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April, 2018

  • Music and merriment were a part of the inauguration ceremony.
  • From left: Dr. Luis Pedraja share a laugh with President of Framingham State University Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty and Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyser.
  • QCC Student Trustee Stephanie Teixeira prepares to speak at the inauguration.
  • QCC Alumni Senator Michael Moore sends greeting from the State House.
  • QCC Foundation President Maurice Boisvert and QCC Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Susan Mailman.
  • Community performers were a part of the inauguration ceremony.
  • Vice President for Enrollment Management, Student Engagement & Community Connections Dr. Lillian Ortiz leads the processional.
  • The QCC Chorale Group honors Dr. Pedraja with a song.
  • Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyser and QCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Susan Mailman assist Dr. Luis G. Pedraja with the medal he received at his inauguration. He was installed as the sixth president of Quinsigamond Community College on April 13.
  • Dr. Luis Pedraja enjoys his Inauguration Day.
April, 2018
April, 2018

Friday, April 13 became a historical moment for Quinsigamond Community College with the inauguration of its sixth President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.

Senator Michael Moore, Representative James O’Day, Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyser, Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty and other community leaders, along with QCC students, faculty and staff were on hand to extend Dr...

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Friday, April 13 became a historical moment for Quinsigamond Community College with the inauguration of its sixth President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.

Senator Michael Moore, Representative James O’Day, Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyser, Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty and other community leaders, along with QCC students, faculty and staff were on hand to extend Dr. Pedraja their congratulations and support at the morning ceremony held on QCC’s main campus in Worcester. Keynote speaker for the event was Framingham State University’s President Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, a friend who worked closely with Dr. Pedraja when he was the vice president for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

“Dr. Pedraja’s inauguration comes at a time when a college degree must be accessible and affordable,” said Senator Michael Moore, a QCC alumni who credits the college with starting his own career.

The inauguration parted ways from the typical pomp and circumstance with a procession of ethnic dancers from the community that included: Ritmos Dance Academy, Sacred Earth Singers/Drummers, Island Vybe Dance Fitness and music from QCC’s Student Ensemble and the QCC Chorale group. This set an uplifting and inspiring mood for the occasion. While many noted the unusual timing for such an event, Friday the 13th, a historically unlucky day, Dr. Pedraja explained the timing.

“I chose this date intentionally. My father was one of 13 brothers and they had a store in Cuba named, ‘13,’ …13 is a lucky number in my family. They were able to turn a negative into a positive,” he said, adding that he even defended is dissertation on a Friday the 13th, at the 13th hour. “We must turn negatives into positives and turn obstacles into opportunities.”

He has taken that very message and implemented it throughout life, discussing the challenges many community college students may face, especially first generation students (of which he is one) and those who live in poverty. He said there must be shift in the way people think about community colleges and their students.

“These students are determined, resilient and high achievers. They have aspirations and hope for the future,” he said, adding, “Receiving an education is not for a community of a few, but a basic human right.” 

“He has all the qualities that make a great leader. Throughout his career he has demonstrated wise leadership and his commitment to students is exemplary,” said Dr. Cevallos, detailing how Dr. Pedraja exemplifies the qualities of wisdom, yearning, being a visionary, empathy, having resourcefulness and being nimble, using the college’s mascot name as an acronym.

“You have found a real Wyvern (QCC’s mascot-a protective mythical dragon),” he continued. “You have found a leader who will watch over the college and it will thrive.”

In his inaugural address, Dr. Pedraja said 100 percent student success is his goal and everything the college will do now and in the future is designed to reach this goal. He outlined many of the programs that are currently underway, from the creation of community-based learning centers in Worcester this fall; the formation of a multi-faceted Student Success Center on QCC’s main campus this fall, to increasing mentorship programs; expanding partnerships with communities such as Blackstone and Marlboro, and creating scholarships with business partners.

In addition, since taking office he has worked to expand partnerships with colleges and universities that include Framingham State University among others, as well as the recent partnership with Worcester Polytechnic Institute for a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art integrated photonics lab. He also addressed shifting the focus of teaching for the future instead of teaching for today.

“We must be daring, agile and innovative. I will not rest until our present and future students achieve their dreams,” he said.

Learn more at QCC's inauguration page. 

  • QCC Engineering Sophmore Cara Freedman
  • QCC Engineering Sophmore Cara Freedman
April, 2018
April, 2018

As a dual enrollment student from Shrewsbury High School, Cara Freedman came to Quinsigamond Community College looking for a way to fulfill her dream of having a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career. She had been struggling with mathematics in high school and feared she might never attain her career aspirations. According to Ms. Freedman, she had done well in math during middle school...

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As a dual enrollment student from Shrewsbury High School, Cara Freedman came to Quinsigamond Community College looking for a way to fulfill her dream of having a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career. She had been struggling with mathematics in high school and feared she might never attain her career aspirations. According to Ms. Freedman, she had done well in math during middle school, however, once she hit high school there was a disconnect.

“Math became a problem in high school. I really struggled and didn’t get along with my teacher, which may have been a contributing factor,” she said. “I couldn’t understand why I was learning about angles and formulas that I didn’t feel had any real world application. I felt that school was not truly for learning and I was discouraged about attending college.”

Unsure what to do next, Ms. Freedman turned to a friend of hers who was in a dual enrollment program at QCC. She decided to try and take a few college courses at the college. As a new student, she was required to take the Accuplacer Placement Test before registering for any English and mathematics courses.  She took the test a bit fearful about how she would place. Her score placed her into the pre-calculus class. In Shrewsbury High School she had been placed in a higher level mathematics class.

“I feel like QCC starts you at a good level and doesn’t cram everything together. Needless to say, I found a whole new love for math that had been missing in my life since middle school. I felt I was treated fairly and given all the resources to learn and succeed in each class,” she said. “Going here from high school truly was a breath of fresh air.”

Ms. Freedman said her mathematics professors gave her the support and framework in math that had been missing in high school. At QCC, she said her professors offered her a way to learn the value of mathematics by using real work examples that she could relate to and appreciate. While acknowledging that calculus and trigonometry were her biggest challenges, she credits her QCC professors, most especially Professor Andreana Grimaldo, with helping her to succeed and flourish in math.

“Having teachers that treat you as an equal human was great. They wanted to help me learn,” she said, adding that she also took advantage of Professor Grimaldo’s office hours when she needed extra guidance.

Ms. Freedman completed her senior year at QCC and enrolled in QCC’s engineering associate degree program. She continued to excel in all her courses – courses that emphasized mathematics and sciences. She said she took advantage of the support services QCC offered; frequently utilizing the math lab and interactive online tools.

Today, Ms. Freedman is planning to graduate in May 2018, with the goal of attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) this fall and obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

“I actually applied to WPI right out of high school but got waitlisted and didn’t get in,” she said, adding that through QCC’s current transfer articulation agreement with WPI, QCC engineering students with a 3.0 G.P.A. are able to transfer into WPI engineering program as a junior.

“This will save me a lot of money and I am hopeful that I may even receive some scholarships,” she added.

To learn more  about QCC's Mathematics Department or QCC's Dual Enrollment program, visit http://www.qcc.edu . 

  • Principal Dr. Martha Taylor(protrayed by Kelly Stowell) disciplines Thornwood (portrayed by Robert Fetterman) for his unorthodox teaching methods.
  • The cast of Thornwood.
  • Thornwood (left) dramatically demonstrates a scene from Hamlet to student Blake (portrayed by QCC student Liam Doherty).
  • From left: Jackie, portrayed by Alyssa Burgwinkel and Lisa, portrayed by Ahlam Abdelkader.
  • QCC student Alex Fontanes played an engaging Bernard.
  • Kim (played by Angela Renzi) and Alisha (played by Margarita Fabre) share a laugh at Thornwood's expense.
  • Mike (played by Mike Daniel) tries to ignore Thornwood during class.
April, 2018
April, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College and 4th Wall Stage Company’s collaboration of the play, Thornwood, brought down the house in the final weeks of April, beginning with a visit opening night from Tony Howarth, playright for the production, and culminating with a visit to the final performance from State Representative James O’Day. This was the first time the collage has partnered with a...

