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Michael Moore

Senator | D-Millbury, representing the Second Worcester District

Growing up, civic duty was instilled in Senator Michael Moore by his parents who ensured that when he turned 18, he took care of two responsibilities: one required by the federal government – register for the draft – and the other required by his parents – register to vote. It’s no surprise that belief in civic duty led him to the Senate, where he is taking care of another responsibility: boosting financial assistance to community colleges, including Quinsigamond Community College.

Prior to the start of his political career, Michael worked for the Massachusetts Environmental Police. He wanted to add more credibility to his résumé and began taking courses nights and weekends at QCC, earning his associate degree in criminal justice in 1988. He began a slow transition into politics when he became a member of the Massachusetts Police Association executive board and interacted with legislators.

Back in his hometown of Millbury, a committee approached Michael and suggested he run for selectman, a campaign he won easily. In 2008, the current state senator was retiring and Michael was considered the ideal replacement.

Currently the chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, he seeks ways to reform the complex funding system for community colleges. QCC scored very high on all metrics and, as a result, experienced a nearly $4 million increase in state support.

Michael considers QCC an ideal starting point for students, from both an academic and economic standpoint. "Being able to attend QCC for two years at a drastically reduced cost affects a student’s loan debt," he said. "And with the school’s networking and collaborations, a student can get into any other college or university."

The Senator applauds Quinsigamond for creating the concept of guardian protectors. "Being honored with this award makes me appreciate the role I have in helping students."