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GCC real estate students score 100 percent pass rate

Recorder staff

GREENFIELD — The results of the last Massachusetts Real Estate Broker/Sales Exam indicates that all of the Greenfield Community College Real Estate School students who took the exam had a 100 percent pass rate, while only 63 percent of those who took the Massachusetts state exam overall passed. This is the sixth year that GCC students have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the exam.

“This is the latest example of GCC’s strength in preparing our students for success,” said GCC President Robert Pura. “Our academic programs routinely enjoy top-ranking status among pass rates. But there is nothing routine about that, is there? The hard work on the part of students and faculty produce these results.

“My congratulations to all.

The chair of the GCC Board of Trustees, Robbie Cohn, joined Pura in praising the students’ success, “As an alum, and a real estate veteran, I am pleased, but not surprised. GCC has a long and proud history of excellence and student success. This is terrific.”

The students from GCC had all completed BUS-119, Principles of Real Estate, taught by long-time Realtor Mary McGuire of CENTURY 21 Pioneer Valley Associates in Northampton. The course prepares students to take the state exam and may be taken on its own or as part of GCC’s Real Estate Certificate program.

Kathy Vranos, co-chair of GCC’s Business Information and Technology Department, explained that “The Massachusetts state licensing exam requires that prospective real estate salespersons complete 40 hours of pre-licensure salesperson education. There are numerous ways to satisfy this requirement.

“The GCC students’ 100 percent pass rate stands out in stark contrast to the pass rate of people who prepared in other ways. Clearly, Principles of Real Estate at GCC is an excellent preparation for the licensing exam.”

For more information, visit:

http://web.gcc.mass.edu/academics/programs/real-estate/

or call Kathy Vranos at 413-775-1471.

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