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April, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Companies that came to the event included:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May Event Spotlight:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Johnny Dombrowski Receives Patrick Oroszko Courage Award

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

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

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

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

New Athletic Center Building Hours

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

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

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

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

QCC articles for the month of April include:

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April, 2018
April, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

March, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March, 2018
March, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other companies that participated in the job fair include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

  • QCC Career Placement Representative Nichole Wheeler and QCC President Dr. Luis. G. Pedraja
  • QCC students learned what potential employers are looking for in a job applicant.
  • Jim Marsh from Mircotech Staffing and Lisa Pontbriand from Salmon Health.
  • Students asked questions that ranged from interview criteria to general workplace etiquette.
  • Joe Tomaski from Wakefly and Marcia Bowles from UMASS Memorial
  • Meg Coffin from the Center for Living and Working and Jonathan Simms from Westaff
  • QCC Career Placement Representative Nichole Wheeler talks with QCC students at the recent Workplace Etiquette Luncheon.
March, 2018
March, 2018

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter most when a person is on a job interview. On March 26, Career Services and Student Life held a Workplace Etiquette Luncheon to give tips and strategies to students. Six employers: Jim March, of Micro Staffing; Lisa Pontbriand, of Salmon Health; Joe Tomaski, of Wakefly; Marcia Bowles, of UMASS Memorial; Meg Coffin, of Center for Living and Working, and Jonathan Simms,...

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Sometimes it’s the little things that matter most when a person is on a job interview. On March 26, Career Services and Student Life held a Workplace Etiquette Luncheon to give tips and strategies to students. Six employers: Jim March, of Micro Staffing; Lisa Pontbriand, of Salmon Health; Joe Tomaski, of Wakefly; Marcia Bowles, of UMASS Memorial; Meg Coffin, of Center for Living and Working, and Jonathan Simms, of Westaff discussed the skills and qualities and characteristics that employers look for in a candidate during an interview.

Discussion was had on how to be a standout candidate in an interview. Key takeaways included dressing professionally (business casual at a minimum) and having good communication skills (smile!).

Students were afforded the opportunity to ask questions which ran the gamut from whether or not you should disclose a disability (No, it’s a voluntary disclosure unless it impact the job) to gaps in employment history (If you are asked try and be honest in your response), to whether or not to send follow up thank you emails.

The panel agreed that it’s important to follow up after an interview with a thank you, either through an email or a handwritten note. In about a week it’s acceptable to reach back out and follow up and ask when you will hear back.

In addition, they also addressed workplace etiquette once a person gets hired. Mr. Simms told the audience that there’s a bit of a balance for when to get to work each day, and it’s important to be ready to start the work day at the time you are scheduled to be working.

“If you’re not ready to start working at that time, you should show up early and be prepared and ready to work at your start time” he said.

Cell phone protocol was also a big topic of conversation among the panel. Certain industries, such as healthcare often have a strict no cell phone policy because they need to be concerned about patient privacy and HIPPA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). On the other hand, there are some jobs that require cell phones. The key takeaway was to follow your company’s cellphone policy.

Discussion was had on tattoos, which have become extremely prevalent in the last few years, and how they fit into the workplace. Finding out if your company has a policy is important, as well as finding out what other people are doing.

A great way to make a lasting impression at your new company is showing an eagerness to learn, fit in and try and be as friendly as possible.

“Don’t say this is not my job. Everything is your job,” Mr. Tomaski said.

Ms. Pontbriand agreed, adding, “Treat people respectfully, use excellent phone skills and smile when you answer a call because you are presenting your company to the world, and treat other people the way you want to be treated.”

Other tips included:

  • Being very careful what you put in an email because once you hit send it becomes the property of the company. Read and re-read the email before you send it.
  • Not talking about politics or religion  (know what is acceptable)
  • Not eating someone else’s food in the communal refrigerator
  • Slowing down when you are talking on the phone – have a professional phone etiquette
  • Dress properly and professionally
  • Be a team player
  • Follow the rules of the company
  • Go out of your way to go above and beyond
  • Always be respectful – if you cannot respect the person, respect the position

“There’s a lot of competition out there so you want to stand out,” Ms. Coffin said.

