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October, 2016

  • Kathy Rentsch
October, 2016
October, 2016

Kathy Rentsch, Dean of the School of Business, Engineering & Technology at QCC, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Advanced Technology Centers.

The National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) is a network of higher education resources that advocates and promotes the use of technology applications that enhance economic and workforce...

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Kathy Rentsch, Dean of the School of Business, Engineering & Technology at QCC, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Advanced Technology Centers.

The National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) is a network of higher education resources that advocates and promotes the use of technology applications that enhance economic and workforce development programs and services. It also is an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges.

As a dean, Ms. Rentsch provides academic and administrative leadership, establishing collaborative partnerships with industry, educational constituents and community agencies and developing grants and other funding proposals to enhance programming.

She spearheaded an industry, education and community partner planning effort to secure a $750,000 National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant to design, launch and evaluate a public communication campaign on advanced manufacturing careers.  Successful strategies piloted in this project, called Mass-TEC, have been scaled up statewide through the MassDevelopment AMP It Up! Campaign.

Ms. Rentsch is actively engaged in QCC’s implementation of statewide Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Round 1 initiatives and in current TAACCCT Round 4 efforts. Through TAACCCT funding, QCC has revamped its delivery of workforce education and training by increasing the availability of stackable certificates and more flexible and responsive curriculum pathways leading to industry credentials and employment in six key industries, including advanced manufacturing, mechatronics, and photonics.

In partnership with key executive team members, Ms. Rentsch is co-leading a planning effort to expand technology programming in Southbridge.

Ms. Rentsch serves on the Board of Directors for the MA Manufacturing Extension Partnership. In 2014, MassMEP recognized her leadership in building a non-credit to credit pathway in advanced manufacturing, naming her the MassMEP 2014 Manufacturing Champion. She is currently completing doctoral work at Northeastern University.

Advanced Technology Centers (ATCs) are in all regions of the U.S. and are normally associated with community colleges and universities. Some private corporations and school districts also have established ATCs. An ATC is a commitment of persons and resources in the effort to reach, enhance and add value to business. Beginning with 12 charter members in 1988, NCATC has more than 170 member institutions, ranging from colleges, universities and schools to the corporate community.

ATCs play a proactive role in economic development within their service regions and exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit that embraces change and evolution. All possess a commitment to providing training that reflects the state-of-the-art and display a willingness to partner with both public and private entities to leverage and enhance their resources.

October, 2016
October, 2016

Edwidge Danticat

QCC is pleased to welcome Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying, on November 17, to speak about her powerful memoir.

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Edwidge Danticat

QCC is pleased to welcome Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying, on November 17, to speak about her powerful memoir.

A memoir of her childhood in Haiti, where she grew up in her uncle’s home after her parents moved to America, The New York Times says Ms. Danticat “brings the lyric language and emotional clarity of her remarkable 2004 novel “The Dew Breaker” to bear on the story of her own family, a story which, like so much of her fiction, embodies the painful legacy of Haiti’s violent history, demonstrating the myriad ways in which the public and the private, the political and the personal, intersect in the lives of that country’s citizens and exiles.”

The presentation will be on Thursday, November 17, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hebert Auditorium as part of the One Book program.

Brother, I'm Dying has received many awards and commendations, including the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award, 2007 National Book Award Nomination and 2008 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Ms. Danticat also received the 2009 MacArthur Fellows Program Genius Grant and the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

  • PTK at outdoor picnic
October, 2016
October, 2016

PTK Raises Money For Greenhouse Project Through Campus Cookout

At the campus Fall Cookout, Phi Theta Kappa raised $2,500 for the Live & Learn Greenhouse project. The cookout on Fuller Lawn was held October 5, and included food, entertainment, face painting, games and prizes.

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PTK Raises Money For Greenhouse Project Through Campus Cookout

At the campus Fall Cookout, Phi Theta Kappa raised $2,500 for the Live & Learn Greenhouse project. The cookout on Fuller Lawn was held October 5, and included food, entertainment, face painting, games and prizes.

The mission of the Live & Learn Greenhouse Project is to renew connections between people and the natural environment, create a resource of healthy, nutrient-rich food for the Quinsigamond Community College community, and provide an educational resource for students, faculty, staff, and children.

Different students and programs will be able to use the greenhouse and learn more about various growing methods, such as hydroponics, to raise awareness about the natural environment. Plans are to start construction soon and then in spring 2017 bring on faculty that want to be involved. The group hopes to have the greenhouse open next summer.

Grant Supports Bookmobile Commitment

PTK is thrilled to announce it received a $5,000 grant from The Jenzabar Foundation to continue support Worcester Public Library’s bookmobile Lilly. Last spring, QCC helped fund a makeover of the bookmobile and pledged to support the program by fundraising $100,000 over a three-year period.

The city’s two bookmobiles are part of the One City, One Library initiative, a collaborative effort of the city, schools, public library and community of Worcester with the goal of bringing public library services and resources to families and public schools. QCC partnered with Worcester State and the United Way of Massachusetts last spring for the makeover effort.

Leadership Conference A Success

Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa also hosted a Leadership Conference on October 7 and 8, including a transfer college fair, with 44 colleges represented. Dan Chiras, an author and consultant specializing in green building, renewable energy and energy efficiency, spoke at the event and President Dr. Gail Carberry also spoke.

PTK hosted an open house on October 25, inviting potential PTK students to stop by and learn more about the honor society. 

October, 2016
October, 2016

Guest Speaker Talks about Violence and Mental Illness

Psi Beta Honor Society and Psychology Club recently hosted guest speaker Dr. Robert Kinscherff, an expert on mental health and violence issues. His topic, “What is the Relationship Between Violence and Mental Illness?” was of interest to faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Kinscherff is a clinical/forensic psychologist and an attorney...

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Guest Speaker Talks about Violence and Mental Illness

Psi Beta Honor Society and Psychology Club recently hosted guest speaker Dr. Robert Kinscherff, an expert on mental health and violence issues. His topic, “What is the Relationship Between Violence and Mental Illness?” was of interest to faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Kinscherff is a clinical/forensic psychologist and an attorney with his doctorate in clinical psychology from City University of New York and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He has spent over 30 years at the intersections of psychology and law with a focus on violence, childhood adversities and trauma, and mental disorders among children, adolescents and adults. He is currently an administrator and Associate Professor in clinical and forensic psychology at William James College, and Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience for Harvard Law School and Massachusetts General Hospital. 

This past June, he was an invited participant at the White House at a summit meeting on community violence. He has published more than 55 chapters and articles, provides forensic evaluations of adults and juveniles who have committed acts of serious violence, and consults and teaches nationally and internationally.

