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Hundreds Celebrate QCC’s Grand Opening of New Healthcare and Workforce Development Center in Downtown Worcester

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

Release Date: 
10/29/2014

Worcester, MA – October 29, 2014 – The newest addition to QCC’s sprawling, multi-location institution of higher education has officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon cutting today on Franklin Street in Worcester.  (Students, faculty and staff were welcomed to the building for the start of the Fall 2014 Semester on September 2, for classes.)

Attendees were welcomed by QCC President Gail Carberry, Stacey DeBoise Luster, Chair, QCC Board of Trustees and George W. Tetler, III, Esq., Chairman, Worcester Business Development Corporation. QCC President Gail Carberry acknowledged the importance of partnerships in the venture saying that, “public-private partnership helped create a whole that's greater than the sum of its parts. It takes commitment and dedication from everyone involved for a project of this magnitude.”  

In addition to a keynote address by John W. Polanowicz, Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, City of Worcester officials, Councilor Frederick Rushton and City Manager Ed Augustus presented Dr. Carberry with the Key to the City.

The event closed with guided tours of the new facility led by key QCC personnel including Dean of Healthcare, Dr. Jane June who was recognized earlier by President Carberry who applauded her vision of the new Center, along with a large, cross-functional team at the college who worked tirelessly to ensure its scheduled opening.

QCC’s new 74,000 square foot facility houses the college’s Healthcare programs as well as non-credit and workforce and development programming and can accommodate up to 2,000 students. The facility boasts state-of-the-art amenities such as simulation labs that offer students unique training opportunities in actual medical environments. New simulation labs include the rear of an ambulance, and a doctor’s office complete with examination and waiting rooms. For more information on QCC’s Healthcare and Workforce Development programs, visit www.QCC.edu.

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.