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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.

 

July, 2019

  • QCC Student Ana De la Torre talks to children at the Children's School.
July, 2019

Quinsigamond Community College has been helping to advance career opportunities for over 30 early childhood education workers, thanks to funding from a $296,904 Career Pathways Grant from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).  Aimed at creating opportunities for career growth, QCC is working to advance students in careers in early childhood education and child care. The goal of the grant is to promote...

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Quinsigamond Community College has been helping to advance career opportunities for over 30 early childhood education workers, thanks to funding from a $296,904 Career Pathways Grant from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).  Aimed at creating opportunities for career growth, QCC is working to advance students in careers in early childhood education and child care. The goal of the grant is to promote and expand professional development opportunities and higher education certificate and degree attainment for the early childhood education and out-of-school time workforce.

“A lot of licensed early education providers are seeking to move up and this offers them an opportunity to do so,” said QCC’s Director of Early Childhood Career Pathway Kyla McSweeney.

Thus far the Career Pathways funds have provided opportunities for two college level courses to over 20 students who would otherwise have been unable to afford most entry level certification courses. By offering these opportunities to existing childcare workers, it gives them the ability to access higher paying positions.

Additionally, 10 students are taking part in a pre-college course focusing on student-based skills and introducing them to early childhood education topics and terminology. After they complete the course in the fall these students will transition over to college level early childhood education courses, where they will receive financial and other support services designed to help them succeed.

To learn more about these programs, contact QCC Admissions at 508.854.4262 or email admissions [at] qcc.mass.edu 

  • QCC Professor of Environmental/Physical Science Anita Soracco's (top right) environmental science students on a field trip.
July, 2019

Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) and Assumption College have forged a new transfer agreement that will offer graduates of QCC’s Liberal Arts Environmental Science associate degree program a seamless way to transfer as juniors to Assumption’s Environmental Science bachelor degree program. This agreement is just another way that QCC and Assumption have strengthened their partnership to help facilitate...

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Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) and Assumption College have forged a new transfer agreement that will offer graduates of QCC’s Liberal Arts Environmental Science associate degree program a seamless way to transfer as juniors to Assumption’s Environmental Science bachelor degree program. This agreement is just another way that QCC and Assumption have strengthened their partnership to help facilitate student success. QCC already has two transfer agreements with Assumption in Business Administration, as well as an agreement in Computer Science and one Human Services.

“Our long-established relationship with Assumption College is something that has given many of our students a clear and financially-feasible pathway to further their education,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.

Benefits of these types of agreements include the thousands of dollars students will save by starting at QCC and then transferring to a four-year college or university.

“These types of articulation agreements are a great way to earn a higher education that won’t break the bank for students,” Dr. Pedraja added.

QCC offers a multitude of articulation agreements with public and private institutions, both in-state as well as out-of-state. For a current list of articulation agreements and programs visit the transfer agreements page.

  • Sutton Fire Department District Fire Chief Robin Dresser during trench rescue training.
  • Sutton Fire Department District Fire Chief Robin Dresser (L) and Sutton Selectman Jess Limanek (R) during ice rescue training.
  • Sutton Fire Department District Fire Chief Robin Dresser during a boat rescue.
  • QCC Fire Science grad and Sutton firefighter Robin Dresser goes into action during a structure fire.
  • Sutton Fire Department District Fire Chief Robin Dresser
July, 2019

The saying “mother knows best” may just be true in the case of Sutton Fire Department District Fire Chief Robin Dresser. Mr. Dresser is a 2005 graduate of QCC’s Fire Science program and his mother, Edna Dresser, is a 1978 graduate of QCC where she majored in accounting. According to Mr. Dresser, it was his mom who helped him to consider QCC when he had graduated from...

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The saying “mother knows best” may just be true in the case of Sutton Fire Department District Fire Chief Robin Dresser. Mr. Dresser is a 2005 graduate of QCC’s Fire Science program and his mother, Edna Dresser, is a 1978 graduate of QCC where she majored in accounting. According to Mr. Dresser, it was his mom who helped him to consider QCC when he had graduated from high school.

“Growing up I had always wanted to get into public service- be it firefighter or police officer. When I hit my early teens I decided I wanted to be a firefighter,” he said.

Knowing he wanted to get into fire science, Mr. Dresser said his choices of colleges were limited because it was not a degree option a lot of colleges offered.

