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Westfield State University and Greenfield Community College sign joint admission agreement

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Tricia M. Oliver

May 17, 2018


Westfield State University and Greenfield Community College sign
joint admission agreement


New student-friendly pact creates a more streamlined, affordable pathway to a four-year degree

Westfield—Westfield State University and Greenfield Community College (GCC) signed an agreementtodayto offer joint admission for select academic programs, beginning in the fall 2018 semester.

Under the agreement, students admitted to GCC will be provided guaranteed admission into Westfield State, pending completion of degree requirements at GCC and meeting the University’s admission standards.

“Through this agreement we build yet another bridge to opportunity for motivated students who dream of earning a bachelor’s degree,” said Westfield State University President Dr. Ramon S. Torrecilha. “Building that bridge for more individuals to pursue their educational goals is part of our mission at Westfield State.”

“We are pleased to again partner with Westfield State to offer our students a more secure assurance of continuing their education after earning an associate’s degree at GCC,” said

Greenfield Community College President Dr. Robert L. Pura.

In December, the two institutions announced a nursing degree partnership for an RN-to-BSN completion program at GCC’s satellite location at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton. Students will begin that program this fall. Westfield State has a similar partnership with Springfield Technical Community College, which began in spring 2017.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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PHOTO: (L-R: Westfield State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Parvis Ansari, Ph.D.; Westfield State President Ramon Torrecilha, Ph.D.; Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura, Ph.D. and GCC Chief Academic & Student Affairs Officer Catherine Seaver, Ph.D.)

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