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January, 2020

  • Sharon Henderson delivers a forceful message of inclusion at the MLK Community Breakfast.
  • Lt. Governor Karyn Polito commends President Pedraja for his leadership at the MLK Community Breakfast.
  • Congressman Jim McGovern offers his greetings at the 35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast.
  • Motivational music was prevelant at the MLK Community Breakfast held at QCC.
  • QCC's Athletic Center was packed full for the 35th Annual MLK Community Breakfast.
  • QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja gives a powerful speech at the MLK Community Breakfast.
  • The audience enjoys the soulful music from the Knights of Zion Men's Choir.
  • New children’s books for grades K-3 related to Dr. King, or ones that had a social justice theme were collected.
January, 2020

On a frigid January 20th morning, Quinsigamond Community College’s Athletic Center was filled to capacity with feelings of warmth and hope, as the College once again hosted the 35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast. Co-chaired this year by Phil Niddrie and Nellie P. Toney, the Worcester County MLK Community Breakfast Committee puts together this breakfast each year to honor the birth of civil...

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On a frigid January 20th morning, Quinsigamond Community College’s Athletic Center was filled to capacity with feelings of warmth and hope, as the College once again hosted the 35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast. Co-chaired this year by Phil Niddrie and Nellie P. Toney, the Worcester County MLK Community Breakfast Committee puts together this breakfast each year to honor the birth of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year’s community breakfast theme, “More Than a Day Off,” highlighted the powerful and soulful music of the New England Gospel Choir, under the direction of Director Eric Edmonds, as well as the Knights of Zion Men’s Choir and special solo performances by Sharon Henderson, marketing director for the YMCA of Central Massachusetts; saxophonist Noah Allen, accompanied by guitarist David Allen of the Journey Community Church; and Bennet Ebinezer from the Pakachoag Music School.  City Commissioner of Health and Human services, Dr. Matilde Castiel, opened the event with her own personal story of immigration from Cuba in the early '60s as a young child. She said the annual breakfast is held to honor the ideals of Dr. King and noted the vast representation of religious, business and community disciplines throughout Central Massachusetts that come together each year at this event.

Federal, state and local officials in attendance included: Congressman Jim McGovern, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, City Manager Edward Augustus Jr., Senator Harriette Chandler, Representative James O’Day, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, City Councilor Matthew Wally, City Councilor Candy F. Mero-Carlson, City Councilor George Russell, Worcester School Committee Member John Monfredo, Councilor-at-Large Donna Colorio, Councilor-at-Large Khrystian King and Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja gave an impassioned speech in his greetings that addressed the issues going on in our nation and asked how we, as a country, will address what has been happening in our country to the generations of the future.

“I, for one, hope we can say we took a stand, that we did not stay silent, that we made a difference and helped bend the moral arc of the universe a little more toward justice,” President Pedraja said. “Our classrooms are filled with a rainbow of humanity striving for a better future. As educators we must honor the trust that students have placed in us and provide them with the tools to build a better future. I believe that through education we can lift the veil of lies, ignorance and fear that has descended upon us and upon our country.”

In his greetings, Congressman McGovern thanked the QCC community, adding, “I also want to thank him (President Pedraja) for his leadership on so many important issues in the City. We are proud of him. “

Lt. Governor Polito also acknowledged President Pedraja in her remarks.

“President Pedraja thank you for your leadership and what you do at this institution, which is an integral part of the success story that Worcester is experiencing,” she said.

In discussing the motivation for the annual event, Congressman McGovern talked about Dr. King’s vision for meeting hatred, oppression and injustice with love.

“I believe in the goodness of the people in this room and I believe in the goodness of the American people, and I believe by working together we will move this country closer to the dreams, hopes and aspirations of the man we are honoring here today,” he said.

This year the MLK Community Breakfast Committee partnered with the United Way of Central Massachusetts, WamsWorks (Worcester Area Mission Society) and the United Congregational Church, to collect new children’s books for grades K-3 related to Dr. King, or books that had a social justice theme.  All books collected will be distributed to select Worcester schools. Those in attendance were invited to assist in assembling early literacy kits for young Worcester students at the conclusion of the breakfast.

Additionally, as is tradition at the breakfast, the winners of the MLK scholarships, essay and art contests were announced. They included:

$1,000 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships recipients:

Krystle Bedrick of Quinsigamond Community College, Amyah Chagnon-Verdieu of UMass Lowell, Olivia Curnen of the College of the Holy Cross, Chrinovain Kankonde of Clark University, Starr Kyenkyenhene of UMass Boston, Justine Palencia of Bentley University, Ricardo Ponce of Boston College, and Elsi Tutu of UMass Amherst.

Recipient of the $2,000 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship:

 Gynesis Vance of the College of the Holy Cross.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay winners are: Samara V. Masiki, a seventh grader at St. Peter Central Catholic High School; Sophia Wildes, a seventh grader at Our Lady of the Valley Regional School, Uxbridge; Siobhan Twohig, an eighth grader at Our Lady of the Valley; and Ryan Mechery, a ninth grader at Holy Name High School.

Winners of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. art contest were students from All Saints Academy, Webster, under the direction of art teacher Beth Crowley.

