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December, 2016

  • Jane June
December, 2016
December, 2016

Jane June, DNP, RN, first came to QCC in 1986, to develop the curriculum and start the Paramedic Program at the college. In the past 30 years, she has seen the college expand, helped steer and open the new Healthcare and Workforce Development Center in downtown Worcester, as well as been involved in advisory boards and accreditation programs at other community colleges through the Accreditation...

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Jane June, DNP, RN, first came to QCC in 1986, to develop the curriculum and start the Paramedic Program at the college. In the past 30 years, she has seen the college expand, helped steer and open the new Healthcare and Workforce Development Center in downtown Worcester, as well as been involved in advisory boards and accreditation programs at other community colleges through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

For the past 20 years, she has also been an administrator at St. Vincent’s Hospital, working as an Administrative Coordinator on the weekends.

Dr. June became Dean of Healthcare and Human Services in 2004, and in 2007 the roles were realigned and she became Dean of Healthcare.

“Several years ago, I was asked about my vision of the future of healthcare and I drew it on a napkin,” she said. “People still joke with me about ‘what was on that napkin’ but the downtown campus is what came out of that conceptualization.”

She envisioned a simulation lab in the center, with different healthcare labs around it. Because of the layout of the existing building, instead of a center hub, there are simulation labs on each floor, with nine different bays for students to learn and practice.

“It is a state-of-the-art healthcare facility, which is great for both students and faculty,” Dr. June said. The faculty helped design the labs to better suit their specific programs and the demands of the workforce. “Teaching is done much differently than when I went to nursing school,” she said. “It is much more multi-disciplinary as well.”

She said she is more comfortable retiring now that she knows that facility is up and running strong. There are almost 600 students in the healthcare program, and she estimated about 200 in the workforce development and adult education departments in the building at 25 Federal St. in Worcester.

“We were able to be a part of the downtown revitalization, to bring students and faculty downtown,” she said. “It is more accessible for students, and closer to St. Vincent’s, which is one of our primary clinical sites.”

The college also has been able to increase enrollment in the nursing program with the downtown facility.

Dr. June said another accomplishment that she is proud of is establishing the 3+1 program with Worcester State University, where students can earn credits for three years at QCC then finish their bachelor’s degree in nursing at Worcester State University.

“Earning a bachelor’s in nursing is where the nursing profession wants people to be educated, it is valuable for career development,” she said. Students can start their pre-requisites while they are waiting to get into the nursing program, and then once they graduate with their associate’s degree they can start working as a Registered Nurse (RN) while they are finishing their bachelor’s degree.

“It has been great working here at QCC, the people are so dedicated to the students,” Dean June said. “We really have a great faculty and administrative support.”

She finished at QCC on December 23, and also is retiring from St. Vincent’s Hospital. She will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees at St. Vincent Hospital and is still on the Accreditation Commission For Education in Nursing, where she is on the Board of Commissioners.

She is going out west to Santa Barbara, California, to visit her two daughters and grandchildren for the winter, but will still be teaching an online course for Worcester State.

She is looking forward to the birth of twin grandsons in the spring, when she will return to the East Coast to welcome them. She also plans to continue playing competitive tennis, both in Santa Barbara and at the Greendale YMCA, where she plays mixed and women’s doubles. 

As Healthcare Dean, she oversaw both the Practical Nursing and Associate Degree programs. Additionally, she oversaw 16 allied health programs, supervising about 50 full-time faculty and staff members. She received her diploma in nursing from St. Vincent Hospital, her master’s degree in nursing in both patient education and management from Anna Maria College and a doctorate of nursing practice from Chatham University.

As an administrative coordinator at St. Vincent Hospital, her clinical expertise includes education, emergency and intensive care nursing. She has also served as a consultant to community colleges, and is a member of several local advisory boards. 

  • students at Southbridge Library
December, 2016
December, 2016

Quinsigamond Community College students shared their creative writing work at the Jacob Edwards Library on Dec. 12.

Adjunct Professor MaryKate McMaster said this is the second year her students have read at the library in Southbridge. This year the five students in her English 202: Creative Writing class were able to read an example of their poetry, a short fiction story and an example of...

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Quinsigamond Community College students shared their creative writing work at the Jacob Edwards Library on Dec. 12.

Adjunct Professor MaryKate McMaster said this is the second year her students have read at the library in Southbridge. This year the five students in her English 202: Creative Writing class were able to read an example of their poetry, a short fiction story and an example of creative non-fiction.

“The students worked very hard and practiced a lot,” she said. “We were able to do a lot of peer-editing in class with this group, and the students also wrote plays during the semester. It was great for them to have this public exposure and have a reading.”

Ms. McMaster thanked Library Director Margaret Morrissey for collaborating with her on the project, and Victor Somma, Assistant Vice President of Extended Campuses Operations at QCC, for attending the event both years.

She said she hopes to continue to have student readings in the future. 

December, 2016
December, 2016

The Children’s School has been approved for reaccreditation by the NAEYC-National Association for the Education for Young Children.

The Children’s School had very high scores in all areas. This process involved all of the staff, with the help of facilities staff and the support of the college. The reaccreditation is for five years. 

At the Children’s School, we practice the NAEYC...

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The Children’s School has been approved for reaccreditation by the NAEYC-National Association for the Education for Young Children.

The Children’s School had very high scores in all areas. This process involved all of the staff, with the help of facilities staff and the support of the college. The reaccreditation is for five years. 

At the Children’s School, we practice the NAEYC high standards on a daily basis. Staff worked through the summer and fall to update extensive classroom portfolios and program portfolios. Teachers made improvements in their classrooms. Facilities staff helped with various tasks so the building and playground would pass the standards. 

