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July, 2016

  • Students in QuEST manufacturing lab
  • Students in QuEST manufacturing lab
  • Students in QuEST manufacturing lab
  • Student in QuEST manufacturing lab
July, 2016
July, 2016

High school students from seven different high schools in and around Worcester recently got a chance to try out the new Fab Lab at QCC and experience life on a college campus.

Students attended the Maker Academy Summer Experience and College Readiness Program for eight days, Monday through Thursday, for two weeks in July. This gave them about 30 hours of time to try out the high tech tools, such as 3D printers...

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High school students from seven different high schools in and around Worcester recently got a chance to try out the new Fab Lab at QCC and experience life on a college campus.

Students attended the Maker Academy Summer Experience and College Readiness Program for eight days, Monday through Thursday, for two weeks in July. This gave them about 30 hours of time to try out the high tech tools, such as 3D printers and laser cutters, in the Fab Lab. In the morning, for the first week students took a college readiness course, and the second week they participated in Math Boot Camp. In the afternoon, the students were able to work on different projects in the Fab Lab, creating furry monsters and figurines.

“The students said the 3D printer was hard to use at the beginning but then they were excited to learn how it worked, and collaborate and work together,” said Kerry Berry, SSA Early College High School Liasion.

“This program gave them a glimpse into college life. They were able to see that STEM careers are exciting and hands on,” said Michelle Sheehan, administrative assistant in the Academic Affairs office. The program was led by Carol King, Director of College and Career Pathways.

The maker program was developed with STEM Starter Academy (SSA) Advisory board members at QCC, including Kathy Rentsch, Leslie Horton, Darcy Carlson, Christina Hebert, and Carol King. It was made possible through a $50,000 grant from the Department of Higher Education's SSA program. See the STEM Starter Academy for more about this program. The curriculum was developed with Worcester Think Tank and Technocopia.

Worcester Think Tank is an educational center with a mission of providing high quality, hands-on learning opportunities in science, technology and the arts. They specialize in developing interdisciplinary classes and workshops which promote intellectual, personal and social growth in all students.

Technocopia is a makerspace in Worcester with a variety of tools for artisans to create and work with. They host training sessions and workshops, as well as open workshop nights for adults.

Eighteen students going into their freshman, sophomore and junior year in high school participated in the program, which was free for students, with transportation, breakfast and lunch provided.

The program also included a component for educators, 32 teachers and guidance counselors from high schools around Worcester participated in a shorter format, with three-day sessions. They were able to check out the Fab Lab and try out the high-tech machinery as well.

“We’ve gotten really good feedback, including e-mails from parents and teachers, as well as ideas for the future,” Ms. Berry said. “We would like to offer the program again.” 

July, 2016
July, 2016

QCC hosts a free college readiness program for incoming students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.

The second session of the Summer Bridge Steam Ahead Program will be held from August 8-19. The first week includes hands-on lab exploration, writing skills, college success skills, web design and arts sessions. The second week is Math Boot Camp. This session will be at...

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QCC hosts a free college readiness program for incoming students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.

The second session of the Summer Bridge Steam Ahead Program will be held from August 8-19. The first week includes hands-on lab exploration, writing skills, college success skills, web design and arts sessions. The second week is Math Boot Camp. This session will be at the Southbridge Campus. A session was held at the Worcester campus earlier in the summer.

Sponsored by the STEM Starter Academy and Brothers & Keepers, the program is for students who have been accepted at QCC for the Fall 2016 semester. Students with STEM interest will be given priority.

The program helps students prepare for their upcoming college courses and learn more about STEM offerings at QCC.

The STEM Starter Academy is a is a state-funded initiative to support community college efforts at all fifteen campuses to inform, engage, recruit, retain, and graduate significantly more students in STEM. The program has two goals. The primary goal is to graduate more community college students with STEM degrees and certificates so they can either enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution. The secondary goal is to recruit more students into the STEM pipeline at the community colleges.

Visit the Stem Starter Academy to learn more!

