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September, 2017

September, 2017
September, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College's Career Services and Student Life are organizing a Professional Dress Clothing Drive for Students on Monday, October 2 - Friday, October 20. Professional clothing donations will be accepted at the Student Employment and Transfer Center in Room 272A. 

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Quinsigamond Community College's Career Services and Student Life are organizing a Professional Dress Clothing Drive for Students on Monday, October 2 - Friday, October 20. Professional clothing donations will be accepted at the Student Employment and Transfer Center in Room 272A. 

Fall is the perfect time to clean out your closet and make a difference in a student's life. Stop by today!

Beginning on Monday, October 23, students will have the opportunity to select a professional outfit to wear while attending the upcoming Job Fair to be held Wednesday, November, 1. 

 

 

 

August, 2017

August, 2017
August, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s new President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja, has been in the news quite a lot lately. The college’s sixth president was recently showcased on Beacon Hill Chat, a local talk show hosted by State Senator Harriette Chandler on WCCA TV.

Senator Chandler discussed Dr. Pedraja’s educational background and his personal passion for equal access...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s new President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja, has been in the news quite a lot lately. The college’s sixth president was recently showcased on Beacon Hill Chat, a local talk show hosted by State Senator Harriette Chandler on WCCA TV.

Senator Chandler discussed Dr. Pedraja’s educational background and his personal passion for equal access to higher education. Dr. Pedraja discussed his own unique story as an immigrant and first generation college student, his thoughts on the changing climate of higher education, and his vision to have QCC become the best college in the Commonwealth.

  •  A large crowd gather for the "Eclipse Party."
  • QCC Telescopes offered safe viewing of the solar event.
  • QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja got a great view of the partial solar eclipse.
  • Andria Schwortz, QCC Professor of Integrated Sciences, shares her knowledge of the solar eclipse.
  • Assorted telescopes with solar filters were available for eclipse viewers.
  • Attendees enjoyed safely taking photos with their cell phones.
  • QCC offered a variety of ways for attendees to view the partial solar eclipse.
August, 2017
August, 2017

On Monday, August 21, well over 100 people turned out on Quinsigamond Community College’s Fuller Center Lawn for the viewing of a rare, partial solar eclipse. While the path of totality (when the moon lines up perfectly and blocks the sun) was from Oregon to South Carolina, Massachusetts experienced a partial eclipse, with approximately 60 percent of the sun covered. The state last had a partial solar eclipse on...

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On Monday, August 21, well over 100 people turned out on Quinsigamond Community College’s Fuller Center Lawn for the viewing of a rare, partial solar eclipse. While the path of totality (when the moon lines up perfectly and blocks the sun) was from Oregon to South Carolina, Massachusetts experienced a partial eclipse, with approximately 60 percent of the sun covered. The state last had a partial solar eclipse on Dec 25, 2000. The last total eclipse the United States experienced happened on Feb 26, 1979 and Massachusetts last had a total solar eclipse on March 7, 1970.

While solar eclipses are less common than lunar eclipses, this solar eclipse was particularly special… it was the first transcontinental eclipse since 1918.

According to Lisa Antonelli, QCC Professor of Biology and a volunteer at the event, “This is a rarity,” she said before the eclipse. “We have wonderful equipment here to view a relatively uncommon astronomical event on campus. I’m excited myself.”

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QCC Professor of Integrated Sciences, Andria Schwortz (an astronomer turned college professor) was on hand to answer questions, share her knowledge and help people view the solar eclipse safely.

“This was a partial eclipse from here in the Northeast, so at no point in time was it safe to look directly at the sun, nor through an unfiltered telescope or binoculars,” Ms. Schwortz said.

Attendees to the event were given the opportunity to view the eclipse through eclipse glasses, telescopes with solar filters and a sunspotter solar projection device. Many in attendance waited in line to view the phenomenon through the provided telescopes.  Over a dozen QCC staff and student volunteers assisted Ms. Schwortz in answering questions, passing out solar eclipse glasses and making sure everyone had a good time.

QCC psychology student and amateur space enthusiast, Noelle Hemdal volunteered to help out at the event, acting as a docent; answering questions and assisting attendees in viewing the solar eclipse safely.

“I try to keep myself involved and improve the school community,” Ms. Hemdal said. “I really enjoy the community here. You always have someone around who shares similar interests. There’s a lot of comradery. It’s easy to talk to people, make connections and expand your school experience.”

QCC engineering student and PTK member Toby Ajayi was also one of the volunteers who spent the day helping out.

“This was a rare occurrence to see and it was exciting for me to see,” Mr. Ajayi said. “I love learning academically and socially. QCC is more like a family. It’s a lot more than a two year college.”

“I’m really happy QCC hosted this event,” Ms. Schwortz said, adding the next solar eclipse will be in 2024.

 

August, 2017
August, 2017

Great careers really do start at QCC! Taking cues from the nursing faculty at Quinsigamond Community College, Dudley resident and QCC graduate Lisa DeWitt took all she learned about being a nurse at QCC and ran with it.  

Ms. DeWitt was recently named Site Director of Fallon Health’s Summit ElderCare location in Charlton.

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Great careers really do start at QCC! Taking cues from the nursing faculty at Quinsigamond Community College, Dudley resident and QCC graduate Lisa DeWitt took all she learned about being a nurse at QCC and ran with it.  

Ms. DeWitt was recently named Site Director of Fallon Health’s Summit ElderCare location in Charlton.