“All of the teachers interact every day in a caring and meaningful manner and promote learning with interesting activities,” said Nancy Knight, Director of the Children’s School. “We have a great team and we are pleased that we have been reaccredited.”

The Children's School provides full day programs open to students enrolled in the College with children ages 2 years and 9 months to 5 years, as well as members of the college and community. Additionally, the school serves as a training site for students in the Early Childhood Education program.

December, 2016
December, 2016

Feed-A-Family and Stuff-A-Cruiser Thank Everyone

The Stuff-A-Cruiser campaign was a triumph, collecting toys for families and monetary donations for the Feed-A-Family program.

Officer Catherine Dixon said the donations filled five-and-a-half cruisers between the toy drive campaigns at QCC's various locations, including the main West Boylston Street campus, the...

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Feed-A-Family and Stuff-A-Cruiser Thank Everyone

The Stuff-A-Cruiser campaign was a triumph, collecting toys for families and monetary donations for the Feed-A-Family program.

Officer Catherine Dixon said the donations filled five-and-a-half cruisers between the toy drive campaigns at QCC's various locations, including the main West Boylston Street campus, the Healthcare and Workforce Development Center, and QCC Southbridge.

“We believe this was a great success, being the first year doing this event,” Officer Dixon said. “We can’t wait to do it again next year. We were really taken aback with the donations from so many people, including students, faculty and staff, parents and even community members that were on campus for events. It really warmed our hearts. It was a pretty humbling experience.”

She said they had donations of children’s toys, crafts activities, stuffed animals and much more. 

All monetary donations went to the Feed-A-Family campaign. The remaining toys were donated to Toys for Tots Worcester County. Officer Dixon said they combined toy donations with the Veterans Centers and were able to help out the community as well as QCC families.

The Feed-A-Family campaign provides funds used throughout the year to assist students and their families who may struggle with homelessness or hunger. Unfortunately, many QCC students live so close to the margins that hunger is more than an isolated event. 

Managed through the Dean of Students office, Feed-A-Family provides grocery gift cards and/or cafeteria meals to QCC students known to be in need throughout the year.

Those interested may drop checks or cash QCC Feed-A-Family donations at the campus police office in the care of Chief Kevin Ritacco at any time. Please assist our campus police to "arrest" hunger at QCC.

Turning in the “police sirens” for holiday music, while dressed as “Blue Sergeant Santa” and ringing the bell for all to hear was enjoyable, said Sgt. Joseph Cecchi.  

“Portraying Santa in a blue suit for the first time was an amazing experience and brought about pure gratification. However, the true joy came from the students, parents, faculty and the children that I encountered during the three events,” said Sgt. Cecchi.

 “Sgt. Joseph Ceechi really made this event!” Officer Dixon said. “Without him in the Blue Santa costume, we would not have been so successful with the Stuff-A-Cruiser. Sgt. Ceechi was out there ringing his bell, greeting and giving out candy canes to everyone spreading the cheer.”

Tina Wells and Liz Woods, who sponsored the Feed-A-Family portion of this event, supplied the snacks and hot cocoa and helped spread the holiday cheer and greeted everyone. Ms. Woods attended the Downtown event and Ms. Wells attended the Main Campus and Southbridge events. “It was great working with other departments to make this event amazing,” said Officer Dixon.

  • faculty and staff at Holiday Luncheon
  • faculty and staff at Holiday Luncheon
  • faculty and staff at Holiday Luncheon
  • faculty and staff at Holiday Luncheon
  • faculty and staff at Holiday Luncheon
December, 2016
December, 2016

Faculty and staff enjoyed a festive lunch with carving stations, savory sides, delicious dessert treats and live music at the QCC Annual Holiday Luncheon. Held in the Harrington Learning Center on December 8, faculty and staff were invited to take a break and enjoy lunch, as well as take a moment to enjoy each other’s company during the rush of the holiday season.

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Faculty and staff enjoyed a festive lunch with carving stations, savory sides, delicious dessert treats and live music at the QCC Annual Holiday Luncheon. Held in the Harrington Learning Center on December 8, faculty and staff were invited to take a break and enjoy lunch, as well as take a moment to enjoy each other’s company during the rush of the holiday season.

  • attendees at Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social
  • Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social cake
  • attendees at Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social
  • attendees at Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social
December, 2016
December, 2016

The PTK hosted a Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social on December 9 to thank them for their dedication to the success of the students at QCC.

The event was held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 107A, so faculty and staff could stop by for light refreshments and visit with Phi Theta Kappa members. 

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The PTK hosted a Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social on December 9 to thank them for their dedication to the success of the students at QCC.

The event was held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 107A, so faculty and staff could stop by for light refreshments and visit with Phi Theta Kappa members. 

December, 2016
December, 2016

Kyaris Perdomo, QCC Student, sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem at the QCC Basketball game on December 20.

Kyaris Perdomo, QCC Student, sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem at the QCC Basketball game on December 20.

December, 2016
December, 2016

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Three members of Quinsigamond Outcomes Research for Excellence (QORE) presented an innovative writing toolkit to a standing-room-only audience at the New England Educational Assessment Network 2016 Fall Forum: Reconstructing Teaching &...

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Three members of Quinsigamond Outcomes Research for Excellence (QORE) presented an innovative writing toolkit to a standing-room-only audience at the New England Educational Assessment Network 2016 Fall Forum: Reconstructing Teaching & Learning from Evidence. The annual event took place at the Hogan Campus Center at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. The title of the QCC presentation was “Signature Work for General Education: Assignment Design and Assessment Toolkits.”

