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August, 2019

  • SJC Drum donation
  • QCC Foundation President Linda A. Maykel and SJC Custom Drums Founder Mike Ciprari
  • SJC Custom Drums Founder Mike Ciprari
  • QCC Foundation Board Member Micah Klayman
August, 2019

SJC Custom Drums Founder Mike Ciprari stopped by Quinsigamond Community College on August 15 to make a rather unique donation to the college -  a Pathfinder drum kit. The welcome addition will be used immediately in the college's music program, which has grown significantly in recent years, according to QCC’s President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.

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SJC Custom Drums Founder Mike Ciprari stopped by Quinsigamond Community College on August 15 to make a rather unique donation to the college -  a Pathfinder drum kit. The welcome addition will be used immediately in the college's music program, which has grown significantly in recent years, according to QCC’s President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.

The Southbridge drum manufacturer is a good friend to QCC. In 2017, he came to QCC during a Manufacturing Day event to tell students how his business got started. Today SJC Custom Drums has designed and collaborated with some of the top bands in today’s music industry, making the donation a particularly special one for the college.

“We want to thank SJC for this wonderful donation and thank them for helping our students. I’ve heard a lot about SJC and all the drums they’ve made for national bands such as Dropkick Murphys, Justin Bieber, Panic! At the Disco, and so many others. It’s a real honor to receive this donation,” said Dr. Pedraja.

QCC Foundation President Linda A. Maykel said Mr. Ciprari immediately asked what QCC needed as soon as he was approached, and was quick to offer his assistance.

“I’ve known Micah Klayman (QCC Foundation board member) for a long time and obviously I’ve known about QCC and what you do here. When Micah reached out about the music department growing and needing some new drums, I jumped at the opportunity. SJC loves giving back to aspiring young musicians who want to make it in their career and motivate them and show them they can do it,” Mr. Ciprari said. “Quinsigamond Community College is in the midst of creating an incredible music program to foster creativity in young adults. SJC Custom Drums is proud to be associated with Quinsigamond Community College and to donate a Pathfinder drum kit to help these musicians find their path.”

When classes begin on September 4, music students will now have an opportunity to play the same type of drums as their musical heroes.

“We really appreciate this donation and it’s going to have a tremendous impact on students at the college for years to come,” Mr. Klayman added.

Visit QCC Music to learn more about the College's program. 

  • New students take part in QCC's Orientation.
August, 2019

September 4 is the start of a new academic year at Quinsigamond Community College, and whether you are a new or returning student, QCC is thrilled you've chosen to start your higher education here in Wyvern country! Coming to school for the first time or going back to school after a long time can be an intimidating experience. At QCC, we take our responsibility to deliver you the best...

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September 4 is the start of a new academic year at Quinsigamond Community College, and whether you are a new or returning student, QCC is thrilled you've chosen to start your higher education here in Wyvern country! Coming to school for the first time or going back to school after a long time can be an intimidating experience. At QCC, we take our responsibility to deliver you the best education possible very seriously. From the moment you step onto campus you'll notice the difference from other colleges and universities. Small classes sizes, robust support services and personal attention from faculty and staff will greet you each and every day. Our mission is to see each and every one of our students succeed. 

We know there's more to college than classes and many of our students are balancing a lot of things at once. Work, children, parents, transportation and everything else must be managed while you work to pursue your degree or certificate. Often the start of school can be intimidating and a tad confusing. Below are a few quick tips, times, locations and miscellaneous information to get your year off to a great start. 

Bookstore

Still need books or supplies? Here's what you can expect from the QCC Bookstore this week with extended hours:

  • Tuesday, 9/3-Thursday, 9/5: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 9/6: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9/7:  9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Cafeteria 

If carrying all of those books around is making you hungry, no worries, the Main Cafeteria (Basement, Administration Building) is back to regular hours beginning Tuesday, September 3. Breakfast and lunch hours as well as hours for snacks and beverages:

  • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
  • Snacks & Beverages: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Snacks & Beverages: 2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Students experiencing food insecurity should know there is a food pantry available on campus for students, faculty and staff. The Food Pantry and Resource Center is located in Room B63A, in the basement of the Administration Building. All information is confidential, but we ask that you fill out a form to become an official client. Learn more by clicking here or stop in to talk with Charles Ketter (Food Pantry Manager).