The lecture is available for viewing on YouTube.

Professors present research at association meeting

Valarie Clemente, Ed.D., advisor of Psi Beta and Psychology Club, and Dr. Eric Mania, professor of psychology, presented their research at the New England Psychological Association's annual meeting, on October 15 at Assumption College.

Their study, “Self-Regulate to Graduate: Learning Goal Orientation Mediates the Relationship between Mindset and Academic Self-Regulation,” looked at the challenges community college students face. Many students have academic deficiencies and should take remedial courses, however many students who need these courses do not complete them and have issues with academic performance. Academic self-regulation deals with the extent of how students impact their success, through setting goals, employing study strategies and seeking mentors.

The study included 504 students from two-year institutions around the country. It examined whether learning goal orientation can improve mindset and academic self-regulation and success.

  • Students Participants of Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence
  • David Aponte receives the Citizen Award
  • Jose Rivera receives the Officer of the Year Award
  • Catherine Dixon receives the Leadership Award
  • Daniel Litchfield receives the Life Saver Award
  • Todd Labranche receives the Life Saver Award
October, 2016
October, 2016

QCC Police Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence

QCC hosted Domestic Violence Awareness Days at all three campuses this month to offer support and raise awareness.

Co-hosted by Campus Police and the Student Activities office, programs were held on October 18 on the main campus, October 20 at the downtown campus and October 27 at the Southbridge campus. About 40 students attended the...

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QCC Police Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence

QCC hosted Domestic Violence Awareness Days at all three campuses this month to offer support and raise awareness.

Co-hosted by Campus Police and the Student Activities office, programs were held on October 18 on the main campus, October 20 at the downtown campus and October 27 at the Southbridge campus. About 40 students attended the brown bag lunch series and presentation on the main campus, 25 attended the downtown program and 35 attended at the Southbridge Campus.

“We talked about domestic violence, people could share their stories and we distributed information from Daybreaks and the YWCA,” said QCC Officer Catherine J. Dixon. Daybreaks is a women’s and children’s shelter, a service of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts.

Students were encouraged to Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence, and signed pledges to that effect.

“This was a new program for us this year, but it is an important one,” Office Dixon said. “We have three officers who are sexual assault investigators on the department, who are trained to handle domestic violence or sexual assault reports. It is important for people to know they can come to us if they need help.”

Officer Dixon has been a member of the QCC Police Department for two years. On September 1, she was promoted to Community Outreach Officer, which is a new position for the department.

“I was doing much of the outreach as part of my patrol duties, so now I can focus on these programs and we can expand what we offer,” she said.

She is a first responder instructor and is also teaching RAD, a national women’s self-defense class. The class has four sessions in October and November and is open to students, faculty, staff and family members. For this class, there are 22 participants. To complete the course, participants must commit to attending all four sessions. Officer Dixon said another class is planned for the spring, if interested people can call or e-mail her for more information.

“Knowing how to defend yourself is extremely important,” Officer Dixon said. “We want to empower women, let them know they are strong and instill confidence in them.”

Coffee With A Cop

QCC hosted its first Coffee With A Cop program on National Coffee With A Cop Day October 7. About 45 people attended the first session, where they could ask questions and learn more about the department. Common questions had to do with officer training and how being a college campus police officer works.

“They asked really good questions,” said Community Outreach Officer Catherine Dixon. “We do plan to have this event monthly, to allow the community to get to know us better on a one-to-one basis.”

The next Coffee With A Cop is scheduled for November 9, HLC 109, from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome to stop in and meet the campus officers.

In November, there also will be a brown bag lunch focusing on winter vehicle safety. The department also will begin its “Stuff A Cruiser, Feed A Family” program in conjunction with Student Services and Counseling Services, where donations will be gathered to be distributed during the holidays.

Students can watch their QCC emails and the QCC Campus Police Department page on Facebook for more upcoming events.

Department Awards and Commendations

QCC Police Department held its 2016 Award Ceremony recently. The following officers were recognized for their conduct: 

  • Officer of The Year Award: Jose A. Rivera
  • Rookie of The Year Award: Nicholas C. Yacuzzi
  • The “Chief Cheryl Martunas” Leadership Award: Catherine J. Dixon
  • The “Chief Philip Bouthillette” Chief’s Award: Reynaldo Rodriguez
  • Distinguished Service Award: Edward Ramos

Police Citizen Award

  • David Aponte
  • Joshua Martin

Life Saver Award

  • Daniel Litchfield
  • Joseph Cecchi
  • Todd LaBranche

 Good Conduct Award

  • Catherine J. Dixon
  • Todd R. LaBranche
  • Lucas Paine
  • Jose A. Rivera
  • Reynaldo Rodriguez
  • Nicholas Yacuzzi

Receiving letters of commendations for actions:

  • Joseph Cecchi
  • Nicholas Yacuzzi
  • Stephen DiGiovanni
  • Todd LaBranche
  • Daniel Litchfield
  • Edward Ramos
  • Dennis Blair

All officers received a service award with pins to wear on their uniform in recognition of their individual duties and awards.

October, 2016
October, 2016

qcc wyvern spotted at southbridge

The Wyvern was spotted trick-or-treating in Southbridge recently.

qcc wyvern spotted at southbridge

The Wyvern was spotted trick-or-treating in Southbridge recently.

October, 2016
October, 2016

We are very pleased to announce the addition of the following new full-time staff member to Quinsigamond Community College:

On October 3, 2016, Strategic Enrollment Development & Student Engagement welcomed Barbara Zawalich as Records and Registration Systems Manager. Ms. Zawalich brings over 12 years of higher educational experience to this position. Most recently, she was the...

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We are very pleased to announce the addition of the following new full-time staff member to Quinsigamond Community College:

On October 3, 2016, Strategic Enrollment Development & Student Engagement welcomed Barbara Zawalich as Records and Registration Systems Manager. Ms. Zawalich brings over 12 years of higher educational experience to this position. Most recently, she was the Registrar at Anna Maria College. Ms. Zawalich earned an Applications Specialists Certificate from Quinsigamond Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Anna Maria College. 

On October 11, 2016, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Tina Wells as Social Worker/Mental Health Counselor. Ms. Wells brings over 20 years of counseling experience to this position. Most recently, she was the Regional Director of Psychological Health for the United States Marine Corp Reserves Psychological Health Outreach Program. In addition to her counseling experience, Tina has been an adjunct instructor at Lesley University. Ms. Wells earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services from Lesley College and a Master of Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work. 

