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Alumni & Advancement

(aka Office of External Affairs)

The Office of External Affairs leads Quinsigamond Community College’s efforts in strengthening and fostering relationships between the college and the community through diverse and innovative initiatives and projects that advance the College’s mission and principles and strategic plan. The work of External Affairs encompasses several strategic priorities such as Alumni Engagement, Community Engagement, Government Relations, Grants Development, Institutional Advancement and Development, and Institutional Communications. We also work directly with the QCC Foundation and provide them with administrative support and advice in all their endeavors.

Together, as a cohesive team, the External Affairs leadership is responsible for:

  • Advocating for QCC’s institutional priorities and the needs of our students to local, state, and federal government, engaging leaders, policy-makers, and other stakeholders to support our efforts
  • Communicating QCC’s priorities, achievements, and challenges through media outlets, social media, and special events
  • Creating and supporting events that increase the College’s visibility throughout the community while highlighting QCC’s contributions to Worcester County and Massachusetts 
  • Engaging external stakeholders in supporting QCC’s mission, goals, and priorities through collaborations, grants, donations, and creation of scholarships for our students
  • Enhancing Alumni engagement with QCC’s community, initiatives, programs, and current students
  • Fostering partnerships and collaborations with corporate, business, and community leaders, higher education institutions, and K-12 schools
  • Monitoring and responding to legislation and regulations that impact QCC’s students, operations, and priorities
  • Developing and protecting QCC’s brand identity in all marketing and communications materials
  • Serving as QCC’s liaison to local, state, and federal legislators, and other public officials, and higher education associations
  • Working with foundations, coalitions, associations, organizations, businesses, governmental agencies, legislators, and policymakers at the federal, state, and local level to secure grants and develop and advance other opportunities to bring external resources to QCC

Donate to the Quinsigamond Community College Foundation 

The QCC Foundation is proud that 100% of scholarship contributions go directly to scholarship funds and that 90% of program-related contributions are applied directly to program costs.

For more information on any of the above areas, please feel free to contact us.

External Affairs Contacts

  • Viviana M. Abreu-Hernandez, Ph.D.
    Vice President for External Affairs
    (508) 854-4380
    vabreu [at] qcc.mass.edu
    119A
  • June Geary
    Staff Assistant
    (508) 854-4235
    jvo [at] qcc.mass.edu
    132A
  • Shirley Dempsey
    Assistant Director of Operations
    (508) 854-4520
    sdempsey [at] qcc.mass.edu
    125A
  • Felicia Riffelmacher
    Senior Director of Development
    (508) 854-4515
    friffelmacher [at] qcc.mass.edu
    115A