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October, 2017

  • 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.

An extensive raffle with 50 prizes was held during the cookout, with all proceeds of the day’s event going to benefit PTK’s...

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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.

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...

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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.

 

  • Students stop by the Alden Library to pick up a copy of the Constitution.
September, 2017
September, 2017

On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the document known as the United States Constitution. In 2004, our country set aside that day each year as United States Constitution Day, in commemoration of the adoption of the Constitution and to those who have become U.S. citizens.

The day was celebrated at QCC in the Alden Library where students, staff and faculty...

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On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the document known as the United States Constitution. In 2004, our country set aside that day each year as United States Constitution Day, in commemoration of the adoption of the Constitution and to those who have become U.S. citizens.

The day was celebrated at QCC in the Alden Library where students, staff and faculty received free copies of the Constitution and learned about their constitutional rights.

 

  • QCC students flocked to Club Rush Days.
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Cheerleaders Club
  • QCC Leadership Academy
  • QCC offers a variety of fun and engaging clubs.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College students came out in droves for the school’s annual Club Rush Days held on September 21 and September 22 in the Quad. Clubs are an integral part of QCC student life and are designed to add value to a student’s college experience. They offer students a way to meet other students and establish new social connects and friendships. Clubs also help students learn more...

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Quinsigamond Community College students came out in droves for the school’s annual Club Rush Days held on September 21 and September 22 in the Quad. Clubs are an integral part of QCC student life and are designed to add value to a student’s college experience. They offer students a way to meet other students and establish new social connects and friendships. Clubs also help students learn more about themselves and the world around them through fun and exciting experiences. Students also gain valuable leadership skills; build their resume and discover what truly inspires them.

The college offers approximately 20 clubs that students can join, including some new clubs such as the newly formed Cheerleaders Club. If a student doesn’t see a club of interest, he/she can stop by the Fuller Student to speak with Student Life and fill out the paperwork to start a new club.

For more information, email Director of Student Life and Leadership, Michael Beane at mbeane [at] qcc.mass.edu.

 

September, 2017
September, 2017

Have you ever had a mentor in your life… someone who you have gone to either professionally or personally who offered support and guidance? At Quinsigamond Community College two unique mentoring programs have been established for both male and female students to assist them in a variety of issues both on and off campus. Mentors of these initiatives are QCC faculty and staff.

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Have you ever had a mentor in your life… someone who you have gone to either professionally or personally who offered support and guidance? At Quinsigamond Community College two unique mentoring programs have been established for both male and female students to assist them in a variety of issues both on and off campus. Mentors of these initiatives are QCC faculty and staff.

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

“Research suggests male mentors have proven to be effective for a variety of reasons in male mentoring initiatives. Currently, we are seeking new mentors to help us for the 2017-18 academic year. Mentors will help to fulfill the mission of the Brothers & Keepers Program through our strong commitment to aiding students in their personal, professional, and career development,” said Club Advisor Ricky Frazier, Program Counselor, Student Support Services & Coordinator of The Brothers & Keepers Male Mentoring Initiative.

Brothers & Keepers exposes students to:

  • Educational and social tutoring
  • Career development counseling
  • Interpersonal skills coaching
  • Interview and presentation skills development
  • Health and wellness counseling
  • Strategies for resolving conflict with peers, faculty, and/or staff
  • Coping strategies for managing social, academic, and financial hardships
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem building exercises
  • Student leadership and community engagement opportunities
  • Social outing and peer bonding experiences
  • Celebrations of ethnic diversity and immigrant experience

Mentors will be matched with a male mentee(s) and are asked to maintain regular and frequent contacts with their mentee (a minimum of three contacts per semester, with at least one of these a face-to-face exchange), to discuss successes and failures while navigating educational, personal and social experiences.

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A female mentoring program is also available at QCC called S.H.E. (Support. Help. Encourage).

Similar to the goals of Brothers & Keepers, this female mentoring program was created to support QCC female students in their academic and personal goals.  

S.H.E. exposes female students to:

  • Educational and social tutoring
  • Career development counseling
  • Interpersonal skills coaching
  • Interview and presentation skills development
  • Health and wellness counseling
  • Strategies for resolving conflict with peers, faculty, and staff
  • Coping strategies for managing social, academic, and financial hardships
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem building exercises
  • Student leadership and community engagement opportunities

“Many of us have been fortunate to have had mentors through our own personal and professional development.  One way to pay that experience forward is to provide one or two of our students with the ‘personal touch’ of mentoring. The S.H.E. Program is one way to get involved in student success,” said Dr. Terry Vecchio, Dean of Students.

