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Quinsigamond Community College to Receive Massachusetts Life Sciences Grant; Governor Patrick to Announce at QCC Event

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

Release Date: 
3/5/2014

Worcester, MA – March 5, 2014 – Quinsigamond Community College will receive just under $500,000 from a  Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MSLC) capital grant, one of two in Central MA that will be announced on Thursday, March 6. The announcement will be made by Governor Deval Patrick at an event hosted by QCC at 1:00 p.m. at 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, in the Harrington Learning Center.

President Gail E. Carberry, Ed.D.  said of the grant, “we are thrilled to be able to continue the work we have undertaken to fortify our STEM Programming. Our new QuEST Center (Quinsigamond Engineering, Science and Technology) will be the immediate beneficiary of the funding but our students will reap the ultimate rewards when they graduate and take their places in the MA economy as some of the newest and brightest leaders in the STEM fields. We are grateful to Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts legislature for recognizing the importance of life sciences and for allowing Quinsigamond Community College the opportunity to continue leading the way in educational programming.” 

Through the MLSC, Massachusetts is investing $1 billion over 10 years in the growth of the state’s life sciences ecosystem. These investments are being made under the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative, proposed by Governor Patrick in 2007, and passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Patrick in 2008.

Also being recognized at Thursday’s event are six area high schools that were authorized this past December to receive equipment and supply grants from the Center: Blackstone Valley Vocational Technical School District, Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science, Quaboag Regional School District, Shrewsbury High School, Doherty High School and Worcester Technical High School.

Speakers at the event will include Governor Deval Patrick, QCC President Gail Carberry, Ed.D, MSLC General Counsel and Vice President for Academic and Workforce Programs, Beth Nicklas, Mount Wachusett Community College President, Daniel Asquino, Ph.D., QCC student speaker, Jose Cruz , MWCC student speaker, Jenna Bonci and area legislators.

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.