee increase for GCC

THE RECORDER Chris Shores, Tuesday, July 2, 2013 GREENFIELD — State legislators have agreed to increase Greenfield Community College’s funding next year, which allows the college, like others across Massachusetts, to freeze all student fees this coming year. The Legislature’s conference committee budget report allocates $9.6 million, including money for annual staff salaries, to GCC. The […]

GCC receives $1 million gift

to Fund Endowed Faculty Chair and Support Nursing Education Donors who wish to be anonymous have given Greenfield Community College $1 million to create a permanently endowed fund to establish an endowed faculty chair position, the Jean Simmons Endowed Chair in Nurse Education. In addition, to further the donors’ purpose for their gift, Greenfield Community […]

2013 Commencement

GCC grads: ‘Create hope in the world’ President Robert Pura, retiring Prof. Anne Wiley address college’s 50th class By CHRIS SHORES Recorder Staff GREENFIELD — Protected from the hot, June sun by a large white tent on the campus lawn, students from Greenfield Community College’s 50th graduating class were congratulated on their accomplishments but pointedly […]

Class Clown + Community Education Class = Laughs…and Living a Dream

What happens when a life-long “class clown” takes a Community Education class in stand-up comedy? Laughs, of course. And, for Cindy Foster, a chance to live her life’s dream. In the months since taking that class, Cindy has performed with some of her comedian heroes and competed in the qualifying round of “New England’s Funniest […]

Andrew M. Curran Honored as One of 29 Who Shine

GCC graduate Andrew M. Curran is one of “29 Who Shine,” a group of outstanding Massachusetts public college and university graduates honored by the Department of Higher Education at a State House ceremony. Every year, one graduate from each of the 29 Massachusetts public campuses is recognized based on their academic achievements and record of […]

Library Named for Long-Time English Professors

In their years of teaching English at GCC, Phyllis Nahman and Gretchen Watson touched the lives of generations of GCC students, passing along their passion for the written word. Now, former colleagues at the College have honored their work by naming the College Library the Nahman-Watson Library. The GCC Board of Trustees, with the recommendation […]

Pathways to Work: New Medical Assistant Certificate

Until now, local residents wanting to become Medical Assistants had to travel out of the area and/or pay high tuitions to for-profit programs. Starting this fall, area residents can enroll in GCC’s new affordable Medical Assistant Certificate (MAC) program. Medical Assistants work in hospitals and physicians’ offices and do a combination of clinical and administrative […]

Newman Civic Fellow Named

Kia Burton McLaughlin, 26, of Greenfield joins 180 other student leaders from across the country who have been named as 2013 Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact. Kia, in her second year at Greenfield Community College and newly elected President of the Student Senate, was nominated for the award by GCC President Bob Pura. Kia […]

Getting Down to Business: New Career Certificate Programs

Pathways to work or a degree Want to earn more now while pursuing further education? Greenfield Community College’s new Business and Information Technology Pathways initiative can help. Responding to a state challenge to increase workforce readiness to fill needed jobs, GCC’s Business and Information Technology Department has created five new Certificate programs which students can […]

GCC Stands on the Shoulders of Risky Case

When the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts announced they were honoring  Ethel “Risky” Case with their “Standing on Her Shoulders Award,” no one at GCC was surprised. GCC, and much of Franklin County, has been standing on Risky’s shoulders for many years. Risky is one of 16 elder women receiving the “Standing on Her Shoulders […]

Governor Patrick appoints 3 new GCC Board of Trustees

Governor Deval Patrick has appointed three new members to the Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees – Patricia Crosby, Executive Director of the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board; Mary Clare Higgins, Executive Director of Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions; and, Amy Holich-Dunn, Assistant Director for Programs and Events, Office of […]

GCC students achieve 100% pass rate for real estate licensing exam

By Mary McClintock, ’82 The results of the last Massachusetts Real Estate Broker/Sales Exam revealed that all of the Greenfield Community College Real Estate School students who took the exam had a 100% pass rate, only 63% overall of those who took the Massachusetts state exam passed. This is the sixth year that GCC students […]

GCC to offer new Hospitality and Tourism Certificate in fall 2013

Starting in the Fall semester 2013, Greenfield Community College’s Business & Information Technology Department will offer a one-year certificate in Hospitality and Tourism. The Hospitality and Tourism Certificate (HOT) is part of the Business & Information Technology Department’s response to workforce needs in the region. The HOT Certificate is “stackable,” meaning that students will be […]

GCC President Appointed to Higher Education Accreditation Agency

Greenfield Community College President Dr. Robert L. Pura has been appointed to serve a three-year term as a Commissioner on the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NEASC provides accreditation services for more than 2000 public and private institutions in the six-state region – […]

Coordinator of GCC’s Women’s Resource Center receives honors

Rosemarie Freeland, Coordinator of Greenfield Community College’s Women’s Resource Center was honored for the crucial role she has played to empower survivors of domestic and sexual violence by the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT).  Others honored included representatives of human services and legal assistance programs, community volunteers, and others. Cheryl Rogers, […]

“I Was There on Day One” John Wesolowski ’64

In 1961, when John Wesolowski graduated from Greenfield High School, college wasn’t an option. John had the intelligence to excel in college, but his physical disability made the logistics of going away to college impossible. Then, in 1962, Greenfield Community College opened. With encouragement from his GHS guidance counselor, Steve Murphy, and GCC’s Dean of […]

GCC Transfer Students: A Successful Journey to the 5-Colleges

Greenfield Community College serves everyone in the community, whatever their goals, whatever their life circumstance: Students who seek to enter the workforce right out of GCC and those seeking to continue their learning toward a Bachelor’s degree and beyond. Traditional college-aged students, dual enrolled high school students, and older, non-traditional-aged students. Single parents, people in […]

