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Quinsigamond Community College is nominated for two Bellwether Awards

Contact: Karen Hutner
Office of Institutional Communications
khutner [at]

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WORCESTER, MA—September 20, 2017— Quinsigamond Community College’s Brothers and Keepers male mentoring program and Drone Certificate program have been nominated for two 2018 Bellwether Awards. The Bellwether Awards recognize outstanding, innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges.

QCC’s Brothers & Keepers program is an innovative, male mentoring initiative designed to increase the retention and educational success of the male students at QCC. Participants in the Brothers & Keepers program work with peers, faculty, and staff to learn how to successfully navigate the college experience and to prepare for life, work, and education after QCC.

QCC was also nominated for its Drone Certificate program, becoming the first community college in Massachusetts to offer this type of program. QCC’s drone certificate program features a series of online and in-person courses designed to teach students everything they need to know about drones and help prepare them to take and pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Drone Pilot Exam. The program also offers students the option of an onsite, 8-hour “Phantom and Inspire” flight training course with a hands-on flight training session.

Finalists will be chosen in November and the winners will receive their awards at a Bellwether Award luncheon on January 30, 2018.

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.