Ruth Ronan, Amy Beaudry and Gaelan Benway demonstrated the work of an interdisciplinary and cross-functional team of faculty and professional staff that considered ways to support Quinsigamond Community College faculty in their efforts to promote excellent college-level writing. This project may have been inspired by a need to support faculty participating in the MSC, but as the team worked, it drew on best practices in higher education pedagogy, student engagement and assessment, and on emerging tools such as the Degree Qualifications Profile. The toolkit project has become the basis of a new vision for signature work within general education (rather than within majors), a development that can deliver this important component of liberal education to associate degree students.

The result of the team’s work was a backward-designed assignment frame that is adaptable across courses, fields of inquiry, and student learning outcomes at course, program and general education levels. (Backward design is a method of developing curriculum by envisioning the desired end and crafting learning experiences and assessments that build toward that end, in this case, high-quality writing.) To enliven the assignment frame, the team also developed a toolkit containing rubrics, example assignments, and two resource collections (one for faculty and one for students).

The product of these efforts is now included in all Blackboard course shells for faculty to use. It is available to QCC professional staff by request; members of the larger QCC family may view the toolkit at a special login, also by request. (Please contact MSC [at] qcc.mass.edu to request access.)

The team concluded their presentation with a preview of a new signature work toolkit for oral presentations (available in January 2017). Toolkits for visual, project-based and group work are planned for 2017-18. 

For more information about the Degree Qualifications Profile, visit the Degree Profile website.

December, 2016
December, 2016

We are very pleased to announce the addition of the following new full-time staff member to Quinsigamond Community College:

On December 13, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Nolan Pond as Maintainer I. Mr. Pond, who is forklift certified, brings to the college experience working in maintenance, warehousing and mail handling in the private and public sector....

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We are very pleased to announce the addition of the following new full-time staff member to Quinsigamond Community College:

On December 13, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Nolan Pond as Maintainer I. Mr. Pond, who is forklift certified, brings to the college experience working in maintenance, warehousing and mail handling in the private and public sector.  

Please join us in welcoming our new staff into their new roles.

November, 2016

  • Crowd at Student Veterans Center
  • Crowd at Student Veterans Center
November, 2016
November, 2016

Many veterans are returning home and going to college for career training and to further their education. To help support them in preparing for the next stage of their career, Quinsigamond Community College celebrated a grand opening of its new Student Veterans Center this week.

The college was chosen as one of 50 colleges nationwide to receive a $10,000 grant from Home Depot and the Student Veterans of...

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Many veterans are returning home and going to college for career training and to further their education. To help support them in preparing for the next stage of their career, Quinsigamond Community College celebrated a grand opening of its new Student Veterans Center this week.

The college was chosen as one of 50 colleges nationwide to receive a $10,000 grant from Home Depot and the Student Veterans of America for the center, which provides a spot for student veterans to gather and network, as well as receive support services.

As a proud daughter and wife of a veteran, QCC President Gail Carberry said the college welcomes veteran students of all ages.

“Veterans in our community are valued not just for their past military service, but with regard for what they will do in our community in the future,” President Carberry said.

“You have no idea how hard it is to find space on this campus, but we did create space here because this is such an important program. Veterans have been coming to us in large numbers and we want to support them and offer them a space to be with other veterans,” she said. “This gives them a space to reflect and spend time with other veterans.”

“This is a very special place, a sign of real commitment from Quinsigamond,” said Francisco Ureña, Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services. “I am a fan of community colleges, they offer an opportunity, an investment in veterans, to ensure we make your stay here as successful as possible.”

The Purple Heart recipient and Marine Corps veteran said he was pleased to be at the opening of the center.

“Our veterans have paid a great price of sacrifice, it is our opportunity as leaders to offer opportunities and a safety net for student veterans,” he said. “I am excited to be part of seeing this come together. To our student veterans, make the most of this space and when new veterans arrive, make them feel as welcome as we are today.”

Paula Ogden, Director of Veteran Affairs and QCC Vets Club Advisor, said college can be an overwhelming and sometimes disorienting experience for veterans.

“Veterans Centers on college campuses have a huge positive impact on their success,” she said. “Many of our veteran students are busy with jobs and families, and this offers them a place to meet with other veterans, as well as providing services and support.”

Founded in 2014, the QCC Veterans Club provides military veterans, their families, and active duty military students a comprehensive support of services, advocacy and resources to support their successful transition to college life.

The Veterans Center is in the main administration building on the Worcester campus and includes couches, a fireplace and 55-inch television. The room was painted in a red, white and blue patriotic theme and decorated with pictures and mementos from veterans. There is also a kitchen area, table and lockers for students to store their belongings. The center will be open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury), presented a citation from the Massachusetts legislature for the new center.

“College offers an easier transition for our veterans back into the workforce. A center like this offers an added benefit, allows them to sit down and interact with fellow soldiers, who are the only ones who really understand what each other feel,” said Sen. Moore, a QCC alum. “I have a lot of respect for our veterans and their families, who have made a sacrifice on our behalf.”

“This is a great spot,” said State Rep. Harold P. Naughton, Jr., D-Clinton. “President Carberry and the college trustees support veterans through their programs and services.”

Rep. Naughton joined the Army after 9/11, serving four deployments. “Lot of things we don’t miss, but one of the things I do miss is the camaraderie and fellowship. It is important to be able to continue that fellowship,” he said. “The fact that Quinsig stepped up and put this center here speaks volumes.”

  • Edwidge Danticat Speaks About Memoir
  • Students at Edwidge Danticat presentation
  • Students at Edwidge Danticat presentation
November, 2016
November, 2016

On November 17, Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying, spoke about her powerful memoir.

Brother, I'm Dying has received many awards and commendations, including the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award, 2007 National Book Award Nomination and 2008 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Ms. Danticat also received the 2009 MacArthur Fellows Program...

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On November 17, Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying, spoke about her powerful memoir.

