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January, 2018

January, 2018
January, 2018

Below is a sampling of some of the articles and press releases published in the local (and sometimes national) media that mention Quinsigamond Community College.

QCC articles for the month of January include:

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Below is a sampling of some of the articles and press releases published in the local (and sometimes national) media that mention Quinsigamond Community College.

QCC articles for the month of January include:

  • The Harrington Learning Center houses QCC's Writing Center.
January, 2018
January, 2018

Looking for a place to practice and improve your English language skills? Look no further than the Writing Center at the Harrington Learning Center. The Center will be offering free tutor-led, small group discussions for QCC students that are centered around a weekly theme.  By attending these groups students can help to build their vocabulary, improve punctuation and practice conversational English.

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Looking for a place to practice and improve your English language skills? Look no further than the Writing Center at the Harrington Learning Center. The Center will be offering free tutor-led, small group discussions for QCC students that are centered around a weekly theme.  By attending these groups students can help to build their vocabulary, improve punctuation and practice conversational English.

Discussion groups meet on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. and Fridays at noon. Discussion groups usually last approximately one hour.

No registration is needed, just stop by! For more information, email wcinfo [at] qcc.mass.edu or call 508-854-7488. 

  • John Solaperto proudly holds his drone certification.
January, 2018
January, 2018

The definition of being a pilot has changed over the years as unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones as they are referred to have become commonplace in our society. From hobbyists to professional careers as drone pilots, the allure of flying a drone has touched many people. One such person is QCC’s Senior Technical Specialist John Solaperto. A 25-year veteran of the college, Mr. Solaperto recently...

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The definition of being a pilot has changed over the years as unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones as they are referred to have become commonplace in our society. From hobbyists to professional careers as drone pilots, the allure of flying a drone has touched many people. One such person is QCC’s Senior Technical Specialist John Solaperto. A 25-year veteran of the college, Mr. Solaperto recently decided to take advantage of QCC’s Center for Workforce Development & Continuing Education course offerings and take a drone pilot course.

According to Mr. Solaperto taking a drone course was something he had always wanted to do.

“I’ve known about drones and aerial drone photography for a while and thought that this might be something fun to do,” he said.

As an avid photographer who also teaches photography courses at QCC, Mr. Solaperto was excited to learn more about drones.

“The class was so much more interesting than I originally thought it would be. There are so you need to know before you can fly a drone. We learned about aeronautical charts and the National Airspace System,” he said. “Awareness is so important. You need to be aware of where you’re flying and what’s going on in a particular day.”

Mr. Solaperto said he learned about the distances that a drone can be flown over a structure and how far from clouds a drone can be flown. Weather is also a consideration.

“There’s a lot more to it than people think,” he said, adding, “It’s really worth taking the class even if you don’t do any work with the drone and are just a hobbyist. “

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.  Many entrepreneurs are getting into the act and starting their own drone businesses.

“They’re used for video filming and are now used to inspect high steeples, smokestacks and high tension wires. Hobbyists also race them.”

There are rules and regulations involved in flying drones that everyone, regardless of what they plan to use a drone for must follow.

“You’d better know the rules when you’re flying to protect yourself and your investment,” Mr. Solaperto continued.

Mr. Solaperto said QCC’s drone courses helped him to pass the U. S. Department of Transportation FAA Airman’s Knowledge test.

QCC’s is offering its next drone course from March 6 - March 29.  Students will learn valuable information in order to take the Part 107 Drone Pilot Test students Gain the confidence and knowledge the will  need to pass your exam and, get certified as a commercial drone pilot. Students will have the opportunity to fly drones at the end of the course.

“I’d recommend this to anyone. This is flying for real. You learn what it takes to be a pilot. The knowledge is well-worth having, regardless of what you want to do with your drone,” Mr. Solaperto said. 

QCC's Drone Class
January, 2018
January, 2018

The Psi Beta Honor Society is conducting a research study that is investigating variables that influence academic performance. The honor society is seeking college students (18 and older) to take a 20-minute survey in the Psychology Center for Excellence, located in the Administration Building, Room 321.

For the past several years QCC students have presented their research at the New England Psychological...

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The Psi Beta Honor Society is conducting a research study that is investigating variables that influence academic performance. The honor society is seeking college students (18 and older) to take a 20-minute survey in the Psychology Center for Excellence, located in the Administration Building, Room 321.

For the past several years QCC students have presented their research at the New England Psychological Association conference. This has been a wonderful experience for them to collect, analyze and present original research data at a professional conference.

Dates and times that are available to take the survey include:

  • Mondays: February 5, February 12 and February 19; noon -1 p.m. and 2 -3  p.m.
  • Tuesdays: February 6, February 13 and  February 20; 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesdays: February 7,  February 14,  February 21; noon - 1 p.m.and 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Thursdays:  February 8;  February 15 and  February 22; 9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. & 2 - 3 p.m.

 

Questions? Contact Valarie Clemente, Ed.D. at vclemente [at] qcc.mass.edu or Eric Mania, Ph.D., emania [at] qcc.mass.edu

Psychology Research Study
  • From left:Thomas Dotson, Coordinator, Kim Cummings, Manager of Interpreter Services, Terri Rodriguez, Associate Director, Tami Strouth, Coordinator, Joanne Sharac, Coordinator, Ann Panetta, Coordinator, Anne Shore, Coordinator, and Kristie Proctor, Director of Disability Services.
January, 2018
January, 2018

On January 9th, Disability Services staff presented a two-hour workshop on transition as part of a Worcester Public Schools (WPS) professional development day. Coordinated by Eileen Quinn, Assistant Director of Special Education for Worcester Public Schools and Kristie Proctor, Director of Disability Services for QCC, the workshop allowed for increased communication and...

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On January 9th, Disability Services staff presented a two-hour workshop on transition as part of a Worcester Public Schools (WPS) professional development day. Coordinated by Eileen Quinn, Assistant Director of Special Education for Worcester Public Schools and Kristie Proctor, Director of Disability Services for QCC, the workshop allowed for increased communication and a foundation of collaboration between the two stakeholders.