On October 12, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Matthew Murphy as HVAC Refrigeration Mechanic II. Mr. Murphy brings to this position over 13 years of experience in the HVAC/R industry. His most recent experience was as a Controls Technician in the private sector. Mr. Murphy earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a certificate in HVAC/R from Peterson School of Engineering. Mr. Murphy is EPA and OSHA certified.     

On October 17, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed X’dielle Gonazalez-Guzman as Graphic Arts Technician I. Mr. Gonazalez-Guzman brings over a year of print shop experience to this position. Most recently, he was responsible for running print jobs for students and faculty, and overseeing rental equipment at Mount Ida College. Mr. Gonazalez-Guzman is OSHA certified.

On October 18, 2016, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Robert Loconto as Associate Director of Financial Aid. Mr. Loconto brings to this position over 26 years of finance experience in higher education, most recently as the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Curry College. He has also worked in the financial services sector as a private school loan administrator and managed a staff of loan managers. Mr. Loconto earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Communication and a Master of Arts in Communication Research from Emerson College. 

On October 31, 2016, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Sabine Dupoux as Recruitment Counselor. Ms. Dupoux brings over 10 years of customer service experience to this position. Most recently, she was an Administrative Assistant in the Admissions office at Worcester State University. Prior to her experience at Worcester State, Ms. Dupoux was a Student Ambassador and an Ambassador Supervisor here at QCC. Sabine earned an Associate of Science in Business Administration from Quinsigamond Community College.

On November 1, 2016, Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Michael Beane as Director of Student Life and Leadership. Mr. Beane brings over 7 years of Student Life and Leadership experience to this position. Most recently, he was the Coordinator of Student Life and Leadership at Florida SouthWestern State College. In addition to his student life and leadership experience, Michael has been an adjunct instructor at Florida SouthWestern State College. Mr. Beane earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from SUNY Potsdam and a Master of Science in Management from Hodges University. 

Please join us in welcoming our new staff into their new roles.

September, 2016

September, 2016
September, 2016

On September 6, QCC was honored to dedicate the Electronics Lab in its new QuEST Center in memory of Ron Josephson. QCC President Gail Carberry and QCC Foundation President Laurance S. Morrison presented Ron's wife Linda with a special plaque and room dedication. 

Jacqueline C. Diggs, QCC Foundation, Vice President, James Heffernan, Professor of Electromechanical...

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On September 6, QCC was honored to dedicate the Electronics Lab in its new QuEST Center in memory of Ron Josephson. QCC President Gail Carberry and QCC Foundation President Laurance S. Morrison presented Ron's wife Linda with a special plaque and room dedication. 

Jacqueline C. Diggs, QCC Foundation, Vice President, James Heffernan, Professor of Electromechanical Technology and Dr. Lillian Ortiz, Vice President of Student Engagement, Enrollment, and Community Connections all shared their thoughts and memories of Ron throughout the program. 

A college Trustee, and member of the QCC Foundation Board, Mr. Josephson was a 1970 graduate of QCC. Selected as the “Alumnus of the Year” in 1989, Ron was President and CEO of Power Guide Marketing, a local company that sells power supplies, power systems, and all associated products. Prior to beginning his own business, Mr. Josephson worked for Raytheon, where he had designs on the Aegis Shipboard weapons system, Patriot Missile systems and a program that flew on Apollo, among others. Mr. Josephson has been involved in demonstrating Radar Systems to NATO at White Sands Missile Range. He later worked at Digital Equipment Corporation and Preferred Electronics in senior management positions. Mr. Josephson was also a member of the College’s Board of Trustees.

September, 2016
September, 2016

QCC was named one of three community colleges in MA that advance opportunities for low-income students. The U.S Department of Education recently released a list of 25 community colleges across the country that advance opportunities for low-income students, enrolling more than 40 percent low-income students and having high outcomes for those students.

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QCC was named one of three community colleges in MA that advance opportunities for low-income students. The U.S Department of Education recently released a list of 25 community colleges across the country that advance opportunities for low-income students, enrolling more than 40 percent low-income students and having high outcomes for those students.

“It is an important part of our mission as a community college to be accessible to low-income students,” said QCC President Gail Carberry. “By affording our students an opportunity to earn a high-quality education, we are not only improving their lives, but the lives of their families. Many of our students go on to further education and to work in our region, so this strengthens the Worcester community and beyond.”

The other two community colleges that were named in Massachusetts were North Shore Community College and Springfield Technical Community College.

At QCC, the share of low-income students is 49 percent. In addition, more than 70 percent of all borrowers at these schools were successfully repaying their loans three years after they left school.

“It’s important to know that both the college you select and the program you enroll in can have an impact on your post-college earnings – schools that offer more technical or health programs, or where a lot of students transfer to a four-year college, often have higher earnings,” according to the U.S. Department of Education.

This is part of an overall College Scorecard, which is a federal initiative, called for by President Barack Obama. It gives everyone — students, families, guidance counselors and non-profits — access to a whole host of data verified by the U.S. Department of Education on thousands of institutions across the nation in an easy-to-use online tool.

September, 2016
September, 2016

The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $2.6 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to seven high schools, community colleges, and an educational collaborative, in order to expand skills training programs and address capital and expansion needs at educational institutions that help Massachusetts residents develop skills for careers in growing industries.

Quinsigamond Community College will receive $488,735...

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The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $2.6 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to seven high schools, community colleges, and an educational collaborative, in order to expand skills training programs and address capital and expansion needs at educational institutions that help Massachusetts residents develop skills for careers in growing industries.

Quinsigamond Community College will receive $488,735 to expand laboratory capacity in the Computer Information Technologies lab at its Southbridge location, and introduce integrated basic education and technical skills training. In addition, the funding will support training for unemployed and under-employed individuals located with the Southbridge office of the Workforce Central Career Center.

“Providing skill-training opportunities across the Commonwealth is a priority for our administration,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These important grants to vocational high schools, community colleges and other educational institutions will aid their development of programs best suited to train workers for a growing Massachusetts economy and evolving workforce.”

QCC President Dr. Gail Carberry added “Great careers start at Quinsigamond Community College. The Workforce Skills Capital Grant will directly train students to succeed in high demand STEM fields, as well as bring new career opportunities to displaced workers.”

“The goal of these grants is to expand the capacity of programs that build skills for Massachusetts residents,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said. “We already see the impact these grants are having at educational programs around the state, and we know these investments will strengthen the state’s economy for all residents.”

The Workforce Skills Capital Grant Program was a new initiative of the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, which seeks to align education, workforce and economic development strategies across the state.