Brother, I'm Dying has received many awards and commendations, including the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award, 2007 National Book Award Nomination and 2008 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Ms. Danticat also received the 2009 MacArthur Fellows Program Genius Grant and the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Ms. Danticat “brings the lyric language and emotional clarity of her remarkable 2004 novel “The Dew Breaker” to bear on the story of her own family, a story which, like so much of her fiction, embodies the painful legacy of Haiti’s violent history, demonstrating the myriad ways in which the public and the private, the political and the personal, intersect in the lives of that country’s citizens and exiles,” says The New York Times. 

This presentation was a part of the One Book program.

  • Gail presents CAPS service award
November, 2016
November, 2016

Congratulations to the CAPS Redesign Team for their hard work and dedication, which was recently recognized with a Citation for Outstanding Performance.

The winners of the citation were honored at a reception held November 9. President Gail Carberry spoke and presented the citation.

The CAPS Redesign Team, which included Shane Clark, Jennifer Guzman-Gayflor, Raymond...

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Congratulations to the CAPS Redesign Team for their hard work and dedication, which was recently recognized with a Citation for Outstanding Performance.

The winners of the citation were honored at a reception held November 9. President Gail Carberry spoke and presented the citation.

The CAPS Redesign Team, which included Shane Clark, Jennifer Guzman-Gayflor, Raymond Lawless, Diane Levinson, Lupe Lomeli, Martin Muysenberg, Henry Ritter and Eric Saczawa, were recognized for their hard work and attainment of program objectives.

The CAPS Program, Career Academic & Personal Success, entered its 10th year in 2016. During this time, institutional initiatives and student needs have changed, and the CAPS program needed a realignment to those goals (Complete College America, the new Strategic Plan, etc.). The CAPS Advisors and Coordinators, in the last year, have rewritten the Vision, Mission, Learning Objectives, Learning Activities, and Deliverables related to the CAPS program to respond to the changes.

The overarching goal was to create a better learning experience for students, creating active, engaging learning activities through their first year of enrollment at QCC.

Based on the varied needs and experiences our students bring, the result of this work was to divide the material into modules for easier student access and increased flexibility. The added flexibility of the modularization allows advisors to be more responsive to students’ individual needs, creating a customized CAPS experience for each student. Thus, more students will be able to form a relationship with their academic advisor and the institution in a meaningful way, utilizing multiple means of access (individual appointments, group advising, Blackboard).

It took a full year to do this work. The CAPS Advisors and Coordinators worked together toward this accomplishment as a team, supporting each other along the way, tolerating a high degree of ambiguity throughout the process.

During this time, they were serving the students for which they were responsible while also redesigning the program in its entirety. They have built, from the ground up, a foundation that responds to institutional goals and objectives, that is also responsive and flexible to student needs. This required much discussion and compromise. With every discussion, the needs of the students were at the forefront, and the CAPS Team worked tirelessly to make sure the student experience is engaging and meaningful.

  • students at Fall Festival
  • students at Fall Festival
November, 2016
November, 2016

The Student Senate hosted a Fall Festival on November 4, on the Fuller Lawn for the QCC Community.

With performances by the QCC Jazz Ensemble and an open mic for students, there were activities and games for students. Games included a potato sack race, donuts on a string contest, and archery hoverball.

There were also booths for students to learn more about clubs and organizations on campus. The...

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The Student Senate hosted a Fall Festival on November 4, on the Fuller Lawn for the QCC Community.

With performances by the QCC Jazz Ensemble and an open mic for students, there were activities and games for students. Games included a potato sack race, donuts on a string contest, and archery hoverball.

There were also booths for students to learn more about clubs and organizations on campus. The Higher Educations Consortium for Central Mass. also had an information booth, as did Paws for People.

The Student Senate thanks Psi Beta, Theater Club, Criminal Justice, Business & Entrepreneurship and Pride Alliance clubs for their participation.

November, 2016
November, 2016

The 2nd Annual Winter Wellness Workshop was held on the Main and Southbridge campuses this week to provide students a break from the pressures from school and strategies and tools to help with ending the semester successfully. Each workshop provided students several stations to visit with mindful activities such as coloring, braiding friendship bracelets, and reflecting on their worries and what to be grateful for...

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The 2nd Annual Winter Wellness Workshop was held on the Main and Southbridge campuses this week to provide students a break from the pressures from school and strategies and tools to help with ending the semester successfully. Each workshop provided students several stations to visit with mindful activities such as coloring, braiding friendship bracelets, and reflecting on their worries and what to be grateful for this day. Students were introduced to the benefits of aromatherapy with the scents of lavender, lemongrass and mint. Students petted Rafter the Newfoundland, Colonel the black lab, and Autumn the domestic cat and talked with their respective handlers, coming away with big smiles after visiting them on the floor.

Other stress-relief activities included sound healing with a Tibetan Singing Bowl lead by Professor Jean Kennedy, complimentary chair massages, calming rocks, calming iPad apps to demo, and Reiki massage lead by professional staff Laura Tino. This annual event part of the Drive-Thru Workshop Series hosted by Disability Services and sponsored by Strategic Enrollment and Student Engagement.

November, 2016
November, 2016

Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) has awarded Quinsigamond Community College the designation of a Top School in its 2017 Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education.

The guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at hundreds of institutions including...

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Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) has awarded Quinsigamond Community College the designation of a Top School in its 2017 Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education.

The guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at hundreds of institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE&T’s 2017 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to men and women in uniform.

military friendly and TOP school logos

Now in its tenth year of publishing the guide, MAE&T was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This enables prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

“MAE&T’s Guide to Colleges and Universities provides the foundational information a prospective student would use in framing his or her educational needs,” said Kelly Fodel, Military Advanced Education & Transition’s editor-in-chief. “We want to be a dynamic resource for those looking to further their educations and careers. A key part of that is finding the right school, and it can be a confusing process for military members to navigate.”

