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August, 2018

  • Keianti Smith attends the GBV Block Party with his family and QCC Director of College and Career Pathways Carol King.
  • QCC is awarded the Community Partner of the Year
  • QCC Staff stand with Worcester officials after they accept the WHA Community Partner of the Year Award.
August, 2018

On August 25, Quinsigamond Community College was honored by the Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) as the Agency’s Community Partner of the Year at the 2018 Great Brook Valley Block Party, held at the Worcester apartment complex. On hand to accept the award was QCC Assistant Vice President for Workforce Readiness and Innovation Kathy RentschQCC Director of Community...

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On August 25, Quinsigamond Community College was honored by the Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) as the Agency’s Community Partner of the Year at the 2018 Great Brook Valley Block Party, held at the Worcester apartment complex. On hand to accept the award was QCC Assistant Vice President for Workforce Readiness and Innovation Kathy RentschQCC Director of Community Bridges Dr. Deborah Gonzalez and QCC Director of College and Career Pathways Carol King

“We are honored to have been chosen to receive this prestigious award. We recognize that higher education is the pathway to self-sufficiency and have taken a proactive approach to helping those who are historically under-served in our communities,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja. “We are thrilled this partnership with the WHA has been so successful. Learning of the positive changes that residents are making in their lives by utilizing our programs and support services is gratifying.”

For the past two years QCC has worked to help support WHA residents in obtaining their High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), helping them become more proficient through English as Second language (ESOL) classes. In addition, last month the college opened a Community Learning Hub at 35 Freedom Way in Great Brook Valley, where current QCC students can go to study, have access to computers, a Wi-Fi connection and printers. QCC Community Learning Hubs are an initiative by QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja to bring the college to the communities it serves.

“We are very appreciative of QCC’s willingness to partner with us to create a better life for our residents by assisting them in their education and employment goals, thereby enabling them to be self-sufficient,” said WHA Alex Corrales. “We look forward to our continued partnership and our work together to make possible that our residents can obtain a world-class education that will enable them to provide a better life for themselves and their families.”

 “Our collaboration with the WHA providing pathways to careers, job training, higher education and student support is a win-win for everyone. This is a perfect example of what the mission of Quinsigamond Community College is - access to higher education for every resident in this thriving City,” said Dr. Gonzalez.

  • QCC Nursing Student Kim Grant works on her schedule with Senior Enrollment Counselor Rebecca Brownstein .
August, 2018

Welcome Back to Quinsigamond Community College - Home of the Wyverns! We’re excited to welcome you to a new semester at QCC and our goal is for your experience to be the best it can be.

Below are several tips to help make your time at QCC as productive and enjoyable as possible.                    

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Welcome Back to Quinsigamond Community College - Home of the Wyverns! We’re excited to welcome you to a new semester at QCC and our goal is for your experience to be the best it can be.

Below are several tips to help make your time at QCC as productive and enjoyable as possible.                    

  • Utilize the Student Success Center located at the Welcome Center on QCC’s main campus in at the Harrington Learning Center. The Student Success Center provides you with all the support services you need in order to succeed at the college. The Center offers you a way to find whatever you need easily, and quickly all in the same location. From financial aid, admissions to advising and transfer services the Student Success Center is the go-to place for all your college needs. Unsure where to go on your first few days on campus? Go to the Welcome Center where a friendly face will greet you and help you find your way.
  • Become empowered in your education with a little help from QCC’s Tutoring Center, which features both a Math and a Writing Center. There is no need to go it alone; help is always available.
  • Take a break and become part of student life at QCC. The college offers a robust student life at the Fuller Student Center. Stop by to connect with other students, contribute to the student newspaper, join a special interest club or maybe you might even want to get involved in the Student Senate. A wide-range of student activities, both on and off-campus, give you a chance to expand your horizons, build leadership skills, share ideas and meet new people. There’s always something going on at the Fuller Student Center, so make sure to stop by.
  • Whether or not you are a STEM (that’s Science, Technology Engineering and Math) major, the college’s QuEST Center is one location every student at QCC should check out. The QuEST Center features a high-tech CAD/CAM studio, classroom space and cutting edge labs, as well as the only Fab Lab at a Massachusetts community college. QCC’s Fab Lab enables students to use a vast array of high tech tools; from digital 3D printers, laser cutters to CAD design software and an industrial embroidery machine. During open lab space hours QCC students, faculty and staff are given the opportunity to stop by and make a project. It’s the perfect way to be creative and learn more about all that the lab has to offer!
  • Download QCC’s Mobile App to get all the latest information right to your phone! The QCC Mobile App offers you access to course information, grades, and online resources. You can make bookstore purchases, utilize QCC Library services, campus maps, and much more.
  • Having your student ID is important when it comes to campus events, checking out library books, using the gym and other services. Returning students who need an ID or new students who were unable to attend an orientation should visit the Athletic Center. The Athletic Center is located on QCC's main campus. Stop by during one of the following dates and times to get your ID:
    • September 4 from 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    • September 5-6 from 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
    • September 7 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    • September 10-13 from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • September 14 from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Whether this is your first time on a college campus or you are a seasoned college student, QCC has all the resources you need to succeed. To learn more about what QCC, visit Quinsigamond Community College.