 

  • Quinsigamond Community College Veteran's Club Color Guard
  • From left: QCC student and veteran Stephanie Teixeira Collins with her daughter Olivia and QCC student and veteran Tyler Russell and his daughter Marley.
March, 2018
March, 2018

At the recent March 30 Railers game, QCC’s Veterans Club participated in the Color Guard and presented the colors during the National Anthem. 

They did a super job,” said QCC’s Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden.

The Veterans Club is one of the more active clubs on campus and has many events planned throughout the year.The Club is currently holding a Can...

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At the recent March 30 Railers game, QCC’s Veterans Club participated in the Color Guard and presented the colors during the National Anthem. 

They did a super job,” said QCC’s Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden.

The Veterans Club is one of the more active clubs on campus and has many events planned throughout the year.The Club is currently holding a Can & Bottle Drive for returnable bottles and cans. Cans and bottles can be dropped off in Room 258A.

For questions, email the pogden [at] qcc.mass.edu (Director of Veteran Affairs).

 

March, 2018
March, 2018

A letter from Dr. Luis G. Pedraja to the college

Colleagues,

I am hereby declaring April 25, 2018 as “Denim Day” at Quinsigamond Community College as part of “Sexual Assault Awareness Month”. 

WHEREAS, the United States Government has declared April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” and Peace Over Violence has declared...

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A letter from Dr. Luis G. Pedraja to the college

Colleagues,

I am hereby declaring April 25, 2018 as “Denim Day” at Quinsigamond Community College as part of “Sexual Assault Awareness Month”. 

WHEREAS, the United States Government has declared April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” and Peace Over Violence has declared April 25, 2018 as “Denim Day."

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Both events are intended to draw attention to the fact that rape and sexual assault remains a serious issue in our society; and harmful attitudes about rape and sexual assault allow these crimes to persist and allow victim/survivors to be re-victimized; and “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” and “Denim Day” were also instituted to call attention to misconceptions and misinformation about rape and sexual assault, and the problem that many in society remain disturbingly uninformed with respect to issues of assault and forcible rape.

Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted, approximately 1-in-6 women and 1-in 10 men are raped during their lifetime and youths under 18 account for about 44% of all reported; with proper education on the matter, there is compelling evidence that we can be successful in reducing incidents of this alarming and psychologically damaging crime.

The members of the Quinsigamond Community strongly support the efforts of Peace Over Violence to educate persons in our community about the true impact of rape and sexual assault.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Quinsigamond Community College does hereby proclaim the month of April 2018 as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” designates April 25, 2018 as “Denim Day,” and urges everyone to wear jeans on April 25, 2018 to help communicate the message that there is “no excuse and never an invitation to rape.”

Please stop by Fuller Student Center on 4/25 from 9:00 -11:00 to sign a pledge, sign a pair of jeans and show support by having a conversation about how to be a bystander with Student Life, Title IX and Campus Police.

Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

President

 

  • QCC’s Community Outreach Officer, Catherine Dixon and Deputy Chief of Operations Stephen DiGiovanni
  • Deputy Chief of Operations Stephen DiGiovanni explains safety techniques.
March, 2018
March, 2018

Today, active shooter threats seem to permeate the news. At Quinsigamond Community College, the school’s Campus Police have taken a proactive approach to educating the public and offered numerous educational sessions throughout the month of March. These sessions are geared to offer tangible approaches to help you, should you ever be faced an active shooter situation.

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Today, active shooter threats seem to permeate the news. At Quinsigamond Community College, the school’s Campus Police have taken a proactive approach to educating the public and offered numerous educational sessions throughout the month of March. These sessions are geared to offer tangible approaches to help you, should you ever be faced an active shooter situation.

QCC’s Community Outreach Officer, Catherine Dixon and Deputy Chief of Operations Stephen DiGiovanni explained some of the key factors that can help you in the event of an active shooter situation.

