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November, 2018

Dr. Pedraja and students inside Food Pantry
November, 2018

In just two weeks, with the help of 118 donors, $10,053 was raised for Quinsigamond Community College's Food Pantry. The college took the initiative to open a food pantry after on campus studies found that close to 50 percent of its students experienced food insecurity.

The two week online fundraiser, which ended on Giving Tuesday, was a combined effort by the QCC community to “growl back against...

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In just two weeks, with the help of 118 donors, $10,053 was raised for Quinsigamond Community College's Food Pantry. The college took the initiative to open a food pantry after on campus studies found that close to 50 percent of its students experienced food insecurity.

The two week online fundraiser, which ended on Giving Tuesday, was a combined effort by the QCC community to “growl back against hunger on QCC’s campus.” A video that highlighted the need for the pantry was shared across social media platforms, with periodic updates by QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja and QCC students who volunteer in the pantry.

“It’s truly heart-warming to see that our ‘ask’ resonated with so many people,” Dr. Pedraja said. “For those who donated, I thank you for helping to make a difference in the lives of our students. Your generous gifts will be used to help combat our fight against hunger.”

With the food pantry consistently feeding well over 150 students, the need to keep it sustained is great. Dr. Pedraja reminds everyone that hunger doesn’t end even though the formal fundraising campaign has concluded.

“Your continued support is needed to help us continue to help our students make a difference in their lives now and in the years to come. Their future depends on all of us,” he said. 

If you didn't get a chance to make a donation during this campaign, please continue to help us in the fight against food insecurity on our campus by making a donation today.

  • Gene Haas Foundation check
November, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College recently received a $10,000 Gene Haas Foundation Grant. Developed by Gene Haas, owner of Haas Automation, Inc., the largest machine tool builder in the western world, the Foundation was formed in 1999 to support the charitable needs within its local community of Ventura County, California. As the Foundation grew, so did the need for a stronger manufacturing workforce.  Reports such...

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Quinsigamond Community College recently received a $10,000 Gene Haas Foundation Grant. Developed by Gene Haas, owner of Haas Automation, Inc., the largest machine tool builder in the western world, the Foundation was formed in 1999 to support the charitable needs within its local community of Ventura County, California. As the Foundation grew, so did the need for a stronger manufacturing workforce.  Reports such as “The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond” projected that, “Over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled,” confirming the need for a skilled manufacturing workforce.

Today the focus and mission of the Gene Haas Foundation is in line with the needs of the educational community, to support manufacturing and help introduce students to careers in machining and related technologies. To date, the Foundation has donated over $52 million to support educators. High schools and colleges are eligible to apply for the funds on an annual cycle.

"There’s a shortage of skilled labor and as more people age out of the industry, there’s a dire need to replace them with well-educated, skilled workers,” said QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja.

Coordinator of QCC’s Manufacturing Technology Program, Lee Duerden, said the Haas Foundation Grant will be used for manufacturing scholarships that will be awarded in the spring.

Mr. Duerden said the hope is to use the funds to support further education in the field of computer numerical control (CNC) and could possibly be opened up to graduating vocational high school students and veterans. This is the first time the college has applied for the grant.

“I had found out about the award through my network and our relationship with Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC). QCC manufacturing is a HTEC approved member,” Mr. Duerden said. “I am applying again for next year so hopefully this could become an annual award. We are hoping to promote CNC as a skill and for this we need to provide opportunities for further education. This can be from K-12 to community college, or from community college to a four-year institute. These funds will hopefully help encourage students by breaking down some financial boundaries and providing them the opportunity to advance their education in this field.”

“The Haas commitment to education is visible in many ways; the Gene Haas Foundation is a significant portion of how we support educators to grow their pipeline and engage students to prepare them for amazing careers in advanced manufacturing.  We are pleased to work with Quinsigamond Community College to build the future workforce in their region,” said Toni Neary, Director of Education, for Trident Machine Tools (a Haas Factory Outlet, in Windsor, Ct.).

  • Quinsigamond Community College alumna Dianna Provencher
November, 2018

As the Business Manager for Central MA Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC), owner of Little Bit Farm and Apiary in Leicester, as well as resident beekeeper and Leicester selectman, mother of two and grandmother of three, Quinsigamond Community College alumna Dianna Provencher is one busy lady. Persevering through challenges has been a way of life since she was a young girl who had to drop out of high...

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As the Business Manager for Central MA Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC), owner of Little Bit Farm and Apiary in Leicester, as well as resident beekeeper and Leicester selectman, mother of two and grandmother of three, Quinsigamond Community College alumna Dianna Provencher is one busy lady. Persevering through challenges has been a way of life since she was a young girl who had to drop out of high school to help her family when her father got sick.

“The three older kids (there were also five younger ones at home) went to work so I never graduated high school but I wanted to be educated,” she said. “I had an early bucket list and wanted my education back.”

Obtaining her education would not come easily. Ms. Provencher became a single parent to two young children, working to support them but also working toward her dream of an education and better life. Ms. Provencher took and passed her GED and when her kids were both in school, began attending QCC. She took classes at night and during the day when she could fit them in between waitressing and taking care of her children.

