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QCC Selected to Run FREE Pilot Program for Home-Based Business Entrepreneurship Training

One of Three Community Colleges Chosen Nation-Wide by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship

Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
cronayne [at]

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Worcester, MA, October 7, 2011 – Quinsigamond Community College announced today that it has been selected by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship to offer a new certificate program in Home-Based Business Entrepreneurship. The fully developed program is targeted at individuals looking to increase their entrepreneurial business acumen, grow their direct selling businesses or who are considering a career in direct selling. Designed to provide students with specific tools for long-term success, the program is fully funded and free to all attendees.

Quinsigamond Community College is one of three community colleges nation-wide that was selected to offer the new program due in part to its accessibility. Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY and Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, MN are the other two colleges selected to offer the new program.

The Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF) and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship have collaborated on a college curriculum with goals to improve sales force retention in member companies, professionalize the direct selling entrepreneur with a business education and provide third-party validation of the direct selling business model from publicly-funded community colleges.

DSEF is looking for direct sellers in the Central Massachusetts area to participate and contribute to the certificate curriculum while the program is in its test phase. Direct sellers who are interested in taking the course free-of-charge will have a profound impact on the curriculum while being the first group of participants to benefit from the material. Participants will be surveyed at the conclusion of the program to assess curriculum effectiveness.

The course runs for ten consecutive Mondays, beginning on October 17, 2011, from 6:30 to 9:30 in the evenings.  Contact Mary Knittle at QCC’s Training and Education Center, 100 Front Street, Worcester, MA 01608, mknittle [at], 508. 751.7904 for information or to register for the new course.

Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.