Greenfield Community College
State Rep. Paul Mark visited Greenfield Community College in October 2012 to talk about his job and the importance of voting. In 2013, he was named co-chairman of a legislative subcommittee charged with tackling rising higher education costs and student loan debt. (Recorder/Paul Franz)

Rep. Mark: Higher ed. costs, student debt must be curbed

Friday, April 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said this week that the state can and should act soon to help alleviate rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to college ... (and) you also can’t shed this debt,” said state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, who co-chaired the Subcommittee on Student Loans … 0

GCC Foundation kicks off annual fundraiser

Friday, March 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Growing up, Mareike Muszynski didn’t see herself as the academic type. No one in her mother’s family had gone to college and the Maine native didn’t think she could succeed. She pursued the healing arts, attending massage school and moving to Hawaii where her father lived. But eventually, Muszynski, 38, wanted an education, and she moved to western Massachusetts, where she … 0

GCC students will soon have legal aid on campus

Thursday, March 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legal aid organization will be establishing a presence on the Greenfield Community College campus to help students tackle issues that may be getting in the way of their education. Community Legal Aid, which offers free legal assistance to low-income families in central and western Massachusetts, will lead seminars on various … 0

More state grants for GCC

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

GREENFIELD — There will soon be even more Greenfield Community College online courses, faculty time will increase in the college’s department-focused tutoring studios and a handful of students will be able to take advantage of a regional science and technology enrichment program. The college learned this week that … 0

New faculty member brings solar power experience to GCC

Sunday, September 15, 2013

GREENFIELD — There’s a new professor on campus this fall — the kind that builds a grease-powered car and dreams of a day when his house will be completely off the electrical grid. For Michael Kocsmiersky, the newest … 0

GCC, Endicott College partner for nursing

Thursday, August 15, 2013

GREENFIELD — Nurses with an associate’s degree who want to or are being asked to advance to the next academic level will now be able to earn their bachelor’s degree without leaving Greenfield. Greenfield Community College signed an … 0

GCC seeking yearlong beer or wine license

Sunday, August 4, 2013

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has applied for a new annual beer and wine license to avoid continually seeking day licenses when local organizations hold functions at the college. President Robert Pura said that throughout the college’s history, organizations have routinely rented out space for events. If the … 0

GCC, Elms College partner on new social work bachelor’s degree; info session tonight

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

GREENFIELD — Local residents can now earn a bachelor’s degree in social work without leaving Greenfield through a new partnership between Greenfield Community College and a private Chicopee-based Catholic liberal arts college. The College of Our Lady of the Elms, often called Elms College, will offer a two-year … 0

No fee increase for GCC

Monday, July 1, 2013

GREENFIELD — State legislators have agreed to increase Greenfield Community College’s funding next year, which allows the college, like others across Massachusetts, to freeze all student fees this coming year. The Legislature’s conference committee budget report allocates $9.6 million, including money for annual staff salaries, to GCC. The … 0

GCC receives $1 million gift to support nursing education

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

GREENFIELD — Unnamed donors have given Greenfield Community College a $1 million gift that will allow the school to increase support for its nursing students through an endowed faculty chair. This is the first time there has ever been an endowed faculty position at a Massachusetts community college. … 0

State to cover costs of GCC burst pipe damage

Monday, June 24, 2013

GREENFIELD — The state has given Greenfield Community College nearly $82,000 to cover damages caused by a burst pipe this winter. A sprinkler pipe, located on the third floor of the college’s north wing, burst in the early morning hours of Feb. 10. About 2 inches of water … 0

Trustees OK GCC fee hike

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

GREENFIELD — Since it is still unclear how much state funding Greenfield Community College will receive next year, the school’s board of trustees approved a potential hike in student fees Wednesday. In the school’s best case-scenario, the college would receive $8.9 million from the state, plus about $550,000 … 0

Quite the milestone

Sunday, June 2, 2013

GREENFIELD — Jamal and Kasey (Perry) Holland hadn’t yet met when they first enrolled at Greenfield Community College in 2009. Four years, one wedding and two babies later, the Hollands graduated Sunday with associate degrees — the end … 0

GCC grads: ‘Create hope in the world’

Sunday, June 2, 2013

GREENFIELD — Protected from the hot, June sun by a large white tent on the campus lawn, students from Greenfield Community College’s 50th graduating class were congratulated on their accomplishments but pointedly reminded that their education should be … 0

GCC librarian saves card catalog

Thursday, May 30, 2013

GREENFIELD — Once central to any quest to locate books within a library, the fate of card catalogs was sealed with the rise of the Internet and computer searches, relegating many of those index cards to the country’s … 0