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October, 2017

  • From left: Susan Mellace, Dr. Darshita Shah (MIT) and Jane Joyce.
  • QCC students listen to Dr. Shah explain how Fly-By-Wire works.
October, 2017
October, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College accounting students recently embarked on an online test/pilot program that enables them to test and improve themselves through the use of online assessments.

This technology offers a different way of student learning and teaching, through technology-enabled, competency-based scaffolding. The adaptive, personalized learning tool aids students in reaching high level learning...

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Quinsigamond Community College accounting students recently embarked on an online test/pilot program that enables them to test and improve themselves through the use of online assessments.

This technology offers a different way of student learning and teaching, through technology-enabled, competency-based scaffolding. The adaptive, personalized learning tool aids students in reaching high level learning outcomes through the mastering of lower level learning outcomes.  

“When students get a problem wrong, they get a hinting question that will assist them in mastering and understanding the original question,” said Jane Joyce, associate professor of accounting at QCC. “This is a terrific way for students to actually get the help they need whenever they need it.”

Through a collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge) and Arapahoe Community College (Littleton, CO), the newly developed technology application, Fly-By-Wire was developed to improve student learning outcomes. Modeled after aerospace-inspired digital technology for pilots, the Fly-by-Wire technology was created to assist teachers in the same way as a fly-by-wire system in an aircraft aids a human pilot. The program is designed to serve diverse, non-traditional students from at-risk backgrounds and the faculty of college algebra and accounting. While QCC accounting students are currently testing the program application, Arapahoe Community College has already launched the program full-scale to its students.

QCC was instrumental was instrumental in developing the questions used in the accounting module. Since the summer of 2016, Ms. Joyce has worked developing questions and solutions in collaboration with Arapahoe Community College. Both Ms. Joyce and QCC colleague Susan Mellace visited MIT in the summer of 2017 to proof read the finalized questions and solutions before the application was launched.

“This type of technology will enable us to measure quantitative improvement in student learning outcomes and offer teachers the opportunity to assess an entire classes’ ability to master certain learning objectives,” said QCC’s Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology, Kathy Rentsch. “Many of our students have additional work/life commitments that make traditional ways of learning more difficult. This is something we feel can be a real game changer for our students. We’re excited to be a part of this collegiate collaboration.”

This four-year project is being funded by a $2.9 million U.S. Department of Education grant and has been in development since 2015.

  • QCC Campus Police receiving their Accreditation Award at the Connors Center in Dover, MA.
October, 2017
October, 2017

The Quinsigamond Community College Campus Police Department made history recently, becoming the first community college police department to receive official accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC). This is the Commission’s highest award.

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The Quinsigamond Community College Campus Police Department made history recently, becoming the first community college police department to receive official accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC). This is the Commission’s highest award.

This prestigious accreditation involves a police agency formally evaluating its activities, policies and procedures to determine compliance with defined program standards set by the MPAC.  The MPAC adopts its standards from the National Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which was established in 1979. Accreditation is a rigorous two-stop process and is similar to other accreditation processes that encompass Massachusetts and Federal regulations.

While not mandatory, the benefits of being an accredited agency bring a lot to the table for the police department. In addition to complete transparency for the officers and entire QCC community, the accreditation brings a strong message to the court system, demonstrating to the courts that each and every procedure has been followed correctly and accurately.

“There is an added credibility that stands up in the courts,” said QCC Campus Police Chief Kevin Ritacco.

To become an accredited police agency, a police department must first become certified. Certification requires that a police department meet 159 mandatory standards. The standards impact officer and public safety, address high liability/risk management issues, and promote operational efficiency throughout the department. Once a police department is certified they can then work to become state accredited, which involves an additional 98 mandatory standards that must be met, as well as a percentage of 125 optional standards, based on the size of the police department.

The Commission’s standards require that agencies commit their unwritten policies and procedures to writing. The internal self-assessment is initiated by the department’s police chief (agency CEO) and is then reviewed by Commission-appointed assessors. These assessors are typically police chiefs and accreditation managers, who have been specially trained to conduct on-site assessments on behalf of the Commission.

“This has been a goal of mine to do the accreditation process since becoming chief,” Chief Ritacco said. “Our Deputy Chief Reynaldo Rodriguez, said ‘we can do this’ and became our accreditation manager. He helped us reach our goal and deserves a lot of credit. This has given us better communication, better reports, more programs, an honor guard, and most especially full transparency of our policies and procedures.”

Every policy is vetted through the department and reviewed with each officer and by the command staff before being signed off on by the chief. It takes 30 days to approve each process before it is committed to writing.

“This has truly been a coordinated effort of each department at the college, from the emergency management teams, to facilities and our entire police department,” Chief Ritacco continued.

He credits QCC’s Board of Trustees with allocating the funds to enable the department to begin the certification process, as well as several accredited police departments in the area that offered assistance and guidance.

“The department was certified in May 2016 and a year later we became accredited,” Chief Ritacco said. “This has truly been a coordinated effort and I’m appreciative of every single one of our officers for their hard work and commitment.”

While the process to become accredited is an arduous one, the work is far from over. Every three years the department must go through a reaccreditation process to show that it is maintaining the accreditation standards.

“Maintaining this is just as important as the accreditation itself. By doing this reaccreditation every three years, it shows that the officers understood all the policies and procedures. Every policy is reviewed with each officer and checked off a role call training module,” said Chief Ritacco, adding, “We are extremely proud to be the first community college to earn this accreditation.”

QCC Campus Police Accreditation Award.
  • QCC paramedic students simulate medical situations.
  • QCC paramedic students learn how to administer IV medications.
October, 2017
October, 2017

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Quinsigamond Community College’s EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Paramedic Certificate program. QCC initially began offering its EMT Paramedic Certificate program before adding its associate degree in Paramedic Technology in the late 1990s. Since 1989, the college has graduated a total over 200 students in these programs.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Quinsigamond Community College’s EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Paramedic Certificate program. QCC initially began offering its EMT Paramedic Certificate program before adding its associate degree in Paramedic Technology in the late 1990s. Since 1989, the college has graduated a total over 200 students in these programs.

This spring the college will be offering courses for the EMT Paramedic Certificate program, as well as Paramedic Technology degree. According to QCC’s Program Coordinator of the Emergency Medical Services Program, Cheryl Finn, this couldn’t come at a better time.

“We’re in a booming job market. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that we’re looking at 24 percent job growth,” Ms. Finn said.

Historically the QCC paramedic program has been a strong one, with programs often filling up in the fall, when these programs are traditionally offered. Due to recent demand, these programs will again be offered during the spring 2018 semester.

While QCC offers both EMT and paramedics programs, the bulk of students are in the paramedics programs. For many people unfamiliar with the medical world, the term EMT and paramedic are NOT interchangeable. In fact, every paramedic must first be an EMT. QCC’s paramedic programs require that students have worked a year as an EMT before entering into either of the college’s paramedic programs.

The key differences between a Paramedic and an EMT are based on the amount of education and training. Paramedics take a more rigorous course load, and are licensed healthcare professionals who provide the most extensive pre-hospital advanced life support. Paramedic’s skills are much more advanced. Paramedics can do everything from starting IVs and administering medication, to performing advanced airway techniques and restoring and stabilizing heart rhythm on pulseless, non-breathing patients, using defibrillator, cardioversion, or external pacemaker.