Maps

If you're concerned about finding your way around, we've got you covered there too. Click here to check out maps for all campuses. 

Student Life

Interested in joining a club? Going to the movies? Did you know that QCC students can buy discounted movie tickets to Showcase Cinema? That's right... you can check out all the latest attractions and save money... because you're a Wyvern! Students may purchase up to four movie tickets at the Fuller Student Center.

While you're there, ask about the clubs on campus. There's a student newspaper, a music club, Veterans club, pride alliance, Black Student Union, Student Government and more. See the full list here. Or visit the Student Club Fair, September 18 and 19, outside on the lawn of the main campus to meet clubs and learn more.

Support Services and More! 

QCC students are never alone in their education. QCC is here every step of the way with math and writing tutoring centers, disability services, a mentoring program and even a Fab Lab where students can work with the latest manufacturing equipment and design some amazing creations. If you can envision it, you can probably make it in the Fab Lab!

News, Alerts, Closings & More

Download the QCC app for access to grades, bus schedules, closings and more. It's convenient and it's free! When you have the QCC app, you will get college alerts and notifications right to your phone. You can also access the mobile version of The Q (student portal), as well as your "Qmail" (your personal college email). You can find the QCC app in the App Store or on Google Play by searching QCC app.

Social Media 

Our social media gives you a way to immediately stay in touch with what's happening at the college. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for college & event announcements, videos and other fun stuff. 

Calendar

QCC's academic calendar is always available online and shows you all of the important dates for holidays, breaks, intersession, finals and more.

It's the start of a new school year, let's have a great one and get smarter... together! 

  • 40 Under 40 Award winners Gilmarie Vongphakdy (L) and Kara Wiersma (R)
August, 2019

Quinsigamond Community College is delighted to share some special news with its QCC family. Our very own Gilmarie Vongphakdy has been chosen as a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Worcester Business Journal (WBJ).  However, that’s not all! QCC alumna (and daughter of QCC staff member Liz Hanlan), Kara Wiersma, was also chosen as an award recipient!...

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Quinsigamond Community College is delighted to share some special news with its QCC family. Our very own Gilmarie Vongphakdy has been chosen as a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Worcester Business Journal (WBJ).  However, that’s not all! QCC alumna (and daughter of QCC staff member Liz Hanlan), Kara Wiersma, was also chosen as an award recipient! This is the 20th year of this prestigious event, which honors an elite group of Central Massachusetts professionals under the age of 40. These are the men and women who have been making an impact on the region's economy and community.

Gilmarie Vongphakdy

Ms. Vongphakdy has been the Coordinator of the Future Focus Program at QCC since January 2016. In her role, she provides wrap-around support services that help adult students transition from adult basic education programs (and English language learners) into community college. She works closely with these students to better understand the unique challenges they face and assists them in successfully enrolling and completing college.

“Gilmarie’s impact on the Worcester community, most especially its under-privileged, under-served population is life-altering for many students (and often their families), who have gone on to four-year institutions or into lucrative careers,” said Carol King, director of College and Career Pathways.   

Ms. Vongphakdy attended North High School in Worcester and at age 15, she became part of the outward bound program at Clark University. She worked in a variety of different jobs during those summer months. It was through this program that she applied and was accepted as an intern for six weeks at the Latino Education Institute. According to Ms. King, it was there that she was noticed for her maturity, capability, academic achievement, and ‘future focus.’

Today she holds both an undergraduate degree from Boston College; a Master of Business Administration in Nonprofit Leadership from Assumption College; and works tirelessly to advocate for higher education for all.

“Gilmarie has brought Future Focus into contact with other agencies that have never before sent students to this transition program. She enthusiastically engages with people, seeking to build connections and collaborations, opening doors for her students and others who may not even know that college is an option,” Ms. King said.

Kara Wiersma

 Ms. Wiersma graduated from QCC in 2003 with a degree in Graphic Arts. From there she worked in the graphic design industry for a short time, while also working in banking. It was during this timeframe that she fell in love with banking and began taking a night business course at Worcester State University, while working full-time during the day. After a few semesters, she decided this was the industry she wanted to be in and was accepted into the Business Program at Boston University (BU). The program was geared towards students who were working full-time, but wanted to finish their degree, which was the perfect fit for her.

