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GCC holds student transfer fair today

GREENFIELD — Almost half of the 2012 Greenfield Community College graduates went on to transfer to other schools, and today the college will host a “Transfer Fair” to continue that trend.

Representatives from at least 37 New England colleges and universities will be on hand in the GCC Dining Commons from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to meet with students. They will be available to discuss degree options, transfer procedures and potential scholarships.

More students are choosing to begin their academic careers and GCC and then transfer elsewhere after earning an associate’s degree, said Kathleen Maisto, the college’s coordinator of transfer affairs and articulation. About 44 percent of graduates from 2005 to 2009 transferred to other schools, and officials estimated the number was as high as 49 percent this year.

Many graduates transfer to state-run colleges and universities, all which participate in the MassTransfer program. Based on a GCC graduate’s grade-point average, the student is eligible to transfer to one of these schools, may be guaranteed admission or receive a partial tuition discount.

Other schools in New England offer transfer agreements with GCC and may guarantee credit acceptance or offer discounts, said Maisto.

And other recent graduates have transferred to local schools Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College, she said.

Maisto said that today’s fair will include representatives from four UMass campuses: Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth and Lowell.

Six state-run schools will be on hand: Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Westfield State University and Worcester State University.

Other schools from Massachusetts that have planned to attend the fair include: American International College, Assumption College, Bay Path College, Elms College, Emerson College, Endicott College, New England College of Business and Finance, Regis College, Springfield College and Western New England College.

Five Vermont schools will be present: Sterling College, Lyndon State College, Marlboro College, Johnston State College and Champlain College.

There will be three Rhode Island schools: Bryant University, Johnson & Wales University and Roger Williams University.

And other schools include: Clarkson University, College of St. Rose, Franklin Pierce University, Husson University, University of Maine, Prescott College (in Arizona) and Quinnipiac University.

Chris Shores can be reached at:
or 413-772-026, ext. 264

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