Early in the administration, Governor Baker tapped Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker II, Education Secretary James Peyser, and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash to work together to develop policies to improve economic and job training opportunities for residents of the Commonwealth.

“We are pleased to award an additional $2.6 million in skills capital grants to these high schools, community colleges, and educational partners for needed capital projects and expansions,” said Education Secretary Jim Peyser. “We have already seen the difference that this grant program has made for the first grantees announced earlier this year, and we look forward to seeing the impact that this money will have on the schools, the workforce, and their communities.”

“All of these schools crafted quality training programs that are tied directly to regional employment needs and have strong employer partnerships, which is in direct alignment with the goals of the Workforce Skills Cabinet,” said Assistant Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Juan R. Vega. “Since all of today’s awardees initially applied in the inaugural round in February, we are particularly pleased to move forward on these grants today, ensuring excellent programs are given the necessary resources to succeed.” 

  • Fulbright program participants
September, 2016
September, 2016

A delegation of Egyptian educators visited the QCC campus to learn more about the community college model, as part of an overall visit to Massachusetts.

Through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, in collaboration with the International Center of Worcester, several Egyptian higher education administrators and faculty toured QCC’s campus on Aug. 29. QCC was the...

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A delegation of Egyptian educators visited the QCC campus to learn more about the community college model, as part of an overall visit to Massachusetts.

Through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, in collaboration with the International Center of Worcester, several Egyptian higher education administrators and faculty toured QCC’s campus on Aug. 29. QCC was the only community college slated for the group’s month-long visit to Massachusetts. The group stayed in Boston, but traveled to Worcester to visit Worcester Polytechnic Institute and QCC.

“The group was very impressed with the physical appearance and infrastructure available to students on our campus tour,” said Florence Lucci, Professor of Business Administration-Administrative Professional/Coordinator of the Business Office Support Specialist Program. “A discussion held between QCC staff and administrators proved to justify the value of these intercultural exchange programs. Some topics of particular interest included community connections, campus funding, challenges of developmental educational goals, assessing the integrity of student work, learning outcomes, professional and faculty development, potential articulation agreements (specifically Arabic language training) and the tremendous growth and challenges of distance education.”

Goals of the state department’s program include examining the U.S. system of higher education, the structure, administrative strategies and support services. They seek to highlight the diversity of U.S. higher education institutions. They also encourage potential international partnerships and memorandums of understanding.

Each year nearly 5,000 international visitors come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program. More than 200,000 international visitors have engaged with Americans through the program, including more than 335 current or former chiefs of state or government leaders.

The International Center of Worcester is a non-profit organization promoting citizen diplomacy in Central Massachusetts. The center designs professional and cultural programs for international visitors sponsored by local and foreign governmental agencies, private companies, universities and individuals.

Visitors included:

  • Dr. Nasser Khamis Barakat, Vice Dean of Graduate and Research Affairs, Faculty of Agriculture, Benha University.
  • Dr. Rasha Kamal Mohamed Abdelkader, Managing Director, International Relations and COOP Office at Ain Shams University.
  • Dr. Ahmed Ali Ahmed Farghali, Associate Professor, Material Science and Nanotechnology, Beni-Seuf University.
  • Dr. Talaat Muhammad Maaty Farrag, Lecturer, Comparative Arabic-English Language and Literature, Al-Azhar University.
  • Dr. Abuelhassan Elshazly Ahmed Younis Mohammed, Manager, Grants and International Cooperation Office, Aswan University.

Special thanks to Professor Dadbeh Bigonahy for his enthusiastic tour of the QuEST Center as well as President Gail Carberry and other staff and administrators willing to share their expertise. QCC will be hosting another group in early December. Contact Professor Lucci if you have an interest in attending this meeting.

September, 2016
September, 2016

Dr. Whitney Battle-BaptisteDr. Emily J. Lordi
Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Dr. Emily J. Lordi...

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Dr. Whitney Battle-BaptisteDr. Emily J. Lordi
Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Dr. Emily J. Lordi

The Sankofa Lecture Series featured two programs with unique topics, African Diaspora Archeology and the role of women in Black power music.

Moving Mountains and Liberating Dialogues: My Life as a Black Feminist Archaeologist

Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, an associate professor of anthropology at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, spoke about African Diaspora Archeology and cultural identity at a free lecture last month at QCC.

An historical archaeologist of African and Cherokee descent, Dr. Battle-Baptiste has done fieldwork at Colonial Williamsburg, the Hermitage, the W.E.B. Du Bois homestead and other sites. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin and conducts research on plantations in the U.S. Southeast, the materiality of contemporary African American popular culture and Black Feminist theory and its implications for archaeology. Dr. Battle-Baptiste is the author of “Black Feminist Archaeology” and co-editor of the African Diaspora Archeology Newsletter.

In this lecture, Dr. Battle-Baptiste discussed the field and significance of African Diaspora Archaeology. She also talked about her variegated heritage and cultural identity to inform her research and enhance the discipline of archeology. Being a member of the Hip-Hop generation is a significant aspect of her personal/professional identity. She routinely incorporates Hip-Hop into her written and oral discourse, because, as the soundtrack of her life, Hip-Hop has always sustained her and kept her real.

Soul Sisters: Black Power Music from Nina Simone to Beyonce

The Sankofa Lecture Series presents Dr. Emily J. Lordi, an associate professor of English at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the author of two books, “Black Resonance: Iconic Women and Singers and African American Literature” and the forthcoming “Donny Hathaway Live.” She has published articles and book chapters on literary modernism, soul aesthetics, funk and neo-soul music and contemporary poetry. Her music and book reviews appear on such sites as Pitchfork, The Root and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Dr. Lordi’s lecture emphasized the role of black women in soul music, a genre often associated with male artists from Sam Cooke to James Brown. In particular, she highlights the radically virtuosic activism of Nina Simone, who was dubbed “The Empress of Soul” in the late 1960s. Her lecture also explores how Beyonce’s album Lemonade deliberately channels the political and experimental power of Simone’s music.

Both lectures were sponsored by the Diversity Caucus.

  • PTK at cookout
  • students at fall cookout
  • students at fall cookout
September, 2016
September, 2016

This fall, 889 invitations were sent out to Phi Theta Kappa prospective members. Membership eligibility is based upon the number of credit hours students have completed at Quinsigamond Community College and their cumulative GPA, which is required to be 3.5 or higher. Therefore, membership is a special honor afforded to a select group of outstanding students. Students need to respond by November 4 at 4:...