“I didn’t want a mess of student loans and at the time spending a lot money on a degree and then going into an entry-level position didn’t make sense,” he said. It was then that his mother suggested he consider looking at QCC.  “They did offer fire science as a major, so it worked out well,” he said.

While being a firefighter did not require him to get a college degree, Mr. Dresser said most communities require that a firefighter have some form of degree in order to advance in their career and move up the chain of command, adding that some departments do offer incentives or an increase in pay if a firefighter has an advanced degree. Mr. Dresser said he was able to earn his degree without incurring any debt, working while attending classes. 

“The class schedule worked out for me, since I was working full time while attending. I had some day classes, but most of the classes had been evening classes,” he said, adding that the professors he had were all either current or retired from the fire science industry.

“They were not just instructors, they lived being firefighters and experienced it personally,” he said.

Once he graduated from QCC, Mr. Dresser went right into the workforce, having already been a call firefighter with the Sutton Fire Department.

“In 2005 I applied for full-time at the department and was hired. I have continued to move up in rank and this past May was promoted to District Chief,” he said, adding that while it wasn’t necessary for him to have a degree within his department it was “a bonus and helped me out.”

Mr. Dresser said he does plan to one day continue his education and obtain his bachelor’s degree, but will stay in the fire science field.

“I’m happy with what I do. I love my job and love going to work every day,” he added.

*Photos courtesy of the Sutton Fire Department.

  • Class of 2019 Practical Nursing graduates
  • Practical Nursing graduates get ready to receive their pin.
  • Practical Nursing Class Valedictorian Tori Landry speaks to her fellow graduates.
  • Practical Nursing grads prepare for the next chapter in their future.
  • A QCC Practical Nursing grad is all smiles as he gets his pin.
July, 2019

On July 1, it was the end of a journey and the beginning of another for 59 Practical Nursing graduates who received their pins during a pinning ceremony, held at QCC’s Hebert Auditorium. A tradition that has been a part of nursing since the days of Florence Nightingale, known as the “lady with the lamp" (known for her nightly sojourns taking care of injured soldiers),  the 59 graduates...

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On July 1, it was the end of a journey and the beginning of another for 59 Practical Nursing graduates who received their pins during a pinning ceremony, held at QCC’s Hebert Auditorium. A tradition that has been a part of nursing since the days of Florence Nightingale, known as the “lady with the lamp" (known for her nightly sojourns taking care of injured soldiers),  the 59 graduates were honored by staff, faculty, family and friends.

During the ceremony each graduate received a pin, which conveys the bond of the school they graduated from and is distinctive of that school. Dean of the School of Healthcare, Pat Schmohl, congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to share their unique journeys with others.

“You need to tell your story when you get out there. Be proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished,” Mr. Schmohl said.

Class Valedictorian Tori Landry told her fellow graduates to use the fear many of them felt when they began the program as motivation going forward.

“Fear can be an amazing asset. Those fears are what make us work a little harder and dream a little bigger,” she said. “Let fear push you into that uncomfortable place and be your motivation.”

During the pinning ceremony special awards were given to graduates that included:

  • Academic Excellence - Valedictorian Tori Landry
  • Academic Excellence - Salutatorian Diana Mwangi
  • Clinical and Academic Excellence - Regina Chaakum
  • Clinical and Academic Excellence - Abena Adjei
  • Clinical Excellence - Jordana Panarelli
  • Clinical Excellence - Prince Gopea
  • Spirit of Nursing - Ashlyn Woodcock
  • Spirit of Nursing - Jill Ann Godbout
  • Marie Heffernan Award - Mavis Antwi Asante
  • William Hogan (L) demonstrates the FANUC robot to QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja.
  • Professor James Heffernan's Industrial Robots class.
  • Dean Betty Lauer listens intently as Hunter Boudreau explains how he programmed the FANUC robot.
  • Hunter Boudreau programs the FANUC robot to pick up and move a water bottle.
July, 2019

Robots have become a part of our everyday lives. When we think of robots, often the video of a “Roomba” floor cleaning robot being ridden around the house by a cat in a shark costume may come to mind. However, it is industrial robots that are making some of the largest impacts on our society today. Industrial robots perform a wide range of tasks that can include anything from assembly, material removal,...