The workshop goals included:  promoting collaboration, appreciating the service-delivery differences between and secondary and post-secondary special education models, and underscoring the student-centric approach that Disability Services adheres to at QCC. Disability Coordinators shared and answered many questions regarding the transition process from high school to college. QCC’s documentation guidelines and how accommodations operate in the college setting were ranked as the most valuable topics by workshop attendees.  

As a result of the presentation, Worcester Public Schools has asked QCC's Disability Services to present to the WPS-Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Spring meeting in order to prepare parents and guardians about service/delivery and the transition to college.This event will take place on Monday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the Harrington Learning Center, Room 109. For questions contact Kristie Proctor at 508.854.4471.

January, 2018
January, 2018

Andria Schwortz -  Professor of Physics and Astronomy

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I love teaching, and learning about how people learn things. I had my first peer-reviewed journal article published last year: Schwortz, Burrows, & Guffey. (2017...

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Andria Schwortz -  Professor of Physics and Astronomy

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I love teaching, and learning about how people learn things. I had my first peer-reviewed journal article published last year: Schwortz, Burrows, & Guffey. (2017). Mentoring Partnerships in Science Education. Educational Action Research. 25(4): 630-649. 
Free preprints: https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.04808

Department: Natural Sciences

Office location: Administration Building Room 270.

Contact informationaschwortz [at] qcc.mass.edu; extension 7495

Tell us about your role at QCC: I am a Professor of Physics and Astronomy. I teach classes ranging from conceptual astronomy for non-majors who need just one Math or science course to graduate, to calculus-based physics for engineers. The variety keeps me on my toes, and I never get bored! 

How long have you worked at QCC?I started as full-time faculty at QCC in August 2004, with a three-year professional leave of absence from Aug 2012 to Aug 2015 to start work on my PhD in Physics.

What is your favorite movie? I'm a sucker for anything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Black Panther film, as I've been really enjoying Afrofuturist science fiction books lately, and I'm looking forward to seeing the genre on the big screen. I can't wait to see if Wakanda has the Soul Gem.

What is your favorite T.V. show? I recently binged the first two seasons of Once Upon A Time on Netflix. I started off watching it as background noise while grading final exams, and the combination of fairy tales (the show draws from Disney Princess films, but is heavily influenced by the comic book Fables) and soap opera style drama just sucked me in!

What was the best book you ever read? Speaking of Afrofuturism, I can't stop singing the praises of the N.K. Jemisin's "The Fifth Season". It starts off seeming like any other fantasy novel, with a main character who has a type of magic that can affect earthquakes, but as you go through the novel you realize it's a deep reflection on the constant nature of oppression and slavery, and their opposing forces of hope and survival.

What do you like to do in your free time? I read a lot of science fiction (mostly in audiobook format), I knit (currently working on my first long-sleeve sweater), and I play with my bird Kappa (not pictured).

We want to learn about you! Please share your story with your colleagues. Please fill out the attached faculty/staff spotlight form and be the next spotlight.

January, 2018
January, 2018

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The Wyvern was recently spotted at QCC's Southbridge location already gearing up for the Super Bowl! This is the eighth time the New England Patriots have gone to the Super Bowl since 2000.

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The Wyvern was recently spotted at QCC's Southbridge location already gearing up for the Super Bowl! This is the eighth time the New England Patriots have gone to the Super Bowl since 2000.

Join the Wyvern and help route for New England's home team on Sunday, February 4. GO PATRIOTS!!! 

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

  • Indoor Cycling is a popular class at the QCC Athletic Center.
  • Previous QCC baseball teams have enjoyed winning seasons.
January, 2018
January, 2018

Batter up! QCC Baseball Try-Outs Begin Soon

On Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. QCC will be holding tryouts for its 2018 baseball season in the Athletic Center. Any student interested in trying out must contact Coach John McLaughlin before tryouts. Contact Coach McLaughlin by emailing him at jmclaughlin [at] qcc.mass.edu...

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Batter up! QCC Baseball Try-Outs Begin Soon

On Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. QCC will be holding tryouts for its 2018 baseball season in the Athletic Center. Any student interested in trying out must contact Coach John McLaughlin before tryouts. Contact Coach McLaughlin by emailing him at jmclaughlin [at] qcc.mass.edu. Students must be registered full-time (12 credits) and have a valid physical, clearing them for competitive sports to be eligible.

Swing into Spring with a Golf Tune-Up at QCC’s Golf Clinic

On Thursdays, beginning on, January 25 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. local Golf Pro Jim Fenner will offer free golf sessions in the Athletic Center to all students, staff and faculty with a valid QCC I.D. Clubs will be provided. All you need to do is show up and know the rust off your swing! Golfers of all skills are welcome! FORE more information. stop by the Athletic Center or call 508-854-4317.

Group Fitness Classes

Group classes are available FREE for all current students, staff and faculty members. Classes meet weekly in the Athletic Center.

YOGA -  Find your zen with Yoga classes each week.  Classes meet each week on:

Tuesdays: 5:15 p.m. -6:30 p.m. and Thursdays: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Full Body Toning  - Enjoy a class geared to tone your entire body. Classes meet each week on:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Indoor Cycling - Spin your way to a healthier you with an indoor cycling class. Classes meet on:

Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Athletic Center Hours for 2018:

  • Mondays: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:30 a m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays:  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
January, 2018
January, 2018

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

On January 2, 2018, Academic Affairs welcomed Jacqueline Nguyen as Clerk III – Evening Nurse Education Department. Jacqueline brings to the college over 7 years of customer service experience to this position. Most recently, she was Business Assistant at another college. Jacqueline earned an Associate Degree from...

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

On January 2, 2018, Academic Affairs welcomed Jacqueline Nguyen as Clerk III – Evening Nurse Education Department. Jacqueline brings to the college over 7 years of customer service experience to this position. Most recently, she was Business Assistant at another college. Jacqueline earned an Associate Degree from Quinsigamond Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Nichols College. 

On January 2, 2018, Academic Affairs welcomed Lupe Lomeli as Director of Advising. Lupe brings to this position over 15 years of experience in K-12 and higher education advising. Most recently, she has been working as a Career and Academic Planning Services (CAPS) Advisor here QCC. Lupe earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University.

Please join us in welcoming Jacqueline and Lupe into their new roles.

