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July 2022
  • Sec. of Labor and Workforce Development, Rosalin Acosta; QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.; and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
  • Assistant Dean of the School of Healthcare Shanan Stratis shows a simulator manikin to Secretary Acosta and Lt. Governor Polito
  • Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito with an infant simulator manikin.
  • Lt. Governor Polito, Secretary Acosta, and President Pedraja meet with healthcare students.
July 2022

QCC Receives $500,000 Biotechnology Grant

Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) was awarded $500,000 in state funding to train and help place over 70 participants into biotechnology jobs. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, along with Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rosalin Acosta, visited QCC’s Healthcare and Workforce Development Center on Tuesday, June 21 to announce the grant, which is part of the Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce...

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  • QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. (Center) with Gateway graduates.
  • QCC's Gateway to College program won the Program Excellence Award.
July 2022

Award Winning Gateway to College Program Celebrates 10 Years of Success

Staff, faculty, and students gathered on Wednesday, June 22 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Gateway to College program at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC). Gateway to College is an early college program that helps students who are experiencing barriers in obtaining a high school diploma in a traditional high school setting. The program provides wraparound support services and offers students the...

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  • The 2022 QCC Police Academy graduates.
  • A new officer celebrates with a family member.
  • The 2022 Police Academy graduation ceremony.
July 2022

Police Academy Graduates First Class of Extended Program

Quinsigamond Community College’s (QCC) Police Academy made history recently when the first class of 12 officers graduated from the Academy’s new extended format program. The Academy’s new format runs courses during the evenings and on weekends. Graduates from the program are eligible for entry-level hiring into a law enforcement agency, pending a department’s specific requirements and standards...

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  • QCC at the Veterans Inc. Stand Down event.
July 2022

Veteran Affairs Participates in Veterans Inc. Annual Stand Down

Veteran Affairs and Admissions represented QCC at the 17th Annual Stand Down event on June 17, 2022, which was hosted by Veterans Inc. Veterans Inc. is a national leader in homelessness prevention for veterans and is headquartered in Massachusetts.

The Stand Down event is a chance for veterans to meet with over 60 organizations and companies that offer various support services and employment...

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  • QCC HiSET/GED graduates.
July 2022

Perseverance is Key for HiSET/GED Graduates

QCC held a graduation ceremony for students receiving their HiSET/GED on June 13, 2022 in the Hebert Auditorium, on QCC's main campus. Director of Testing Laura Tino led the event and noted how special it was to hold the ceremony in person for the first time since the pandemic began. 

Graduate Ivan Ramos spoke to the crowd about how his younger self would...

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  • Brandon Won (front) with President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja and Jeanine Belcastro Went of HECCMA.
  • Dawn Buddington with Arthur from the Worcester Pirates.
  • The Tercentennial crowd enjoys 3-D printed musical instruments.
  • QCC student volunteers at Worcester's Tercentennial Festival.
  • Future musicians at the Tercentennial Festival.
July 2022

Worcester Celebrates 300th Anniversary

Worcester celebrated its birthday in a big way this year and QCC joined in on the fun! Worcester, Massachusetts was established as a town on June 14, 1722, making this summer the 300th anniversary of New England's second biggest city. The city put on a three-day Tercentennial Weekend which included events such as a 5K road race, a parade through downtown, a festival on the Worcester Common, and a...

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  • Rachel Clarke receiving a NISOD Excellence Award.
  • Buffie Whittaker receiving a NISOD Excellence Award.
July 2022

QCC NISOD Recipients Accept Awards for Excellence

Eight members of Quinsigamond Community College were 2022 recipients of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. Recipients are nominated for demonstrating an outstanding commitment and contribution to QCC's students and colleagues. This year, Clerk III for Admissions Rachel Clarke and College and Career Navigator Buffie...

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  • Student Life is giving away free movie tickets!
July 2022

Student Life Monthly Happenings

Summer Summit Days

Summer Summit Days are starting soon! This new initiative allows new incoming students to get some of the initial preparation for college out of the way, so they can focus on creating a sense of belonging during New Student Orientation in August.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 21, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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  • Wyverns Baseball
July 2022

Wyvern Sports Corner

Men's Baseball

The QCC Wyvern's Baseball team made it to the playoffs with only 10 players this season! They were led by Head Coach John McLaughlin and Assistant Coach Paul Goodwin.

In addition, three of the players received NJCAA Award Certificates for being part of the Region XXI Scholar Athletes for the year:

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July 2022

In the News

June, 2022

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July 2022

QCC Welcomes New Staff

On June 13, 2022, Academic Affairs welcomed Engie Roufail as Administrative Secretary I- Academic Support Services. Engie brings to this position several years of experience. Most recently, she worked as Clerk III/Workforce Development & Continuing Education here at QCC. Engie has earned a Bachelor of Science from Ain Shams University and a Clerical Office Certificate from QCC.

