Since 1962 Greenfield Community College has been the “community’s college.” We pride ourselves on serving our region via educational and work force opportunities, and it is critical that we respond to the evolving needs of the community. By 2030, 1 in 3 residents of Franklin County will be over the age of 65 years old. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we develop meaningful ways to connect our local seniors to the college. Whether you are looking to engage in life-long learning, serve in a volunteer role, attend co-curricular programs, donate to the college or participate in one of our community education workshops or Senior Symposia, you have come to the right place to get answers to your questions!
We deeply value the perspective and experience you bring to our region and the college. We are in the process of launching new opportunities for seniors and building on past traditions. We want to connect with you! We want to hear your ideas about how we can better serve you. We invite you to share your ideas in our blog (designed by and for seniors in our community). We look forward to partnering with you in the spirit of building on our collective commitment to life-long education and learning.
Judy Raper, Ed.D., Associate Dean of Community Engagement
Some tuition and fees are waived for individuals who are age 60 or over on the first day of class. Cost is dependent on baccalaureate degree status.
Limited discounts for non-credit workshops are approved separately on a case-by-case basis by our Workforce Development & Community Education Department. To receive a discount, you must contact our registration clerk at (413) 775-1661 the day before the first meeting of the workshop to ascertain if there are still seats available.
Based on the number of full-paying students that are registered, if we are able, we will provide you with a 50% discount minus the $10 non-refundable registration fee.
Payment is due prior to the start of the workshop in order to complete your registration and must include proof of eligibility if requesting a senior adult waiver for the first time.
The Senior Symposia program at Greenfield Community College is a collaborative effort between the Office of Workforce Development Community Education and area senior citizens to provide a way for area seniors to continue their education in a format that best suits their unique needs, interests, and resources.
We offer intellectually stimulating topics in single or multi-session formats, held during the daytime hours each Spring and Fall semester in a convenient, accessible location at GCC’s Main Campus for only $10 a person.
The GCC Senior Volunteer program is a new initiative that engages seniors from the Western Massachusetts area in volunteer activities on our campus. This program involves a collaboration with our community partner RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). Volunteer activities that are available are listed below (some are seasonal). Opportunities will likely expand in the future as the program evolves. Please indicate your interest in participating by filling out the form below. You will be contacted shortly for a conversation, and CORI checks will be required. If you have any questions, please contact Associate Dean of Student Development, Judy Raper at (413) 775-1819 or email@example.com. Thanks so much for your interest in volunteering!
We are so appreciative of the overwhelming response we had to the Senior Volunteer Program this fall! We are now taking applications for the spring.
Health & Safety
- Life Path • A private, non-profit corporation, Area Agency on Aging, and Aging Services Access Point, serving all of Franklin County and Athol, Petersham, Royalston and Phillipston, Massachusetts. Some programs are available in Hampden, Hampshire, and Berkshire counties.
- Triad Franklin County Sherriff’s Office • A crime prevention and wellness initiative aimed at protecting the safety and welfare of senior citizens.
- Brown Bag Program Food For Elders • The Foodbank of Western Massachusetts (413-247-9783) provides groceries for income eligible seniors.
- Stavros Center for Independent Living • Agency assisting elders and people with multiple disabilities to live their lives to their fullest potential.
- Prescribe the Y • 12 week-doctor referred wellness program to evaluate physical needs and goals. YMCA in Greenfield.
- Aging Services Access Points • One-stop entry points for all the services and benefits available to seniors in Massachusetts. Some services are given to all seniors at no charge; other services are available only to those seniors who meet program eligibility requirements. ASAPs provide information and referrals to senior services, elder care advisors, protective services, elder-at-risk services to help seniors live safely/independently at home, case management, nutrition services, and on-line resources. ASAPs also manage the state-based Massachusetts Home Care Program and work with Area Agencies on Aging, or AAAs, to ensure that all seniors have access to all essential services. In Massachusetts, many senior agencies, such as those in Boston, are combined ASAPs/AAAs.