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Robots have become a part of our everyday lives. When we think of robots, often the video of a “Roomba” floor cleaning robot being ridden around the house by a cat in a shark costume may come to mind. However, it is industrial robots that are making some of the largest impacts on our society today. Industrial robots perform a wide range of tasks that can include anything from assembly, material removal, material handling (machine tending, picking, packing and palletizing) to tasks such as painting, dispensing and welding. In today's technology-driven world, people who are skilled at making robots do these tasks are in high demand and earn competitive salaries.

As students in Professor Jim Heffernan’s Industrial Robots ELM 260 course have learned, making a robot do the work is not as easy as it sounds. In fact, Professor Heffernan points out that it takes attention to detail, a fair amount of trial and error, and a lot of persistence to program an industrial robot to successfully perform a desired task. In the Industrial Robots course at QCC, students explore robotic systems and learn various methods of programming robots that are used in industry today, developing their knowledge and skills along the way.

In late spring at an Open House, QCC students Sam Nessenthaler, Dan Dickman, Zachary Suprenor, Bill Hogan, and Hunter Boudreau learned the intricacies of computer programming. Using state of the art FANUC robots, they completed their capstone projects and demonstrated their accomplishments to the college community. At the end of the course all five students received their FANUC CERT Certification, which is an internationally-recognized robotics certification.

  • Student Trustee Mustafa Boweden
  • Student Trustee Mustafa Boweden takes a selfie with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
July, 2019

Mustafa Boweden has been elected Quinsigamond Community College’s new student trustee for the coming year. Mr. Boweden will serve on QCC’s 11-member Board of Trustees acting as a representative for the college’s student body. Student trustees are elected to the Board for a one-year term. As the student trustee, Mr. Boweden will also serve on the college’s Strategic Planning...

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Mustafa Boweden has been elected Quinsigamond Community College’s new student trustee for the coming year. Mr. Boweden will serve on QCC’s 11-member Board of Trustees acting as a representative for the college’s student body. Student trustees are elected to the Board for a one-year term. As the student trustee, Mr. Boweden will also serve on the college’s Strategic Planning Committee.

“I’ve been to my first meeting of the trustees and I love it. I’m excited to be part of the team and representing our student body,” he said.

Mr. Boweden and his family moved from Libya in 2014 and in Fall 2017, began taking classes part-time at QCC. He has already become a recognizable figure to students, faculty and staff on the college campus. Prior to being elected the college’s student trustee, he was the 2018/2019 Vice President of the Student Government Association and along with his two brothers who have also attended QCC, has been active in student events.  He said one of his main goals is to work on engaging more student involvement that goes beyond academics.

“If you look at our campus you can see it is very inclusive, diverse and has a fine infrastructure. The college is so successful in developing academic programs and I would like to help take that even further by enhancing the student experience and increasing extra-curricular activities,” he said. “When students have other things to do in addition to academics, they become more vested in college and that can help with retention. We already have more resources than a lot of other community colleges and I’d like to increase this.”

One item that he has been passionate about is developing a men’s soccer team. Soccer been very important to Mr. Boweden and helped him acclimate to the U.S. when he first came to this country. Currently the college has a women’s team, which began competing in fall 2016. Thanks to Mr. Boweden’s tenacity he was able to generate so much student interest that a men’s team will be starting up this fall.

In addition to the men’s soccer team, Mr. Boweden said he’d also like to see more students become involved in student government.

“I also want to help students get involved in administration on campus. This would look great on their resumes and help them when they go into the workforce,” he said.

While Mr. Boweden’s term is only a year, he is confident that he can affect positive change for the student body and the college as a whole.

“As a representative for the students I hope to provide them and the Board of Trustees with needed information to help advance the mission of the college,” he said, adding, “It’s going to be very hard to leave here.”

Mr. Boweden is a General Studies major who plans to transfer to a four-year college when he graduates QCC and major in international law.

  • QCC alumni Nick Murray
July, 2019

Confidence building is how alumnus Nick Murray first describes his time at Quinsigamond Community College. A 2013 graduate with an associate degree in Criminal Justice, Mr. Murray equates his present successes to the foundation he received at QCC.

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Confidence building is how alumnus Nick Murray first describes his time at Quinsigamond Community College. A 2013 graduate with an associate degree in Criminal Justice, Mr. Murray equates his present successes to the foundation he received at QCC.

“I had been out of high school for three to four years already and QCC was the perfect option to gain back confidence in myself regarding my college education, without breaking the bank,” he said.