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This fall, 889 invitations were sent out to Phi Theta Kappa prospective members. Membership eligibility is based upon the number of credit hours students have completed at Quinsigamond Community College and their cumulative GPA, which is required to be 3.5 or higher. Therefore, membership is a special honor afforded to a select group of outstanding students. Students need to respond by November 4 at 4:00 p.m.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. Membership guarantees access to benefits such as scholarships. Students participate in community outreach projects as well.

Earlier in September, PTK participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Auburn. The goal was to raise $500, and the nine-person team raised $650 for the relay

On Wednesday, October 5, PTK hosted the Annual Fall Cookout, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Fuller Student Center lawn. Festivities included a DJ, caricature artist, face painting, a performance by the QCC Jazz Ensemble and more. All proceeds will benefit the new QCC Live and Learn Greenhouse.

For more information regarding Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter, e-mail Bonnie Coleman at bcoleman [at] qcc.mass.edu or stop by Room 154A.

  • Students pose with wyvern at Uncommon Job Fair
  • fair attendees pose with wyvern at Uncommon Job Fair
  • fair attendees pose with wyvern at Uncommon Job Fair
  • Jeffrey Turgeon, Executive Director of Central Mass. Workforce Investment Board and Janet Weeks, Director of Workforce Central Career Center
September, 2016
September, 2016

For the third year, QCC participated in the UnCommon Job Fair held at the Worcester Common.

Sponsored by the Workforce Central Career Center, the job fair is an informal event, where job seekers can bring their resumes, get information from the area’s top companies and do some networking. The event was on September 9 at the Worcester Common.

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For the third year, QCC participated in the UnCommon Job Fair held at the Worcester Common.

Sponsored by the Workforce Central Career Center, the job fair is an informal event, where job seekers can bring their resumes, get information from the area’s top companies and do some networking. The event was on September 9 at the Worcester Common.

“It is a great event to be involved in,” said Dawn Kiritsis, College and Career Navigator at QCC. “It offers a chance for companies and other community-based organizations to see what we offer.”

She said people approached her with questions about QCC’s STEM program, HiSET (high school equivalency) programs, job opportunities at QCC as well as students looking to return to college after taking time off from school. Sean Thomson, a STEM recruiter for the QCC Admissions Office, also attended the event.

“It is important to have an ongoing presence in the community,” Ms. Kiritsis said. “We are providing pathways for people.”

QCC partners with Workforce Central Career Center to provide information about the programs offered at QCC. Ms. Kiritsis is embedded at Workforce Central in Worcester three days a week, helping clients navigate enrollment steps. She also travels to Southbridge and Milford to provide services to potential students. 

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September, 2016
September, 2016

The Office of Distance Learning and Professional Development hosted the second annual Faculty Innovations and Best Practices Showcase on Wednesday, June 1. Forty-four faculty and staff members attended this event celebrating innovative teaching at the College.

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The Office of Distance Learning and Professional Development hosted the second annual Faculty Innovations and Best Practices Showcase on Wednesday, June 1. Forty-four faculty and staff members attended this event celebrating innovative teaching at the College.

In her welcome address, Vice President of Academic Affairs Pat Toney said, “Faculty play a key role in student retention and the QCC faculty lead the way. Today’s showcase provides a context for QCC faculty to share their best practices with each other, to learn about innovative teaching and to create community with colleagues.”

A variety of disciplines and all five Schools at the College were represented by the following faculty presentations:

  • “Innovative Lessons: Grab the Student’s Attention at the Door,” Maryann Kania, Business Administration  
  • “Stress-Free Technological Tools that Enhance the Faculty and Student Experience,” Kristy Glover, Criminal Justice
  • “Comics in the Classroom: Updating an Old Medium with New Technology,” John Stazinski, English
  • “The Power of Inclusive Language,” Erin Connor, Occupational Therapy
  • “Connecting with McGraw Hill’s Connect Plus,” Eric Mania and Judy Colson, Psychology
  • “Data Mining with Google Spreadsheets,” Andria Schwortz, Integrated Science/Physics 
  • “Mindfulness Meditation and Contemplative Pedagogy,” Jean Kennedy, Human Services


“Encouraging Engagement and Real World Interaction With 3-D Objects,” Jacob Longacre, Electronics Engineering Technology

After three hours of formal presentations, attendees had a chance to engage in dialogue about teaching and learning with their peers and to talk further with the presenters.  

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September, 2016
September, 2016

QCC is hosting multiple events to showcase its manufacturing offerings. Learn more about the college’s manufacturing programs, the FAB Lab and how QCC works with companies in the region to create curriculum that meets the needs of the workplace.

Manufacturing Day

Celebrate Manufacturing Day at QCC on Friday, October 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at...

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QCC is hosting multiple events to showcase its manufacturing offerings. Learn more about the college’s manufacturing programs, the FAB Lab and how QCC works with companies in the region to create curriculum that meets the needs of the workplace.

Manufacturing Day

Celebrate Manufacturing Day at QCC on Friday, October 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the main campus in Worcester. Through engaging speakers, hands-on activities, competitions and more, QCC faculty and staff will spark your creativity and active learning. 

Experience QCC's cutting edge technology, tour our 21st century learning facilities and more. Activities for this free event start at 9 a.m. with keynote speakers, followed by hands-on manufacturing activities across campus from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visit qccmfgday.eventbrite.com for more information and to register online today!

Oxford Library Visit

On Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., QCC will host another library event at Oxford Library. Similar to the event in Southbridge, QCC faculty and staff will offer interactive STEM demonstrations, and visitors can watch video shorts and learn more about manufacturing options at the college.

For more information about any of these events, contact Deborah Zulick, in the School of Business, Engineering and Technology at dzulick [at] qcc.mass.edu

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September, 2016
September, 2016

A Festival of Advising Best Practices took place in the Center for Academic Excellence on Friday, June 24. This event was born from the idea that, no matter what their official titles are, all faculty and staff members at Quinsigamond Community College can be considered as the first line of contact for each student. With the support of a Best Practices grant from President Gail Carberry, the Starfish...

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A Festival of Advising Best Practices took place in the Center for Academic Excellence on Friday, June 24. This event was born from the idea that, no matter what their official titles are, all faculty and staff members at Quinsigamond Community College can be considered as the first line of contact for each student. With the support of a Best Practices grant from President Gail Carberry, the Starfish planning team transformed this idea into a half day event with the goal of encouraging open discussion and dialogue among participants as a way to broaden the conversation related to student retention, success, and completion.

