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July, 2017

  • QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja
July, 2017
July, 2017

On July 10, 2017 we were pleased to welcome Dr. Luis G. Pedraja as Quinsigamond Community College’s new president. Dr. Pedraja is the sixth president of QCC taking the reins from former President Dr. Gail E. Carberry. Dr. Pedraja was the former interim vice chancellor of academic affairs for the Peralta Community College District in California. The district included four...

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On July 10, 2017 we were pleased to welcome Dr. Luis G. Pedraja as Quinsigamond Community College’s new president. Dr. Pedraja is the sixth president of QCC taking the reins from former President Dr. Gail E. Carberry. Dr. Pedraja was the former interim vice chancellor of academic affairs for the Peralta Community College District in California. The district included four colleges with a student population of 35,000.

Dr. Pedraja, who emigrated from Cuba and grew up in a low-income Miami neighborhood was the first in his family to attend college; later earning his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His background gives him a unique understanding and perspective in the struggles that may face students in their pursuit of a higher education and a better life. To that end, Dr. Pedraja is a true example for all of QCC’s current and future students, faculty and staff. Currently that includes over 1,000 full- and part-time employees and over 13,000 students who are annually serviced through the college.

In his inaugural President’s Message, Dr. Pedraja noted some of the things that make QCC special.

“At QCC, you will not only receive a world-class education, but you will also receive the support that you need to succeed. Our small class size, as well as advising, tutoring, and other support mechanisms are in place to ensure that you receive the personalized attention and assistance you need to complete your education as efficiently as possible,” he said, adding, “We live in a global economy, and QCC has positioned our academic programs and facilities to offer instruction that not only addresses today’s demands, but sets you on the path to gain the skills and knowledge for tomorrow’s economic needs.”

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Pedraja to QCC!

July, 2017
July, 2017

Beginning on Monday July 31 – Friday, August 11 new and returning students can register for classes all under one roof, with no appointment necessary. The One-Stop Registration event offers students a way to gather more information about financial aid, admissions and placement tests, all in one place at the same time.

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Beginning on Monday July 31 – Friday, August 11 new and returning students can register for classes all under one roof, with no appointment necessary. The One-Stop Registration event offers students a way to gather more information about financial aid, admissions and placement tests, all in one place at the same time.

Potential students can print out forms ahead of time to fill out and bring to one-stop registration. Information is available on the One-Stop Registration website at www.qcc.edu/one-stop. The site details what forms and information are required.

The one-stop registration event gives students a chance to get everything done at once and simplifies the application process by not requiring appointments with different departments. Registering early also gives students a better chance to get the classes they want, since classes often fill up as the first day of classes gets closer.

“There is no better or easier way to get started in the enrollment process than beginning with the One-Stop Registration,” said Mishawn Davis-Eyene, Director of Admissions. "The first step involves applying to QCC, completing placement testing and registering. The second part is applying for financial aid. Both steps can be accomplished under one roof on the same day, without needing an appointment, during the One-Stop Registration event."

The One-Stop Registration event is being held at the Harrington Learning Center on our 670 West Boylston Street Campus in Worcester. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Classes begin September 6.

July, 2017
July, 2017

It’s close to bloom time for the Live & Learn Greenhouse, a Phi Theta Kappa project that will offer students the opportunity to have a hands-on experience growing plants and vegetables and learning about food sustainability.  

For the last few months a group of close to 30 people including QCC faculty, led by project manager and PTK member and current student Dathiel Blake, have...

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It’s close to bloom time for the Live & Learn Greenhouse, a Phi Theta Kappa project that will offer students the opportunity to have a hands-on experience growing plants and vegetables and learning about food sustainability.  

For the last few months a group of close to 30 people including QCC faculty, led by project manager and PTK member and current student Dathiel Blake, have been working feverishly to get the greenhouse open and fully functional. A diverse group of breakout teams encompassing botany, automation, hydroponics and grant writing have come together to help the Live & Learn Greenhouse become a reality.

There’s really something for everyone,” said PTK member and current student Kyle Mondino, a self-professed person with a “black thumb,” who is the team lead for grant writing. “We are always looking for more people to help out and become part of this.”

