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November 2023
  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Mariana Atencio
  • Mariana Atencio (left) with Future Focus Program Assistant Asia Bridell
  • From left: Dr. Lorna Rivera, Germán Chiriboga, Mariana Atencio, Dr. Luis Pedraja, Elena Quiroz-Livanis and Kevin Lovaincy
  • From left: Dr. Viviana Abreu-Hernandez mediating the panel with Elena Quiroz-Livanis, Dr. Lorna Rivera and Germán Chiriboga.
  • QCC Alumni Board President Suzanne (left) and Mariana Atencio
  • Mariana Atencio signing a book for Director of Health and Wellness Heather Lukas.
November 2023

Hispanic Heritage Month with Mariana Atencio

QCC concluded Hispanic Heritage Month with an incredible day of inspiration and connection centered around an inspiring keynote presentation by journalist, author and motivational speaker Mariana Atencio.

"Representation matters," said QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja in his welcoming remarks. "I want to help all minoritized populations so that everyone feels like...

  • Maria Milagros (center in green) with QCC employees at the Staff Development Conference
November 2023

Staff Development Conference Reveals the Truth About Work-Life Balance

October's Staff Development Conference kicked off with Maria Milagros (Vazquez), an award winning keynote speaker, author, two-time TEDx speaker, storyteller, personal growth expert and empowerment life coach. Milagros gave an energizing presentation that focused on her belief about work-life balance: it doesn't exist. 

"The thing about a full-time...

  • QCC alum Jennifer Hernandez
November 2023

QCC Alum Named Outstanding Woman in Business by Worcester Business Journal

Hard work and a community focus have been paying off for QCC Alum Jennifer Hernandez, who was recently named one of Worcester Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Worcester Class of 2024.

Hernandez runs GEM Marketing Solutions in Worcester and focuses on helping local businesses become the best...

  • Jorge Sierra receiving his associate degree from QCC in 2022.
  • Jorge Sierra with members of the QCC community.
November 2023

Disability Awareness Month Brings QCC Alum Back to Campus

In celebration of October's Disability Awareness Month, Student Accessibility Services and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, hosted QCC alum and motivational speaker Jorge Sierra. Sierra was shot in a gang-related incident in 1997, which left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair at the age of 17. Initially, he was devastated, but as he told the crowd at QCC, it showed him that...

  • Executive Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Kevin Lovaincy reads to children.
  • A child shows Kevin Lovaincy a drawing during his visit to the Early Childhood Education Lab School.
  • Executive Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Kevin Lovaincy looks at a child's drawing.
  • Children's School students get a handle of the fire hose.
  • A Children's School student up front on the fire engine
  • QCC Campus Police Officer Anthony Simo shows off some gear.
November 2023

Children's School Students Get DEI Days with Kevin Lovaincy

On Monday, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Kevin Lovaincy paid a special visit to the The Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School to read and discuss a book called "Be You!" by Peter H. Reynolds. 

The children got to see vibrant illustrations and hear inspirational messages about growing into a unique person such as, ...

  • The 2023-2024 Student Government Association
  • Director of Student Life Ashlee Givins swearing in Maria Mikhaeil
  • Performance at the SGA Swearing-In Ceremony
  • SGA members Phoenix Zaja, Mike Frey, Jessica Heywood and Dignamar Figueroa
November 2023

Student Government Sworn In for 2023-2024 Academic Year

On Wednesday, October 25, 2023 the 2023-2024 Student Government Association (SGA) was officially sworn in. The new association consists of:

  • Dignamar Figueroa - Chair 
  • Mike Frey - Vice Chair of SGA 
  • Jessica Heywood - Vice Chair of Public Relations
  • Maria Mikhaeil - Student Trustee
  • ...
  • QCC police patch badge
November 2023

QCC Police Department Awarded State Recognized Accreditation

In early October, the Quinsigamond Community College Campus Police Department was once again awarded state accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC).

“This is an honor not only for our department, but also for the college,” said QCC Chief of Police Kevin Ritacco. “Accreditation assures the college community that the Police Department is...

  • QCC Director of Community Engagement Sean Harris (left) and Kwame Appiah of Kumasi FC Soccer Club
November 2023

QCC Presents First Community Impact Award to Kumasi Soccer Club

On October 12, 2023, Quinsigamond Community College presented its first Community Impact Award to Kwame Appiah and his family members for their work and founding of the Kumasi FC Soccer Club. The Kumasi FC Soccer Club has been serving the Greater Worcester community since 2010 and offers a variety of soccer workshops to children ranging from toddlers (age 2) to 15-year-olds.

