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The QCC HEART Initiative

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Brought to you by Quinsigamond Community College and Anna Maria College, the H.E.A.R.T. Initiative provides the very best that each college offers. The initiative is designed to provide a cost effective pathway for students interested in associate and bachelor’s degrees in public service-driven careers. H.E.A.R.T. Initiative students have an opportunity to earn a value-based, service- focused education in the following majors:

The most that students will pay for their associate and bachelor’s degrees obtained through the H.E.A.R.T. initiative is $40,000. Students who choose the H.E.A.R.T. Initiative upon entry to QCC as commuter students will be able to become part of the Anna Maria College experience for all four years of the program. From the beginning, students can partake in a variety of Anna Maria social and special events to connect with the campus community.

4-YEAR DEGREE FOR $40,000 

As juniors, H.E.A.R.T. Initiative students can participate as a commuter student or a residential student (additional cost will apply) on Anna Maria College’s campus in Paxton. Academic advising for students is specific to each student’s chosen major and his or her transfer option.

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program emphasizes theory, research and clinical/education techniques to create well-rounded professionals. Students are encouraged to work towards understanding the dignity of human life, the importance of compassion and the cultivation of just and ethical practices. Advanced Criminal Justice coursework runs concurrently with community field placements, allowing H.E.A.R.T. Initiative students to observe and work alongside professionals. 

Fire Science

The Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program integrates liberal arts education and strong career instruction to produce well-rounded emergency service professionals. Classes are taught by expert emergency service professionals and a strong focus is placed on the ever-changing aspects of fire and emergency services leadership and administration.

Social Work

Accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council of Social Work Education, H.E.A.R.T. Initiative students in the Bachelor of Social Work program focus on ethics, advocacy and respect for human dignity to prepare for generalist practice in public and private social work agencies or to move on to graduate studies. Students gain first-hand knowledge of the field from professionals with real-world social work experience. The program’s junior-year internship and senior-year field placement integrate the knowledge, values and skills that will become the foundation for competent and effective professional social work practice.

Human Services

H.E.A.R.T. Initiative students in the Human Services program are encouraged to design their major field of study while also completing a core set of courses in the liberal arts and interdisciplinary
Human Services fields. Students focus on critical and integrated thinking, technological and quantitative literacy, exploration of religion, the Catholic tradition, ethics, scholarly and professional knowledge and cultural and social diversity.The program’s objective is for students to develop an understanding of a human service professional’s responsibility to clients, colleagues, employers, the community, society and the profession itself.

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