Ms. DeWitt, who was an LPN before pursuing an RN associate degree at QCC, said the college provided her with a fast track from LPN to RN, allowing her to apply credits from her previous nursing education. She credits QCC for giving her the support she needed in order to advance her nursing career.

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“The education I received at QCC provided a solid foundation for nursing, which enabled me to graduate and be hired as a nursing supervisor when I became an RN,” Ms. DeWitt said. “As a nursing student (at QCC), I really got to know the staff and students. The staff was so invested in the student nurses’ success in the program, providing additional support outside of clinical or the classroom. You could tell they enjoyed teaching and being a nurse — a great example for the future nurses to come. It made you want to work harder and strive for your goal of being a nurse.”

In her role as Site Director, Ms. DeWitt will oversee the daily operations of Fallon’s Summit ElderCare program—a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)— while interacting with participants and caregivers.  Ms. DeWitt will lead an interdisciplinary team that includes a range of professionals who specialize in geriatric care, including primary care physicians, nurses, nutritionists, transportation coordinators, home care coordinators, social workers, and rehabilitation therapists, ensuring that each participant’s personalized care plan allows him or her to live as independently as possible. Prior to her role as Site Director, Ms. DeWitt served as Clinical Nurse Manager and Homecare Nurse Manager at Summit ElderCare.   

DeWitt received an associate degree in nursing from QCC, a bachelor of science degree from Worcester State College and a certificate in legal nurse consulting from Bay Path Community College.   

“I picked a very tough program at QCC, and I can say with confidence I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my education at QCC. I am thankful for my education and proud I am a graduate of QCC.”

 

  • PTK Awards at Mechanics Hall.
  • 2016 QCC Women's Soccer Team.
  • Women of Distinction Award Winners (2016)
August, 2017
August, 2017

Imagine being driven out of your country and leaving your family and everything you’ve known behind. That’s exactly how recent Quinsigamond Community College dual major (Engineering and Biomedical Engineering) graduate Fatin Alkhaledi found herself four years ago as a refugee from Iraq, trying to learn English and make a new life for herself and her family in Worcester....

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Imagine being driven out of your country and leaving your family and everything you’ve known behind. That’s exactly how recent Quinsigamond Community College dual major (Engineering and Biomedical Engineering) graduate Fatin Alkhaledi found herself four years ago as a refugee from Iraq, trying to learn English and make a new life for herself and her family in Worcester.

Ms. Alkhaledi, her husband and three children came to the United States in 2013 after running from Iraq to Syria in order to escape the kidnappings and killings of educated people in her homeland. The United Nations assisted the family in finding asylum in the United States, giving them a travel loan to get to the U.S. Since the family knew no one in the States, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) made the decision to place the family in Worcester.

“All my family, my parents and four brothers and four sisters are back in Iraq,” Ms. Alkhaledi said.

Told the requirements to stay in the U.S. were to attend school and search for a job, Ms. Alkhaledi realized she first needed to secure a firm grasp of the English language and began taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at QCC.

Ms. Alkhaledi worked hard to master the English language with the assistance of her instructors. QCC Math Professor Hojatollah Majidi recognized her strong aptitude for math and suggested she meet with Professor Dadbeh Bigonahy, Coordinator of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering & Sciences.

“I met with him and he asked me a lot of questions and encouraged me to attend QCC in the Biomedical Engineering program,” she said.

However, Ms. Alkhaledi was concerned about taking her placement tests and completing the ESL sequence. Kathleen Lewando, QCC Professor of ESL, encouraged her to take the placement test after finishing the ESL class.

Ms. Alkhaledi agreed with that advice; taking the placement tests after the ELS class concluded and scoring high in all areas. She decided to major in biomedical engineering after Professor Bigonahy showed her a biomedical engineering brochure that sparked her interest.

“I already had an Engineering degree in Iraq and had worked there for seven years designing and maintaining electronics and communication circuits, but was not really ever comfortable as a woman working in that field,” she added.

Ms. Alkhaledi began her studies at QCC in Spring 2014 and quickly became an active member of the community. Along with her course load and family, Ms. Alkhaledi held down a work study job at the Athletic Center; volunteered as a translator in the admissions office; became an active member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; a member of the new Women in STEM student organization; acted as an ambassador for other refugees, and was even a player on QCC’s first women’s soccer team.

“I wanted to play soccer but was worried about my dress. My coach Josh Cole supported me and allowed me to dress the way I felt comfortable,” she said.

Ms. Alkhaledi said the support and encouragement she received from many QCC faculty and staff has made a huge impact on her.

“I want to first thank my advisor, Professor Bigonahy, who is showing me the way towards success; Assistant Professor Kristen Daigneault (QCC English Department), who taught me how to write a good essay, and everyone at PTK (Phi Theta Kappa honor society), especially Bonnie Coleman who supported me,” said Ms. Alkhaledi. “Dean Liz Woods (formerly Dean of Students now Dean of Compliance) helped me many times, as well as Susan Meola (S.H.E. Mentoring Program), my mentor Terri Rodriquez in the Disabilities Services, and all the staff in the athletic center.”

She was also quick to add that the first person who has supported her and continues to support her is her husband.

Since the very beginning of her career at QCC, Ms. Alkhaledi has remained focused on her educational objectives.

Last May, Ms. Alkhaledi graduated from QCC, earning top honors. As a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society student she received a gold stole in commemoration of her academic and community service commitments. In addition, she was one of 15 who received the Engineering Student Distinction Award, which is presented to high achieving students in their respective engineering academic major. She also received a Woman of Distinction Award (2016), an award that is presented annually to women students who distinguished themselves by overcoming great odds and/or who made a difference in their community. Students are nominated by faculty members.

