Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
cronayne [at] qcc.mass.edu
Worcester, MA – October 28, 2014 – QCC is pleased to announce that it has received generous grants from three Worcester foundations for its new Healthcare and Workforce Development Center in downtown Worcester. The College is most grateful for a $500,000 grant from The Stoddard Charitable Trust, a $400,000 grant from George I. Alden Trust and a $125,000 grant from the Fletcher Foundation. All are directed toward the cost of furniture, fixtures and/or equipment (FF&E) associated with the new 72,409 square foot facility, located at 25 Federal Street.
QCC President Gail Carberry said, “QCC is grateful for this funding. It has allowed us to open on schedule for our students, faculty and staff, which would not have happened otherwise. We are pleased that our generous benefactors have supported our mission to provide accessible, affordable, quality education to all who want it in Central MA. Our ability to put more than 2,000 ‘feet on the street’ adds significantly to the effort of revitalizing downtown Worcester.”
Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the College recognizes the exceptional opportunity and responsibility it has to continue responding to the region’s economic challenges. Opening for students on September 2, the Center houses all of QCC’s nursing and allied health-related programs (25+ degree and certificate programs) and workforce development programming, including accelerated, contextualized healthcare and biotechnology programs, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and expanded college readiness and bridge programming for high school students. The facility boasts state-of-the-art amenities, including simulation labs that offer students unique training opportunities in actual medical environments.
At capacity, the Center will be able to accommodate 2,000 new and existing students, positioning QCC to lift institutional enrollment well above 9,000 credit students with an additional 3,000 in non-credit workforce development. The new facility will provide for articulation between non-credit healthcare programming and credit certificates and degrees, in particular, and acceleration and contextualization of developmental and pre-requisite coursework for lower-skilled students.
QCC will hold an outdoor Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting, featuring Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services John W. Polanowicz, on Wednesday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m. on Franklin Street in Worcester. For more information on the event, contact Josh Martin, Director of Institutional Communications at jmartin [at] qcc.mass.edu. 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.