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Quinsigamond Community College and 4th Wall Stage Company’s collaboration of the play, Thornwood, brought down the house in the final weeks of April, beginning with a visit opening night from Tony Howarth, playright for the production, and culminating with a visit to the final performance from State Representative James O’Day. This was the first time the collage has partnered with a professional theater company.

The pay was co-directed by Kelly Stowell, adjunct professor for QCC’s theater program (who also plays the principal in the production) and guest producer/director Barbara Guertin, of 4th Wall Stage Company.

The Telegram & Gazette did a rave review of the performance, which can be found at Thornwood review.

 QCC student cast members include:

  • Ahlam Abdelkader
  • Alyssa Burgwinkel
  • Liam Doherty
  • Margaritta Fabre
  • Alex Fontanes
  • Alexis Guertin
  • David  Rodriguez
  • Kyler Simard
  • Ariana Strout

QCC alumni cast members:

  • Mike Daniel
  • Amber Charest (stage manager)

4th Wall cast members included:

  • Robert Fetterman
  • Rodriguez Marchan
  • John Ardini
  • From left: Vice President for Enrollment Management, Student Engagement & Community Connections Dr. Lillian Ortiz, PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Nancy Schoenfeld, Dean of Compliance Liz Woods and Dean of Students Theresa Vecchio.
  • Outgoing PTK President Maia Shalev addresses the inductees.
  • Incoming PTK President Jennifer Brevik receives her medal from outgoing President Maia Shalev.
  • The 2018 PTK inductees recite their pledge.
  •  Phi Theta Kappa Officers.
  • Incoming 2018 Phi Theta Kappa Officers.
April, 2018
April, 2018

On April 12 at the Hebert Auditorium, approximately 65 students took part in the induction ceremony for new members of the college’s Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter of The Phi Theta Kappa Honor (PTK) Society.

A total of 178 new members were eligible to be inducted, said QCC’s Dean of Students,Theresa Vecchio, making this one of PTK's largest classes...

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On April 12 at the Hebert Auditorium, approximately 65 students took part in the induction ceremony for new members of the college’s Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter of The Phi Theta Kappa Honor (PTK) Society.

A total of 178 new members were eligible to be inducted, said QCC’s Dean of Students,Theresa Vecchio, making this one of PTK's largest classesCurrently QCC’s Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter has 508 active members at QCC, a far cry from the 11 members inducted in the first PTK induction ceremony held 38 years ago.

At the ceremony, outgoing PTK President Maia Shalev handed the reins over to incoming PTK President Jennifer Brevik. Other Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter PTK Officers for 2018-2019 include:

  • Daniel Underwood, Executive Vice President of Leadership
  • Adam Maarij, Executive Team Leader
  • Santana Wright, Vice President of Scholarship
  • Nichole Bodinizzo, Fundraising and Volunteer Director
  • Emma O’Brien, Recording Secretary
  • Maryanne Ouma, Treasurer
  • Jamilex Rivas, Treasurer
  • Precious Baba, Officer At Large
  • Ashley Forhan, Officer At Large
  • Mark Hogan, Officer At Large
  • Colin Boisvert, Greenhouse Project Manager

QCC’s Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter of PTK was chartered in 1980 and today is considered a five- star chapter. The college’s chapter is ranked number one in New England and is in the top 20 in the world.To be eligible for this distinction, members need to participate in an eight-month research project every year. QCC members participate in numerous community service events each year. The chapter has worked with many local community organizations throughout the year such as:

  • Lilly: The Worcester Public Library Bookmobile
  • Community Harvest Project
  • Veteran's Inc.
  • Friendly House of Worcester
  • Why Me & Sherry's House
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund
  • Worcester Animal Rescue League
  • Rally Against Cancer
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Central MA Housing Alliance
  • Convoy of Hope
  • Relay for Life

PTK has also developed a Live & Learn Greenhouse, a project designed to diminish food insecurities on campus.

Membership in PTK is by invitation only and students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and 16 college credits earned at QCC.  To learn more visit PTK.

  • QCC student and outgoing PTK President Maia Shalev speaks at the recent PTK Induction ceremony as Dean of Student Theresa Vecchio (left) and PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman look on.
  • The 2018 All-USA Academic Team
  • 2018 New Century Scholars
April, 2018
April, 2018

Every year the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) hosts an event at the State House in Boston to showcase the best and brightest of the state’s 15 community colleges. Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) students Kyle Mondino and Maia Shalev were honored as two of the 34 highest academic achievers in the state’s community college system. Mr. Mondino will be...

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Every year the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office (MCCEO) hosts an event at the State House in Boston to showcase the best and brightest of the state’s 15 community colleges. Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) students Kyle Mondino and Maia Shalev were honored as two of the 34 highest academic achievers in the state’s community college system. Mr. Mondino will be graduating this May with a Business Administration Transfer associate degree and Ms. Shalev is currently in the Liberal Arts Biology associate degree program.

At a State House Ceremony held on April 18, student awardees were awarded medallions and certificates for being named to Phi Theta Kappa’s All-Massachusetts Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges. The event was co-sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

"It is a great honor to be recognized for all of my hard work in the Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter at QCC,”Ms. Shalev said. I never expected to receive an award.”

As the top-scoring community college student in the Commonwealth, Mr. Mondino was also this year’s New Century Scholar and was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Foundation. Additionally, he was recognized for his academic achievement and service to the campus community as an All-USA Top 20 Scholar. Mr. Mondino is one of only 20 students chosen nationally to be a member of this select group. He will also receive a $5,000 scholarship for this accomplishment.

"It means a lot to be recognized for the efforts you put forth and I truly appreciate programs that take the time to both reward and give notice to students’ endeavors,” Mr. Mondino said.

The program featured remarks from State Senator Michael Moore and Deputy Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Dr. Pat Marshall.

“This event highlights the commitment of community colleges to access, opportunity, and excellence,” said Deputy Executive Officer of MCCEO at the event, Gretchen Manning. “These students have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in programs ranging from healthcare, to public service, to business administration and entrepreneurship, to education and much, much more. Many have already transferred to continue their education and they will all continue to be outstanding leaders in their communities and chosen professions. We’re so proud of them for what they have achieved and what they will continue to accomplish.”

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 99 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa. The MCCEO works on behalf of presidents and trustees of the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts, currently representing more than 176,000 students in every region of the Commonwealth.

 

  • Commencement is an exciting time for QCC graduates.
  • QCC's Commencement will be held on May 18, 2018 at the DCU Center.
April, 2018
April, 2018

On Friday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. Quinsigamond Community College will graduate its 53rd graduating class at the DCU Center in Worcester.This year's graduation speaker is Senator Elizabeth Warren.

This is a heady, sometimes stressful time for students as they prepare for the next steps in their life and QCC works hard to try and alleviate as many stressors as possible for students. While there...

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On Friday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. Quinsigamond Community College will graduate its 53rd graduating class at the DCU Center in Worcester.This year's graduation speaker is Senator Elizabeth Warren.

This is a heady, sometimes stressful time for students as they prepare for the next steps in their life and QCC works hard to try and alleviate as many stressors as possible for students. While there is no rehearsal for the graduation ceremony itself, there are a few key points graduates should know in advance of the graduation day. 

  • Check the Graduation page on the Q to make sure you are listed as a graduate. If your name is not listed, but you believe you are eligible to graduate, please check with the Registrar’s Office, Room 152A or call 508.854.4257.
  • Check the spelling of your name and make sure it's listed correctly. If there is an error, report the error as soon as possible to the Registrar’s Office, as this will be the way your name will appear on your diploma.
  •  Remember to check your address on the Q and update it as needed under the personal information tab. Make sure to check your Qmail frequently for information from the Registrar with final instructions for graduation.
  • Caps & gowns will be distributed in the Registrar’s Office, room 152A. It is highly recommended that you try the gown on BEFORE leaving the Registrar’s Office. If you require a special size cap or gown (very short, very tall, need full-fit gown, etc.), please come in early for the best selection.