While not only affordable, conveniently located and providing a variety of class schedule options so he could work (if he chose to), Mr. Murray said he found going to QCC boosted his GPA enabling him to earn merit-based scholarships.

Noting that while he had some family members who were in law enforcement, the field was completely new to him and he looked toward his professors for guidance.

“The professors I had during my time at QCC cared about the students,” he said. “Many students were in the same situation as me, a little bit older than the average person coming right out of high school, just trying to find their interests and obtain a degree. If you had questions or needed further clarification on any subject, the professors were there to help guide you.”

In December 2013 he obtained his associate degree in Criminal Justice and transferred to Anna Maria College where he pursued his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.

“Many of my professors even wrote me letters of recommendation in order for me to get into Anna Maria College and obtain several internships years later," he said. "Also, my writing skills prior to QCC were sub-par and by the time I had left, I was much more confident and prepared for transferring to Anna Maria College to obtain my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice.”

His QCC foundation was such that after earning his bachelor's degree, he also earned his MBA from Anna Maria and became an insurance adjuster at Hanover Insurance in Worcester. In October, 2017 he joined the military.

Today, Mr. Murray is stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he is a Logistics Officer and Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.  He serves as a Platoon Leader and Maintenance Control Officer in an Infantry Battalion.

“I oversee the Maintenance program, insuring that all weapons, vehicles, and equipment are readily deployable at all times. We directly support the Infantry with logistical services to help them fight, essentially. My platoon was just named the best Maintenance Program in the entire 82d Airborne Division for the first fiscal year of 2019, which is out of 160 different programs,” he proudly stated.

Mr. Murray said he wants those students who are considering attending QCC, but are afraid to take that first step to a higher education to take note of his story.

“I would tell them to not be afraid of failure. Before I enrolled in classes at QCC I personally felt terrified that I was not going to do well in my classes. After my first semester of classes, I had straight 'A's' and found myself graduating with High Honors and being part of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society,” he said.  “It really is all about how you apply yourself and your eagerness to learn. You can only help yourself by enrolling now, because you will only wish you did sooner down the road.”

  • New Women's Basketball Coach Andy Kupec
July, 2019

QCC’s High School to College Linkages Specialist Andrew "Andy" Kupec has been helping to advance the college’s presence in the early college arena since he began his position at the college earlier this year. This fall, the Wyverns women’s basketball team may just have a little leprechaun magic in them this season thanks to Mr. Kupec, the college’s new women...

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QCC’s High School to College Linkages Specialist Andrew "Andy" Kupec has been helping to advance the college’s presence in the early college arena since he began his position at the college earlier this year. This fall, the Wyverns women’s basketball team may just have a little leprechaun magic in them this season thanks to Mr. Kupec, the college’s new women’s basketball head coach.

In 1983, Mr. Kupec was poised to begin an NBA career as a point guard for the Boston Celtics. Drafted in the  NBA draft in the10th round, the Bentley University graduate had been a standout on the Bentley team, starting all four years and captaining his senior year, before being chosen by the Celtics. He spent the summer of 83’ at Red Auerbach’s basketball camp in Marshfield, MA being coached by K.C. Jones. He practiced and scrimmaged at the Celtics camp against NBA legends that included M.L. Carr, Gerald Henderson and Dennis Johnson. While he would end up getting cut before ever playing in an NBA game, he said the experience was a truly memorable.

“I was very proud of how I performed at camp. It was intense but fun and I felt I belonged that week. Every basketball player has a dream of playing in the NBA,” Mr. Kupec said.

Although the NBA was not meant to be, he continued to remain close to the game, coaching briefly for the high school where he ended up being the director of guidance for over 25 years. He also coached his son and daughter’s teams when they were younger.

“I love the game and know it pretty well. I’ve been doing it all my life,” he said, noting that back when he was in high school on Long Island he played on the all-county team against the Russian team (and beat them!).

Mr. Kupec grew up in a sports-minded family. His oldest brother played basketball and baseball at Adelphi University and two other older brothers were starting quarterbacks at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in the 1970s. Both brothers set records at UNC and one ended up being a draft choice for the Buffalo Bills, while the other signed as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks. His younger brother was a quarterback at Long Island University (LIU) CW Post and is a LIU Post Football Hall of Fame member. He also has two sisters, one of which played tennis in college, and his son was the starting quarterback for Assumption College his junior and senior year.

“He was part of the team that had the biggest upset in Assumption history when they beat Fordham University,” said the proud father.