The day began with colleagues conversing while QCC music instructor Jose Castillo played acoustic guitar. Along with colorful decorations, Mr. Castillo’s music set the festive tone for this event. Director of Career and Academic Planning Liza Smith then introduced and provided local, state and national contexts for the day’s presentations by talking about QCC’s Strategic Plan, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s “ ‘Big Three’ Plan to Produce More College Graduates” (which is part of The Vision Project), and Complete College America.

Five presentations followed the journey of a typical college student, starting with Dean of Distance Learning and Professional Development Pat Schmohl’s “Who Are They”? He shared techniques for learning about students’ career goals early on so as to better advise them. This was followed by advisor and faculty member Nadine Stewart’s presentation on the challenges of advising when helicopter parents are involved, English Professor Amy Beaudry spoke about ways to encourage students to register during Priority Registration, and Coordinator of Career and Academic Planning Services Lupe Lomeli and Coordinator of Disability Services Ann Panetta co-presented on how using Starfish as a communication tool between Advising and Disability Services  better serves QCC students. The final presentation by Coordinator of Career and Academic Planning Services Eric Saczawa was about using information from students’ Starfish course overview pages to provide them with more individualized advising.   

In attendance were forty part- and full-time faculty and staff members representing various campus offices, such as Advising, Admissions, College and Career Pathways, Disability Services, the Alden Library, and Student Employment and Transfer Services. Rebecca Brownstein, Senior Enrollment Counselor at the Southbridge campus, who attended the event said, “The Summer Summit for Student Success was a wonderfully beneficial opportunity to collaborate with faculty and staff throughout the College. The Summit provided us with a chance to learn about College-wide initiatives that benefit the students we work with on a daily basis. Collaboration and the opportunity to participate in professional development is paramount to ensuring that our students receive the most up to date, informative and inclusive advising possible.”

Planning has already begun for a second Festival of Advising Best Practices to be held in June 2017.

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September, 2016
September, 2016

Faculty and staff gathered in August to participate in the annual August Assessment Academy. This year, the topic was bridging the sometimes-surprising gap between what we intend to teach and what students seem to learn from us. The workshop was led by Assessment expert Elise Martin under a Degree Qualifications Profile Tuning Coach initiative sponsored by the Lumina Foundation.

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Faculty and staff gathered in August to participate in the annual August Assessment Academy. This year, the topic was bridging the sometimes-surprising gap between what we intend to teach and what students seem to learn from us. The workshop was led by Assessment expert Elise Martin under a Degree Qualifications Profile Tuning Coach initiative sponsored by the Lumina Foundation.

Elise Martin (pictured at far left) is the Dean of Assessment and Professional Development at Middlesex Community College, a role which allows her to create strong linkages between the college’s ongoing assessment and improvement of student learning outcomes and related curricular and pedagogical initiatives.

The Degree Qualifications Profile is a learning-centered framework for what college graduates should know and be able to do to earn the associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree

Attendees discussed strategies to connect individual course content and learning experiences to discipline and program goals. They also tackled broader issues related to general education, especially strategies to scaffold skills on each other, and to involve all stakeholders in student success.

Members of QORE (Quinsigamond Outcomes Research for Excellence) team shared materials they created with a team of discipline faculty and professional staff, including a new Toolkit for Designing and Assessing Writing at QCC. The Academy is offered every year as a professional development opportunity under the auspices of the Department of Distance Learning and Professional Development

September, 2016
September, 2016

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Dr. Anne Jaskot and Dr. Robert G. Boatright

The Fall 2016 Liberal Arts Distinguished Lecturer Series is hosting two speakers in November, with topics including galaxy ionization and campaign spending.

Anne Jaskot, of Smith College, will present her talk “Ionizing Galaxies Wear Green: ‘Green Pea’ Galaxies and the Reionization of the Universe”

In the first billion years after the Big Bang, the universe’s hydrogen gas became ionized, with the electrons freed from the protons. This major period in the universe’s history is known as the epoch of reionization. Ms. Jaskot will discuss how this event took place, and different possible causes.

Ms. Jaskot earned her Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Michigan and is a teaching and research fellow at Smith College. She uses observations from radio to X-ray wavelengths to study the gas properties of starburst galaxies.

QCC Professor Andria Schwortz assisted in bringing Ms. Jaskot to speak at QCC.

Her presentation will be Friday, November 4, from noon to 1:00 p.m., Room 109 in the Harrington Learning Center.

Turning to politics, Robert G. Boatright, of Clark University, will present “The Trump Effect in the 2016 Congressional Elections,” discussing the impact of campaign spending.

The nomination of Donald Trump prompted many Republican donors to decrease their spending on the presidential race and increase their spending in support of other candidates. “However, the rapid change in the party’s beliefs about its ability to win the presidency, coupled with loosened regulations on political spending, created the most fluid pattern of campaign spending the nation has seen in decades,” Mr. Boatright said. He will document the effects of this shift in resources.

Mr. Boatright is a professor of political science at Clark University and the Director of Research at the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.

His talk will be Monday, November 14, from noon to 1:00 p.m., Room 109 in the Harrington Learning Center.

September, 2016
September, 2016

Like psychology? Interested in how the mind works? Want to learn more about personality, memory, emotions, development and behavior? Join the National Psychology Honor Society.

You can be considered for induction if you have:

  • A strong interest in psychology
  • Taken at least one psychology course, such as Psych 101
  • An overall B average in your psychology...
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Like psychology? Interested in how the mind works? Want to learn more about personality, memory, emotions, development and behavior? Join the National Psychology Honor Society.

You can be considered for induction if you have:

  • A strong interest in psychology
  • Taken at least one psychology course, such as Psych 101
  • An overall B average in your psychology courses and an overall 3.25 GPA
  • Completed at least 12 credits

The deadline for applications is October 7.

The Psi Beta Honor Society and QCC Psychology Club meets every other Wednesday, from noon to 1:00 p.m. Upcoming meetings will be October 5, 19, November 2, 16 and 30 at the Psych Lab, Room 321 in the Administration building.

Members can serve as mentors and engage in community service. For more information, contact Valerie Clemente, Ed.D., advisor, at vclemente [at] qcc.mass.edu

In September, the club hosted a guest speaker, Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., who explored the relationship between violence and mental illness. Repeated incidents of mass shooting by persons believed to be mentally ill have led media portrayals, public perception and political debate to increasingly define the “violence problem” or “gun violence problem” as a mental illness problem. This presentation presented a research-based model for understanding the relationship between violence and mental illness that is crucial for taking effective steps to limit violence in our communities.

Dr. Kinscherff is a nationally and internationally recognized clinical/forensic psychologist and an attorney. He has spent more than 30 years at the intersections of psychology and law with a particular focus upon violence, childhood adversities and trauma, and mental illness among children, adolescents and adults.