        Caps and gowns will be available for pick up on Monday, April 30 – Wednesday, May 2, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Thursday, May 3, 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. and Friday, May 4, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. After May 5, please call the Registrar’s Office at 508.854.4257 to arrange for pick up.

  • Graduation Day - The MAIN EVENT!  Arrive at the DCU Center by 12:00 p.m. Don’t forget your cap and gown!  Allow for ample time to park in one of the various lots near the DCU Center (Remember these lots will charge a parking fee). Graduates should enter in Door 1 or Door 2. Once inside go directly to the Student Robing Area, and look for the other graduates in your academic program. The ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m.
  • Congratulations you’re almost there! Visit Commencement 2018 for complete details. 
  • QCC students faculty and staff enjoyed an exciting day at the Undergraduate Research Conference in Amherst.
  • Alex Bickerstaff presents his research on "CUP-Protecting Linux Operating Systems."
  • From left: QCC Professor Hao Loi and student presenters Raquel Penha and Yesenia Mercedes.
  • Computer Science Professor Hao Loi with his students who presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • QCC Student presenter Thinh Tuong Pham (left) share a laugh with Professor Hao Loi.
  • From left: QCC honors student presenters Stephanie Teixeira, Megan Askew and QCC Librarian Carolyn Morse.
  • QCC honors student presenter Randi Thayer.
April, 2018
April, 2018

On Friday, April 27 QCC once again took part in the 24th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, held at UMass Amherst. More than 1,000 students from virtually every  Massachusetts public college and university attended the daylong event that highlighted a multitude of original work from students in their respective fields.

QCC computer science students showcased their work...

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On Friday, April 27 QCC once again took part in the 24th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference, held at UMass Amherst. More than 1,000 students from virtually every  Massachusetts public college and university attended the daylong event that highlighted a multitude of original work from students in their respective fields.

QCC computer science students showcased their work, as well as students from the honors program who presented a variety of poster presentations on the histories of American violence.

The Conference was co-sponsored by Commonwealth Honors College and the Massachusetts System of Public Higher Education.

 

  • Dr. Benjamin Wendorf and QCC student presenter Rhiannon McIntyre.
  • From left: President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja, QCC student presenter Nathan Hess and Michael Stevenson, Coordinator of Library Collection Development.
  • From left: Dr. Benjamin Wendorf, QCC Assistant Professor of English Michael Gormley and QCC student presenter Austin O'Leary.
  • QCC student presenter Christopher Rumbaugh.
  • QCC student presenter Zachary Oliva.
April, 2018
April, 2018

Students in this semester’s Honors Colloquium, Histories of American Violence, facilitated by Professor Michael Gormley and Dr. Benjamin Wendorf, delivered dynamic poster presentations of their honors research at the Honors Program Showcase, held on April 24. The students then presented their posters on April 27 at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference held at UMass Amherst.

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Students in this semester’s Honors Colloquium, Histories of American Violence, facilitated by Professor Michael Gormley and Dr. Benjamin Wendorf, delivered dynamic poster presentations of their honors research at the Honors Program Showcase, held on April 24. The students then presented their posters on April 27 at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference held at UMass Amherst.

The students are part of the Honors Program at QCC, which offers students alternative learning opportunities to enhance critical thinking skills. The program encourages student involvement and course objectives are similar to those of non-honors courses; however, emphasis is made on individual interpretation and analysis, creative thinking, oral communication, and writing.

QCC students who presented posters included:

  • Megan Askew: Violent American Undertakings: A Look at Torment in the ASD Community
  • Nathan Hess: Violence Against African Americans
  • Rhiannon McIntyre: Civilian Casualties in War, Vietnam to Present: The Descent into Chaos
  • Austin O’Leary: The One-Percenters: Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs and Their American Origins
  • Zachary Oliva: The Violent American Blame Game: Scapegoat Theory Explains the Rise of Anti-Muslim Sentiment
  • Christopher Rumbaugh: Environmental Racism: Neoliberalism and Flint, MI
  • James Strong: Cyber-Bullying: The Darkest Truth that Words can Reveal
  • Randi Thayer: The Ultimate Trump Card: How the U.S. Leverages Nuclear Technology
  • Sophie Werner: Identity-Based Violence and the Agency of American Prostitutes
  • Kaileen Wheeler: American Racial Profiling and the Assumption of Black Criminality

The Honors Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as a Commonwealth Honors Program. QCC is part of an integrated, collaborative system-wide network of honors programs in Massachusetts public higher education.

To learn more about this program, visit Commonwealth Honors Program.

  • QCC Dean of Students, Terry Vecchio discusses managing college success.
April, 2018
April, 2018

A powerful and compelling program has quieting and effectively been gaining momentum. The second in a two-part series of workshops, “Be Your Best You,” was held this spring as a collaborative effort between Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester’s Workforce Investment Board. The educational seminar held at Workforce Central Career Center in Worcester, was developed to enlighten at-risk...

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A powerful and compelling program has quieting and effectively been gaining momentum. The second in a two-part series of workshops, “Be Your Best You,” was held this spring as a collaborative effort between Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester’s Workforce Investment Board. The educational seminar held at Workforce Central Career Center in Worcester, was developed to enlighten at-risk youth about the many available support services and technologies available to help them attain a college education. This came out of a need that was seen by area agencies working with high risk youth. Area agencies sent out a survey to youth to find out what they were looking for and the results were used to develop a series of workshops tailored to meet their needs.

The first event was held in the fall of 2017 and focused on items that ranged from how to choose a college major, financial aid and how it all works, to college admission steps.

This second event featured rotating workshops which highlighted managing college; achieving college success and using technology for college. QCC staff who presented the workshops included: Dean of Students, Terry Vecchio; Senior Enrollment counselor, Becky Brownstein; College and Career Navigator Joyeuse Uwamahoro. Student presenters included QCC Honors student Maggie Butrym, who is graduating QCC this May, and UMass Amherst Graduate Victor Agwu.

Both Ms. Butrym and Mr. Agwu shared their own stories, which resonated with the 18 people in attendance.

“The stories the students shared were really powerful,” said QCC’s College & Career Navigator Dawn Kiritsis. “The takeaway from this was that students who didn’t think they could go to college now realize college is a possibility and they will have support.”

Already the program is showing its success. One of the attendees from last fall’s “Be Your Best You” event enrolled at QCC this spring.

This was so successful we are going to run it again in the fall and are looking to expand this to adult learners as well,” Ms. Kiritsis added.

  • QCC Transfer Counselor Beth Fullerton with the QCC's Wyvern mascot.
  • A student learns about transferring to a four-year college after QCC.
  • Sharing a laugh at the Spring Transfer Fair.
  • Students get a head start on learning about transfer options.
  • Students discuss their transfer options at the college's Spring Transfer Fair.
April, 2018
April, 2018

Earlier this month Quinsigamond Community College’s Transfer Services hosted its 2018 Spring Transfer Fair, something the college has been doing for over a decade. Approximately 150 students had the opportunity to meet and talk with 30 colleges and universities to learn about their transfer options. The college has been introducing different transfer events such as this one each semester to give students a...

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Earlier this month Quinsigamond Community College’s Transfer Services hosted its 2018 Spring Transfer Fair, something the college has been doing for over a decade. Approximately 150 students had the opportunity to meet and talk with 30 colleges and universities to learn about their transfer options. The college has been introducing different transfer events such as this one each semester to give students a chance to learn about the myriad of transfer options available to them.

These events are designed to help students understand everything they need to know about transferring before they are in their final semester at QCC, alleviating unnecessary last minute headaches and confusion. QCC's Transfer Services staff help students learn about transfer pathways and will put together a transfer plan that works for each individual student.

As a member of the Massachusetts Public Higher Education System, QCC maintains strong ties with all of Massachusetts' public four-year colleges and universities, and offers the MassTransfer program, as well as numerous articulation agreements with private four-year colleges and universities, locally and regionally.

In addition to walk-in transfer sessions there are semester visits by representatives from area colleges and universities; transfer advising and transfer information resources that are available at the Transfer office, and a new spring initiative – Transfer Services Workshops. These workshops feature topics that include the application process, college search, preparing to transfer and transfer agreements.