The idea of the greenhouse came about through the need to address food insecurities on campus, according to PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman. Food insecurities have become a real issue on campuses across the nation, particularly on community college campuses. A 2017 report published by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab surveyed 33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states and found that two out three students were food insecure.

The Live & Learn Greenhouse Project is designed to provide not only a resource for healthy, nutrient-rich food for the Quinsigamond Community College community, but also an educational resource for QCC students, faculty, staff and children of the QCC Children’s School.

The greenhouse, which began in the spring, measures 7’ 4 ½”W x 14’ 7 ½”L and is located behind QCC’s Administration building at a former bus stop shelter. To date the plumbing for the water is completed and the lights, heating, exhaust fans and vents are installed. The project is waiting for the electrical to be completed, which is expected to be finished shortly.

“One of the really cool aspects of this project is that everything is automated. We will be able to control and check the doors, vents, temperature and even the PH levels,” Mr. Blake said. “We’ll also have a web camera. ”There is even talk of a robot sometime in the future.

The automation team is designing a system that will be housed on a server that enables anyone to view the greenhouse at anytime, as well as operate items such as the irrigation system remotely. This is still in the design stages, however, the goal is to have this live as soon as possible.

While the final push is underway to open the greenhouse, plants are currently germinating at the home of Ms. Coleman or in the PTK office. These include: sweet basil, spinach, chives, parsley, cucumbers, sage, lavender butterhead lettuce, kale eggplant, tomatoes, eucalyptus and a variety of sunflowers. They should be transplanted to the greenhouse shortly.

Once the Live & Learn Greenhouse is completely up and running there are still projects that will be available for anyone wishing to get involved, as the greenhouse will be in use 365 days of the year.

“We will be working on this every day. Anyone who is interested in gardening or food sustainability, we want your help,” said PTK Assistant Kayla Patterson.

The Live and Learn Greenhouse was partially funded by a $16,500 grant through the QCC Foundation. PTK’s Annual Fall Charity Cookout last September raised over $2,000 for the greenhouse and other events are scheduled throughout the year to help fund the project.

Donations of plants, seeds pots, soil, shelving and lighting, in addition to cash donations are always welcome. Anyone interested in making a donation or becoming involved can contact PTK or Ms. Colman in Room 349A.

Those looking to follow the progress of the Live & Learn Greenhouse can visit PTK’s  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.

July, 2017
July, 2017

​Quinsigamond Community College has announced a new privately-funded scholarship, the LEADA@Liberty Scholarship, offered by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Boston, Mass. Students of African descent who are part of the Commonwealth Commitment program are eligible to apply. Four community college students of African descent will be chosen from the pool of applicants to...

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​Quinsigamond Community College has announced a new privately-funded scholarship, the LEADA@Liberty Scholarship, offered by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Boston, Mass. Students of African descent who are part of the Commonwealth Commitment program are eligible to apply. Four community college students of African descent will be chosen from the pool of applicants to receive the $2,500 annual scholarship for the entire four years of their college career.

The Commonwealth Commitment program is the first of its kind in the country and was developed by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to assist Massachusetts students to achieve their goals of a higher education. This innovative program is a partnership between Massachusetts colleges, universities and students, and provides financial incentives to students who begin their advanced education at one of the 15 Massachusetts community colleges. Students admitted into the Commonwealth Commitment program receive a freeze on tuition and fees for all four years upon entry into the program until they graduate or leave the program. Students will receive a 10 percent rebate off tuition and mandatory fees at the end of every successfully completed semester. In addition, students receive a MassTransfer tuition credit once they are enrolled in a bachelor’s program for a total overall savings of approximately $5,090 over four years. Students must attain an associate degree within 2.5 years and then transfer to a Massachusetts State University or one of the University of Massachusetts Campuses.

Liberty Mutual Life Insurance Company is the first private sector partner of the Commonwealth Commitment program. The scholarship was designed to help offset the cost of college for Massachusetts students who enroll in a community college, with the goal of transferring to a Massachusetts State University or one of the University of Massachusetts Campuses to attain their bachelor’s degree. The scholarship will be administered by the United Negro College Fund.