For those interested in being a S.H.E mentor and mentoring a female student (s), please complete the application link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SHEMentor

For those interested in being a Brothers & Keepers mentor, please complete the application link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BKMentorApplication

 

  • Quinsigamond Wyverns Dragon Boat team
  • Quinsigamond Wyverns paddling back after their heat.
  • Team members stretched out before their first and only practice.
  • The Wyverns were ready for action.
  • QCC's President, Dr. Luis Pedraja and the Wyvern mascot cheered on the team.
  • The QCC Wyvern mascot became part of the festivities.
  • QCC Dean of Students, Terry Vecchio discusses strategy with the team.
September, 2017
September, 2017

On an unusually warm September day, QCC students, Phi Theta Kappa members, and a few staff members paddled their way into Wyvern lore to become the first dragon boat team in the school’s history during Worcester’s recent Dragon Boat Festival.

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On an unusually warm September day, QCC students, Phi Theta Kappa members, and a few staff members paddled their way into Wyvern lore to become the first dragon boat team in the school’s history during Worcester’s recent Dragon Boat Festival.

For those new to dragon boat racing, a dragon boat is a large canoe style boat that is decorated like a dragon. It’s made of fiberglass and measures approximately 46 feet long. Dragon boat teams consist of 21 members: 20 paddlers and one drummer, who sits at the front and sets the heartbeat of the boat to  keep everyone paddling in sync.

The inaugural Worcester Dragon Boat Festival was held at DCR Regatta Point and Lake Quinsigamond and brought out 25 community and club teams that competed against each other. Three teams raced against each other in separate heats for the best overall time. The racing concluded with a final heat of the top timed finishers to determine the winner.  While QCC was not in the top three, the Quinsigamond Wyverns made a fine first time showing and enjoyed themselves in the process.

“Seeing the boat in person was really awesome. I really enjoyed myself,” said QCC Student Senate President Ed Reitz. “The hardest part was remembering to breathe because you get so excited you almost forget. I look forward to next year.”

PTK member and QCC student Suzanne Inman echoed Mr. Reitz.

“It was a fun, team-building experience. I think it’s great that the school did this and brought us all together. There’s lots of things happening on campus,” Ms. Inman said. “I’m an older student and for people who are thinking twice about coming back to school, I say jump right in. It’s been a great experience getting to know people from different cultures and age groups. QCC is a really great place to go.”

QCC’s dragon boat team of QCC students and PTK members included: Drummer Nicole Bodinizzo and Rowers: Maia Shalev, Suzanne Inman, Toby Ajayi, Ed Reitz, Kimberly May, Nadeen lsammarraie, Martha Gabriel, Victor Rojas, Benjammin Aryeh, Cynthia Amoako, Susan Rivera, Marian Knight, Ana De la Torre, Autumn Rhonemus, Sthuar Molina, Ashley Blackman, Kayla Paterson, Director of Student Life and Leadership Mike Beane, PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman and Team Captain and QCC Dean of Students, Terry Vecchio.

 

September, 2017
September, 2017

Recent studies have shown that anywhere between 81 to 95 percent of Americans now own a cellphone of some kind, making mobile phones one of the most optimal ways people communicate today.

At Quinsigamond Community College, we want you to have all the information you need at your fingertips, which is why the QCC Mobile App was developed. The QCC Mobile App provides students, faculty and staff with a convenient...

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Recent studies have shown that anywhere between 81 to 95 percent of Americans now own a cellphone of some kind, making mobile phones one of the most optimal ways people communicate today.

At Quinsigamond Community College, we want you to have all the information you need at your fingertips, which is why the QCC Mobile App was developed. The QCC Mobile App provides students, faculty and staff with a convenient way to stay connected to the QCC community.

Downloading the free Mobile App gives you instant access to campus maps, emergency alerts, faculty absences, weather notifications, the mobile version of the Q and more! Students are able to access their course information, grades, find online resources, make bookstore purchases, and utilize QCC Library services.

