Greenfield Community College Exterior Photo of Campus Building

FAST FACTS:

  • 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 

OVERVIEW

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.  


President Yves Salomon-Fernandez

President
Yves Salomon-Fernández, Ph.D.

Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernández is President of Greenfield Community College. She previously served as President of Cumberland County College in New Jersey and Interim President of MassBay Community College. In her career in higher education, Yves has served at large and medium-sized selective private and public universities, as well as open access colleges in urban, suburban, and rural settings in the United States. She has also been an adjunct professor at the undergraduate, Master’s, and doctorate levels. Internationally, Yves has served with the United Nations in Mexico and as a consultant for the Bermuda Ministry of Education.

Dr. Salomon-Fernández is a recognized thought leader, writing and speaking on issues related to reinventing higher education, rural innovation, equity, and women’s leadership. In March 2018, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named Yves one of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education. Yves has served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation and Johns Hopkins University Press. She is a member of the American Association of Community College’s Commission on Small and Rural Colleges and serves on Job for the Future’s Policy Leadership Trust. A Corporator for Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Yves is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Council. She advocates for a greater role of the liberal arts as a Board Member at Mass Humanities. Dr. Salomon-Fernández also has a keen interest in the effect of the opioids epidemic on rural communities.

Yves immigrated with her family from Haiti and is a graduate of Boston Latin School. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and holds a certificate from the University of Oxford. Her Master’s degree is from the London School of Economics and her Ph.D. from Boston College. In addition to Haitian Creole, Dr. Salomon-Fernández is fluent in French and Spanish.

Follow President Salomon-Fernández on Twitter: @PrezYves


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