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2017-2018 Catalog

About QCC

Quinsigamond Community College (QCC), one of 27 colleges and universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ system of public higher education, is committed to providing opportunities to meet the diverse educational needs of adult citizens in the Commonwealth. These opportunities are offered in the belief that an open, stimulating, and supporting environment is essential to individual development. QCC strives to achieve such an environment by developing programs, services, and policies for the College that seek to reduce social, psychological, geographic, and financial barriers to learning.

As a two-year associate degree granting public college, governed by a local Board of Trustees in accordance with the policies established by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, QCC provides unique opportunities specifically created to enhance the economic and social well-being of the Greater Worcester/Central Massachusetts region. The trustees, faculty, and staff are cognizant of the long-term educational needs of this large urban area and its diverse populations.

QCC endeavors to meet the region’s educational needs through a comprehensive selection of transfer, career, and special needs courses and programs. Students may select from the various associate degree programs leading to transfer to state colleges and universities or to most private institutions of higher education, especially the members of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA). Students seeking immediate employment after two years or less may elect associate degree or certificate programs related directly to the workforce needs of regional business, industry, and social agencies. The special needs of non-traditional students are reflected in the many programs and individualized services available to all students throughout the year.

About Quinsigamond Community College

Since 1963, QCC has provided opportunities for a first-rate education and personal growth to thousands of area men and women. Some students choose to prepare for immediate entry into a career field, while some choose to transfer to bachelor level programs at four-year colleges and universities, and some choose opportunities for personal growth and cultural enrichment.

A true test of any college is how well its students fare, not only in the classroom, but long after they have graduated. At QCC, we are proud of the success of our graduates: in beginning careers in their chosen fields; in continuing on to bachelor and graduate levels; and in becoming involved in the affairs of their communities.

QCC graduates can be found throughout Central Massachusetts in responsible positions in business and industry, in health and human services, in engineering and high technology. QCC takes a personal interest in its students, helping them identify and achieve their individual goals and making a difference in their lives. QCC responds to individual student needs by providing a broad range of programs, quality instruction, and support services.

We Respond to Individual and Community Needs

QCC was established in 1963 to provide access to higher education to residents of Central Massachusetts. Since then, our enrollment has grown from under 300 to more than 16,000 full-time and part-time day and evening students. More than 100 associate degree and certificate study options reflect the needs of the communities we serve. Our flexible admissions policy, low cost, and extensive financial aid program have made a college education possible for thousands of men and women. The educational experience at QCC is first-rate. Our faculty teach and guide.

QCC has been making a difference in the lives of people for more than five decades. It can make an important difference in your life.

Statement on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion

QCC affirms its strong support and deep commitment to the continued development and maintenance of an academic community in which the individual dignity and potential of each of its members is given full respect, recognition, and encouragement. Our goal is to provide a college community in which all may study, work securely and productively in an atmosphere characterized by civility and openness to the pursuit of academic excellence in the finest tradition of academia.

QCC is opposed to acts of harassment, intimidation, or invasion of privacy which interfere with the rights of an individual or group to participate in the activities of the academic community, and these acts shall be considered to be in violation of this policy and may be dealt with appropriately under the applicable College codes and as regulated by statute.

Accreditations

QCC is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. Membership in NEASC indicates that an institution has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators. Individual programs of study are also fully accredited by various agencies. These include the following: the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA); the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (MBORN); the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC); the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

We are Easy to Find

QCC is only a short drive from most locations in Central Massachusetts. Our Main Campus is located on West Boylston Street in North Worcester. We are a short distance from both Routes 290 and 190. Our Main Campus is easily accessed via public transportation; the West Boylston Street or Burncoat Street Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) bus routes will bring students directly to our campus.

The College also offers select courses at: QCC Southbridge at 5 Optical Drive, Southbridge; QCC at Burncoat (Burncoat High School) at 179 Burncoat Street, Worcester (Automotive Technology programs); QCC at the Worcester Senior Center at 128 Providence Street, Worcester (Hospitality and Recreation Management programs); QCC at Assabet (Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School) at 215 Fitchburg Street, Marlborough (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning program); and QCC at the Healthcare and Workforce Development Center at 25 Federal Street, Worcester (Healthcare, Workforce Development, and Continuing Education programs).

Our Student Body is Diverse

QCC gives personal attention to individual student needs. Our student body is as diverse as the communities we serve. Some students attend right out of high school; some come to QCC after several years in the workforce. Some of our students are senior citizens. We have full-time students and part-time students, those preparing for immediate entry into a career, those planning to transfer to bachelor degree programs, and some who just want to improve their skills to qualify for a promotion.

Many of our students choose to attend in order to begin a new chapter in their lives. Our students come from almost every city or town in Central Massachusetts - from Milford to the Brookfields and Dudley to Princeton. They all have one thing in common - the desire to attain a quality education and a chance to succeed.

Many of our students have families; many work while attending school. We are sensitive to the needs of the individual students. We provide flexible scheduling, options for full-time or part-time study, on-campus child care, and day, evening, online, and weekend courses.

What Makes Us Different

Our Faculty

QCC’s faculty is its most important asset. Our faculty members hold advanced degrees in their respective fields of study. Many have published books and served as consultants. They help students succeed whatever their goal. At QCC, a strong bond is established between faculty and students, witnessed by the fact graduates often return to the campus to visit their former professors.

Our Staff

From the moment students contact the College, they will know that our staff members care. There are friendly, helpful people throughout the College who want to help students succeed. They will answer questions, guide students through various processes, and take a personal interest in their needs.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

QCC abides by the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Chapter 766 of the General Laws of Massachusetts. No student’s academic or personal records will be released without the student’s written consent, except to those specifically exempted in the legislation.

QCC reserves the right to disclose "directory information" in accordance with regulations published by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare for enforcing the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. For the purpose of this institution, "directory information" includes the following information: the student’s name, student’s address, major field of study, dates of attendance, full-time/part-time status, degree and awards received, and participation in officially recognized activities and sports.

Electronic Communication Policy

The College uses "Qmail" as an official means of communication with students. All students are expected to read their College e-mail regularly and respond appropriately. If students choose to forward their Qmail to another e-mail provider, they are still responsible for receiving all College communications. The College also has an Emergency Alert text messaging system. Students can choose to sign up for this service through The Q, the College’s Student and Faculty Portal.

QCC Mobile App

The QCC Mobile App was developed to provide students with the resources necessary to achieve academic success at QCC, as well as to strengthen the student’s engagement within the QCC community.

With our new QCC Mobile App, students (as well as the QCC community) can access their course information and grades, and find online resources. In addition, students will be able to make Bookstore purchases, utilize QCC Library services, campus maps, and much more!

www.QCC.edu/app

 

Quinsigamond Community College strives to make information in this catalog as accurate as possible. For the most up to date information, please visit us at www.QCC.edu.