  • QCC Enrollment Counselor Eduardo Rivas speaks to Worcester high school students at the Early College Program Orientation.
August, 2018

Over 100 Worcester public high school seniors and juniors converged on Quinsigamond Community College’s main campus on August 29 to participate in an Early College Program Orientation. The Early College Program is a collaborative effort with QCC, Worcester Public Schools and Worcester State University to establish college pathways for high school students in all seven Worcester high schools.

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Over 100 Worcester public high school seniors and juniors converged on Quinsigamond Community College’s main campus on August 29 to participate in an Early College Program Orientation. The Early College Program is a collaborative effort with QCC, Worcester Public Schools and Worcester State University to establish college pathways for high school students in all seven Worcester high schools.

QCC President Luis Pedraja welcomed the students at the Harrington Learning Center and Christina Hebert, Director of Educational Partnerships and Early College Initiatives provided the students with information on the advantages of participating in the Worcester Early College Program.

Students learned about course information, including attendance requirements, withdrawals, grades and homework. They were given information on support services such as English Language Learner (ELL) classes, tutoring and mentoring and received a campus tour given by QCC guides and student mentors.

“I had the privilege of interacting with the students during the Orientation and was so impressed not only with their enthusiasm; but also with the resourceful questions they asked about the Early College Program,” Ms. Hebert said. “The energy in the room was tremendous. At one point, they began cheering when they were told about getting a ‘jump start’ on attending college by participating in the program.”

  • Megan Romero and her two children.
  • QCC's Respiratory Care program offers student Megan Romero hands-on training
  • Megan Romero works with a fellow Respiratory Care student.
August, 2018

In one brief moment in 2014, Megan Romero’s life was forever changed. She woke up to find her husband, who had been suffering with severe pneumonia, unresponsive. Fast forward to days spent in the Cardiac Care Unit, followed by a rehab facility where he learned how to breathe again through a tracheostomy. After being discharged and sent home, two months later additional medical issues forced him...

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In one brief moment in 2014, Megan Romero’s life was forever changed. She woke up to find her husband, who had been suffering with severe pneumonia, unresponsive. Fast forward to days spent in the Cardiac Care Unit, followed by a rehab facility where he learned how to breathe again through a tracheostomy. After being discharged and sent home, two months later additional medical issues forced him back to the hospital once again fighting for his life. A fight he did not win.

Ms. Romero was now a widow with a 3 and a half year old daughter, in addition to being almost nine months pregnant with her son. For many, this would seem to be an insurmountable hardship, but Ms. Romero decided she would not let the pain of her loss define her.

“I knew after my husband passed away that I needed to get into the medical field. Nursing was not my forte as they deal with some things my stomach just could not handle. I decided to go QCC’s open house in Southbridge during the fall of 2015 to look at the programs that were offered,” she said.

Ms. Romero said she remembered all of the echocardiograms and x-rays that her husband had during his illness, and decided to sign up to attend a seminar that was required at the time for all QCC students who were interested in a medical major.

“When I went to the seminar, the instructors discussed all of the different medical fields that QCC covered. When they discussed respiratory, a light bulb just went off. I knew at that moment that was the direction I needed to go,” she said. “During the whole six months of this experience with my husband, the team that was best able to explain what was going on and make me feel comfortable was the respiratory team. They were the most knowledgeable when my husband was going through everything.”

