Greenfield Community College to get a facelift

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September 17, 2008

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

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September 12, 2008
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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 […]

Dual enrollment program targets drop-out rate

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September 10, 2008
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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

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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

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July 24, 2008
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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

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July 10, 2008
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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

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July 7, 2008
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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

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June 25, 2008
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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

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December 13, 2007
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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 lesson in history

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November 29, 2007
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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.

Teaching at a new level: SMART Board technology helps teachers give students more learning options

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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 […]

Building better business in downtown Greenfield

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November 14, 2007
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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 […]

GCC celebrates the culture of culture October 22-26

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October 19, 2007
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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

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October 11, 2007
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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

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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

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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

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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

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October 4, 2007
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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

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September 25, 2007
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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

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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

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September 24, 2007
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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

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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

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September 19, 2007
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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

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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

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August 22, 2007
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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

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August 21, 2007
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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

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August 20, 2007
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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

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June 25, 2007
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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

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June 13, 2007
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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

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May 31, 2007
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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

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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

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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

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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

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May 15, 2007
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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

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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.