Ms. Wiersma went to BU full-time in the evenings, while also working during the day, eventually graduating Magna Cum Laude. Today she works as vice president, learning and development manager at Fidelity Bank in Leominster, working to grow Fidelity’s employee training and development program. She has also made community service a part of her life, and along with her career and family, she  coaches her two daughters’ Under-4 soccer team with her husband. Last year she volunteered as a QCC mentor (along with her mother), and this year she is not only volunteering to be a QCC mentor again, but has also requested to take on two mentees this fall.  

“Kara has worked hard to both earn her education and advance her career, all while growing a family with her husband. I am incredibly proud and look forward to see what else Kara will accomplish in the coming years," Ms. Hanlan said. 

Thank you Ms. Vongphakdy and Ms. Wiersma for being shining examples for our students and the QCC community!

  • Dr. Ruth Potee
August, 2019

Quinsigamond Community College, in partnership with the Reliant Foundation, will be hosting a talk on Monday, September 16 at 4:00 p.m. at the college’s Hebert Auditorium (670 West Boylston Street, Worcester) by Dr. Ruth Potee, a recognized expert on brain development addiction and substance abuse. In honor of National Recovery Month, Dr. Potee will discuss how substances and addictive...

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Quinsigamond Community College, in partnership with the Reliant Foundation, will be hosting a talk on Monday, September 16 at 4:00 p.m. at the college’s Hebert Auditorium (670 West Boylston Street, Worcester) by Dr. Ruth Potee, a recognized expert on brain development addiction and substance abuse. In honor of National Recovery Month, Dr. Potee will discuss how substances and addictive behaviors impact (and injure) the brain. A 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder, making it imperative that we bring this issue to the forefront.

Dr. Potee is a well-known speaker, who informs and engages audiences, and delivers stigma-reducing information through discussions surrounding substance abuse. She is a board certified family physician and addiction medicine physician who works in Western Massachusetts. She attended Wellesley College, Yale University School of Medicine and did her residency at Boston University where she remained an assistant professor of Family Medicine for eight years. She is currently the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, the Director of Addiction Services for Behavioral Health Network, and the Medical Director for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, as well as the Co-Chair of the Healthcare Solutions Committee of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region. She was named Franklin County Doctor of the Year by the Massachusetts Medical Society in 2015.

There is no cost to attend, however seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration and Resource tables are open at 3:30 p.m. prior to the 4:00 p.m. start of the event. To learn more and register to attend, visit Physiology of Addiction .

  • QCC’s Director of Gateway to College Marci Skillings (third from right) stands with Gateway Program award winners.
August, 2019

Quinsigamond Community College’s Gateway to College program has received a Program Excellence Award, Gateway to College’s highest national honor. Only 11 colleges nationwide received this award in 2019.  This is the second time QCC’s Gateway program earned this distingushed award and is one of only five programs in the nation to earn the award twice since the program’s inception four years...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Gateway to College program has received a Program Excellence Award, Gateway to College’s highest national honor. Only 11 colleges nationwide received this award in 2019.  This is the second time QCC’s Gateway program earned this distingushed award and is one of only five programs in the nation to earn the award twice since the program’s inception four years ago.

These awards are given out by Achieving the Dream, which leads a network of 277 community colleges committed to helping their students achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. Four benchmarks are used to measure how well the Gateway programs are supporting students in completing high school and achieving postsecondary success. The benchmarks measure: first term success, one-year persistence, two-year persistence, and graduation (within three years).

“This award recognizes the success of our students and our Gateway to College team for their hard work and performance, by exceeding all four benchmarks. This award is a great reminder to all who help and support our students through their dedication and everyday commitment to ensure student success,” said QCC’s Director of Gateway to College Marci Skillings.

For the past four years Achieving the Dream has awarded a Graduation Achievement Award to 27 programs that exceeded the graduation benchmark. QCC Gateway has earned the Gateway Graduation Achievement Award each year since it was introduced.

“QCC’s Gateway to College program demonstrates that Early College programs can be transformative for struggling students. Gateway students arrive at QCC with an average high school GPA of 1.73, but graduates (of Gateway) are completing the program with 20 college credits, setting them up for greater postsecondary success," said Executive Vice President of Achieving the Dream, Emily Froimson.