There’s no better place to find everything you need than on the QCC Mobile App. Download the free App from the Apple App Store; Google Play or the Windows store TODAY!

For a complete “How-To” User guide, visit QCC's App Guide.

 

  • QCC's Campus Police Honor Guard surround PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman and Recent QCC and PRK member Kimberly May.
September, 2017
September, 2017

The Quinsigamond Community College Campus Police Honor Guard presented the Colors at Fenway Park on September 28, during Community College Night. This was the second time that the school’s Honor Guard was given this distinction.

Holding the American Flag on the field was Sergeant Litchfield; the MA State Flag was held by Officer Labranche; the College Wyvern...

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The Quinsigamond Community College Campus Police Honor Guard presented the Colors at Fenway Park on September 28, during Community College Night. This was the second time that the school’s Honor Guard was given this distinction.

Holding the American Flag on the field was Sergeant Litchfield; the MA State Flag was held by Officer Labranche; the College Wyvern Flag was held by Deputy Chief DiGiovanni, and the Departmental Accreditation Flag was held by Deputy Chief Rodriguez. QCC’s Honor Guard is led by Deputy Chief DiGiovanni.

Additionally, QCC recent graduate and PTK member Kimberly May was honored in a ceremony on the field, as a recipient of one of the 29 Who Shine Award winners. This is an initiative by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to honor one student on each of the 29 campuses of the Massachusetts’ public higher education system, who shows exemplary leadership characteristics on campus as well as off campus.

QCC students attended the game and showed their support for the Honor Guard and Ms. May, while enjoying a great night of comradery and baseball. 

To view the full album, visit the Campus Police Facebook page

  • QCC students attend first leadership workshop.
September, 2017
September, 2017

The QCC Student Leadership Academy held its first fall workshop, “What is Leadership and What Does it Mean to Me?” The presenter was Dr. Charles Lloyd, interim president of White Mountains Community College, who discussed the basics of leadership. Dr. Lloyd is also president/CEO of a leadership training and consulting firm. 

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The QCC Student Leadership Academy held its first fall workshop, “What is Leadership and What Does it Mean to Me?” The presenter was Dr. Charles Lloyd, interim president of White Mountains Community College, who discussed the basics of leadership. Dr. Lloyd is also president/CEO of a leadership training and consulting firm. 

QCC’s student leadership program is a yearlong program that includes several workshops.The first half of the program focuses on emerging leaders and the second half focuses on engaging leaders.

Students will learn about group processes, community values, and getting involved.The program culminates 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 .

  • Campus Police and QCC students discuss relevant issues.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Join the QCC Campus Police on Wednesday, October 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. for Coffee with a Cop! 
No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in the QCC community, all while having a free cup of coffee.

QCC Institutional Communications staff members will also be on hand to offer free travel coffee mugs...

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Join the QCC Campus Police on Wednesday, October 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. for Coffee with a Cop! 
No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in the QCC community, all while having a free cup of coffee.

QCC Institutional Communications staff members will also be on hand to offer free travel coffee mugs to the first dozen students who are willing to share their QCC stories on Faces of QCC at the event.

For more information, contact the QCC Campus Police at campuspolice [at] qcc.mass.edu 

Disability Services notice: Persons needing accommodations for this event can contact the Campus Police at 508.854.4221 as soon as possible. Handicapped parking locations are highlighted on the campus map. ASL interpreters can be scheduled through Disability Services, seven days notice is required.

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  • PTK is offering a raffle for a chance to win a front row parking spot.
  • PTK greenhouse wyvern
September, 2017
September, 2017

Phi Theta Kappa members are very busy this semester getting ready for their annual Fall Cookout to be held on Wednesday, October 4 (rain date October 11) 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Fuller Center lawn area. Food and a host of fun festivities will be on the schedule with all proceeds from the event going to benefit the Live & Learn Greenhouse.

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Phi Theta Kappa members are very busy this semester getting ready for their annual Fall Cookout to be held on Wednesday, October 4 (rain date October 11) 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Fuller Center lawn area. Food and a host of fun festivities will be on the schedule with all proceeds from the event going to benefit the Live & Learn Greenhouse.

There will be entertainment throughout the day by DJ James Gangemi JG Entertainment, Scott Olson on the keyboard, and a not to be missed performance by the QCC Jazz Ensemble.