The workshops are one hour and are held in room 62A.

“We really encourage students to contact us ‘early and often,’” said QCC Transfer Coordinator Daniel de la Torre.

“Even if a student is in his/her first semester here, it’s never too early to start thinking about transferring to a bachelor degree,” added QCC Transfer Counselor Beth Fullerton.

QCC’s next Tranfer Fair will be its Fall Fair, held on Wednesday, October 31 in room 109 A&B in the Harrington Learning Center.

To learn more visit  QCC Transfer

  • PTK Students mentor Burncoat students from Burncoat's AVID program.
April, 2018
April, 2018

Community service plays a vital role in the Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Quinsigamond Community College. One of these service projects has been to mentor ninth and tenth graders from Burncoat High School's Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. AVID is a college readiness system for elementary through high school that is designed to increase school wide learning...

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Community service plays a vital role in the Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Quinsigamond Community College. One of these service projects has been to mentor ninth and tenth graders from Burncoat High School's Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. AVID is a college readiness system for elementary through high school that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance with the intent being admission to a four-year college.

Tony Sanders, Mark Hogan and Dan Underwood are the PTK leads for this project, along with a dozen other PTK students. Each Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. they greet nine Burncoat ninth and 10th graders at the bus stop and begin the meeting with a tour of some part of the QCC campus.  

“We have given them a tour of the QuEST Center, fab lab, etc.  I believe they will see our Athletic Center this coming week. After the tour, they settle into a room and do their homework with the PTK students, which usually takes an hour,” said PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman.

After their homework the high schoolers are brought to QCC’s cafeteria where they have a healthy dinner and then are able to socialize with their mentors/tutors. Some students will play games with their mentors, while others may work on finishing their homework before heading to the bus stop at the end of the day.

The program will continue until May 22. The hope is that these students will return in the fall.

“We will stay in touch with them throughout the summer and then resume with these students plus new tenth grade AVID students.  Our hope is to build the relationship with these nine students and continue mentoring/tutoring until they graduate,” Ms. Coleman continued.” At that time we hope they will choose to come to QCC.”

  • Assistant Professor of English, Jasmine Ortiz (left) talks about standing against racism as students and Associate Professor of Human Services, Brenda Safford look on.
  • Students sign the "Stand Against Racism' banner.
April, 2018
April, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College joined with the YWCA of Central Massachusetts and a host of other schools and organizations across the Central Massachusetts region to take a Stand Against Racism. During the week of April 23, students, faculty and staff wore wristbands that signified their commitment to promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. A “Stand Against Racism”...

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Quinsigamond Community College joined with the YWCA of Central Massachusetts and a host of other schools and organizations across the Central Massachusetts region to take a Stand Against Racism. During the week of April 23, students, faculty and staff wore wristbands that signified their commitment to promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. A “Stand Against Racism” banner was also available for students, faculty and staff to sign.

On Friday, April 27 a panel discussion was held in the Harrington Learning Center that focused on racial injustice in addition to a viewing of the Crossing Borders film, American Textures. The film chronicled six people of African American, White and Latino decent who traveled on a journey throughout the diverse communities in the Southern United States. At the end of the film pizza was served and those in attendance discussed some of the issues that were raised in the film.

“They were really being honest. And that’s when racial dialogue starts,” said Associate Professor of Human Services, Brenda Safford after watching the film. “When communication begins and that’s where you start bridging.  Let’s be for real. In order for you to make change that has to happen.”

  • QCC participated in Denim Day to support victims and promote education and public awareness of rape and sexual assault.
  • QCC’s Dean for Compliance and Education, Elizabeth “Liz” Woods
  • QCC brought in resources and information for the college community during Sexual Assault Awareness month.
April, 2018
April, 2018

During the month of April, Quinsigamond Community College stood with the country in recognizing the month as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.” Each day in April, QCC’s Dean for Compliance and Education, Elizabeth “Liz” Woods has sent out a “Tip of the Day,” to help bring awareness and support to this grave issue that affects nearly a third of students.

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During the month of April, Quinsigamond Community College stood with the country in recognizing the month as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.” Each day in April, QCC’s Dean for Compliance and Education, Elizabeth “Liz” Woods has sent out a “Tip of the Day,” to help bring awareness and support to this grave issue that affects nearly a third of students.

“However there is no timeline for sexual violence, so it is important to be both attentive and responsive throughout the year,” Ms. Woods said.

Resources for sexual violence awareness were made available throughout the month on the college’s main campus, QCC Southbridge, and QCC’s Center For Healthcare and Workforce Development. There was also a showing of the film, “Escalation,” that highlighted the warning signs and escalation of relationship violence. This month long awareness campaign culminated with Denim Day, held on April 25. Students, faculty and staff wore jeans to show their support for victims of sexual violence. This day was designed by Peace Over Violence in order to promote education and public awareness of rape and sexual assault.

“The members of the Quinsigamond Community strongly support the efforts of Peace Over Violence to educate persons in our community about the true impact of rape and sexual assault,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.

 “Statistics show that as many as 30 percent of the students in our classrooms, and on our campus have been affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault.  As an institution, and as individuals we serve our students best by being aware of the issues they bring to campus, and assisting them through those challenges to the completion of their goal,” said Ms. Woods. “Over the past several years these issues addressed by Title IX, have grown to include, harassment, stalking and issues related to pregnancy that interrupt a woman’s education.”

QCC’s sexual misconduct policy is a valuable resource in explaining, what constitutes sexual misconduct on campus; the school’s reporting and investigative processes; and resources and accommodations available to survivors.  Visit QCC’s policy and resources for additional information.

  • From left: Erin Connor, Jay Turner, Ed Reitz and Officer Catherine Dixon
  • From left: Giovanni Cruz, Kaitlyn Stewart and Benjamin Aryeh
  • From left: Ahlam Abdelkader and Paige Walton
  • Music and dancing were part of the festivities during Diversity Week.
  • From left: Sarah Ismail and QCC Director of Student Life and Leadership Mike Beane.
April, 2018
April, 2018

Learning to appreciate each other was the premise behind the recent Diversity Week events held on the third week of April. Quinsigamond Community College, in partnership with the Diversity Caucus, Pride Alliance, student clubs and departments hosted a series of weeklong events that included a Block Party and culminated with a food festival held on the Fuller Student Center lawn.

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Learning to appreciate each other was the premise behind the recent Diversity Week events held on the third week of April. Quinsigamond Community College, in partnership with the Diversity Caucus, Pride Alliance, student clubs and departments hosted a series of weeklong events that included a Block Party and culminated with a food festival held on the Fuller Student Center lawn.

Rainbow Day, a day devoted to the celebration of the LQBTQIA community, which showcased an art gallery, poetry slam, an open forum, a presentation by transgender activist, musician and artist, Skylar Kergil, and a dance party culminated the festivities. There were also a variety of other activities throughout the week, as well as a student and faculty Diversity Panel where those in attendance could discussed topics of interest.

  • Students dropped off their resumes to potential employers.
  • A QCC student picks up some literature about Horizons for Homeless Children.
  • Human Service Agencies were able to meet with perspective job candidates at the QCC Human Services Fair.
April, 2018
April, 2018

The recent 2018 Quinsigamond Community College Human Services Fair offered QCC students an opportunity to connect with human service agencies and discuss possible job placement opportunities.

Starting a job search is never easy, but having over 25 organizations that are looking for viable workforce candidates all in one location is a great way to get a leg up on the competition.

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The recent 2018 Quinsigamond Community College Human Services Fair offered QCC students an opportunity to connect with human service agencies and discuss possible job placement opportunities.

Starting a job search is never easy, but having over 25 organizations that are looking for viable workforce candidates all in one location is a great way to get a leg up on the competition.

“I’m in my Human Services practicum now at the Y and I love it. Now I’m looking for a job opportunity and it’s great to come and get information from companies and learn what they do,” said QCC student Joe Black.

Students were advised to come prepared with copies of their resumes; be dressed professionally and be ready to interact with potential employers.