Through Gateway to College, students who have dropped out of high school or who are significantly off track, complete their high school diplomas in college-based programs while simultaneously earning credits toward a postsecondary credential. QCC has hosted a Gateway to College program since 2012, and thus far 150 students have graduated from the program.

“Our full-immersion dual enrollment program offers a true second chance for students to achieve academic and personal student success,” Ms. Skillings said, adding that the QCC Gateway to College program is based on a strong partnership with Uxbridge School District.

Visit Gateway to College to learn more about QCC's program. 

  • QCC's new Food Pantry Manager Charles Ketter
August, 2019

July 2018 marked the one year anniversary of the opening of Quinsigamond Community College’s Food Pantry and Resource Center. The center now regularly services 390 QCC students, and with more students on campus when classes begin September 4, staff and volunteers are gearing up for a busy season.

“It’s amazing what a transformation the food pantry and resource center has gone through since it...

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July 2018 marked the one year anniversary of the opening of Quinsigamond Community College’s Food Pantry and Resource Center. The center now regularly services 390 QCC students, and with more students on campus when classes begin September 4, staff and volunteers are gearing up for a busy season.

“It’s amazing what a transformation the food pantry and resource center has gone through since it was opened,” said QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja.

One of those transformations is in the form of new Food Pantry and Resource Center Manager, Americorp VISTA Volunteer and QCC Alumnus, Charles Ketter. Mr. Ketter graduated in May with a degree in Human Services and has a deep, personal connection to the place where he now works.

“While I was a student I used this food pantry,” Mr. Ketter said. “I wanted to come back here to pay it forward to help those in need and make the food pantry and resource center a judgment free zone for assistance."

The QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center was born out of a need that was seen on campus after an April 2018 study by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab found that 49 percent of QCC students had low to very low food security. Initially designed as just a food pantry, the center expanded to include additional resources such as weekly to biweekly visits from LUK, a not-for-profit social service agency located in central Massachusetts that is dedicated to improving the lives of those age 26 and under; to nutritional classes put on by Cooking Matters in Massachusetts to assist with nutritional training; informational sessions on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and information from the Central West Justice Center on knowing your rights and what government benefits are available and the eligibility requirements.

As the college prepares for students to arrive, so too is the food pantry and resource center. Services such as onsite SNAP sign ups and a financial literacy program are just some of additional services that are in the works this fall.

"We’ve notice the usage of our food pantry and resource center increases substantially once the students are back on campus,” Dr. Pedraja said.  “Food insecurity has been linked to difficulty in learning and lower graduation rates. We want to help our students so they can attain educational success." 

QCC's Food Pantry and Resource Center is located in Room B63A of the Administration building on the college's main campus.

Hours include:

  • Monday:  8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Tuesday:  8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday:  4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:00 am..
  • Friday:  9:00 am – Noon

For more information, visit QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center; email foodpantry [at] qcc.mass.edu, or call Mr. Ketter at 508.854.7403. 

  • Writing Center
August, 2019

Something written well has the power to move mountains. No one knows this better than the folks at Quinsigamond Community College’s Writing Center. At QCC, the Writing Center is a tutoring and student resource center for writing, as well as a place where students can learn skills integral to the writing process, including reading comprehension, critical thinking, planning, and organization.

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Something written well has the power to move mountains. No one knows this better than the folks at Quinsigamond Community College’s Writing Center. At QCC, the Writing Center is a tutoring and student resource center for writing, as well as a place where students can learn skills integral to the writing process, including reading comprehension, critical thinking, planning, and organization.

The Writing Center’s Manager, Kirsten Patey has seen amazing transformations in both students and the peer tutors who help the students, since her time at QCC. Ms. Patey has been at the Writing Center for the last nine years, coming to the college with a background in English and publishing. Before she came to the college, the Writing Center had never utilized peer tutors. She quickly realized students helping students resonated with the students who were using the Writing Center, and began a peer tutoring program. Peer tutors are often recommended by faculty (generally English faculty) and are outstanding students who want to help out other students.

“Traditional students in particular connect with peer tutors. They connect with the students who are peer tutors because they know they’ve been in their shoes,” Ms. Patey said.