Ms. Alkhaledi has been accepted into Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) this fall as a junior biomedical engineering student. Due to her high GPA at QCC, she received a $32,000 scholarship from WPI.

As a recipient of a Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant (“REU”) at WPI this summer, she has already made her presence felt as an integral part of a small 10-person team that has been growing heart tissue on a spinach leaf. This quite possibly could change medical history in the foreseeable future by one day using working heart muscle tissue grown on spinach leaves to help repair damaged organs.

Glenn Gaudette, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering who leads the research team at WPI, assigned her one of the more difficult projects; improving the supporting system for cell growth perfusion. She is playing a vital role in the internationally acclaimed project. Her work has been met with rave reviews. This October she and Narda Bondah, a fellow QCC student who was also a WPI REU grant recipient this summer, will be presenting their work at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Both have student memberships in BMES through QCC.

“I have a goal and want to be as good as I can be. I am an engineer and I am focused on the skills I need to improve,” Ms. Alkhaledi said, adding, “We can do anything here at QCC if we have a goal.” 

  • From left: Chris Perron, Navy Seabee; Desiree Vinson, Army; and Eric Wells, Navy and Army.
  • QCC veterans and family members.
  • Fenway Park
August, 2017
August, 2017

Thanks to Boston’s Home Base Organization, several Quinsigamond Community College veterans were recently invited to attend a Red Sox's game at Fenway Park. Veterans who attended with their family members included Eric Wells, Navy and Army; Desiree Vinson, Army; and Chris Perron, Navy Seabee.

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Thanks to Boston’s Home Base Organization, several Quinsigamond Community College veterans were recently invited to attend a Red Sox's game at Fenway Park. Veterans who attended with their family members included Eric Wells, Navy and Army; Desiree Vinson, Army; and Chris Perron, Navy Seabee.

“Home Base, a private non-profit organization out of Boston, works with our veterans and their family members. They graciously offered box seats with full amenities to three QCC veteran students,” said Paula Ogden, QCC Director of Veteran Affairs

At QCC, veterans are afford a myriad of support services through the college’s Veterans Affairs office (located in room 258A of the Administration Building). Its mission is to provide support to student veterans and members of the Armed Forces to adjust to and be successful in civilian and college life. The office is committed to promoting college spirit, as well as establishing and maintaining fellowship amongst veterans and students on campus.

The Home Base Organization was founded in 2009 and is a partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. The organization was developed to help heal the invisible wounds for post 9/11 veterans, services members and their families. Services include clinical care, wellness education and research. Home Base serves all veterans regardless of their length of service or discharge status, and all branches of service including the National Guard and Reserve. The focus of the organization’s outreach is on those veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, however no veteran is turned away.

Visit QCC Veteran Affairs support services to learn more.

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  • Sergeant Daniel "Dan" Litchfield
August, 2017
August, 2017

In early June, Quinsigamond Community College Sergeant Daniel “Dan” Litchfield received the First Responder Recognition Award from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC). Close to 100 police officers from across the Commonwealth received the award during a ceremony held at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. These officers were recognized for the...

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In early June, Quinsigamond Community College Sergeant Daniel “Dan” Litchfield received the First Responder Recognition Award from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC). Close to 100 police officers from across the Commonwealth received the award during a ceremony held at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. These officers were recognized for the actions they performed saving a life or preventing a death within the last year. Sgt. Litchfield, an 11-year veteran of the QCC campus police, was nominated by fellow officer Catherine Dixon after an incident that happened last summer.

According to Sgt. Litchfield, he was working his 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. shift when he decided to stop by the gas station next to the college.

“I pulled into a spot and to my right there was a young woman in a car who appeared to be convulsing,” he said.

Initially thinking the young woman may have been overdosing, he walked over to her car and opened the door.

“She couldn’t speak and her eyes were rolling back, but it did not seem like a typical overdose,” Sgt. Litchfield continued.

Sgt. Litchfield noticed a bottle of soda in the car with the cap off. The young woman appeared to be trying to reach for it unsuccessfully. Finally she was able tell Sgt. Litchfield that she was a diabetic and that she had low blood sugar. Quickly the officer gave her small sips of the soda and called for back-up. A finger prick test showed her sugar was extremely low, even after she had drunk about half the bottle of soda.

Officer Todd LaBranche responded to the call and the two officers were able to help the young woman take two glucose tablets, which help to raise her blood sugar quickly.

“After she took them she was completely back, within about 30 seconds. It was like nothing happened,” Sgt Litchfield said.

The woman told the officers she felt her blood sugar was low but it happened so fast she couldn’t move or control herself. She acknowledged this had happened before, however, once an ambulance arrived she felt well enough and refused treatment.

Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) is a condition that happens when a person’s blood sugar gets abnormally low. It is also referred to as an insulin reaction or insulin shock. According to the American Diabetes Association, signs and symptoms can happen quickly. Severe hypoglycemia left untreated may even cause coma or even death. The best way to know whether hypoglycemia is occurring is to check a person’s blood sugar.

Signs and symptoms hypoglycemia of include:

  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Sweating, chills and clamminess
  • Irritability or impatience
  • Confusion, including delirium
  • Rapid/fast heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Hunger and nausea
  • Blurred/impaired vision
  • Tingling or numbness in the lips or tongue
  • Headaches
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Anger, stubbornness, or sadness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Nightmares or crying out during sleep

“All of our police officers training includes CPR and First Responder Certifications,” said QCC Police Chief, Kevin Ritacco, adding, “Sgt. Litchfield is a very conscientious officer.”