“I was pretty nervous because I had already missed subjects by not finishing high school. I thought, ‘Where do I start and am I good enough; am I smart enough?’’ she said, adding, “I wanted to have a real diploma. I wanted to have something no one could take away.”

Ms. Provencher quickly found that QCC was a place where she could attain her educational dreams through the help and support of faculty and staff.

“My role models were my professors,” she said. “To this day I have a lot of respect for teachers.”

Ms. Provencher not only graduated from QCC with a degree in Business Administration, she also earned a degree in Data Processing; however, she was far from finished with her educational goals. She said QCC had given her the confidence to believe she could succeed in education, enabling her to continue on and earn her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Lesley College. She attended Lesley in the evenings, while working days at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC).

After graduating from Lesley College, Ms. Provencher landed a job as a business system analyst with Quantum, the company that had bought out DEC. It would be a job she would hold for 18 years until everyone in her department was let go due to downsizing.

“Now I’m thinking that I’m in my 50s and who is going to hire an older woman. I worked at Walmart for a while, then sent my resume into CMRPC and got hired as an administrative assistant,” she said.

She quickly worked her way to her current position at CMRPC (a position she has held for three years) and has worked for there for over 10 years.

For many, the story might have ended there, but Ms. Provencher’s story is far from ordinary. Along the way she met her husband, bought property, and started Little Bit Farm and Apiary. In 1998, she also began beekeeping after ordering her first packet of bees for her husband’s birthday. Today, she sells honey, makes beeswax candles, lip balm and, when asked, teaches beekeeping to students in Sudbury. She also teaches gardening and has gone to senior centers and had classes at the farm.

In her “spare” time she is a Leicester selectman, a position she has held since 2005. She also spent 18 years on the town’s Conservation Board.

When asked how she could do everything she does, her answer is simple.

“If you have a will you can do it. Single moms need to know that their life is not just stuck. It’s hard, I’m not going to lie, but they need to think, ‘If she can do it, why can’t I?’ You have got to get your foot in the door and you have to keep going. I kept going,” she said, adding, “QCC gave me that confidence.”

  • George I. Alden Library
  • George I. Alden Library on third floor of the Harrington Learning Center.
  • QCC librarians
November, 2018

If you haven’t checked out Quinsigamond Community College’s George I. Alden Library recently, or if you’ve never stopped by, you just might be in for a pleasant surprise. The Alden Library recently relocated all its resources to the third floor of the Harrington Center, making access to the thousands of print and online resources, as well as study areas and computers all in one centralized location...

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If you haven’t checked out Quinsigamond Community College’s George I. Alden Library recently, or if you’ve never stopped by, you just might be in for a pleasant surprise. The Alden Library recently relocated all its resources to the third floor of the Harrington Center, making access to the thousands of print and online resources, as well as study areas and computers all in one centralized location. Dean for Library and Academic Support Services Andrea MacRitchie said they had been preparing for a new library, and while the move was not entirely expected, it came at a time when they had already streamlined and weeded out the college’s extensive collection as curriculum changed.

“We got rid of books that were totally outdated or had been loved to death and needed to be replaced. Our collection totaled approximately 60,000 and we got rid of about 12,000.  We compressed and updated the collection,” she said, adding that the purged books were offered to other state institutions or recycled.

In addition to the revised collection, there are seven new student areas, a computer room and reference desk. Individual study areas and group study rooms are also available. Students can reserve a room (in two hour increments) and can check out laptops for free (in two-hour increments) at the circulation desk (laptops cannot be removed from the library). An expansive computer lab is also located in the library.

“Facilities were with us every step of the way helping with the new student area and circulation desk,” Ms. MacRitchie said. “They’ve helped us give the students a nice, welcoming place. We also have some great artwork and paintings on loan. The students love the environment that the paintings create. It’s also a bonus for us.”

One of the highlights of the library and one that the staff is particularly proud of is a new library consortium. QCC is a founding member of the new library network called HELM (Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts).  QCC has joined with five other community colleges and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to create HELM, which will focus exclusively on the needs of academic libraries.

“The (community college) directors got together to form our own consortium that is for our students,” Ms. MacRitchie said.

HELM is designed to support student and faculty research with a networked library collection that will provide more scholarly materials and a library catalog that integrates course reserves and e-resources in a more user-friendly way. In addition to the HELM, QCC is a member of ARC (the Academic and Research Collaborative). ARC is made up of academic, public, and special research libraries in the Worcester area that work together, sharing resources and services. Institutions that are members of ARC offer students, faculty and staff cross-borrowing cards, delivery of books from other ARC member libraries to onsite use of electronic resources. QCC’s library also is part of the Commonwealth Catalog, which extends the college’s library reach to all participating libraries throughout Massachusetts. This gives the QCC community the most up-to-date comprehensive resources designed for today’s higher education student.

Faculty have been continuously scheduling library instruction sessions for their classes to help students effectively utilize all the services available to them at the library. Close to 300 FYE (First Year Experience) students have also already visited the library for a literacy workshop. Librarians Tiger Swan and Cary Morse introduced students to the concept of an academic library and challenged them to consider how they will use library resources and services throughout their QCC studies.