The program has a huge success to both the students who use the writing center and the peer tutors who help the students. Indeed, many of the peer tutors start at QCC and then transfer to four-year institutions and beyond. According to Ms. Patey, a lot of peer tutors who have moved on after QCC have come back to still help out in the Writing Center.

“It’s rewarding for them and they want to come back and help students,” Ms. Patey added.

One QCC alumna who has come back to help out in the Writing Center is Michaela Prosta. Ms. Prosta was a Liberal Arts major at QCC approximately 10 years ago. She transferred from QCC to the College of Charleston, earning her bachelor’s degree in International Studies with an Asian Concentration. After finishing her degree, she moved to China to teach English and while she loved the experience, she missed being in school and enrolled at Florida International University (FIU), where she earned a Master’s Degree in Japanese religion.

While not a former peer tutor at QCC, the draw to help out her former college was too strong to ignore. She reached out to the Writing Center to work for the summer before heading to Brown University this fall, where she will be working towards her PhD in Asian Studies.

“While earning my masters at FIU, I also worked as the Asian Studies Program Assistant. The majority of my job entailed advising undergraduate students, which I absolutely loved. So, when I moved back to Worcester to spend time with family over the summer before embarking on my next academic endeavor, I immediately thought of looking for work at QCC,” she said. “I am incredibly grateful that I was able to come back to QCC and continue helping students. And being a tutor also helped me brush up on my own writing skills, which will no doubt come in handy at Brown.”

Ms. Prosta said the foundation she received at QCC has been invaluable, and strongly encourages students to check out the opportunities available to them at the college.

“Whether you already plan on transferring to another school, you plan on finishing a two-year program here, or you’re just looking to take a couple classes, QCC has something for you. Whether you’re knocking out some prerequisites for another program, or you’re taking that art class you’ve always wanted to take, the quality of education at QCC is on par with any other higher education institution," she said, adding, “And don’t forget to take advantage of all the resources here – including the writing center!”

The Writing Center is for any current QCC student who wants assistance with their writing.

“We help any student who wants assistance,” she said, noting that it’s not just the students struggling in writing, but also the student who is a high achiever and who wants to talk to someone about their writing.

Students interested in becoming a QCC peer tutor can reach out to Ms. Patey at kpatey [at] qcc.mass.edu or call 508.854.7488 to learn more.

To learn more about the support services available, visit QCC Writing Center.

  • QCC alumna and veteran Alba Irizarry stands in front of the 200 backpacks donated by Massachusetts Military Support Foundation.
  • Children of QCC student veterans enjoy their new backpacks.
  • A sampling of some of the goodies in one of the rucksacks that was donated by Veterans, Inc.
August, 2019

Starting off the school year with the proper school supplies is critical to getting off on the right foot. Whether that student is a young child or college-age, being ill-prepared to start school can bring about anxiety and contribute to unnecessary stress. QCC Veteran Affairs Director Paula Ogden understands the importance of helping to alleviate the stress, particularly as it relates to student...

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Starting off the school year with the proper school supplies is critical to getting off on the right foot. Whether that student is a young child or college-age, being ill-prepared to start school can bring about anxiety and contribute to unnecessary stress. QCC Veteran Affairs Director Paula Ogden understands the importance of helping to alleviate the stress, particularly as it relates to student veterans and members of the Armed Forces. As an advocate for QCC’s student veterans, she works tirelessly to secure resources that will help them in their adjustment to civilian and college life.

Recently the Veteran Affairs office received over 200 backpack donations filled with school supplies, just in time for the fall school year. According to Ms. Ogden the donations were made possible through area veterans organizations.

“We had a new representative, Angel Hogan, from the National Guard, who stopped by our office and was very impressed by what we offer here,” Ms. Ogden said.

Ms. Hogan was so impressed that she reached out to the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation and spoke with one of the Board of Directors, David Sutton. Mr. Sutton connected with Ms. Ogden and let her know the organization was stuffing backpacks at Empower Field House in Foxborough for veterans and their families, in an event known as Operation Backpacks. The Massachusetts Military Support Foundation worked with 200-300 volunteers from the New England Patriots Foundation and companies such as Ocean State Job Lot and Home Depot to fill the 15,000 backpacks with school supplies.