“Providing access to higher education for all has been a mission of QCC since it was founded in 1963,” said Mishawn Davis-Eyene, director of admissions at QCC. “This new scholarship opportunity provides another way in which our communities, both public and now private, are working together to reduce the financial burden that can sometimes prevent students from pursuing a higher education.”

Those chosen as LEADA@Liberty scholarship winners will also be mentored by Liberty Mutual employees and offered internships in the firm’s Boston office. 

For more information or to apply visit the Liberty Mutual Scholarship page.

“Our goal is to reach this untapped pool of talent and we see this scholarship as a win-win for community college students, Liberty Mutual Life Insurance and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Kevin Gayle, Finance Committee Chair of Liberty Mutual’s Employees of African Descent and Allies (LEADA@Liberty) employee resource group. 

For more information, contact Josh Martin, Director of Institutional Communications at 508.854.7513 or jmartin [at] qcc.mass.edu

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Quinsigamond Community College provides the community with high quality, 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.

 

July, 2017
July, 2017

Earlier this month President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja was interviewed by Charter TV 3 regarding Senator Michael Moore’s recent Senate bill proposal that would make Massachusetts Community Colleges free for in-state students.

Dr. Pedraja touted the benefits of this type of program and discussed how the bill could help many in the QCC community. In his interview, Dr. Pedraja said this would be...

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Earlier this month President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja was interviewed by Charter TV 3 regarding Senator Michael Moore’s recent Senate bill proposal that would make Massachusetts Community Colleges free for in-state students.

Dr. Pedraja touted the benefits of this type of program and discussed how the bill could help many in the QCC community. In his interview, Dr. Pedraja said this would be an excellent opportunity for working adults, noting the cost of community college may not seem like much for some people, however, for a lot of people it could mean the difference in their ability to pay rent or put food on the table for their children.

He added, “Nowadays about 64 percent of the new jobs and jobs that are going to be opening up are going to require at least some college.”

Dr. Lillian Ortiz, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Student Engagement & Community Connections concurred with Dr. Pedraja.

“Senator Moore’s bill is important to ensure all resident of Massachusetts have access to higher education,” she said. “This will not only allow individuals to improve their ability to support themselves and their families, but it will also strengthen communities on many levels. Businesses will have a strong pool of talented employees to draw upon, allowing them to grow and prosper.”

July, 2017
July, 2017

Student Life and Phi Theta Kappa members are looking for your help. PTK and Student Life have been assembling a team for the Relay for Life of Central South County to help raise money for the American Cancer Society and take action against cancer. They are looking for additional team members and/or donations, as well as people to help hand out flyers and build awareness. Last year’s PTK team raised $600 and the...

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Student Life and Phi Theta Kappa members are looking for your help. PTK and Student Life have been assembling a team for the Relay for Life of Central South County to help raise money for the American Cancer Society and take action against cancer. They are looking for additional team members and/or donations, as well as people to help hand out flyers and build awareness. Last year’s PTK team raised $600 and the goal this year is to raise $5,000.

The annual event is held at Lemansky Field, 1 Reith Street, Auburn, Mass. This year’s Relay begins at 6:00 p.m. on September 8, 2017 and ends September 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  Team members will take turns walking around a track or designated path and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps.

“We’d love for you to join our team and walk with us.   You can make it fun and wear costumes and do a theme, said PTK member and student Kyle Mondino.

The first 50 people to join this year’s team will receive a free T-shirt.

On PTK’s team page their message reads, “Cancer has touched many of us in some way, so we decided to fight back by raising funds and walking in our local American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. Please join our team or make a donation. Saving lives from cancer starts one team, one participant, one dollar at a time.”

To join the team visit, Relay.ACSEvents.org and click “Join a Relay,” then search the dropdown menu for “Quinsigamond Community College,” and click “Join Our Team.”  That’s it!

If you have any questions or would like to pick up flyers, please stop by the Phi Theta Kappa Office, Room 349A or the Student Life Office. 