“All students will need to have a literacy skill. It’s one of the college’s 10 general education learning goals,” Ms. MacRitchie added.

QCC also has a library in its Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education in room 121D.  For more information, visit the Alden Library.

  • From left: PTK students and food pantry volunteers Emma O'Brien, Ashley Forhan and Max German in the new QCC Food Pantry
November, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College’s food pantry has some new digs! The food pantry has relocated to the ground floor, Room B63, of the Administration Building on the college’s main campus at 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester. The new location houses the food pantry, as well as a resource center for students, which is anticipated to be opened in early Spring 2019.

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Quinsigamond Community College’s food pantry has some new digs! The food pantry has relocated to the ground floor, Room B63, of the Administration Building on the college’s main campus at 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester. The new location houses the food pantry, as well as a resource center for students, which is anticipated to be opened in early Spring 2019.

“We are working on building partnerships with the community,” said QCC Dean of Students Theresa Vecchio, in regards to the resource center.

Those partnerships and resources will include such services as assistance with homelessness, debt reduction, legal assistance and financial literacy.

Regular hours for the food pantry 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 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Fridays 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

During the month of December, the food pantry will have the following adjusted hours:

Dec. 10 - Dec. 14: 

  • Mon.    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tues.   8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wed.   4:00 p.m. -   7:00 p.m.
  • Thurs. 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Fri:      11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Dec. 17 - Dec. 21: 

  • Mon.    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tues.   8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Wed.   4:00 p.m. -   7:00 p.m.
  • Thurs. 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Fri:      8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Regular hours for the food pantry 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 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Fridays 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

If you are (or know) a student, faculty or staff member in need, please come to the food pantry for assistance. All information is kept confidential.

The food pantry is always accepting monetary gifts and in-kind donations of non-perishable food items. Donations may be dropped off in the donation box outside of the food pantry (Room B63, Admin Building, West Boylston Street Campus, Worcester).

Items in high demand include:

  • Cans of tuna
  • Cans of chicken
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Cans of ravioli/Spaghettios
  • Boxes of cereal
  • Instant oatmeal (individual packets)

 If you need assistance outside of the food pantry hours listed or you have questions about the food pantry, call 508.854.7403 or email foodpantry [at] qcc.mass.edu .

  • From left: Stuff-A-Cruiser helpersnursing student Amanda Wysote nursing student Victoria (Tory) Shultz
  • Stuff-A-Cruiser at Healthcare and Workforce Development Center
November, 2018

The "Stuff-A-Cruiser" event has become an annual tradition at Quinsigamond Community College. It's an outdoor gathering with hot chocolate, a cruiser, a “Blue Santa”... and the simple joy of giving! The QCC Police Department is inviting students, faculty, staff and the general public to bring new, unwrapped toys to help stuff the cruiser and spread holiday cheer to families in need...

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The "Stuff-A-Cruiser" event has become an annual tradition at Quinsigamond Community College. It's an outdoor gathering with hot chocolate, a cruiser, a “Blue Santa”... and the simple joy of giving! The QCC Police Department is inviting students, faculty, staff and the general public to bring new, unwrapped toys to help stuff the cruiser and spread holiday cheer to families in need.

The Stuff-A-Cruiser event works in tandem with the Feed-A-Family program. Feed-A-Family helps provide holiday meals to those in need within the QCC Family. With these two programs working together, we're able to provide a wonderful gift for the complete holiday experience for families and children who may otherwise go without during the holiday season.  

Each year, the goal is to provide toys and food for 100 families.The QCC Police Department works closely with Counseling Services and Phi Theta Kappa to make this happen, however, it takes the entire QCC community to make it happen.  

If you would like to drop off a new, unwrapped toy, gift card or movie tickets you can find a cruiser and “Blue Santa” at:

  • Healthcare and Workforce Development Center Lobby on Tuesday, December 4 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • Main Campus (Flag Poles) Wednesday, December 5 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 
  • Southbridge Campus (Front Lobby) Thursday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

For more information on Feed-A-Family, please contact twells [at] qcc.mass.edu.

  • WCU President & CEO Karen Duffy
  • Karen Duffy & Vaughn Lee
November, 2018

Personal money management is an integral part of being successful in the world, and no one understands that better than CEO and President of Worcester Credit Union (WCU) Karen Duffy, a 25 year veteran of the credit union. On November 15, Ms. Duffy presented a talk on personal money management to QCC students. The event was hosted by QCC’s Business Administration department.

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Personal money management is an integral part of being successful in the world, and no one understands that better than CEO and President of Worcester Credit Union (WCU) Karen Duffy, a 25 year veteran of the credit union. On November 15, Ms. Duffy presented a talk on personal money management to QCC students. The event was hosted by QCC’s Business Administration department.