While the Wyverns season isn’t underway just yet, Mr. Kupec is already gearing up for an exciting season and looks forward to putting his sports acumen to good use.

“I’ve already started talking to some of the players,” he added.

Anyone looking to join the team or to learn more can shoot him an email at akupec [at] qcc.mass.edu or call him at 508.854.7418.

  • QCC's Bike Patrol Unit.
  • Deputy Chief of Administration Reynaldo Rodriguez and Deputy Chief of Operations Stephen DiGiovanni
  • QCC Campus Police Chief Kevin Ritacco
July, 2019

In today’s tumultuous world too often you only hear about a college’s campus police department after a tragedy has occurred. The primary mission for a college’s campus police is to provide a safe and secure campus for all and QCC’s Campus Police Department is no exception. While the department works as one entity, the force is broken out into different, distinct units that have their own...

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In today’s tumultuous world too often you only hear about a college’s campus police department after a tragedy has occurred. The primary mission for a college’s campus police is to provide a safe and secure campus for all and QCC’s Campus Police Department is no exception. While the department works as one entity, the force is broken out into different, distinct units that have their own specialties, offering the QCC community a multitude of services that make it unique in the college policing arena.

The department is led by Police Chief Kevin Ritacco, Deputy Chief of Operations Stephen DiGiovanni and Deputy Chief of Administration Reynaldo Rodriguez. There is a fire safety unit, an internal affairs unit, training unit, a detective unit, a bike patrol unit, a Clery Unit (the Clery Act is a consumer protection law that works to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics), security unit, patrol unit, academy unit, community service unit, in addition to an accreditation unit.

The department made history in 2017 when they became the first community college police department to receive official accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC). This is the Commission’s highest award. While not mandatory to become accredited, by doing so it shows a level of complete transparency for the officers and entire QCC community, and demonstrates to the courts that each and every procedure has been followed correctly and accurately. Every three years the department must go through a reaccreditation process to show that it is maintaining the accreditation standards.

“We’re very proud of this accreditation,” said Chief Ritacco. “We have better communication, better reports, more programs and full transparency of our policies and procedures.”

Another source of great pride is the department’s Police Academy, which launched in 2018. This is an entry-level training program that is geared to those interested in becoming a part-time reserve or intermittent police officer. QCC is the only Massachusetts community college that is running its own police academy.

Another community-oriented change happened in spring 2019, when one of the more familiar faces on the force, Community Resource Police Officer Kate Dixon, moved into an office in the Administration building (Room B59A) on the college’s main campus. The move was designed to provide students and staff with easier accessibility for trainings on safety and to disperse information on personal safety and CPR. Office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

“We are here to teach students as well,” Chief Ritacco said. “We’ve always had a good relationship with the student body. It’s why we do ‘Coffee with A Cop’ every year and other safety trainings.”

QCC Campus Police also have strong ties with the Worcester Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, Southbridge Police, Marlborough Police, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), FBI and Homeland Security.

“We have great outside relationships,” added Chief Ritacco, noting that the department is involved in monthly meetings with many of the state and Federal agencies.

What many may not know is that the Campus Police are not only responsible for the college’s West Boylston Street Worcester location, they are also responsible for the Healthcare and Workforce Development Center on Federal Street in Worcester; QCC at the Worcester Senior Center on Providence Street in Worcester; Burncoat High School in Worcester (where the Automotive Technology program is located); the Community Learning Hubs in Great Book Valley Apartments in Worcester and Catholic Charities in Worcester, as well as back up for Southbridge Police for any issues at QCC Southbridge. QCC at Assabet is monitored by Marlborough Police Department.

“Our department is here for the QCC community every step of the way,” Chief Ritacco said.

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  • QCC's new Men's Soccer Coach Frank Balcarcel
  • QCC New Women’s Volleyball Coach Emily Boutilette with "Trax" of the Worcester Railers.
  • The 2019 Women's Basketball team with Coach Gabe Santner and NJCAA Region XXI Honorable Mention player Kayla Morrison (#3).
July, 2019

Congrats to Wyvern Player Kayla Morrison- AKA Steph Curry!

Women’s Basketball player Kayla Morrison (#3) was NJCAA Region XXI Honorable Mention for the 2018-2019 women’s basketball season. She was a tenacious player on both offense and defense and was a leader in running the Wyverns’ offense, according to her coach.

