Health care courses a strength at GCC

The career programs offered at Greenfield Community College prepare our students to enter the work force or update their skills, while credit-free workshops and seminars are offered for personal enrichment.

GCC Library wins Massachusetts Library Association Public Relations Award

On May 7, 2009, Greenfield Community College’s Library will receive a 2009 Massachusetts Library Association Public Relations Award for a video commercial created to promote the library. GCC Librarian Eric Poulin and Library Co-Coordinator Ellen Carey will attend the MLA Annual Conference in Springfield, MA to accept the award. Eric Poulin developed, wrote, directed, starred […]

Alumni give back to students through new career mentoring initiative

GCC alumni have a new way to connect with current GCC Students through the Career Alumni Mentoring Program (CAMP). CAMP, a collaborative project of the GCC Alumni Association and the GCC Career Center, provides students with an opportunity to get guidance and information from alumni in their field of interest.

GCC recognizes National Teacher Appreciation Week

National Teacher Appreciation week is scheduled from May 3-9. “Great Teachers Make Great Schools,” is the theme for the celebration highlighting the crucial role teachers play to ensure that every person receives a quality education and conveys their hard work to make schools great for every student.

TV to a degree: GCC’s video collection makes online learning possible

There are hundreds of compelling videos archived at Greenfield Community College that educators and students can access inVHS or DVD format or download from the college’s media server for use in an on-line or hybrid class. The list is growing each semester thanks to the college’s state-of-theart robotic camera technology in the Educational Technology Center, […] Vice President and Editor-in-Chief speaks at GCC

Rob King, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief,, will give the 8th Annual Henry Steele Commager Lecture on “Race and Sports,” on Wednesday, March 25 at noon in Stinchfield Hall at Greenfield Community College. The talk is free and open to everyone in the community.

GCC grad Harrison Fox helps brew a new product

When people at the Natural Products Expo West in California next month see a bottle of Fogbuster Coffee House Ale, they’ll be looking at the work of a Greenfield Community College student. GCC Business student Harrison Fox designed the label for Fogbuster Ale that will be on display with other fair-trade certified products at the […]

“Truth in Film” art exhibit continues at South Gallery through March 5th

The vigorous, dynamic art exhibit “Cinema Verite” (“Truth in Film”) by longtime Greenfield Community College professor Budge Hyde will continue to engage and challenge viewers through Thursday, March 5th at the South Gallery on the main campus. Hyde, who has a painting studio in Greenfield and in New York City, has exhibited at several galleries […]

GCC launches financial & computer literacy program in the North Quabbin Region

Greenfield Community College is pleased to announce that it will begin offering subsidized credit and non-credit courses in financial and computer literacy on site at the Athol-Royalston Regional High School this spring. “The North Quabbin region is an important component of GCC’s service area and we are very thankful to the Town of Athol and […]

GCC grant funds marketing plan for Franklin County artists

GREENFIELD – The Fostering the Arts and Culture in Franklin County initiative has identified five geographical “hubs” that are to get their own plans for boosting their creative economies. Basically, the goal is for artists and artisans to become better business people. “Franklin County is fantastic, and it’s time for the rest of the world […]

GCC art professor Tom Young honored for photography

Imagine viewing over 3,000 photographs, with no indication of who created them, and selecting just a few to recognize for their excellence. That’s what a jury of photography experts did to award GCC Art Professor Tom Young a Massachusetts State Artist Fellowship in photography. Now, imagine that over the past 25 years, different juries have […]

GCC club honored for being part of the solution

The purpose of the Human Service Club at Greenfield Community College is to find what is missing and get it, whether it is raising awareness about domestic violence, giving children toys, collecting donations for the region’s food pantry or hosting a fund drive to help people pay for heat. The impact is that people’s hardships […]

GCC Alumni Association builds community with AlumNet

Wish you could find that guy who was such a whiz in your GCC marketing classes to help you promote your new business? Want to re-connect with friends from long-ago GCC nursing classes? Moving to another state and hoping to find outdoor trip buddies like the folks you knew in the Outdoor Leadership Program? Check […]

Walking the talk in muddy boots: GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program

When Beth Sayers ‘01 says she “stands on strong shoulders” and has “muddy boots,” she’s not talking about physically climbing on an outdoor challenge course or the cleanliness of her gear. As a new fulltime faculty member in GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP), Beth means that she reaps the benefits of working in an almost […]

From Greenfield to Guinea: That’s one well-traveled Alumni Calendar!

