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September, 2017

  • QCC faculty and staff heard from new President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja during All college Day.
September, 2017
September, 2017

Quinsigamond Community College’s faculty and staff prepared for the start of the 2017-2018 academic year with an All College Day, held on September 5 in the college’s Athletic Center. Faculty and staff were broken up into tables of 10 and after a hot breakfast buffet, new employees were introduced, followed by organized table discussions and the recognition of NISOD and Commonwealth Citation for...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s faculty and staff prepared for the start of the 2017-2018 academic year with an All College Day, held on September 5 in the college’s Athletic Center. Faculty and staff were broken up into tables of 10 and after a hot breakfast buffet, new employees were introduced, followed by organized table discussions and the recognition of NISOD and Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance award winners.

The highlight of the morning event included a rousing talk from new President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja, who set the tone for his presidency and discussed looking toward the future.

“I don’t stand much on formality, just call me ‘Luis,’” Dr. Pedraja said to the crowd in his opening statement, telling those assembled he is looking to foster a culture of collaboration, transparency and respect. “Do not be defined by your roles…we are a team. We are most successful when we work together. Student success is all of our duties and with respect, collaboration and dialog we will succeed. ”

Luis Pedraja

“My hope is for this to be the best place to work in America. I want us to be known for that and known as a college that is committed to the success of our students,” he continued.

Dr. Pedraja discussed his own past and how the support of many people helped to get him where he is today.

“Anyone can achieve anything. Touch someone’s life and leave it a little bit better,” he said. “I believe education is the pathway for achieving equity. Education will help achieve an equitable and just future.”

He told the crowd that everyone who is employed at QCC should be out in the community serving as a mentor and helping the community understand the value of education.

“Student success is the only reason we are here. We will work together to empower the students to succeed. All departments have a role in students’ success,” he said.

He discussed the need to recognize where we are as a college and then move forward and work on overcoming any barriers that may hamper a student from attending QCC.

He told those assembled that he has been working with staff to create new initiatives for new students to get clear directions (on registering for classes etc.) and is working on setting up a welcome center and creating a student success taskforce. In addition, other initiatives include working with public schools to increase dual enrollment and improving the use of Starfish. A core team dedicated to the strategic plan has also been set up that is being co-chaired by Ingrid Skadberg, Dean of Institutional Research and Planning and Kathy Rentsch, Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology.

“Our ultimate goal is for all our students to succeed. Until we get 100 percent success, we will never rest,” he said. “How will what we do help contribute to students’ success is our utmost criteria. This has to be our vision.”

Dr. Pedraja encouraged everyone to bring their “ideas to the table,” to create a vision for QCC’s future, one that is not defined by the campus but by the community where students can come to achieve their dreams.

 

  • QCC retiring staff members Maria Addison (L) and Donna Kilgore (R).
September, 2017
September, 2017

As the fall season got underway, Quinsigamond Community College said goodbye to seven of its long-time staff members, who retired this month. The QCC community thanks them for their services and wishes them well in their future endeavors.

Retiring colleagues included:

  • Maria Addison, Dean, Career and Academic Advisement  
  • Anita Bowden, Dean, Employment and...
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As the fall season got underway, Quinsigamond Community College said goodbye to seven of its long-time staff members, who retired this month. The QCC community thanks them for their services and wishes them well in their future endeavors.

Retiring colleagues included:

  • Maria Addison, Dean, Career and Academic Advisement  
  • Anita Bowden, Dean, Employment and Equity  
  • Nancy Daigle, Admissions Operations Administrator
  • Bill Daring, Vice President of Human Resources,
  • Don Hall, Executive Director of Facilities
  • Donna Kilgore, Director of Special Projects/Perkins Related Activities
  • Pam Hawkins, Associate Registrar
  • Tara Fitzgerald-Jenkins, Associate Dean/Registrar
  • Barry Metayer, Director, Public Grants Development
  • Larry Tetreault, Carpenter II
Bill Daring, Retiring VP of Human Resources Larry Tetreault, Carpenter II
  • From left: Richard Green, Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Dr. Gail Carberry.
September, 2017
September, 2017

At the recent annual meeting of the Worcester Public Library Foundation, Dr. Gail Carberry, retired president of Quinsigamond Community College, was presented with the Dr. Richard Greene Founders Award.