July, 2017
July, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College is situated on a 52-acre campus in the Greendale neighborhood of Worcester. Since 1963, we have been making a difference in the lives of thousands of students from all walks of life offering affordable higher education. Today QCC offers over 120 associate degree and certificate career option (19 that are available completely online) in the fields of Business, Technology, Liberal Arts,...

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Quinsigamond Community College is situated on a 52-acre campus in the Greendale neighborhood of Worcester. Since 1963, we have been making a difference in the lives of thousands of students from all walks of life offering affordable higher education. Today QCC offers over 120 associate degree and certificate career option (19 that are available completely online) in the fields of Business, Technology, Liberal Arts, Health Care, Human Services and more. QCC's Training and Education Center (TEC) offers over 400 traditional and online courses, workshops, seminars, and customized training programs.

Take a tour of our picturesque campus to see firsthand what makes QCC one of the best kept secrets in Worcester County!

Currently tours are available Monday-Thursday at 3:00 p.m.  Online registration is required.

Walk-in's will need to reschedule with an Admissions Counselor.

Register Today!

For group tours please email aabercrombie [at] qcc.mass.edu (Ai Co Abercrombie). Two weeks advance notice is requested for all group tours.

Group tours are asked to include the following information:

  • Name of Organization/Responsible Party
  • Please Provide Preferred Dates/Times (at least 2)
  • Number in your Tour Group
  • Number of Chaperones (If Applicable)
  • In addition, please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the tour start time (15 minutes for groups larger than 20) to complete registration forms.

Please Note: It is up to the discretion of the Tour Manager and Student Ambassador regarding favorable weather conditions for a tour. Should weather not be conducive to a safe and informative tour for all, the tour party will need to reschedule.

We hope to see you soon!  

July, 2017
July, 2017

At Quinsigamond Community College our faculty and staff are here to help provide new students with a smooth transition from their previous environment to QCC, by offering a New Student Orientation and Student Services Fair in late August. This is an engaging and fun way new students can learn about their college community and the services available to them.

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At Quinsigamond Community College our faculty and staff are here to help provide new students with a smooth transition from their previous environment to QCC, by offering a New Student Orientation and Student Services Fair in late August. This is an engaging and fun way new students can learn about their college community and the services available to them.

QCC has designed the New Student Orientation to offer students new to QCC a way in which they can connect with staff, faculty and peers prior to the start of college.  Students will learn about and connect with the different services offered at QCC, with the goal of enhancing their academic success and overall experience at the college.

There will be breakout sessions available during this timeframe that will give students’ added strategies for success. Samples of breakout sessions include:

  • Balancing College and Child Care
  • How to Build Your Resume for Your Dream Job while in College
  • Learning Styles and Creating a Study Plan for your Specific Learning Style.

In addition to the New Student Orientation, there will also be a Student Services Fair that takes place at the end of each New Student Orientation held at the Worcester campus location. The Student Services Fair allows students to connect with all the resources they will need to help them succeed at QCC.

New Student Orientation and Student Services Fair schedules are listed below.

Worcester Campus – Hebert Auditorium:

  • August 23 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Breakout sessions will be from 5:50 p.m. -6:25 p.m.

Student Services Fair will be from 6:25-7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium Lobby

  • August 24 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Breakout sessions will be from 12:50 p.m. -1:25 p.m.

Student Services Fair will be from 1:25 p.m. -2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium Lobby

  • August 29 from 9 a.m. – noon

Breakout sessions will be from 10:50 a.m. -11:25 a.m.

Student Services Fair will be from 11:25 a.m. – noon in the Auditorium Lobby

  • August 30 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Breakout sessions will be from 12:50 p.m. -1:25 p.m.

Student Services Fair will be from 1:25 p.m. -2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium Lobby

Southbridge Campus:

  • August 28 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Breakout sessions will be from 6:20 p.m. -6:50 p.m.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register at Student Life.

July, 2017
July, 2017

Did you know that the Institutional Communications Department at QCC provides a number of services ranging from print and digital media to public relations? The department offers invaluable resources from web and print collateral, to public relations outreach that evangelizes the college and its mission through news coverage in print, television and radio.

