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QCC AWARDED VISION PROJECT PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE GRANT

$151K FROM DHE WILL SPUR INNOVATIONS AND IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES

Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
508.854.2849
cronayne [at] qcc.mass.edu

Release Date: 
10/9/2013

Worcester, MA – October 9, 2013 – President Gail Carberry announced that the Department of Higher Education has awarded QCC grant funding from the Vision Project Performance Incentive Fund totaling over $150k.

The grant award (FY12 and FY13) for QCC was among $7.5 million in competitive grants awarded by the state Department of Higher Education on September 23 to encourage innovation and improve graduation rates and other aspects of student performance at the state's 29 community colleges and state universities.

Officials from the DHE noted that the process for new projects was extremely competitive and a significant number of grants were not funded. Dr. Carberry said of the grant award that she was “very pleased with the outcome because it will enable us to continue our work on a number of important initiatives key to student success.”  Among those initiatives, QCC has developed and implemented an Emporium Model for developmental mathematics courses and math boot camps that assist students with math concepts review before enrolling into QCC’s math courses.  QCC is also aligning degree programs with key areas of workforce need, and working to improve retention and graduation rates.

In February, QCC announced plans to expand into leased space in downtown Worcester specifically to house Healthcare programs and a new Workforce Development Training Center. QCC also recently celebrated the launch of its 50th anniversary.

Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.