Ms. Romero said she had incorrectly assumed respiratory therapy was a specialty that a person went into after either nursing or additional education. After learning this was not the case, she signed up to take the prerequisites to begin her respiratory care career. An additional draw of the program for Ms. Romero was that she could apply for her student license after her first year and begin working as a therapist even before she graduated.

“Not only is that a foot in the door career-wise, but you get that immediate hands-on real life experience. No other major offers this,” she said. “The program is a great program. The professors are thorough and passionate about the program and about making sure you learn. The lab is equipped with real life tools used in the hospital and new items are purchased every year to stay up-to-date and increase learning.”

Along with working in the lab (where there is a simulation room set up with a hospital bed and various equipment that is used depending on the type of emergency situation), there is a clinical aspect to the program.

“What a phenomenal tool clinical is. From the very first week you work hands-on with actual patients and equipment, which again is unlike many programs. Respiratory is also the only program that is allowed to take part in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UMass Memorial Hospital,” Ms. Romero said. “I also like that we get to experience a little bit of every field included in the respiratory therapist title. You take part in a sleep lab, pulmonary function lab, NICU, Intensive Care Unit (ICU,) regular floors and even rehab facilities. You also leave the program with your Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certifications, yet another unique gain with program.”

When asked how she has been able to raise an active family while working and attending school, she acknowledged that it has “taken a village” - from her parents, in-laws, family and friends, to Amy Hogan, Assistant Professor of Respiratory Care and Director of Clinical Instruction and Karen Dufault, Professor of Respiratory Care/Coordinator of the Respiratory Care Program, who are her mentors in the program.

In 2017, Ms. Romero was nominated by Ms. Hogan and was named one of QCC’s Rising Stars.

“My favorite saying is ‘Onward and up.’ I would tell any students trying to better themselves, who keep hitting obstacle after obstacle, to just keep pushing forward. Every step no matter how big or small is further than you were just a minute ago. Don't let these obstacles define you. Use them to help build you to who you are meant to be,” she said.

In June, Ms. Romero received her student license and is in the process of applying for student positions at area hospitals. She is expected to graduate in May 2019. Her long-term goals are to one day work at Boston’s Children Hospital and to be in a position where she can help others in similar situations to attend school and be a support for their success. She’d also like to one day create a scholarship in her husband’s name.

“I want people to know that your life isn’t defined or limited by the events that happen, but by what you do and how you handle them,” she said. “I have seen many people who have been in similar situations where they just crash and become isolated from the world. I've seen kids go into foster care because the parent left loses him or herself in the tragedy of their situation. Don’t let that be you. You don’t have to be perfect, but you have to keep trying.”

Visit Respiratory Care to learn more about QCC’s program.

  • PTK student and a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar, Connor Nowlan​
August, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College  Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student Connor Nowlan has been named a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship through the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. Mr. Nowlan was one of 207 PTK students chosen from a national pool of over 1,200 applicants.The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new PTK...

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Quinsigamond Community College  Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student Connor Nowlan has been named a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship through the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. Mr. Nowlan was one of 207 PTK students chosen from a national pool of over 1,200 applicants.The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new PTK members defray educational expenses, while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in PTK programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential.

"I am often promoting PTK to my friends and the high school students I know. PTK is a great resource that I was unaware of in high school. I feel if more people knew about PTK when they were in high school, they would have been more likely to consider community colleges,” Mr. Nowlan said.

Mr. Nowlan is currently attending QCC’s Business Administration Transfer program and taking online classes, while also working full-time.

"This scholarship is a massive help to me. It allows me to save more of my personal income for my future goals and spend this scholarship on tuition and textbooks. This scholarship makes my future goals more obtainable by assisting me with savings,” he continued.

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

Mr. Nowlan said QCC's online Business Administration Transfer program was the perfect fit for him and hopes to transfer to the UMass Isenberg School of Management to obtain his bachelor’s degree.

“This program has allowed me to work full-time and go to college full-time, allowing me to pay for it as I go and minimize my student loan debt. I think community colleges are fantastic and wished more people considered them prior to making the jump into a four-year school.  All my professors at QCC have been wonderful and I have learned a lot in my time here,” he said.