The Community Impact Award was...

  • QCC Safety Corner
November 2023

Safety Corner

Valuable FBI-LEEDA Training Helps Advance Safety Communications

As QCC continues to advance and fortify its safety protocols and procedures, understanding the importance of delivering timely, appropriate and accurate information, particularly during crisis situations, is a vital part of safety communications. Last month Deputy Chief Stephen DiGiovanni and Karen Hutner...

  • A student uses virtual reality technology during the Transfer and Technology Fair.
November 2023

Transfer and Tech Fair

On Halloween, QCC hosted an epic transfer and technology fair. Students were able to visit with over 60 colleges and universities to learn about higher education options after QCC. Some of the institutions, including QCC, also showed off their latest technology projects.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute let attendees try out a special head cap that measures brain activity. When wearing the...

  • Grace Kiffney, Beth Fullerton, Nicole Wijkamp, Leoni Gaikema and Maria Rachel de Paula Gomes
November 2023

Transfer Services Goes International with Exchange Program

QCC had the privilege of hosting a cultural job exchange through the Netherlands Professional & Cultural Exchange Program thanks to Coordinator of Transfer/Articulation Beth Fullerton. Fullerton and Nicole Wijkamp, a career and student support counselor at Rijn Ijssel in the Netherlands, were matched through the program, which began with Wijkamp's visit to QCC. For two weeks, Wijkamp...

  • Career & Transfer Services Counselor Oscar Chavez and Coordinator, Career Services & Credit for Prior Learning Nichole Wheeler
  • A QCC Computer Science student with Penny the robot.
  • Dir. of Community Engagement Sean Harris, Corporate Dev. Specialist John McCarthy and STEM Starter Coordinator Darcy Carlson
  • QCC alum Christian Thompson and Yank Chhoeuk from David Clark
  • Representatives from Table Talk Pies, Inc.
November 2023

STEM Spectacle Shows Students Ins and Outs of Industry Careers

Students got a hands-on feel for careers in STEM on October 18 at the STEM Spectacle, sponsored by the Center for Career & Transfer Services and the STEM Starter Academy.

Representatives from several dynamic companies were in attendance to tell students what it's like to work in their industries, what day-to-day responsibilities are like and the benefits that come with employment. Companies...

  • The QCC Women's Soccer team made it to the first round of playoffs this season.
  • QCC Wyvern Men's Soccer players protect the net.
November 2023

Wyvern Sports Corner


Spin your way into a healthier tomorrow with Spin classes that begin again in the Athletic Center on Wednesday, November 8 from 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. with Instructor Amy Booth in the Athletic Center.


Relax and restore yourself on Tuesdays 12:00 p.m., Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. in the Athletic...

November 2023

QCC Welcomes New Staff

On October 23, QCC welcomed Dawn Davis - Administrative Secretary I- Office of Institutional Communications- External Affairs. Dawn brings several years of experience. Most recently, she was an Insights Recruiting Coordinator for Dynatrace. 

On October 23, QCC welcomed Michelle Dugan -Teacher/ Early Childhood Education Lab School-Academic...

November 2023

In the News

October, 2023

October 2023
  • Mariana Atencio
October 2023

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latin American communities. 

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, on Thursday, October 19 the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host an event with keynote speaker Mariana Atencio and a panel discussion with area Latine leaders.


  • Coordinator of the Future Focus Program Gilmarie Vongphakdy (right) with a student
October 2023

Future Focus Program Receives $675K in Transition to College Funding

Quinsigamond Community College was awarded $675,000 in Transition to College funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The funding covers a three-year period and will go towards QCC’s Future Focus program, which supports adult learners from adult basic education programs.

“This funding is so phenomenal,” said the Coordinator of the Future Focus...

  • Dr. Felipe Agudelo presented at QCC on September 27 for the Sankofa Lecture Series.
October 2023

Sankofa Series Starts Semester by Tackling Racial Discourse in Social Media

What language has to be used to be considered hate speech on social media? Are there "bad" and "good" expressions of racism? These are some of the questions that were posed in Dr. Felipe Agudelo's presentation Social Media and the Construction of Racial Discourse as part of QCC's Sankofa Lecture Series, sponsored by the Diversity Caucus. 

Agudelo, ...

  • Dean of Institutional Research and Planning Ingrid Skadberg on a Fulbright Scholarship to India
  • Dancers at the Indraprastha College for Women
  • IIT Madras, Innovation Center
  • Jindal University Library (left) and Delhi Street
October 2023

Dean of Institutional Research and Planning Travels to India on Fulbright Scholarship

In March of 2023, Dean of Institutional Research Planning Ingrid Skadberg represented QCC on a Fulbright scholarship that took her halfway across the world to India. The Fulbright Scholarship program, started in 1945 to establish goodwill through the exchange of students, is the largest educational scholarship program in the world. Additionally, India has one of the largest...