The officers showed the video, “Run, Fight, Hide,” which was produced by the City of Houston, TX under a Department of Homeland Security grant, stopping it periodically to explain a particular section.

Officer Dixon noted that your safety should be first and foremost, and in the event of a situation, seconds count. It’s imperative to remain calm and to use your best judgment.

“Leave your belongings and get safe first, then call 911 or 4444 (the QCC Campus Police emergency number) if you have a phone, “Officer Dixon said. “Tell the officers what’s going on, what you heard and the location.”

Should you decide to hide, act quickly and quietly, closing and locking any doors if possible and placing heavy objects in front of them; turn out lights and shut off all cell phone ringers/vibrators. You should hide behind heavy objects or in the corners of the room getting out of view of the shooter, Officer Dixon continued.

The officers stressed that if you commit to fighting, you are fighting for your life.  You should fight with full force and use what is available to you to help immobilize the attacker. Items such as a fire extinguisher, keys or any heavy object that will assist you.

“Improvise anything,” Deputy Chief DiGiovanni said, adding that generally these physical aggressions last approximately 30 seconds.

They also discussed the hierarchy in situations such as these where multiple law enforcement groups will be assisting the campus police.

“Four or more officers will come in first and their number one priority is to take the threat out,” Officer Dixon said. “The next team will deal with the injured and other teams will go room by room. When they get to your room, you must put your hands up and obey all directions that are given.”

Deputy Chief DiGiovanni reminded those in the audience that QCC Campus Police are fully trained for any situation that could arise on campus. In Fall of 2017, the Quinsigamond Community College Police Department received state Accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.

 “We are the only community college that is an accredited police department. This means this police department has the best practices to keep you safe,” Deputy Chief Stephen DiGiovanni said, adding that QCC Campus police train multiple times a year with their counterparts.

“We are considered special state police officers,” he continued. “There’s a very intense process to work at QCC and be a QCC police officer.”

The officers also addressed fire safety procedures and protocol, in the event of a fire.  Officer Dixon added that if you hear a fire alarm do not wait to act, immediately leave the building. Campus evacuation maps are in every room and show first and secondary evacuation routes out of the buildings.

QCC Campus Police are open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days –a week, 365 days of the year. They are located on the first floor in the rear of the Athletic Center in room 136AC.

The department also has an anonymous text-a-tip app that can be downloaded for free or a person can go online to the Campus Police webpage to text a tip.

“Everything is on the website if you have any questions,” Officer Dixon added.

Visit Campus Police for more information. 

  • International Counterterrorism Expert Robert Milton
March, 2018
March, 2018

International Counterterrorism Expert Robert Milton presented a frank discussion on terrorism in today’s society, discussing the recent terror attacks and how the criminal justice system as a whole must work together to stop similarly events from occurring. The lecture was part of the QCC Criminal Justice Department Speaker Series.

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International Counterterrorism Expert Robert Milton presented a frank discussion on terrorism in today’s society, discussing the recent terror attacks and how the criminal justice system as a whole must work together to stop similarly events from occurring. The lecture was part of the QCC Criminal Justice Department Speaker Series.

As a retired Commander of Scotland Yard, Mr. Milton examined terrorism throughout history and discussed the process that leads up to violent radicalization. Terrorism is defined as an active opposition to the fundamental values of a country. Violent extremism is taking radical views and putting them into action.

“What we need to do is get upstream of the problem,” he said.

Citing case after case of global terror attacks, Mr. Milton discussed the similarities with many of the attacked and the attackers. 

“Is there a profile? Is there a process of radicalization? Who is susceptible? What can we do to interrupt that process,” he asked.

He noted that when dealing with human behavior people are motivated by causes they are passionate about – sometimes so passionate that they are willing to sacrifice themselves even for a stranger because they’re passion for a cause is so strong.

So who is more likely to be susceptible? According to studies, mainly males on average 25 years of age, although recently they are seeing more women and teenagers. They may suffer from mental illness; males may have an increased likelihood of a criminal background and acquire extremist views while in prison.  Being an under-achiever, being isolated or unpopular are also known profile traits.