  • At the QCC Food Pantry buttons are placed on the refrigerator telling people what fresh produce is available that day.
August, 2018

QCC is looking for a catchy name that will represent its new food pantry and we need your help! Beginning on September 4, the QCC Food Pantry will be hosting a Name the Food Pantry Contest. Students, faculty and staff are invited to send in a suggested name for the pantry. The winner will not only receive bragging rights, he or she will also win a Farberware 10 piece...

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QCC is looking for a catchy name that will represent its new food pantry and we need your help! Beginning on September 4, the QCC Food Pantry will be hosting a Name the Food Pantry Contest. Students, faculty and staff are invited to send in a suggested name for the pantry. The winner will not only receive bragging rights, he or she will also win a Farberware 10 piece Blender set! 

To enter the contest, please send your name, your suggested name for the pantry,email address and a phone number. Entries can be dropped off at the QCC Food Pantry in room 351A during normal business hours, or email your entry to foodpantry [at] qmail.qcc.edu .There will also be a box to drop off your entries at the upcoming Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Annual Cookout on October 10. Deadline for submissions is October 22. 

The winning name will be chosen on November 7.

The QCC Food Pantry was developed to help address food insecurities on campus, with the goal of helping those in the QCC community who are hungry. The pantry is stocked with non-perishables and a limited amount of fresh produce grown by PTK students in the college’s PTK Live & Learn Greenhouse and is completely funded through donations.

The new food pantry hours of operation are:

  • Monday               2:00 p.m. –   5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday              8:00 a.m. –  12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday        4:00 p.m. –    7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday           12:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.
  • Friday                  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
  • QCC Director of Mentoring for Perkins Programs, Gabriel “Gabe” Santner
August, 2018

As the QCC Director of Mentoring for Perkins Programs, Gabriel “Gabe” Santner has already made his presence felt in the short time he has been at the college. Coming from a family of educators, helping others advance their future through education is just second nature to him. As someone who believes being involved in the community is vital to student success, he has...

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As the QCC Director of Mentoring for Perkins Programs, Gabriel “Gabe” Santner has already made his presence felt in the short time he has been at the college. Coming from a family of educators, helping others advance their future through education is just second nature to him. As someone who believes being involved in the community is vital to student success, he has taken the lead in helping to shape QCC’s new mentoring program.

QCC’s existing mentoring programs, Brothers & Keepers and S.H.E. are now being combined into one inclusive program that connects QCC students with staff, faculty, industry, and community members, creating one-on-one mentoring relationships. This unique program provides extensive benefits to students, as well as professional development and networking opportunities for mentors.

“I’ve been interested in college success since I was in college at Clark University and been interested in helping underserved students succeed in college,” he said, adding that it’s not always academic barriers that prevent a student from success, but often it can be logistical barriers.

Mr. Santner, who has 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, was most recently the project coordinator for grants in the Worcester Public Schools (WPS). In that role he saw how a lack of funding was the biggest challenge to the school system and how grant writing helped to obtain funds that made positive changes within the schools.  In the WPS, he worked on many grants that were geared to post-secondary success and was interested in the high school/college connection. When the QCC position for the Director of Mentoring for Perkins Programs was posted, he said he jumped at the opportunity to combine his interests with his experience.

The new QCC mentoring program actively involves and encourages community members to become mentors, something that Mr. Santner feels is a win-win for everyone. He is working closely with Ricky Fraizer, Counselor of the TRIO Student Support Services Program and Dean of Students Terry Vecchio to expand the mentoring program into the community.

President Pedraja is also very interested in this program and its success, which is rare for a college and very powerful,” he added.

The mentoring program is designed to provide a way for QCC students to connect with mentors and build positive relationships to support their college experience. Students will develop employer-desired skills and gain an understanding of workplace expectations and networking to increase their likelihood of finding a rewarding career.

While the rewards of being a mentee are vast, being a mentor is also just as rewarding.

“Why sign up to be a mentor? People may have had a mentor in their life, often in a work environment after college, but may have wanted that mentor sooner,” Mr. Santner said. 

Mentoring can also enhance a person’s own professional skills and also create a legacy by paying it forward.

The QCC Mentoring program will offer a wide set of support services to both mentors and mentees. There will be monthly workshops and social events for mentors and mentees throughout the academic year, and mentors will have access to QCC professional development, complimentary gym membership at QCC, as well as the Fab Lab, library and additional on-campus resources. The program will run a full academic year beginning with a kickoff event on October 11 where mentors and mentees will meet for the first time.