If Liza Ramlow had seen a GCC Alumni Association Calendar in the home of a friend somewhere in Franklin County, she probably wouldn’t have given it a second thought. But seeing a picture of her neighbor from Gill, Erika Heilig ’96, on a GCC calendar in Guinea, West Africa stopped her in her tracks. Thousands […]

GCC celebrates MLK day: Speakers reflect on King’s legacy, Obama’s election

GREENFIELD – Recalling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Greenfield Community College’s Herbert Hentz told an audience Monday: “For me, the dream has become a reality. There is still much work to be done. The dream, in reality, has just begun.”  Read the full story at The Recorder.

Greenfield Community College to join statewide effort to diversify participation in information technology

AMHERST, Mass. – Greenfield Community College has been awarded grant funding as part of a project to bring more women and underrepresented minorities into information technology (IT) and computing education and careers throughout Massachusetts. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a $1.9 million grant to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to extend the Commonwealth […]

GCC students offer marketing tips to local businesses

GREENFIELD – Leaders at Indoor Action Sports and the Greening Greenfield Committee are mulling recommendations from Greenfield Community College marketing students on how to reach more people. For the students, their proposals constituted a final examination, and they passed, said Kathleen M. Vranos, assistant professor of marketing.  Read the full story at The Republican. //

Winnick Papers expand MacLeish Collection

The Greenfield Community College Foundation has announced that its Archibald MacLeish Collection has received a significant donation of MacLeish-related materials from R. H. Winnick, who worked closely with MacLeish, his family, friends and former colleagues over several years on an authorized MacLeish biography and who also produced an annotated edition of MacLeish’s letters, Letters of […]

Speaker Day: An event built for engineers

For the third year in a row, Greenfield Community College’s Engineering Program is hosting Speaker Day, an increasingly popular informal venue for students to meet professional engineers.

The challenge and beyond: Cuts won’t deter GCC from commitments

Words from Robert L. Pura, PhD., President, Greenfield Community College As you know, Governor Deval Patrick was forced to make significant cuts to the Commonwealth’s budget.  Every indication is that this current economic downturn will have impact in the state for years to come.  In this My-Turn I will communicate how GCC is responding to […]

GCC combo: Money saved and Earth restored

Al Gore’s 1992 best seller, Earth in the Balance, along with his 2007 Oscar-winning bravura PowerPoint Presentation on how perilously close the planet is to irrevocable manmade environmental disaster “An Inconvenient Truth,” awakened the nation to the dangers of being at the mercy of limited energy resources.

GCC and MassArt exhibit features photography and abstract painting

Where in Franklin County does abstract painting stretch its limits and photography meet sculpture? From now until November 20, the South Gallery on GCC’s main campus houses an exhibit of works-in-progress by MassArt students enrolled in advanced-level college art courses offered through GCC’s special collaboration with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt).

GED program a stepping stone for college students

Every year Jean Boucias helps hundreds of people work toward their GED (General Educational Development) certificate and she knows there is a unique story of struggle and admirable perseverance behind every student. “Every story is powerful to me,” says Boucias, coordinator of GED testing at the college.

GCC partners with solar project to teach sustainability

MONTAGUE – There was a time, not too long ago, when solar power was a big question mark in the Northeast. “Can you do it in New England?” John Walsh, the project administrator for Western Massachusetts Electric Co., asked a gathering of homebuilders and energy company representatives here recently. “In December, we don’t see a […]

GCC students participate in fuel assistance drive

GREENFIELD – The Human Services Club at Greenfield Community College has been holding a fuel assistance drive on campus this week. The funds raised will go to Community Action, the local group that helps households with low incomes by paying a portion of their home heating costs.  Read the full story at

GCC alum wins National Science Foundation competition

Colleen Champ came to Greenfield Community College in the Fall of 2006 to explore options in computer imaging. Already an accomplished medical and scientific illustrator, she sought help and guidance to bring her skills into the digital age. The immediate solution was to enroll in GCC’s ART 161, Introduction to the Electronic Studio.  ART 161 […]

GCC student brings home language, life-saving skills from abroad

In an emergency, communication is the difference between life and death. For Samuel Hudnall, an EMT and firefighter, using charades is not an option. The Greenfield Community College student and 29-year-old father of two was moved to learn first responder skills when his children were born.

GCC Library does what “wimpy internet” can’t

Think libraries are dark rooms with stern librarians guarding dusty books, where research is done by mad scientists, and Google’s the place to find information? Check out the GCC Library’s new video “commercial” on YouTube (available on the Library website at Starring a GCC student stressed by a class assignment and librarians “on a […]

GCC to sign up new voters

We need change, is the phrase that 20-year-old Simeon Paresky says he hears his classmates and peers saying on the community college campus about the upcoming presidential election. But, while discussing the election with a small group on campus, he said, ”If you want change, you need to go vote.”  Read the full story at […]

Program by and for senior citizens announces its fall 2008 lineup

The Office of Community Education at Greenfield Community College and the Senior Symposia Program announce their Fall 2008 slate of offerings for people 50 and over, taught by some of the area’s most talented and accomplished instructors and offered at the College’s convenient Downtown Center location at 270 Main Street. Symposia get under way in […]

Former GCC professor explores nature of male violence in first published novel

GREENFIELD – Wilson Roberts is driven by his hunger for words, emotion and storytelling. Roberts, 71, who for almost 40 years taught college students how to write and tell stories, has come into his own, he said. And even though his latest character couldn’t be more different from himself, they share one thing: drive.  Read […]

GCC changes loan lenders to ensure access by students

GREENFIELD – The local community college has taken steps over the last six months to ensure that its students have access to loans to help pay for their higher education.  Read the full story at the Greenfield Recorder.

Greenfield Community College to get a facelift

GREENFIELD – The main entrance to the main building at Greenfield Community College will be revamped under a state-funded project. “The stairs will be gone,” Robert L. Pura, president of the college, said on Monday. Currently, those in wheelchairs or pushing carriages get into the elevated building through a north side elevator, then negotiate hallways […]

GCC professor receives honor for e-learning

Dr. Anne Wiley of Gill, a professor of psychology and women’s studies at Greenfield Community College, was recently recognized as an “e-learning pioneer” at the fifth annual Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO) E-Learning Conference held at Middlesex Community College in Lowell.  Her online course, “Introduction to Psychology,” was selected from more than 1400 courses offered through […]

UMass Fine Arts Center welcomes GCC students

A new arrangement between the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and Greenfield Community College will enable GCC students to purchase tickets for all UMass Fine Arts Center events for only $15 with a valid student ID.

Dual enrollment program targets drop-out rate

MONTAGUE – Greenfield Community College officials gave an overview of its dual enrollment/drop-out prevention program to the Gill-Montague Regional School District School Committee Tuesday in hopes it can be implemented in January.  Read the full story at The Springfield Republican.

GCC community participates in county fair parade

The GCC contingent in the Franklin County Fair Parade enjoyed great company and great weather as they marched in the 2008 Franklin County Fair Parade. The group was lead by GCC President Robert Pura, who waved at parade watchers lining the three mile route as he carried the Greenfield Community College banner with Dean of […]

Lightlife Foods and GCC join forces for scholarship fund

The Lightlife Foods booth at the Green River Festival had a new mission – all of the proceeds from their sales were donated to the Gretchen S. Watson Scholarship Fund. Lightlife Foods served up a healthy vegetarian option for festival-goers at their concession stand, staffed by Gretchen’s daughter and Lightlife employee, Sophie Gardner, and other […]

$25K grant from Promise of Nursing Program awarded to GCC

Greenfield Community College is pleased to announce that it has received funding in the amount of $25,000 from the Foundation of National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. Promise of Nursing Program. The funds will be used to develop and implement a recruitment effort directed at licensed practical nurses that are eligible to enroll directly into the […]

GCC Board of Trustees approves new Vision and Mission Statement

The Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees has endorsed the revised GCC Vision and Mission Statement. The new statement about GCC, which was adopted by unanimous vote of the College Assembly in May, is in many ways a reflection of the college’s past, as well as an intended, explicit and purposeful guide for its future.