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Congrats to Wyvern Player Kayla Morrison- AKA Steph Curry!

Women’s Basketball player Kayla Morrison (#3) was NJCAA Region XXI Honorable Mention for the 2018-2019 women’s basketball season. She was a tenacious player on both offense and defense and was a leader in running the Wyverns’ offense, according to her coach.

“Kayla has been one of the most positive and committed members of the QCC women’s basketball team,” said Coach Gabe Santner. “I cannot recall her ever missing a practice or saying a negative word to a teammate.  It doesn’t hurt that she shoots like Steph Curry. It was a pleasure coaching her, and I am sure she has more basketball in her future.”

QCC New Women’s Volleyball Team Gets Assist from Its New Coach

QCC’s new women’s volleyball coach is all things volleyball. Emily Boutilette has played the sport for over 33 years and has been coaching volleyball for 15 years in all levels- high school, college and club level. In addition, she is the owner of a junior Olympic volleyball club in Worcester, the Dragons Volleyball Club.  QCC welcomes Ms. Boutilette and looks forward to an exciting volleyball season. Interested in joining? There’s still time! Contact the Athletic Center at 508.854.4317 for more information.

Men’s Soccer gets Underway this Fall with Seasoned Coach

QCC will be starting its new men’s soccer team with a season veteran in Coach Frank Balcarcel. Mr. Balcarcel spent four years with the Massachusetts Olympic Developmental Program and is active in the community as the Technical Director for Central Falls Youth Soccer.  He also coaches Premier at Bayside FC and InterAmerica Futsal. He holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma, a USSF National “C” license, Regional Level 2 Futsal and USSF Referee level 8. Coach Balcarcel is an active member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. To learn more on how you can be a part of QCC history and be a part of the men’s soccer team call the Athletic Center at 508.854.4317 for more information.

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  • Student Murillo Gomes enjoys a lovely summer day on QCC's main campus.
  • QCC staff are ready to help students get ready for the fall semester.
July, 2019

Tuesday, August 20: Free training for employers and employees! Informational session at Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, 11 Florence Street, Marlborough, from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. To register or for more information, contact Business Services Specialist Christine McNally at 508.751.7900 or Instructor Eileen Morgan at 508.751.7929.

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Tuesday, August 20: Free training for employers and employees! Informational session at Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, 11 Florence Street, Marlborough, from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. To register or for more information, contact Business Services Specialist Christine McNally at 508.751.7900 or Instructor Eileen Morgan at 508.751.7929.

Wednesday, August 21: Free training for employers and employees! Informational session at QCC Southbridge, 5 Optic Drive, Southbridge, from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.. To register or for more information, contact Business Services Specialist Christine McNally at 508.751.7900 or Instructor Eileen Morgan at 508.751.7929.

Thursday, August 22: Free training for employers and employees! Informational session at QCC's Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, 25 Federal Street, Worcester, from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.. To register or for more information, contact Business Services Specialist Christine McNally at 508.751.7900 or Instructor Eileen Morgan at 508.751.7929.

Saturday, August 24: It's another “Super Saturday” event! This special registration event is designed for those students unable to register for classes during the week and will be held in the QCC Welcome Center, located on the college’s main campus, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, from 900 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

August Spotlight: The Fall Semester is almost here…are you ready?  

Thursday, August 22 - Southbridge Campus Orientation from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday, August 26 - Academic and Student Services Fair will be held on QCC’s 670 West Boylston Street Worcester campus from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Athletic Center.

Tuesday, August 27 - Academic and Student Services Fair will be held on QCC’s 670 West Boylston Street Worcester campus from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Athletic Center.

Wednesday, August 28 - Academic and Student Services Fair will be held on QCC’s 670 West Boylston Street Worcester campus from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Athletic Center.

Thursday, August 29 -  Academic and Student Services Fair will be held on QCC’s 670 West Boylston Street Worcester campus from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Athletic Center.

Summer Hours are in effect through August 16. The college will resume normal Friday hours on August 23.

  • All College Day speakers
  • Coordinator, Career & Academic Planning Services Henry Ritter engages a group of QCC employees during a workshop session.
July, 2019

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) has been busy during the spring and summer semesters. In addition to the teaching and academic technology workshops they offer year-round, the CAE held several larger events that QCC employees could attend: a Using Technology in the Classroom Conference in January; a presentation on All College Day by Sophie Lampard Dennis and Dorothy Osterholt, Associate Professors of...