Anyone who is interested in being a mentor or a mentee can visit QCC Mentoring.

  • QCC computer Science Student Augustus Boakye attends the Saturday One Stop Event.
  • A friendly smile eased fears during QCC's Saturday One Stop event.
  • Students excitedly wait for their turn to speak with an advisor.
August, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College’s One-Stop Registration at the new Student Success Center, located in the Harrington Learning Center, just keeps getting better! This semester’s addition of One-Stop Saturday hours gave new and returning students who were unable to attend weekday hours, the ability to register for classes (no appointment necessary). This is just one of the many alternative processes that QCC...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s One-Stop Registration at the new Student Success Center, located in the Harrington Learning Center, just keeps getting better! This semester’s addition of One-Stop Saturday hours gave new and returning students who were unable to attend weekday hours, the ability to register for classes (no appointment necessary). This is just one of the many alternative processes that QCC has developed to enable access to higher education.

  • Visit Fenway Park on September 26 for Massachusetts Community College Night.
August, 2018

On  Wednesday, September 26 at 7:10 p.m. join fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the Massachusetts Community College Network at Fenway Park to watch the Boston Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles. The pre-game ceremony will include recognition of outstanding students from each of the 15 Community Colleges within Massachusetts. Additional activities include presentation of the...

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On  Wednesday, September 26 at 7:10 p.m. join fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the Massachusetts Community College Network at Fenway Park to watch the Boston Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles. The pre-game ceremony will include recognition of outstanding students from each of the 15 Community Colleges within Massachusetts. Additional activities include presentation of the Nation's Colors and the singing of the National Anthem by representatives of the Community College Network. 

Limited tickets ($22 to $23) are available through September 7.  Visit Massachusetts Community College Night for more information or to purchase tickets. 

We hope to see you at the game! 

  • Veterans Club Hygiene Drive
August, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College’s Veterans Club is once again sponsoring a hygiene drive to benefit Veterans Inc. shelters. From now through October 5 donations can be dropped off at 258A in the Administration Building on the main campus, and the main desk at QCC's downtown location on 25 Federal Street, Worcester. 

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Veterans Club is once again sponsoring a hygiene drive to benefit Veterans Inc. shelters. From now through October 5 donations can be dropped off at 258A in the Administration Building on the main campus, and the main desk at QCC's downtown location on 25 Federal Street, Worcester. 

Items in need include:            

  • Towels & Washcloths
  • Shampoo
  • Body Wash
  • Razors (men & women)
  • Shaving Cream
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
  • Soap
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

Established in 2014, QCC’s Veterans Club mission is to provide military veterans, their family members, and active military members with comprehensive support services. Membership is open to anyone interested in supporting our military and their family members on campus. For more information visit QCC’s Veteran’s Club.qcc_wyvern_veterans_club-thumb.png

  • Enjoying the final days of summer at the Grotto.
August, 2018

Monday, Sept. 3: Labor Day. The college is closed.

Tuesday, Sept. 4: All College Day - Looking Toward the Future will be held for all faculty and staff in the Hebert Auditorium.The day will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. The formal program will commence at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 11:45 a.m. All main campus offices will open at noon...

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Monday, Sept. 3: Labor Day. The college is closed.

Tuesday, Sept. 4: All College Day - Looking Toward the Future will be held for all faculty and staff in the Hebert Auditorium.The day will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. The formal program will commence at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 11:45 a.m. All main campus offices will open at noon and QCC Southbridge and the QCC's downtown location (25 Federal Street, Worcester) will open at 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 5: Make sure and stop by the QCC Welcome Fair beginning at 11:30 a.m. located outside on the Quad! 

Wednesday & Thursday, Sept. 5 & 6: Welcome Back! Fall semester has begun. Look for the Ask Me Information Tables located in the lobby of the Administration building on the main campus and in the Student Fuller Center  from 8:00 a.m. - noon and 2:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.This is the place for students to go for any questions they may have on the first days of classes.

September Spotlight: WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE -  A 12- hour Rape Aggression Defense Class R.A.D. presented by Quinsigamond Campus Police will be held at QCC's Athletic Center Basketball Court.

You must attend all sessions to complete the course. This course is free to the QCC community.