“Paramedics bring the emergency room to the person,” Ms. Finn said.

Beyond the desire to help others, one of the big incentives for EMTs to move on and become paramedics is an increase in pay.  In September, 2017, the medical paramedic salary in Worcester was $43,120, not including bonus, benefit information and other factors that impact base pay, according to Salary.com. Today there are 248,000 EMT and paramedics jobs nationwide, with an additional 37,400 projected by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics .

QCC’s EMT-Paramedic certificate program takes between 120-126 hours to complete and is extended into a third semester. The program is split between classroom time, lab time, and simulated training before students embark on clinical and field time. Students who are going for their Paramedic Technology associate degree, take and follow all the same core courses as students in the paramedic certificate program, in addition to general education courses that round out their degree.

“Additionally, all paramedic students need to have field training in all medical areas,’’ Ms. Finn said. “Clinical time is 13 weeks, but can go a bit longer because all areas of medical care need to be covered.”

Medical areas students have clinical in include:

  • Emergency Room
  • Pediatric Emergency Room
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)
  • Operating Room
  • Obstetrics
  • Psychiatry

“When they finish they go to field time and work with a team of two paramedics,” Ms. Finn continued. “This takes approximately seven weeks and they must be the team leader on 10 calls.”

At the completion of all coursework, clinical and practical field experience, a paramedic student is adequately prepared to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Psychomotor and Computerized Examinations.

“We’ve had a 100 percent pass rate on our National Psychomotor and computerized exams for our last two Paramedic cohorts,” Ms. Flynn said, adding, “I’ve seen many of our former students working on area ambulances, and a lot of our alumni have also come back to work with us over the years as lab assistants and instructors. It’s great.”

  • H.A.C.E. Youth Recognition Award recipients.
  • From left: Director of Community Bridges Deborah Gonzalez and Coordinator of Future Focus Program, Gilmarie Vongphakdy.
  • Master of Ceremonies Eric Batista.
  • From left:Olga López-Hill, Dolly Vazquez and Deborah Gonzalez.
October, 2017
October, 2017

Mayor Proclaims H.A.C.E. Day

Earlier this month Quinsigamond Community College was host to the 32nd Annual H.A.C.E. Youth Recognition Awards. For the last 32 years the H.A.C.E. (Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence) awards have been given to graduating Latino high school students in the Worcester area who have excelled in arts, academics, athletics, community service, leadership and...

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Mayor Proclaims H.A.C.E. Day

Earlier this month Quinsigamond Community College was host to the 32nd Annual H.A.C.E. Youth Recognition Awards. For the last 32 years the H.A.C.E. (Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence) awards have been given to graduating Latino high school students in the Worcester area who have excelled in arts, academics, athletics, community service, leadership and civic/political engagement. To date over 500 students have been recognized and a total of over $33,000 has been awarded.

This year 30 graduating high school students from Worcester and surrounding high schools were honored.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Eric Batista, a former H.A.C.E. award recipient, who read a proclamation from Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty, declaring October 4, 2017 as H.A.C.E. Day in the City of Worcester. The declaration asked all Worcester to recognize and participate in its observance.

Keynote speaker for the event was QCC’s President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja, who spoke of his own personal story emigrating from Cuba and becoming the first of his family to attend college.

“With each accomplishment we achieve, with each obstacle we overcome, with each step we take, we pave the road for the future and open a pathway for others,” he said told those assembled. “Together we can make a difference and reach great heights.”

In addition to the 30 high school student awards, three other awards were presented. They included:

The Olga López-Hill Community Leadership Scholarship: QCC student and Phi Theta Kappa member, Dathiel Blake, was awarded the scholarship, which is available to students who plan to continue their education at QCC or plan to transfer to another educational institution. Mr. Blake is president of QCC’s Brothers and Keepers male mentoring program and is also a mentor in the 100 Males to College program.  This scholarship was developed in honor of Olga López-Hill who worked at QCC for over 20 years advocating and inspiring students to further their education.

The Marlyn Reyes Memorial Community Leadership Award: This award is given in memory of Ms. Reyes who dedicated her life to improving her community.  Steven Robles, of Claremont Academy was the recipient.

The Dolly Vazquez Cultural Award: Burncoat High School student Jessenia Caballero was the recipient of this award. Ms. Vazquez is well-known for her tireless cultural involvement in the Worcester community.

The 2017 honorees were:

Academics

  • Kayla Benitez Alvarez – University Park Campus College
  • Jocelyn DePaz – North High School
  • Frances Garcia – Southbridge High School
  • Jori Hiraldo – Doherty Memorial High School
  • Angie Morales – Burncoat High School
  • Soamy Morales – Worcester Technical High School
  • Chris Nieves – South High Community School
  • Isaac Quiles – Worcester Technical High School

Arts

  • Ava Aquilar – North High School
  • Jessenia Caballero – Burncoat High School
  • Clara Dewar – St. Peter Marian High School
  • Katrian Nevarez – University Park Campus School
  • Derek Perry – South High Community School
  • Eury Rosario – Doherty Memorial High School
  • Carmen Zuniga – Claremont Academy

Athletics

  • Juan Adolphe – University Park Campus School
  • Luis Garcia-Nin – Burncoat High School
  • Misael Guzman – South High Community School
  • Kailey Ortiz – Southbridge High School
  • Ashley Peltier-Castilla – north High School
  • Hillary Reyes – Doherty Memorial High School
  • Herlin Rijo – Worcester Technical High School
  • Oscar Rosario – Claremont Academy

Leadership

  • Katya Campos Avalos – South High Community School
  • Dayanna Calderon – Doherty Memorial High School
  • Kenia Carvajal-Bautista – North High School
  • Bryan Grullon – Worcester Technical High School
  • Carlos Hasbun – University Park Campus
  • Steven Robles – Claremont Academy
  • Jamie Miguel Ruiz II – Burncoat High School

H.A.C.E. was created in 1985 by faculty and staff at QCC, along with business and community leaders in the Worcester community, to raise community awareness of Hispanic culture.

Phi Theta Kappa member, Dathiel Blake receiving the Olga López-Hill Community Leadership Scholarship from Olga López-Hill.
  • The Harrington Learning Center will soon include a new Welcome Center.
October, 2017
October, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s Harrington Learning Center is getting a bit of a makeover! Over the next few months the HLC will also become the college’s official Welcome Center.

The Welcome Center will serve as a gateway and first point of contact to QCC for all prospective students, current students, and community members.  From getting general information, to scheduling campus tours, the...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Harrington Learning Center is getting a bit of a makeover! Over the next few months the HLC will also become the college’s official Welcome Center.

The Welcome Center will serve as a gateway and first point of contact to QCC for all prospective students, current students, and community members.  From getting general information, to scheduling campus tours, the Welcome Center will offer “one-stop shopping” for all college resources.

“We want everyone to feel welcomed at QCC from the moment they step onto the campus,” said QCC President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja. “This is the perfect place to house our Welcome Center, since many of our services are already located in the HLC.”