“In the 11 years I’ve worked here I’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s not something they teach you in the academy,” Sgt Litchfield said. “I was in the right place at the right time.”

  • Harrington Learning Center is ready for fall students.
August, 2017
August, 2017

It’s just about “GO TIME” at Quinsigamond Community College and we couldn’t be more excited! The fall 2017 season is just about upon us, with classes beginning on September 6.

This fall there are many new and exciting changes in store for the students, starting with QCC’s new President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.

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It’s just about “GO TIME” at Quinsigamond Community College and we couldn’t be more excited! The fall 2017 season is just about upon us, with classes beginning on September 6.

This fall there are many new and exciting changes in store for the students, starting with QCC’s new President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.

New full-time QCC faculty are also onboard, having gone through an extensive faculty orientation. This is the first time the college has run a multi-day, new full-time faculty orientation. New faculty members were given a tour of the college including orientations at Disability Services, tutoring centers and the Alden Library. This enabled them to become familiar with all the resources that QCC has to offer faculty, staff, and students. New faculty were also given the opportunity to connect with seasoned faculty and staff who will be of assistance to them as they transition into their new roles.  

On the student front, the Office of Student Life will be rolling out a new leadership program starting this fall. The QCC Leadership Academy will provide students with an interactive and comprehensive program that facilitates leadership, awareness, and action on the individual, local, and global level.

The QCC Leadership Academy seeks to develop student leaders through programming that integrates the framework of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. The Social Change Model of Leadership Development is designed to enhance the development of leadership qualities in all participants. It promotes an inclusive process that actively engages all who contribute—whether you hold formal leadership positions or not. The model explicitly promotes the values of equity, social justice, self-knowledge, personal empowerment, collaboration, citizenship, and service.

QCC’s leadership program will be a full year (fall and spring semester) and will include several workshops. The first half of the program (fall semester) will be called, Emerging Leaders. These workshops will help students learn about themselves. The second half of the program (spring semester) will be called, Engaged Leaders, and workshops will focus on group processes, community values, and getting involved. The program will culminate with a service learning project. Students must attend at least seven of the workshops, in addition to all of the mandatory workshops in order to complete the program. For more information, please email Director of Student Life and Leadership Michael Beane at mbeane [at] qcc.mass.edu.

It’s never been a better time to start taking classes at QCC! If you haven’t already registered this semester there’s still time. Visit the Registration page to learn more.

 

  • PTK Live & Learn Greenhouse
  • PTK Live & Learn Greenhouse
  • PTK Live & Learn Greenhouse rendering
August, 2017
August, 2017

It may take a village to raise a child, but at the Live & Learn Greenhouse it has taken a group of dedicated QCC students and Phi Theta Kappa members– both current and former, QCC staff and faculty, as well as the Worcester community to make it a reality.

Earlier this month excited PTK students began moving containers of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, kale, basil, parsley and...

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It may take a village to raise a child, but at the Live & Learn Greenhouse it has taken a group of dedicated QCC students and Phi Theta Kappa members– both current and former, QCC staff and faculty, as well as the Worcester community to make it a reality.

Earlier this month excited PTK students began moving containers of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, kale, basil, parsley and lavender to the greenhouse. Later this fall the plants will move inside of the four-season greenhouse to offer year round food to the QCC community.

According to PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman, the concept of the Live & Learn Greenhouse began five years ago as idea of then QCC student and PTK member Mary Bailey who recognized that many students on campus had food insecurities. The Live & Learn Greenhouse was born from her vision in order to provide access to free healthy food for those in the QCC community, in addition to offering an interactive experience for students, faculty, staff and children.

“Sadly, Mary passed away in January of 2017 and never saw all of this come to fruition,” Ms. Coleman said. “However, she was truly a leader and without her insight this never would have happened.”

Today, the greenhouse project is being led by a group of students just as steadfast in their dedication to bring the greenhouse to life as Ms. Bailey was.

PTK member and Student Advisor Samuel “Sam” Nessenthaler has been involved in the project since he was a QCC student and is now continuing on in an advisory role while also attending Wentworth Institute of Technology this fall.

PTK member and QCC student Joshua Averett took it over from Mary and then Sam came in and took it to the next level when Josh went on to Amherst College,” Ms. Coleman said, noting the students hit many obstacles in working to make the greenhouse a reality.  “However, ‘NO’ was not an option for these students,” she added.

Former QCC student and PTK member John Wheeler (now a student at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell) worked with Mr. Avery to develop CAD drawings of the greenhouse. From there, Mr. Nessenthaler helped take those drawings to reality.

“We are working to figure out how to use the greenhouse to our benefit and go places that were not even imagined,” Mr. Nessenthaler said. “This is not just a box with plastic on it.”

A breakout automation team is designing a system that will be housed on a server to enable anyone to view the greenhouse at any time. Day-to-day plant maintenance will all be automated as well. A group working with QCC’s early childhood program and the Children’s School are working on a plant-a-seed program.

The student-led groups have been making sure no aspect of the project gets forgotten. PTK member and QCC student Dathiel Blake oversees breakout teams that include:

  • Botany –  Team lead Sangyun “Brandon” Won, Christine Sherman and Ivan Mischenko
  • Hydroponics/ Irrigation – Team lead Dathiel Blake
  • Automation – Team lead Brendan Russell, James Nguyen and Thomas Rokicki
  • Grant Writing – Team lead Kyle Mondino
  • Data Collection Specialist – Thomas Rokicki
  • Pre-K – Team lead Kayla Patterson/ Kim May, and  Leah Boutelle

Ms. Coleman and the students are quick to add that without the unwavering support of Director of Facilities Operations Jim Racki and his team, this project would not have been possible.