Classes are on:

  • September 18 – 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • September 20 – 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • September 25 – 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • September 27 – 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Please bring a water bottle, wear athletic clothes and do not bring jewelry. If you are under 18, contact Campus Police in advance to fill out parental consent forms. Registration is required. Visit R.A.D. to register. For questions, contact Community Outreach Officer Catherine Dixon at cdixon [at] qcc.mass.edu

  • QCC Southbridge Gold Rock Winner! Who will be next?
August, 2018

The town of Southbridge recently started a community Rock Scavenger Hunt for children. Area families got together and painted rocks different colors and hid them all over town to promote community engagement and have fun.

QCC Southbridge decided to get in on the action and through the efforts of Disabilities Services Coordinator Tami Strouth, painted rocks with gold...

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The town of Southbridge recently started a community Rock Scavenger Hunt for children. Area families got together and painted rocks different colors and hid them all over town to promote community engagement and have fun.

QCC Southbridge decided to get in on the action and through the efforts of Disabilities Services Coordinator Tami Strouth, painted rocks with gold “QCC Rocks” lettering on them. QCC student Annmarie Darling and her two children hid them around town and Ms. Darling created a post on the town of Southbridge Facebook rock page. 

Anyone who found a QCC golden rock, was asked to bring it to the college at 5 Optical Drive, Southbridge to collect a prize (prizes included a frisbee, a backpack, and a "One Day I Will Be…'' book). Winners were then asked to re-hide the rocks. A total of 10 rocks have been hidden around town and thus far five children have come in to collect a price. ​Future QCC students?  We sure hope so! 

  • PTK Students helped with the raffles during last year's PTK Fall Cookout.
August, 2018

Congratulations to Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Zeta Theta students Ashley Forhan, Andrea Ford Annmarie Darling and Georgina Amoah-Dankwah, who were awarded the PTK Cengage Unlimited Subscription Award. The Phi Theta Kappa Society partnered with Cengage Learning to provide 1,000 members with access to Cengage Unlimited, a subscription to Cengage’s learning materials for the semester....

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Congratulations to Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Zeta Theta students Ashley Forhan, Andrea Ford Annmarie Darling and Georgina Amoah-Dankwah, who were awarded the PTK Cengage Unlimited Subscription Award. The Phi Theta Kappa Society partnered with Cengage Learning to provide 1,000 members with access to Cengage Unlimited, a subscription to Cengage’s learning materials for the semester. Cengage Unlimited provides one-of-a-kind access to digital learning platforms, eBooks, online homework and study tools, in addition to affordable textbook rentals.

Mark your calendars for the PTK Annual Fall Cookout on Wednesday, October 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the Fuller Center Lawn. There will be raffles, food, music and merriment. Tickets for raffles can be purchased in advance in room 349A or the day of the cookout. Make sure to stop by and take a chance on one of the many great raffle prizes! 

  • QCC's new informational screen in the lobby of the college's Administration Building.
August, 2018

If you're visiting QCC's Administration Building on the main campus you may notice something new in the foyer - a large, informational screen! The screen was recently installed this summer and is designed to give visitors pertinent information about the college. Check it out for campus maps, important college messages, great photos and more. 

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If you're visiting QCC's Administration Building on the main campus you may notice something new in the foyer - a large, informational screen! The screen was recently installed this summer and is designed to give visitors pertinent information about the college. Check it out for campus maps, important college messages, great photos and more. 

Quinsigamond Community College’s new Women’s Head Basketball Coach
August, 2018

As someone who has played basketball all his life, Worcester resident Gabriel “Gabe” Santner was a natural fit as Quinsigamond Community College’s new Women’s Head Basketball Coach. A self-professed lover of all things basketball-related and someone who played varsity in high school, he said he’s always wanted to coach and is excited to share his love of the game with QCC...

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As someone who has played basketball all his life, Worcester resident Gabriel “Gabe” Santner was a natural fit as Quinsigamond Community College’s new Women’s Head Basketball Coach. A self-professed lover of all things basketball-related and someone who played varsity in high school, he said he’s always wanted to coach and is excited to share his love of the game with QCC students.

“I still play all the time. There’s a lot of benefits to it. It gets you out in the community and keeps you mentally and physically in shape,” he said.

While Coach Santner may not be a power forward on the court (he played point guard in high school), off the court he is a true powerhouse as QCC’s new Director of Mentoring for Perkins Programs.

As the director of the mentoring program, he understands that there are other commitments that students have such as families and jobs.