The 2017 Guide is printed in the December issue of Military Advanced Education &Transition, and is also published in a searchable database online. Students have access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues, such as activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information.

Visit the mae-kmi website for online access to MAE&T’s 2017 Guide to Colleges and Universities, or pick up a copy of the December issue of Military Advanced Education & Transition.

  • students sit with collected food items
  • collected food items
November, 2016
November, 2016

The QCC Early Childhood Education Club collected food items for Haiti this month to support the initiatives of the Be Like Britt Foundation.

The people of Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake in 2010 and more recently, Hurricane Matthew damaged their island country.

The ECE Club at QCC held a drive to collect non-perishable, dry food items for the Be Like Brit Foundation. Be Like Brit...

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The QCC Early Childhood Education Club collected food items for Haiti this month to support the initiatives of the Be Like Britt Foundation.

The people of Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake in 2010 and more recently, Hurricane Matthew damaged their island country.

The ECE Club at QCC held a drive to collect non-perishable, dry food items for the Be Like Brit Foundation. Be Like Brit is a local foundation that was started by the family of Britney Gengel, a 19-year-old resident of Rutland who perished in the earthquake.

Karen O’Neill, the ECE Club Advisor, said the drive was successful. The members of the club helped sort the items.

The ECE Club collected two full boxes of food from the QCC family including canned tuna, spices, canned ham, parmesan cheese and powdered milk. Donations were delivered to the Be Like Brit Foundation on Pullman Street in Worcester.

To find out more, visit the Be Like Brit Foundation website.

November, 2016
November, 2016

The QCC Veterans Club marched in the Worcester Veterans Day Parade. Held on November 11, this was the city’s 63rd Veterans Day Parade.

Paula Ogden, Director of Veteran Affairs at QCC, said about 15 student veterans participated in the parade and had breakfast at Veterans Inc.

The students also decorated a truck as well as marching in the parade.

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The QCC Veterans Club marched in the Worcester Veterans Day Parade. Held on November 11, this was the city’s 63rd Veterans Day Parade.

Paula Ogden, Director of Veteran Affairs at QCC, said about 15 student veterans participated in the parade and had breakfast at Veterans Inc.

The students also decorated a truck as well as marching in the parade.

Veterans Inc. is a nonprofit serving veterans in need and their families across New England. Incorporated in 1990, Veterans Inc. has helped more than 65,000 veterans in need and today operates offices and programs in all six New England states. Our services include housing, employment & training, counseling, family support programs, benefits counseling and advocacy, temporary financial assistance, health and wellness, food services, post-9/11 support and women and childcare services. To learn more about Veterans Inc., visit www.veteransinc.org

Veterans Inc. hosted a pancake breakfast that was free and open to the public. The group also organized the parade down Grove Street. On Saturday, November 12, they also hosted the Veterans Memorial 5K Run and Walk to raise funds to support Veterans Inc. programming.

  • QCC officer dressed as Santa for Stuff a Cruiser
November, 2016
November, 2016

Counseling Services and the QCC Campus Police are teaming together this year to challenge the QCC community to Stuff a Cruiser for families.

For more than 17 years, the Counseling Services office has sponsored Be An Angel. This year, to honor the collaboration with the QCC Campus Police Department, they will start a new tradition, Stuff a Cruiser. This will be an outdoor gathering, where faculty, staff and...

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Counseling Services and the QCC Campus Police are teaming together this year to challenge the QCC community to Stuff a Cruiser for families.

For more than 17 years, the Counseling Services office has sponsored Be An Angel. This year, to honor the collaboration with the QCC Campus Police Department, they will start a new tradition, Stuff a Cruiser. This will be an outdoor gathering, where faculty, staff and students can bring a new, unwrapped toy, gift card or movie tickets for a Feed-A-Family child.

The event will provide students and faculty with a short break in their hectic pre-final days and serves to remind us all of the simple joy of giving.

Stuff a Cruiser will continue as a support program to the college’s Feed a Family Program, which provides holiday meals to needy families in the QCC family. Each year the program tries to meet the holiday requests for about 100 or more families.

The recipients also will receive a food gift certificate to purchase the holiday meal of their choice, and toys for their children will be provided by the Stuff a Cruiser program.

Please take some time to join us and QCC Police for some hot cocoa and a small token of our appreciation. Your participation during this time benefits an amazing community. Event times are as follows:

  • December 6: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Downtown Campus lobby, Federal Street.
  • December 7: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Main Campus, at the flag poles.
  • December 8: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Southbridge Campus, front lobby.

If you cannot join us on these days, please feel free to donate at one of the drop boxes in Room 162A, Fuller Center or with the QCC Campus Police Department by December 9.

For more information, contact Tina Wells, twells [at] qcc.mass.edu. If you wish to make a monetary donation, make a check out to QCC Feed-A-Family and place in Box 66 or Box 144 in the mail room.

Gracious giving and community support have sustained and enhanced this wonderful QCC tradition of Feed a Family for more than 30 years.

  • Holiday luncheon invite
November, 2016
November, 2016

Save the date!

The QCC Annual Holiday Luncheon will be Thursday, December 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Harrington Learning Center. Faculty and staff are invited to join us for lunch and socializing in Room 109A, B and Living Room. Take a break and enjoy a nice lunch on us! 

The snow date for the luncheon is Friday, December 9.

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Save the date!

The QCC Annual Holiday Luncheon will be Thursday, December 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Harrington Learning Center. Faculty and staff are invited to join us for lunch and socializing in Room 109A, B and Living Room. Take a break and enjoy a nice lunch on us! 

