Schools

GCC finds home for practical nursing program

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is moving its LPN practical nursing program to a Cooley Dickinson-rented space in Florence, minutes from the hospital’s Northampton campus. The LPN program has been in something of a transient state, housed in GCC’s downtown Greenfield satellite for a semester since losing space in the Veterans Administration hospital in Leeds. GCC President Bob Pura said the program has been in the Northampton area for years. … 0

Technical School to hold barbecue fundraiser

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Chicken, music and the opportunity to catch up with friends from the Franklin County Technical School’s 39-year history will raise money for current students heading out into the world. The Franklin County Technical School Alumni Association holds its seventh annual gathering Aug. 15 at the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club, advance tickets available at the 210 Turners Falls Road … 0

GCC gets $632,000 for scholarships

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The National Science Foundation has awarded Greenfield Community College $632,000 for five years of scholarships of up to $10,000 for students in four science disciplines. The NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program, S-STEM, seeks to increase the success of low-income academically talented students pursuing degrees in the STEM disciplines. At GCC, a new scholarship program will be open … 0

4 Rivers: Education just short of ‘danger zone’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Principal and Head of School Peter Garbus of the Four Rivers Charter Public School tries to keep his students hovering just on the edge of what he called the “danger zone.” It’s the level of challenge … 0

GCC offers life beyond ‘bullet-riddled fences’

Monday, June 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Better lies beyond the bullet-riddled fences, and the only way to get there is through a great education.” Growing up in a dangerous section of Kingston, Jamaica, that’s the idea Guinevere Vanhorne’s mother instilled in her … 0

‘There are no endings — only changes.’ Academy at Charlemont graduates 12

Saturday, June 6, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A dozen students from the Class of 2015 each stepped up to the podium Saturday, to recall special memories of their Academy at Charlemont years, and to say goodbye to their school and classmates. “There’s a … 0

Greenfield High School supt. @Super_GHS tweets her graduation speech

Saturday, June 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Superintendent Jordana Harper encouraged Greenfield High School’s 2015 graduating class to follow their dreams, just like in other graduation speeches, but she departed from tradition and took a cue from the students themselves by live-tweeting her … 0

New Turners high, middle school principal says classrooms need to let in the outside world

Sunday, June 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — New Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School principal Ann Leonard said she was drawn to the job by the opportunity to work in a combined secondary school. Leonard, who goes by Annie … 0

‘You went to Mohawk — your future is bright’

Sunday, June 7, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Mohawk Trail Regional School valedictorian Allison Lull told her classmates it is time to ditch the training wheels. “Maybe the dangers of the real world will feel like freedom,” Lull said. “But then again, maybe … 0

Martin, Hollins address Virtual Academy grads

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Massachusetts Virtual Academy’s commencement exercises were held Friday at the Alexlee House in Greenfield. Executive Director Carl Tillona welcomed family, friends, staff and graduates, before introducing the guest speaker, Greenfield’s Mayor William Martin. The mayor told the graduates … 0

UMass likely to hike tuition, fees

Friday, June 5, 2015

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — With potential state budget funding levels on track to fall well short of requests from the University of Massachusetts, it appears tuition and fee freezes that students enjoyed over the past two years won’t be repeated next year. University officials plan to meet next … 0

Tech School grads asked ‘Who will you be?’

Friday, June 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Individuality was the theme of the evening Friday as 122 Franklin County Technical School graduates from 13 shops received their diplomas at a commencement ceremony on the school’s football field. Guest speaker Dr. Sheila Harrity, … 0

PVRS: ‘Balance risk and reward as you make life choices’

Friday, June 5, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School Principal Bill Wehrli advised the 2015 graduates Friday night to think about their future choices by volunteering a student to play ring toss. “First of all, you should consider the balance between … 0