Dr. Carberry was presented with the award for the support of QCC’s Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society’s commitment to fund the continued operation of “Lilly,” one of...

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At the recent annual meeting of the Worcester Public Library Foundation, Dr. Gail Carberry, retired president of Quinsigamond Community College, was presented with the Dr. Richard Greene Founders Award.

Dr. Carberry was presented with the award for the support of QCC’s Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society’s commitment to fund the continued operation of “Lilly,” one of two Worcester Public Library bookmobiles.

This financial sponsorship was made to ensure children and students within the Worcester community will have access to books and other technologies, in order to fight illiteracy and provide core tools to help further their education.

Photo credit: Telegram & Gazette

  • More healthy food choices will be offered at the café.
  • The Administration Café is a popular location.
September, 2017
September, 2017

On Monday October 2, the QCC will be working with a new food service, Corporate Chefs, Inc.  The Administration Café and the Harrington Learning Center Perk Express Café will offer some new hours and some new food choices!

The Admin.Café new hours:

  • Breakfast will be served: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Snacks and Beverages will be offered: 10:30 a.m. –...
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On Monday October 2, the QCC will be working with a new food service, Corporate Chefs, Inc.  The Administration Café and the Harrington Learning Center Perk Express Café will offer some new hours and some new food choices!

The Admin.Café new hours:

  • Breakfast will be served: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Snacks and Beverages will be offered: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Lunch will be served: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Snacks and Beverages will be offered: 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The HLC Perk Express Café will be open Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m.  - 7:30 p.m., and Fridays they will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Corporate Chefs will offer some familiar favorites along with healthy food options; monthly special promotions and catering services.

 

  • The Wyvern in London.
September, 2017
September, 2017

The Wyvern was recently spotted in the City of London with one of his old friends! Where will he turn up next? 

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

 

Photo credit: Donna Kilgore

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The Wyvern was recently spotted in the City of London with one of his old friends! Where will he turn up next? 

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

 

Photo credit: Donna Kilgore

Londoners seem unfazed by the QCC Wyvern. The QCC Wyvern in London.
September, 2017
September, 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 September 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 September include:

September, 2017
September, 2017

John Solaperto

John A. Solaperto – Senior Technical Specialist

I’m a QCC alum. I’ve been a member of the full-time professional staff at the college for 20 years. Prior to that I worked as a part-time employee of the college and a work...

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John Solaperto

John A. Solaperto – Senior Technical Specialist

I’m a QCC alum. I’ve been a member of the full-time professional staff at the college for 20 years. Prior to that I worked as a part-time employee of the college and a work study student. I’ve also maintained a longterm relationship with the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFAV program, having attended the school’s winter and summer residencies since I completed studies there in January of 1995. I’m also a vocalist, performing Jazz, R&B and Soul music locally, as well as in Vermont and the Catskills on a regular basis.

Department: Institutional Communications

Office location: 320A

Contact information: jsolaperto [at] qcc.mass.edu Box 256 x7422

What is your role at QCC?  My role at the college is, and always has been, supporting student learning, retention and enrollment.

How long have you worked at QCC? I’ve been at QCC for 20 years.

What is your favorite movie? It’s hard to pick a favorite movie. If you pinned me down, at the moment, I’d have to say it’s a toss up between, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” & “Team America World Police.”

What is your favorite TV show? I haven’t watched regular TV shows in years. I’ve had HULU for a long time. If I had to choose I guess South Park, or many police drama movies, the whole Wolf array.

What is your favorite book? Favorite book, again it’s tough to choose just one: “Stranger in a Strange Land,” by Robert Heinlein. I re-read it last year.