GCC graduate Emily Asenath-Smith wins NSF fellowship

Emily Asenath-Smith, a Greenfield Community College alumnae who recently graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue graduate studies in ceramic engineering at Alfred University in New York, a school well known for its ceramics arts and technology programs.

Picture perfect: Photography class puts on an exhibit as its final project

Instead of writing a research paper at the end of the semester, students from Greenfield Community College’s History of Photography class were asked to make a little local art history themselves. The students were given the task of designing and curating their own photography exhibition using all their talents including photography, writing, communications and design.

GCC and the Franklin Hampshire Career Center partner in skills-building course

Finding a new job can be a challenge, especially if you’ve been out of the job market for a while or if you are trying to break into a different industry. Greenfield Community College and the Franklin Hampshire Career Center have partnered in offering the Business Careers Program to make this transition easier for students […]

A lesson in history

The advantages of working for a college is that you always have the advice of experts at hand. That’s what Jan Ross, administrative assistant to the associate dean of Humanities at Greenfield Community College found out when she began to research the 300th Combat Engineers.

Building better business in downtown Greenfield

The question of what the future will bring for Greenfield’s downtown is a question on the minds of everyone from residents to business owners and local politicians. That’s why on Thursday, November 15 the Pioneer Valley Institute (PVI) is hosting a community forum on the revitalization of downtown and beyond at Greenfield Community College’s downtown […]

A program that works: Service learning helps student nurses give back to the community

The profession of nursing isn’t something students can learn just by reading books. It is essentially a hands-on career. That’s why the nursing program at Greenfield Community College requires first year students to spend four hours a semester and second year students to spend six hours a semester working in the community in group or […]

GCC celebrates the culture of culture October 22-26

If you think culture is just something you experience at the opera or an art museum, Greenfield Community College plans to challenge your view. On the week of Oct. 22, GCC will host a series of performances, demonstrations and talks about the myriad cultures represented at GCC and throughout the Pioneer Valley. 

New grant brings GCC’s “green” courses to local high schools

Greenfield Community College has received a $50,000 grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to train local high school teachers how to go green in their classes. The grant will fund stipends and supplies costs for teachers from four local schools to take courses at GCC that teach renewable energy technology techniques and theories.

GED graduates walk with pride

Shelley Drescher never thought too much about having dropped out of high school. It was just how her life had gone – she dropped out while she was living in New Jersey, had children young and was just getting on with the business of living life. Then, last fall her son started third grade.

Financial audit gives high marks to GCC

The annual financial audit for Greenfield Community College found there were no problems in its financial management. The auditing company presented its findings to the GCC Board of Trustees at its meeting Wednesday morning. This year, a higher standard of scrutiny was required by law when examining a school’s finances, so to find nothing wrong […]

GCC expands access to Senior Symposia

Many colleges and community colleges offer special sections of their classes just for seniors. But Greenfield Community College takes that idea further and offers classes designed by and for seniors through its Senior Symposia.

Massachusetts Cultural Council Honors GCC art professor

Greenfield Community College art professor and photographer Tom Young has been awarded a 2007 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship. This is an honor anyone would be proud of but, this is not the first time he has received one of these prestigious and competitive financial awards — it’s his fifth over the past 25 years.

GCC and Greenfield High School team up

This fall, Greenfield High School student Brianna Grover, 17, will be attending classes, doing homework and interacting with her classmates just like her peers in the rest of the senior class, but with one big difference. Grover will be doing all that at Greenfield Community College.

Parent network to begin at GCC

Many students at Greenfield Community College face challenges that most average students at four-year colleges aren’t as likely to face. Some work full-time jobs, others have been out of school for a while and haven’t been in the practice of studying and attending classes. Others have families they are taking care of and some are […]

New book by GCC professor helps students learn grammar

Carolyn McLellan has been helping students at Greenfield Community College get up to speed in their English skills since she started working there in 1972. When she was first hired, she was taught a special way to teach grammar and through the years she adapted the method to her own style for her students. She […]

Summer jobs bring fun for GCC students

For some students, summer is a time to kick back and relax in the Great Outdoors. For two Greenfield Community College students, this summer was about putting in a full day’s work in the Great Outdoors. GCC students Sarah Mildren, 25, of Turners Falls and Kate Marquis, 26, of Amherst spent the summer working as […]

GCC dedicates Peace Pole, celebrates International Day of Peace

Students at Greenfield Community College are known for being active in their community and concerned for the greater world around them. Over the years, students have shown their desire for peace and in recent years, have been holding regular peace vigils at the labyrinth outside the east building. Now, the college has a visual reminder […]

Board of Trustees welcomes two new members

Governor Deval Patrick has appointed two new members to the Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees. Eileen Torchio Miller, a ’74 graduate of GCC who lives in Goshen, and Laura Coelen, who lives in Leverett will be joining the Board this month.

GCC makes English courses more accessible

Immigrants come to this country from every corner of the earth looking to make better lives for themselves. But, as many find out, not knowing English can become a great roadblock in their path to success.

Students take on humanities through hip-hop

If you think Hip-Hop is just music, Carlos ‘REC’ McBride has a few lessons to teach you. This fall Greenfield Community College is offering a humanities course called “These Are The Breaks: A Critical Analysis of the History of Hip-Hop Culture and its Social Impact.”

Stillpoint Massage Program offers easier access for students

GCC is making it easier for part-time students to enter the Stillpoint Massage Therapy Certificate Program at GCC, by changing the timing of educational requirements. Instead of having to have all their educational prerequisites and their physical examination lined up before starting the program, part-time students can now enter the program and fulfill their requirements […]

Survey shows off GCC’s strengths to the Board

Greenfield — A national survey has shown that Greenfield Community College is a top school when it comes to engaging its students. At its June 25 Monday morning meeting, the GCC Board of Trustees was presented with a report on the College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), a national survey that question students on a […]

Grant helps train a “green” workforce

Greenfield Community College has been awarded a $372,000 grant for a Sustainable Practices in Construction (SPC) project that will help local business leaders send employees to the college for training in renewable energy technology.

GCC announces new scholarship program to expand access

Greenfield Community College has created a new program that will open its doors to the community even wider. The new Community Access Scholarship Fund will provide funding and work-study opportunities for people who might otherwise not be able to attend. “This scholarship fund has been established to reach out to those within the community who […]

Cambodian immigrant overcomes language barriers and excels

Kimchou Sok had just a high school education from her home country of Cambodia and two years of high school English when she arrived in this country. It was hard for her to get around or even buy a few goods at the store because she just didn’t understand enough of the language to get […]

GCC scholars break mold

On June 3 as the Greenfield Community College graduating class of 2007 stand ready for their diplomas, there will be many stories of achievement and triumph to be heard. But four women in particular have stories of success that are just beginning.

GCC and UMass partner to train young scientists

This summer more than 100 Franklin County students will gather at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to share research findings from the STEM RAYS (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Research Academies for Young Scientists) program.

New theater course set for summer

As a child, you may have whittled away the summer days playing pretend. Greenfield Community College is offering grownups the chance to recapture that magic with its new summer stock acting course.

Hillside pizza benefits GCC Alumni Association

Greenfield Community College has created a new program that will open its doors to the community even wider. The new Community Access Scholarship Fund will provide funding and work-study opportunities for people who might otherwise not be able to attend.

Trustee voted to statewide leadership position

Patricia Crosson, chair of the Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees, was elected as the chair of the Massachusetts Community College Trustees Association May 3 at the Association’s quarterly meeting.

Longtime GCC supporter to be honored in DC

Greenfield Community College has enjoyed the support of numerous people throughout its existence, but Jean Cummings was there at the beginning of it all. In fact, she was one of the college’s earliest supporters.