Michael ‘Mike’ Perro who did the electrical, James ‘Jimmy’ Dussault who did the HVAC, and Marc Ventura who did the plumbing, have spent countless hours to get this up and running,” Ms. Coleman said.

In addition, former PTK President and QCC student Dave Runyan, now QCC’s Microsoft Systems Administrator, has been working with Betty Lauer, Coordinator of the Computer Systems Engineering Technology Program and her team to get the server for the greenhouse up and running.

Local community members have also had a hand in making the greenhouse come to life. Former QCC student and PTK member Ethan O’Connell grew succulents and donated them to the greenhouse; the West Boylston Recycling center has given numerous donations; Carl Danielson of Danielson Flowers has helped with donations and horticultural knowledge, and Colonial Glass and Mirror did all the glass work.

While there is currently no way to calculate exactly how many people the greenhouse will be able to feed, the hope is to feed at least 10 families initially and continue to grow (no pun intended) that number.

“We’ll be working with open source technology and working with algorithms to capture data and we will use that information to create models that will give us accurate data on how many we can feed, with the ability to scale it smaller or bigger,” Mr. Nessenthaler said.

PTK is still looking for members to join any of its greenhouse breakout teams. Currently they are in particular need of a team lead for the public relations group.  Donations are also still being accepted.

“This has truly been a monumental effort. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to the school and to PTK,” Ms. Coleman added.

Anyone who is interested in making a donation, becoming involved or has a question, can contact PTK or Ms. Coleman in Room 349A.

 

  • Drone - Manufacturing Day.
August, 2017
August, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn more about drones, those unmanned aerial vehicles that have taken the country by storm in recent years? Considered becoming a drone pilot, or even fantasized about starting your own business, but not been sure where to begin?  

Quinsigamond Community College has answered the growing need for this type of workforce training by becoming the first community college in...

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Have you ever wanted to learn more about drones, those unmanned aerial vehicles that have taken the country by storm in recent years? Considered becoming a drone pilot, or even fantasized about starting your own business, but not been sure where to begin?  

Quinsigamond Community College has answered the growing need for this type of workforce training by becoming the first community college in Massachusetts to offer a drone certificate program.

“Through the Quinsigamond Community College Center for Workforce Development & Continuing Education, we are pleased to be able to offer individuals and companies a complete package of courses addressing the brand new tech careers drones are creating and the skills needed to work in these fields,” said Kathleen Manning, Dean of Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education.

These new tech careers are continuing to evolve and increase with no sign of decline. A report released in 2013 by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International projected that by the year 2025 there will be more than 100,000 new jobs in unmanned aircraft. Currently drones are being used commercially as first-aid vehicles, tools for police departments, high-tech photography and recording devices for real estate properties, concerts, and sporting events.  Additionally, entrepreneurial thinkers are setting up companies offering drones-as-a-service, allowing businesses to afford to rent drones for their business needs and stay competitive. 

“Drones are one example of a disruptive technology that many businesses in Central Massachusetts need to prepare for. There can be no question that technology innovation continues to change the way we work, live and do business,” Ms. Manning said. “As an educational institution, with a mission focused on ensuring individuals have the skills necessary to work in this innovation economy, it is incumbent on us to keep abreast of the innovations that are bringing change to industry and help individuals and companies manage the impact.”

QCC’s drone certificate program will feature 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.

Students will learn the basics of getting started with drones, learning the FAA rules and regulations of commercial drones, safety guidelines, models and types of drones, industry trends, jobs and market projections. Additional classes will include aerial photography; test preparation classes, and learning how to start a drone business.

An onsite, 8-hour “Phantom and Inspire” flight training course will enable students to have a hands-on flight training session and learn to fly like a pro. The flight training will be held at the West Boylston Street campus.

For additional information or to register for classes, visit www.QCC.edu/WD.

 

August, 2017
August, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s Southbridge location has been expanding its state-of-the-art offerings, recently adding a Computer Systems Engineering Technology (CSET) lab to its facility. This lab will exclusively be dedicated to the college’s growing CSET program, which is being launched in Southbridge this Fall.  

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Southbridge location has been expanding its state-of-the-art offerings, recently adding a Computer Systems Engineering Technology (CSET) lab to its facility. This lab will exclusively be dedicated to the college’s growing CSET program, which is being launched in Southbridge this Fall.  

“We are continuing to offer more opportunities for QCC students to attain their CSET career objectives. Bringing more CSET course offerings to the Southbridge campus is something that we have been working hard to make a reality. We recognize the need to offer our students CSET classes that are convenient for them so they can reach their goals,” said Kathy Rentsch, Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology at QCC.

As the demand for technical skills increases businesses are in need of more skilled workers than ever before.  QCC has met that need by developing a comprehensive CSET program that is relevant and responsive to today’s local and global needs. The college currently offers four CSET associate degrees and nine certificate programs for students.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Information Technology (IT) occupations as a whole are expected to grow substantially from 2014 - 2024, faster on average than all other occupations. In May of 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted the median annual wage for computer and IT occupations was $82,860, substantially higher than the $37,040 median annual wage for all other occupations.

“These types of jobs are in high demand and pay two to three times the national average,” said Betty Lauer, Coordinator of the Computer Systems Engineering Technology Program at QCC. “Our programs equip students with core competencies that are needed by today’s businesses.”

