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First Year Programming

SOAR Leaders

First-Year Programming oversees the Student Support and Mentoring Center, supervises the SOAR Leader student leadership position, provides educational workshops for new students, and connects students with on and off campus resources. First-Year Programming is committed to assisting and supporting all new students through their transition to QCC.  

The Student Support and Mentoring Center (SSMC)

The SSMC is an educational and quiet meeting space for students on campus. Are you looking for a quiet space to work on homework, study, hold small group study sessions or group projects? Come check out the new Student Support and Mentoring Center (SSMC)! A "diet-library" conveniently located in the SOAR wing in the Administration building. Grab a snack from the Home Plate Food Pantry or a coffee from the cafe and drop into the SSMC for all your academic needs or meet up with your mentor or SOAR leaders.

Drop into the Student Support and Mentoring Center, (SSMC) Room B61A for:

  • Computer access to do homework, take a remote or online class
  • Quiet space to relax
  • Connect with peers, SOAR leaders or mentor

The SSMC is equipped with lockers and a phone charging station available for students using the SSMC. 

The First Year Series

The First Year Series provides students the space and resources to explore themselves; their passions, fears, values, motivations, etc. We know college can be overwhelming and at times students feel lost with a sense of uncertainty. The First Year Series strives to help students find their Why and help guide their decision making process throughout their academic journey.

The following are being offered from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. BOTH in-person in HLC 109A and virtually on Zoom. Students attending virtually will be emailed the required materials to participate.

  • Monday, October 3 - Exploring Hopes & Fears, Values with Jonathan Gold, LMHC
    Have you ever faced a challenging set of circumstances leaving you unsure of how to proceed and unsure of what decision to make? Are you wishing that you had a reliable framework in place to help you in these moments? Look no further, we have a solution for you. In this workshop we will help you develop a system to lean on for decision making that goes beyond the idea of “listening to your gut.” Join us and learn how to make confident, values driven decisions.
  • Monday, October 17 - Creating Your Dream Team & Communities, Creating Your 7 Word Life Motto
    This workshop will help you identify your “village”. Who are the people in your life that support you and can help you get to where you want to go. You will then have the opportunity to create your 7 Word Life Motto. What gets you out of bed every morning? How do you want to live life every day?   
  • Monday, October 31 - Who I Am Now and Who Do I Want To Be?
    In this workshop we will begin by identifying where you’re at in your life RIGHT NOW and what themes emerge. We’ll then dive deeper into your character strengths using nationally recognized assessment tools designed to measure the patterns of characteristic traits people express in various situations.  
  • Monday, November 14 - Problem to Solve One-Liner & Idea Exchange
    This workshop will provide you the opportunity to think like an entrepreneur by identifying specific problems or issues you can solve for other people. We will focus more on your strengths, aptitude and talents in a productive and meaningful way.  
  • Monday, November 28 - Five Elements of Catalyst Transformation
    In this workshop we will explore your life and what’s working and what’s not working. You will get instant results that will help you identify where to focus your time and energy. We’ll explore the areas of: Work/Career/Business, Money/Financial, Health/Well-Being, Relationships/Connections and Lifestyle/Personal Growth.  

Register for any of the First Year Series Workshops


Workshops are hands-on, highly engaging experiences for participants to learn, practice, explore and strengthen various skills that enhance the learning experience. 

Time Management Series

All workshops will take place IN-PERSON only in the Student Support and Mentoring Center (SSMC) Room B61A from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. If you are not able to attend these events, please contact Cassandra Estey, Access Navigator at cestey [at]

  • Monday, September 26 AND Tuesday, September 27 – How To: Use a Calendar/Academic Planner
    Have you tried using an academic planner before but found it difficult to maintain or forgot to use it? Have you tried scheduling on Google Calendar and still forget appointments, classes, homework, your best friend’s birthday? Learn how to use an Academic Planner or Google Calendar (or both!) in order to feel more in control of your school work, your free time, and your life.
  • Monday, October 24 AND Tuesday, October 25 – How To: Manage Your Homework
    Do you feel like homework has taken over your life and you have no time for anything else? Have you fallen so far behind in your homework that you’re not sure how you’ll ever get back on track again? Learn tips, strategies, and methods for getting out from under the mountain of homework you have and learn how to stay on top of your homework in the future.
  • Monday, November 7 AND Tuesday, November 8 – How To: Manage Projects
    Projects in college require a lot of planning and time management. You often have to work with others, which is difficult especially coming from pandemic living the last few years. You also have to make sure you’re spacing out your time appropriately so you’re not trying to create a scale replica of the Coliseum six hours before it’s due. Learn how to manage your time for projects and work together with others in order to get the grade you want.
  • Monday, December 5 AND Tuesday, December 6 – How To: Study for Tests
    It’s closing in on Finals Week! Let’s learn how to study appropriately for these tests as there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to learn the information you need. (Hint: One of the biggest “no’s” is to read the textbook and study straight from your notes.) Come for more tips and strategies to feel fully prepared for your finals.