The snow date for the luncheon is Friday, December 9.

  • Hats & Mittens collected for drive
November, 2016
November, 2016

The Hat & Mitten Drive was a success again this year because of QCC’s generosity.

QCC and Planting the Seed Foundation would like to thank all who contributed--You have made many underprivileged children happy and warm.

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The Hat & Mitten Drive was a success again this year because of QCC’s generosity.

QCC and Planting the Seed Foundation would like to thank all who contributed--You have made many underprivileged children happy and warm.

Planting the Seed Foundation is a 100 percent volunteer, nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children and their families in Worcester and surrounding towns. Find out more at Planting the Seed Online.

Thanks again and see you next year. Happy Holidays!

  • QCC Hosts Fulbright Scholars
November, 2016
November, 2016

Quinsigamond Community College, in collaboration with The International Center of Worcester, hosted 30 Fulbright Scholars on December 2, 2016. Due to a growing global interest in Community Colleges and the Community College Model, scholars from China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea, Spain and Turkey visited QCC’s West Boylston Street campus. Participants were interested in...

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Quinsigamond Community College, in collaboration with The International Center of Worcester, hosted 30 Fulbright Scholars on December 2, 2016. Due to a growing global interest in Community Colleges and the Community College Model, scholars from China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea, Spain and Turkey visited QCC’s West Boylston Street campus. Participants were interested in visiting a Massachusetts community college and learning more about this educational structure primarily unique to the U.S. These scholars are assigned both teaching and research grants at the following universities: Boston College, Boston, Brandeis, Brown, Harvard Universities, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital. The visit included lunch, tours and a discussion with diverse sectors of the QCC community. 

November, 2016
November, 2016

We are very pleased to announce the following full-time staff updates:

On November 14, 2016, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Karen Rucks as Executive Director of Advancement. Ms. Rucks brings over 25 years of fundraising and executive leadership experience to this position. Most recently, Ms. Rucks was the Director of Grants...

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We are very pleased to announce the following full-time staff updates:

On November 14, 2016, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Karen Rucks as Executive Director of Advancement. Ms. Rucks brings over 25 years of fundraising and executive leadership experience to this position. Most recently, Ms. Rucks was the Director of Grants Development here at QCC. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member here at QCC. Prior to her work at QCC, she was the Vice President of Program Operations at Martin Luther King, Jr. family Services. Ms. Rucks earned a Bachelor of Science from Temple University, a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Harford Seminary, a Master of Divinity in Theology and Ethics and a Doctor of Theology in Philosophical Theology from Boston University.

On November 14, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Michael Bowman as Maintainer I. Mr. Bowman has served as a part-time  maintainer in the QCC Facilities Department for the past 3 years. In addition, he brings to the college over 24 years of experience working in facilities, maintenance and repair in the private sector.

On November 28, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Darrian Shunaman as Maintenance Equipment Operator I. Mr. Shunaman brings to the college over 3 years of experience working in maintenance and repair in the private sector. Most recently, he worked as a cable installation and maintenance technician. Mr. Shunaman holds a DOT license, is Smith Driving Certified and has a 2A Excavators license. 

Please join us in welcoming our new staff into their new roles.

October, 2016

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  • display at manufacturing event
October, 2016
October, 2016

More than 100 area high school students attended Manufacturing Day 2016 at QCC, to learn more about what types of manufacturing classes and technology QCC offers.

National Manufacturing Day was held October 7 around the country, where colleges, companies and community organizations showcased modern manufacturing to educate and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. About 45 events were scheduled in...

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More than 100 area high school students attended Manufacturing Day 2016 at QCC, to learn more about what types of manufacturing classes and technology QCC offers.

National Manufacturing Day was held October 7 around the country, where colleges, companies and community organizations showcased modern manufacturing to educate and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. About 45 events were scheduled in Massachusetts, with more than 2,500 events scheduled in the United States.

QCC also co-hosted events at the Jacob Edward Library in Southbridge and the Oxford Library, with faculty demonstrations and information about STEM programs at QCC. Having events off campus is a great way to reach out to potential students and let them know what QCC offers.

Dean of the School of Business, Engineering & Technology at QCC Kathy Rentsch said the events were well attended.

QCC students and faculty are encouraged to check out the QuEST (Quinsigamond Engineering, Science and Technology) Center to see the new manufacturing labs and the Fab Lab.

The Fab Lab has Open Lab hours where students, faculty and staff can stop by to use the high-tech equipment and learn more about different capabilities of the machines. Faculty also can schedule times to bring in their students for projects.

The Fab Lab is open Mondays from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m., Thursdays from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Fridays from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. The lab is staffed with instructors who help students learn more about the machines and what they can do. The Fab Lab has a laser cutter, a large router, milling machines, five 3D printers and other electronic equipment.

Some recent student projects include designing a custom USB memory stick, a custom i-phone case, and bird feeders with motion sensors. With the large router, students can work on furniture projects, or with the electronic equipment they can create circuit boards. They can also find designs online for the 3D printers or create their own designs during several open labs.

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October, 2016
October, 2016

Students are enjoying the new music theory class, offered through the Liberal Arts Music Option, a new associate degree option at Quinsigamond.

A few students recently showed off their skills on piano and guitar, recording short performances which can be viewed on Wyvern TV.

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Students are enjoying the new music theory class, offered through the Liberal Arts Music Option, a new associate degree option at Quinsigamond.

A few students recently showed off their skills on piano and guitar, recording short performances which can be viewed on Wyvern TV.

The students are calling themselves the QCC Trebelmakers.