“The college’s Veteran Affairs program came to my attention and I thought it was spectacular and I checked with my partner and we agreed we should support them as well,” said Mr. Sutton.

"The next thing you know, we are picking up 200 backpacks that are filled to the brim with supplies,” Ms. Ogden said.

According to Mr. Sutton, servicemen and women have gotten specialized training for use in the military, but then they come back to civilian life and the skills they learned are pretty limited to regular day-to-day life.

“They want to keep going with their lives and while they can go to school on the GI Bill, they’re on a limited income. We want to help veterans and their children a bit with these backpacks and school supplies,” he said.

In addition to the donation from Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, Ms. Ogden was also in touch with another veteran’s organization, Project New Hope, Inc. This organization also wanted to offer assistance and donated 20 children’s backpacks filled with school supplies for younger children of veterans, in addition to some food donations. Rounding out the backpack donations, local veteran organization, Veterans, Inc., located in Worcester, donated 10 rucksacks (a ruck sack is a large backpack typically made of a strong, waterproof material and designed to carry a lot of gear). The first 10 veteran students who attended the Veteran Affairs student orientation held on the last week of August received a customized rucksack with an assortment of clothing, boots in their size and toiletries.

“This is just one of the many ways we work to support our veteran students,” Ms. Ogden added.

Visit QCC’s Veteran Affairs to learn more about available services and opportunities.

  • The REC Mobile Farmers Market is coming to QCC September 18.
August, 2019

Thanks to the efforts of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, the QCC Food Pantry & Resource Center and the PTK Live and Learn Greenhouse, students, faculty and staff will soon have an opportunity to get some fresh veggies courtesy of the Regional Environmental Council’s (REC) Mobile Farmers' Market.

This mobile farmers market will visit QCC’s main campus on Wednesday, September 18...

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Thanks to the efforts of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, the QCC Food Pantry & Resource Center and the PTK Live and Learn Greenhouse, students, faculty and staff will soon have an opportunity to get some fresh veggies courtesy of the Regional Environmental Council’s (REC) Mobile Farmers' Market.

This mobile farmers market will visit QCC’s main campus on Wednesday, September 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the patio between the Administration building and the QuEST building. REC instituted the mobile farmer’s market in order to bring local and affordable healthy food to food-insecure neighborhoods.The entire QCC community is invited to take advantage of this special opportunity to get fresh, affordable produce delivered right to them.

While most standard forms of payment will be accepted (cash, credit and debit cards), the market will also accept SNAP/HIP. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP is also part of the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) and any SNAP household is part of HIP. This means that SNAP benefits may be used to buy fruits and vegetables from a HIP authorized farm or vendor (REC Mobile Farmers Market is an authorized vendor) and for every dollar spent on eligible fruits and vegetables you will receive a dollar (up to the monthly limit).

“This is a great way for everyone to get healthy nutritious food at a fraction of the cost,” said PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman. “For those who get SNAP benefits, this is a win-win for them. They get the chance to enjoy healthy food, without sacrificing any of their SNAP benefits.”

  • Welcome back to Quinsigamond Community College!
August, 2019

Summer has given way to fall and with it the new school year is once again upon us. Below is a sampling of events that are happening in and around QCC for the month of September. For a complete list of events, visit QCC events

Wednesday, September 4 & Thursday, September 5: Confused where to go your first...

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Summer has given way to fall and with it the new school year is once again upon us. Below is a sampling of events that are happening in and around QCC for the month of September. For a complete list of events, visit QCC events

Wednesday, September 4 & Thursday, September 5: Confused where to go your first day? QCC has got you covered with an “Ask Me Table,” located in the Admissions building lobby from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 4: Welcome Back Fair from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. outside in the Quad area of the college’s main campus. Stop by to connect with some local vendors, visit the Kona Ice truck for a free snow cone to enjoy with the first day of classes.

Monday, September 16: Dr. Ruth Potee, recognized expert on brain development addiction, and substance abuse will present a free lecture on the ‘Physiology of Addiction’ at 4:00 p.m. at Hebert Auditorium, on the main campus. QCC and the Reliant Foundation are partnering to bring this expert to the campus during National Recovery Month. For more information and to register, visit Physiology of Addiction.