 

December, 2017

  • Quinsigamond Community College
December, 2017
December, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College has received an $84,100 Performance Incentive Fund (PIF) grant from the state to provide accelerated English classes to students eligible for remediation in English. The college will use the grant to increase its Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), which focuses on improving the success of developmental education students by working to accelerate these students into college-level English...

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Quinsigamond Community College has received an $84,100 Performance Incentive Fund (PIF) grant from the state to provide accelerated English classes to students eligible for remediation in English. The college will use the grant to increase its Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), which focuses on improving the success of developmental education students by working to accelerate these students into college-level English courses.

QCC has already piloted this program with noteworthy results. Between 2014 and 2016, 75 percent of QCC students who completed an accelerated English course by taking both remedial and college level English, received a “C” or higher, compared to 66 percent of QCC students who only completed the traditional college level English course.

“This innovative model is particularly beneficial to those from underserved populations such as low English Language Learners (ELL),” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja. “This PIF grant will help us to increase the number of high quality English reading, writing and critical thinking courses we offer to these students to help them succeed in college.”

The funding will be used to train additional QCC faculty in order to scale up its current ALP, in addition to creating a new, integrated reading/writing course; three accelerated writing English workshops, and developing a new bridge English as a Second Language (ESL) course. The new bridge ESL English course will enable ELL students to more rapidly transition from ESL to developmental and college level English.

“This grant will enable us to expand access to educational opportunities for residents of Central Massachusetts, which in turn will lead to increased job opportunities for QCC students,” Dr. Pedraja said. “This is a win for the college and for the community.”

The Performance Incentive Fund is a competitive grant program that supports public campuses in creating or strengthening programs that advance the goals of producing the best educated citizenry and workforce in the nation. 

  • QCC President Dr. Luis J. Pedraja
December, 2017
December, 2017

Dear QCC Community,

As we wind down the fall semester and enter the holiday season, I want to remind our community to remember the spirit of these holidays - one of tolerance, support and understanding for one another and all of earth's creatures.

QCC’s diverse population offers a unique opportunity for people to learn about our similarities and embrace our differences. Please use this time...

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Dear QCC Community,

As we wind down the fall semester and enter the holiday season, I want to remind our community to remember the spirit of these holidays - one of tolerance, support and understanding for one another and all of earth's creatures.

QCC’s diverse population offers a unique opportunity for people to learn about our similarities and embrace our differences. Please use this time to work together to create shared experiences through civil dialogue and engagement so that we may all become better citizens of the world. Show compassion, understanding and respect for those around you at all times. Take time to reflect on your experiences on and off campus, in and outside of the classroom, and how fortunate you are to have this opportunity to learn and grow. Remember that there is no place for prejudice, hate or bigotry at QCC or in the world, nor will QCC tolerate such behavior.

May each of you have a safe and peaceful holiday season. I look forward to seeing and working with you in the New Year.

Best,

Luis

Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

President

QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja speaks at WEC's Annual Meeting.
December, 2017
December, 2017

QCC’s President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja was the keynote speaker at the Worcester Education Collaborative’s (WEC) annual meeting, held on December 6 at Mechanics Hall. The independent organization is dedicated to ensuring that students in the Worcester Public Schools are given the opportunity to succeed at the highest level possible and to acquire the skills and knowledge to...

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QCC’s President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja was the keynote speaker at the Worcester Education Collaborative’s (WEC) annual meeting, held on December 6 at Mechanics Hall. The independent organization is dedicated to ensuring that students in the Worcester Public Schools are given the opportunity to succeed at the highest level possible and to acquire the skills and knowledge to master the challenges of the 21st century.

“The Worcester Education Collaborative’s mission is something that resonates with me, given their focus on ensuring student success,”Dr. Pedraja said.

Dr. Pedraja discussed his mission to increase higher education access for all people, particularly those who have historically been underserved. He addressed how the landscape is changing both regionally and nationally, as more immigrants and those of low income comprise a growing number of the population. The shift in these demographics now requires different approaches of learning from K-12 to the college classroom.

“How we do this will define our future success,” he said. “Education is an economic driver and without an educated workforce we cannot attract new business and move to the future. Education is an investment in our future and one that will repay us two and three fold.”

Through advances in technology our society has gone through radical changes making for a globalization both socially and in the workforce today. Learning to adapt to these changes is crucial, he continued.

Additionally, as the country sees lower birth rates, traditional students are decreasing and there is an insurgence of minorities and a growing diversity within our community.

“Our schools will need to address this,” Dr. Pedraja said. “This is no longer ‘our parents’ classroom.’”

Citing the need to devise ways to obtain more creative pathways to college, Dr. Pedraja highlighted a few initiatives that QCC has undertaken such as a pilot mentoring program that enables Burncoat students to be mentored by Phi Theta Kappa honor students, assisting the high school students in transitioning to college. QCC has also been working with different community organizations to help expand wraparound services.

He noted the need for more coordination of resources and wraparound programs to ensure student success, in addition to finding ways to lower college costs.

“You’ve all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. I say it takes a community to educate our children,” Dr. Pedraja said. “We must teach to the future. We must not be reactionary, but bold visionaries to prepare the children for tomorrow. Their success is our success.”

View the attached video to hear Dr. Pedraja’s complete address.

  • From left: Fitchburg State President Richard S. Lapidus and Quinsigamond Community College President Dr. Luis. G. Pedraja
  • From left (front): Fitchburg State President Richard S. Lapidus and Quinsigamond Community College President Dr. Luis. G. Pedraja sign Deaf Studies articulation agreement with faculty and staff from both college's in attendance.
December, 2017
December, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College extended its close partnership with Fitchburg State University when the presidents of both institutions signed a Deaf Studies articulation agreement today. Officials from both institutions were on-hand for the official signing ceremony, held at QCC’s main campus in Worcester.

“This agreement offers QCC students enhanced educational and career opportunities, further...

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Quinsigamond Community College extended its close partnership with Fitchburg State University when the presidents of both institutions signed a Deaf Studies articulation agreement today. Officials from both institutions were on-hand for the official signing ceremony, held at QCC’s main campus in Worcester.

“This agreement offers QCC students enhanced educational and career opportunities, further demonstrating QCC’s continued commitment to students’ success,” said QCC’s President Dr. Luis. G. Pedraja. “Deaf studies is a fast growing career field, with high growth rates and average starting salaries over $44,000.”