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The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) has been busy during the spring and summer semesters. In addition to the teaching and academic technology workshops they offer year-round, the CAE held several larger events that QCC employees could attend: a Using Technology in the Classroom Conference in January; a presentation on All College Day by Sophie Lampard Dennis and Dorothy Osterholt, Associate Professors of Education at Landmark College; and the Innovations and Best Practices Showcase in June. (See the February 2019 Wyvern Guardian for further information about the Using Technology in the Classroom Conference.)

Approximately 60 faculty members attended Lampard Dennis’ and Osterholt’s All College Day presentation, which was titled, “Assessing and Addressing Barriers that Impact Engagement and Work Completion Among Today’s College Students.” The two presenters spoke about the impact of four domains of learning on students’ classroom engagement and ability to keep up with the demands of college. Attendees participated in active engagement activities to learn about specific curricular and classroom activities they could immediately implement in their classrooms.

“I found the training and model to be so relevant to college student’s need to focus on assessing their individual strengths and challenges to allow them to improve their college performance,” said Professor of Management and Marketing Flo Lucci. “I enjoyed the training and plan to use the model in first class meetings next semester as well as a post discussion during the last class meeting.”

The Innovations and Best Practices Showcase also was a well-attended event with faculty and staff from across various areas of the College as both audience members and presenters. The day began with Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Nancy Schoenfeld giving some welcoming remarks, followed by presentations that included: 

  • “Top 5 Answers on the Board: An Advising Services Overview” by Lupe Lomeli (Director of Advising), Henry Ritter (Coordinator, Career & Academic Planning Services - Health Careers), and Eric Saczawa (Coordinator, Career & Academic Planning Services, Technology & Web-Based Services)
  • “Syllabus Hacks: Transforming Early Communication with Students” by Gaelan Benway (Professor of Sociology and Academic Assessment Facilitator) and Judy Colson (Professor of Psychology)
  • “Faculty Innovations for Civic Literacy Inclusion” by Tiger Swan (Coordinator of Library Reference and Instruction)
  • “StartRIGHT: What You Need to Know” by Ray Lawless (CAPS Advisor) and Tenisha Mincey (Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Assessment)
  •  “Managing Student Communication” by Jennifer Guzman-Gayflor (CAPS Advisor) and Marty Muysenberg (CAPS Advisor)
  •  “ENG 102: Four Freedoms Reimagined” by Karen Bento (English Instructor)
  •  “Using Question Pools & Tests in Bb” by Robert Knox (Computer Information Systems Instructor)

The day ended with a tour of the Student Success Center led by Anila Nagle of the Advising Center, and a tour of the Library led by librarians Cary Morse and Tiger Swan.

Currently, the CAE is ramping up for the 2019-2020 academic year. Stay tuned for information about our annual events as well as some new workshops, a nonfiction reading group, a revamped website, and other exciting developments.

  • The Wyvern enjoyed a morning at the Louvre Museum (L) but only wanted to see the Eiffel Tower from a distance.
  • The Wyvern made himself at home at the Louvre Museum.
  • The Wyvern took a bus tour to the Palace of Versailles.
  • The Wyverns of Edinburgh, Scotland
July, 2019

Record-breaking heat didn’t stop the QCC Wyvern for visiting the sights in Paris this month. The Wyvern got a chance to visit the Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles, but was too scared to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower with QCC’s Publications/Press Manager Karen Hutner (Yours truly!).

The Wyvern's cousins were also spotted in Edinburgh,...

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Record-breaking heat didn’t stop the QCC Wyvern for visiting the sights in Paris this month. The Wyvern got a chance to visit the Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles, but was too scared to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower with QCC’s Publications/Press Manager Karen Hutner (Yours truly!).

The Wyvern's cousins were also spotted in Edinburgh, Scotland earlier this month by QCC's Associate Director of Disability Services, Terri Rodriguez and her family. The entrance to Wardrop's Court is adorned with the two Wyvern dragons and dates back to 1890s.

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

July, 2019

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

On May 17, 2019,  Information Technology welcomed Jason Graves as the Interim Network Administrator. Jason brings to this position over 9 years of experience. Most recently, he was the Network Support Engineer here at Quinsigamond Community College. Jason earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from...

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

On May 17, 2019,  Information Technology welcomed Jason Graves as the Interim Network Administrator. Jason brings to this position over 9 years of experience. Most recently, he was the Network Support Engineer here at Quinsigamond Community College. Jason earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from the University Of Massachusetts Lowell.