  • QuEST Tour
  • QuEST Tour
  • QuEST Tour
July, 2016
July, 2016

Those interested in finding out more about the STEM offerings at QCC can sign up for a QuEST Tour. Tours were held in July and will continue in August, on August 10 and 24 at 2:00 p.m. The QuEST Center houses biotechnology, engineering technology, environmental science, mechatronics, photonics and more, plus QCC’s Fab Lab.

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Those interested in finding out more about the STEM offerings at QCC can sign up for a QuEST Tour. Tours were held in July and will continue in August, on August 10 and 24 at 2:00 p.m. The QuEST Center houses biotechnology, engineering technology, environmental science, mechatronics, photonics and more, plus QCC’s Fab Lab.

Email the Admissions Office at admissions [at] qcc.mass.edu to sign up for a QuEST Tour today!

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  • Community Harvest Project 7/9/16
July, 2016
July, 2016

Phi Theta Kappa members from QCC have had a busy summer volunteering for different community projects.

PTK has been volunteering at the Community Harvest Project. On Saturday, July 16, the group harvested 1,162 lbs of zucchini, summer squash, and cucumbers, which is almost 6,000 servings that are already out for delivery. CHP is working to build an engaged and healthier community by bringing volunteers...

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Phi Theta Kappa members from QCC have had a busy summer volunteering for different community projects.

PTK has been volunteering at the Community Harvest Project. On Saturday, July 16, the group harvested 1,162 lbs of zucchini, summer squash, and cucumbers, which is almost 6,000 servings that are already out for delivery. CHP is working to build an engaged and healthier community by bringing volunteers together to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief. There is one more date to sign up for, on August 13, so if you would like to volunteer, stop by the PTK office, Room 154A to find out more.

The honor society kicked off its Honors In Action on June 4. We are on our way becoming a five-star chapter once again.

The chapter will hold its annual Fall Cookout on September 28. There will be food, music, raffles and much more. All proceeds will benefit PTK’s Live and Learn Greenhouse. Watch your QCC email for updates.

The annual Bowl-A-Thon will be Sunday, November 6, at the AMF Bowling Lanes, 101 Southbridge St., Auburn, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $25, which includes two hours of bowling, shoes, pizza, cold beverage and dessert. All proceeds will benefit Lilly, Worcester Public Library’s Bookmobile!

PTK will be participating in the Relay for Life on Friday, September 9, at 6:00 pm at Lemansky Park in Auburn. If you would like to walk or donate please stop by the PTK Office Room 154A.

Watch for more information on the Live and Learn Greenhouse coming soon!!! 

PTK will be hosting College Fish Work Shops!  Please call 508.854.7412 for room locations.

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  • Jose Castillo and students in his class celebrate STEM
July, 2016
July, 2016

Jose Castillo, a music professor at QCC, has been working for five years to bring an accredited music program to the college.

“We have had music classes, but now we are able to offer music and theater as associate degree options,” he said. “The previous classes were lecture-based, but now students can learn to play piano and learn music theory as well.”

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Jose Castillo, a music professor at QCC, has been working for five years to bring an accredited music program to the college.

“We have had music classes, but now we are able to offer music and theater as associate degree options,” he said. “The previous classes were lecture-based, but now students can learn to play piano and learn music theory as well.”

Quinsigamond Community College is launching a performing arts program for the Fall 2016 semester.

This is part of the college’s effort to add Arts to its STEM offerings, for a full STEAM ahead focus on a well-rounded education.

He said the college had created a committee to study the feasibility of creating and music and theater program. Previously, credits could only be transferred as electives credits, but not directly as music or theater credits.

“This will provide an opportunity for our students to experience music and the arts at QCC,” Professor Castillo said. “This will allow people to give it a try, everyone is welcome. Students are sometimes intimidated, but we will provide a path for students to try it out and learn more about their options.”

Professor Castillo helped create the curriculum after doing research about what other colleges in New England were offering for music courses. The college also asked students to fill out a survey about what they could like to see offered. The top three items were learning to play an instrument, being involved in ensembles and learning more about music technology.