“I came last year and got a part-time job so I came back to look for a full-time job,” said QCC student Ashley Morse.

Companies that came to the event included:

  • AIDS Project Worcester
  • Alternatives Amego, Inc.
  • Beacon ABA Services
  • Catholic Charities
  • Community Health Link
  • Department of Youth Services
  • Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
  • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
  • Girls Inc.
  • Horizons for Homeless Children
  • Jeremiah’s Inn Inc.
  • Key Program
  • LUK Inc.
  • Pathways for Change
  • Perkins School
  • Regional Environmental Council
  • Salmon Health & Retirement
  • Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
  • The Bridge of Central MA
  • Center for Autism and Related Disorders
  • The New England Center for Children
  • Worcester Trial Court
  • Work Opportunities Unlimited
  • YOU Inc.
  • YWCA Central Massachusetts

QCC Student Karina Green said events such as these help students network with perspective employers.

“I talked to the ladies at Spectrum and they were very nice and it sounds promising. They were very helpful and suggested specific programs that would be a good fit. It’s all about networking! I’m looking for a paid internship in the Human Services field because I’ve been in the workforce for a long time and now am changing careers,” she added.

  • April showers bring May flowers at Quinsigamond Community College.
April, 2018
April, 2018

Thursday, May 3: QCC Manufacturing will be hosting an informal demonstration its amazing capabilities titled, “Making Stuff,” between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Projects to be shown include: T-Shirt printing, woodworking projects, plastic injection molding and 3D printing machines.

Thursday, May 3; Friday May 4: The Community Connections Office will be holding a chair...

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Thursday, May 3: QCC Manufacturing will be hosting an informal demonstration its amazing capabilities titled, “Making Stuff,” between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Projects to be shown include: T-Shirt printing, woodworking projects, plastic injection molding and 3D printing machines.

Thursday, May 3; Friday May 4: The Community Connections Office will be holding a chair massage fundraiser during the PAWS for a Study Break event. The 10-minute massage is designed to help students, faculty and staff alleviate stress before finals. Thursday’s event will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the Quad area and Grotto on the college’s main campus. Rain location will be in the Student Fuller Center. All proceeds will go to support scholarships for QCC students. The Friday event will be held from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 17: All member of the college community are invited to attend, “QCC’s Annual Celebration of Excellence & Retirement Recognition Reception,” from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Gail E. Carberry Gallery, Harrington Learning Center. The event will honor recently retired and retiring QCC colleagues.

May Event Spotlight:

Quinsigamond Community College’s 2018 Commencement will be held on May 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester.

Keynote speaker for Commencement will be U.S. Senior Senator Elizabeth Warren. Please contact the Commencement 2018 Information Line at 508.854.4368 or sboria [at] qcc.mass.edu. Leave a message and someone will get in touch with you as quickly as possible. This telephone line and e-mail will be monitored until noon on Friday, May 18. Thereafter, please call the campus switchboard at 508.853.2300 for assistance.

  • QCC alumni and part-time paramedic instructor Richard Nydam completes the Boston Marathon.
  • Friends Paul Normandin and Dominic Petruzzi await Richard Nydam at the finish line.
April, 2018
April, 2018

The running of the 122nd Boston Marathon was not exactly what QCC alumni and part-time paramedic instructor Richard Nydam had in mind for his first try at Boston, but the horrible rain, cold and brutal head wind didn’t stop him from finishing the race. This is Mr. Nydam’s third marathon. He began to train for marathons about seven years ago to get in better physical health....

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The running of the 122nd Boston Marathon was not exactly what QCC alumni and part-time paramedic instructor Richard Nydam had in mind for his first try at Boston, but the horrible rain, cold and brutal head wind didn’t stop him from finishing the race. This is Mr. Nydam’s third marathon. He began to train for marathons about seven years ago to get in better physical health. Participants at the Boston Marathon must have a qualifying time in order to run, or be part of a team that runs for charity. While he didn't attain a qualifying time to get a bib number, he was able to run Boston by running for the charity, Cops for Kids with Cancer; raising close to $1,500.

“I used to run in high school but then I took 30 years off,” he said, before picking it back up.

Today, he trains with two of his friends Paul Normandin and Dominic Petruzzi, who also happen to be QCC alums from the college’s paramedic program.

“We all have to work at 6:30 or 7:30 in the morning so we do our training at 5 a.m.,” he said. “It’s so much nicer running with a friend.”

Mr. Nydam noted that working full-time at UMass as an educator in the paramedic department and teaching at QCC three nights a week, really only leaves the early mornings for weekday training.

He successfully completed the Marine Corps. Marathon in Washington, D.C. in 2015 and the Newport Rhode Island in 2016. According to Mr. Nydam, the Newport Marathon was also a particularly difficult race due to the weather.

“There was horribly cold driving rain and it was 38 degrees. I almost didn’t finish because of the weather,” he said.

However, he did finish in Newport and with an eerie sense of déjà vu, headed to Hopkinton on April 16 for the start of the race, this time better prepared clothing-wise than was in Newport.

As one of the first to graduate QCC’s paramedic program in 1987, he knows firsthand the toll this type of weather can take on your body.

“By mile nine I thought about dropping out and was just taking it one mile at a time but by mile 14 I knew I was going to finish,” he said.  “The crowds carried me through and kept me going.”

He crossed the finish line and was met by his two running buddies Mr. Normandin Mr. Petruzzi, capping off the end of the grueling 26.2 mile race.

One of the most impressive parts of his run in Boston may not have been the fact that he finished the race, but that he was at QCC the next day teaching his class.

“I had class to teach and an obligation,” he said with a chuckle, adding, “At UMass we see a lot of QCC students come through and we hire a lot of QCC grads."

  • Alex and his daughter Zoe enjoy the art exhibit.
April, 2018
April, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College’s Children’s School decided to celebrate the Week of the Young Child (April 16-20) by hosting an Art Exhibit featuring artwork created by the preschoolers at the Children’s School. The art will be displayed from April 18-May 4 in the Administrative Building hallway and in room 107A. An Opening Reception was held on April 18 to kick off the exhibit.

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Children’s School decided to celebrate the Week of the Young Child (April 16-20) by hosting an Art Exhibit featuring artwork created by the preschoolers at the Children’s School. The art will be displayed from April 18-May 4 in the Administrative Building hallway and in room 107A. An Opening Reception was held on April 18 to kick off the exhibit.

“It will surely place a smile on your face when you see the imaginations of young children through various art mediums and open-ended activities,” said Director of the Children’s School, Nancy Knight.” “Many thanks to the educators, faculty, ECE students, facilities and food services. It was a wonderful event for children, families and friends.”

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meets those needs. 

The Quinsigamond Children’s School is located on QCC’s main campus and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The school implements high standards and models best practices for the children and the college’s Early Childhood Education college students. The school provides young children between the ages of 2.9 years to 5 years old a full-day program that fosters appreciation of self, others and the world around them.  The Children’s School is the laboratory/training center for the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program and ECE faculty offices are also located within this center. Visit the Children's School to learn more.

  • Fast track your career in manufacturing.
April, 2018
April, 2018

Are you ready to fast your career in Manufacturing? Look no further than QCC’s Center for Workforce Development & Continuing Education’s new Fast Track Work Ready Manufacturing program. This 48-hour course enables students to earn a Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative (MACWIC) Level 1 Certification for jobs such as a CNC Operator, Production Technician and Quality...

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Are you ready to fast your career in Manufacturing? Look no further than QCC’s Center for Workforce Development & Continuing Education’s new Fast Track Work Ready Manufacturing program. This 48-hour course enables students to earn a Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative (MACWIC) Level 1 Certification for jobs such as a CNC Operator, Production Technician and Quality Control Inspector.

As part of this course students will tour International Ceramics Engineering, located in Worcester, which specializes in the design and manufacture of unique components. There students will receive additional work readiness skills in order to fill important middle skill roles within manufacturing companies. Middle skill jobs are those jobs that require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree. The National Skills Coalition notes that middle skill jobs make up the largest part of the labor force in the U.S.