“Playing basketball helps students in other areas and my goal is to help them succeed,” he said.

While tryouts are not until October, Coach Santner said there open gym sessions that will be held in the coming weeks. He is looking to have a full rooster for the 2018-2019 year and asks that anyone interested in playing to email him at gsantner [at] qcc.mass.edu . 

  • Be part of the QCC's Men's 2018-2019 Basketball team.
  • QCC's Women's Soccer
  • QCC's Women's Basketball team starts its 2018 season with a new coach.
August, 2018

If you’re interested in playing a sport at QCC, there’s no better time of year than the fall. Did you know that as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, QCC has a tradition of fielding regionally and nationally-competitive intercollegiate sports teams in men's and women's basketball and baseball? It's true! At QCC, intercollegiate athletics play on a variety of...

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If you’re interested in playing a sport at QCC, there’s no better time of year than the fall. Did you know that as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, QCC has a tradition of fielding regionally and nationally-competitive intercollegiate sports teams in men's and women's basketball and baseball? It's true! At QCC, intercollegiate athletics play on a variety of teams that include not only the basketball teams, but also women’s soccer and men’s baseball teams. In addition to a regular schedule of intercollegiate athletics, the Athletic Center offers a variety of intramural sports. Check out The Q and posted signs on campus for the fall schedule. Intramural sports do not require any experience and  everyone is welcome to join any of the scheduled pick-up games.

Women’s Soccer Tryouts

The fall season is almost upon us...are you ready to kick into action? Contact Coach Josh Cole at 508.854.4317 or email him at jcole [at] qcc.mass.edu for details on how to participate in QCC Women’s soccer and come to tryouts on Thursday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball

Get your dribble on and come out and play for one of QCC’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams.

All students interested in playing men’s basketball, who missed the original sign up dates and first practice, should contact Men’s Basketball Coach Tishaun Jenkins at tajenkins [at] qcc.mass.edu or call 508.854.4211.

Students interested in playing women’s basketball for the 2018-19 season, should contact New Women’s Basketball Coach Gabe Santner at gsantner [at] qcc.mass.edu

Please note: Men’s and Women’s Basketball tryouts are scheduled for October 1.

The Wyvern Baseball Team is getting ready to swing into action

A Wyvern baseball meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 5 at 5:00 p.m. on the QCC baseball field. The first baseball practice will be held Saturday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m. on the QCC baseball field. Contact Coach John McLaughlin for more details at jmclaughlin [at] qcc.mass.edu "> jmclaughlin [at] qcc.mass.edu

QCC Baseball will be hosting a Golf Tournament on Saturday, October 6 at the Leicester Country Club. Start time is noon and the cost is $125 per player. Checks should be made out to "QCC Baseball Program." There will be prizes, an Italian buffet, free golf shirt and more. Hole Sponsorships can also be purchased for $100. For more information or to sign up, contact Coach McLaughlin at jmclaughlin [at] qcc.mass.edu "> jmclaughlin [at] qcc.mass.edu .

New Fall Classes

Are you still looking for your Zen or maybe you want to tone-up your body? QCC is offering Fall Fitness Classes that will help you stay healthy and have more energy!

Yoga Classes will run for 13 weeks from September 17 - December 13 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. Cost is $100. (Please note: Nine people must sign up in order for the program to run.)

Full-Body Toning Classes will run for 10 weeks September 17 - November 28 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $100. (Please note: Ten people must sign up in order for the program to run.)

Participants will have until Thursday Sept 13  to register. Sign up for classes at the Athletic Center or at the Business Office (Room 070A) and make your payment at the Business Office, 

New Athletic Center Hours

Beginning on September 5, the Athletic Center will be open the following hours:

  • Monday           8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday          8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday     8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday         8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday              8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays      10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • This summer the Wyvern took an exciting road trip across the U.S.
August, 2018

The Wyvern recently went on an amazing cross country road trip with his friend, QCC's Executive Director of Advancement Karen Rucks and two of her friends. "Vern" as the Wyvern was fondly nick-named, took the lead in helping co-pilot his friends to amazing sites and locations across America. While "Vern," didn't have a favorite state or location, he did enjoy his new traveling...

