Greenfield Community College Notebook: Sept. 27, 2019

  • A student walks the hallways at Greenfield Community College.

Published: 9/26/2019 7:27:27 PM
GCC seeks Distinguished Alumni nominees

GREENFIELD — In celebration of the successes of Greenfield Community College students, GCC will confer the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award to one alumna/us during the Nov. 2 alumni reunion, and is seeking nominations.

According to a GCC press release, the honoree will join the 56 distinguished alumni previously honored. The award was established by the GCC Alumni Association to recognize an alumna/us who has achieved substantial public recognition for his/her accomplishments.

To be eligible for nomination, the nominee must have earned a degree/certificate or at least 15 credits at GCC; earned the respect and trust of his/her associates in his/her profession; and made substantial contributions to the good of his/her fellow human beings, the release states.

All nominations will be reviewed and an honoree will be selected by a diverse group of GCC faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

A complete list of previous Distinguished Alumni winners can be found at The same link can be used to nominate someone online, or alternatively, contact Nance Rifanburg at 413-775-1600. Nominations must be received by Oct. 11.

GCC increases
access to early education credentials with grant help

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has been awarded a $667,000 Early Childhood Career Pathways grant by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to help students earn a degree in early childhood education.

“We are excited to offer classes free of charge to prospective and active educators in the valley,” said GCC’s Career Pathways Coordinator Kim Audette.

According to a GCC press release, the grant will support the integration of a national credential into GCC’s associate’s degree in early childhood education. The Child Development Associate Plus (CDA) credential is designed to be a first step for educators already in the field to attain their initial Massachusetts Teacher Certification.

The grant will fully fund tuition, books, on-site tutoring and coaching, and pre-college preparation for educators enrolled in CDA. A combination of courses will be offered in the evening, online and on Saturdays to accommodate educators already in the workforce.

For more information, contact Audette at 413-775-1270 or, or visit

GCC ranked fourth in state for nursing program

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College’s nursing program has received accolades, having been named the fourth best LPN program in the state by

The 2019 rankings were the six annual, according Carly Jacobs, head of public relations with

Northern Essex Community College in Haverill was first, Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills was second and Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School in Upton was third.

The website describes GCC’s nursing program as allowing students to “enjoy a rewarding, meaningful career in as little as 10 months. The curriculum blends liberal arts and clinical nursing courses, as well as 25 to 35 hours per week of laboratory science classes and clinical practice.”


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