The course will be offered on Monday, July 16 – Thursday July 26 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (no class on Friday) at Quinsigamond Engineering, Science, and Technology (QuEST) Center in the CNC lab on the college’s main campus, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester.

Successful completion of this course can be credentialed for three credits in the Manufacturing Technology associate degree program at QCC.

For more information, contact the Center for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at cce [at] qcc.mass.edu, call 508.751.7936 or visit Workforce Development & Continuing Education .

  • The 2018 Quinsigamond Community College’s Intramural Basketball Champions. From left: Tyler Boafo, Aaron Emuso, Aaron Alexander, Adam Jackson, Alphe Gray, Anthony Baxter, Fodee Kromah, Shadrach Mensah.
  • QCC’s Baseball Team Presents Plaque to Steve Marini and Jim Racki.
  • From left: QCC’s COO/CFO and Vice President of Administrative Services, Steve Marini and Facilities Director Jim Racki.
  • Getting ready to hit one out of the park!
  • Members of the Wyvern baseball team discuss strategy.
  • Johnny Dombrowski was a stand out for the Wyvern's basketball team.
  • MVP Intramural Basketball Champ Aaron Alexander
  • QCC's Nick Martin is Player of the Week.
April, 2018
April, 2018

QCC’s Baseball Says "Thanks" for New Fence.

On Friday, April 19 the Wyvern Baseball team presented a plaque to QCC’s COO/CFO and Vice President of Administrative Services, Steve Marini and Facilities Director Jim Racki in recognition for their efforts in getting a new fence installed on the baseball field. The presentation was held before the...

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QCC’s Baseball Says "Thanks" for New Fence.

On Friday, April 19 the Wyvern Baseball team presented a plaque to QCC’s COO/CFO and Vice President of Administrative Services, Steve Marini and Facilities Director Jim Racki in recognition for their efforts in getting a new fence installed on the baseball field. The presentation was held before the team’s game against Northern Essex Community College. 

“This was the athletic department’s way of saying thank you,” said QCC’s Director of Athletics and Fitness, Lisa Gurnick. “We would also like to thank QCC President Luis Pedraja and Vice President Lillian Ortiz for attending the presentation and for their continuous support.”  

Remember to support your QCC Wyvern baseball team!  The season will be coming to a close next month, so make sure to stop by and watch an exciting home game. For a current listing of the 2018 baseball schedule visit  2018 baseball schedule or call 508.854.4317.

Johnny Dombrowski Receives Patrick Oroszko Courage Award

On April 4, at the College of the Holy Cross, QCC student and recent basketball captain Johnny Dombrowski was honored as the recipient of the Patrick Oroszko Courage Award. The award is named in memory of the late Clark basketball player and assistant coach. The award recognizes someone who has overcome obstacles, displayed courage and has a love for Worcester basketball. Mr. Dombrowski, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as a young child, has never allowed this diagnosis to hinder him. A solid “B” student, this past season he scored 47 points in a single game. He plans to attend a four-year school this fall and continue playing basketball.

Congratulations to the 2018 Quinsigamond Community College’s Intramural Basketball Champions

The QCC Intramural Basketball League, which started on April 3 was made up of five teams of QCC students that played throughout the month of April. Each team played the other one time, with the top four teams making the playoffs. The championship game was held on Tuesday, April 24 and it was a great one! The score was close throughout the game, but it came down to Aaron Alexander (Finals MVP) hitting a shot at the buzzer to win the game in dramatic fashion.

“The QCC Athletic Department would like to thank all of those students who participated and made the league a success,” said Assistant Manager of Athletics & Fitness, Josh Cole.

New Athletic Center Building Hours

Don’t forget the Athletic Center has new building hours until June 30.

  • Weekdays : Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Weekends: Saturday -  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Inauguration of Dr. Luis G. Pedraja
April, 2018
April, 2018

Below is a sampling of some of the articles and press releases published in the local (and sometimes national) media that mention Quinsigamond Community College.

QCC articles for the month of April include:

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April, 2018
April, 2018

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

On April 9, 2018, Academic Affairs welcomed Gabriel Santner into a new role as Director of Mentoring for Perkins Program. Gabriel brings over 5 years of grant writing and administration experience to this position. Most recently, he was a Project Coordinator for...

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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 April 9, 2018, Academic Affairs welcomed Gabriel Santner into a new role as Director of Mentoring for Perkins Program. Gabriel brings over 5 years of grant writing and administration experience to this position. Most recently, he was a Project Coordinator for grants in the Worcester Public Schools. Gabriel earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communication and Culture from the Clark University and a Masters in Arts in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.

Please join us in welcoming Gabriel into his new role at QCC.

March, 2018

  • Audience members asked Ms. Gay some thought-provoking questions.
  • From left: QCC Executive Director of Advancement Karen Ruck, QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja and his wife, Leigh Woodruff.
  • Roxane Gay signs books after her talk.
  • Dr. Pedraja explains the new Literary Philanthropy Project.
  • QCC Professor Jerry Williams asks Ms. Gay a question.
  • Roxane Gay share a laugh with Professor Margaret Wong (left) and Associate Professor Nicole Payen.
March, 2018
March, 2018

On Friday, March 23, the City of Worcester was treated to something special when Quinsigamond Community College brought author and cultural critic Roxane Gay, to Mechanics Hall for a night of thought-provoking conversation.

The Evening with Roxane Gay was presented by the Literary Philanthropy Project (LPP), a new initiative that was conceived by QCC Assistant English Professor Nicole Payen....

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On Friday, March 23, the City of Worcester was treated to something special when Quinsigamond Community College brought author and cultural critic Roxane Gay, to Mechanics Hall for a night of thought-provoking conversation.

The Evening with Roxane Gay was presented by the Literary Philanthropy Project (LPP), a new initiative that was conceived by QCC Assistant English Professor Nicole Payen. The LPP is a collaboration between the QCC Foundation, the Community Connections Department and the English Department to partner with established authors to raise scholarship money in their name, encouraging retention of current students and promoting recruitment of prospective students. Proceeds from this event will benefit merit and need-based scholarships for QCC students.

“I know we have a lot of our students here and this (event) is for you. Our mission is to help our community,” QCC's President Dr. Pedraja said, adding, “Thanks to all our sponsors for their contributions …they do a wonderful job supporting our programs and we want to continue that partnership that has helped to make this event a reality.”

QCC’s Executive Director of Advancement Dr. Karen Rucks gave Ms. Gay a powerful introduction that segued into a no-holds barred discussion.

“Roxane Gay is the mind and voice that has emerged full from this time and age,” she said. “She comes to our event this evening with a generosity of heart. Thank you Roxane Gay, for using your voice.”

Ms. Gay then spent the evening answering questions from QCC Professor of English Margaret Wong and Professor Payen on a myriad of subjects. Of particular interest was the question that Professor Payen posed to Ms. Gay, asking her how she is able to “speak” her truth without offending people.

“I write the kinds of things I love to read about. I’m a Libra, I can see both sides of an issue. You have to respect where people might be. No one wants to be told what they think and feel is unworthy,” she said, noting that writing is something she does for pleasure. “I value my time and writing is fun and my favorite thing to do. It keeps depression under control. ”

In the final segment of Ms. Gay opened up questions to the audience, answering some questions about her book, Hunger, a memoir that details her own emotional and psychological with struggles with consumption, appearance and health. 

 “When you live in a fat body people have horrible opinions of you and you become vulnerable,” she said.

In addition to her book Hunger, Ms. Gay discussed racism in today’s world, feminism, the current administration, and how she motivates herself when the haters come at her.

“It’s hard to resist the bigotry and dehumanization,” she said, adding that she has a good support system of friends and family.

Ms. Gay told the audience that part of that support system comes from her 6-year-old niece and being a role model for her, “without even trying.”

“Just having her in the world and wanting her to have a world that’s better keeps me going,” she continued. “We have a responsibility beyond ourselves. “

  • QCC Student and PTK Member Kyle Mondino with PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman
March, 2018
March, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College Sophomore Kyle Mondino has been chosen as a member of the 2018 All-USA Academic Team. Mr. Mondino was one of only 20 students chosen nationwide to be named to the All-USA Academic Team. Students are selected for their outstanding academic achievements, leadership skills, community- and campus-engagement. As a member of the All-USA Academic Team he will receive a $5,000...

