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QCC’s Winter Break Offers Students a Chance to get Ahead

Contact: Karen Hutner
Office of Institutional Communications
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WORCESTER, MA— December 19, 2022 — As colleges and universities across the country gear up for winter break, Quinsigamond Community College is preparing for its Winter Intersession. Winter Intersession classes are full credit classes (three credits) that run during the winter break from January 3-10, 2023. These two-week classes save students time and money towards their degree or certificate. Intersession classes at QCC are well-known in the area, not just for students already enrolled at QCC, but for students attending other colleges.

“This is a terrific way for students to catch up or get ahead on their college courses, or just experience a class they’ve always wanted to try,” said QCC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. James Keane, noting that there are over 30 online and in-person courses available.

Professor Bill McCarthy, QCC criminal justice department chair, said that intercession courses are historically popular across the country and help retention and graduation rates.

“The Winter Intersession benefits visiting students because many get stuck in a situation where they need just a class or two to graduate,” McCarthy said. “This can keep them from graduating late.” 

“QCC students as well as students who regularly attend college away from their homes in Central Massachusetts have benefitted from the Winter Intersessions,” added Melissa Fama, dean of the School of Public Services, Education, and Social Sciences. 

Visit QCC Intersession to learn more.

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.