However, Mr. Milton said the real reality is that there really isn’t a true profile. He said the key is to watch for warning signs, behavioral indicators. Signs to watch for include a person:

  • having a perception of grievances or injustices
  • having been a victim of mistreatment, a crime or perceived racial abuse or prejudice
  • having empathy for the plight of others and blames authority for suffering (military, government, the media)
  • blaming other for lack of opportunities
  • Envying others
  • lacking trust and tolerance in others (particularly government and law enforcement)
  • gets angry and defensive if they are questioned on their beliefs
  • becomes rude and aggressive towards a particular group of people
  • joins a group of people with similar ideology
  • begins researching and googling to identify other similar people and groups and what they are saying
  • becomes secretive
  • becomes very passionate about some issue or belief

 While individual warning signs may not be a concern, grouped together they become a red flag.

Recognizing the warning signs might help families, he said, adding, “Don’t ignore small changes.”

 

  • QCC Professor of Environmental & Physical Science, Anita Soracco and ALB Outreach Coordinator Joshua Brucker.
  • Students, faculty and staff learned valuable information about the Asian Longhorned Beetle from ALB Outreach Coordinator Joshua Brucker (center).
  • It was a full-house at the Environmental Sciences Department's informational session.
March, 2018
March, 2018

You’ve probably heard about them and maybe your trees have even fallen victim to their destructive ways, but can you recognize an Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), the invasive wood-boring insect? Do you know the best way to combat this non-native pest?

On March 1, Quinsigamond Community College’s Environmental Sciences Department brought in ALB Outreach Coordinator Joshua Brucker, from the...

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You’ve probably heard about them and maybe your trees have even fallen victim to their destructive ways, but can you recognize an Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), the invasive wood-boring insect? Do you know the best way to combat this non-native pest?

On March 1, Quinsigamond Community College’s Environmental Sciences Department brought in ALB Outreach Coordinator Joshua Brucker, from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, to bring awareness on how to prevent the spread of this invasive insect that bores through hardwood trees.

A packed audience of the QCC grounds crew, students, faculty and staff learned that in Massachusetts alone, over 36,000 trees have been destroyed by this beetle. Native to Asia, these beetles were thought to have been brought to the United States in the larva stage through wood packing material such as crates, pallets and spools. In 1998, the U.S. required fumigation treatment of all solid wood packing material from China in an attempt to stop any further infestation.

In Central Massachusetts the first infestation of the ALB was in 2008 and the City became locked in a ballet to save as many trees as possible. This touched close to home, as QCC also had to have infested trees removed. Public awareness is the most effective way to combat the problem and help prevent the insects from spreading.

“Having Josh give this talk was especially beneficial because the ALB is specific to our City and our campus. People get more interested in topics when they can see how these scientific phenomena relate to their specific environment and everyday life,” said QCC Professor of Environmental & Physical Science, Anita Soracco. “As Josh discussed, the ALB changed the landscape of Worcester and of our own campus. It was a very teachable moment when I told my students to note the age of many of the trees on campus, and they realized they were young trees.  About 10 years ago, there were much older ones that had to be removed from our campus because of ALB devastation.”

Mr. Buckner noted these beetles can fly as far as one mile, however, the real risk of increased infestation is through the movement of wood such as storm debris, removal of wood after maintenance or firewood. He also noted that trees removed due to infestation can still be turned into mulch, since the larval stage of the ALB does not survive the chipping process.

Other important things to know about the ALB:

  • Become familiar with what the ALB looks like(shiny black body, white banded anteanna, blueish-tinged feet, bright white splotches and between .75 and 1.5” in length)
  • ALB is not the only thing that makes holes in trees; holes do NOT follow any pattern
  • ALB only feeds on live trees, not dead wood
  • Matchstick-like “FRASS” is characteristic of this woodboring insect
  • Poor tree health alone is not a good indicator of ALB
  • Larvae of ALB are very similar looking to the larvae of many of the over 200 native longhorned beetle species in Massachusetts
  • Larva of the ALB can survive the hardships harsh New England winters.