The Welcome Center is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

  • Aliens were even see in the Administrative building during the festivities.
  • QCC at Southbridge is always part of the Halloween fun.
  • QCC students Ed Reitz and Veronica Valentin entered the Student Life Costume Contest.
  • The staff in Human Resources were all dressed up and ready for a fun event.
October, 2017
October, 2017

It was a day of frightfully good fun as QCC’s main campus held its annual Trick or Treat event on October 31. Sponsored by the Fuller Student Center, the college-wide event was for developed for QCC students and children of students to have safe place to celebrate the event.  QCC faculty and staff embraced the event, with many people dressing in costumes and decorating their offices.

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It was a day of frightfully good fun as QCC’s main campus held its annual Trick or Treat event on October 31. Sponsored by the Fuller Student Center, the college-wide event was for developed for QCC students and children of students to have safe place to celebrate the event.  QCC faculty and staff embraced the event, with many people dressing in costumes and decorating their offices.

One of the offices had a helper handing out candy.
  • Worcester Technical High School carpentry students and their teacher at the partially constructed new dugouts.
  • The dugouts are close to completion!
  • QCC's 2017 Women's Soccer team.
October, 2017
October, 2017

Another fall sports season is well underway at Quinsigamond Community College. The Women’s Soccer team wrapped up its second season, playing a hard fought game against Springfield Community College. While their season did not end in a win, the newly-formed team is continuing to progress and improve.

“The team stuck together and fought hard to the end,” said Women’s Soccer Coach,...

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Another fall sports season is well underway at Quinsigamond Community College. The Women’s Soccer team wrapped up its second season, playing a hard fought game against Springfield Community College. While their season did not end in a win, the newly-formed team is continuing to progress and improve.

“The team stuck together and fought hard to the end,” said Women’s Soccer Coach, Josh Cole.wyverns logo on qcc basketball court

On November 8, the athletic center will come alive with QCC’s Spirit Carnival, part of the college’s Spirit Week.  From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. the gymnasium will transform into a true carnival with airbrush beanies, a nacho bar, inflatable velcro wall and obstacle course, games and prizes.

The Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams are gearing up for another exciting season with the first home games of the season on November 9. Show support for the Wyverns by wearing QCC apparel or the school colors during Spirit Day and make sure to come in your school colors to the double-header against Holyoke Community College! Tip-off for the Women Wyverns is 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the Men’s tip-off.

On Thursday, November 16, the Wyverns home games against Bristol Community College will feature a special half-time performance (7:20 p.m.) by basketball sensation Ilze Luneau. Ms. Luneau has been featured on the Ellen Degeneres show, the Tonight Show, as well as numerous professional and college half-time shows.  She is the first person (male or female) to ever dribble 5 and 6 basketballs using just hands.  Make sure to stop by and cheer on your Wyvern team and stay for the amazing spins and thrills of Ms. Luneau. Check out a sampling of Ms. Luneau's show.

“Admission is always free so make sure to come down for the game and stay for the half-time show,” said Lisa Gurnick, Director of Athletics & Fitness Center.

Click here for the complete Men’s and Women’s basketball schedules.

Coming this Spring

Big things have been happening on QCC’s baseball field. The infield and outfield are getting a makeover and students from Worcester Technical High School carpentry students and teacher have been hard at work putting together new dugouts for the Wyvern baseball team. The dugouts are close to completion and should be ready for the start of the spring baseball season. Thanks to the Worcester Tech. students for an amazing job!

Basketball sensation Ilze Luneau on the Today Show in 2011.
  • The college’s Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education is housed in the Carberry Center.
October, 2017
October, 2017

The recent partnership between Quinsigamond Community College and National Grid to offer a Natural Gas Technician Certificate Program was a huge success, culminating with all five students successfully completing the course and getting hired by National Grid.

“It was a great group of students to get this program started,” said Ed Donovan, northeast manager of National Grid.

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The recent partnership between Quinsigamond Community College and National Grid to offer a Natural Gas Technician Certificate Program was a huge success, culminating with all five students successfully completing the course and getting hired by National Grid.

“It was a great group of students to get this program started,” said Ed Donovan, northeast manager of National Grid.

The program served as an introduction into the gas industry and gave students an opportunity to learn about safe work practices and procedures, the properties of natural gas, the principals of gas construction, in addition to maintenance and customer service.

The 12-week certificate program included 72 hours of classroom time and 18 hours of hands-on training, in state-of-the-art laboratories and outdoor gas training simulation areas. The program was designed for people interested in seeking career opportunities within the natural gas industry.

Students who were hired after the program have an opportunity for a lifetime career, according to Mr. Donovan.

“At the end of three years, as long as they do well, they will automatically receive a higher rate and if they continue to progress, they will ultimately be able to go anywhere they want within the company,” he said.

The demand for new employees continues to rise as the potential for customer growth continues to grow exponentially, according to Northeast Gas Association.

“This was a highly successful program and we are planning to offer this certificate program again in the very near future,” said Kathleen Manning, dean of Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education.

These types of partnerships with area companies are not unique to QCC. The college’s Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education offers a variety of high quality training programs that enable individuals to learn new skills, which can be applied immediately to a current job, or utilized for future professional development.

To learn more visit the Workforce Development Website.

  • QCC graduate Kelsey Flynn receiving her Women of Distinction award from former QCC President, Dr. Gail Carberry.
October, 2017
October, 2017

At QCC, helping students reach their goals and attain new avenues of success is an integral part of what makes the college special. One program that has become a staple at QCC is the Gateway to College program, which helps students who have dropped out of high school and may not graduate.

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At QCC, helping students reach their goals and attain new avenues of success is an integral part of what makes the college special. One program that has become a staple at QCC is the Gateway to College program, which helps students who have dropped out of high school and may not graduate.

Through QCC’s Gateway to College program, students can obtain their high school diplomas and earn college credit at the same time. Students complete an in-depth application process with Gateway to College, including essays, testing, and a personal interview. The three most critical pieces of the application process are the ability to read at the appropriate grade level, the genuine desire to finish high school, and a commitment to the change that will be necessary to be successful college students.

Kelsea Flynn is once such success story. Ms. Flynn had dropped out of high school prior to attending QCC’s program. She began the Gateway to College Program in January 2015, having met all the requirements for admission into the program. Through hard work and determination Ms. Flynn graduated from QCC in May 2016 with highest honors with an Associate Degree in General Studies. Ms. Flynn was one of 23 Gateway to College graduates that year, which was QCC’s second largest graduating class to date.

“Kelsea is extremely driven and aspires to be a human rights lawyer,” said Senior Gateway Outreach Counselor, Jenna Glazer. “She took an extremely rigorous course load at QCC to be able to graduate with her college degree in spring 2016. She took up to 6 classes per semester, as well as summer and intersession courses. She was also honored with a Women of Distinction Award in spring 2016.”

Ms. Flynn took the education and skills she learned at QCC and was able to transfer to Vanderbilt University in fall 2016. She has already had the opportunity to study abroad in China and is involved in numerous clubs and organizations at the university, coupled with her academics.

“I find that classes in college are stimulating and genuinely fun. After years of frustration as I struggled to complete high school - I'm sure a lot of Gateway students can relate - truly enjoying schoolwork is a new (and extremely welcome) feeling,” she said. “I love school and am proud to have transferred from QCC.”

Ms. Flynn stressed using the opportunities you are given and not to be afraid to take a chance.