The signing of the agreement enables QCC students who graduate from the QCC General Studies – Deaf Studies program to seamlessly continue their education at Fitchburg State. The agreement provides guaranteed acceptance into the deaf studies and American sign language baccalaureate programs at Fitchburg State as long as all criteria are met. Students must meet GPA requirements specified in the agreement, and follow the transfer admissions process for Fitchburg State.

Fitchburg State President Richard S. Lapidus said QCC's Associate Degree aligns with his institution’s expanded deaf studies and American sign language programs.

“This agreement provides a unique opportunity for students to advance their studies and gain valuable career credentials,” President Lapidus said. “Students who complete these two degree programs will have a solid liberal arts foundation and skills that will serve them on a variety of career paths including human services, nursing and exercise and sports science.”

QCC’s deaf studies program prepares students to have the necessary communication skills and cultural knowledge to work with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Fitchburg State’s deaf studies program builds on the QCC degree program, encouraging students to analyze existing stereotypes and policies relating to deaf and hard-of-hearing people in order to engage and effect change in the community at-large. Some career opportunities for this degree include interpreters, translators, speech pathologists and audiologists.

  • From left: Tony Sanders, QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja, PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman and PTK member Kayla Patterson.
  • From left: Jane Shea, Don Hall Anita Bowden, QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja, Bill Daring, Tara Fitzgerald-Jenkins and Maria Addison.
  • From left (bottom row): Dr. Luis Pedraja and his wife, Leigh Woodruff. From left (top row): Lucinda Costa, Selena Boria and Karen Rucks.
  • QCC's Jazz Ensemble, from left: Tom Hebert, Maura DePasquale (WCCA Station manager), Ricky Ricardi Jose Castillo, Joey D'Angelo and John Solaperto (center).
  • QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja greets faculty and staff during the recent holiday luncheon.
December, 2017
December, 2017

On December 8, Phi Theta Kappa students held a holiday event for faculty and staff to show their appreciation for the support and encouragement they have received throughout the year from the college. Faculty and staff were treated to holiday music, great food and camaraderie throughout the day.

On December 14, the QCC Annual Holiday Luncheon was held to celebrate the season with QCC faculty and staff....

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On December 8, Phi Theta Kappa students held a holiday event for faculty and staff to show their appreciation for the support and encouragement they have received throughout the year from the college. Faculty and staff were treated to holiday music, great food and camaraderie throughout the day.

On December 14, the QCC Annual Holiday Luncheon was held to celebrate the season with QCC faculty and staff. The event featured great food, as well as the melodious strains from QCC’s Jazz Ensemble.

Visit the QCC Holiday Page for the College's Holiday Greeting.

 A special presentation was held for six retired faculty and staff members who received the illustrious title of Administrative Emeriti for their many years of excellence, leadership, service and dedication to QCC. Those who were awarded this distinction from QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja include:

  • Bill Daring – 18 years of service
  • Anita Bowden – 22 years of service
  • Don Hall – 21 years of service
  • Jane Shea – 21 years of service
  • Maria Addison – 24 years of service
  • Tara Fitzgerald-Jenkins – 34 years of service
  • Spring Semester - One Stop Registration.
December, 2017
December, 2017

As many people are gearing up for the holidays, the faculty and staff at QCC will be getting ready to welcome its new and current students back to campus shortly after the college’s semester break, which begins on December 22.

In anticipation of the Spring semester, QCC will be holding a One-Stop Registration event designed to ease the burden for new students who are looking to get all their registration...

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As many people are gearing up for the holidays, the faculty and staff at QCC will be getting ready to welcome its new and current students back to campus shortly after the college’s semester break, which begins on December 22.

In anticipation of the Spring semester, QCC will be holding a One-Stop Registration event designed to ease the burden for new students who are looking to get all their registration and admission requirements fulfilled in one central location. The One-Stop event will be held at the Harrington Learning Center (HLC), located on QCC’s main campus, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester.

Information on financial aid, admissions and placements test will be available at this time and potential students are encouraged to print out registration forms and fill them in prior to the One-Stop Registration event. Apply to QCC.

The One-Stop Registration event for Spring semester is being held on Monday, January 8, 2018 - Friday, January 12, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Classes for the Spring semester will be begin on January 17.

“Registering early for classes offers students a better chance of getting into the classes they want  without being locked out of a course because it has already filled up,” said Mishawn Davis-Eyene, Director of Admissions.

Learn more about One-Stop Registration.

  • From left: QCC Campus Police Officer Catherine Dixon; Sargent Joseph Cecchi and Tina Wells at the Downtown Healthcare and Workforce Development Center.
  • From left: Sargent Joseph Cecchi, QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja and Officer Catherine Dixon at the Stuff-A-Cruiser event on the college's main campus.
December, 2017
December, 2017

Stuff-A-Cruiser was once again a huge success at QCC, as students, faculty and staff brought in new unwrapped toys, gift cards and movie tickets for a Feed-A- Family child. The event provided a short respite from the hectic pre-finals days and served as a reminder of the simple joy of giving. 

"The Quinsigamond Police Department turned in the “police sirens” for that of holiday music...

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Stuff-A-Cruiser was once again a huge success at QCC, as students, faculty and staff brought in new unwrapped toys, gift cards and movie tickets for a Feed-A- Family child. The event provided a short respite from the hectic pre-finals days and served as a reminder of the simple joy of giving. 

"The Quinsigamond Police Department turned in the “police sirens” for that of holiday music, while I was dressed as “Sergeant Santa” or “Blue Santa” and ringing my bell out loud for all to hear. I hope it was as enjoyable for you as it was for me. Portraying Santa in a blue suit again was an amazing experience and brought about pure gratification. However the true joy came from the students, parents, faculty and the children that I encountered during the three events," said Sergeant Joseph Cecchi

Stuff-A- Cruiser is in its second year, acting as a program to the college-wide Feed-a-Family Program, that provides holiday meals to families in need within our QCC family.  Feed-A-Family recipients receive food gift certificates to purchase a holiday meal of their choice in addition to toys for their children, provided by the Stuff a Cruiser program.