At QCC, the CSET program prepares students for a broad range of career opportunities. Two of the newest CSET associate degrees offered include an Enterprise Information Technology option, which provides students with the tools they will need to work in virtually any business or organization that utilizes computers and computer networks, in addition to a Cybersecurity option.

The Cybersecurity option is designed to meet the demand for professional cybersecurity skills that are required in today’s business world, while focusing on the technical and human aspect of cybersecurity. This program provides students with the skillset they will need to navigate today’s ever changing cybersecurity landscape.

CSET Certificate programs range from one semester certificate programs that train students on careers in a help desk environment (the first line of defense for an organization), to numerous two semester certificates such as the Personal Computer Specialist Certificate that focuses on personal computer/desktop management and support.

To learn more about the CSET program and the classes being offered in Southbridge this fall, visit www.QCC.edu/CSET

  • QCC Campus
August, 2017
August, 2017

At Quinsigamond Community College, getting to know over 1,000 full time faculty, administration and staff can be a bit daunting. That’s a lot of people! So, in order to get to know your coworkers a bit better, each month we will spotlight one or more of your colleagues. However, we can't to do this without your help. We are asking you to send us the answers to several questions listed below, along...

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At Quinsigamond Community College, getting to know over 1,000 full time faculty, administration and staff can be a bit daunting. That’s a lot of people! So, in order to get to know your coworkers a bit better, each month we will spotlight one or more of your colleagues. However, we can't to do this without your help. We are asking you to send us the answers to several questions listed below, along with a photo of yourself.

Who knows - you may just find a new BFF!

Relevant information on yourself: Tell us something about yourself that you would like to share with the QCC community.This can be anything! Examples include sharing something about your job, your family, a hobby, special book, musical group, or activity you enjoy. We want to know about you! 

Headshot: This can be sent as a jpg or pdf and does not need to be a professional photo.

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Any photo of yourself that you prefer works.

Department: (Examples: Administration, Payroll)

Office location: List your room number.

Contact information: List your email and QCC phone number.

Tell us about your role at QCC.

How long have you worked at QCC?

What is your favorite movie?

What is your favorite T.V. show? 

What was the best book you ever read?

What is your favorite place?

What do you like to do in your free time?

What is your best/favorite "QCC story?"

Quote: Tell us in one sentence why you enjoy QCC. If that stumps you (and we hope it won’t!), feel free to list a special quote instead.

Please send your information to khutner [at] qcc.mass.edu

To kick off our new feature, August’s spotlight will feature an Institutional Communication staff member.

 

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Leon Granados - Digital Media Specialist/Graphic Designer         

I’m a videographer, photographer and graphic designer!  In my spare time I am also an amateur astronomer and graphic artist. In terms amateur astronomy, I’ve seen and photographed the moons of Jupiter and Rings of Saturn. 

Department: Institutional Communications

Office location: 320A

​Contact information: lgranados [at] qcc.mass.edu ext. 2832

​Role at QCC: Digital Media Specialist

How long have you worked at QCC: 2 Years, 4 Months (Since March 30, 2015)

What is your favorite movie: Tremors

What is your favorite TV show: Twin Peaks

Where is your favorite place: Salisbury Beach, MA

What do you like to do in your free time: Doodling and Drawing (the number one thing I love to do in terms of drawing and video making is tell stories.)

What is your best/favorite  “QCC story”:  As a videographer/editor, I’m fortunate enough to witness and participate in some of the most interesting events at QCC. I’ve witnessed multiple openings, including the Quest Center, though my favorite events include meeting and interacting with students, such as in the recent Solar Eclipse event, where I got to witness an incredible and rare event surrounded by enthusiastic colleagues and community members.  

Quote: Above all else I love the community of QCC, and hope that I can be a positive influence on both my colleagues and our students.

Share your story with your colleagues, send your answers to khutner [at] qcc.mass.edu .

August, 2017
August, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s Feed-A-Family program is an annual tradition of providing holiday meals to QCC families for more than 20 years. Each year QCC Counseling Services in conjunction with the Dean of Students works to help alleviate some of the stress families may have during the holidays. The college community forwards the names and pertinent data of students who may need help and support during the...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Feed-A-Family program is an annual tradition of providing holiday meals to QCC families for more than 20 years. Each year QCC Counseling Services in conjunction with the Dean of Students works to help alleviate some of the stress families may have during the holidays. The college community forwards the names and pertinent data of students who may need help and support during the holidays to the Feed-A- Family committee, making sure that everything is done confidentially. The cash donations received for the Feed-A-Family program are used to purchase gift cards to a local grocery store in order to help families get what they need to make their holidays a bit brighter. 

“In the past we have collected between $3,000 -$5,000. We usually receive nominations for between 70 -100 families and I’m happy to say we have never turned anyone away,” said Elizabeth Woods, Dean for Compliance and Education, and one of the founders of the program.

Currently, the Counseling Office is offering an opportunity to win a Fit Bit Charge 2 through a raffle to help raise more funds for the Feed-A-Family Program.

“In the spirit of fostering a healthy you, we have decided to support our annual Feed-A- Family appeal with a raffle and a prize,” said Tina Wells, QCC Counseling Services. “The Fit Bit Charge 2 was donated to the Counseling Services office and we decided it would be beneficial to the community and a little fun.”

Those interested in entering the raffle are asked to fill out the attached form, place it along with payment in a sealed envelope addressed to Tina Wells, and drop it in Box#144 or in Room 162. The drawing will be help on Monday, October 2. The winner will be noticed by phone and email.

