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A Message from the President

Dr. Luis Pedraja

Dear Student,

Throughout these unprecedented times in our nation’s history, Quinsigamond Community College has become stronger as a college community and has demonstrated why it is College. Made Smarter. Providing access to affordable, quality education and comprehensive support services are the foundations upon which QCC stands. 

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic taught us a lot. Our faculty and staff developed innovative programs and instructional methods to allow our students to continue their studies in a remote learning environment. This experience forced us to review every service, support, and program that we offer to identify ways in which we can better serve our students. As a result, I am proud to share that we now provide more access to the mechanisms that will enhance student success, and that we will continue doing so as we make our safe return to campus and face-to-face learning. 

In addition to traditional face-to face courses, you can choose classes that best match your preferred learning style. Many students enjoy the freedom offered by online classes. In fact, ours have gained national attention! In 2020, OnlineU.com ranked our online programs #5 in the country for best return on investment (ROI), and the highest ranking among all community colleges! These traditional online courses complement other instructional formats such as real-time remote and hybrid courses.

We strive for 100% student success, and to move towards that goal, we have increased and enhanced our support and tutoring services. Students receive assistance, easily online or in person, in mathematics, writing and general studies. All QCC students have access to mentors, industry professionals who can guide them on their academic journey, and share their experiences and life skills. Emergency funds, a response to the pandemic, are now available to assist any student who is in immediate financial distress, or needs equipment such as a laptop or Wi-Fi to succeed in their program of study.

At QCC, we offer over 120 degree and certificate programs, providing you with a clear pathway to the future of your dreams. Upon graduation, you can choose to enter the workforce immediately or continue with your education by transferring to a 4-year college or university. Our Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education has adopted new programs, classes and methods of instructional delivery to help students reach their end goal as quickly and efficiently as possible. Whatever your goal, QCC has a program or course to meet your needs.

We understand how important a personal connection is to students, particularly in today’s world. Our Student Success Center has become an integral part of the positive learning experience and personal connections students have at QCC. From our admissions counselors who will help you navigate our enrollment process, academic advisors who will help you achieve your academic and career goals, to our, transfer and career placement services professionals, we are here for you every step of the way. Our financial aid officers provide assistance to develop a financial plan that fits your life’s goals and objectives. They may even be able to help you attend QCC for free if you qualify for certain aid programs.

Spend some time with this catalog and I think you will agree that an education at QCC is the smartest way toward a brighter future. I look forward to meeting you soon. 

Stay safe and be well, 

Dr. Luis G. Pedraja
President