“When I committed to Vanderbilt, I was terrified. Before Vandy, I only ever imagined myself attending school in the Northeast or living close to home. I never anticipated that I would ever live in the South or somewhere so far away from my family. But I also never expected that I would love it here so much,” she said.

  • QCC's President admires the artwork on display.
  • QCC's Jazz Band provided the ambiance at the art show reception.
  • The Employee Art Show drew a great crowd.
October, 2017
October, 2017

On October 26, employees showed off their artistic chops at the QCC Employee Artwork Reception, held at Ahlfors Hall. The Office of Distance Learning & Center for Academic Excellence put on the event, which included displayed artwork by QCC employees and entertainment from QCC’s own Jazz Ensemble.

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On October 26, employees showed off their artistic chops at the QCC Employee Artwork Reception, held at Ahlfors Hall. The Office of Distance Learning & Center for Academic Excellence put on the event, which included displayed artwork by QCC employees and entertainment from QCC’s own Jazz Ensemble.

  • QCC students enjoyed their first Pizza with the President event.
October, 2017
October, 2017

On October 16, President Dr. Luis Pedraja spent his lunch time meeting with students and listening to their comments and concerns at Student Life’s, Pizza with the President. Students met with Dr. Pedraja for some free pizza and conversation at the Fuller Student Center, engaging in informal discussions on issues of interest. One of the hot topics was the new food service in the cafeteria and...

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On October 16, President Dr. Luis Pedraja spent his lunch time meeting with students and listening to their comments and concerns at Student Life’s, Pizza with the President. Students met with Dr. Pedraja for some free pizza and conversation at the Fuller Student Center, engaging in informal discussions on issues of interest. One of the hot topics was the new food service in the cafeteria and the hours of operation.

The next Pizza with the President will be held on Monday, November 27 at the Fuller Student Center.

  • Dr. Pedraja speaks at a recent Strategic Planning session.
  • Strategic Planning sessions are well underway.
October, 2017
October, 2017

Taking a fresh look at all aspects of Quinsigamond Community College is what QCC’s Strategic Planning Team has been undertaking since the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. The Strategic Planning Core Team is being led by Co-Chairs Dr. Ingrid Skadberg, dean of Institutional Research and Planning and Kathy Rentsch, Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology.This...

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Taking a fresh look at all aspects of Quinsigamond Community College is what QCC’s Strategic Planning Team has been undertaking since the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. The Strategic Planning Core Team is being led by Co-Chairs Dr. Ingrid Skadberg, dean of Institutional Research and Planning and Kathy Rentsch, Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology.This strategic planning process is a collaborative endeavor that includes students, faculty and staff from every area of QCC.

Team members have been meeting regularly, going to workshops, and engaging QCC stakeholders in focus groups, in order to identify and address key trends that will shape the college in the next three years. Focus groups will discuss experiences at QCC; how to foster student success, as well as trends in Central Massachusetts and how QCC can best meet these opportunities and challenges.

Additionally, the Strategic Planning Core Team is conducting SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analyses and recommending goals and strategies to be included in a final plan.

For questions, please contact Dr. Ingrid Skadberg, Dean of Institutional Research and Planning isakberg [at] qcc.mass.edu .

  • Officer Dixon was seen speaking with many students in the cafeteria.
  • Chief Ritacco (far right) along with QCC officers and students enjoy coffee and friendly conversation.
October, 2017
October, 2017

On Wednesday, October, 4 QCC Campus Police held its second annual Coffee with a Cop. The event was designed to offer QCC students the opportunity to meet the QCC officers who protect and serve the QCC community and help break down barriers. The informal social hour gave students a chance to ask questions and voice any concerns to the officers, while partaking in a free cup of coffee.

On Wednesday, October, 4 QCC Campus Police held its second annual Coffee with a Cop. The event was designed to offer QCC students the opportunity to meet the QCC officers who protect and serve the QCC community and help break down barriers. The informal social hour gave students a chance to ask questions and voice any concerns to the officers, while partaking in a free cup of coffee.

  • Dr. Pedraja at the recent Legislative Breakfast.
October, 2017
October, 2017

QCC’s President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja has quickly becoming immersed in the Worcester landscape since taking the reins of QCC in July. On October 2, Dr. Pedraja was the moderator of the recent Worcester School Committee candidates’ debate held at Mechanics Hall. The seven candidates squared off to discuss the challenges facing the district.The candidates will face off in the November 7...

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QCC’s President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja has quickly becoming immersed in the Worcester landscape since taking the reins of QCC in July. On October 2, Dr. Pedraja was the moderator of the recent Worcester School Committee candidates’ debate held at Mechanics Hall. The seven candidates squared off to discuss the challenges facing the district.The candidates will face off in the November 7 general election. Read the Telegram & Gazette's complete coverage of the debate.

  • Lee Duerden, Coordinator of the QCC's Manufacturing Technology Program introduces the manufacturing panel to students.
  • A student tries his had at operating a robot.
  • Mike Ciprari, President of SJC Custom Drums.
October, 2017
October, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s manufacturing programs were the star of the campus on Friday, October 6, as the college partook in Manufacturing Day, a national public recognition day developed to inspire and motivate the next generation of manufacturers.

QCC hosted its own Manufacturing Day event at its main campus to showcase the college’s manufacturing programs, resources and future...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s manufacturing programs were the star of the campus on Friday, October 6, as the college partook in Manufacturing Day, a national public recognition day developed to inspire and motivate the next generation of manufacturers.

QCC hosted its own Manufacturing Day event at its main campus to showcase the college’s manufacturing programs, resources and future manufacturing career opportunities. Approximately 60 high school and college students from QCC; Spencer’s David Prouty High School; Southbridge High School, in addition to some students from Worcester’s North High School and Worcester Technical High School spent the morning learning about manufacturing through demonstrations and hands-on activities.

“Manufacturing is a broader field than you might have imagined,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja, during the opening presentation at Hebert Auditorium. “It’s not the past, it’s the future. All of you here are part of the future.”

Students were able to choose between a myriad of locations throughout the campus to view manufacturing demonstrations and experience firsthand some of the machines available for use at the college.  

At the Electrical Engineering Lab students viewed demonstrations from employees of Karl Storz Endovision (Charlton) and were able to see firsthand how the education received at QCC can be turned into real world applications. Students visited QCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Lab and watched as Computer numerical control mill and lathe programs, along with laser cutters and Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) that test for accuracy, were demonstrated. In addition, industry representatives from American Fabrication (Clinton); Hyde Tools (Southbridge) and Saint Gobain (Worcester) were stationed in the Advanced Manufacturing Lab, offering students unique insights into their industries and explaining to students how they can take what they learn at QCC and apply it into real world applications.

The Fab Lab also offered students an opportunity to witness 3D printers and laser cutters in action and students were able to try some of the high tech equipment.  Other areas students visited included the Advanced Technologies Lab, where students could view Fanuc robots in action; and the Harrington Learning Center that featured Nao and VEX robots, in addition to representatives from ACUITY Technologies (Auburn).

One of the highlights of the event was speaker President of SJC Custom Drums, Mike Ciprari, of Southbridge, who enthralled the students with the story of his life and business at the start of the event.