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May 2022, June 2022
  • QCC Commencement Speaker FHFA Inspector General Brian Tomney.
  • QCC's Senior Director of Development Felicia Riffelmacher gave a moving rendition of the national anthem.
  • A recent graduate receives a fist-bump of congratulations.
  • QCC Commencement Ceremony was a true family affair.
  • President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. presides over QCC's 57th Commencement Ceremony.
  • QCC Alumnus Jorgo Gushi brings greetings on behalf of the Massachusetts. Board of Higher Education
May 2022, June 2022

FHFA Inspector General Espouses the Power of Higher Education at 57th Commencement Ceremony

Quinsigamond Community College’s keynote speaker Brian M. Tomney addressed the College’s 1,358 graduates at its 2022 Commencement ceremony, held at the DCU Center in Worcester on May 20, 2022. Mr. Tomney was nominated by President Joe Biden and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Inspector General for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) earlier this year.

Mr. Tomney told the crowd that...

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  • Early College students with QCC and DESE staff.
May 2022, June 2022

Early College Worcester a Model for the State

Early College Worcester’s successful program has been gaining some national attention. On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Congressman James McGovern, Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Deputy Commissioner Dr. Regina Robinson, Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja, Worcester State University (WSU) President Barry...

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  • Shauna Connelly, Dr. Kathy Rentsch, Dr. Linda Maykel, and QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.
May 2022, June 2022

Commitment to Student Success Focus of Virtual Legislative Town Hall

Administrators, students and staff from Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) recently gathered with area legislators for the third virtual Legislative Town Hall, to showcase the innovative programs and community impact that QCC has provided to its students and the region. Moderated by Student Government Association President Shauna Connelly, the Town Hall focused on increased supports for students and...

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  • QCC alum and Deputy Legislative Director at the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Will Ramsdell
May 2022, June 2022

QCC Alum Found Community College a Springboard for Public Service

Will Ramsdell started his higher education journey at Quinsigamond Community College and has been on an upward trajectory ever since. Mr. Ramsdell is currently the Deputy Legislative Director at the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, part of the Executive Branch of the Massachusetts state government. 

Mr. Ramsdell grew up in Sturbridge, MA and went to Tantastqua High School....

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  • Student Mariana Ferraz shows off a project.
  • Samuel Museme and Christian Thompson explain a project to Scott Kibe.
May 2022, June 2022

Local Manufacturers Visit QCC Seeking Future Employees

Local leaders in CNC manufacturing visited QCC on Tuesday, April 26, and met with students to provide real world insight into employment in the manufacturing industry. Students in Computer-Aided Manufacturing, taught by Lee Duerden, associate professor and coordinator of the manufacturing technology program, as well as students in the Manufacturing Capstone Project, taught by...

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  • Graduates at QCC's 2022 commencement ceremony.
  • Graduates at QCC's 2022 commencement ceremony.
  • Graduates at QCC's 2022 commencement ceremony.
  • Students getting creative underneath the mortarboard too.
  • Graduates at QCC's 2022 commencement ceremony.
  • Graduates at QCC's 2022 commencement ceremony.
  • Graduates at QCC's 2022 commencement ceremony.
  • Graduates at QCC's 2022 commencement ceremony.
May 2022, June 2022

Mortarboards Make the Moment

Creativity was in the air at QCC's 57th commencement ceremony held on May, 20 2022, at the DCU Center in Worcester. From flowers to jewels and photos to quotes, graduates pulled out at the stops to express themselves through their mortarboard caps.

 

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  • Summer is a great time to get into higher ed!
  • June is Pride Month
May 2022, June 2022

Student Opportunities This Summer

Summer Summit Days

Student Life is launching a Summer Summit Program for new students. This new initiative allows students to get some of the initial preparation for college out of the way, so they can focus on creating a sense of belonging during New Student Orientation in August.

Students will hear from an advisor regarding the registration process, review Blackboard and Qmail, learn about the...

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  • PTK Students Paula Mares Ribeiro, Christina Duggan and Shauna Connelly
May 2022, June 2022

Phi Theta Kappa Students Inducted Into All-State Academic Team

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students Paula Mares Ribeiro, Christina Duggan and Shauna Connelly were inducted into the 2021-2022 All-State Academic Team at a virtual ceremony on Friday, April 29, 2022. The All-State Academic Team recognizes students who excel in both academics and service for their campus and community. 

Ms. Ribeiro started taking ESL...

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  • QCC's production of Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe.
  • QCC's production of Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe.
  • QCC's production of Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe.
  • QCC's production of Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe.
  • QCC's production of Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe.
May 2022, June 2022

QCC's Spring Production Brings Edgar Allan Poe to Life

The QCC Theatre Department presented Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe as their Spring production on April 22 and 23 in the Hebert Auditorium. Nightfall was written by Eric Coble and envisions Poe convincing himself - and the audience - that he's not mad. The play adapts four of Poe's best works, "The Raven," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the...

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  • Alpacas bring a fun and fluffy vibe.
  • Dodgeball competitors show off their medals.
  • Students enjoy a coffee at the Federal Street location.
  • The ice cream truck spread smiles all around.
  • It was a beautiful day for the Walk for Lung Health.
May 2022, June 2022

Spring Fling Brought the Fun Back to Campus

Student Life hosted a Spring Fling week from April 25 to April 30 and it was one for the books! Students blew off steam during a dodgeball tournament at the Athletic Center and the next day chilled out with some alpacas, while waiting for a customized airbrush item.

No spring event is complete without baseball, so Student Life got to cheer on the WooSox during a game at Polar Park...

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  • Workshop participants and organizers at Polar Park.
  • Jon Gold shares entrepreneurial advice.
  • Terri Rodriguez introduces Dr. Charles Steinberg.
  • Steve Skillings presents at Polar Park.
May 2022, June 2022

Students Learn How To Build a Side Hustle

In late April, QCC offered a free workshop series to students, Be Your Own Boss in Three Days (How to Grow an Idea into a Side Business) focusing on purpose, problem solving, and entrepreneurship. Twenty students participated in the three-day event. On Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20, the workshop took place on QCC's West Boylston Street campus, and on Thursday,...

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  • QCC Men's Baseball Team
  • QCC Men's Basketball Team
  •  The Wyverns Men's Basketball team were honored at a luncheon.
May 2022, June 2022

Wyvern Sports Corner

Men's Basketball

The Men's Basketball team held an end of the year luncheon on Thursday, April 21 to close out the season and recognize players for their commitment and hard work.

"I'd like to send a special thank you to our Director of Athletics Lisa Gurnick and our Assistant Director of Athletics Josh Cole for their support in...

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May 2022, June 2022

In the News

June, 2022

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May 2022, June 2022

QCC Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

On April 4, 2022, External Affairs welcomed Cynthia Whitty as Grants Manager. Cynthia brings to this position several years of experience. Most recently, she worked providing management, marketing and communications services at Cynthia Whitty Communications. Cynthia has earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master’s degree from Simmons...

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April 2022
  • Student Brittany Richards and QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.
  • Closing remarks from President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.
  • Senator Harriette L. Chandler and President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.
  • Brittany Richards shaking hands with Congressman Jim McGovern
April 2022

College Hunger is a Solvable Problem When We Work Together

On Monday, April 11, members of the Massachusetts Hunger-Free Campus Coalition, including representatives from Quinsigamond Community College, met at Worcester State University for a conversation about hunger on college campuses.  

Guests included QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D., State Senator Harriette L. Chandler and Congressman Jim McGovern,...

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  • Speaker Tomney
April 2022

QCC to Hold 2022 Commencement Ceremony In-Person

FHFA Inspector General Brian Tomney Announced as Commencement Speaker

Quinsigamond Community College will hold its 2022 Commencement Ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester on Friday, May 20, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. This will be the first time QCC has held its commencement in-person since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.

“For two years our students have endured the unimaginable, from losing...

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  • QCC student Mandy Tetreault
April 2022

QCC Student Embraces College Community

QCC student Mandy Tetreault is making the absolute most of her time at Quinsigamond Community College and she said the key is utilizing everything QCC has to offer.  

When she was in high school, academics fell to the wayside due to family circumstances. She had to get a job and take care of her younger siblings and ended up dropping out during ninth grade. ...

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  • Tap Water Town Hall
April 2022

DEI Corner - We All Belong

Earth Day 2022

The Environmental Science Department at QCC has partnered with the Diversity Caucus to sponsor a Tap Water Town Hall, in honor of Earth Day. 

On April 21, at 11:00 a.m. professional engineer and Massachusetts Water Works President, Jeff Faulkner will discuss water treatment, tap water safety, bottled water vs. tap water, and explore the topic of water...

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  • Students at last month's DIY Emoji Pillow event
April 2022

Student Life Monthly Happenings

Social Programs

Spring Fling Week

  • C'mon Down Gameshow - Monday, April 25 at 12:00 p.m. (virtual)
  • Dodgeball Tournament - Tuesday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. Athletic Center Gym
  • Alpacas & Airbrush - Wednesday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. Quad
  • Demin Day (wear denim in support of victims of sexual assault) - Wednesday, April 27 
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