Name: Greenfield Community College
President: Robert L. Pura
Campus Setting: Rural
Year Established: 1962
Governing Board Website
Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2010 IPEDS Data
2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total Enrollment: 2,583
Part Time: 59.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.9%
Native American: 0.6%
Robert L. Pura
Timothy F. Farrell
Quote from the President
“Greenfield Community College (GCC) has always been so much more than a series of classrooms, offices, hallways and labs. GCC is a wonderful college because of its wonderful people and its unique commitment to building community. The day-to-day experiences at GCC are framed and enhanced by the relationships that exist between and among our students, faculty, staff and our community.”
- After reviewing GCC’s Emergency Medical Services Education and Training Programs the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services, sent—along with the certificate of accreditation—a letter saying, “I was very impressed with your new training location, outstanding training resources, and the obvious support the college provides. I can only think of one word to sum up my impression of your program: Wow.”
- GCC art students are highly regarded by prestigious art schools around the country. The Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) and GCC are collaborating in offering upper-level classes in photography and painting. MassArt is a world-class art school with very competitive admissions and is the only state-supported art school in the country.
- GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program students traveled to Ecuador last spring to climb 19,000-foot Mt. Cotopaxi and learn about international ecotourism. The students learned high- alpine climbing skills, such as glacier travel and crampon and ice axe use, and discussed socially and environmentally responsible ecotourism.
- A recent President’s Climate Commitment report recognized GCC for its certificate in renewable energy/energy efficiency (RE/EE) and associate of liberal arts in RE/EE. GCC has successfully launched over 20 new energy courses, taught by both GCC faculty and practitioners (architects, engineers, business owners, etc.) with an innovative credit/non-credit format that has attracted employed and unemployed workers, along with traditional students, with many successful placements in “green collar” jobs, such as energy auditing and photovoltaic and solar hot water installation. GCC also partners with businesses, employment, and training organizations, vocational high schools, and nonprofits to get essential feedback on jobs and curriculum.