“I asked my students if they wanted to showcase their talents, and I was amazed by their interest and the variety of musical genres they perform,” Professor Jose Castillo said. “Recording the performances is a great way to let people know QCC has a music program, and let the QCC community know what is going on with arts on campus. It also gives my students experience in performing in front of a camera.”

He said this project is not required for his class, it was just a fun way for students to express themselves. The students are working on a holiday video in the style of Jimmy Fallon’s classroom instruments videos, arranging vocals and bringing in instruments such as a ukulele, spoons and a washboard base.

Students are performing on Fridays, and Mr. Castillo has been releasing the videos on Mondays on his Facebook page.

Mr. Castillo recently spoke on Face the Region about the music option. He worked for more than five years researching music programs at different colleges to create the curriculum for the program, that was first offered this fall. This is part of the college’s efforts to continue to support arts, as well as its STEM offerings, for a full STEaM ahead focus on a well-rounded education.

In addition to music theory, students participate in a piano training lab and an ear training lab. Students are not required to have any prior musical experience.

QCC’s music curriculum is designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year intuitions, for those interested in further developing their musicianship, or provide our students with enough knowledge for entry level work requiring communication and critical thinking skills.

Students will obtain a foundational education comprised of the humanities, social sciences and mathematics with a concentration in music knowledge, skill and a solid base of musical 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.

To learn more about the music option at QCC, visit the Liberal Arts - Music Option page.

October, 2016
October, 2016

Gateway to College hosted an Open House in October, for potential students and community members to learn more about the program.

“The Open House was well attended,” said Vanessa Colon, who helped organize the event for Gateway. “There was a consistent flow of visitors in the office through the whole event.”

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Gateway to College hosted an Open House in October, for potential students and community members to learn more about the program.

“The Open House was well attended,” said Vanessa Colon, who helped organize the event for Gateway. “There was a consistent flow of visitors in the office through the whole event.”

The Gateway to College program helps students who have dropped out of high school or who may not graduate. Through the program, students can obtain their high school diploma and earn college credits at the same time. Many graduates go on to finish AA degrees and transfer to four-year colleges.

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QCC's Gateway program is part of a national network that includes 35 programs in 20 states. Students range in age from 16 to 20. Students complete an in-depth application process, including essays, testing, and a personal interview.

Gateway to College also recently hosted a Decision Day, where students declare their plans for further education. Several students declared their intention to attend QCC in a range of programs:

  • Megan Battista, General Studies/Deaf Studies.
  • Samantha Beauchamp, Liberal Arts: Biology.
  • Josh Sadri, Liberal Arts.
  • Kyle Strait, Liberal Arts: Psychology.
  • Megan Devlin, Liberal Arts: Psychology.
  • Sean Fitzpatrick, Electronics Engineering: Mechatronics.
  • Teresa Watts, General Studies.
  • Katie Palmer, General Studies.

Ms. Colon said many other students are in the process of applying to schools.

  • PHOTO:  Diana Boudreau (QCC-Career Placement), Thyaeba Abdul Rasheed (QCC student-Randstad, Rating Specialist), Patrick Watson (Randstad, Associate Program Manager), Robin Forster Babst (Hanover, Sr. Rating Specialist), Lynette Regis-Tracy (Hanover, Manager, CL Service Operations).
October, 2016
October, 2016

Thyaeba Abdul Rasheed, a current Quinsigamond Community College student working on her Computer Information System (CIS) Database Certificate, was recently hired at The Hanover Insurance Group as a Commercial Lines Rater. Rasheed will be quoting premium for large businesses requiring insurance. Rasheed stated, “During the Rater training, the Hanover training staff has been very supportive and...

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Thyaeba Abdul Rasheed, a current Quinsigamond Community College student working on her Computer Information System (CIS) Database Certificate, was recently hired at The Hanover Insurance Group as a Commercial Lines Rater. Rasheed will be quoting premium for large businesses requiring insurance. Rasheed stated, “During the Rater training, the Hanover training staff has been very supportive and welcoming, helping me as a trainee grow professionally. Even though the company is large, they treat you and work with you on an individual level.”  Rasheed said she is particularly impressed with the work culture at The Hanover Insurance Group which she described as a positive work environment embracing diversity from all cultures.

Starting in May 2016, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc., in partnership with Randstad Corporate Services, was actively seeking employees through on-campus recruitment events with QCC’s Student and Employment Transfer Center (SETC). Candidates selected for this position begin a very comprehensive 6-month training program, and this job requires a detail orientated person with analytical skills and extensive knowledge of MS Office.

Lindsey Fontana, Account Manager with Randstad Corporate Services stated, “I think the QCC on- campus recruitment events have been a great success. We will continue our recruitment endeavors at the College because of the availability of a highly talented pool of hard working and well trained QCC students.” Rasheed noted, “The education I gained at QCC is the key to my success, and as I move forward it will continue to help me.” Randstad considered many strong candidates from QCC for The Hanover Insurance Group position, so QCC is quite proud of Rasheed attaining her new career.

The Hanover Insurance Group is one of the largest property and casualty insurance companies in the country and has a rich history of providing insurance protection for individuals, families and businesses for more than 160 years.

Randstad has committed to QCC campus recruiting approximately every three months. SETC was thrilled when Randstad contacted them about recruiting on the campus, and Fontana was thrilled working with the SETC office: “The staff at QCC’s SETC were very accommodating and generous. We all really enjoyed the event and are looking forward to continuing our partnership with continual recruitment at QCC!”

  • students at You’re A S.T.A.R. event
October, 2016
October, 2016

QCC has an abundance of outstanding male students who deserve recognition for their accomplishments, good character and skills.

On October 28, the college hosted a program to honor students who had been nominated by faculty and staff for the “You’re A S.T.A.R. Award.”