September, 2016
September, 2016

QCC will host a showing of “Food Fight, Inside the Battle for Market Basket” on October 20.

Throughout the summer of 2014, a corporate food fight played out in dozens of communities impacting tens of thousands of workers and the economies of three states. When the faction of the Market Basket board headed by Arthur S. Demoulas fired his cousin and arch-rival Arthur T. Demoulas as long-time CEO of...

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QCC will host a showing of “Food Fight, Inside the Battle for Market Basket” on October 20.

Throughout the summer of 2014, a corporate food fight played out in dozens of communities impacting tens of thousands of workers and the economies of three states. When the faction of the Market Basket board headed by Arthur S. Demoulas fired his cousin and arch-rival Arthur T. Demoulas as long-time CEO of the successful supermarket chain, it set off a firestorm that sparked one of most unique corporate dramas in American history. It’s what the New York Times called “the last stand for the middle class.”

“This film beautifully captures the drama of a remarkable story that broke all the rules. A dramatic and entertaining view of a case that will be taught in business schools for years,” said Daniel Korschun, co-author of “We Are Market Basket” and an associate professor of marketing at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.

The film will be shown Thursday, October 20, at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Hebert Auditorium, 670 West Boylston St, Worcester. There will be a Q&A session at 12:45 p.m. after the first showing. Admission is free with a QCC student ID, $5 without a student ID.

Directed by New England filmmaker Jay Childs, the film was an official selection of the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival 2016, the New Hampshire Film Festival 2016 and the Boston International Film Festival.

For more information about the film or to watch the trailer, visit the Food Fight Film website.

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September, 2016
September, 2016

QCC is hosting three upcoming Southbridge Admissions Information Sessions.

Did you know that an associate degree is worth as much as $1.7 million in lifetime earnings? Maximize your earnings potential! Visit QCC at our Southbridge campus and learn how QCC can help jumpstart your career in your neighborhood.

Upcoming tours will be held on Thursdays, October 6, November 17, and...

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QCC is hosting three upcoming Southbridge Admissions Information Sessions.

Did you know that an associate degree is worth as much as $1.7 million in lifetime earnings? Maximize your earnings potential! Visit QCC at our Southbridge campus and learn how QCC can help jumpstart your career in your neighborhood.

Upcoming tours will be held on Thursdays, October 6, November 17, and December 15 at 6:00 p.m. All information sessions will be at 5 Optical Drive, Southbridge, MA.

For more information and links to sign up for specific dates, visit the Upcoming Events page.

September, 2016
September, 2016

Geovanni Cruz is a 2015 graduate of QCC. At QCC, he earned an Associate Degree in Human Services. During his time here, he was the President of the Student Senate, student speaker for graduation, served on the QCC Activities Committee, worked in both the offices of Student Life and Admissions, and a participant in the Brothers & Keepers Program. He is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts Degree...

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Geovanni Cruz is a 2015 graduate of QCC. At QCC, he earned an Associate Degree in Human Services. During his time here, he was the President of the Student Senate, student speaker for graduation, served on the QCC Activities Committee, worked in both the offices of Student Life and Admissions, and a participant in the Brothers & Keepers Program. He is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Studies with a focus on Social Work at Worcester State University. 

Geovanni CruzThis VISTA Worker position is designed to help ensure the continued retention and persistence of male students in the Brothers & Keepers program at QCC. It will help to build program capacity by establishing an effective partnership with two local high schools (Claremont Academy and North High School) and will form a recruitment system for the mentoring program. 

“My career goal is to work in the Office of Student Life at a college and help create future leaders. I know by working for the Brothers and Keepers Program, I can begin to help guide students to become leaders. I am very excited to be joining AmeriCorps and Quinsigamond Community College as the VISTA for this program,” says Cruz. 

September, 2016
September, 2016

Check out the newest video that highlights how QCC partners with local businesses to offer courses and career paths for employees.

In Southbridge for almost 200 years, initially providing knives for shoemakers, Dexter Russell is the largest manufacturer of professional cutlery in the world. The company is a partner with QCC in it's expansion of technology programming in Southbridge.  

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Check out the newest video that highlights how QCC partners with local businesses to offer courses and career paths for employees.

In Southbridge for almost 200 years, initially providing knives for shoemakers, Dexter Russell is the largest manufacturer of professional cutlery in the world. The company is a partner with QCC in it's expansion of technology programming in Southbridge.  

Hear from Alan Peppel, the President/CEO about how Dexter Russell employs QCC graduates. The company offers tuition assistance to employees to further their education. He said the company needs employees at different levels, with programming skills, management skills and he is looking forward to continuing to work with QCC to train employees.

The video includes testimonials from recent graduates who work at Dexter Russell.

“Quinsigamond definitely prepared me very well for moving onto a four-year school, it helped me to excel when I went onto Western New England University,” said Thomas Kennedy, a mechanical engineer at Dexter Russell.

Watch the video and other videos about how QCC is partnering with different companies to offer students pathways to STEM success.

September, 2016
September, 2016

QCC’s Veterans’ Club is sponsoring a hygiene drive for Veterans’ Inc. Shelters. The following items are in demand: towels and washcloths, shampoo, body wash, razors for men and women, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap and feminine hygiene products.

Drop off your donations at either Room 125A or Room 220A. The drive ends on October 6.

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QCC’s Veterans’ Club is sponsoring a hygiene drive for Veterans’ Inc. Shelters. The following items are in demand: towels and washcloths, shampoo, body wash, razors for men and women, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap and feminine hygiene products.

Drop off your donations at either Room 125A or Room 220A. The drive ends on October 6.

September, 2016
September, 2016

We are very pleased to announce the addition of the following new full-time staff member to Quinsigamond Community College:

On September 6, 2016, Strategic Engagement & Community Connections welcomed Jacqueline Guittar as Coordinator of Records and Registration. Ms. Guittar brings to this position over 9 years of customer service experience and 7 years of...

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We are very pleased to announce the addition of the following new full-time staff member to Quinsigamond Community College:

On September 6, 2016, Strategic Engagement & Community Connections welcomed Jacqueline Guittar as Coordinator of Records and Registration. Ms. Guittar brings to this position over 9 years of customer service experience and 7 years of experience in a registrar’s office. Most recently, she was the Assistant Registrar at Fitchburg State University. Ms. Guittar earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Worcester State University and a Master of Business Administration from Fitchburg State University.