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Quinsigamond Community College Sophomore Kyle Mondino has been chosen as a member of the 2018 All-USA Academic Team. Mr. Mondino was one of only 20 students chosen nationwide to be named to the All-USA Academic Team. Students are selected for their outstanding academic achievements, leadership skills, community- and campus-engagement. As a member of the All-USA Academic Team he will receive a $5,000 scholarship to any 4-year college of his choice. The All-USA Academic Team is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, with additional support provided by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Mr. Mondino was chosen because he was the highest scoring student in Massachusetts in the All-USA Competition. Over 2,000 students were nominated to be New Century Pathway Scholars from more than 1,600 colleges across the country. Only one student from each state was selected. The New Century Program is sponsored by The Coca‐Cola Foundation, the Coca‐Cola Scholars Foundation, PTK, and the AACC.

Mr. Mondino also recently learned he was chosen as a “29 Who Shine” award recipient. “29 Who Shine,” is a commencement season awards program initiated by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education that recognizes 29 outstanding student graduates from the Commonwealth’s public higher education system. Honorees are from a community college, state university or University of Massachusetts campus and are nominated by a faculty or staff member, or by a university awards committee. Students who are nominated must be a Massachusetts resident who has made an outstanding civic contribution to the state and who intend to remain in the Commonwealth upon graduation.

“We are thrilled that Kyle is being honored with these prestigious awards and we heartily congratulate him,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja. “This is a true testament of the amazing students who make up the fabric of Quinsigamond Community College.”

Mr. Mondino attributes not only the PTK organization and its current and past students, but also PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman.

“She’ the best cheerleader and is so good at helping people better themselves,” he said, noting that through her gentle urgings, he found himself in many leadership positions both on and off campus that have helped him pave a pathway towards his future. 

“PTK is a great tool but what you chose to do with it is up to you,” Mr. Mondino said.

In May, Mr. Mondino with graduate from QCC with an Associate Degree in Business Administration. He plans to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a degree with a management focus.

  • Dr. Luis Pedraja (center) takes an opportunity to speak with some QCC students.
  • Inauguration invitation
  • QCC's Sixth President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja
March, 2018
March, 2018

On Friday, April 13, 2018 Quinsigamond Community College will hold the inauguration of its sixth President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja. The event will take place in the Hebert Auditorium on QCC’s main campus.

Dr. Pedraja advocates passionately for increased access to higher education for all people, especially those who have been underserved historically by the American higher education system...

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On Friday, April 13, 2018 Quinsigamond Community College will hold the inauguration of its sixth President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja. The event will take place in the Hebert Auditorium on QCC’s main campus.

Dr. Pedraja advocates passionately for increased access to higher education for all people, especially those who have been underserved historically by the American higher education system. As a child, he emigrated from Cuba and grew up in a low-income Miami neighborhood. He became the first in his family to attend college, receiving his BA from Stetson University in Florida. He later earned a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Philosophical Theology and Religious Studies.

As QCC’s new president, Dr. Pedraja provides leadership to the college community and is working to enhance the mission of QCC to address higher education needs, economic development and community engagement.

A link to the livestreamed event will also be available during the inauguration. Visit the inauguration page for more information. 

  •  Professor Dadbeh Bigonahy helps students reach their full potential.
  • Quinsigamond Community College Engineering Professor Dadbeh Bigonahy
  • Professor Dadbeh Bigonahy at a QCC Commencement.
  • Professor Dadbeh Bigonahy speaks at an Honors and Awards Ceremony.
March, 2018
March, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College Engineering Professor Dadbeh Bigonahy has been chosen as a recipient of the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The award is named in honor AACC President and CEO Dale P. Parnell and was established to honor those in academe who are making a difference in the classroom, going above and...

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Quinsigamond Community College Engineering Professor Dadbeh Bigonahy has been chosen as a recipient of the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The award is named in honor AACC President and CEO Dale P. Parnell and was established to honor those in academe who are making a difference in the classroom, going above and beyond to ensure student success.

“I feel so honored to work with Dadbeh Bigonahy and this recognition is well-deserved. He has boundless energy and enthusiasm for engineering and is a tireless advocate for his students. Professor Bigonahy is an asset to the QCC community,” said QCC Assistant Vice President for Workforce Readiness and Innovation, Kathy Rentsch.

Professor Bigonahy knows what it’s like to make a difference in a student’s life. For over 30 years he has  devoted his life to educating students, making a point of getting to know each and every one of them – on both an academic-and a personal- level. He is a huge proponent of continuing education and his courses prepare students so that they can readily transition into a four-year institution and be successful.  Many of his students go on to graduate from prestigious four year Colleges and Universities (such as Cornell, John Hopkins, University of Florida, UC Davis and WPI) and engage in extremely successful careers. Former students stay in touch with Professor Bigonahy long after they have left QCC, keeping him abreast of how they are doing. It’s that personal connection, coupled with his teaching style that shines through in each and every class and student who comes in contact with him.

“Our students are not conventional students. They come from many different backgrounds and family situations,” he said, noting that by knowing their personal stories and challenges, he is better equipped to help them succeed.

Originally from Iran, Professor Bigonahy has an electromechanical engineering degree from Tehran Polytechnic University. After a stint as an engineer in Iran he went into the military before working in the manufacturing industry, where he stayed for four years.

“I had thought about going to school in the U.S. then I met an American who was in the Peace Corps,” he said. “He said he knew of an American college in his city and would write a letter of recommendation for me.”

It turned out that city was Worcester and the college was Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

In 1972 Professor Bigonahy and his wife moved to the U.S. and he entered WPI. At WPI, he worked to earn his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, while also serving as a teaching assistant. In 1982 he began teaching at QCC part-time before being promoted to a full-time faculty member.

Today, it is rare not to find Professor Bigonahy on QCC’s campus, either teaching or mentoring a student. Faculty advisors at QCC generally advise a maximum of 20 students, Professor Bigonahy is currently advising over triple that amount. He turns no one away, regardless of whether or not they are in his program.

“The students appreciate what we are doing for them. I tell them QCC is just the beginning,” he added.

Student Benjamin Aryeh
March, 2018
March, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) alumni have never forgotten their roots. Earlier this month six alumni came back to QCC to share their unique stories, experiences and offer current students insights into QCC and beyond. 

The event was made possible by S.H.E. (Support, Help, Encourage), an innovative female mentoring initiative designed to increase retention and educational...

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Quinsigamond Community College and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) alumni have never forgotten their roots. Earlier this month six alumni came back to QCC to share their unique stories, experiences and offer current students insights into QCC and beyond. 

The event was made possible by S.H.E. (Support, Help, Encourage), an innovative female mentoring initiative designed to increase retention and educational success of female students at the college. Alumni who attended the event included: Chad Bleakney, Nancy Bohan-Broderick, Miranda Craig, Suzanne Graham-Anderson, Kim Lawrence, Monique Manna and Deb Noble.

Mr. Bleakney told of his decision to change careers after 10 years and the support that he received from QCC, which he said was instrumental to his success. He credits the nurturing environment of QCC and Phit Theta Kappa (PTK) with helping him attain an Associate degree in Engineering before transferring to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he obtained a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. Today he works for Saint-Gobain Northborough Research & Development Center as a Research Engineer II.

It all started here at QCC,” he said. “I can honestly say I would not be fulfilled in the way I am now without having started at QCC.”

This was the message that was echoed from each panelist. Through personal or career changes they came to QCC seeking an education to a better future.

“I came to QCC because it was the best option for a full-time parent and a full-time working that was looking to accelerate in my career,” said Ms. Craig, a 2013 QCC alum who graduated with highest honors.

Ms. Craig was looking to advance in her career but was unable to because she didn’t have the required degree. She said it was QCC’s flexible schedule and affordability of QCC that were standouts for her, adding that through the support of one of her QCC professors, she transferred to Anna Maria College and became one of the first graduates of their Accelerated Social Work Bachelor’s degree program. Today, Ms. Craig is working for the state of Massachusetts as a social worker and in the fall of 2018 she plans to attend Westfield State University to complete her master’s in social work.