Stuff-A-Cruiser also paid a visit to QCC Southbridge.
  • From left: Paula "Gagnon" Moore with Christine McNally, Program Specialist, Business Development.
December, 2017
December, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College has been making a difference in people’s lives since it was established in 1963 and no one knows this better than QCC alum, Paula (Gagnon) Moore. Mrs. Moore attended QCC from 1964 -1966 when the college was located at Belmont Street in Worcester (the main campus moved in 1971 to West Boylston Street). She was in one of QCC’s first graduating classes.

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Quinsigamond Community College has been making a difference in people’s lives since it was established in 1963 and no one knows this better than QCC alum, Paula (Gagnon) Moore. Mrs. Moore attended QCC from 1964 -1966 when the college was located at Belmont Street in Worcester (the main campus moved in 1971 to West Boylston Street). She was in one of QCC’s first graduating classes.

Mrs. Moore said she attended QCC because it was accessible by bus and she was able to pay the tuition herself.

“I had three younger siblings who would be following me,” she noted, so the financial savings by attending QCC was important.

At the time she attended QCC, Mrs. Moore said she had no idea what she wanted to do with her future, so she enrolled in a Liberal Arts program at the college.

“The school provided me with an excellent grounding for further education,” she said. “While at QCC, I jumped into school activities, representing my classmates and enjoying the camaraderie.”

In fact that enjoyment and camaraderie translated to lifelong friendships and even a future husband, Doug Moore.

“Doug was at QCC for one year before transferring to Nichols College, “Mrs. Moore continued. “We met in the cafeteria and married in 1968.” 

Mrs. Moore said her husband was also unsure of what he wanted to do with his future and QCC offered him the opportunity to figure out his career path. He attended QCC for one year before transferring to Nichols College and then going on to Suffolk University for his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

“So you can see that he too benefitted from QCC,” she added.

Mrs. Moore graduated from QCC in 1966 and then transferred to Eastern Nazarene College in Wollaston, Massachusetts, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  After her marriage, she taught for a year at Woodland Street Elementary School in Worcester, before moving to Texas with her husband who was in the Air Force at that time. She taught first grade to military students in Big Spring, Texas before taking time off from her career to raise her family.

The family eventually moved back to the Worcester area and Mrs. Moore went back to work as a program director for several local non-profit agencies. She also returned to school at Worcester State College and earned a Master’s Degree in Human Services Management.

In semi-retirement, Mrs. Moore became a special needs aide at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, where she used her talents and education to assist students. She said she never forgets the educational foundation QCC gave her.

“I would highly recommend QCC to high school students, as I already have done so with several special needs students, who have gone on to successfully begin their own educations,” she added.

Mrs. Moore still stays in touch with two women from her QCC days, Janyce Forhan Sheehan and Donna Nordquist Hagglund, both QCC Liberal Arts graduates.  She met the women when they all attended QCC and the three women get together monthly and reminisce about the “old days.”

Her friends also went on to very productive careers, thanks in part to QCC.

Ms. Sheehan earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, English from Fitchburg State University, then went on to Worcester State University and obtained her Masters of Education, English. She was a teacher of English Language Arts and English for the Clinton school system for 32 years and was Clinton High’s English Department Chairperson. She retired from the school in 2013.

Ms. Hagglund went on to Fitchburg State University before graduating cum laude from Worcester State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in English. She was in pharmaceutical sales for 15 years with Bristol Myers-Squibb and Sanofi Aventis.

“We often speak about the school that provided us with our grounding to further our educations,” Mrs. Moore added.

Paula "Gagnon" Moore (right) on the cover of QCC's 1967-68 catalog. QCC Alum from left: Donna Nordquist Hagglund, Janyce Forhan Sheehan and Paula (Gagnon) Moore.
  • QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja addresses QCC's the inaugural group of Rising Stars of QCC honorees.
  • QCC Rising Star recipient Benjamin Aryel (center) receives his certificate from QCC's Vice President Lillian Ortiz and QCC President Luis Pedraja.
December, 2017
December, 2017

At Quinsigamond Community College, recognizing and honoring those who persevere and make a difference is just one of the many examples of what makes QCC’s community so unique.

Earlier this month the college held its first “Rising Stars of QCC” event to honor the men and women in the QCC community who have persevered in challenging life circumstances. The event was held in the Hebert...

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At Quinsigamond Community College, recognizing and honoring those who persevere and make a difference is just one of the many examples of what makes QCC’s community so unique.

Earlier this month the college held its first “Rising Stars of QCC” event to honor the men and women in the QCC community who have persevered in challenging life circumstances. The event was held in the Hebert Auditorium and 45 QCC students were honored with the distinction of being one of the “Rising Stars of QCC.”

This is a new event, consolidating been two separate recognition events. "You’re a STAR (Someone to be Admired and Respected)" was a program which recognized male students and "Women of Distinction" recognized female students. This newly developed "Rising Stars of QCC" program now enables more inclusion of QCC’s vibrant student population and offers those who identify as non-binary and transgender the ability to be included and recognized.

QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja and Dr. Lillian Ortiz, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Student Engagement & Community Connections, presented the students with their awards and certificates.

“The Rising Stars of QCC event was a huge success with 45 students nominated. I would like to thank all the faculty and staff who took the time to nominate these more than deserving students,” said Master of Ceremonies, Josh Cole, QCC’s Assistant Manager of Athletics & Fitness. “It’s always great to be able to recognize the perseverance, dedication, and character that QCC students embody.”

The 2017 Rising Stars of QCC are:

  • Benjamin Aryeh
  • Andre Beaudet
  • Dathiel Blake
  • Farhiya Burale
  • Huda Burale
  • Kelsey Cobb
  • Jeanine Daley
  • Ann Davis
  • Nathan Driscoll
  • Agnes Dwumfour
  • Ashley Forhan
  • Thomas French
  • Jessica Gasiewski
  • Emily Guidetti
  • Vanessa Hanger
  • Mark Hogan
  • Amanda Hoxha
  • Mohamed Hussein
  • Mariah Johnson
  • Sonya Lasa
  • Jose Leal Figueredo
  • Vaughn Lee
  • Kathleen Linton
  • Trevor Mackowiak
  • Ian Mahoney
  • Shelby Maiorana
  • Nicholas Martin
  • James Mbugua
  • Kirols Mohareb
  • Kyle Mondino
  • Vu Nguyen
  • Cristina Picozzi
  • Nolan Pond
  • Amy Potenti-Main
  • Edward Reitz
  • Megan Romero
  • Kelsey Rustin
  • Patricia Songo
  • Kaitlyn Stewart
  • Supaporn Thamadilok
  • Jay Turner
  • Eric Wells
  • Kaileen Wheeler
  • SangYun Won
  • Haoyu Zhao

The program is co-sponsored by QCC Counseling Services and the Vice President of Academic Affairs. QCC offers its thanks to the Rising Star Committee: Tina Wells, Josh Cole, Debbie Ryder, Casey Sullivan and Barbara Zabka, as well as Dr. Pedraja, Dr. Ortiz and Nancy Schoenfeld.

