Professional Growth

Professional Development Funds for GCC Employees

Anyone currently employed full- or part-time by Greenfield Community College, by the GCC Foundation, or currently employed by vendors contracted by the college to provide regular, on-going services may request professional development funds from the College by submitting the form below along with any applicable documentation as directed on the form to the Office of Human Resources by the deadline specified.

Spring 2020 professional development request form
Fall 2020 professional development request form

Academic Career Network

The Academic Career Network is comprised of more than 40 colleges and universities surrounding the Amherst, MA region. The network was designed to assist the partners and spouses of newly hired employees in the network area to also find employment. The Academic Career Network is not a job board however there is a link on their website to a map of the network area that has pins on each of the member institutions linking to that institution’s online job board.

University of Massachusetts Graduate School

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has offered graduate study since 1896, awarding more than 14,200 doctoral and 49,700 master’s degrees. With a Graduate Faculty of 1,400, the Amherst campus is the major research institution in the Five-Campus University System and offers 47 programs leading to a doctorate and 76 programs toward a master’s degree. See the complete list of graduate programs accepting applications here.

UMass Amherst HELM Certificate Program

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst offers a 15-credit graduate certificate program in Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM). Designed for future leaders in Higher Education who would benefit from the leadership training but don’t require the advanced degree, this program is ideal for those who already possess a terminal degree or are in a higher education field that doesn’t necessarily require an advanced degree.

Since the program if fully online, busy professionals can complete it with as little disruption in their lives as possible. The certificate can be completed in a single year by taking two courses in each of the fall and spring semesters and one final course in the summer session.

Registration for this fall’s courses has just opened up for courses that begin on September 6, 2016 and run through December 14, 2016. For full-time state employees, a 50% tuition remission is available. No fee remission applies. Additional information about the HELM certificate program is available by contacting

To view course costs, content, and other information, go to the HELM certificate program’s website.

National American University’s Roueche Graduate Center

National American University (NAU) is a respected leader in higher education. They offer master’s degree programs with many emphasis options to better fit diverse career goals. To see a list of Master’s degrees and the focus options available under each, click here.

Northeastern University – Community College Faculty/Staff Scholarship Program

MA Community College faculty and staff matriculating in any Northeastern University undergraduate, certificate, or graduate program is eligible to receive a Community College Scholarship equal to 25% reduction of the per credit tuition charge through the completion of the program of study with a seven year maximum from the date of enrollment. A list of graduate degrees offered by Northeastern can be viewed here.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Learn if you qualify for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.