The Liberal Arts Music option will provide a foundational education compromised of the humanities, social sciences and mathematics, with a concentration in music knowledge, skill and a solid base of music proficiency. Upon successful completion program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental musicianship.
  • Demonstrate and apply music theory and composition.
  • Identify historical perspectives of music, including styles and nationality, and interpret the underlying meanings of music from historical perspectives.
  • Distinguish melodic and rhythmic intervals and demonstrate this through musical dictation.
  • Create, analyze, and understand the aesthetic value of musical works.
  • Demonstrate musical proficiency in his/her chosen instrument.

The Liberal Arts Theater option will provide a rigorous aesthetic, intellectual and practical opportunity for students to explore the frontiers of learning and the formation of collaborative communities. The primary mode of study is the practice of theater, involving theoretical, historical, aesthetic and technical elements. The program is comprehensive in nature, and is designed to maximize opportunities for training that would transfer to four-year institutions for students interested in theater arts, or provide our students with enough knowledge to enter the visual or performing arts workforce.

These options will attract students with an interest in theater and music who may not have otherwise considered Quinsigamond Community College. Both associate’s degrees will provide training and opportunities to transfer to a four-year college to continue study in the chosen area of interest.

July, 2016
July, 2016

We are very pleased to announce the addition of the following new staff members to Quinsigamond Community College:

On July 5, 2016, Academic Affairs welcomed Nathaniel Mello in to a new role as Learning Manager, Interactive Media Design. Mr. Mello brings to this position over three years of Interactive Media Design experience in an academic setting as an adjunct...

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We are very pleased to announce the addition of the following new staff members to Quinsigamond Community College:

On July 5, 2016, Academic Affairs welcomed Nathaniel Mello in to a new role as Learning Manager, Interactive Media Design. Mr. Mello brings to this position over three years of Interactive Media Design experience in an academic setting as an adjunct professor of Game Design at Becker College, and as a Technology Operations Specialist for the Hopedale Public Schools. Mr. Mello earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media from Becker College.

On July 11, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Fawne Russell as Campus Police Officer I. Ms. Russell has been working at Quinsigamond Community College as a Communications Dispatcher I since February1, 2016. She brings to this position experience as a part-time police officer and dispatcher with the Princeton Police Department, and is First Responder, CPR and AED certified. Ms. Russell has attended the Massachusetts Basic Reserve/Intermittent Training Police Academy Program, which includes training in responding to Domestic Violence.  

On July 21, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Paul Ledoux in to a new role as Reproduction Services Supervisor. Mr. Ledoux has been with the College and College Print Shop for over 15 years, starting out as an Offset Duplication Machine Operator II and working up to his most recent position as Graphic Arts Technician I. Mr. Ledoux earned a Certificate in Business Administration and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration Career from Quinsigamond Community College.     

On July 25, 2016, Academic Affairs welcomed Dr. Linda Esper in to a new role as Director of Nurse Education. Dr. Esper brings to this position over 34 years of Academic and Administrative experience in an academic setting most recently as the Director of the Nursing Department and a Professor of Nursing at Becker College. She was also the Dean of Health Sciences at Becker College. Additionally, she has worked in clinical and educational roles in the private sector throughout Worcester County. Dr. Esper earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Urban Studies from Worcester State University, Registered Nurse degree from Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing from Anna Maria College, a Master in Business Administration from Anna Maria College and a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from University of Hartford.

On July 25, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Amanda Joaquin in to a new role as Communications Dispatcher I. Ms. Joaquin comes to the college with experience as an emergency dispatcher with the Hopkinton Police Department. Additionally, she has many years customer service experience in the private sector. Ms. Joaquin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Becker College. She is also certified in Victim Assistance Training, Emergency Medical Dispatch, CPR, and Suicide Prevention.

On July 25, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Larry Flowers in to a new role as Campus Police Officer I. Mr. Flowers brings to this position over 20  years of police experience in both a community college and municipal setting. Most recently, as a campus police officer I at Mount Wachusett Community College. Prior to that experience, he was a police officer in the Hawaii County Police Department and Worcester Police Department. Mr. Flowers earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political from University of Hawaii at Hilo and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. 

Please join us in welcoming everyone into their new roles at QCC.