On June 30, 2019,  Enrollment Management, Student Engagement and Community Connections welcomed Kristine Campbell as the Coordinator of Records and Registration. Kristine  brings to this position over 6 years of experience. Most recently, she was a Registrar at Lincoln Technical Institute. Kristine earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from The University of Massachusetts and a Master of Arts in School Counseling from Assumption College.

On July 1, 2019, Academic Affairs welcomed Tenisha Mincey as the Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Assessment. Tenisha brings to this position over 7 years of experience. Most recently, she was an Academic Advisor here at Quinsigammond Community College. Tenisha earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Worcester State University.

On July 7, 2019  Career Services and Credit for Prior Learning welcomed Nichole Wheeler as the Coordinator, Career Services & Credit for Prior Learning (Senior Special Programs Coordinator). Nichole brings to this position over 13 years of experience. Most recently, she was the Career Development Counselor here at Quinsigamond Community College. Nichole earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Fitchburg State University.

On July 7, 2019, Community Connections welcomed Keith McKittrick as the Assistant Director of Advancement Programs and Services. Keith brings to this position over 20 years of experience. Most recently, he was the Director of Development at Holyoke Community College Foundation, Inc..  Keith earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Westfield State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration.

On July 14, 2019, The School of Math and Science welcomed Dr. Benjamin Benton as the Interim Dean of the School of Math and Science. Benjamin brings to this position over 35 years of experience. Most recently, he was the Professor of Biology/Coordinator of Biotechnology Program here at Quinsigamond Community College. Benjamin earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biochemistry and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Tumor Cell Biology, both from Michigan State University.

On July 21, 2019, The Office of Institutional Research and Planning welcomes Veronica DeWolfe as the Administrative Secretary I. Veronica brings to this position several years of experience. Most recently, she was a Clerk III for Administrative Services here at Quinsigamond Community College. Veronica earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Flagler College.

Please join us in welcoming Jason, Kristine, Tenisha, Nichole, Keith, Benjamin and Veronica into her new role at QCC.

June, 2019

  • Quinsigamond Community College recently received recognition as a 2018-2019 College “Hands-Only” CPR Challenge award winner.
June, 2019

Quinsigamond Community College recently received recognition as a 2018-2019 College “Hands-Only” CPR Challenge award winner at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association of Central Massachusetts for training over 800 QCC students, faculty and staff in the “Hands Only” CPR technique. A total of nine schools participated in the challenge this...

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Quinsigamond Community College recently received recognition as a 2018-2019 College “Hands-Only” CPR Challenge award winner at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association of Central Massachusetts for training over 800 QCC students, faculty and staff in the “Hands Only” CPR technique. A total of nine schools participated in the challenge this year, with a total of over 5,400 people becoming trained in critical cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) lifesaving techniques.

In fall 2018, Quinsigamond Community College’s senior nursing students participated in the AHA’s “Hands Only” immediate Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training, in addition to “Stop the Bleed.” They taught participants a type of CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths called, “Hands-Only” CPR. This type of CPR is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an out-of-hospital setting and need immediate assistance to help increase the person’s chance for survival. The leading cause of death today is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

“Only about 46 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives,” said Jay Cyr, American Heart Association Board Member in Central Massachusetts and Senior Vice President of Surgical Services at UMass Memorial Medical Center. “Learning ‘Hands-Only’ CPR enables bystanders to take action in an emergency. Quinsigamond Community College’s dedication to training their community saves lives.”

Nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States, making it imperative to get CPR in order to increase the chances of survival. According to the AHA, 89 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene, making these type of training sessions so valuable.

“We are thrilled that we won the award,” said QCC Professor of Nurse Education Susan Johnson. “It was pretty challenging, but we exceeded the amount of students, faculty and staff that we were able to train.”

While not a part of the CPR challenge, the nursing students also offered “Stop the Bleed” training in addition to the “Hands Only” CPR training. A person can bleed to death in less than five minutes, which makes it difficult for emergency medical responders to arrive fast enough to control bleeding and save lives. The “Stop the Bleed” technique teaches participants ways to help a victim until professional assistance arrives on the scene.

“We want to pay it forward and were happy to do this training,” Ms. Johnson said, adding that the goal is to do this type of training again in fall 2019 with a new group of senior nursing students.