Wednesday, September 18: The Regional Environmental Council's Mobile Farmers Market will be on campus from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the patio area between the Administration Building and the QuEST Building (670 West Boylston Street). All are invited to purchases healthy fruits and vegetables. Accepted forms of payment will be cash, credit card, debit card and SNAP/HIP. 

September Spotlight: Beginning the year means making sure you have a current student ID and parking sticker if you drive to campus. Students can get their ID, as well as parking sticker at the Athletic Center on the college’s main campus on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, September 3: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 4: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 .pm.
  • Thursday, September 5: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 6: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 9: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 10: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  & 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 11: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 12: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  & 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 13: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

After September 16 

  • Mondays: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Downtown Campus

  • Monday, September 9:  9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 10: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 11: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

QCC Southbridge

  • Monday, September 16: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 17: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 18: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

  • The PSI BETA National Psychology Honor Society and Psychology Club are part of numerous events throughout the year.
August, 2019

The mind is a mysterious thing, which is why those who study it are some pretty interesting people to get to know! If you are interested in learning about human behavior and how the brain works, the PSI BETA National Psychology Honor Society or Psychology Club might be right up your alley.

To be considered for the PSI BETA National Psychology Honor Society, a strong interest in psychology is required;...

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The mind is a mysterious thing, which is why those who study it are some pretty interesting people to get to know! If you are interested in learning about human behavior and how the brain works, the PSI BETA National Psychology Honor Society or Psychology Club might be right up your alley.

To be considered for the PSI BETA National Psychology Honor Society, a strong interest in psychology is required; however any major will be considered not just psychology majors. Psi Beta’s mission is to encourage professional development and psychological literacy of all students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community service.

You can be considered for induction if you have:

  • Completed at least one psychology course
  • A “B” average in any psychology course taken and an overall 3.25 GPA
  • Completed at least 12 credits

To be considered for induction, send the following information to professor of Psychology, Dr. Valerie Clementevclemente [at] qcc.mass.edu by October 18, 2019.

  • Name, Address & Phone Number
  • QCC ID Number & Qmail Address
  • Program/Major & Anticipated Date of Graduation

There is a one-time induction fee of $50 payable to the national organization. The induction ceremony will take place on Monday, November 18, 2019, 2:00 p.m . - 3:00 p.m. in 109B HLC. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Additionally, QCC's Psychology Club is another opportunity for students to engage in psychology beyond the classroom and is open to any QCC student. It provides a point of social contact for students interested in psychology. Numerous activities will be held throughout the year that relate to psychology.

The Psi Beta Honor Society and QCC Psychology Club meets every other Wednesday, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Harrington Learning Center, Room 239. Visit QCC Psychology for more  information. For questions, contact vclemente [at] qcc.mass.edu (Advisor Dr. Valarie Clemente).

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  • QCC's new volleyball court is ready for a lot of exciting play.
August, 2019

Students at QCC have the opportunity to play on a variety of sports teams designed to give students a way to learn a sport or deepen their athletic prowess and be part of a team, all while making new connections and friendships. Sound interesting? There’s a few things you need to know. A physical is required to participate in intercollegiate athletics. *If you are interested in trying out and joining any of...

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Students at QCC have the opportunity to play on a variety of sports teams designed to give students a way to learn a sport or deepen their athletic prowess and be part of a team, all while making new connections and friendships. Sound interesting? There’s a few things you need to know. A physical is required to participate in intercollegiate athletics. *If you are interested in trying out and joining any of the teams below, stop by the Athletic Center to get a physical form,** which is to be filled out by your physician. Student athletes must be enrolled in 12 credits during the season.

Dates for Tryouts/ Informational meets:

  • Women’s Volleyball                 Tuesday, September 3, 7:00 p.m. in the Athletic Center
  • Women’s soccer try-out            Thursday, September 5, 5:00 p.m. on the Soccer field
  • Men’s Baseball Meeting           Thursday, September 5, 5:45 p.m. on baseball field
  • Men’s soccer try-out                  Thursday, September 9, 3:00 p.m. on the Soccer field
  • Men’s Basketball Tryouts          Tuesday, October 1, time is TBA
  • Women’s Basketball Tryouts     Tuesday, October 1,  time is TBA

* Must have physical form and tryout waivers completed to participate.