GCC celebrates $100,000 solar grant

From The Greenfield Recorder – September 25, 2012 – By Chris Shores GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has received a $100,000 grant from private investors to help fund the school’s renewable energy/energy efficiency program. The grant — funded by solar energy company SunEdison as part of the $8 million 2.0-megawatt solar farm project built on […]

GCC to increase Online Learning for Greater Student Access and Success

Greenfield Community College has received a $179,310 grant from the state to expand the College’s online learning options and to increase online and face-to-face services for students taking online courses and degrees. The GCC project – Increasing Online Learning for Greater Student Access and Success – is one of 15 grants for Massachusetts community colleges […]

New! Criminal Justice Transfer Option

GCC Teams Up with Assumption College Starting this January, GCC Associate of Science in Criminal Justice graduates will have a new option for continuing their education at GCC and online. Thanks to a new transfer agreement between GCC and Assumption College in Worcester, GCC Criminal Justice graduates can apply their GCC coursework and degree toward […]

“GCC: The Balance Wheel of the Social Machine” by President Bob Pura

I met Dr. William Cosby 9 years ago on our field under a tent speaking with students. Our neighbor Bill said “Earning a degree at GCC was like buying a suit from a tailor and not just buying one off the rack.” I liked that one!   He went on to say, “Without community colleges there […]

GCC Welcomes New Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer

The first time Sher Hruska set foot on a college campus was the day she registered for college. At the end of high school, Sher debated between cosmetology school or college, not sure what the difference was between the two. No one in Sher’s family had gone to college. Sher walked onto that college campus […]

Yale or Bust: Fundraiser set for July 28

Wendell residents know Genevieve Gaignard as the woman who takes their orders at the country store and takes their photographs in the woods. To people at Greenfield Community College, she’s a bakerturned- artist who has enrolled in photography classes at the school during two separate stints in the last 11 years. And now, Gaignard, a […]

Franklin County Reserve Police Academy to Graduate June 28

Thirty four new Franklin County Reserve/Intermittent Police Officer candidates will graduate Thursday, June 28, 2012, marking the completion of the first class to complete the new Training Academy located at Greenfield Community College. The ceremony will showcase the collaborative efforts of the Franklin County Police Chiefs, the Franklin County Sheriff, the Northwest District Attorney’s Office, […]

Practical Nursing Certificates Awarded June 22

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students will be graduating in a ceremony to be held on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leeds. This is the twentieth graduating class of the program, which prepares students to become Licensed Practical Nurses. Many in the class are non-traditional […]

GCC Ramps Up Workforce Development Transformation Program

Greenfield Community College (GCC) is ramping up its three-year federally funded Workforce Development Transformation (WDT) program this summer and has hired three new staff members. The WDT program is a local partnership between GCC, the Franklin Hampshire Career Center and the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, as part of a $20 million statewide partnership initiative […]

49th Commencement Class of 2012

CLASS OF 2012 Award Recipients and List of Graduates Hometowns Liberal Arts Monique R. Gagnon Sasha A. Smith Liberal Arts/Dance Michelle Zaccari Liberal Arts/English Justin LaFrenier Liberal Arts/Music Matthew Munson Donald Oberacker Liberal Arts/Science Brianyn MacLeod Accounting Lyubov Denissevitch Art Department “Medici” Award Alice Miller Business Information Techology Sergiu Placinta Inna Stytsenko Ashley Cronk Criminal […]

Cream of the Crop: National and State Honors for GCC Students

This spring, two Greenfield Community College students are getting more than recognition from the College for their successful studies, they are being presented with state and national awards. Here’s a brief snapshot of that recognition. Who? Which Honors? Gabriela Maurier, 25, of Turners Falls has been awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship Award for […]

GCC Foundation awards 82 scholarships

The Greenfield Community College Foundation mission and vision is to support Greenfield Community College– its students, faculty, staff and alumni–and to help ensure that GCC is positioned to continue to provide access and opportunity to every student who seeks an education. On Sunday, May 6, President Bob Pura, with GCC Foundation Board President Diane Esser […]

IRS Recognizes GCC Business Students for VITA program

The Internal Revenue Service recognized five Greenfield Community College Business students for obtaining a 0% reject rate on one hundred and ninety personal income taxes that were prepared and electronically filed as part of the Federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.   The service is offered every Spring semester and provides the students with real-life tax preparation […]

Prepared for the Unexpected

            When Drew Starkweather ’91 was a math/science Liberal Arts student at GCC, he had no idea he would eventually start an award-winning organic salad dressing and salsa business. Drew went to GCC striving to get out of the restaurant business in which he’d worked since he was a young teenager. Drew didn’t expect to […]

Annual spring dance concert May 4

The Greenfield Community College Dance Program presents CENTERSTAGE the Spring Student/Faculty/Community Dance Concert May 4, 2012 7:30 PM Greenfield High School Auditorium Enjoy a variety of dances by GCC students and faculty, with special guest performances by: KDS Dance Company CrazeFaze CrazeFaze KiDS BodyWave Belly Dance and Friends Admission is $5/General and $4/Student and Seniors […]

GCC honors Congressman Olver for years of commitment

THE RECORDER, April 10, 2012 GREENFIELD — Retiring Congressman John Olver spoke softly and carried a big walking stick at Greenfield Community College on Monday. The walking stick was presented to Olver by GCC President Bob Pura at a gathering meant to thank the congressman for all he has done for GCC and Franklin County […]

Giving Support: Let’s rally around our community colleges

THE RECORDER, Editorial, April 5, 2012 ■ The issue: A rally is scheduled at the Statehouse today in support of a plan for the community colleges. ■ Our opinion: There’s a glaring hole when it comes to this rally and the plan it supports — the 15 colleges and communities they serve. This doesn’t mean […]