Mr. Ciprari began his business as a young teen making custom drums by hand with his brother. Today he told the students his business has taken off in ways he couldn’t have imagined. He works with world renowned artists such as Imagine Dragons, Green Day, Panic at the Disco and Slipknot to name a few, as he told the students to think outside of the box when it comes to manufacturing.

“I was able to turn my passion into a career. I was able to create a dream for myself. You can make a career out of manufacturing.  I never knew I was in a manufacturing company, I thought I was just doing something cool. There’s amazing technology at your disposal. Manufacturing is more than just running programs and operating a robot,” he said. “At SJC we now have CNC machines that create more jobs for more people. We need people to run the machines. I feel like there is a lot more growth in manufacturing.”

Students were also given the opportunity to listen to a panel of current QCC students and graduates who work in the manufacturing industry. Panelists included: Justin Hence, Hyde Tools Joe Abbascia, AKUITY Technologies John Carmody, American Fabrication and Emily Miller from Metso Automation in Shrewsbury.

“You never know what you learn now or try now will help you later. Don’t be afraid to experiment and don’t be afraid to fail,” added Ms. Miller.

Dr. Pedraja takes a moment to discuss the future of manufacturing.
October, 2017
October, 2017

QCC’s Executive Team recently set up an American Red Cross online fundraiser to support relief efforts for those affected by the recent disasters in the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

The executive team asked everyone in the QCC community to help those affected by these major disasters and the QCC community came through, raising over $4,000 in its “Quinsigamond Community...

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QCC’s Executive Team recently set up an American Red Cross online fundraiser to support relief efforts for those affected by the recent disasters in the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

The executive team asked everyone in the QCC community to help those affected by these major disasters and the QCC community came through, raising over $4,000 in its “Quinsigamond Community College Cares” Red Cross fundraiser.

“The Executive Team wants to thank everyone who so graciously donated,”  said Lucinda Costa,Assistant to the President.

The American Red Cross is an agency dedicated to preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. They respond to more than 65,000 disasters every year and 95% of the Red Cross disaster workers are volunteers. The Red Cross turns compassion into action so that all people affected by disasters across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope. The Red Cross works to ensure that our communities are ready and prepared for disasters and that everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products.

Red Cross fundraiser.
  • Summer-like weather was on tap at the PTK cookout.
  • QCC students got a chance to mingle with friends at the PTK cookout.
  • Music was a bit part of the festivities.
  • It was all hands on deck at the PTK cookout.
  • A few QCC students took a quick break between their classes to enjoy the day.
October, 2017
October, 2017

Food, festivities and fair weather were on tap at the annual Phi Theta Kappa Fall cook out. Students, faculty and staff were treated to great food and entertainment that featured QCC’s Jazz Ensemble, DJ James Gangemi JG Entertainment ,and Scott Olson on the keyboard.

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Food, festivities and fair weather were on tap at the annual Phi Theta Kappa Fall cook out. Students, faculty and staff were treated to great food and entertainment that featured QCC’s Jazz Ensemble, DJ James Gangemi JG Entertainment ,and Scott Olson on the keyboard.

An extensive raffle with 50 prizes was held during the cookout, with all proceeds of the day’s event going to benefit PTK’s Live & Learn Greenhouse.  The Live & Learn Greenhouse has become a staple to the QCC Community. Located in the back of the Administration Building, the greenhouse was designed to provide a resource for healthy, nutrient-rich food for the QCC community and help to address food insecurities on campus. It also provides an educational resource for QCC students, faculty, staff and children of the QCC Children’s School.

“The members of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Zeta Theta chapter, would like to thank all who came out and supported their annual Fall Charity Cookout; it was just a beautiful day,” said PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman.

October, 2017
October, 2017

QCC Professor Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who

Quinsigamond Community College Professor and Program Coordinator of Human Services, Dr. Doe West, has been named a lifetime achiever by American publisher, Marquis Who’s Who. The publisher has endorsed Dr. West as a leader in psychotherapy and disability studies.

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QCC Professor Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who

Quinsigamond Community College Professor and Program Coordinator of Human Services, Dr. Doe West, has been named a lifetime achiever by American publisher, Marquis Who’s Who. The publisher has endorsed Dr. West as a leader in psychotherapy and disability studies.

To learn more about Dr. West and her accomplishments, visit Marquis Who's Who .

QCC Professor Accepted into Community Leadership Institute

QCC Associate Professor of English, Jasmine Ortiz, has been accepted into the Community Leadership Institute‘s 2017-2018 program. Developed in 1989 by the North Central Chamber of Commerce, the institute was created to support a need for well-rounded leaders within the region. Participants are nominated by their employers for this nine-month program, and will learn about the area’s history, education, government, healthcare, social services, the justice system, media, arts and culture, and the environment, in addition to personal leadership development training.

The 2017-2018 class consists of 21 participants from all types of businesses and organizations in the North Central Chamber region.

Dr. Doe West
  • From left: Priscilla Witherspoon, Clerk III and the Assistant VP of Extended Campuses Operations, Victor Somma, Jr.
  • The Wyvern was trying to cool off recently in sunny Costa Mesa.
October, 2017
October, 2017

The Wyvern has been mighty busy lately crisscrossing the globe! It was spotted in some pretty crazy wheels in Southbridge earlier this month with fearless Priscilla Witherspoon,Clerk III, and the Assistant VP of Extended Campuses Operations,Victor Somma, Jr.

Its next stop was Costa Mesa,California where It spent time with Kristie Proctor, Director of Disability Services and Terri...

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The Wyvern has been mighty busy lately crisscrossing the globe! It was spotted in some pretty crazy wheels in Southbridge earlier this month with fearless Priscilla Witherspoon,Clerk III, and the Assistant VP of Extended Campuses Operations,Victor Somma, Jr.

Its next stop was Costa Mesa,California where It spent time with Kristie Proctor, Director of Disability Services and Terri Rodriguez, Associate Director of Disability Services, at the 24th Annual Students In Transition Conference. Where will It show up next? 

If you've seen the Wyvern, please let us know!  Send your photos and descriptions through the newsletter submission form.

October, 2017
October, 2017

Below is 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 October include: 

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Below is 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 October include: 

October, 2017
October, 2017

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

On October 30, 2017, Academic Affairs welcomes Tracy Foster as Clerk III – Adult Community Learning Center. Tracy brings to this position over 13 years of administrative experience. Most recently, she was a Testing Administrator and Proctor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Tracy earned an...

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

On October 30, 2017, Academic Affairs welcomes Tracy Foster as Clerk III – Adult Community Learning Center. Tracy brings to this position over 13 years of administrative experience. Most recently, she was a Testing Administrator and Proctor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Tracy earned an Associate in Science from Mount Wachusett Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Fitchburg State University.

On October 30, 2017, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections, welcomed John Monterroso as Clerk III – Financial Aid. John brings to this position one year as a student employee in the Financial Aid office. Most recently, he was a part-time Central Receiving Assistant at Quinsigamond Community College. John earned an Associate Degree from Quinsigamond Community College.

On October 16, 2017, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Buffie Whittaker as Recruitment Counselor.  Buffie brings over 24 years of experience to this position, working with high school students to help them prepare for higher education. Most recently, she was an Education Advisor for Gear UP at Worcester North High School. She also was a Program Director at the Latino Education Institute. Buffie earned an Associate Degree from Quinsigamond Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, and a Master of Urban Studies from Boston University.