  • Samuel Fuller Film Series
October 2023

Scholar in Residence Brings Sam Fuller Film Series to QCC

This year's scholar-in-residence, Professor of English Mark Bates, is bringing film front and center with a series focused on director and screenwriter Samuel Fuller. The series will run throughout the 2023/2024 academic year and include a selection of films produced, written and directed by the Worcester-raised filmmaker.

Fuller's work, which spans six decades, is an...

  • Staff Development Conference
October 2023

Share Your Knowledge at the Staff Development Conference

In today's rapidly changing world, professional development for higher education professionals is more important than ever before. In an effort to foster professional growth and knowledge sharing within our community, the Staff Development Committee has announced an upcoming Staff Development Conference on Friday, October 27. 

The Staff Development Committee wants to bring...

  • Director of Community Engagement Sean Harris (right) with Joseph Corazzini from Clark University
  • Director of Mentoring and Special Programs Kalan Lewis
October 2023

Director of Community Engagement Receives BIPOC Community Leader Award

Director of Community Engagement Sean Harris recently received the BIPOC Community Leader Award at the Diverse Professional Roundtable - Recognition and Networking Event. The BIPOC Community Leader Award recognizes Central Massachusetts business and community leaders who have successfully demonstrated leadership qualities with distinction in their careers or commitment to support the...

  • QCC is ready to celebrate STEM Week which falls on the third week in October.
October 2023

STEM Week Events

Get ready for STEM Week, an annual event in which Massachusetts highlights the importance of STEM education and promotes awareness of STEM to people of all backgrounds. QCC will be participating in several engaging events this year.


Autumn STEM Spectacle - Wednesday, October 18, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Quad

This event will highlight STEM manufacturing...

  • Student Life Happenings
  • Student Life's Halloween party of 2022 was a spooky success.
October 2023

Student Life Happenings

Downtown Halloween Bingo

Thursday, October 26, 2023

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room 104D

Halloween Spooktacular (Bingo, Crafts, Costume Contest, Psychic Readers, Campus Trick-or-Treating, and more) 

Tuesday, October 31, 2023 

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Harrington Learning Center Rooms 109 A&B


  • QCC Staff and Faculty Book Swap
October 2023

QCC Faculty & Staff Book Swap

Do you like free books? Or want to give your books a new home?

Drop off gently used books or take some home with you during QCC Staff and Faculty Book Swap, sponsored by the Center for Academic Excellence Events Planning Committee.

The book swap will take place from Tuesday, October 10 - Friday, October 13 in 111 ALF. Acceptable items include novels, short story collections,...

  • Professor Lisa Connelly Cook with President Dr. Luis Pedraja
October 2023

Professor of History Becomes a Trivia Question

If you receive the Worcester Historical Museum's newsletter, you may have seen Professor of History/Political Science Lisa Connelly Cook was the answer to a recent trivia question!

The question was, "In 1995 she was taking women's history classes at Clark University and she had a question, 'This sounds like it might have been important. How come I never ...

  • Health and Wellness
October 2023

Health and Wellness Update

As we head into colder weather, don't forget to prioritize your health. Free COVID-19 tests are available at the website. Each household is eligible to receive up to four tests.

As a reminder, QCC's health guidelines can be found at

  • Center for Career & Transfer Services
October 2023

Career and Transfer Services Events

Make sure your students know about all the exciting activities for transfer options and employment opportunities.

Wednesday, October 11

  • Workforce Wednesdays – We welcome Emerson Hospital to the 1st floor of the HLC from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Kaleidoscope Family Solutions to the 2nd floor of the HLC from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to explore...
  • QCC Safety Corner
October 2023

Safety Corner

We are pleased to announce that Step One of the Active Threat/Run, Fight, Hide program is well underway with many in the college community who have already participated. Those who have not been able to attend the Step One training are still able to do so.

The Step One program features a PowerPoint introduction to the Active Threat/Run, Fight, Hide program to begin building more awareness. This training is...

  • Generous donors at the QCC Blood Drive
October 2023

QCC Community Shows up for Blood Drive

The QCC Community went above and beyond for last month's blood drive to support the Rhode Island Blood Center. After the center recently announced a blood shortage, Director of Health and Wellness Heather Lukas put together the blood drive to support the emergency need. 

"A huge thank you to our whole community from the Health and Wellness Team. We knew...