Eradication process:

  • Removal and stump grinding of infested trees
  • Disposal within the regulated area
  • Annual compliance training for industry
  • Further survey required after removal before eradication can be declared

It takes between 8-10 years for ALB infestation to kill a tree. Trees that are impacted are considered hardwood trees such as maple, elm and birch.

“It is always a great thing to bring awareness about environmental issues. I was thrilled that not only did this information reach my students, but also so many other QCC students, faculty and staff on our campus.  Getting educated is always the best step to fixing a problem as a community,” Professor Soracco said, noting QCC now offers a 2-year transfer degree in Environmental Science.  

For more information or to report ALB or ALB damage visit or any other suspicious pests at the Introduced Pests Outreach Project or call 1.866.702.9938.

For more information or questions email Joshua Bruckner at Joshua.bruckner [at] state.ma.us or call 617.626.1764.

  • The Wyvern Baseball team hosted a successful youth baseball clinic in March.
  • The 2018 Wyvern Baseball team
March, 2018
March, 2018

QCC Wyverns Baseball Season is underway!

Wyvern Baseball Coach John McLaughlin and the entire baseball team traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for their 2018 Spring training trip. The team played six games in three days at the Cal Ripken Experience facility. This is the first trip the team has taken with Coach McLaughlin as head coach and it’s hoped that the team can make this an annual event....

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QCC Wyverns Baseball Season is underway!

Wyvern Baseball Coach John McLaughlin and the entire baseball team traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for their 2018 Spring training trip. The team played six games in three days at the Cal Ripken Experience facility. This is the first trip the team has taken with Coach McLaughlin as head coach and it’s hoped that the team can make this an annual event.

“This was a great experience for the team and gives them a chance to get a ton of innings in before conference games begin,” said Assistant Athletic Director Josh Cole.

The Wyverns have recently begun their season with games earlier in March. Visit the QCC website for a current listing of the 2018 baseball schedule or call 508-854-4317.

Kids Baseball Clinic a Huge Success

The Wyverns Baseball team held a Kids Baseball Clinic last month that offered a chance for young children to get tips from and techniques on baseball. This fun and educational event was put on by QCC Head Baseball Coach John McLaughlin, his coaching staff and QCC 2018 baseball players. The Clinic was held at the QCC Gym in the Athletic Center, located on the college’s main campus.

The Wyvern Baseball team hosted a successful youth baseball clinic in March.
  • Quinsigamond Community College Deputy Chiefs Reynaldo Rodriguez (center-right) and Stephen DiGiovanni (center-left) successfully completed the Municipal Police Training Committee Instructor Development Course.
March, 2018
March, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College Deputy Chiefs Reynaldo Rodriguez and Stephen DiGiovanni successfully completed the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) Instructor Development Course in February. The 48-hour course was held over several weeks at the Massachusetts State Police Academy. The officers learned how to instruct classes at MPTC Academies. MPTC Academies are held throughout the state of...

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Quinsigamond Community College Deputy Chiefs Reynaldo Rodriguez and Stephen DiGiovanni successfully completed the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) Instructor Development Course in February. The 48-hour course was held over several weeks at the Massachusetts State Police Academy. The officers learned how to instruct classes at MPTC Academies. MPTC Academies are held throughout the state of Massachusetts. The officers learned how to develop lesson plans, outlines, and focused on how to teach a variety of students using different methods.

In other news, QCC Campus Police recently received top marks when the department was asked for access to their daily crime logs under the Clery Act. In an article published in the Telegram & Gazette, 17 collegiate institutions in the area were asked for access to their campus crime logs, which falls under both the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and Massachusetts law. QCC was one of the seven colleges that were in compliance the first time a reporter asked for access to the logs. The logs were given to the reporter, were up-to-date and the reporter was not asked for a name or identification, as per the Clery Act.

  • Parent Angela Colwell-Arbour spoke to other parents about the transition experience from high school to college.
March, 2018
March, 2018

Director of Disability Services, Kristie Proctor,and Associate Director Terri Rodriguez, presented information on transitioning to college to a group of 24 parents and high school students as part of the Worcester Public Schools Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) monthly meeting.