On October 10, 2017, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Nichole Etcheverry as Grants Manager. Nichole brings to this position over 17 years of grant management. Most recently, she was a Grants Manager at a local non-profit. Nichole earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Northeastern University.

On October 10, 2017, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Rose D’Errico as Clerk III – Enrollment Management Division. Rose brings to this position over 15 years of office management and customer service experience. Most recently, she worked as an Office Manager and Customer Service Representative in the private sector. Rose earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New Mexico State University.  

On October 8, 2017, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Jacqueline Guittar as Director of Records and Registration.  Jacqueline brings to this position over 10 years of customer service experience and 8 years of experience in a registrar’s office. Most recently, she was the Coordinator of Records and Registration here at Quinsigamond Community College. Jacqueline earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Worcester State University and a Master of Business Administration from Fitchburg State University.

On October 2, 2017, Academic Affairs welcomed Amy Pietrewicz as Assistant Manager of the Adult Community Learning Center. Amy brings to this position over 25 years of teaching and academic experience. Most recently, she was an adjunct faculty member here at QCC. Also she has worked in the Oxford Public Schools in several administrative roles. Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts in English; Secondary Education from Fitchburg State University, a Master of Education from Arizona State University, a Project Management Certificate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from Worcester State University.   

Please join us in welcoming Tracy, John, Buffie, Nichole, Rose, Jacqueline and Amy into their new roles.

September, 2017

September, 2017
September, 2017

President Donald J. Trump’s September 4 statement saying he would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that began five years ago under the previous federal administration, elicited a prompt response from all 15 Massachusetts community colleges in support of DACA.

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President Donald J. Trump’s September 4 statement saying he would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that began five years ago under the previous federal administration, elicited a prompt response from all 15 Massachusetts community colleges in support of DACA.

Quinsigamond Community College’s new President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja, was featured on both WCVB Channel 5 and on Charter TV 3 echoing the words of his community college colleagues and stating QCC’s commitment to meet the education needs of every person who walks through the doors of the college, regardless of their immigration status.

Dr. Pedraja, an immigrant himself, noted, “I came seeking the American dream; they came seeking the American dream that we all cherish… life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

To hear more from Dr. Pedraja, please click on the attached links.

  • Dr. Pedraja delivers the keynote at August Assessment Academy.
September, 2017
September, 2017

QCC President Luis G. Pedraja delivered the Keynote Address at QCC's 9th annual August Assessment Academy to an enthusiastic audience of faculty and staff in the Center for Academic Excellence.

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QCC President Luis G. Pedraja delivered the Keynote Address at QCC's 9th annual August Assessment Academy to an enthusiastic audience of faculty and staff in the Center for Academic Excellence.

Each summer, the Academy brings together faculty and professional staff from all five schools and several departments inside and outside Academic Affairs. It’s one of several annual teaching, learning and development events offered through the Center for Academic Excellence. Each Academy's agenda is split between a morning session focused on best practices or new skills and ideas, and an afternoon session engaged in authentic assessment of student work.

Given Dr. Pedraja's rich and varied background in all phases and levels of assessment, including accreditation, the Academy's organizers were eager to invite him to speak about his experiences and vision for assessment at QCC. Dr. Pedraja shared a refreshingly down-to-earth and practical vision of how student learning outcomes assessment can elevate teaching and learning at QCC, as well as address some of the challenges QCC shares with other institutions of public higher education, such as student retention.

After Dr. Pedraja’s well-received address, he participated in a lively roundtable discussion of current assessment-related projects with faculty and staff from a range of programs and disciplines: Judy Colson (Psychology); Jean Kennedy (Human Services); Kirsten Patey (English, Writing Center); Kristie Proctor (Disability Services); Pat Schmohl (Health Care); Nancy Schoenfeld (Academic Affairs); and Tiger Swan (Library).

In this year’s afternoon session, Quinsigamond Outcomes Research for Excellence (QORE) launched a semester-long pilot project to assess oral presentations using its locally-developed Toolkits for Signature Work. For more information, please email QORE at MSC [at] qcc.mass.edu.

The August Assessment Academy was funded by Academic Affairs and organized by Quinsigamond Outcomes Research for Excellence: Amy Beaudry, Gaelan Lee Benway, Maureen Giacobbe and Tiger Swan.

Photo credit: Steve Erickson, QCC Media Services. 

  • QCC students have extensive field experience.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s Foodservice Management certificate program  has received full approval from the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).

As only the second community college in Massachusetts to have earned this distinction, graduates of the program who are interested in pursuing the Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM,...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Foodservice Management certificate program  has received full approval from the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).

As only the second community college in Massachusetts to have earned this distinction, graduates of the program who are interested in pursuing the Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP) credential, will now be able to take the CDM, CFPP exam and expand their career options. Certificate programs without ANFP approval do not give students the opportunity to take this exam.

“The ANFP approval comes at a great time for our students due to new national regulations. We are very excited about receiving this approval, which will increase our students’ scope of career options,” said Pat Hutchinson, coordinator of QCC’s Hospitality & Recreation Management Program.

“QCC’s one year certificate program provides an affordable pathway to equip students with a credential that is now nationally recognized for long-term care settings,” said Chrissy Carroll, nutrition consultant for QCC’s Hospitality & Recreation Management Program.

The ANFP approval ensures that great careers start at QCC. “The Dietary Management program at QCC will provide opportunities for both Worcester Public Schools nutrition staff and students to enroll in new educational pathways. These applicable field experiences will increase skills in culinary, nutrition, and management and increase dual enrollment opportunities for Worcester Public School students,” said Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools, Maureen Binienda.

The Worcester Public Schools Child Nutrition Program currently serves over 30,000 meals throughout 60 sites each day, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, fresh preparation, and program expansion requiring a dynamic workforce with a variety of food and systems related skills.

Hospitality student chops strawberries

QCC’s Dietary Management program teaches students to manage and evaluate functional systems in dietary foodservice operations; integrate human, financial and equipment resources into foodservice operations; demonstrate professional ethics and work effectiveness within a team; manage and evaluate interpersonal relationships, and plan and prepare a menu that is nutritionally sound. Students completing the pathways (education plus experience) will take the CDM credentialing exam through the ANFP.

National regulations made in 2016 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have changed the parameters for CDMs in long-term care facilities. A CDM, CFPP credential is now listed as the primary qualification for the Director of Food and Nutrition Services in long-term care (LTC) centers, in the absence of a full-time dietitian. This enables CDMs to hold positions that were formerly only held by dietitians. To date there are more than 15,000 long-term care facilities nationwide.

  • From left: Vice President for Student Engagement, Enrollment and Community Connections, Dr. Lillian Ortiz; Narda Bondah, and former QCC President,Dr. Gail Carberry.
  • 2017 Women of Distinction Award recipients.
  • Narda Bondah will be presenting her poster at the BMES Conference in Phoenix this fall.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Narda Bondah’s journey to Quinsigamond Community College reads a little like a made for television movie. Ms. Bondah and her younger brother came to Worcester from Ghana to live with their father, after the death of their mother who died in childbirth with her sister. Her little sister stayed behind with relatives.