The You’re A S.T.A.R. (Someone to Admire and Respect) Committee chose 21 students. Faculty and staff were asked...

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QCC has an abundance of outstanding male students who deserve recognition for their accomplishments, good character and skills.

On October 28, the college hosted a program to honor students who had been nominated by faculty and staff for the “You’re A S.T.A.R. Award.”

The You’re A S.T.A.R. (Someone to Admire and Respect) Committee chose 21 students. Faculty and staff were asked to select a male student to nominate who had distinguished himself, overcome great odds or made a difference in the community.

The program is co-sponsored by QCC Counseling Service and the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Pat Toney. The committee includes Joshua Cole, Debbie Ryder, Casey Sullivan and Barbara Zabka.

Honorees were welcomed, recognized by QCC President Dr. Gail Carberry and given a gift and certificate. Light refreshments were served, courtesy of QCC Food Services.

October, 2016
October, 2016

The Better Business Bureau of Central New England is pleased to announce the award of $1,500 in textbook scholarships to local veteran students. Three students from Quinsigamond Community College were awarded $500 scholarships each from BBB of Central New England’s Consumer Education Foundation.

Congratulations to our three winners: Sean Ebbeling, Criminal Justice, Patrick...

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The Better Business Bureau of Central New England is pleased to announce the award of $1,500 in textbook scholarships to local veteran students. Three students from Quinsigamond Community College were awarded $500 scholarships each from BBB of Central New England’s Consumer Education Foundation.

Congratulations to our three winners: Sean Ebbeling, Criminal Justice, Patrick Grubert, Engineering and Justin Linfield, General Studies.

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Left to right: Justin Linfield, Patrick Grubert, and Sean Ebbeling.

“This is a joint venture the BBB and I have been working for more than a year,” said Paula Ogden, Director of Veterans Affairs at QCC. “I am very pleased we were able to work together to offer these textbook scholarships.”

Students may get financial aid but those funds don’t always cover textbooks, which can be expensive. This textbook scholarship helps cover those extra costs. The Veterans Affairs Office also offers a Textbook Loan Program, where certain textbooks are available for student veterans.

To be eligible for the textbook scholarship, students were asked to test their financial literacy with a savvy consumer quiz and subscribe to the bureau’s Trusted Scout Military Consumer Newsletter.

“BBB’s Military Line aims to educate military personnel on financial literacy and predatory business practices,” said Nancy B. Cahalen, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central New England. “By testing their financial literacy with a short quiz, our veteran applicants could gain insight into some of the helpful resources Military Line has to offer.”

Funded in part by BBB Accredited Business dues and in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense Financial Readiness Campaign, Military Line works to increase the level of financial literacy within military communities and reduce the number of military personnel that fall victim to predatory practices such as high interest auto loans, expensive insurance sales, risky real estate deals and work from home scams. Specific programs include financial readiness training, fraud and scam alerts, company and charity reviews, and dispute resolution services. To learn more about the BBB Military Line, go to www.bbbmarketplacetrust.org

Hygiene Drive

The Veterans Club held a hygiene drive in the fall and donated products to Veterans Inc. in Worcester for their clients and families. Ms. Ogden thanked faculty, staff and students for donating to the drive. Members of the Veterans Club will join PTK members serving Thanksgiving dinner to clients at Veterans Inc. on Thanksgiving.

The Veterans Club also celebrated the birthday of the U.S. Navy on October 13. On that day in 1775, the Continental Congress established a small naval force that grew into the world’s most powerful Naval force today, including thousands of ships and aircraft worldwide.

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October, 2016
October, 2016

Students had a chance to meet with advisors before Priority Registration to make sure they were prepared and ready to choose their classes for next semester.

Advising hosted Preparation Walk-In Sessions for Priority Registration the last week of October and the first week of November.

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Students had a chance to meet with advisors before Priority Registration to make sure they were prepared and ready to choose their classes for next semester.

Advising hosted Preparation Walk-In Sessions for Priority Registration the last week of October and the first week of November.

Sessions were held at different times to give students ample opportunity to attend. This helps students learn who their advisor is, review their academic record, understand their degree audit, learn what questions to ask their advisor during registration, and address any other questions they may have.

It is important for students to be aware of the required classes they need to fulfill for their degree, and to speak with their advisor if they are interested in transfer programs to continue their education after graduating from QCC.

Priority registration begins Monday, November 7 and goes through Monday, November 21. Register early to get the classes and the schedule you want!

October, 2016
October, 2016

In October, Face the Region showcased several programs at QCC, giving the audience a chance to learn about the Fab Lab and Mechatronics, Veterans Affairs, PTK Fall events, QCC Fall Programs and the new liberal arts program.

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In October, Face the Region showcased several programs at QCC, giving the audience a chance to learn about the Fab Lab and Mechatronics, Veterans Affairs, PTK Fall events, QCC Fall Programs and the new liberal arts program.

If you didn’t have a chance to hear the Face the Region programs, which are hosted by local radio personality Hank Stolz, you can catch up at QCC's Face the Region Website.

Face the Region is a weekly program that features different faculty, staff and students who discuss programs at QCC. The program is broadcast on WCRN AM 830 on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. The goal of the show is to keep the public informed of QCC activities and increase visibility of the college, but also to highlight the many success stories that happen at QCC on a regular basis, as well as highlight QCC’s expertise in education.

In October, the topics were:

  • Phi Theta Kappa Fall Events
  • Fab Lab and Mechatronics
  • Veteran’s Affairs
  • Fall Programs
  • Liberal Arts Music Options

Listen to learn more about these programs at QCC and find out upcoming events on campus!

If you would like to showcase your program, class, project or area of expertise as it relates to QCC, please share with us!