Student Life and the QCC Campus Police have also played a part in the Feed-A-Family program. Last year QCC Counseling Services partnered with the QCC Campus Police to Stuff-A-Cruiser. Faculty, staff and students brought new, unwrapped toys, gift cards and movie tickets for a Feed-A-Family child to “stuff” in a QCC cruiser. Families were then able to select donated toys for each child in their family. The Stuff-A-Cruiser program will continue as a support program to the Feed-A-Family program and will host this event later in the year.

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August, 2017
August, 2017

The Veterans Club is currently hosting a Hygiene Drive from now until October 6. Donated products will be delivered to Vets Inc. on Grove Street in Worcester. Vets Inc. has various shelters for male and female  veterans, and all shelters are in the Worcester/Shrewsbury area....

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The Veterans Club is currently hosting a Hygiene Drive from now until October 6. Donated products will be delivered to Vets Inc. on Grove Street in Worcester. Vets Inc. has various shelters for male and female  veterans, and all shelters are in the Worcester/Shrewsbury area.qcc_wyvern_veterans_club-thumb.png

Items needed include:

  • Towels and washcloths
  • Shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Razors (men and women)
  • Shaving Cream
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and brushes
  • Soap
  • Feminine hygiene products

Products can be dropped off on the QCC main campus (Room 258A in the administration building) or at the main desk of the QCC Healthcare and Workforce Development Center in downtown Worcester.

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  • Team Ciprari - QCC Marketing Manager Gina Ciprari -far right)
August, 2017
August, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s Institutional Communications Department has a champion in their midst! QCC’s new Marketing Manager Gina Ciprari and her bocce team, Team Ciprari, recently took the top spot in the Southbridge Italian American Bocce League. The team took home first place, winning against Team Postale.

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Institutional Communications Department has a champion in their midst! QCC’s new Marketing Manager Gina Ciprari and her bocce team, Team Ciprari, recently took the top spot in the Southbridge Italian American Bocce League. The team took home first place, winning against Team Postale.

Team Ciprari, is no stranger to winning. It’s three times the charm for this talented team, having been crowned champions for the last three years. Will they pull out a win again in 2018? Stay-tuned to the Wyvern Guardian to find out!

 

  • One Stop Registration
  • Students wait in line to register for fall classes.
August, 2017
August, 2017

Earlier this month, over 1,200 new and returning students came out in droves to Quinsigamond Community College’s One-Stop Registration event. The biannual event is held each year in January and again in late summer to assist students registering for classes.

“Our One-Stop Registration continues to be a huge success,” said QCC Director of Admissions Mishawn Davis-Eyene. "...

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Earlier this month, over 1,200 new and returning students came out in droves to Quinsigamond Community College’s One-Stop Registration event. The biannual event is held each year in January and again in late summer to assist students registering for classes.

“Our One-Stop Registration continues to be a huge success,” said QCC Director of Admissions Mishawn Davis-Eyene. "This year we had close to 70 more students register than we had last year during the same One-Stop event.. This shows us that this type of program is needed and wanted.”

One-Stop registration simplifies the application process for students, offering a way to gather more information about financial aid, admissions and placement tests, all in one place at the same time.

Registering early at the event also gives students the best chance to get into the classes they want before they become filled up.

For those who may not have had an opportunity to attend the One-Stop event, there is still time to register for classes.To learn more, visit QCC's Enrollment Steps.

For questions, please email admissions [at] qcc.mass.edu or call the QCC Admissions Office at 508.854.4264.

 

August, 2017
August, 2017

Pat Schmohl, Quinsigamond Community College Interim Dean of the School of Healthcare, was recently interviewed by Blackboard Inc., for a new white paper exploring the future of higher education, “Future Forward: The Next Twenty Years of Higher Education,” being released in conjunction with Blackboard’s 20th anniversary. Blackboard Inc. is a leading education technology company for...

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Pat Schmohl, Quinsigamond Community College Interim Dean of the School of Healthcare, was recently interviewed by Blackboard Inc., for a new white paper exploring the future of higher education, “Future Forward: The Next Twenty Years of Higher Education,” being released in conjunction with Blackboard’s 20th anniversary. Blackboard Inc. is a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement.

pat._s_0-thumb.jpgIn the white paper, Mr. Schmohl discusses his thoughts on higher education and what he feels is the most important developments in the last 20 years (the use of the mobile phones in learning), in addition to what he believes college will look like in 20 years (“We will still need to have human-to-human interaction for training and learning…”).

Mr. Schmohl was also selected to participate in the Blackboard MVP Program. The program, run by Blackboard, Inc., consists of faculty members, administrators, educators and instructional designers who have proven themselves as leaders in the education technology community. Members of the Blackboard MVP Program receive exclusive access to professional development trainings and are invited to private product briefings and roadmap sessions with Blackboard executives. They will also share their expertise by answering questions and assisting other users on the Blackboard Community site and through their own personal blogs, Blackboard blogs, social media, Tweetups, virtual office hours and more.  

To view the white paper in full, visit www.blackboard.com/future-forward.  

 

  • QuEST Center
August, 2017
August, 2017

Earlier this month QCC’s QuEST Center was featured in the National Coalition for Advanced Technology Center’s (NCATC) newsletter. NCATC is a network of higher educational resources that advocates and promotes the use of technology applications that enhance economic and workforce development programs and services. To date there are over 170 community and technical college members, including 32...