On September 12, 2016, Administrative Services welcomed Daniel Litchfield as Campus Police Officer II (Sergeant). Mr. Litchfield has been a Campus Police Officer I with the Quinsigamond Community College Campus Police for over 10 years. He has multiple certifications that include:  First Responder, Rape Aggression Defense Instructor, Field Training officer and Breath Test Operator. Mr. Litchfield is a graduate of the Massachusetts State Police Academy.  

On September 19, 2016, Academic Affairs welcomed Kate Anderson as Coordinator of Instructional Technology & Assessment for SABES PDC. Ms. Anderson brings to this position over 22 years of professional administrative experience including 7 years of experience in adult basic education and teaching. Most recently, she was an Assistant Program Manager in the Adult Learning Center here at Quinsigamond Community College. Ms. Anderson earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Education in Instructional Design at University of Massachusetts, Boston. 

On September 26, 2016, Strategic Engagement & Community Connections welcomed Kate Skorb as Data and Communications Manager for Records and Registration. Ms. Skorb brings over 7 years of higher educational experience to this position. Most recently, she was the Assistant Director of Student Account Operations at Clark University. Kate earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Greenfield Community College and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Please join us in welcoming our employees into their new roles.

August, 2016

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August, 2016
August, 2016

QCC is excited to welcome new and returning students for Fall 2016!

All new students should have completed orientation. For new students, orientation included information about student life activities; student support services, such as advising, tutoring and counseling; meet college staff and students; see where classes are held; and hear tips and tricks to make life at QCC more enjoyable!...

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QCC is excited to welcome new and returning students for Fall 2016!

All new students should have completed orientation. For new students, orientation included information about student life activities; student support services, such as advising, tutoring and counseling; meet college staff and students; see where classes are held; and hear tips and tricks to make life at QCC more enjoyable!

Check out the Student Life page for more about how to get involved in the QCC community!

Classes start September 7!

August, 2016
August, 2016

Congratulations to Jasmine Jina Ortiz and Carly Gould on being named to Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List!

Jasmine Jina Ortiz teaches English writing and literature courses at QCC. She is the co-editor of the anthology “All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color." She received Worcester Arts Council's Artists Fellowship in 2006.

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Congratulations to Jasmine Jina Ortiz and Carly Gould on being named to Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List!

Jasmine Jina Ortiz teaches English writing and literature courses at QCC. She is the co-editor of the anthology “All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color." She received Worcester Arts Council's Artists Fellowship in 2006.

She works for Keller Williams of Greater Worcester as a realtor and was recognized for increasing home and business ownership among Latinos in the region.

Carly A. Gould, is a Human Resources business partner at Reliant Medical Group in Worcester. She was a member of the golf committee for the Quinsigamond Community College Foundation. She also serves on the Leadership Council of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, volunteers at Girls Inc. and the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts.

See the complete list of 40 Under 40 at the WB Journal.

 

August, 2016
August, 2016

Mary Simone, general manager of the Marlborough Courtyard by Marriott, has been appointed the new chairman of the board of directors for the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce for a two-year term.

Ms. Simone has served on the chamber’s executive committee for two years and has been an active member of the board for 15 years. She has also served as the chair of the chamber’s...

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Mary Simone, general manager of the Marlborough Courtyard by Marriott, has been appointed the new chairman of the board of directors for the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce for a two-year term.

Ms. Simone has served on the chamber’s executive committee for two years and has been an active member of the board for 15 years. She has also served as the chair of the chamber’s tourism and hospitality committee.

“As one of Corridor Nine’s top business leader in the region, Mary shares the Chamber’s passion for strengthening our business climate and driving growth and innovation in the region,” said Karen Chapman, the chamber’s president. “As the general manager of the Marlborough Courtyard by Marriott for the past 11 years and previous position of area general manager for 13 years, her expertise about the region and business development will be instrumental in helping the chamber achieve its mission to promote growth, prosperity, and quality of life for our members and communities.”

Ms. Simone also is an adjunct professor at Quinsigamond Community College where she teaches hospitality and recreation management.

Mary Simone

“My students get first-hand knowledge of well-rounded business model, the day-to-day of the hotel operations and how networking and volunteering with the Chamber are an important part of the business model,” she said. “I am also able to make connections with my contacts for my students when they are interested in companies or career choices. Between my hotel experience and chamber experience, the students are exposed to all challenges that small and large businesses face in this ever-changing world.”

Ms. Simone has been involved with various community organizations throughout her career. Since 2005, she has been a true champion of the MOVE program with Shrewsbury High School. This program gives students with special needs an opportunity to become involved in a vocational training program. The primary goal of MOVE is to help students develop independence, self-confidence, and socially acceptable behaviors in order to function successfully in competitive employment.

“I am honored and excited to serve as the new chairman of the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce,” Ms. Simone said. “Representing a diverse membership base, including small and emerging businesses, mid-market companies, and large corporations, the chamber has a special opportunity to build on that legacy and make a lasting impact as it begins its next chapter of growth and innovation. I look forward to working with the executive committee, the board, chamber staff, and members to increase membership and grow revenues in order to add more programs and resources that will add value for our members and strengthen the Corridor Nine business community.”

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August, 2016
August, 2016

One Stop Registration started earlier this year, running smoothly for two weeks, from July 25-29 and August 1-5 at the Harrington Learning Center. Thanks to all QCC faculty and staff for helping students begin or continue their pathways for success.

Up to 1,100 new and returning students received assistance with registration and enrollment, enjoying the convenience of having all necessary offices...

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One Stop Registration started earlier this year, running smoothly for two weeks, from July 25-29 and August 1-5 at the Harrington Learning Center. Thanks to all QCC faculty and staff for helping students begin or continue their pathways for success.

Up to 1,100 new and returning students received assistance with registration and enrollment, enjoying the convenience of having all necessary offices operating out of one location. Having financial aid, admissions, and placement tests in one spot helped students realize how simple registration at QCC can be.

Mishawn Davis-Eyene, Director of Admissions, said One Stop Registration was held earlier this year to allow more time for forms to be processed for the fall semester.

“This event allows us to go over the steps with potential students, let them know if there are placement tests they need to complete and help them with forms for financial aid,” she said. “We want to make sure students are successful by starting them on the right level.”

Potential students could print out forms ahead of time to fill out and bring to one-stop registration. Information was made available on the One Stop Registration website with what forms and information was required.

Usually most of these departments require appointments, this event gives students a chance to get everything done at once and simplifies application process. Registering early also gives students a better chance to get the classes they want, as classes fill up as the first day of classes gets closer.

Applying is a two-tier process, Ms. Davis-Eyene said, the first includes applying for QCC, completing placement testing and registering; and the second part is applying for financial aid.