Academic programs

Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency

The RE/EE program offers students an opportunity to learn the scientific concepts, technical aspects and current technologies in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Students pursue interests in solar installation, green building and landscape design, energy retrofits, engineering, education, policy, and non-profit work. More than 20 courses are available, ranging from one- to four-credits. Instructors are active practitioners who bring up to date skills and knowledge to the classroom, lab and field experiences. Our 28-credit RE/EE certificate was co-created with local industry partners and can be earned while attending GCC either part- or full-time. Students may also earn the Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts with RE/EE Option which will transfer to a four-year college or university. Many graduates find work in the local RE/EE industry, while some start or expand small businesses of their own. There is an emerging network of program alumni to help grow these opportunities.

Environmental Science/Natural Resources

GCC offers a liberal arts Associate Degree option in Environmental Science/Natural Resources (ES/NR) as well as an ES/NR certificate.  The program prepares students to continue their studies towards a bachelor degree in such fields as wildlife and fisheries conservation, forestry, plant and soil sciences, environmental biology, environmental health and environmental policy.  In the two year associates degree program students fulfill their general elective requirements as well as taking courses in environmental science, natural history, ecology, general biology, freshwater ecology, environmental economics, chemistry, environmental studies and other sciences.  The Environmental Science/Natural Resources studies strive to promote an understanding of environmental issues and solutions and inspire students to choose to continue their education and embark upon a career that will truly make the world a better place.

Farm and Food Systems

The Farm and Food Systems initiative at Greenfield Community College provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the ecological, economic, political, and social systems as they relate to food and farming. Additionally, students learn hands-on skills through internships and applied courses such as Permaculture Design, Beekeeping, Four Season Farming, Organic Gardening, Food Preservation and Introduction to Food Systems. Students can expect to participate in community efforts to support regional food security, local economies, and planning for resiliency.