Greenfield Community College Exterior Photo of Campus Building


  • Founded in 1962 
  • 2,500 credit and 2,200 non-credit students (2017-2018)
  • Student to faculty ratio is 12:1 
  • Average student age is 27 years 
  • Over 35 degree and certificate options, as well as job training and career development opportunities 


New ADE Degree in Adventure Education – GCC is now offering a new Associate in Science (A.S.) degree option in Adventure Education, starting in the Spring of 2020. The A.S. degree builds upon the long-established Certificate in Outdoor Leadership (OLP). Since OLP was first launched in 1980, the program has served as a flagship program for the institution and has been accredited by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) since the mid-1990s. The new degree option will provide hands-on learning and leadership opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing advanced education in the field of outdoor leadership and education. The program will help prepare students for successful transfer to four-year institutions where they could earn a bachelor’s degree in such diverse fields as adventure education, recreation, tourism, physical education, and environmental education, among others. Responding to local employer needs, the program will also prepare students for immediate employment in the fields of outdoor recreation, adventure leadership, and environmental stewardship. The theme of environmental stewardship is embedded within the curriculum, empowering graduates to become environmentally conscious leaders. 

Nursing – The GCC Associate Degree in Nursing Program was established in 1963 as the first community college Associate Degree Nursing Program in Massachusetts.  Each year, GCC receives numerous applications for a limited number of spots in the program, making admission extremely competitive.  GCC graduates join a very special network of alumni who are excelling as nurses or have continued on to other, more advanced, healthcare professions, using their GCC education as a foundation for many possibilities. 

Transfer Success – GCC prepares students to transfer to a four-year school to complete their bachelor’s degree. Each year, GCC students transfer to colleges and universities through the nation, including many highly renowned local institutions. By completing a two-year program at GCC you receive an excellent education and significantly reduce your four-year education expenses. GCC provides clear pathways for transfer to many four-year public and private colleges and universities.  

Art/Visual Art – Art and Visual Art at GCC focuses on the development of critical, philosophical, visual, and technical skills in the visual arts. Students may concentrate in photography, video, computer arts, painting, drawing, and interdisciplinary arts. The program includes studio foundation experiences in diverse media and required courses in liberal arts and art history. Students have transferred to some of the nation’s top-rated four-year art colleges and universities and have also started successful careers upon graduation.  

Greenfield Community College resident Richard Hopper

Interim President
Richard Hopper, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard R. Hopper brings strong experience with rural community college administration, having served as President of Kennebec Valley Community College for nearly nine years. Prior to that he was known for his 15 years in various senior positions as an education specialist at the World Bank and as a Fulbright scholar. He also currently sits on the Commission on Economic and Workforce Development for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in Washington, DC, which aligns with GCC’s mission statement and will help inform the implementation of its strategic plan. The Commission’s members examine ways to close the American skills gaps by sharply focusing education on preparing students with the knowledge and skills required for existing and future jobs in regional and global economies; showcase cutting-edge innovation with proven outcomes that improve student success; and offer affordable, high quality technical assistance in areas that support student success.

Campus Locations:

Main Campus

One College Drive
Greenfield, MA 01301

Downtown Center

270 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301

Smith Vocational & Agricultural
High School

80 Locust Street
Northampton, MA 01060