Ms. Bohan-Broderick told those assembled that she had been down on her luck, having been out of work for a long time. She described her own lack of self-confidence but that she needed to leave her marriage and figure out how to take care of her family.

“I did not have a lot of success as a student when I was younger,” she said, adding that she drove by QCC and decided that she’d stop by to just pick up a brochure and found herself in the academic advising office registering for a class.

Ms. Bohan-Broderick said the tutor center and the writing center were instrumental in helping her to succeed, noting that with every successful class she took at QCC, her confidence grew. Ms. Bohan-Broderick graduated from QCC in 2013 and transferred to MGH Institute of Health Professions, earning her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing. Today she is family nurse practitioner.

Ms. Graham Anderson spoke of being in a very successful career for 20 years, before one day finding herself unemployed and unable to find a new job doing the same work she had been doing in her previous job, all because she didn’t have a college degree. She came to QCC by way of Workforce Central, not only attaining her Associate degree in Business Administration but also excelling academically. Ms. Graham Anderson transferred to Nichols College where she plans to graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. She has continued working in the retail world, started her own business, recently became an ordained minister and was accepted into Nichols College dual Master’s program

“I encourage my friends to go to QCC,” she said. “It’s a path they can take and you won’t come out in debt. I’m very excited where I am now.” 

Two of the alumni Ms. Manna and Ms. Noble used QCC as a springboard to local politics.

“In April I was laid off and in May I started at QCC,” Ms. Noble said. “The faculty and staff made it so easy and were so kind. They are such a resource.”

Many of the students could relate to what they were hearing from the speakers, asking the panelists if there were ways in which the alumni could help them.  

“Get on LinkedIn. I see someone who is from QCC and I immediately reach out and get connected, “Ms. Graham Anderson added.

Discussion also included possibly establishing an alumni database and mentoring program, something both the alumni and students felt would be beneficial.

From more information on the S.H.E. Program, visit S.H.E's webpage.

  • QCC students discussed possible job opportunities with perspective employers.
  • QCC students made valuable contacts with local companies.
  • QCC students made positive impressions to potential employers at the recent Job Fair.
  • QCC Student Shawn Beaulie talked with a representative from Home Depot.
March, 2018
March, 2018

At Quinsigamond Community College, supporting student success is paramount. One of the many ways in which the college works to support its student is through bi-annual job fairs put on by Career Services. 

The recent Career Services Spring Job Fair once again drew many companies looking for optimum candidates to fill their job openings and over 100 students looking to speak with prospective employers....

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At Quinsigamond Community College, supporting student success is paramount. One of the many ways in which the college works to support its student is through bi-annual job fairs put on by Career Services. 

The recent Career Services Spring Job Fair once again drew many companies looking for optimum candidates to fill their job openings and over 100 students looking to speak with prospective employers.

QCC Student Shawn Beaulie, a Business Administration major, was one of many students who met with a variety of companies. He said he had some productive meetings with potential employers.

“The college offers students a lot of job opportunities. They are consistent in offering resources to students and it means so much,” he said. “There are so many different kinds of fields here (companies at the job fair), any student could come here and find something from seasonal, temp work to part-time and full-time. This is very beneficial and I highly recommend this to any student.”

Mr. Beaulie came well-prepared to meet with potential employers.

“You have to come here dressed to impress. Bring multiple copies of your resume and let the interviewers see what skills you have,” he added.

Michelle Wright, associate coordinator, The Home Depot, said it was Mr. Beaulie’s professionalism and passion that caught her attention. Both she and her associate watched Mr. Beaulieu comfortably interact with other company representatives at the fair, as well as easily engaging in conversation with both of them.

“If you can’t talk to us, it’s hard to work in retail,” she said, adding that Mr. Beaulie approached them eagerly and made key contact, something that is a valuable skill to have when working in retail.

“Customer service depends on being able to engage easily with anyone,” she added.

A myriad of companies are staples at the job fair, such as IPG Photonics, which has a long history with QCC.

“We have great working relationships with QCC Photonics and have hired a good amount of QCC students,” said Michelle Fox, human resource assistant, IPG Photonics.

Continental Pools Staffing Director Katarina Dordevic said it was the third time her company attended the Career Services Job Fair.

“I’ve received a bunch of applications…up to 10 who are interested. We have hired QCC students in the past,” she said. “This is a good way to get a candidate.

Other companies that participated in the job fair include:

  • Evergreen Center
  • Beacon ABA Services
  • Continental Pools
  • Charter Spectrum
  • Wakefly, Inc.
  • Tri State Truck Center
  • Rescom Exteriors
  • CoWorx Staffing
  • Key Program, Inc.
  • IPG Photonics
  • Amego, Inc.
  • MAPFRE Insurance
  • UMass Memorial Health Care
  • Securitas
  • The Home Depot
  • Catholic Charities Worcester County
  • Waters Corp
  • City of Worcester Human Resources
  • Cavicchio Greenhouses, Inc.
  • Valet Park Of America
  • The Bridge of Central MA
  • Saint Gobain
  • LakePharma
  • Eppendorf
  • Micro Tech Staffiny

Shortly after the Job Fair, Mr. Beaulie had both a first and second interview at Home Depot and was hired for a full-time position as a ProDesk Customer Service Representative. He will begin his new position on April 11, 2018.

"These are the type of success stories that come out of the Job Fair. We couldn't be happier for him," said QCC Career Placement Representative Nichole Wheeler

The next Career Services Job Fair is scheduled for October 25, 2018.

  • Dr. Luis Pedraja shares some laughs with students at Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education in downtown Worcester.
  • QCC students share their ideas with Dr. Pedraja at QCC's downtown location.
  • Many students turned out to visit with QCC's President, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja at the recent Pizza with the President held at the Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education in downtown Worcester
March, 2018
March, 2018

QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja has been spending some of his lunchtimes meeting with students; getting to know them and learning about their needs at Pizza with the President events on the college’s main campus and additional QCC locations.

In early March, Dr. Pedraja visited QCC’s Worcester downtown location and later in the month met with students on the main campus at...

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QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja has been spending some of his lunchtimes meeting with students; getting to know them and learning about their needs at Pizza with the President events on the college’s main campus and additional QCC locations.

In early March, Dr. Pedraja visited QCC’s Worcester downtown location and later in the month met with students on the main campus at an evening event of Pizza with the President. These events are designed to help foster communication between students and the administration, offering students a way in which to voice their opinions, concerns and suggestions for the college.

 

 

  • QCC veterans took part in the Ruck/Walk held on QCC's campus.
  • Over 50 people participated in the Ruck/Walk.
March, 2018
March, 2018

On April 7, Quinsigamond Community College veterans joined forces with Team Rubicon and Mission Continues and hosted the first joint "Run As One & Ruck/Walk to Remember Veterans." QCC is...

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On April 7, Quinsigamond Community College veterans joined forces with Team Rubicon and Mission Continues and hosted the first joint "Run As One & Ruck/Walk to Remember Veterans." QCC is qcc_wyvern_veterans_affairs-thumb.jpgthe first college in Central Massachusetts to host a Ruck/Walk.The event is being held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at QCC’s main campus. Approximately 50 people walked in this inaugurl event.

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Rucking is a term that means moving from one place to another while carrying a pack. This is a term that comes from the military. Non-military Ruck/Walks such as this one will have participants carrying weighted packs.

 

This Ruck/Walk was in honor of all veterans and to honor U.S. Marine Corps veteran Clay Hunt. Mr. Hunt was an original member of Team Rubicon, a Mission Continues fellow, and avid sportsman who took his own life after battling PTSD and depression. The event will serve as a celebration of the networks that empower, unite, and enrich the lives of veterans.  Participants chose either a 2.0 mile or 3.3 mile. Both teams started and end as groups (nobody is left behind). 

"The Worcester Police also escorted us, " said Paula Ogden, QCC Veteran Affairs Director. "It was a great success."