QCC Professor of Business Administration Jean McLean said the college “...was honored to have Karen Duffy address our business students on the topic of personal money management. Business Transfer student Vaughn Lee, who serves with me on the Student Success Committee, approached me last month and expressed interest in having a speaker come to campus to talk about financial literacy. I immediately thought of Karen, who gave an excellent presentation here about five years ago.”.

Ms. Duffy spoke to students about having financial control, budget saving tips, technology tools in online banking, mobile banking, Apple Pay, and popmoney services such as Zelle and Venmo, which enables individuals to send and receive payments electronically. She discussed ways to avoid overdraft fees by using services available at your credit union or bank, the signs of financial distress and debit vs. credit. She told those in attendance to not be afraid to ask questions because your money matters!

"The goal of developing personal money management skills is to provide a basic understanding of your finances and the accounts you use to pay bills and accumulate savings so that you can be self-sufficient," Ms. Duffy said."Everyone can and should have checking and savings accounts free of monthly service charges – you don’t need hundreds or thousands of dollars on deposit. Look to your local institutions and you’ll find them."

“Karen had a lot of knowledge to impart to students - everything from setting up a budget to using credit wisely. She is also a champion of working women and a member of the Women's Political Caucus,” Professor McLean added.

“Of the 75 people who listened and learned about personal money management, Karen Duffy’s impact in advocating financial literacy education was extensive. That's the reason why I coordinated this event to help people of the community better understand their financial values and goals,” said Mr. Lee. “I want to thank Professor McLean, Dean of School of Business, Engineering, and Technology Betty Lauer, and Career Development Counselor Nicole Wheeler for their support of this event.”

 

  • Police Academy students make donation to the QCC Food Pantry
November, 2018

As the only community college in Massachusetts running its own police academy, QCC’s 50 inaugural police academy students are already making an impression on the Commonwealth. The students recently made an impact at the college with a group donation to QCC’s Food Pantry. The idea was presented to them by Program Coordinator Detective Sergeant Joseph Cecchi, who said  the idea was...

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As the only community college in Massachusetts running its own police academy, QCC’s 50 inaugural police academy students are already making an impression on the Commonwealth. The students recently made an impact at the college with a group donation to QCC’s Food Pantry. The idea was presented to them by Program Coordinator Detective Sergeant Joseph Cecchi, who said  the idea was met with great enthusiasm by the students. The college opened the QCC Food Pantry in July to address food insecurities on campus after studies showed there was a extensive need.

“I have known Bonnie Coleman (Phi Theta Kappa Advisor) and Ashley Forhan (Phi Theta Kappa Student and Food Pantry Manager) for many years now. They discussed the need for support pertaining to the QCC Food Pantry. I offered the idea of having the QCC Police Academy recruits donate on a voluntary basis. The Massachusetts Police Training Committee and police academies across the state encourage student officers to give back to the community,” Sgt. Cecchi said.

Graduates of the QCC Police Academy are eligible to be hired by municipal police in a part-time reserve/intermittent capacity and will exercise police powers as a police officer. Giving back to the communities they may serve one day is an important part of police work, noted Sgt. Cecchi. At the academy, the student officers are learning that one of the foundational principles of the policing profession is to foster trust and build strong relationships in the communities they will one day serve, through positive interactions.

“The generosity of the police academy was absolutely breathtaking. To see my fellow students come together to donate to the food pantry was something that will stick with me for the rest of my life. Words cannot describe the happiness that I felt in my heart after receiving this incredible donation,” said QCC Food Pantry Manager Ashley Forhan.

Those interested in making a donation can email the QCC Food Pantry at foodpantry [at] qcc.mass.edu.

  • Native American artifacts were on display in the Harrington Learning Center.
  • A photo of Professor Doe West's grandmother
November, 2018

November is designated National Native American Heritage Month, a time to recognize, reflect and learn about the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States. Native American culture is not homogenous.  Every nation and tribe within the nations are unique, yet they have erroneously been grouped together.

On October 24, QCC's I Stand With...

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November is designated National Native American Heritage Month, a time to recognize, reflect and learn about the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States. Native American culture is not homogenous.  Every nation and tribe within the nations are unique, yet they have erroneously been grouped together.

On October 24, QCC's I Stand With Immigrants Day of Action brought together students, faculty and staff as they shared their stories and personal experiences. One of the most captivating stories was given by Professor and Chair of the Human Services Department, Dr. Doe West, who discussed her Native American heritage.

There are few, if any on campus who can speak with more knowledge on this subject than Dr. West, whose grandmother was a Native American. Her grandmother’s heritage was Lenape or Lenni-Lenape (later named Delaware Indians by Europeans). In the 1600s they were loosely organized bands of Native American people practicing small-scale agriculture to augment a largely mobile hunter-gatherer society in the region around the Delaware River, the lower Hudson River, and western Long Island. 

 “It was important when we were having the conversation about the governmental treatment of immigrants and those deemed ‘the other’ to remember Native Americans experienced such issues as the break-up of families and violence created by fear and prejudice,” Dr. West said.

Dr. West talked about the shame associated with what happened to Native Americans, noting how an entire culture was ravaged by diseases such as small pox and measles that were brought with them from other lands. The Native Americans were also virtually wiped out by the European settlers due to the lust and greed of wanting more and more land. 