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The Wyvern recently went on an amazing cross country road trip with his friend, QCC's Executive Director of Advancement Karen Rucks and two of her friends. "Vern" as the Wyvern was fondly nick-named, took the lead in helping co-pilot his friends to amazing sites and locations across America. While "Vern," didn't have a favorite state or location, he did enjoy his new traveling companions so much that he went home with one after the trip!

Have you seen the Wyvern out and about lately? Is so, please send your photos and descriptions through the newsletter submission form.

August, 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 August include:

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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 August include:

August, 2018

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

On August 12, 2018, Facilities welcomed Zachary Nichols into a new role as a Skilled Laborer (Grounds). Zachary brings over 6 years laborer experience to this position. Most recently, he was the Owner/Foreman of Nichols Services, L.L.C. Additionally, Zachary served...

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

On August 12, 2018, Facilities welcomed Zachary Nichols into a new role as a Skilled Laborer (Grounds). Zachary brings over 6 years laborer experience to this position. Most recently, he was the Owner/Foreman of Nichols Services, L.L.C. Additionally, Zachary served as the Foreman/Laborer for Mullins & Armington Landscape Associates, Inc. for 3 years.

On August 19, 2018, Admissions welcomed Eduardo Rivas-Rosales into his new role as Enrollment Counselor. Eduardo brings to this position over 6 years’ experience of tutoring students and teaching at the college level here at Quinsigamond Community College. Eduardo has served as a Math Tutor on campus since 2012 and most recently has worked in the roles of a Math Learning Specialist and Math/Accounting Adjunct Faculty Member. Additionally, he was the Subject Matter Expert for the Massachusetts Community College System and the Site Coordinator for the Vita Program at the Main South Community Development Corporation in Worcester. Eduardo earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Accounting and minor in Mathematics /Information Technology from Assumption College, a Masters Degree with a concentration in Finance/Economics and Accounting from Assumption College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies with a concentration in Management, also from Assumption College.

On August 26, 2018, Nursing welcomed  Ana Dexter, Assistant Professor of Associate Nursing Degree, PN Program (Evening)  - Ana is moving from the A.D.N. program (day) to the A.D.N. program (evening). Ana brings to this position over 8 years of health care education and clinical experience. Most recently, she was the Associate Degree Nurse Educator (day program) for Quinsigamond Community College. Ana earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Worcester State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from also from Worcester State University. 

On August 26, 2018, Nursing welcomed Christian Ilustre, Assistant Professor of Associate Nursing Degree, PN Program – Christian brings to this position over 15 years of teaching and clinical experience. Most recently, he was an adjunct faculty member for Quinsigamond Community College. Christian earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from University of Iloilo and Master of Science in Nursing with specialization in Education from Walden University.

On August 26, 2018, Nursing welcomed Sandra Martin, Assistant Professor of Associate Nursing Degree, PN Program- Sandra brings to this position over 7 years of teaching and clinical experience. Most recently, she was a Visiting Professor with the Department of Nursing at Worcester State University. Sandra earned her Bachelor’s in Science in Psychology and Education from Worcester State College and a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Education from Worcester State University..

On August 26, 2018, Nursing welcomed Chau Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Associate Nursing Degree, PN Program – Chau has over 5 years of teaching and clinical experience. Most recently, Chau served as an adjunct faculty member for Quinsigamond Community College. Chau earned an Associate Degree in Nursing at Mount Wachusett Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Framingham State University, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Framingham State University.

On August 26, 2018, Radiologic Technology​ welcomed Susan Whittiers, Assistant Professor of Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology Program – Susan brings to this position over 25 years of clinical experience. Most recently, Susan serves as the Mammographer, Staff Educator, Radiographer and Breast Sonographer at Health Alliance Hospital, part of UMASS Memorial Healthcare. Susan received an Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology from Quinsigamond Community College and a Bachelor’s in Science in Health Studies from Worcester State College.

On August 27, 2018, Advanced Manufacturing and Digital Fabrication welcomed Nicholas Bold into his new full time role as Advanced Manufacturing and Digital Fabrication Learning Resources Manager. Most recently, Nicholas was the Fab Lab/CNC Lab Manager here at QCC on a part time basis. Previous to this role, he was the Founder, President and Executive Director of Technocpoia. Nicholas earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Worcester State University.

Please join us in welcoming Zachary, Eduardo, Ana, Christian, Sandra, Chau and Susan into their new roles at QCC.