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Earlier this month QCC’s QuEST Center was featured in the National Coalition for Advanced Technology Center’s (NCATC) newsletter. NCATC is a network of higher educational resources that advocates and promotes the use of technology applications that enhance economic and workforce development programs and services. To date there are over 170 community and technical college members, including 32 corporate strategic partners.

“QCC is proud to be the lead story in the National Coalition for Advanced Technology Center’s newsletter this month,” said Kathy Rentsch, QCC Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology.

To read the complete article visit:NCATC newsletter.

 

 

  • Disability Services Staff.
August, 2017
August, 2017

Worcester Magazine’s recent article on August 3, 2017, “Education: Intellectually-disabled students finding local college pathways,” highlighted the increased awareness that colleges have regarding those with intellectual disabilities.

Area colleges discussed their programs and services in the article, including Quinsigamond Community College’s Director of Disability Services,...

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Worcester Magazine’s recent article on August 3, 2017, “Education: Intellectually-disabled students finding local college pathways,” highlighted the increased awareness that colleges have regarding those with intellectual disabilities.

Area colleges discussed their programs and services in the article, including Quinsigamond Community College’s Director of Disability Services, Kristie Proctor, who discussed the school’s commitment to access for all individuals. Also highlighted in the article was QCC’s Operation T.A.L.E.N.T. (Transformation through Academic Learning and Experience to Navigate Tomorrow) program, a 10-month certification program for individuals with disabilities who are interested in post-secondary training and education. The program focuses on practical skills such as computer, career and workplace readiness needed to be successful in entry-level office and business support jobs.

To read the complete article visit, “Education: Intellectually-disabled students finding local college pathways”

 

 

  • The Wyvernmobile before its big transformation.
August, 2017
August, 2017

QCC’s going mobile!  Mobile vehicle that is! Quinsigamond Community College’s Department of Institutional Communications will soon be hitting the streets with the college’s first Wyvernmobile.                                                          ...

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QCC’s going mobile!  Mobile vehicle that is! Quinsigamond Community College’s Department of Institutional Communications will soon be hitting the streets with the college’s first Wyvernmobile.                                                                                                        

Currently under construction in QCC’s secret “Wyvern Cave,” the 2015 Ford Transit Connect Van is being transformed into the college’s first mobile communications center! QCC’s admissions staff will also use the van to provide an increased presence when they visit high schools, CBO’s and other recruiting opportunities.

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Once it’s ready to roll, the Wyvernmobile will be placed at key locations and at various events throughout the QCC region, in order to give the college a mobile visibility, unavailable until now.

“This van will be a great way to engage the community as well as let people know about QCC,” said Josh Martin, Director of Institutional Communications.

So be on the lookout for the new Wyvernmobile and keep an ear out for those long forgotten words…“To the Wyvernmobile!”

 

August, 2017
August, 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 August 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 August include:

 

 

  • The Wyvern at the Grand Canyon.
August, 2017
August, 2017

The Wyvern was recently spotted at the Grand Canyon this summer. Where will he turn up next? 

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The Wyvern was recently spotted at the Grand Canyon this summer. Where will he turn up next? 

August, 2017
August, 2017

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

On July 31, 2017, Academic Affairs welcomed Laurie Teece, MSN RN as Evening/Weekend Nurse Laboratory Coordinator (Senior Technical Specialist). Ms. Teece brings to this position over 30 years of nursing experience and 18 years of nurse education experience. Most recently, she was the full...

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

On July 31, 2017, Academic Affairs welcomed Laurie Teece, MSN RN as Evening/Weekend Nurse Laboratory Coordinator (Senior Technical Specialist). Ms. Teece brings to this position over 30 years of nursing experience and 18 years of nurse education experience. Most recently, she was the full time lab coordinator for three nursing programs: A.D.N., BSN, and RN to BSN at Becker College. Ms. Teece earned an Associate in Science in Nursing from Lasell Junior College, a Bachelor in Science in Nursing from Boston College and a Masters in Science in Nursing from Regis College.

On July 31, 2017, Academic Affairs welcomed Deborah Kilgour as Clerk III – Adult Community Learning Center. Ms. Kilgour brings to this position over 17 years of administrative experience in the public education sector. Most recently, she has been a part time Assessment Specialist and Distance Learning Administrative Assistant at Quinsigamond Community College’s Adult Community Learning Center. Prior to her work at QCC, she was a Staff Assistant at Mount Wachusett Community College’s Adult Learning Center. 

On August 2, 2017, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Gina Ciprari as Marketing Manager. Ms. Ciprari brings to this position over 13 years of online and social media marketing from the private sector. Most recently she worked for a non-profit where she launched new online media marketing events. Ms.Ciprari earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from UMass Dartmouth.  

On August 7, 2017, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomes Theresa Vecchio as Dean of Students. Ms. Vecchio brings to this position over 26 years of student affairs experience in a higher educational environment. Most recently, she was the Assistant Dean of Students for the Semester at Sea Program for Colorado State University. Prior to that role, she held various roles at Springfield College ranging from Interim Vice President of Student Affairs to Dean of Students to Title IX Coordinator. Ms. Vecchio earned a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Social Work from University of Connecticut and a Doctor of Education from Johnson and Wales University.

On August 7, 2017, Administrative Services welcomes Kellie VanCott as Accountant I – Payroll. Ms. VanCott has transferred from her recent position as an Accountant I in the Business Office, into a new role as an Accountant I in the Payroll Office. Additionally, she brings over six years of experience in accounting from the private sector. Ms. VanCott earned an Associate of Science in Business Administration from Quinsigamond Community College.

Please join us in welcoming QCC's new staff into their new roles. 

 

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.