Dr. West told the story of her grandmother who was taken from her tribe by missionaries at the age of 8 after her parents died to “save her” from the “savages.” Her grandmother was taken to a white woman’s house in New York where she became a slave for the family working in the kitchen.

“They called me ‘the girl,’ but I knew what I was; I was the slave and that’s how I was treated,” Dr. West said her grandmother told her. By the age of 11 her grandmother had escaped the home after cultivating a relationship with the owner of a hat factory and worked nights cleaning the factory in exchange for being allowed to sleep in a storage room.  Child labor issues allowed her that terrible option.

By age 12, she had caught the eye of Dr. West’s soon to be grandfather, the son of a farmer and local butcher, who saw her at a grange (community) dance. Her grandfather’s parents were horrified that their son would want to be with an Indian woman; however, since her grandmother was light-skinned they agreed to allow them to be together if she dressed, talked and acted like a white woman and renounced her heritage. 

It wasn’t until Dr. West was 8 years old that she learned of her heritage from her grandmother, who recognized something within her spirit and felt she was to be taught the ways of her people, she said.  It remained something private between them as long as she lived with the family due to prejudice that remained in that area.  Dr. West finally attended her first pow-wow when she entered college and her eyes were opened further to the plight of Native Americans; as well as the beauty and importance of her heritage and that of all tribal nations.

“Seventy years ago Native Americans could not vote,” she said, adding that many on the reservation today only have post office boxes and so a law was developed that made it necessary to have a street address in order to vote. “It was a next clear denial of rights,” she said.

Dr. West said that today the Native Americans are finding new strength and community support as others add their voice to theirs in such environmental struggles as Standing Rock. 

A historic milestone you will see celebrated by a sign on her wall was the recent election of two Native American women, Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland into Congress.

But it is a sign on her door says it all.  “If you’re an American your heritage is Native American, slave, refugee or immigrant that’s it.”

  • Interactive media photos
November, 2018

The world is changing at a rapid pace and interactive media is leading the way. No one knows this better than the folks in Quinsigamond Community College’s Interactive Media program, formerly known as the Applied Arts program. In 1993, QCC established the Applied Arts program, one of the first multi-faceted computer based programs designated for students seeking a design...

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The world is changing at a rapid pace and interactive media is leading the way. No one knows this better than the folks in Quinsigamond Community College’s Interactive Media program, formerly known as the Applied Arts program. In 1993, QCC established the Applied Arts program, one of the first multi-faceted computer based programs designated for students seeking a design career in digital media in the region. The program focused on digital design and photography. In 2000-2001, the program expanded to include two labs that seat 40 students. In 2016, the program changed its name to Interactive Media. According to Interactive Media Professor Mary Valentine, the name change (and adjusted curriculum) reflected the ever changing trends within the industry.

"Everything is changing so rapidly and the field is widening," she said, adding that the need to be current with technology is extremely important so that students can transfer to four year institutions or enter the workforce seamlessly.

The success of the Interactive Media program is demonstrated by the graduates of the program, who have gone on to four year institutions such as the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Lesley University and the University of Massachusetts. Ms. Valentine said many of the students have made an indelible impression in a variety of industries across the interactive media platform.

“We give them a good base, then they go into a more specific major when they transfer,” Ms. Valentine said. “Most of our former students are in the (interactive media) industry. They give us feedback as well as do guest demonstration and lectures.”

In May of this year, QCC students Daniael Alicia, Grit Jana and Nicholas Tisdale had their artwork selected to hang in the State House as part of a Worcester-area college exposition hosted by Senator Michael Moore. Five students' artwork was chosen from hundreds submissions by Worcester Consortium colleges.

“Each year since this began QCC has been well-represented,” Ms. Valentine added.

Gaming Program

Interactive Media Professors George Fitch and Mary Valentine have continued to stay abreast of changing technologies, extensively evaluating the curriculum every three years. In 2015, the college expanded its Interactive Media program to include gaming.

Learning Manager Nathaniel “Nate” Mello, a graduate of Becker College’s gaming program, was hired to run the program. While still in its infancy stages, QCC’s gaming program has already graduated nine students, all of whom have either gone on to four year institutions or directly entered the gaming workforce. This year the gaming program has almost doubled in size and appears to only be growing.

In April, QCC students Nicholas Tisdale and Nicholas Dykers participated in the New England Student Game Design Showcase (NESGDS), hosted by Microsoft. The students received first place in the Best Game Play category for their submission, Data Strain.  Students from over 21 New England colleges and universities participated in the event.

“Gaming requires both the artistic and technical side,” Ms. Valentine said, making it an attractive program for students.

QCC has an articulation agreement with Becker College for digital design and game design, enabling eligible students to easily transfer.

“We are also working on articulation agreements with Lesley University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute,” Ms. Valentine said.

Visit Interactive Media to learn more about the program.

  • Author Nina MacLaughlin
  • English Professor John Stazinski and Nina MacLaughlin
November, 2018

It’s not often that a speaker is so captivating that an hour long talk feels like it was a minute long; however, that seemed to be the case earlier this month when author Nina MacLaughlin came to Quinsigamond Community College and discussed her book, Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter.