  • New Student Orientation is a valuable resource at QCC.
December, 2017
December, 2017

Each semester QCC offers a New Student Orientation to help students learn about the available support services in advising, tutoring and counseling. Each orientation will also have a variety of breakout sessions that address relevant information for new college students. Previous breakout sessions have included how to pay for college and transitioning from high school to college. Two New Student Orientations will be...

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Each semester QCC offers a New Student Orientation to help students learn about the available support services in advising, tutoring and counseling. Each orientation will also have a variety of breakout sessions that address relevant information for new college students. Previous breakout sessions have included how to pay for college and transitioning from high school to college. Two New Student Orientations will be held at the main campus, as well as a New Student Orientation at QCC Southbridge.

A Student Services Fair will also take place at the end of each orientation and allows students a way to connect with departments and resources in order to help them succeed at QCC.

New students are encouraged to attend one of the orientations to learn about student life activities; meet college staff­ and students; receive some valuable tips to make life at QCC more enjoyable; and be entered into raffles for some great prizes.

New Orientation dates for Spring 2018 include:

Worcester Campus:

January 8

  • 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Hebert Auditorium
  • Breakout sessions will be from 5:50 p.m. - 6:25 p.m.
  • Student Services Fair will be from 6:25 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the gym 

January 9

  • 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Hebert Auditorium
  • Breakout sessions will be from 12:50 p.m.-1:25 p.m.
  • Student Services Fair will be from 1:25 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the gym

QCC Southbridge:

January 10

  • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Southbridge
  • Breakout sessions will be from 6:20 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.

Students can register for the New Student Orientations on the Student Life homepage

 

  • QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja stands behind the counter of the new Welcome Center.
December, 2017
December, 2017

QCC’s new Welcome Center is open for business! Housed on the second floor of the Harrington Learning Center on the college’s main campus, the Center acts as an information hub and first point of contact at QCC. This new addition to QCC offers prospective students a central location to obtain all the information and resources they need in order to take that first step in their academic future.

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QCC’s new Welcome Center is open for business! Housed on the second floor of the Harrington Learning Center on the college’s main campus, the Center acts as an information hub and first point of contact at QCC. This new addition to QCC offers prospective students a central location to obtain all the information and resources they need in order to take that first step in their academic future.

“QCC is dedicated to offering a nurturing and welcome environment from the moment a person steps onto our campus,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja. “We have developed the Welcome Center to better serve our community and to be the gateway to our college.”

Hours of operation for the Welcome Center are Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The college is closed on Sunday.

  • QCC students and faculty engage in lively discussion.
  • QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja listens to Jazz Jennings read her book, "I Am Jazz," with QCC students, faculty and staff.
December, 2017
December, 2017

On December 7, a powerful message of inclusion was delivered via video as students, faculty and staff listened to author Jazz Jennings read her book, “I Am Jazz” during a recent event held by the college’s Diversity Caucus and Pride Alliance. Both groups worked to facilitate the reading and subsequent discussion that addressed the real life story of Jazz Jennings. This was just one of numerous...

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On December 7, a powerful message of inclusion was delivered via video as students, faculty and staff listened to author Jazz Jennings read her book, “I Am Jazz” during a recent event held by the college’s Diversity Caucus and Pride Alliance. Both groups worked to facilitate the reading and subsequent discussion that addressed the real life story of Jazz Jennings. This was just one of numerous inclusion events held throughout the year at QCC.

The critically acclaimed children’s book tells Jazz Jennings’ story, detailing how from the age of 2 she knew that “she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body.” Jazz Jennings is a transgender teen who told her life story to the world through the children’s book. In easy to understand language that draws in both young and older readers, she tells the story of her life as transgender child and young adult. The story of Jazz Jennings has garnered national attention and brought about discussions such as the one at QCC, in schools and campuses across the country.

“Gender has taken a whole new fluidity to it and that’s fantastic,” said Tina Wells, QCC Counseling Services Coordinator.

December, 2017
December, 2017

Below is a sampling of some of the articles and press releases published in the local (and sometimes national) media that mention Quinsigamond Community College.

QCC articles for the month of December include: 

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Below is a sampling of some of the articles and press releases published in the local (and sometimes national) media that mention Quinsigamond Community College.

QCC articles for the month of December include: 

  • From left: Vanessa Hanger, Gabrielle Plainte and Brien Marsh.
December, 2017
December, 2017

Students from the Psi Beta and Psychology Club presented their research at a poster session at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association Conference held on October 21 at William James College in Newton, MA. Students involved in the project included: Vanessa Hanger, Gabrielle Plainte (now at UMASS Amherst) Brien Marsh, Ethan O’Connell (now at...

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Students from the Psi Beta and Psychology Club presented their research at a poster session at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association Conference held on October 21 at William James College in Newton, MA. Students involved in the project included: Vanessa Hanger, Gabrielle Plainte (now at UMASS Amherst) Brien Marsh, Ethan O’Connell (now at Williams College) and Catherine Balboni (now at UMASS Amherst).

The title of the presentation was “Appreciating Difficulty: Appreciation Predicts Self-Efficacy for Self-Regulated Learning and Grit.” A new research project will be launched in the Spring 2018 semester and Psi Beta and Psychology Club students will be recruiting students to take a survey. Stay-tuned for some interesting results in 2018!

  • QCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and has a tradition of fielding regionally and nationally competitive intercollegiate sports teams in men's and women's basketball and baseball.
  • The women's basketball team is looking for players for the second half of their season.
December, 2017
December, 2017

The Athletic Center is gearing down for the holiday season. The Center will have an abbreviated scheduled between now and the New Year. Boot camp and indoor cycling will be canceled until after the semester break, however, Yoga and full-body toning classes will continue as scheduled during this timeframe.

The Athletic Center will closed from Dec. 23 – January 1, 2018 and will ...

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The Athletic Center is gearing down for the holiday season. The Center will have an abbreviated scheduled between now and the New Year. Boot camp and indoor cycling will be canceled until after the semester break, however, Yoga and full-body toning classes will continue as scheduled during this timeframe.

The Athletic Center will closed from Dec. 23 – January 1, 2018 and will reopen on January 2, 2018 at its regular time and all regularly scheduled classes will resume.

In other sports news, the Wyverns men’s and women’s basketball teams are halfway through their season and are in need of more players. If you are interested in having fun, meeting new people and being part of a team, the Wyvern basketball teams want YOU!

To learn more and sign up, contact men’s basketball coach, Tishaun Jenkins at 508-854-4211  or email him at tjenkins [at] qcc.mass.edu. Women’s basketball coach, Najee Muhammad can be reached at 508-854-4492 or email him at nmuhammad [at] qcc.mass.edu.  You can also call, stop by or email QCC Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick at 508-854-4582 or Assistant Manager Josh Cole at 508-854-4317. You can also email them at lisag [at] qcc.mass.edu orjcole [at] qcc.mass.edu (jcole)jcole [at] qcc.mass.edu (@qcc.mass.edu) .

Spring Sports

Batter up! While it seems like winter has just begun, spring is right around the corner and with it comes baseball season. The Wyvern baseball team will be holding its tryouts shortly after the semester break. Make sure to check the Athletic Center website for updated information on times and locations for tryouts and get ready to swing for the fences this season on QCC’s new baseball field!

 

December, 2017
December, 2017

The Wyverns are running wild in Southbridge! Several were recently spotted celebrating the holidays at QCC Southbridge.

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The Wyverns are running wild in Southbridge! Several were recently spotted celebrating the holidays at QCC Southbridge.

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Winter Wyvern!
December, 2017
December, 2017

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

On December 11, 2017, Administrative Services welcomed Trisha Faubert as IT Service Desk Attendant (Clerk III). Trisha brings to the college over 7 years of customer service experience in the Financial and Technology Sector. Trisha earned an Associate Degree from Quinsigamond Community College.

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

On December 11, 2017, Administrative Services welcomed Trisha Faubert as IT Service Desk Attendant (Clerk III). Trisha brings to the college over 7 years of customer service experience in the Financial and Technology Sector. Trisha earned an Associate Degree from Quinsigamond Community College.

Please join us in welcoming Trisha to her new role. 

November, 2017

  • Quinsigamond Community College's main campus in Worcester.
November, 2017
November, 2017

The recent national disasters that have displaced so many people has brought the Worcester community together to offer support and services for those in need.

The City of Worcester, Centro, the American Red Cross and other community partners, have been collaborating and finding ways to assist those who have been displaced by the recent hurricanes.

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The recent national disasters that have displaced so many people has brought the Worcester community together to offer support and services for those in need.

The City of Worcester, Centro, the American Red Cross and other community partners, have been collaborating and finding ways to assist those who have been displaced by the recent hurricanes.

Quinsigamond Community College also stands with its community partners and is working to find ways to make a difference for those who have been devastated by these natural disasters.

“We have received calls from students from the affected areas and are working to find ways to make it easier for them to attend QCC. I am prepared to take the necessary steps through fee waivers or other measures to ensure affordable access to higher education for these folks until they establish residency,” said President Dr. Luis J. Pedraja.

The City of Worcester has outlined 3 steps for new residents who have been displaced by these disasters to follow, along with a list of programs and services available to them. This will be an ongoing initiative and will evolve as things progress.

“Please try to be mindful of the difficulties these folks may be facing as you encounter them on or off campus,” Dr. Pedraja said. “We as a college need to be able to welcome these students and help to make the transition as painless as possible for them.”

View a Guide to the City of Worcester Services for new residents affected by hurricanes

  • QCC Paramedic students get a refresher course in how to administer Narcan.
  • QCC paramedic students recently renewed took a Narcan refresher course.
November, 2017
November, 2017

The increase of opioid-related deaths has grown to epidemic proportions both locally, regionally and globally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite that six out of 10 drug overdoses are opioid-related. In Worcester, there were 77 opioid-related deaths in 2015 and 56 in 2016.

At Quinsigamond Community College, those statistics are not surprising to the college’s paramedics students, who...

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The increase of opioid-related deaths has grown to epidemic proportions both locally, regionally and globally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite that six out of 10 drug overdoses are opioid-related. In Worcester, there were 77 opioid-related deaths in 2015 and 56 in 2016.

At Quinsigamond Community College, those statistics are not surprising to the college’s paramedics students, who recently took a refresher course on how to administer Narcan (a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose).

“The students who were there have already been EMT’s for a minimum of one year or longer. Many have already administered Narcan in the field, so this was more of a refresher for the group,” said QCC’s Program Coordinator of the Emergency Medical Services Program, Cheryl Finn.

Administering Narcan is a topic that is covered regularly in both the EMT and paramedics programs at the college, and is a required skill for the national curriculum of both programs.

“Our Paramedic students practice 33 individual skills repetitively during their lab and simulations sessions to meet the higher standards of the National Registry of EMTs Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio.  Once completed they proceed to clinical and field internships to perfect their skill with live patients. Narcan administration is one of those skills,” Ms. Finn said. “The proper administration of Narcan can save lives. When someone is not breathing, and seconds count, we know that our students are confident in their training and can help give someone a second chance at living a full life. Our students are well trained in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains to provide excellent patient care.”

  • From left: QCC student Nick Voyer checks out a FANUC robot with Manufacturing Technology Professor, Damian Kiernan.
  • QCC Manufacturing Technology student, Nick Voyer.
November, 2017
November, 2017

At Quinsigamond Community College, successfully preparing students to enter the workforce is a key component of the college’s manufacturing and engineering programs. From collaborating with companies, staying abreast of the latest trends and technologies, to working with the latest manufacturing equipment, QCC’s manufacturing and engineering programs have advanced the careers of countless students.