** Forms can be picked up in the Athletic Center or by downloading student athletics form 

New Athletic Center Hours:

  • Monday        8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday        8:00 a.m.  – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday   8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday      8:00 a.m.  – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday           8:00 a.m.  – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday      10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For questions, call 508.854.4317.

New Fall Program Classes 

This semester the Athletic Center is offering two fall fitness classes to help you stay healthy and have more energy during the colder months.

  • Yoga Classes will run for 10 weeks from September 17 – November 21 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. Cost is $88. (Please note: eight people must sign up in order for the program to run.)
  • Full-Body Toning Classes will run for 10 weeks September 16 - November 22 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $105. (Please note: 10 people must sign up in order for the program to run.)

Participants will have until Thursday, September 12 to register. Sign up for classes at the Athletic Center or at the Business Office (Room 070A) and make your payment at the Business Office. For questions, call 508.854.4717. 

August, 2019

We are pleased to announce the following full-time staff updates:

On August 4, 2019, The Business Office welcomes Erica Yeaton as the Receiving Teller I.  Erica brings to this position over ten years of experience. Most recently, she was the Business Office Assistant here at Quinsigamond Community College. Erica earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from...

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We are pleased to announce the following full-time staff updates:

On August 4, 2019, The Business Office welcomes Erica Yeaton as the Receiving Teller I.  Erica brings to this position over ten years of experience. Most recently, she was the Business Office Assistant here at Quinsigamond Community College. Erica earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Quinsigamond Community College.

On August 4, 2019, The Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education welcomes Eileen Morgan as the Business Development Specialist.  Eileen brings to this position over 30  years of experience. Most recently, she was an Instructor for The Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education here at Quinsigamond Community College. Eileen earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Sociology from Plymouth State University.

Please join us in welcoming Erica and Eileen into their new roles at QCC.

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

Nursing

Joanna Bachour, Assistant Professor of Nursing Education, PN Program (Days). Joanna brings to this position over 16 years of health care education and clinical experience. Most recently, she was the Assistant Professor/Laboratory Manager for MCPHS University. Joanna earned her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Quinsigamond Community College, Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing at Worcester State University and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Framingham State University. 

Anne Marie Fortin, Assistant Professor of Nursing Education, PN Program (Evenings). Anne Marie brings to this position over 17 years of teaching and clinical experience. Most recently, she was the Lead Teacher/Chairperson of the LPN Program at Blue Hills Regional Technical School. Anne Marie earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing, a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and a Ph.D. in Nursing, all from the University of Phoenix.

Susan Rosa, Assistant Professor of Nursing Education, A.D.N. Program (Evenings). Susan brings to this position over 34  years of teaching and clinical experience. Most recently, she was Director of Education at Day Kimball Hospital. Susan earned her Diploma in Nursing from Worcester Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing,  Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Worcester State College and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from University of Hartford.

Mary Ellen Tetreault, Assistant Professor of Nursing Education, A.D.N. Program (Evenings). Mary Ellen has several years of professional and clinical experience. Most recently, Mary Ellen was a Registered Nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Mary Ellen earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing at the University of New England and a Master of Science in Nursing from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

Surgical Technology

Kathleen Gemma, Instructor of Surgical Technology/ Program Coordinator – Kathleen brings to this position over 6 years of teaching and clinical experience. Most recently, Kathleen served as the Technical Staff Assistant, Lab Coordinator at the Community College of Rhode Island. Kathleen received an Associate’s of Science Degree in Surgical Technology from New England Institute of Technology.

Human Services

Anthony Yeulenski, Assistant Professor of Human Services.  Anthony brings to this position over 25 years of professional and teaching experience. Most recently, Anthony was an Adjunct Professor in Human Services here at QCC. In addition, he was the Program Director at Life-Skills, Inc.  Anthony received his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology from Becker College and a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College.

Elementary Education

Michaela Almeida, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education Transfer Option.  Michaela brings to this position over 8 years of teaching experience. Most recently, Michaela served as the Reading/Intervention Specialist at Hardwick Elementary School. Michaela received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education and in Psychology and a Master of Education Degree in Reading/Reading Specialist from Worcester State University.

Please welcome Joanna, Anne Marie, Susan, Mary Ellen, Kathleen, Anthony, and Michaela into their new roles at QCC.