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It’s not often that a speaker is so captivating that an hour long talk feels like it was a minute long; however, that seemed to be the case earlier this month when author Nina MacLaughlin came to Quinsigamond Community College and discussed her book, Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter.

“Each fall the QCC English Department chooses a single book and encourages faculty in different disciplines to use the book in their classes, and then invites the author to speak on campus. In the past we’ve had Andre Dubus, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, and Richard Blanco,” said English Professor John Stazinski.

The book chosen, Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter, details Ms. MacLaughlin’s journey of quitting her desk job as an editor of the Boston Phoenix and completely changing careers and becoming a carpenter after answering a blind ad for a carpenter’s assistant.

She told students, faculty and staff about her trepidation after getting the job and asking herself, “What have I done? I had no experience at all.”

Ms. MacLaughlin said she couldn’t even read a tape measure and discussed how the carpenter, “Mary” who hired her, was extremely patient and taught her the importance of making mistakes and learning from them.  Currently, she said she is doing less carpentry (as Mary has been diagnosed with emphysema); working on making wooden spoons, and has written another book that will come out soon.

After the discussion Ms. MacLaughlin opened it up to questions, which ranged the gamut from questions about what inspired her to write her book; what were her goals for the future, to asking her about how Mary was doing.

“It was such a pleasure coming to speak at QCC earlier this month. Talking to some friends later that afternoon, I told them how I'd been asked questions I'd never been asked before, and what fresh, good, curious questions they were. It's such an honor being asked questions that show that the person has read the work, paid attention to it, has curiosity about it, and that was definitely the case that day,” Ms. MacLaughlin said.

She added that some of the questions even took her a little off guard.

What would she have done if she hadn't answered the craigslist ad for a carpenter's assistant ?

Had her relationship with her dad changed after she became a carpenter and wrote a book?

“The students' questions were impressive, and also really fun to answer, from what I'd be doing if I hadn't gotten the carpentry job, to what the future of synthetic wood might be, to how the book changed my relationship with my dad. I'm grateful for the range and engagement, and for the people interacting with the book in such a way,” she said. “I keep coming back to the word honor. It's also really neat to see a bunch of hands shoot up to ask questions --- and a bummer not to be able to answer them all!”

Ms. MacLaughlin said that after the event a few people got in touch with her, telling their own stories of changing paths.

“I drove back to Cambridge that day feeling really, really lucky,” she added. 

  • A November Day at QCC
November, 2018

Friday, December 7: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter will be hosting a Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social in Room 107A. Scott Olson will provide musical entertainment and light refreshments will be served.

Monday, December 10 & Tuesday, December 11: Auditions for the spring play, Columbinus (a docu-drama ...

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Friday, December 7: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter will be hosting a Faculty and Staff Appreciation Social in Room 107A. Scott Olson will provide musical entertainment and light refreshments will be served.

Monday, December 10 & Tuesday, December 11: Auditions for the spring play, Columbinus (a docu-drama with a focus on the tragic Columbine shooting) from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Hebert Auditorium. Be prepared to read from the script. These auditions are open to everyone at QCC. 

Tuesday, December 25 - Tuesday, January 1: The college will be closed for its annual Winter Break and will reopen on January 2. May you have a happy and healthy holiday season and a Happy New Year! 

December Spotlight: December 4 - 6:  Stuff-A-Cruiser event – The QCC Police Department is hosting this annual event to help support the Feed-a-Family Program. Faculty, staff and students are asked to bring an unwrapped toy, gift card or movie tickets for a Feed-A-Family child. Please take a moment to join the QCC Police and their “helpers” for some hot cocoa as a thank you for your donation.

Event Times and locations:

  • Tuesday, December 4:  10::00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the lobby of the QCC Healthcare and Workforce Development Center, 25 Federal Street, Worcester.
  • Wednesday, December 5: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the flagpoles on QCC’s main campus, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester.
  • Thursday, December 6: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the front lobby of QCC Southbridge, 5 Optical Drive, Southbridge.

Toys and donations will also be accepted on QCC’s main campus in 162A, the Fuller Student Center, and at the QCC Campus Police, Room 136 in the Athletic Center until December 8.

  • Veterans Day Parade
  • Army Specialist Manny Antwi represented Veteran Affairs at the Military Gala held at Vets Inc. in Worcester.
  • Mark Blease helps serve breakfast to QCC veterans.
  • QCC student veteran Desiree Vinson helps serve lunch to veterans.
November, 2018

On the day of November 11, 1919, the 28th U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed an Armistice Day (today known as Veterans Day) to honor all American veterans who have served in the military of the United States. This year Veterans Day held an added significance as it was the centennial commemoration of the ending of World War I. QCC veterans, their families and friends proudly marched in Worcester’s annual...