Food available for purchase includes: hamburgers, hotdogs, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, salad, as well as  water, soda, chips and cookies.

“We’ll also have raffles, face painting, manicures, volleyball and more,” said PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman.

In addition, PTK is currently holding a raffle for a chance to win a Front Row Parking Spot that the winner will be able to use until January 12, 2018! Raffle tickets  cost $1 each and those interested can stop by the PTK office in room 351A to purchase  their tickets. The drawing will be held on Thursday, October 5 at 4:00 p.m. All proceeds from this raffle will benefit Lilly, the Worcester Public Library bookmobile.

  • QCC student Alexandre Dominique
  • Kathy Rentsch, Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology at QCC checks out equipment in the Manufacturing lab.
  • QCC students work with a robotic friend.
September, 2017
September, 2017

The National Association of Manufacturers is looking to once again get the word out about manufacturing careers and inspire the next generation of manufacturers through Manufacturing Day, a national public recognition day about today’s manufacturing, held annually since 2012 in early October.

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The National Association of Manufacturers is looking to once again get the word out about manufacturing careers and inspire the next generation of manufacturers through Manufacturing Day, a national public recognition day about today’s manufacturing, held annually since 2012 in early October.

Quinsigamond Community College will be participating in the nationwide  a Manufacturing Day event on Friday, October 6, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., for QCC students and the general public. The event is designed to highlight the vast manufacturing career opportunities available today, as well as showcase the array of manufacturing programs available at QCC.

The day will kick-off in Hebert Auditorium where attendees will view several brief videos of modern day manufacturing. They will also hear from Mike Ciprari, owner of SJC Drums in Southbridge, followed by a panel discussion with current QCC students and former QCC students, who are working in the manufacturing industry. Panelists herald from local companies such as: AKUITY Technologies, of Auburn; Hyde Tools, of Southbridge, and American Fabrication of Clinton.  

Immediately following the panel discussion manufacturing technology demonstrations will be held in the QuEST Center, the Advanced Manufacturing Lab and the Harrington Learning Center. QCC’s Fab Lab will also be showcased. This is an MIT-developed collaborative workspace that offers a networked maker space, which enables students to use a vast array of high tech tools; from digital printers and laser cutters, CAD design software; to design development and manufacturing products. Fab Labs are linked to a worldwide network enabling QCC students to participate in video conferences with other Fab Labs, sharing ideas and receiving technical assistance on projects with any Fab Lab participant in the world.

Attendees to QCC’s event can also witness hands-on robotics demonstrations and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programs running mill and lathe programs; lasers performing precision cutting and Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) that test for accuracy. Employers from AKUITY Technologies, American Fabrication, Hyde Tools, Karl Storz Endovision, IPG Photonics and Saint-Gobain will also be stationed at different demonstration locations, discussing how the equipment is being used in their businesses.

September, 2017
September, 2017

The Fall 2017 Liberal Arts Distinguished Lecturer Series will commence with two unique and entertaining lecturers, Dr. Catherine Roberts and Dr. Ken Mondschein.

Dr. Roberts will present her lecture, “How Math Can Help You in Unexpected Ways,” on Thursday, October 5 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room 109 in the Harrington Learning Center. Dr....

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The Fall 2017 Liberal Arts Distinguished Lecturer Series will commence with two unique and entertaining lecturers, Dr. Catherine Roberts and Dr. Ken Mondschein.

Dr. Roberts will present her lecture, “How Math Can Help You in Unexpected Ways,” on Thursday, October 5 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room 109 in the Harrington Learning Center. Dr. Roberts uses math to understand important environmental challenges and will describe some of the ways that math is being used to help our planet. She will also describe how a broad, liberal arts training in college prepared her for a project involving white-water rafting through the Grand Canyon. No equations are involved in this general audience talk that’s suitable for anyone! 

Dr. Roberts grew up on Cape Cod and has a doctorate in applied math from Northwestern University. She spent 24 years as a college math professor, most recently at the College of the Holy Cross. Currently she is the Executive Director at the American Mathematical Society, the professional association for research mathematics.

QCC Emerita Professor Maureen Woolhouse assisted in bringing Dr. Roberts to speak at QCC.

The next lecturer in the series will pose the question, “What was sword fighting really like in the Middle Ages?”