What is your favorite place? My favorite place? Seriously? Hard to pick one. I miss California.

What do you like to do on your free time? I don’t really have any free time. Outside of QCC it’s music & family. I try to keep busy. It’s the kind of work that keeps one alive and young…although often stressed.

What is your best/favorite QCC story? When I worked with Dean Brown I went to him to discuss some job issue I had. He heard me out, then looked me in the eyes and said, “That’s why they call it work John. Get back up there and do it!”

Quote: I enjoy working at QCC because I truly believe that “democratization of information” is the key to creating a world where people can discover that there is indeed “unity in difference.”

We want to learn about you! Please share your story with your colleagues. Please fill out the attached form http://www.qcc.edu/facultystaff-spotlight  and be the next spotlight.

Video credit: Kimberly Thompson, QCC Systems Analyst/Programmer

September, 2017
September, 2017

On August 31, 2017, Early Childhood Education welcomed Julie Tzipori, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood. Julie brings to this position over 20 years of educational experience. Most recently, she has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Quinsigamond Community College. In addition to her teaching experience, she was a Quality Assurance and Lab Supervisor for Tufts Cummings School of...

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On August 31, 2017, Early Childhood Education welcomed Julie Tzipori, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood. Julie brings to this position over 20 years of educational experience. Most recently, she has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Quinsigamond Community College. In addition to her teaching experience, she was a Quality Assurance and Lab Supervisor for Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Julie earned a Bachelor’s of Behavioral Sciences from La Trobe University and a Master in Education from Worcester State University.  

On August 31, 2017, the Mathematics Department welcomed Elena Fenici, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Elena brings to this position over 10 years of teaching experience in both K-12, as well as in higher education. Most recently, she has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Quinsigamond Community College, Assumption College and at Norwalk Community College. Prior to that she was teaching in a high school and middle school setting. Elena earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics and a Master degree from the University of Petrosani and a Master of Science in Mathematics from the College of Charleston.

On August 31, 2017, the Music Department welcomed Jose Castillo, Assistant Professor of Music. Jose brings to this position over 20 years of music instruction in both private sector and in the higher educational setting. Most recently, he has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Quinsigamond Community College and Clark University. Jose earned a Bachelor’s of Music from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix.

On August 31, 2017, the Nursing Department welcomed Jennifer Hall, Assistant Professor of Nurse Education, PN Program (Evening). Jennifer brings to this position over 15 years of health care education and administrative experience. Most recently, she was the Director of Nursing for Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. Jennifer earned her Practical Nursing Certificate and Associate Degree in Nursing from Quinsigamond Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Worcester State University. 

On August 31, 2017, the Nursing Department welcomed Craig Toney, Assistant Professor of Nurse Education, PN Program (Evening). Craig brings to this position over 15 years of teaching and clinical experience. Most recently, he was an instructor for University Campus Hospital. Craig earned an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies and an Associate in Science in Nurse Education from Quinsigamond Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from University of Massachusetts Boston, and Master’s degree from University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing with a focus in Geriatric Primary care.

On August 31, 2017, the Nursing Department welcomed Amy Hogan, Assistant Professor of Respiratory Care (Director of Clinical Instruction). Amy brings to this position over 23 years of pulmonology and respiratory care experience. Additionally, she has over 13 years of teaching experience most recently at Quinsigamond Community College and UMass Memorial Medical Center. Amy earned her Associate in Science in Respiratory Care from Quinsigamond Community College and a Bachelor’s of Science in Respiratory Care from Boise State University.

On August 31, 2017, the Nursing Department welcomed Sheri Boisseau, Professor of Nurse Education, A.D.N. Program (Day). Sheri is moving from the A.D.N. program (evening) to the A.D.N. program (day). She has over 6 years of teaching experience at Quinsigamond Community College. Additionally, she has over 16 years’ experience as a Director of Health Services programs at several facilities. Before becoming a director, she was a clinical nurse for 11 years. Sheri earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Rhode Island, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix and she is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Regis College.