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Narda Bondah’s journey to Quinsigamond Community College reads a little like a made for television movie. Ms. Bondah and her younger brother came to Worcester from Ghana to live with their father, after the death of their mother who died in childbirth with her sister. Her little sister stayed behind with relatives.

Imagine losing your mom, leaving your sister and then moving to a foreign country. For many, these circumstances would seem insurmountable, but for Ms. Bondah, they are just a part of the story that makes up her life.  

According to Ms. Bondah, the educational system in Ghana is extremely competitive. Placement tests are required to decide which high school a student is allowed to attend after middle school. In Ms. Bondah’s case, she was sent to a high level boarding school for girls a few hours from her home, after scoring well on her placement tests. Rising above the tragic loss of her mom, she completed her high school classes before coming to the U.S. Once in Worcester, she worked on becoming acclimated to the new culture and climate.

Ms. Bondah’s goal had always been to one day attend a good college and become a doctor, however, upon coming to Worcester she learned that she might need to attend a U.S. high school first before beginning college.

“I didn’t take the SATs,” she said. “I was actually done with high school and so a Worcester Public School guidance counselor suggested I get college credits by attending QCC,” she said.

Ms. Bondah was able to do just that and began a slow transition to college life, initially taking 10 credits at QCC.

“The Advising Center was great and they advised me to take only a few courses to start with so that I could get used to the style and rigor of college,” she said.

Ms. Bondah started out as a general studies major, working toward her career goal of becoming a doctor.  Associate Professor of Biology, Jessica Crowley, became not only her biology instructor, but also a trusted advisor.

“She was very interested in me and has been so helpful,” Ms. Bondah said. “I love all the professors here and I particularly find the female professors very inspiring.”

Narda Bondah

A few months after being on campus, Ms. Bondah saw a poster mentioning biomedical engineering. This was when QCC Professor Dadbeh Bigonahy, Coordinator of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering & Sciences stepped into her life.

“I met with him and he said to get into biomedical engineering. I loved the idea of the engineering program. It’s so very broad and I want to be a doctor so this was perfect,” she said.

Ms. Bondah excelled in her classes at QCC and has availed herself of campus resources. Of particular note were activities supported by the STEM Starter Academy that included a robotics tour to UMASS Lowell's NERVE center and a women in STEM program and tutoring sessions.

In the fall of 2016, through a collegiate relationship between QCC and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Dr. Kristen Billiar, the head of the Biomedical Department at WPI, came to QCC to speak with the biomedical students. He discussed the 10-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant (“REU”) available at WPI during the summer months.  

“I was debating if I was interested and Jessica, who was also at the meeting, thought it would be good exposure for me because I’m interested in medical,” Ms. Bondah said.

Ms. Bondah applied for the program and was accepted into Dr. Billiar’s lab. There she used the knowledge she acquired at QCC to work on a unique project – preventing regurgitation of blood in tissue engineered heart valves.

“People can have misconstrued thoughts about the academics at QCC, yet my educational knowledge and skills were just as good as the other girls from WPI. We all knew the same thing,” said Ms. Bondah. “I used everything I learned in Jessica’s class about cell biology. It made me feel like a pro.”

In addition to her research work at WPI, she was also able to mentor two middle school students, which she said was one of the best parts of the program.

“At QCC I’m also a role model for Ghana girls who are new to the college. They always come to me and I love to help them,” she said. “QCC is a wonderful place. I love the homey environment; especially the Harrington Learning Center and the tutoring center. It’s a place that makes me feel like I want to learn,” she said. “You work hard for your grades, but it’s rewarding when you study hard and do well.”

Ms. Bondah’s hard work has been paying off for her. She was a recent recipient of a 2017 Women of Distinction award; a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and a 2017 recipient of the QCC Alumni Scholarship.

In addition, this October Ms. Bondah will be presenting a poster of her work at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Conference in Phoenix, AZ., along with fellow QCC classmate (and recent graduate) Fatin Alkhaledi. Both women have student memberships in BMES through QCC. Ms. Bondah’s travel arrangements are being sponsored by a BMES Travel Award provided by the National Society of Black Engineers.

“I have come this far with the help of my family and most importantly my awesome dad, who singlehandedly toiled earnestly for my comfort,” she said.

Ms. Bondah is currently taking a full course load this fall and is expected to graduate in 2018 with the goal of transferring as a junior to either WPI or the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth or the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

  • QCC's Drone program is nominated for a Bellwether Award.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s Brothers and Keepers male mentoring program and Drone Certificate program have been nominated for two 2018 Bellwether Awards. The Bellwether Awards recognize outstanding, innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges.

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Brothers and Keepers male mentoring program and Drone Certificate program have been nominated for two 2018 Bellwether Awards. The Bellwether Awards recognize outstanding, innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges.

QCC’s Brothers & Keepers program is an innovative, male mentoring initiative designed to increase the retention and educational success of the male students at QCC. Participants in the Brothers & Keepers program work with peers, faculty, and staff to learn how to successfully navigate the college experience and to prepare for life, work, and education after QCC.

QCC was also nominated for its Drone Certificate program, becoming the first community college in Massachusetts to offer this type of program. QCC’s drone certificate program features a series of online and in-person courses designed to teach students everything they need to know about drones and help prepare them to take and pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Drone Pilot Exam. The program also offers students the option of an onsite, 8-hour “Phantom and Inspire” flight training course with a hands-on flight training session.

Finalists will be chosen in November and the winners will receive their awards at a Bellwether Award luncheon on January 30, 2018.

 

Brothers & Keepers is nominated for a Bellwether Award.
  • QCC was host to Fulbright Scholars from other countries.
  • Dr. Lucci speaks to the visiting Fulbright Scholars.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College now has the distinguished honor of being home to three Fulbright Scholars, with the recent award of a Fulbright to Dr. Flo Lucci, professor of Business Administration.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. Dr. Lucci...

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Quinsigamond Community College now has the distinguished honor of being home to three Fulbright Scholars, with the recent award of a Fulbright to Dr. Flo Lucci, professor of Business Administration.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. Dr. Lucci received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Russia in Human Resources/Organizational Development for the 2017-2018 academic year.  She  will head to Tyumen State University in Tyumen, Russia in early 2018 as part of a project to advance U.S. Organizational Development knowledge. Dr. Lucci will share information and expertise related to the community college education model.  

“Community colleges have evolved from local institutions to colleges that both benefit by a diverse student population, but also attempt to share global perspective through international education programming, short-term study abroad and collaborative partnerships with institutions abroad,” said Dr. Lucci. “International education is an explosively growing industry. With community colleges educating over half of U.S. college students, it is imperative that we embrace this sector and provide these opportunities for our students. The Fulbright Scholar Program has in recent years sought out faculty from community colleges, as there is great fascination across the globe in our education model. Fulbright programming can expand a faculty member’s view and access to collaborative teaching relationships as well as research connections.”

In 2010, Kathy Rentsch, dean of Business, Engineering and Technology, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for the 2010-2011 academic year to participate in a community college administrator seminar in the Russian Federation. Ms. Rentsch participated in a two-day conference, “Higher Education for Tomorrow’s Professionals,” in Moscow, before traveling to Sochi, Russia to meet with counterparts from the Russian State University for Tourism.

“Sochi had just been selected as the site for the 2014 Winter Olympics when I arrived in Russia. As a result, I coordinated a Skype conference call with Professor Pat Hutchinson, in Hospitality & Recreation Management (HRM) so that hospitality management students in Sochi could discuss their ideas and plans for the upcoming event,” Ms. Rentech said. “The following year a delegation of administrators and faculty from Sochi visited QCC as part of an ongoing exchange between the two institutions. QCC HRM students planned a week-long series of events to mark their visit. The Fulbright seminar helped QCC to internationalize program efforts in HRM.”

In 2014, Dr. Trent Masiki, professor of English, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant and was able to lecture at the Universidad Autonoma de Chiriqui in David, Panama during the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. Masiki taught Introduction to Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction with a course focus on U.S, Afro-American and Afro-Latino/ writers.

“At QCC the aptitude and knowledge of our faculty, coupled with their passion for the success of all our students is truly remarkable,” said QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja. “Students at QCC learn from caring and committed educators who offer worldwide global awareness.”

QCC has also been host to Fulbright scholars from other countries. In the last four years scholars from China, Iraq and a group of 42 scholars from 26 different countries have visited QCC.

Established in 1946 by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program was designed to build lasting connection between the people of the United States and other countries. Fulbright alumni include 57 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

  • QCC students spend some quality time with a new furry friend.
  • Director of Disability Services, Kristie Proctor (L) and Associate Director of Disability Services,Terry Rodriguez (R) help with the alpacas.
  • Dr. Pedraja meets Black Magic.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Earlier this month Quinsigamond Community College was host to two alpacas, "Black Magic,” a black alpaca and “Artic Blue,” a white and tan alpaca, thanks to QCC’s Disability Services and Angel Hair Alpacas of North Grafton. The feel-good event, held outside Fuller Student Center, was part of Welcome Week at QCC. This event gave new and returning QCC students an opportunity to meet other...

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Earlier this month Quinsigamond Community College was host to two alpacas, "Black Magic,” a black alpaca and “Artic Blue,” a white and tan alpaca, thanks to QCC’s Disability Services and Angel Hair Alpacas of North Grafton. The feel-good event, held outside Fuller Student Center, was part of Welcome Week at QCC. This event gave new and returning QCC students an opportunity to meet other students, faculty and staff while mingling with the alpacas. The friendly, gentle creatures, owned by Jay Cohen and Maureen Agley, have visited campus before and are a great ice-breaker for students.  

Mr. Cohen said that while students enjoyed petting and visiting with the alpacas, they were also able to learn more about the animals themselves; the business model of the farm; how to raise an animal, and what farm to product means.

“We try to have them come once or twice a semester,” said Kristie Proctor, Director of Disability Services.

QCC’s Office of Disability Services hosts different events throughout the year for students such as bringing registered therapy dogs, cats, and a miniature horse to campus during exam time, often a peak stress time for students.

 

  • The Children's School Annual Art Exhibit.
  • Outdoor play is a part of QCC's Children's School.
  • QCC's Dean of Enrollment Michelle Tufau Afriyie with her lovely daughter.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Openings for 2017-2018 currently available

For 45 years Quinsigamond Community College’s Children’s School and Early Childhood Education Department have been part of the fabric that makes QCC unique to Worcester and the surrounding communities. Also known as the “Child Study Center,” located on the main campus, the school provides young children between the ages of 2.9...

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Openings for 2017-2018 currently available

For 45 years Quinsigamond Community College’s Children’s School and Early Childhood Education Department have been part of the fabric that makes QCC unique to Worcester and the surrounding communities. Also known as the “Child Study Center,” located on the main campus, the school provides young children between the ages of 2.9 years to 5 years old a full-day program that fosters appreciation of self, others and the world around them. The program is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Children’s School is the laboratory/training center for the Early Childhood Education (ECE)program.  ECE faculty offices are also located within this center.

The Children’s School is available to children of QCC students, faculty, staff and the community, with QCC students given first priority. The school, which is licensed for 40 children, currently has several openings for the current school year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and financial assistance options are available, such as a state voucher or a QCC scholarship to help offset the cost of childcare if a family meets certain qualifications.

The school also serves as a training site for students in the QCC ECE program, offering weekly hands-on practical experience. According to Charlene Mara, Coordinator for the ECE Department, the college students are practicing what they are learning from their college coursework in the children’s classrooms. It is a match that has worked well for children, families and college students.

“This program is truly a team effort between the faculty of the ECE department and the Children’s School. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the ECE program,” said, Director of the Children’s School, Nancy Knight. “I’ve been here for 12 years; was a graduate of the Early Childhood program and completed my seminars and practicum experience here. I’m also an adjunct professor. It really has come full circle for me.”

The Children’s School offers two classrooms of between 18-20 children in each group, comprised of mixed ages. These groups are staffed by Department of Early Education and Care certified lead teachers. Two to three student teachers, who are under the direct supervision of the ECE faculty, implement their classroom learning in the lab school on a daily basis.

“The emphasis is on social and cognitive skills that the children need most. We’re very consistent on how we teach. The curriculum here changes every day according to the interests and developmental needs of each child. The children learn while having fun,” said Nancy Knight, Director of the Children’s School.

While there is never a “typical day,” both indoor and outdoor play, as well as group time, snack time, open-ended learning activities and rest time occur daily. There are also occasional walking field trips. Each day a detailed curriculum is posted. Teachers and children generate ideas for the curriculum.  Daily areas of interest available to the children include: art, sand/water, science, manipulatives, language arts, blocks, workbench, writing area, dramatic play, and the outdoor learning environment.   

To apply to the Children’s School, please download an application and return it by mail or in-person. Applications are placed on a list according to the date they are received at the school, and are processed from this list as vacancies occur.

For additional information, please contact Jane Lohnes at jlohnes [at] qcc.mass.edu, Nancy Knight at knight [at] qcc.mass.edu, or call 508.854.4220.

  • QCC's Peace Pole and weeping cherry tree.
  • QCC students enjoy a conversation by the Peace Pole.
September, 2017
September, 2017

September 11 marked the 16 year anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center.  While many current QCC students may have little or no memory of the events of that crisp Autumn day, it changed our world forever. On this anniversary, the QCC community once again paused to remember and also thank our veterans, first responders and public safety officers who protect and serve us every day.

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September 11 marked the 16 year anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center.  While many current QCC students may have little or no memory of the events of that crisp Autumn day, it changed our world forever. On this anniversary, the QCC community once again paused to remember and also thank our veterans, first responders and public safety officers who protect and serve us every day.

During a heartfelt memorial service on the first anniversary of 9/11, a Peace Pole was erected on campus between the Fuller Student Center and Surprenant Hall in the hope that peace would prevail. Alongside the Peace Pole a weeping cherry tree was also planted with the desire that we, as a community, would always remember the day this nation wept. Today the Peace Pole and cherry tree stand as continual reminders of peace for our college, community, country and the world.

In keeping with the premise of peace, the college also observed the International Day of Peace on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, the International Day of Peace is day dedicated to, “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” In honor of this day, QCC students, faculty and staff gathered together for peace in the Grotto, to observe and learn mindfulness and to show respect, safety and dignity for all.