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At Quinsigamond Community College, successfully preparing students to enter the workforce is a key component of the college’s manufacturing and engineering programs. From collaborating with companies, staying abreast of the latest trends and technologies, to working with the latest manufacturing equipment, QCC’s manufacturing and engineering programs have advanced the careers of countless students.

One such student is Nick Voyer. Mr. Voyer is a Manufacturing Technology student who has come to QCC as part of a toolmaker apprentice program with Tegra Medical, headquartered in Franklin, MA.

Tegra Medical offers a four-year apprentice program that allows participants to enroll in a local engineering program. The company pays the tuition and participants continue to work at their jobs while attending college.

 Mr. Voyer is a five-year employee at Tegra Medical and was excited to be a part of the first group of employees who took advantage of the apprentice program. He said he saw this as a great way to advance his career both in the short and long-term, adding that had he not joined the apprentice program, he would not have had the motivation to go to college.

“I’m learning things I didn’t know before and I’m looking at things differently,” Mr. Voyer said. “The QCC manufacturing program is more hands-on and helps you figure things out by actually doing them.”

Traveling back and forth from his home in Gardner, to his job in Franklin, to classes at QCC’s main campus in Worcester, means Mr. Voyer logs many, many hours in drive time. While the logistics can sometimes be challenging, he said the practical experience he is getting at QCC is invaluable to him and his future. In May 2018 he will graduate with his associate degree in manufacturing technology.

Tegra Medical’s Director of Manufacturing, Brian Rua, said the company has also benefitted from the education Mr. Voyer is receiving at QCC.

“As an apprentice toolmaker, Nick has to do an extreme amount of math, as he works with metal components from scratch. The math skills he has learned have been very helpful in what he does,” Mr. Rua said. “He also took robotics classes, which directly relates to his work. These classes have also helped give him the ability to talk directly to the engineering and design groups.”

Toolroom Tech Lead Jeff Mercier heartily agrees. Mr. Mercier is Mr. Voyer’s immediate supervisor.

“The Solidworks and AutoCAD classes Nick took gave him the foundational theory of what we do and he applied that knowledge here. This helps both us and the college,” Mr. Mercier said.

“It’s great that even the AutoCAD that we work with at QCC is the same at my job. I work in the R&D side making new things,” Mr Voyer said. “Professors Lee (Duerden) and Damian (Kieran) are very knowledgeable. One of the things they had us do was a lot of presentations, which is something that really helped me in getting comfortable with public speaking. It boosted my confidence.”

In June 2017, Mr. Voyer earned the title of Journeyman Toolmaker and even went one step further by applying his new found confidence in public speaking to his work at Tegra Medical.

“I’m now a safety trainer at Tegra Medical for all the new hires,” he said. “QCC helped fill in the gaps of what I was learning at work with what I am learning at school. “

“It’s great to know that what we are teaching in the classroom is relevant in the real world,” said Professor Kiernan. “It’s also great to have Nick in class. We have real world conversations that everyone learns from.”

The future is bright for Mr. Voyer. He recently bought a house with his wife and is looking to continue his education with the goal of moving into engineering and transferring to Fitchburg State.

“I only have two classes left to take,” he said. “The time management has been tough, but the teachers at QCC have been great and I’ve learned a lot that I can use right away.”

“He’s a rare young man, very aggressive and always bettering himself. He has a high level of motivation and takes a more aggressive schedule than most folks in the apprentice program,” Mr. Rua said.

  • QCC students in the "Women in STEM" group recently toured the Fab Lab with Professors Grimaldo and Sorraco.
November, 2017
November, 2017

Nine female QCC students saw firsthand what amazing opportunities and capabilities QCC’s Fab Lab has to offer through a recent tour of the facility. The tour was arranged by on-campus support group “Women in STEM” (WIS), whose mission is to provide academic, social, and professional mentoring and support to women in STEM programs at QCC.

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Nine female QCC students saw firsthand what amazing opportunities and capabilities QCC’s Fab Lab has to offer through a recent tour of the facility. The tour was arranged by on-campus support group “Women in STEM” (WIS), whose mission is to provide academic, social, and professional mentoring and support to women in STEM programs at QCC.

Located on the first floor in the QuEST building, the Fab Lab contains various types of design and fabrication equipment that students, staff and faculty can learn to use in order to help transform their ideas into reality. Fab Lab Manager Alex Gray and student assistant Elijah Boudreau demonstrated the capabilities of the lab to the students, including the different types of 3-D printers that can make items from various materials; a laser cutter for precision trimming; a vacuum former for making molds; a vinyl printer for creating banners and decals, and an embroidery machine that uses colored thread to personalize items.

Mr. Gray helped the women create a logo for WIS during the tour and the students plan to produce the logo and transfer the design onto shirts using the vinyl printer. Students who participated include Maame Amoah-Dankwah, Narda Bondah, Rose Duchemin, Cathy Evans, Triomphe Kanyeba, Cheryl Ann Letson, Monica McMullan, Savanna Russell, and Emilyrose Sandgren.They were accompanied by Professors Andreana Grimaldo (Mathematics) & Anita Soracco (Environmental / Physical Science), who led the group.

Following the tour, Professor Grimaldo commented, “This incredible lab is located on our campus and it is open to all students.”

Professor Soracco added, “I think the FAB Lab is a unique resource, and typically one that is very male dominated. I think the tour was a wonderful opportunity to expose our female STEM students to this resource, and I encourage them and engage them to get involved. “

Women in STEM is a new organization on campus and membership is open to any QCC woman studying in a STEM field, according to Professor Grimaldo. It is sponsored by QCC’s STEM Starter Academy (SSA) program, which is managed by Darcy Carlson.

 Plans are being finalized for a "Final Exam Good Luck" pizza party and student attendance raffle on Tuesday, December 12 at 12:30 p.m. in room 313 in the QuEST building. An email invitation will be sent to all QCC women who are enrolled in STEM majors.

Any woman wishing to come the group can email either professor or come to an event. For more information reach out to amygrimaldo [at] qcc.mass.edu (Professor Grimaldo) or asoracco [at] qcc.mass.edu (Professor Soracco).

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