On September 11, 2017, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Tracy Merchant as Enrollment Counselor - Southbridge.Tracy brings to this position over 5 years of student placement, student advising, and guidance counseling both in a high school setting and at Quinsigamond Community College. Most recently she worked at Quinsigamond Community College, as a High School to College Linkages Specialist. Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Worcester State University and a Master of Education in School Guidance Counseling from Cambridge College.  

On September 18, 2017, Academic Affairs welcomed Shanan Stratis as Breakthrough Solution for Nursing (BSNEM) Program Director. Shanan brings to this position over 19 years of nursing and health care compliance experience. Most recently, she was a health compliance officer and an adjunct faculty member at Quinsigamond Community College. Shanan earned a LPN Certificate from Worcester Technical Institute, an Associate in Arts in General Studies from Quinsigamond Community College and a Bachelor in Science from Worcester State University.

On September 20, 2017, Administrative Services welcomed Veronica Figueroa as Clerk III – Administrative Services. Veronica brings to this position over 5 years of customer service experience in the banking and insurance sector. Most recently, she was an administrative assistant and a customer service representative at The Hanover Insurance Group. Veronica earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Flagler College.

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

QCC staff take on new expanded roles

 

As part of organizational restructuring the following Quinsigamond Community College employees have taken on new roles within the college. They include:

  • Beth Austin as Interim Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Steve Marini as COO
  • Kathy Rentsch as Assistant Vice President for Workforce Readiness and Innovation (Effective January 1, 2018)
  • Liza Smith as Dean of Academic Planning
  • Barbara Zawalich as Registrar
  • Sara Simms as Assistant Director of Human Resources/ Affirmative Action Officer
  • Jenilee Simmons as Assistant Director of Human Resources for Employment

The QCC Community congratulates them and wishes them success in their new positions.

September, 2017
September, 2017

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

Fall is the perfect time to clean out your closet and make a difference in a...

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

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

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

 

 

 

August, 2017

August, 2017
August, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

solar eclipse animation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

August, 2017
August, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Lisa DeWitt

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit QCC Veteran Affairs support services to learn more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signs and symptoms hypoglycemia of include:

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

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

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

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  • full time faculty at orientation
  • full time faculty at orientation
  • Harrington Learning Center is ready for fall students.
August, 2017
August, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QCC’s drone certificate program will feature a series of online and in-person courses designed to teach students everything they need to know about drones and help prepare them to take and pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Drone Pilot Exam.

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

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

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

 

August, 2017
August, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • QCC Campus
August, 2017
August, 2017

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

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

Who knows - you may just find a new BFF!

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

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

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Any photo of yourself that you prefer works.

Department: (Examples: Administration, Payroll)

Office location: List your room number.

Contact information: List your email and QCC phone number.

Tell us about your role at QCC.

How long have you worked at QCC?

What is your favorite movie?

What is your favorite T.V. show? 

What was the best book you ever read?

What is your favorite place?

What do you like to do in your free time?

What is your best/favorite "QCC story?"

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

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

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

 

August, 2017
August, 2017
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Leon Granados - Digital Media Specialist/Graphic Designer         

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

Department: Institutional Communications

Office location: 320A

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

​Role at QCC: Digital Media Specialist

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

What is your favorite movie: Tremors

What is your favorite TV show: Twin Peaks

Where is your favorite place: Salisbury Beach, MA

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

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

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

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

August, 2017
August, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fit Bit Charge 2 Raffle
August, 2017
August, 2017

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

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

Items needed include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

August, 2017
August, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

 

  • QuEST Center
August, 2017
August, 2017

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

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

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

To read the complete article visit:NCATC newsletter.

 

 

  • Disability Services Staff.
August, 2017
August, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

August, 2017
August, 2017

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

QCC articles for the month of August include:

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

QCC articles for the month of August include: