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August, 2021

QCC President Luis G. Pedraja (L) and MWCC President James Vander hooven, Ed.D
August, 2021

President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. and Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) President James L. Vander Hooven, Ed.D. have forged a new transfer agreement between the two Central Massachusetts community colleges, strengthening an already strong partnership.

The agreement will enable QCC students to seamlessly transfer to MWCC after they have completed their general education courses, in order...

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President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. and Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) President James L. Vander Hooven, Ed.D. have forged a new transfer agreement between the two Central Massachusetts community colleges, strengthening an already strong partnership.

The agreement will enable QCC students to seamlessly transfer to MWCC after they have completed their general education courses, in order to earn an Associate Degree in either Physical Therapist Assisting or Veterinary Technology. MWCC students will have a similar reciprocal transfer opportunity with QCC. MWCC students interested in an Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology or Respiratory Care can transfer into QCC’s programs once their general education courses are completed.

“We serve the community and our communities are not defined by rigid boundaries; they blend into one another,” President Pedraja said. “I think it is critical to create partnerships such as this one that will allow us to provide services to a greater number of students.”

“One of the areas in Massachusetts that all community colleges are looking for are ways to partner with one another so that we are not duplicating all of the services we offer. I think the proximity of QCC and MWCC offers us an opportunity for unique partnerships and this is a perfect example of how we can do that,” said President Vander Hooven.

Both presidents see these types of agreements only increasing in the future to meet the needs of a diverse student population that community colleges such as MWCC and QCC historically serve.

“It can’t be about competing against one another. We’re all part of the Commonwealth and we are all working to help our students to ensure they are successful,” said President Pedraja.

Visit QCC or MWCC to learn more about these new program partnerships.

  • Welcome to Quinsigamond Community College!
August, 2021

WOW! We've missed you and we are very much looking forward to seeing your smiling faces on campus September 8! We have a lot of catching up to do. Whether you are starting college for the first time, going back after a long time, or are a second year student who hasn't actually been on campus, we are happy to have you here! Starting college can be an intimidating experience and after the year we...

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WOW! We've missed you and we are very much looking forward to seeing your smiling faces on campus September 8! We have a lot of catching up to do. Whether you are starting college for the first time, going back after a long time, or are a second year student who hasn't actually been on campus, we are happy to have you here! Starting college can be an intimidating experience and after the year we have had, it may feel good to get out of the house, or for some it may be a little intimidating. If that's the way you feel, have no fear, QCC is here for you!

We know there's more to college than class and your life outside of class plays a big part in your college, campus and study experience. Below please find an easy guide to help you maneuver the first days and weeks of college to make going back to school a little bit easier.

In-Person Services: Join a line from anywhere!

In-person services are now available with a better way to wait in line! The new EZQ (Easy Queue) system allows you to get in line from anywhere so that you have more time to study, get to class, grab a coffee, visit with friends or soak up the sun. Don’t worry, you’ll receive wait time updates so you know when to visit the office for your meeting. Learn more here.

Safety First 

While we are excited to have you on campus, your safety and the safety of your classmates is paramount. We are currently requiring face coverings be worn while indoors for all main campus buildings and QCC locations. Learn how QCC is making this fall a Healthy and Safe Return to Campus

Bookstore

Back to school is a busy time and if you still need books or supplies, we highly recommend ordering them online. The bookstore capacity is limited to 30 people at once. If you order your class materials online, they will ship FREE to your home and save a trip to the bookstore when your books arrive. Appointments are required to go to the QCC Bookstore. You can make an appointment online with QCC's new "EZQ" system. 

Bookstore Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Closed Labor Day, 9/6)
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday - Closed

Getting Hungry?

If carrying all of those books around is making you hungry, no worries, the Main Cafeteria (Basement, Administration Building) is back to regular hours beginning Wednesday, September 8. 

For the utmost safety, there will be a limited capacity in the cafeteria and people may experience some delays. We strongly recommend everyone picks up their food and takes it outdoors to eat. If you must eat indoors, we ask that you consider social distancing guidelines of 6 feet to protect yourself and those around you.

Main Cafeteria Hours Monday-Friday:

  • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
  • Snacks & Beverages: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Snacks & Beverages: 2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

HLC Cafe Hours:

Monday - Thursday from 7:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Fridays from 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Students experiencing food insecurity should know there is a food pantry available on campus for students, faculty and staff. The Homeplate Food Pantry and Resource Center is located in Room B63A, in the basement of the Administration Building. All information is confidential, and we ask that each new client fill out an application.

FAQs For New And Returning Students:

  • Apply to QCC - Please contact the Admissions Department at 508-854-5262 or admissions [at] qcc.mass.edu
  • Pay your bill -  Please contact The Business Office at 508-854-4560 or businessoffice [at] qcc.mass.edu
  • Questions about financial aid - Please contact Financial Aid at 508-854-4261 or financialaid [at] qcc.mass.edu
  • Get your student ID -  Please contact Student Life at 508-854-4334. Students may log in to "The Q", upload a photo and order a student ID online. 
  • Parking passes - You may get your parking pass at the Campus Police station with your student ID or proof of enrollment. You can also contact Student Life at 508-854-4334 or email studentlife [at] qcc.mass.edu

Need to add a class? Please contact Academic Advising at 508-854-4308 or advising [at] qcc.mass.edu

Maps

If you're more concerned about finding your way around than grabbing a snack, we've got you covered there too. Click here to check out maps for all campuses

Wanna Play?

QCC welcomes new coaches, teams and intramural leagues. 

Sports at QCC include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • E-sports and more!

Learn more about intramural and intercollegiate teams here.

Student Life

The Fuller Student Center is a place to meet up with friends, study, play pool and even pet alpacas and dogs. What's new in the student center this year? QCC has a new Director of Student Life, Ashlee Givens! If you are looking to get involved on campus and join a club or participate in social activities, the Fuller Student Center is the place to get started. Keep an eye on QCC's Facebook page for information on club fairs and Welcome Week activities.

News, Alerts, Closings & More

Download the QCC mobile app for access to grades, bus schedules, closings and more. When you have the QCC app, you will get college alerts and notifications right to your phone. We know it's still warm out, but admit it... you want to be the first to know about SNOW DAYS! Seriously though, you can also access the mobile version of the Q as well as your Qmail. So... you ready? You can find the QCC app in the App Store or on Google Play by searching QCC App. It's that simple. 

You can also follow us on social media for college & event announcements, videos and other fun stuff. So give us a follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter!

Academic Calendar

OK, now that you're here and you've got at least one class under your belt... you may be wondering when your first three-day weekend will come around? Or maybe you're already thinking about the holiday break... or want to know when your finals will be. No worries, the academic calendar has all of the important dates for holidays, breaks, intersession, finals and more.

Is That All?

No way, there's so much more! Keep in touch with us on social media and be the first to know about upcoming events, clubs and all kinds of good stuff that happens here! Have a great idea for a story? We want to know! Email us your story or idea and you just may be featured in the QCC Blog or the Wyvern Guardian newsletter!

Welcome Back Wyverns... It's Great to See You! 

  • QCC at Southbridge new Site Leader Geraldo Maldonado.
August, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College at Southbridge has named local resident Geraldo Maldonado as its new Site Leader. Mr. Maldonado is a longtime QCC adjunct faculty member, alumnus, and is one of 50 QCC Guardians. Guardians are alumni of the college who have made significant strides in their personal life and in their community.

"Geraldo's background, coupled with the fact that he is a...

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Quinsigamond Community College at Southbridge has named local resident Geraldo Maldonado as its new Site Leader. Mr. Maldonado is a longtime QCC adjunct faculty member, alumnus, and is one of 50 QCC Guardians. Guardians are alumni of the college who have made significant strides in their personal life and in their community.

"Geraldo's background, coupled with the fact that he is a resident of Southbridge, will bring a unique perspective to QCC at Southbridge. His acute knowledge of the region and the college will be extremely beneficial to the students, faculty and staff," said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. 

“I’m excited to welcome students to our Southbridge location this fall. It’s truly incredible to have QCC in Southbridge. It’s a needed element for the community,” Mr. Maldonado said. “While people sometimes still think of QCC as the campus in Worcester, we have full services right in Southbridge at QCC’s new location in the Southbridge High School.”

For the past 15 years, QCC has had a presence in the Southbridge community. In the summer of 2020, QCC’s Southbridge location moved from 5 Optical Drive as a way to offer greater access to higher education not only to Southbridge, but also to all communities in the South County area. Additionally, Southbridge High School students now have easy access to QCC’s Early College Program and their family members can also take advantage of the college’s academic and workforce development offerings.

Mr. Maldonado and his family have a long and storied history with QCC and Southbridge. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he and his family moved to Lowell when he was six before moving to Worcester three years later. In the 70’s, his mother began attending QCC, where she took English classes and earned her GED. This began a family legacy with the college, and when Mr. Maldonado was in his late 20’s and a parent, he too began taking classes at QCC.

“It was a little scary coming back to school as an adult with children. I was working a full-time job, a part-time job, and taking two to three classes per semester,” he said. “I needed the flexibility QCC offered.”

In 1995, he graduated with an Associate Degree in Business Administration Transfer, going on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University and a Master of Business Administration from Anna Maria College.

His daughters also are QCC alumnae. His older daughter Kristina decided to do the paramedic program at QCC, while his younger daughter Aimee took a longer journey to QCC. She began at UMass Lowell as an Engineering major; however, it was not a good fit and she struggled.

“She took a couple of business classes at Lowell and seemed to do OK,” Mr. Maldonado said. “She came home, still not sure what she was going to do and I suggested she take classes at QCC in Southbridge due to its very convenient location.” 

His daughter Aimee took classes for a year at QCC’s Southbridge location where she excelled. She graduated with her Associate Degree in Business and went on to Nichols College where she received scholarships based on her high grades. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and her Master's in Accounting, before attending Penn State Dickenson Law. In 2020, she graduated with her law degree, passed the Bar Exam on her first attempt by scoring in the 99th percentile, and today works in the District Attorney’s Office in Hampden County.

“Definitely a very good Quinsigamond success story,” he said.

Having the Southbridge location at Southbridge High School opens many doors for students and the community, according to Mr. Maldonado.

“This benefits high school students who can see firsthand how accessible college can be and they can take advantage of the Early College Program. Instead of taking college equivalent classes students can actually take college classes for college credit,” he said. ”I hope that people will see QCC at Southbridge as the college of choice for the Southwest corner of Worcester County.”

To learn more visit www.QCC.edu/Southbridge.

  • President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D., Dr. Matilde Castiel and ose Rivera, director of Operations for Latin American Health Alliance.
  • QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. and Dr. Matilde Castiel, commissioner of Health and Human Services.
August, 2021

QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. was one of three people chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a pre-game ceremony during the August 18 Wepa (WooSox) Game against Scranton.

President Pedraja, Dr. Matilde Castiel, commissioner of Health and Human Services and Jose Rivera, director of Operations for Latin American Health Alliance and manager of Café Reyes took to the field...

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QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. was one of three people chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a pre-game ceremony during the August 18 Wepa (WooSox) Game against Scranton.

President Pedraja, Dr. Matilde Castiel, commissioner of Health and Human Services and Jose Rivera, director of Operations for Latin American Health Alliance and manager of Café Reyes took to the field to show their pitching chops during the game that honored both Cuba and Mexico.

Throughout the 2021 season, the WooSox have been changing their name to “Los Wepas de Worcester” for certain home games. During these games, the ballpark embraces the Latino communities through music, food and community spotlights.

¡Wepa! is a Spanish expression of excited happiness and that was exactly what President Pedraja felt when he took part in the pre-ceremony festivities.

“I was thrilled to throw out the first pitch with Matie and Jose. It was a privilege to be a part of this special game and to celebrate the rich multicultural history that makes up our great city,” he said. “Inclusive events such as this one bring communities together, enabling us to learn more about each other and help to make equity a reality in Worcester.”

  • The Webster Five Foundation made a $4,000 donation to the QCC Foundation to benefit the QCC Student Emergency Aid Fund.
August, 2021

On August 11, President and Chief Executive Officer of Webster Five Bank, Donald F. Doyle, along with Webster Five Foundation Executive Director, Monica Thomas-Bonnick, presented a check for $4,000 to the Quinsigamond Community College Foundation on behalf of the Webster Five Foundation. The donation will help support the QCC Student Emergency Aid Fund. On-hand for the presentation was QCC President Luis G....

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On August 11, President and Chief Executive Officer of Webster Five Bank, Donald F. Doyle, along with Webster Five Foundation Executive Director, Monica Thomas-Bonnick, presented a check for $4,000 to the Quinsigamond Community College Foundation on behalf of the Webster Five Foundation. The donation will help support the QCC Student Emergency Aid Fund. On-hand for the presentation was QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. and QCC Foundation President Dr. Linda Maykel.

“The Webster Five Foundation is helping us to eliminate barriers that prevent student success. This collegiate/community partnership demonstrates the commitment both QCC and the Webster Five Foundation have in making Central Massachusetts a place where everyone can grow and prosper.”

The Webster Five Foundation is helping us to eliminate barriers that prevent student success. This collegiate/community partnership demonstrates the commitment both QCC and the Webster Five Foundation have in making Central Massachusetts a place where everyone can grow and prosper.”

The donation will help to support students in significant need and hardship due to the pandemic. The QCC Student Emergency Aid Fund provides emergency assistance to students who need help with housing, food insecurity, and other life necessities. To date, the program has raised $145,305 to assist over 700 students in need, with each student typically receiving anywhere from $100 to $250. 

The Quinsigamond Community College Foundation's mission is to develop and promote resources that advance the mission of Quinsigamond Community College (QCC); to provide accessible, affordable, high-quality educational and training programs and services to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

“We are pleased to help support the Quinsigamond Community College Foundation and its Student Emergency Aid Fund. This donation will allow many QCC students to continue working towards their degree programs while ensuring they have the resources they need to be successful in their efforts,” Mr. Doyle said.

Visit QCC Foundation to learn more about how to support QCC students through the Student Emergency Aid Fund.

  • Assistant Professor of Accounting and QCC alumnus Eduardo Rivas.
August, 2021

QCC is offering bilingual college-level classes for Spanish-speaking students this fall. This new approach to learning will provide Spanish-speaking students the opportunity to listen to lectures and instruction in Spanish and will then be required to complete their readings and assignments in English.

This idea is the brainchild of Assistant Professor of Accounting and QCC alumnus Eduardo Rivas...

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QCC is offering bilingual college-level classes for Spanish-speaking students this fall. This new approach to learning will provide Spanish-speaking students the opportunity to listen to lectures and instruction in Spanish and will then be required to complete their readings and assignments in English.

This idea is the brainchild of Assistant Professor of Accounting and QCC alumnus Eduardo Rivas.

“Students feel more comfortable receiving instruction in their native language. I know that for a lot of non-native English speakers, the hardest part is listening and understanding,” Mr. Rivas said. “When I was new to this country I could read English, but I had difficulty understanding when people talked to me. It was too fast. Some of my other friends and I used to watch videos on YouTube in Spanish to understand the concepts better for our classes.”

As someone who has also tutored students in QCC’s Math Tutoring Center, Mr. Rivas found that many Spanish-speaking students would ask for an explanation in Spanish, even if they could speak English fluently. He completely understood and had been fortunate to take a bilingual course when he was in his bachelor's degree program.

“I was able to take a literature class in Spanish as part of my bachelor's degree program. You had to be fluent in the language to be taking that class. I enjoyed being able to talk in my native language in the classroom. I wish I had the opportunity to take some of my other classes in Spanish,” he said.   

Mr. Rivas presented the idea of bilingual courses to QCC administration, who responded positively to the idea. Together with Mr. Rivas, they identified three courses that will be offered this fall. These classes are in a hybrid format and students will need to be online, or on campus at specific days/times. Students must be proficient in Spanish and English to attend any of these courses.

Classes in this new format include:

  • Intro to Microcomputer Applications (Monday, 9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m.)
  • Financial Accounting I (Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m.)
  • Introduction to Business (Friday, 9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m.)

“My goal is to get as many Spanish-speaking students as we can into these classes, and I hope we can offer more classes in Spanish in the future,” Mr. Rivas said.

For questions, email Mr. Rivas at erivas [at] qcc.mass.edu

  • Last Day outside the QCC's Homeplate Food Pantry
August, 2021

QCC's Homeplate Food Pantry and Resource Center has officially moved indoors. The food pantry had its last day of outdoor food distribution on August 25 and will now move its services indoors. Thanks to funding from community partners, The United Way of Central Massachusetts and The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, extensive upgrades and renovations have been made to the...

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QCC's Homeplate Food Pantry and Resource Center has officially moved indoors. The food pantry had its last day of outdoor food distribution on August 25 and will now move its services indoors. Thanks to funding from community partners, The United Way of Central Massachusetts and The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, extensive upgrades and renovations have been made to the food pantry and resource center to help increase capacity and efficiency.

The United Way of Central Massachusetts has donated funds for an electronic software system, “SmartChoice,” as well as food and related supplies. Through this electronic food pantry software, students can select prepackaged baskets of food in a safe, contact-free way.

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation awarded the College a Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger Grant that was used to purchase an industrial freezer, refrigerator and shelving for the food pantry. An official grand opening of the renovated space will be held in September.

"It's vitally important that we continue to offer these services to our students who struggle with food insecurity and homelessness. No one can succeed academically if they are hungry," said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. "QCC is the gateway to advanced educational and employment opportunities in Central Massachusetts and as such, we will do everything possible to ensure our students have the resources they need to succeed. When our students succeed, our community thrives and we all prosper."

In addition to the food pantry, the Center offers additional resources and assistance with fuel assistance, housing and other services to students in need. 

Food Pantry services will now be offered daily in Room B63A in the Administration Building at a variety of different hours each day. For the most up-to-date hours visit QCC's Homeplate Food Pantry and Resource Center.

For more information on how to get help, please contact foodpantry [at] qcc.mass.edu

 

  • PTK student and recent 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar, Kennedy Day.
August, 2021

Last month, the Wyvern Guardian spotlighted (PTK) student Kennedy Day as a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. Ms. Day was one of 207 PTK members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  

A Liberal Arts Psychology major who plans to transfer to a 4-year institution and pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology, Ms. Day said she...

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Last month, the Wyvern Guardian spotlighted (PTK) student Kennedy Day as a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. Ms. Day was one of 207 PTK members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  

A Liberal Arts Psychology major who plans to transfer to a 4-year institution and pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology, Ms. Day said she would love to work in a field with developmental psychology or criminal psychology.

“I am very happy Phi Theta Kappa has provided me with the resources and connections to apply for scholarships like the 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship. I highly recommend joining our chapter to any student who meets the requirements here at QCC,” she said. “QCC is an outstanding educational institution that has provided me with wonderful learning opportunities so far, and countless resources and endless support along the way. I am proud to be a part of this school and I could not recommend attending QCC to anyone enough!”

Visit QCC's PTK's Chapter to learn more. 

  • From left: Mike Debelak, Torrance, CA; David Cofield, San Antonio, TX; Ricci Hall, Spencer, MA; Brian Henry, Toccoa, GA.
  • From left: 2021 LLWS umpires David Cofield, Mike Debelak, Brian Henry and Ricci Hall.
August, 2021

For millions of people across the globe, the Little League World Series is an annual event that is unlike any other. It is a proverbial “Field of Dreams” for players, viewers and umpires alike.

Ricci Hall, professor of Paramedicine and coordinator of QCC’s Paramedicine program, understands the thrill and mystic of the Little League World Series in a way most people will never...

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For millions of people across the globe, the Little League World Series is an annual event that is unlike any other. It is a proverbial “Field of Dreams” for players, viewers and umpires alike.

Ricci Hall, professor of Paramedicine and coordinator of QCC’s Paramedicine program, understands the thrill and mystic of the Little League World Series in a way most people will never experience– as an umpire. He was chosen as one of the umpires to work the 2021 Little League Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. So just how does a college professor and a paramedic become a World Series umpire? Not easily!

The Wyvern Guardian recently caught up with Mr. Hall who gave us the inside scoop.

How long have you been an umpire?

I began umpiring at 16, so this is my 30th year umpiring baseball.

What got you interested in being an umpire?

I had a unique passion for officiating. Additionally, Steve Palermo (a long-time American League umpire) was from my hometown of Oxford. I think that always interested me too. One day I went to my brother's baseball game and they did not have an umpire. So, I worked the game. I was hooked and have been doing games ever since.

Was this the first time you were an umpire in the Little League World Series?

I did the Little League World Series in 2017, but it is very rare to work the Series more than once. Typically, it was a one-time opportunity since so many volunteers apply to do it every year.

However, since the experience was going to be pared down this year, the umpires who were chosen decided to defer to next year. With that, Little League decided to call upon 12 umpires who were recent veterans of the series and who were uniquely qualified to come back and work the 2021 Series. In that way, this year has been a very unique umpiring experience. I have had the chance to work with some of the very best umpires Little League has to offer in the entire country. It has been a real honor and a joy to work with all of them.

How does umpiring in the Little League World Series differ from other games you have umpired?

The Little League World Series is a high-profile endeavor. The games are carried on national TV (ESPN or ABC) and the viewership is extremely high. In that way, the pressure of working these games is higher than a typical Little League game. In addition, the very best teams in the country (and usually the world) come here. You want to be the very best you can for these players. The pace of the game is fast...there is great defense, and the competition is fierce. It is the apogee of our Little League experience.

You are a professor of Paramedicine and a paramedic, in addition to being an umpire. How do you balance it all?

During the season, I work two or three nights a week volunteering to umpire at my local league in Oxford. For the past two years, I have had the chance to teach my 16-year-old nephew, Brady, how to umpire and we work games together. He is really good and a quick learner. We get to spend time together and learn important life skills like interacting with people from all walks of life and being around a game we love.

In the hustle and bustle of being a paramedic and professor of paramedicine, umpiring baseball games is a great outlet for me. It is mind clearing and joyous; an opportunity to "get away" from the daily stressors and just enjoy the pastime.

How long have you been working at QCC? What brought you to the College?

I began teaching at QCC in January 2021, so I am still very new. I found out about my predecessor, Cheryl Finn's retirement when she sent me a text. After talking with her and Dean Pat Schmohl, I thought it was the right fit. I have been very happy with my choice and have found everyone at QCC to be so welcoming, patient, kind, and supportive in my new role.

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by helping people improve their lives. I enjoy helping people become better at things, and I find myself becoming a better person in that journey too. I have a passion for education and passing along the love of our work and the ways we perfect our craft. Like paramedicine, umpiring is something one is always working on perfecting, and since there are always improvements to make, it's a process of continuous teaching and learning from others.

What would you like people to know about you?

I want people to know how thankful I am for all the people in my life who have helped me along the way. Most importantly, my parents, Ricci and Paula Hall, who celebrate 49 years of marriage this month. Without their support and the life they unselfishly gave me and my brother, Tom, I would not be where I am today. And to all the wonderful mentors and supporters I have had along the way, I cannot thank them enough.

 

  • Domestic Abuse Statistics
August, 2021

Seeing someone you know or love experience domestic violence can be scary, and starting the conversation can be difficult as well. Men or women going through a difficult time may not want to discuss the abuse they’re experiencing for any number of reasons, including fear, shame, or even concern for their partner who has abusive behavior. Quinsigamond Community College is committed to providing victims and...

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Seeing someone you know or love experience domestic violence can be scary, and starting the conversation can be difficult as well. Men or women going through a difficult time may not want to discuss the abuse they’re experiencing for any number of reasons, including fear, shame, or even concern for their partner who has abusive behavior. Quinsigamond Community College is committed to providing victims and survivors of domestic violence confidential resources right here on campus.

The Human Services Program and the Dean of Compliance office have partnered with the YWCA of Central MA and their domestic violence educators to get peer advocates trained and certified to help their peers as well as members of the community. Interested students will attend eight virtual workshops and to earn their certification, they must attend every session. Once certified, peer advocates will serve as a resource for domestic violence at QCC and in the community.

Know the signs of domestic violence (also known as Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) or Partner Abuse). It is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse to impact someone else's thoughts, actions and beliefs without their consent. Domestic violence is pervasive, life-threatening, and affects millions of individuals across the United States regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, education, gender identity, or sexual orientation. While factors such as substance abuse, financial stress and unemployment, and illness may exacerbate existing abusive behavior, they do not cause domestic violence. However, these factors are often used as excuses to allow violent behavior to go unchecked - sometimes resulting in fatalities.

Anyone can be a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence, but the most marginalized members of our society- people of color, individuals and families who are low income, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+ folks, people with physical and/or mental disabilities, immigrants, refugees, women, and children - are at the greatest risk. In Massachusetts, 1 in 3 women & 1 in 5 men report having experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Every single person who is trained as resource for victims and survivors can make a difference. QCC Dean of Compliance Liz Woods and QCC Coordinator of Human Services Brenda Safford partnered with YWCA facilitators in Fall 2018 and created the Student Peer Advocates for Domestic Violence for QCC.

To date, 25 students have been trained as peer advocates and additional recruits are being sought for the Fall 2021 semester. By working together we can increase the amount of resources available for classmates and community members. Become a peer advocate today and help us help others in need. 

Trainings will be on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

  • September 30
  • October 7
  • October 14
  • October 21
  • October 28
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2

Students interested in registering for training should email their name, address, student ID number and phone number to Ms. Safford at bsafford [at] qcc.mass.edu or Ms. Woods at lwoods [at] qcc.mass.edu.

August, 2021

It’s time to get the votes out for Quinsigamond Community College! As one of the top five finalists in the Telegram & Gazette’s 2021 Best of Central Mass Readers’ Choice Contest in the Best College/University category, QCC could take the top honor, but we need your help!

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It’s time to get the votes out for Quinsigamond Community College! As one of the top five finalists in the Telegram & Gazette’s 2021 Best of Central Mass Readers’ Choice Contest in the Best College/University category, QCC could take the top honor, but we need your help!

The “Vote For Me Phase” has begun and will run through September 22. Only the top three finalists will make it to the final round after the "Vote For Me Phase" and we need all of Wyvern nation to help us get to the final three.

The top three winners will be invited to a red carpet awards event on December 6, at the DCU Center, where the top winner will be announced. Let’s remind our community why QCC is the smarter choice in higher education and vote for QCC today! 

  • QCC's E-Sports Coach Nathaniel "Nate" Mello holds the winning 2021 E-Sports plaque.
  • The QCC’s Men’s Soccer Team will be back in action beginning on September 21.
  • The Women's Soccer Team begins its 2021 season on September 11. with a home game against Massasoit Community College.
  • Another exciting season is in store for the Lady Wyverns Volleyball Team.
August, 2021

We’re BAAACK!

Fall is a time of changing leaves and sweater weather but this fall, it’s also a time for getting back to the things we’ve missed! One of the things we’ve all missed at QCC is gym time in the Athletic Center. QCC’s Director of Athletics and Fitness Lisa Gurnick is excited to let the QCC community know the gym will open up in a...

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We’re BAAACK!

Fall is a time of changing leaves and sweater weather but this fall, it’s also a time for getting back to the things we’ve missed! One of the things we’ve all missed at QCC is gym time in the Athletic Center. QCC’s Director of Athletics and Fitness Lisa Gurnick is excited to let the QCC community know the gym will open up in a limited capacity beginning on Monday, September 6.

“We will allow 10 people to use the gym per hour from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,” Ms. Gurnick said. “We are limiting the number we will allow in the gym to 10 people. Between each person, we will sanitize and disinfect all equipment. By limiting the number of people, we can maintain adequate social distancing to ensure the utmost in safety.”

Kick Into High Gear with Men’s and Women’s Soccer

The Lady Wyvern Soccer Team is getting ready to start its 2021 season with its first home game scheduled for Saturday, September 11 at noon against Bristol Community College. All QCC home games are played at QCC’s main campus, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester.

Stop by to show your support for our Women’s Soccer team and help to cheer them on to a winning season!

Other games in September include:

Saturday, Sept. 18: noon against Massasoit Community College (Home)

Wednesday, Sept. 22: 4:00 p.m. against Springfield Technical Community College (Away – bus leaves at 1:45 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 25: noon against Bunker Hill Community College (Home)

Tuesday, Set. 28: 4:00 p.m. against Community College of Rhode Island (Home)

Thursday, Sept. 30: 4:00 p.m. against Holyoke Community College (Home)

Interested in learning more about the Women’s Soccer team? Email Head Coach Josh Cole at jcole [at] qcc.mass.edu.

QCC’s Men’s Soccer Team is gearing up for another successful season under the direction of Head Coach Frank Balcarcel. The men will begin their opener at an away game on Tuesday, September 21 at 3:30 p.m. against Bristol Community College. The bus will leave QCC at 1:30 p.m.

Other games in September include:

Thursday, Sept. 23: 4:00 p.m. against Holyoke Community College (Away – bus leaves at 2:00 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 25: noon against Northern Essex Community College (Away- bus leaves at 10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, Sept. 28: 4:00 p.m. against Mass Bay Community College (first home game of the season!)

Interested in learning more about the Men’s Soccer team? Email Coach Balcarcel at fbalcarcel [at] qcc.mass.edu.

Get Set for the Women’s Volleyball 2021 Season

The Lady Wyverns Volleyball Team is prepared to dig in for another exciting season beginning with the first home game on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 6:00 p.m. against Mass Bay Community at the QCC Athletic Center.

Other games in September include:

Saturday, Sept. 18: noon against Mass Bay Community College (Away – bus leaves at 10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, Sept. 21: 6:00 p.m. against Holyoke Community College (Home)

Saturday, Sept. 25: noon against northern Essex Community College (Home)

Tuesday, Sept. 28: 6:00 p.m. against Northern Essex Community College (Away- bus leaves at 4:00 p.m.)

Thursday, Sept. 30: 6:00 p.m. against Community College of Rhode Island (Home)

For questions on the Women’s Volleyball team, email head coach Emily Boulitelle at eboulitelle [at] qcc.mass.edu.

 

  • QCC encourages everyone to get vaccinated.
August, 2021

As Quinsigamond Community College prepares for the start of the fall semester and coming back to campus, the College wants to remind people to get vaccinated. COVID-19 can affect anyone. People of all ages can get COVID-19 and getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your community from the COVID-19 variants.

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As Quinsigamond Community College prepares for the start of the fall semester and coming back to campus, the College wants to remind people to get vaccinated. COVID-19 can affect anyone. People of all ages can get COVID-19 and getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your community from the COVID-19 variants.

People can spread COVID-19 without having any symptoms. Some people with COVID-19 feel totally fine; however, they can still spread the virus to other people. COVID-19 mainly spreads through the air. People with COVID-19 can spread the virus to other people around them when they talk, cough, sneeze, sing — or even just breathe.

When more people get vaccinated, it's harder for new variants to form. That's because the COVID-19 virus needs to infect someone before it can change into a new variant, and vaccinated people are less likely to get infected.

Vaccines work by training your immune system to recognize and fight off a specific germ before it has a chance to make you sick. Even if you already had COVID-19, getting vaccinated can help your immune system fight the virus better in the future. While no vaccine is 100% effective, unvaccinated people are at far higher risk.

QCC will continue to follow the science regarding COVID-19 safety, as well as take into consideration the latest CDC guidelines. We are also following the recommendations and guidance of State and local health officials and remain committed to making decisions with your safety, and the safety of our community, in mind. To learn more visit Healthy Safe Campus.

  • Veteran Affairs Honors 20th Anniversary Commemoration of 9/11.
August, 2021

QCC’s Veteran Affairs is asking everyone to wear an article of red clothing on Friday, Sept. 10, to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and to show solidarity for deployed U.S. military service members. A tradition in many military communities is to wear red on Friday to, ‘Remember Everyone Deployed (R.E.D.).’

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QCC’s Veteran Affairs is asking everyone to wear an article of red clothing on Friday, Sept. 10, to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and to show solidarity for deployed U.S. military service members. A tradition in many military communities is to wear red on Friday to, ‘Remember Everyone Deployed (R.E.D.).’

Veteran Affairs is asking that students, faculty and staff honor the thousands killed in the 9/11 attack, and recognize those who risked their lives to save others in the wake of the attacks by this non-political show of remembrance.

To learn more about QCC’s Veteran Affairs, visit www.QCC.edu/veteran-affairs

  • QCC welcomes students back in-person for the Fall 2021 Semester.
August, 2021

Wednesday, September 1: 2021 New Student Orientation events.

Thursday, September 2: Class of 2020 In-Person Student Orientation events.

Monday, September 6: The College will be closed for Labor Day holiday.

Tuesday, September 7: All College Day for faculty and staff. Event will be held in-person at the Herbert Auditorium...

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Wednesday, September 1: 2021 New Student Orientation events.

Thursday, September 2: Class of 2020 In-Person Student Orientation events.

Monday, September 6: The College will be closed for Labor Day holiday.

Tuesday, September 7: All College Day for faculty and staff. Event will be held in-person at the Herbert Auditorium and virtual via Zoom. Welcoming remarks begin at 9:00 a.m. A Zoom email will be sent prior to the event.  

Wednesday, September 8: The 2021 Fall Semester begins. Courses and support services are offered in-person as well as remotely.

Wednesday, September 8 – September 16: Welcome Week 2021 to begin the Fall semester. New Director of Student Life & Leadership, Ashlee Givens, and her team have developed a week of exciting events. Students should check the Q for the latest updates.

September Spotlight: QCC has partnered with the Esler Family Foundation to bring New York Times bestselling author, Heather McGhee, in for a virtual talk about the devastating true cost of racism—not just for people of color, but for everyone.

Following her talk, there will be a moderated question and answer session. Ms. McGhee will discuss how we can take action in the context of Worcester and other Massachusetts Gateway cities, surrounding issues of educational equity and other disparities in our communities.

The event is free to the community. For information and to register for this event, visit Heather McGhee Virtual talk.

August, 2021

August, 2021

August, 2021

We are very pleased to announce the following full-time staff updates:

On August 8, 2021, Academic Affairs welcomed Gemma Goranson as Student Success Center Generalist. Gemma brings to this position over five years of experience. Most recently, she worked as an Academic Success Coordinator at Saint Peter Marian. Gemma earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University...

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We are very pleased to announce the following full-time staff updates:

On August 8, 2021, Academic Affairs welcomed Gemma Goranson as Student Success Center Generalist. Gemma brings to this position over five years of experience. Most recently, she worked as an Academic Success Coordinator at Saint Peter Marian. Gemma earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University.

On August 8, 2021, Academic Affairs Shanan Stratis as Assistant Dean of the School of Healthcare. Shanan brings to this position over 23 years of experience. Most recently, she was Director of the Breakthrough Solution for Nursing (BSNEM) Program at QCC. Shanan earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University and a Master’s Degree from Western Governors University (WGU).

On August 15, 2021, Academic Affairs welcomed Geraldo Maldonado as Southbridge Site Leader. Geraldo brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, he was Project Manager for the Department of Housing, State of Connecticut, Geraldo is also an adjunct faculty at QCC. Geraldo earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University and an MBA from Anna Maria College.

On August 15, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Edward Ramos as Campus Police Officer III- Sergeant. Edward brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, he was Campus Police Officer I at QCC. Edward has completed Intermittent Reserve Academy.

On August 15, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Todd LaBranche as Campus Police Officer III- Sergeant. Todd brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, he was Campus Police Officer I at QCC. Todd has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Becker College.

On August 15, 2021, Enrollment Management & Student Engagement welcomed Buffie Whittaker as College and Career Navigator. Buffie brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, she was Recruitment Counselor at QCC. Buffie earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University and a Master’s Degree from Boston University.

On August 22, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Joseph Chunis as Maintainer I (2nd Shift). Joseph brings to this position a year of experience. Most recently, he was part-time Maintainer at QCC.

On August 25, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Kevin Li as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs: Assessment, Curriculum Development and Academic Success. Kevin brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, he was Dean of Arts and Sciences at Triton College, in River Grove, Illinois. Kevin earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Roosevelt University.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Jennifer McAndrew as Director of Advising. Jennifer brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, she was the Registrar at MassBay Community College. Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s Degree from University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree from Salem State University.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Steven Gambino as Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Steven brings to this position 3 years of experience. Most recently, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Community College of Rhode Island. Steven earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of Hartford and a Master’s Degree from University of Rhode Island.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Eduardo Ramirez Martinez as Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Eduardo brings to this position over 5 years of experience. Most recently, he worked as a Mathematics Instructor at Fitchburg State University. Eduardo earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Sukhmani Pal as Assistant Professor of Psychology. Sukhmani brings to this position 2 years of experience. Most recently, she was a Teaching Instructor at University of Mississippi. Sukhmani earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Kamala Nehru College, a Master’s Degree from Christ University, and her Ph.D. from University of Mississippi.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Lynn Valeri as Assistant Professor of Nurse Education ADN Program. Lynn brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, she was a nursing Adjunct Faculty here at QCC. Lynn earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Fitchburg State University and a Master’s Degree from Sacred Heart University.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Ana Olivar as Associate Professor of Nurse Education ADN Program. Ana brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, she worked as Nursing Faculty at Blackstone Valley Technical School and also she was a nursing Adjunct Faculty at QCC. Ana earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Cebu City Medical Center- College of Nursing and a Master’s Degree from Walden University.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Meghan McCrillis as Professor of Nurse Education ADN Program. Meghan brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, she worked as a nursing Faculty at Assumption College and also she was a nursing Adjunct Faculty at QCC. Meghan earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University , a Master’s Degree from Walden University, and her PhD from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Anianjolice Oquendo as Clerk IV- Early Childhood Education Lab School (ECE Lab School). Anianjolice brings to this position 7 years of experience. Most recently, she was Unit Secretary at UMass Memorial Medical. Anianjolice earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Anna Maria College.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Kimberly Mohareb as Biological Sciences Safety Officer/Technician. Kimberly brings to this position 5 years of experience. Most recently, she was a Science Laboratory Technician here at QCC. Kimberly earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Patricia Pope as Physical Sciences Safety Officer/Technician. Patricia brings to this position 5 years of experience. Most recently, she was a Science Laboratory Technician here at QCC. Patricia earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Worcester State University and a Ph.D. from UMass Medical School.

On August 29, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Gargi Chug as Assistant Professor of Computer Information System. Gargi brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, she was an Adjunct Faculty at QCC. Gargi earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Saurashtra University.

Please join us in welcoming Gemma, Shanan, Geraldo, Edward, Todd, Buffie, Joseph, Kevin ennifer, Steven, Eduardo, Sukhmani, Lynn, Ana, Meghan, Anianjolice, Kimberly, Patricia, and Gargi into their new roles at QCC!

July, 2021

  • QCC's new nursing students (formerly Becker nursing students) experience hands-on learning in the College's nursing lab.
  • QCC welcomes its first class of former Becker nursing students.
  • A former Becker nursing student is now a part of QCC's nursing program.
July, 2021

Entering the nursing profession is not for the faint of heart. For those who chose this profession, often their main motivator is the desire to make a difference in people’s lives.

So when Becker College announced on March 28 that it would shutter its doors, these same students who were dedicating their lives to helping others were now the ones who needed assistance... and Quinisigamond Community...

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Entering the nursing profession is not for the faint of heart. For those who chose this profession, often their main motivator is the desire to make a difference in people’s lives.

So when Becker College announced on March 28 that it would shutter its doors, these same students who were dedicating their lives to helping others were now the ones who needed assistance... and Quinisigamond Community College was there to help.

Former Becker Nursing student and West Brookfield resident Melissa Waddell decided to major in nursing because it has been a lifelong dream. Her grandmother was the head nurse at Holden Nursing Home for many years, and she had always thought that it was an admirable and well-respected career choice. She also loved helping people.

Ms. Waddell was already familiar with QCC prior to Becker closing. She had began taking her prerequisites at QCC in 2016, while working full-time and raising her family. However, when finished her prerequisites and applied to QCC’s nursing program, she was placed on the waiting list for the spring 2023 semester.

“I am 38 years old and didn't want to wait that long to start a nursing program, so I applied at Becker,” Ms. Waddell said. “I was absolutely thrilled to finally make it into a nursing program after spending so long working on my prerequisites.” 

Thus, when Becker closed, she found herself going back to the college where she initially started.

“When I learned Becker was closing after just my first semester there in the program, I was very upset and worried about the continuance of my education, while simultaneously trying to focus on having a successful first semester. I reached out to QCC, which I considered to be my home school in a way, almost immediately.

Ms. Waddell was placed on a list of interested Becker transfer students, and spent some time waiting and worrying as to whether she would be admitted into QCC.

“I knew that I was in good shape to return to QCC because I was already on the waiting list for the nursing program there. It was just a matter of whether or not QCC would have the space for us, and whether or not our credits would transfer,” she said.

For former Becker student and Woodstock, Connecticut resident Alyssa Velez, entering Becker was in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I wanted to pursue nursing, mostly because when the pandemic hit and my husband and I had our first child, I felt like I wanted a more rewarding job,” Ms. Velez said. “When I learned Becker was closing, there wasn't much I could do. We asked the questions we could and just waited for answers.”

She said it was a challenging and stressful time for the students, but ultimately both she and Ms. Waddell, along with 55 Becker classmates entered a bridge program that QCC developed for the transfer students in mid-July.

“I welcomed our first class of Becker nursing students face-to- face and it was wonderful feeling,” said Dean of School of Healthcare Pat Schmohl. “Our nursing leadership team and faculty have done a tremendous job integrating the Becker College students into our nursing courses, without impacting our waitlist of future students. Our clinical partners have been very understanding in working with us this fall semester, to allow additional clinical groups to accommodate our new students.”

Patricia Creelman, professor of Nurse Education has been working with the students as they transition into QCC.

“I give them lots of credit for being able to adjust to all of these very unexpected changes. Many have had to enroll in co-requisite courses this summer, as well as participate in the bridge nursing courses which were created by QCC to bridge the curricular gap between Becker and QCC,” Professsor Creelman said.

 According to Ms. Creelman, the former Becker students will merge into QCC’s nursing classes in the fall semester. 

“Some will enter second semester, some will enter third semester and some will enter fourth semester. The only thing that will be different is the bridge courses that the Becker students are taking this summer,” she continued.

Ms. Waddell and Ms. Velez plan to continue their education after QCC and work toward their BSN.

“We had to push through our first year of nursing school not knowing if we'd have placement in the Fall. A lot of us hung on by a thread, but I am so proud of the nursing students who came from Becker,” Ms. Velez said. “The amount of stress and worry we had, and to be able to pass the semester, we should be proud.”

 

  • The Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School serves as a lab/training site.
July, 2021

The Children’s School: Quinsigamond Community College’s Early Childhood Education Lab School will reopen its doors in Fall 2021.  The school is currently enrolling children for the 2021- 2022 academic year, under the leadership of new Director Kristen Fuller.

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The Children’s School: Quinsigamond Community College’s Early Childhood Education Lab School will reopen its doors in Fall 2021.  The school is currently enrolling children for the 2021- 2022 academic year, under the leadership of new Director Kristen Fuller.

“After careful review by our Administration and the QCC Board of Trustees, we made the decision to renew our commitment to the Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School and the opportunities it affords our students and the young children in our community,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

The Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School serves as a lab/training site for students majoring in Early Childhood Education and is an integral part of the program. It provides supervised student participation and field placement experience for Early Childhood Education Associate Degree students.

“I am very excited to have joined a team of dedicated professionals and to have children return to the QCC campus,” Ms. Fuller said. “The School was established as a resource for QCC students, but has become a true model of collaboration and commitment to top-notch, high-quality education and care of children between the ages of 2 years 9 months to 5 years,” Ms. Fuller said, adding that the School will have a daily capacity of 28 children.

The Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School was the first center granted the highest level on the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). The QRIS is a method used to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early child care, early child care education, and after-school settings.

For more information visit www.QCC.edu/childrensschool.

  • Students in an anatomy and physiology class at Southbridge.
  • Southbridge High School
July, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College is making it easier for those in Southbridge and the surrounding communities to have access to high quality, affordable higher education opportunities, with its move to Southbridge High School. Beginning this fall, QCC at Southbridge will begin offering both in-person and online classes for the fall 2021 semester.

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Quinsigamond Community College is making it easier for those in Southbridge and the surrounding communities to have access to high quality, affordable higher education opportunities, with its move to Southbridge High School. Beginning this fall, QCC at Southbridge will begin offering both in-person and online classes for the fall 2021 semester.

“The establishment of a QCC satellite campus in Southbridge High School has been incredibly successful and I look forward to our second year of collaboration. The partnership has provided our students with the opportunity to enroll in college courses while in high school. I look forward to once again working closely with QCC to provide the students of Southbridge High School with the opportunity to take college courses, while they are enrolled in high school,” said Southbridge Receiver/Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Villar, Ph.D.

“This partnership has enabled QCC to become more accessible to the communities we serve both in and around the Southbridge area,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

This fall, students in the region will have the opportunity to take standard 15-week courses, or choose accelerated courses offered in two seven-week sections: Fall 1 (September 6 start date) and Fall II (November 1 start date). These accelerated courses enable students to complete two classes in the same time it would normally take them to take one class during the standard fall semester. Currently, the primary classes being offered include general education courses required for most majors at QCC.

QCC moved from its Optical Drive location in the summer of 2020 so that high school students, family members and members of the Southbridge and area communities could take advantage of QCC’s academic and workforce development offerings. In Spring 2021, QCC also began its Early College Program for Southbridge High School juniors and seniors.

“QCC offers affordable access to higher education and workforce training and development. Their admissions staff is eager to work with anyone wanting to improve their education and/or job opportunities,” said Executive Director Chamber of Central Mass South, Alexandra McNitt.

“I look forward to expanding these opportunities and to the continued collaboration with the amazing QCC faculty as we plan for future programs that will provide our students and the community of Southbridge with new and exciting career opportunities,” Dr. Villar added. 

Enrollment for QCC’s Fall semester is currently underway. To register for classes visit www.QCC.edu/admissions

  • QCC 's Practical Nursing Program graduates its largest class.
  • QCC's Practical Nursing graduates are all smiles during their pinning ceremony.
  • New LPNs file into the the Hebert Auditorum for their pinning ceremony.
July, 2021

Last month the largest group of Practical Nursing graduates in QCC’s history received their pins during a pinning ceremony, held at QCC’s Hebert Auditorium, on the College’s main campus. A total of 72 LPNs and 72 future nurses are now ready to enter the workforce.

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Last month the largest group of Practical Nursing graduates in QCC’s history received their pins during a pinning ceremony, held at QCC’s Hebert Auditorium, on the College’s main campus. A total of 72 LPNs and 72 future nurses are now ready to enter the workforce.

Valedictorian Ama Osei and Salutatorian Lydia Otenewaa led the graduates in the traditional pinning ceremony that has been a part of nursing graduations since Florence Nightingale’s days as a nurse.

“We are so proud of these amazing graduates who worked tirelessly to attain their dreams of becoming a licensed practical nurse,” said Dean of Healthcare Pat Schmohl.

QCC’s Practical Nurse Education program prepares students with skills and education that will enable them to become an effective LPN. The Practical Nursing Certificate prepares students to assume an entry-level position in the field or pursue additional education. Graduates of the program assume responsibilities related to direct patient care in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, doctor’s offices, clinics, extended care facilities, home and community health agencies. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

The Practical Nursing Program is conducted over a minimum 40-week period involving five semesters of study. Classes are scheduled full-time during the day, as well as full-time in the evening. 

  • Akosua Abbrey
  • Sandra Acquah
  • Natasha Addo
  • Daniel Agyeman
  • Elizabeth Alvarado
  • Abigail Amarty
  • Stephanie Asare
  • Chalmer Asongwed
  • Kimberly Austin
  • Maura Bacon
  • Katelynn Barkley
  • Eunice Bekoe
  • Carol Benson
  • Amanda Blankenship
  • Erica Bouchard
  • Nicole Bouffard
  • Samantha Cafarelli
  • Alexandra Cowher
  • Alyssia Cutler
  • Wedline Dascelin
  • Kaylynn Do
  • Ana Franco
  • Michaela Garvey
  • Kathleen Gibson
  • Anthony Gikiri
  • Kayla Goatz
  • Jaelynn Gour
  • Irina Greer
  • Ramadan Hiba
  • Thao Hieu Charron
  • Grace Hume
  • Thi Thanh Huynh
  • Ann Kahiu
  • Nancy Kamicha
  • Flavia Kikoyo
  • Dorothy Koranteng
  • Catherine Lamson
  • Vanessa Levens
  • Kenneth Luswata
  • Hailey Minichiello
  • Inutu Mwinga
  • Caroline Nakabiili
  • Justine Nakirija
  • Myleen Narito
  • Lydie Ndassi
  • Margaret Ndicu
  • Jasmine Nerette
  • Mispa Ngimbous
  • Mynhi Ngo
  • Ann Njoroge
  • Ama Osei
  • Lydia Otenewaa
  • Cecilia Owusu Ansah
  • Esther Owusu
  • Beth Pasceri
  • Elizabeth Petursson
  • Sabina Potem
  • Julia Price
  • Bethany Racine
  • Shanna Kay Reynolds
  • Clementine Sackor
  • Charity Sarkodieh
  • Anee Tamang
  • Juliana Tawiah
  • Chamatee Taylor
  • Jordan Tazifor
  • Roseline Tiku Henry
  • Jordan Tremblay
  • Gayle Walley
  • Eunice Wiafe
  • Tawa Woods
  • Marie Zibegan Moussissa

Visit Practical Nursing to learn more about the program.

  • The new Harrington Learning Center Diversity Steps.
July, 2021

As people begin to come back to QCC’s campus and stop into the Harrington Learning Center (HLC), they will notice a colorful change. Earlier this month the stairs leading into the HLC have taken on a multi-colored hue. Already the steps are generating excitement as people stop by to take selfies.

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As people begin to come back to QCC’s campus and stop into the Harrington Learning Center (HLC), they will notice a colorful change. Earlier this month the stairs leading into the HLC have taken on a multi-colored hue. Already the steps are generating excitement as people stop by to take selfies.

According to Shauna Connelly, president of the Multicultural Club and the Criminal Justice Club the “Diversity Steps,” idea came about in fall of 2020 during one of the first Multicultural Club meetings.

“One of our advisors, Judith D’Angelo, showed us a picture of stairs with encouraging words on the risers. Everybody loved the idea,” Ms. Connelly said.

Ms. Connelly began researching different stair designs and stumbled upon rainbow stairs. She brought the idea back to the Multicultural Club where it was well-received. Ms. Connelly thought this would be a great to involve the Criminal Justice Club, forming a collaborative project. Student Trustee Tara Rudolph also volunteered her assistance and the assistance of the Black Student Union.

Upon presentation to QCC leadership, they embraced the idea and supported the project.

“This project is a celebration of the diversity of our student body,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.  

 

  • Information Technology is one of the most sought after careers in 2021.
July, 2021

Over 20 community leaders learned what the most in demand careers were and how Quinsigamond Community College was there to support their organizations and their constituents. At a recent virtual community event, QCC staff highlighted some of the top healthcare, manufacturing and information technology (IT) careers and the programs that QCC offers in these areas. 

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Over 20 community leaders learned what the most in demand careers were and how Quinsigamond Community College was there to support their organizations and their constituents. At a recent virtual community event, QCC staff highlighted some of the top healthcare, manufacturing and information technology (IT) careers and the programs that QCC offers in these areas. 

“It is imperative we offer the tools and information to best advise our community organizations on what types of high demand careers are available, and how to get them trained as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Director of Community Engagement, Déborah L. González, Ph.D.  “QCC’s focus is on providing the practical skills that can help students improve their skill sets, find employment, and embark on a career path.”

During a virtual presentation by the College, representatives from QCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education (CWDCE), as well QCC’s Admissions office discussed the pathways students can take to a better career and future. 

CWDCE Program Manager Kathleen O’Connor addressed the variety of free programs that the College offers through the Snap to Work Program for those who meet the eligibility requirements, as well as the free programs offered through grant funding.  She noted that these programs offer wraparound services and some offer free textbooks, assistance with transportation, childcare, some pay hourly stipends and some grant programs offer job placements.

El Buen Samaritano Food Program, Inc. Director of Operations Maricelis (Mari) Gonzalez said she feels the Snap to Work program opportunities would be very beneficial for her constituents, many of whom are receiving Snap benefits, while they look for employment.

“I do come across volunteers that in order to get Snap benefits, they have to commit to 20 hours (of volunteer work). I’m thinking instead of doing this, let’s get them into a certificate program,” Ms. Gonzalez said. “Look what we have in our own backyard. We have these free programs that can help people get to the next level ...I know QCC will get them to that next level.”

Today, healthcare and social assistance are the largest employment sector (20.3%), with a wide spectrum of entry-level jobs and wage earning potential and multiple occupational pathways. In demand careers include CNAs, LPNs, RNs, Pharmacy Technicians and Direct Care Workers.

The Advanced Manufacturing sector also has a large need for workers such as CNC Machinists, Quality Control Technician and Production Workers. At QCC, students can use a variety of short-term educational pathways to begin a career in advanced manufacturing.

Many of the CWDCE programs are quick turnaround programs that are low-cost and enable students to enter the workforce immediately, or continue in a credit-based certificate or degree program. The CWDCE also offers subscription-based, all-you-can-learn online modules that enable students to access over 500 unique online courses in Advanced Manufacturing or Microsoft 365. These training modules can be accessed from 30, 60, 90, 180, 365 days of unlimited use for a set rate.

 “Students are in charge of their own learning pathway,” Ms. O’Connor said.

Professional and Technical Services careers also top the list with a current need for occupations such as Software/Web Developer, Cyber Security and Biomanufacturing Technicians.

A variety of CWDCE programs include IT career pathways. Students to take 18-week courses to become front-end software developers or back-end software developers, as well a five-week Google IT Help Technician Certificate program. Additionally, for those students who wish to continue their education after a non-credit program, they can meet with QCC’s Career Services and Credit for Prior Learning to learn how to get credit for their work.

QCC recognized the need to offer programs in Spanish and the CWDCE designed a Personal Care Homemaker Training program for students in both English and Spanish models.  Students are eligible to work with an agency and they can choose to be paired with someone who is English or Spanish speaking.

QCC’s Associate Director of Admissions, Denise Haile, Ed.D. addressed the credit options available, highlighting the 120 degree and certificate programs, many of which are in the high demand, high pay areas of healthcare, manufacturing and IT. Examples of programs include Emergency Medical Assistant Certificate, Computer Systems Engineering Technology-Help Desk Technician Certificate to Associate degrees such as Manufacturing Technology-Applied Manufacturing Option.

Preparing students from employment is a key element in both credit and non-credit programs. From resume and cover letter workshops, to mock interview sessions, workplace and “dress for success ”sessions, QCC ensures students are thoroughly prepared to enter the workforce.

Enrollment is currently underway for the Fall semester. Courses for credit and non-credit programs are available, days, nights, weekends and online. Visit www.QCC.edu/admissions to learn more.

QCC sends a big thank you to the following community organizations who participated in the July event:

  • Maricelis Gonzalez: El Buen Samaritano, Inc.
  • Kelly Dolan: Worcester Housing Authority
  • Martha Benitez: Center for Health Impact
  • Jessie Montville: Open Sky
  • Hasir Gonzalez: Worcester Housing Authority
  • Anh Vu Sawyer: South East Asian Coalition
  • Kelsey Haggett: Youth Advocacy Division
  • Shalesha Smith: Youth Villages
  • Elyse Waksman: Literacy Volunteers of Worcester
  • Kate DeMaio: Webster Schools
  • Nelly Medina: Parent organizer for both The Worcester Education Justice Alliance and The Massachusetts parent union PUMA
  • Margaret Morrisey: Edward Jacobs Library
  • Derek Kiser: Fresh Start

Informational community events will continue to be held throughout the year with the next event set for September 29. The event will focus on student success resources.

  • Nephtalie Faustin, Alumni Board President
  • Amy Tisdell, Alumni Board Vice President
  • Michael Harper, Alumni Board Secretary
July, 2021

Since QCC’s inception, more than 34,000 alumni have entered the workforce in virtually every industry in our region and across the United States. They have come from diverse backgrounds, they span generation, and while their career goals may vary, they all have the drive to succeed. They are the backbone of our community and who makes our economy grow and thrive.

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Since QCC’s inception, more than 34,000 alumni have entered the workforce in virtually every industry in our region and across the United States. They have come from diverse backgrounds, they span generation, and while their career goals may vary, they all have the drive to succeed. They are the backbone of our community and who makes our economy grow and thrive.

Many of QCC alumni remain active with the college through the Alumni Association. Every two years, QCC holds an election for its Alumni Board. The Alumni Board is a valuable resource that works to promote alumni involvement in Central Mass and brings them together to network, enjoy events, and stay engaged with each other and the QCC community. The 2021 election has just concluded and we would like to thank all who participated in the elections and took the time to cast a vote! The votes are in and three highly qualified candidates have officially earned their seats.

Congratulations to QCC’s new 2021 Alumni Officers!

Nephtalie Faustin, Class of 2015, Liberal Arts:

“I am originally from Haiti and I speak four languages. During my time at QCC, I was a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Psi Beta Kappa Honor Societies. I finished my associate degree in Liberal Arts in May 2015 and transferred to UMass Amherst, graduating with a BS in Psychology (Neuroscience Track). I have volunteered at UMass Memorial Hospital, helped veterans during Thanksgiving week, and worked with people with disabilities (Autism).”

Vice President - Amy Tisdell, Class of 2013, Liberal Arts:

“I will work with the incoming president and advisory board to expand professional networking opportunities for alumni and current students of QCC. I will also bring an increased focus on philanthropy and using our collective power to support students in need at QCC.”

Secretary - Michael Harper, Class of 2010, Liberal Arts

“I’ve been a passionate proponent of community colleges ever since graduating from QCC in 2010. After graduation, I was able to continue to partner with QCC in my roles at WPI and Clark University, and was named a QCC Guardian, which is a great honor. Career changes over the years have reduced my opportunities to engage and support QCC, and I’m hoping this role will reignite my engagement and allow me the privilege of supporting the students, administration, and alumni of the college.”

QCC graduates are invited to join the Alumni Association monthly board meetings to stay connected and informed. For information, email alumni [at] qcc.mass.edu.

  • PTK awards
July, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student Kennedy Day, of Millbury, has been selected as a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Ms. Day is one of 207 PTK members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. She is a Liberal Arts Psychology Option major and a member of the Commonwealth Honors...

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Quinsigamond Community College Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student Kennedy Day, of Millbury, has been selected as a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Ms. Day is one of 207 PTK members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. She is a Liberal Arts Psychology Option major and a member of the Commonwealth Honors programs at QCC.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. More than 900 applications were received.

A total of $207,000 is awarded through the Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the United States military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships, earmarked for international students.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa to make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”

The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities.

“It is students like Kennedy who make a positive impact on our community and who become the leaders of tomorrow,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

“Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”

  • Students at Orientation
  • Students at Orientation
July, 2021

There are exciting things happening at Quinisgamond Community College and the new Director of Student Life and Leadership, Ashlee Givens, can’t wait to share them with students.

As QCC’s Fall semester draws closer, Student Life will be hosting New Student Orientations in late August and early September for the incoming Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021, to help students get off...

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There are exciting things happening at Quinisgamond Community College and the new Director of Student Life and Leadership, Ashlee Givens, can’t wait to share them with students.

As QCC’s Fall semester draws closer, Student Life will be hosting New Student Orientations in late August and early September for the incoming Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021, to help students get off to a successful, smart Fall semester.

For the incoming Class of 2021, this year’s orientation will be a hybrid model (both virtual & in-person) offered in two parts. Students should plan to attend both parts of orientation.

Due to the interruption of COVID–19, the Class of 2020 students were unable to participate in face-to-face orientation programs. Therefore, Student Life is inviting the incoming class of 2020 to participate in a unique program that will assist students in knowing the campus more intimately, not just from a virtual screen, and re-socialize students to ensure they are off to a great start this September.

Orientation sessions are designed to introduce students to QCC’s campus, programs and resources. Students will become familiar with the support services, resources and opportunities for co-curricular growth. Sessions are held at QCC’s main Worcester campus, at QCC’s Healthcare and Workforce Development Center in downtown Worcester and at QCC at Southbridge.

Please Note: All students who want to come to campus for a fun and exciting program are required to fill out QCC’s Orientation Registration Form. 

Incoming Fall 2021 New Student Orientation Registration - Students should choose the link for the location they will be attending:

Worcester -  Main Campus Orientation Form

Worcester -  Downtown Orientation Form

QCC at Southbridge  - Southbridge Orientation Form

Visit Student Orientation to register today.

For additional information, email Ms.Givens at agivins [at] qcc.mass.edu.

  • Dare to Dream Ranch
July, 2021

Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden, works closely with the QCC Veterans Club to excite and engage QCC veterans in a variety of activities and events designed to support veterans. Events have included both on and off campus activities to facilitate a welcoming environment, where veterans can network and support each other.

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Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden, works closely with the QCC Veterans Club to excite and engage QCC veterans in a variety of activities and events designed to support veterans. Events have included both on and off campus activities to facilitate a welcoming environment, where veterans can network and support each other.

A retreat designed for veterans that was rescheduled from last year will now take place on Saturday, October 23, 2021 (rain date Oct. 24) from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and is open to QCC veterans and any QCC employee who is a veteran.

The all-day event is free to veterans and family members. It will include archery, hiking, yoga and equine therapy.  Lunch will also be provided.  

Just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Ogden was watching the news when she saw a story about the Dare to Dream Ranch in Foster, Rhode Island. Dare to Dream Ranch, Inc. is a holistic and alternative military retreat for service members, veterans and their families. The story resonated with Ms. Ogden and she reached out to the Ranch to see if she could coordinate a retreat for QCC veterans. They were more than accommodating; however, the pandemic put the planned retreat on hold until this year.

“This is just one of the many upcoming activities we planned,” Ms.Ogden said, adding to be on the lookout for information on a U.S.S. Constitution private tour and the American Heritage Museum’s WWII reenactment.

Those interested in the Dare to Dream Ranch retreat should RSVP Ms.Ogden at pogden [at] qcc.mass.edu. Visit Veterans Affairs to learn more.

  • QCC Men's Soccer
July, 2021

Division 3 Soccer Recruitment Underway 

Calling all men and women soccer players! Fall is fast approaching and with it the start of soccer season. Any student interested in playing D3 soccer this fall for QCC can contact Men’s Soccer Coach Frank Balcarcel at fbalcarcel [at] qcc.mass.edu or Women...

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Division 3 Soccer Recruitment Underway 

Calling all men and women soccer players! Fall is fast approaching and with it the start of soccer season. Any student interested in playing D3 soccer this fall for QCC can contact Men’s Soccer Coach Frank Balcarcel at fbalcarcel [at] qcc.mass.edu or Women’s Soccer Coach Josh Cole at jcole [at] qcc.mass.edu. This is a great way to be a part of the QCC community and have fun! A physical is required to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Student Athletes must be enrolled in 12 credits during the season. Visit Student Athletics to learn more.

Fitness Classes 

Finish off the summer strong with QCC’s fitness classes! These classes are available to all current QCC students, faculty and staff and are the perfect way to get the fitness you need for a healthy mind and body. Email Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick at lisag [at] qcc.mass.edu for a Zoom invite to any of the free, weekly fitness classes.

Body Blaster Boot Camp

This 45-minute, interval-based boot camp style class mixes calisthenics, body weight exercises, cardio and strength training. Workouts are designed to challenge participants at all levels. Minimal to no equipment necessary. The virtual class is held every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Zoom Yoga

In this class, basic foundational yoga postures are practiced to align, strengthen and promote flexibility in the body. Full-body relaxation and balance are the goals, with a full circuit of the body's range of motion through standing postures, twists, backbends, forward folds, and hip openers. These free, ongoing Virtual Zoom Yoga classes are held Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.  

Yoga/Meditation Class

Finish off the workday with the movement of Yoga and Meditation. Attend the whole 40-minute class from 6:00 p.m. - 6:40 p.m, or just the Yoga portion from 6:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m., or just the Meditation portion from 6:20 p.m. - 6:40 p.m. The choice is yours! Yoga modifications are given each session to meet all skill levels.

Zoom Zumba

QCC’s Zoom Zumba is held twice a week on Tuesdays from 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. It is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — to help improve cardiovascular fitness and put a smile on your face!

  • Super Saturday is back!
July, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College is offering special Saturday hours to assist students who are unable to register for fall classes.

On Saturday, August 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. students can attend a remote registration event that offers them a way to register for courses and engage with QCC staff, as they to plan for their fall semester.

On Saturday, August 28, from 9:00 a.m. -...

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Quinsigamond Community College is offering special Saturday hours to assist students who are unable to register for fall classes.

On Saturday, August 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. students can attend a remote registration event that offers them a way to register for courses and engage with QCC staff, as they to plan for their fall semester.

On Saturday, August 28, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. students can attend an in-person registration event, held in the Welcome Center at the Harrington Learning Center, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester.

“No time to register during the week? Super Saturday is the perfect way to register for your courses and be ready for the fall semester. No appointments are required and all the information you need to register is in one convenient location,” said Director of Admissions, Ai Co Abercrombie.

Visit QCC.edu/saturday for more information. It’s registration made smarter!

  • A diagram of the closed road
July, 2021

On Monday, August 2 for approximately 10 weeks, the section of the loop road between the Athletic Center and the Surprenant Hall parking lot at Quinsigamond Community College will be closed.

Access to the lower portion of campus will only be available via the West Boylston Street entrance. The Surprenant Hall parking lot will be accessible via the West Boylston Street entrance; the section of the loop road...

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On Monday, August 2 for approximately 10 weeks, the section of the loop road between the Athletic Center and the Surprenant Hall parking lot at Quinsigamond Community College will be closed.

Access to the lower portion of campus will only be available via the West Boylston Street entrance. The Surprenant Hall parking lot will be accessible via the West Boylston Street entrance; the section of the loop road near the Tornado Memorial will be open during this time to two-way traffic.

Access to the road and the Surprenant Hall parking lot will be limited to faculty, staff, or handicap parking needs during this timeframe.

Visit www.QCC.edu/construction for additional information.