On Thursday, November 2 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room 109 in the Harrington Learning Center, Dr. Ken Mondschein will present his lecture,” Medieval Martial Arts:  Fact, Fantasy, and Film.” Dr. Mondschein will give an overview of medieval arms and armor technology, explaining the difference between the way sword fighting was done historically versus theatrical fencing.  One of the highlights of the lecture will be an actual demonstration of the knightly longsword by Dr. Mondschein.

Dr. Mondschein received a doctorate in history from Fordham University. His academic specialty is the study of medieval and Renaissance fencing treatises; he is the author of numerous books and articles, and is a fencing master. Dr. Mondschein taught fencing at the Higgins Armory Museum from 2009-2013, and is currently a Visiting Fellow of the Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts.

Valarie Clemente, QCC Professor of Psychology, assisted in bringing Dr. Mondschein to QCC.

The Distinguished Lecturer Series features people with a Ph.D. in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics. To offer a suggestion for a possible speaker, please contact Ken Wong, Professor of History & Coordinator of Liberal Arts Program at kenw [at] qcc.mass.edu .

 

September, 2017
September, 2017

This summer Gaelan Benway, Maureen Giacobbe, Carolyn (Cary) Morse and Amy Beaudry, an academic team from Quinsigamond Community College, attended the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work at Loyola University in Chicago. Out of 64 academic teams from colleges and universities across the U.S., the QCC team was one of only six...

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This summer Gaelan Benway, Maureen Giacobbe, Carolyn (Cary) Morse and Amy Beaudry, an academic team from Quinsigamond Community College, attended the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work at Loyola University in Chicago. Out of 64 academic teams from colleges and universities across the U.S., the QCC team was one of only six from community colleges chosen to attend this institute.

On the first evening of this four-day institute, academic teams shared their project ideas in poster format. In addition, QCC team members attended workshops on such topics as ePortfolios, community-engaged signature work, shared learning outcomes, reflective practice, integrative liberal learning, publicly active scholarship, and equity 101. They also met with faculty mentors from other institutions, and collaborated to transform their project idea into an action plan to organize and implement an Equity and Excellence one-day campus summit for QCC community members (i.e., faculty and staff members, student leaders and administrators), in March 2018. (Stay tuned for more information will be about the summit as we get closer to its run date.)

The excitement did not stop for the QCC team when the institute ended. On the plane ride home, they sat near Senator Elizabeth Warren, giving them an opportunity to speak with her about public higher education in Massachusetts, and the important work that QCC does to help all its students be successful.

 

Gaelan Benway, Maureen Giacobbe, Carolyn (Cary) Morse and Amy Beaudry, an academic team from Quinsigamond Community College
September, 2017
September, 2017

At the recently held All College Day, six Quinsigamond Community College faculty were recognized for their extraordinary work by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Established in 1991, the NISOD Excellence Awards provide member colleges with an opportunity to recognize individuals doing extraordinary work on their campuses.

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At the recently held All College Day, six Quinsigamond Community College faculty were recognized for their extraordinary work by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Established in 1991, the NISOD Excellence Awards provide member colleges with an opportunity to recognize individuals doing extraordinary work on their campuses.

The 2017 SISOD QCC winners include:

  • Anne Shore – Coordinator of Disability Services
  • Tami Strouth –  Coordinator of Disability Services
  • Derek Thomas – Director of Information Services
  • Kimberly Thompson – Systems Analyst/Programmer
  • Rafael Vicente – Professor of Mathematics
  • Melissa Walls – Adjunct Faculty

In addition, five QCC staff members honored with a Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance, were also recognized at the event. This performance recognition program gives formal acknowledgement to Commonwealth employees (in five categories) who make meaningful contributions, which distinguish them from their peers.These special awards focus attention on consistent, positive achievements by both individuals and teams of state employees, and recognize those who demonstrate: innovation and dedication to their work, concern for the public trust and a commitment to excellence.

The 2017 QCC award winners include:

  • Louis Fontanez Jr. – Storekeeper IV
  • Karen Grant – Director of Financial Aid
  • Maryann Kania  –  Associate Professor of Business Administration, BSS Program
  • Damian Kieran  – Associate Professor of Manufacturing Technology
  • Hao Loi –Professor of Computer Science/Coordinator of the Computer Science Program