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Did you know that the Institutional Communications Department at QCC provides a number of services ranging from print and digital media to public relations? The department offers invaluable resources from web and print collateral, to public relations outreach that evangelizes the college and its mission through news coverage in print, television and radio.

Want to learn more?

Requests for marketing projects such as: catalogs, booklets, brochures, flyers/posters, ads, forms, postcards/invites and tent tables/small collateral can be made by filling out the project request form on the Institutional Communications section of the QCC website, listed under the “News and Events” section, or by contacting Director of Institutional Communications, Josh Martin.  

A style guide detailing colors, fonts, logos and QCC standards is also available in this section. All marketing collateral must conform to these guidelines.  Please make sure to check deadlines for projects and remember that no project can begin until all materials have been received.

The department is also always looking for great news that will help to bring a positive light to QCC.  Have a story idea, event or project that you feel needs to be told? Please reach out to Mr. Martin at 508.854.7513 or email him at jmartin [at] qcc.mass.edu .

To learn more about what the Institutional Communications Department has to offer and to see existing marketing materials and press coverage please visit:

 

July, 2017
July, 2017

QCC in the News is a new addition to the Wyvern Guardian. Each month we will show you a sampling of some of the articles and press releases discussing Quinsigamond Community College that have made it into the local (and sometimes national) media.

QCC articles for the month of July include:

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QCC in the News is a new addition to the Wyvern Guardian. Each month we will show you a sampling of some of the articles and press releases discussing Quinsigamond Community College that have made it into the local (and sometimes national) media.

QCC articles for the month of July include:

July, 2017
July, 2017

We are very pleased to announce the following staff updates:

We wish to extend a very warm welcome to Dr. Luis Pedraja, who began his tenure as our new President of Quinsigamond Community College on July 10, 2017.

Additionally, we are very pleased to announce the following full-time staff updates:

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We are very pleased to announce the following staff updates:

We wish to extend a very warm welcome to Dr. Luis Pedraja, who began his tenure as our new President of Quinsigamond Community College on July 10, 2017.

Additionally, we are very pleased to announce the following full-time staff updates:

On July 5, 2017, Administrative Services welcomed Patricia “Trish” Kehoe as Systems Analyst/Programmer. Ms. Kehoe brings to this position over 15 years of database management and reporting experience in the public and private education sector. Most recently, she was a Database Administrator at Ana Maria College. Ms. Kehoe earned an Associate of Science in Office Technology/Medical Administration from North Shore Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration from Anna Maria College.

On July 10, 2017, Academic Affairs welcomed Pamela Dempsey-O’Connell as Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Assessment – SABES PDC. Ms. Dempsey-O’Connell brings to this position over 24 years of experience teaching students of diverse ages. Most recently Pamela was an ABE Site Manager for Mount Wachusett Community College. Ms. Dempsey-O’Connell earned an Associate in Science from University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science Education from Plymouth State College.

On July 10, 2017, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections, welcomed Karen Hutner as Publications and Press Manager. Mrs. Hutner brings to this position over 15 years of media and marketing experience in the private sector. Most recently, she was a Public Relations and Media Services Manager for an agency that focuses on the manufacturing industry.   

On July 17, 2017, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections, welcomed Amy Lawson as Senior Financial Aid Counselor. Ms. Lawson brings to this position over 15 years of Financial Aid experience. Most recently, she was a Senior Financial Aid Counselor at Massachusetts Bay Community College. She is also an active member of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Ms. Lawson earned a Bachelor of Arts from Clark University and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Bay Path University.    

On July 17, 2017, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections, welcomed Michelle Greenwood as Financial Aid Counselor. Ms. Greenwood brings to this position over 4 years of experience as a Clerk III in Financial Aid at Quinsigamond Community College. Additionally she has over 10 years of customer relations experience in the private sector. Michelle earned an Associate in Science from Quinsigamond Community College and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

On July 24, 2017, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections, welcomed June Vo as Clerk III – Community Connections. Ms. Vo brings to this position over 5 years of administrative experience from the private sector. She earned an Associate in Science in Business Administration from Quinsigamond Community College. 

Please join us in welcoming QCC’s new president and staff into their new roles.