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On the day of November 11, 1919, the 28th U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed an Armistice Day (today known as Veterans Day) to honor all American veterans who have served in the military of the United States. This year Veterans Day held an added significance as it was the centennial commemoration of the ending of World War I. QCC veterans, their families and friends proudly marched in Worcester’s annual Veterans Day Parade, with QCC’s President, Dr. Luis Pedraja also taking part in the occasion. QCC Veteran Affairs also honored the college’s veterans during the week preceding Veterans Day by providing both breakfast and lunch each day.

Until December 10, the Veteran Affairs office will be collecting donations in order to send holiday care packages, cards and letters to service men and women currently deployed in Afghanistan and local veteran hospitals.  Requested donations include:

  • Cards
  • Candy
  • Magazines
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Eye Drops
  • Lip Balm
  • Body Lotions
  • Holiday Decorations
  • Sticky Pads
  • Beef Jerky
  • Pens

Donations can be dropped off in the Veteran Affairs Office, Room 258A or at the security desk in the HealthCare and Workforce Development Center, 25 Federal Street, Worcester.

  • Emerson College Assistant Director Nicholas Washburn gets into the spirit of the QCC Transfer Fair held on Halloween.
  • Four Year college and university staff had a bit of fun during QCC's bi-annual Transfer Fair.
  • The University of Maine was represented by Assistant Director Kylen Donovan.
  • QCC Transfer Counselor Beth Fullerton
  • Students at the Transfer Fair
November, 2018

At Quinsigamond Community College close to 50 percent of students transfer to other institutions after graduating, making the college’s bi-annual Transfer Fair so important to students. On October 31, students were given the chance to meet with over 30 colleges and universities at the QCC Fall Transfer Fair, held in the Harrington Learning Center.

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At Quinsigamond Community College close to 50 percent of students transfer to other institutions after graduating, making the college’s bi-annual Transfer Fair so important to students. On October 31, students were given the chance to meet with over 30 colleges and universities at the QCC Fall Transfer Fair, held in the Harrington Learning Center.

QCC has a variety of Transfer Agreements with numerous four-year institutions through the state, from the statewide MassTransfer program, which offers guarantees of admission at Massachusetts state universities and UMass campuses to a variety of articulation agreements with private colleges and universities across New England. Through these different agreements, QCC graduates can transfer into a range of academic programs and can advance toward their four-year degrees more easily, quickly, and affordably.

Colleges and universities in attendance included:

  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • Bay Path University
  • Becker College
  • Bentley University
  • Boston University
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Bryant University
  • Emerson College
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Framingham State University
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Lesley University
  • Mass College of Art & Design
  • Mass College of Liberal Arts
  • Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Mass Maritime Academy
  • NE Institute of Technology
  • Nichols College
  • Northeastern University
  • Plymouth State University
  • Providence College
  • Salem State University
  • Springfield College
  • St. Anselm College
  • Suffolk University
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Maine
  • University of New England
  • UMASS-Amherst
  • UMASS-Boston
  • UMASS-Dartmouth
  • UMASS-Lowell
  • Westfield State University
  • Worcester State University
  • Western New England University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

For questions, email QCC Transfer Services at transfer [at] qcc.mass.edu or call 508.854.4404.

  • Dr Luis Pedraja and Coordinator of Disability Services Joanne Sharac
  • QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja and Professor of Nursing Ellen Vangel-Brousseau
  • QCC President Luis Pedraja and Raymond Wisniewski
November, 2018

On November 26, Quinsigamond Community College faculty and staff honored three of their own during a reception to celebrate the awarding of the Citation for Outstanding Performance Awards.

Honored this year were:

Professor of Nursing Ellen Vangel-Brousseau, who retired from QCC in September 2018 after 35 years of service to the college.  Professor Vangel-Brousseau developed...

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On November 26, Quinsigamond Community College faculty and staff honored three of their own during a reception to celebrate the awarding of the Citation for Outstanding Performance Awards.

Honored this year were:

Professor of Nursing Ellen Vangel-Brousseau, who retired from QCC in September 2018 after 35 years of service to the college.  Professor Vangel-Brousseau developed and promoted the college’s Nurse Education program. She established a Registered Nurse program for students with a baccalaureate degree in another area, working hard to ensure the program’s continued success.

Coordinator of Disability Services Joanne Sharac is one of the original founders who worked on providing services on campus for students with psychological disabilities, through writing and administering a grant from the Department of Mental Health. She has dedicated her 29 year career at QCC to working as a coordinator for students with emotional and psychological disabilities.

“Joanne’s depth of knowledge of the mental health field and best practices have benefitted our students, college and the greater community,” said QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja.

Rounding out the honorees is Raymond Wisniewski, Director/Systems Administrator for Academic and Online Applications. In Mr. Wisniewski’s 13 years of service to the college, he has spearheaded a $600,000 upgrade to the computer classrooms and took on systems administration functions for Blackboard and Starfish.

“I want to thank each of you for being such an integral part of the QCC community and for your years of service,” Dr. Pedraja said.

  • No Shave Nov. Participants
November, 2018

During the month of November, thousands of people across the country partook in what is now commonly referred to as No-Shave November. During the month of November participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as cancer.

This is the second year that Quinsigamond Community College Campus Police have participated. This year students from the QCC...