Register for any of the Time Management Workshops

Helpful Resources
Google Calendar Tutorial

Financial Literacy

First Year Programming in partnership with DCU Credit Union, offers all students, staff, and faculty free financial seminars on various topics including but not limited to:

  • Credit and Credit Scores
  • Money Management/How to Save
  • Loans
  • Financial Wellness and Coaching

Free Financial Tools Sponsored by Mint

Can’t make it? Not to worry! All DCU events will be recorded and uploaded to this page for your convenience.

  • Financial Wellness and Coaching (Register Now)
    Tuesday, September 19 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.
    UPDATE: This event will be on Zoom Only

    Laura Martinez, Financial Coach, brings several years of experience working with the Worcester community providing financial knowledge and resources to QCC. Attend this presentation to learn about the free financial coaching and wellness services available to the Worcester community. Registration is required as In-Person seats are limited.

  • Money Management/How to Save/Budgeting (Register Now)
    Wednesday, September 21 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.
    HLC 109A / Zoom

    A session provided by DCU on Money Management – budgeting and tips on how to save. In this overview, we will: Explore what a budget is, while determining how to set and maintain your own budget. Cover how setting short - and long-term goals can help your financial well-being, examine how to use different accounts and payment methods to achieve those goals, and tips on ways to help build an emergency savings. When you sign up for the event, sample budgeting templates will be made available to you to aid you in creating a foundation for your financial goals. At the end of our session, we will be available on hand to answer any and all of your questions!   Registration is required as In-Person seats are limited.

  • Credit Part One, What is Credit, Establishing Credit, Benefits of Credit (Register Now)
    Tuesday, October 18 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.
    HLC 109A / Zoom

    Join us either in-person or virtually on Zoom for Part 1 of the Credit Series - What is Credit, Establishing Credit, Benefits of Credit provided by DCU. In this overview, we'll discuss what credit is and how important it is, as well as how to build a solid credit history and score and the crucial role they play in attaining one's financial goals. At the end of our session, we will be available on hand to answer any and all of your questions! Registration is required as In-Person seats are limited.

  • Credit Part Two, Negative Credit History - How to Rebuild and Repair (Register Now)
    Tuesday, October 25 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.
    HLC 109A / Zoom

    Part 2 of the Credit Series - Negative Credit History - How to Rebuild and Repair provided by DCU. In this overview, we'll cover the effects of negative credit history and the steps one can take to repair and rebuild in order to improve their overall credit score/credit health. At the end of our session, we will be available on hand to answer any, and all of your questions! When you sign up for the event, sample budgeting templates will be made available to you to aid you in creating a foundation for your financial goals. At the end of our session, we will be available on hand to answer any and all of your questions! Registration is required as In-Person seats are limited.

  • Loans (Register Now)
    Tuesday, November 15 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.
    HLC 109A / Zoom

    In this overview, we will discuss what a loan is, the types of loans accessible to consumers and what they are used for, the application process, recommendations for obtaining a loan, and the significance of a solid credit history in securing the loan you need.
  • Holiday Savings Tips and Tricks (Register Now)
    Tuesday, December 13 from 4:00 - 5:30pm
    HLC 109A / Zoom

    In this overview, we'll cover how you can get through the holidays without overspending. It can be easy to go overboard on holiday shopping, but with a little bit of planning and budgeting, it is possible to celebrate without spending all of your cash or maxing out your credit cards. Join us as we cover some practical tips to ensure you stay on budget for the new year, rather than getting “wrapped up” in holiday spending.

Mindfulness Sessions: Meditation and Coloring for Calm

Proactive stress management workshops for students. Remote option on Fridays!

Mindful Meditation - In Person (Register Now)
Mondays 1:30pm - 2:00pm

Coloring for Calm - In Person (Register Now)
Tuesdays 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Remote Mindful Meditation - (Register Now)
Fridays 1:30pm - 2:00pm