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.
Robyn LaFerriere knew she wanted to become a nurse since her early 20s. Now 50, she is two semesters from achieving that dream as a graduate of Greenfield Community College.
On April 14th from 1-4 p.m., just in time to celebrate “The Week of the Young Child (April 19-25th) Greenfield Community College will host the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care’s New Commissioner and Governing Board in the Sloan Theater on the main campus.
When Eli Ahrensdorf comments about European business practices or internet marketing in his classes at GCC, he speaks from direct experience. 20-year-old Eli spent the Fall 2008 semester as GCC’s first student to attend an exchange program with Dublin Business School.
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, […]
Rob King, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, ESPN.com, 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.
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 […]
Greenfield, MA – Leslei Hoffman lost her job last summer. She’s currently unemployed and is now getting the training she needs to become part of a new group of professionals: the “green collar workforce.” Read the full story and view the video at ABC40.
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 […]
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 […]
The Franklin County Public Hospital School of Nursing’s Alumnae Association donated preparatory books to the seniors of Greenfield Community College Nursing Program Tuesday, February 17 at a ceremony that took place at the conclusion of a two-hour Medical Surgical II class in the main room of the GCC Downtown Center. The gifts are copies of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Figuring out what career to pursue can be confusing for young students. But a $1.6 million grant to four area community colleges might just help students figure out which path to take. Read the full story at cbs3springfield.com.
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 […]
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 […]
Putting food on the table is an expression of pragmatism, politics and poetry for Greenfield Community College graduate Joshua Lipkowitz. Even before his first kitchen job at 15 at a college cafeteria, Lipkowitz, 22, of Amherst, knew that he had found his vocation.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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. //
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
HOLYOKE – University of Massachusetts economist Nancy R. Folbre told a women’s group Wednesday that the federal government needs to place more economic value on caregiving work done in the home and the community.
Nationally-known StoryCorps will record stories from area residents at Greenfield Community College November 20-22.
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).
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.
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 […]
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 ABC40.com.
Alex Wilson, keynote speaker at Thursday night’s Greenfield Community College Foundation annual meeting, offered an admittedly scary message to the crowd of about 125 people at Bill’s Restaurant in Greenfield. It was a message about the fragility of our energy infrastructure and the unsettling realities of global climate change. The latter, he said, threatens the […]
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 […]
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.
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 www.gcc.mass.edu/library). Starring a GCC student stressed by a class assignment and librarians “on a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 – 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
A new billboard on Route 9 near Whole Foods advertising GCC features the artwork of one of its own students. The caption on the image reads “Your potential… our future.”
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.
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.
A hiking trip to Farley Cliff went horribly wrong for four students last Thursday afternoon. A sudden and violent winter storm swept in, leaving them trapped and injured. Their fellow Outdoor Leadership Program students arrived at the scene at 3 p.m. to help and half an hour later, one student was pronounced dead, two were […]
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 […]
Greenfield Community College President Bob Pura handed out a document to the GCC Board of Trustees Wednesday outlining the questions surrounding Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to make the state’s community colleges free to residents.
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.
We’ve all heard the demographic statistics. The baby boomers are getting older, and as that mega-population ages, more health professionals will be needed to help them deal with the problems that come with age. One of the biggest challenges is finding someone who is qualified and dedicated enough to give quality care to elders, both […]
In the beginning, there were chalk boards. They were efficient and easy to write on, but accidental scratching caused acute “skin crawling” reactions in students and there was much sneezing when it came time to dust the erasers. Next, there was the white board, a glossy board you could use a marker on. Unfortunately, this […]
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 […]
Heather Neal just started teaching at Greenfield Community College’s massage therapy program this year, but a few years ago her life was heading in a very different direction. Neal, 42, had been working in advertising in Manhattan in New York City at the same company for 12 years and her life was all about work, […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.”
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Greenfield Community College is making it possible for two of its students to experience the opportunity of a lifetime, studying in Quito, Ecuador and living with families there this 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.
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.
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.
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.