Topics touched upon included the differences between services in the high school and college settings...

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Director of Disability Services, Kristie Proctor,and Associate Director Terri Rodriguez, presented information on transitioning to college to a group of 24 parents and high school students as part of the Worcester Public Schools Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) monthly meeting.

Topics touched upon included the differences between services in the high school and college settings, common college accommodations, and characteristics of successful college students. 

Parent Angela Colwell-Arbour spoke to parents directly about the transition experience for her student who is now enrolled at QCC. Ms. Colwell-Arbour spoke candidly and answered questions for the audience members who came to the West Boylston Street campus for this event. SEPAC President Rupa Chaterjee and Eileen Quinn said they were pleased with the beneficial information and interaction with the attendees. Disability Services will continue to collaborate with SEPAC in the future to make this an annual event.

  • QCC's spring production, Thornwood
March, 2018
March, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College’s theater program is gearing up for its spring production, Thornwood. The play is about a troubled teacher who bucks the system to teach tough inner city students the beauty of Shakespeare. QCC's theater department is presenting the play in partnership with 4th Wall Stage Company, a local theater company that presents live stage theatrical...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s theater program is gearing up for its spring production, Thornwood. The play is about a troubled teacher who bucks the system to teach tough inner city students the beauty of Shakespeare. QCC's theater department is presenting the play in partnership with 4th Wall Stage Company, a local theater company that presents live stage theatrical productions. The play will feature QCC students, faculty and professionals in a collaborative performance.

The play will be performed at QCC’s Herbert Theater on April 19-21 and April 26-28 at 7:00 p.m. and on April 22 and April 29 at 2:00 p.m.

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According to 4th Wall Managing Director Barbara Guertin (who is also co-director of the play), 4th Wall Stage Company was looking to include an educational component to its productions.

“This is just great to be able to do productions with students and align with local colleges so you are training students and keeping theater alive,” she said.

QCC student cast members include:

  • Alex Fontanes
  • Alexis Guertin
  • David  Rodriguez
  • Ariana Strout
  • Ahlam Abdelkader
  • Alyssa Burgwinkel
  • Margaritta Fabre
  • Liam Doherty
  • Kyler Simard
  • ​Mike Daniel - QCC Alum
  • Amber Charest - QCC Alum (Stage Manager)
  • Kelly Stowell - co-director of the play and QCC adjunct professor

Thornwood, by Playwright Tony Howarth, is a play that was produced off-Broadway, in addition to being made into an award-winning indie film, Slings and Arrows. Mr. Howarth who is a playwright, director, teacher and poet gained national attention for his many one-act plays, full length plays and poetry.

Mr. Howarth and his wife, who are from New York, will be in attendance opening night.

“It’s going to be awesome,” said Ms. Stowell. “The students are so excited to have an accomplished playwright attend the show.”

Mr. Howarth will also be coming to QCC on April 10 from 2:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. to teach a master class about Hamlet.

Anyone is invited to attend and all they need to do is sign up,” Ms. Guertin said. “This is a great opportunity.”

Tickets are $5 for students, $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Parking is directly next the Hebert Center in Faculty lot 8.

  • QCC students took part in last year's Undergraduate Research Conference.
March, 2018
March, 2018

STEM Starter Academy still has a few openings for those students interested in attending the Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass Amherst on Friday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. QCC will provide transportation to and from the conference.

At the conference students will have the opportunity to view amazing research projects from undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds from ...

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STEM Starter Academy still has a few openings for those students interested in attending the Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass Amherst on Friday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. QCC will provide transportation to and from the conference.

At the conference students will have the opportunity to view amazing research projects from undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds from colleges, community colleges and universities across Massachusetts.

Those interested in attending must register for the event and contact STEM Starter Academy Project Coordinator Darcy Carlson at 508.854.4441 or email dcarlson [at] qcc.mass.edu (Ms. Carlson). Seating is limited. To register visit visit Undergraduate Research Conference