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During the month of November, thousands of people across the country partook in what is now commonly referred to as No-Shave November. During the month of November participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as cancer.

This is the second year that Quinsigamond Community College Campus Police have participated. This year students from the QCC Police Academy also took part in the event along with many QCC police officers.

“I thank the QCC police officers, academy students and community members for their support in the No Shave-November event. We will support this endeavor again next year," said Chief of Police Kevin Ritacco.

  • Students in Robbin Miller's class meet with Congressman James McGovern
November, 2018

Prior to mid-term elections, Congressman James “Jim” McGovern stopped by Adjunct Faculty Robbin Miller’s U.S. Government class on QCC’s main campus. The Congressman answered questions from the students, and discussed a myriad of items such as our given rights by the Constitution, student loans to the current climate in Washington. 

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Prior to mid-term elections, Congressman James “Jim” McGovern stopped by Adjunct Faculty Robbin Miller’s U.S. Government class on QCC’s main campus. The Congressman answered questions from the students, and discussed a myriad of items such as our given rights by the Constitution, student loans to the current climate in Washington. 

  • Winter Coat Drive
November, 2018

As the temperature plummets and the snow begins to fall, staff and faculty at Quinsigamond Community College are gearing up to help take the chill out of the winter for those in need.

The QCC Early Childhood Education Club is continuing to collect donations of new or gently used winter coats and accessories for QCC Students and their children until December 7.  Donation boxes are located at the Children...

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As the temperature plummets and the snow begins to fall, staff and faculty at Quinsigamond Community College are gearing up to help take the chill out of the winter for those in need.

The QCC Early Childhood Education Club is continuing to collect donations of new or gently used winter coats and accessories for QCC Students and their children until December 7.  Donation boxes are located at the Children Study Center on the second floor of the Harrington Learning Center; in Room 348A in the Administration building, as well as the Athletic Center and the President’s Office (Room 132A).  Requested jacket sizes include children/youth sizes 4-8 and all adult sizes and suggested boot sizes include children/youth sizes 10-4 and all adult sizes. For questions contact Karen O’Neill, Early Childhood Education Club Advisor at Koneill [at] qcc.mass.edu.

The college is also holding a Blanket Drive for families and individuals the Worcester community. Your donation of a new or gently used blanket can be dropped off in Room B58A in the Administration building may be dropped off until December 14. For questions, contact ltino [at] qcc.mass.edu

  • The Wyvern was one of the area college mascots that attended College Night at the DCU Center.
  • 018 All Region XXI award recipients
November, 2018

Women's Soccer

The QCC women’s soccer team completed its 2018 season with much excitement, earning its first win this season. The team held its end of the year awards dinner to honor the entire team and also recognize the 2018 All Region XXI award recipients that included:              ...

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Women's Soccer

The QCC women’s soccer team completed its 2018 season with much excitement, earning its first win this season. The team held its end of the year awards dinner to honor the entire team and also recognize the 2018 All Region XXI award recipients that included:              

  • First team - Cherie Engman
  • Second team -  Brittney Kelley
  • Honorable Mention- Madison Lloyd, Haley Gordon, Sarah Crouch

"The women’s soccer team had another progressive season. The team’s great attitude and effort lead to the first win in program history. With a solid core of returning players, the 2019 season is looking promising for continued success," said Women's Soccer Coach Josh Cole.

Men's & Women's Basketball 

The Wyvern men’s and women’s basketball season going strong. Both teams are very competitive within the NJCAA conference. If you haven’t had a chance to see a game there’s still time. Visit Women’s Basketball schedule and Men’s Basketball schedule to lean more.

Athletic Center News

The Athletic Center staff is collecting slightly used and clean, winter coats, boots and accessories for QCC students and their children. Please take a moment and think about those less fortunate during the winter months and consider making a donation.

QCC Athletic Center Hours

During the cold winter months it can sometimes be difficult to get outdoors and exercise. QCC’s Athletic Center is there to help take the chill out of your bones and help you work up a healthy sweat. Winter hours are:

  • 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.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

For questions email Director of Athletics & Fitness Center lgurnick [at] qcc.mass.edu (Lisa Gurnick) or call 508.854.4582.

  • From left: Students Chloe Current, Vanessa Hanger, Adam Maarij, Katherine Berry and Brien Marsh.
November, 2018

In early November, the Psi Beta & Psychology Club students presented their original research at the New England Psychological Association Conference. Some of the presenting students were QCC alumni who have graduated and are attending a four-year college.

The group will be launching its new study at the start of the spring semester and is looking for new research associates. This is a great opportunity to...

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In early November, the Psi Beta & Psychology Club students presented their original research at the New England Psychological Association Conference. Some of the presenting students were QCC alumni who have graduated and are attending a four-year college.

The group will be launching its new study at the start of the spring semester and is looking for new research associates. This is a great opportunity to learn how to do research, and build an academic and professional resume! Students who are interested can contact Professor of Psychology Valerie Clemente, Ed.D. with any questions at vclemente [at] qcc.mass.edu.

November, 2018

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