Fourth grade students winners: Meghan Baca, Max Boulmetis, Joe Chahine, Aiden Collins, Alex Correa, Kendyl Fales, Kamryn Fasshauer, James Ferguson, George-Ann Gajewski, Joey Gajewski, Emma Grochowski, Tim Gardner, Patrick Hylka, Dylan Kelly, Kaitlyn McQuiston, Callum Park, Alissa Perron, Tristan Pico, Camden Rockwood, Ariella Roure, Caitlyn Timlege, and Danielle Vigeant.

Fifth grade students: Haleigh Creighton, Sam Guay, Bobby Hasting, Sophie Kann, Emily Kelly, Jackson Meehan, Mayli Pedersen, Bronwyn Petkus, Alli Santora, and Liam Simao.

  • From left: Ingrid Murphy and PTK students Luceily Ortiz, Farah Mohamad and Alexander Paulino.
January, 2020

It was by pure chance that Douglas resident Ingrid Murphy read a story in the local paper about Quinsigamond Community College’s Food Pantry and Resource Center. A mother to two grown daughters, she was stunned to learn of the food insecurity that college students face, particularly right in her own back yard.

“I had never thought about college students going through hunger,” she said.

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It was by pure chance that Douglas resident Ingrid Murphy read a story in the local paper about Quinsigamond Community College’s Food Pantry and Resource Center. A mother to two grown daughters, she was stunned to learn of the food insecurity that college students face, particularly right in her own back yard.

“I had never thought about college students going through hunger,” she said.

Deciding that she wanted to learn more, Ms. Murphy contacted QCC and spoke with Bonnie Coleman. Ms. Coleman is the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society advisor and has been instrumental in helping to run the food pantry. Ms. Murphy learned from Ms. Coleman that a college survey (2018 Wisconsin Hope Lab Survey) showed close to 50 percent of students at the College were food insecure.

“This is just so sad that these students are going through this on top of all the other things they have to deal with,” Ms. Murphy said.

It didn’t take long for her to decide that she wanted to help make a difference. As a member of the Blackstone Valley United Methodist Church in Whitinsville, and active member of the church’s women’s group, she knew it was the perfect time to bring this to the church’s attention, as the women were putting together a retreat and looking for a mission project. She presented her idea of gathering donations for the college’s food pantry and the women of the church were immediately onboard.

“They thought this would be great to use as our mission project,” she said.

Quickly the project snowballed as the entire church learned of the students’ needs. For eight Sundays the entire church collected donations for the school’s food pantry.

“We got a lot of donations. It was just wonderful and it spurred a lot of conversations,” she said, adding that she has no connection to QCC. “After we made our donation to QCC, another article was in the paper about college students and food pantries and people from the church sent it to me.”

Recently Ms. Murphy celebrated a milestone birthday and her husband, Brian Murphy, decided to do something extra special for her. Unbeknownst to her, he planned a surprise party in her honor and asked the invited guests to bring donations for the college’s food pantry. Needless to say, Ms. Murphy was flabbergasted when they held the party.

“Oh my gosh, I had no idea! They had all this food in the back and they brought it to me and asked that I donate it to the food pantry. I just lost it,” she said.

Donations ranged from food to toiletries, and even included $102 in cash.

“The whole car was filled. It was just amazing,” Ms. Coleman said.

Between the two donations, Ms. Coleman estimates there was close to $1,000 worth of food and toiletries donated. Ms. Murphy said she plans to keep making donations and bringing awareness to the needs’ of college students. The church is also planning to do another donation drive for the college’s food pantry in the spring.

“Young people need a break and we need to help them more. They’re our future,” she said, adding, “It takes a village doesn’t it?”

To learn more, visit the QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center .

 

  • QCC Nursing graduates from the day program (from left) Suzanne Phipps and Kim Nguyen.
  • Alena Kuzniatsova is all smiles at the Nurse Education day program pinning ceremony.
  • From left: Kendra Furtek, nursing graduate from the day program,Patrick Muthee, and Nurse Education Professor Patricia Creelman.
  • Nurse Education evening program graduate Kenai Adams gets pinned by Associate Professor of Nurse Education Suzanne Kiniry.
  • Nursing graduates from the evening program receive their lamps during a December pinning ceremony.
  • December nursing graduates
  • December Nurse Education graduates from the evening programs.
  • Graduates in the December 2019 Nurse Education day program.
  • Two Letters say it all for these nursing grads.
January, 2020

In mid-December, Quinsigamond Community College's day and evening nursing classes each held their annual graduation pinning ceremonies at Hebert Auditorium. A total of 32 day students and 63 evening students received their nursing pins in powerful, annual ceremonies steeped in tradition. According to Professor of Nurse Education,​ Patricia Creelman, all nursing graduates in both the day and...

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In mid-December, Quinsigamond Community College's day and evening nursing classes each held their annual graduation pinning ceremonies at Hebert Auditorium. A total of 32 day students and 63 evening students received their nursing pins in powerful, annual ceremonies steeped in tradition. According to Professor of Nurse Education,​ Patricia Creelman, all nursing graduates in both the day and evening programs will be sitting for their licensure exam during February or March.

“This past year was a great one for our nursing programs. We graduated over 90 nursing students in December, our largest graduating class ever,” said Dean of the School of Healthcare​Pat Schmohl. “I am so proud of our staff and faculty for working so hard over these last couple of years to prepare so many nurses to help our community.”

Additionally, 96% of QCC nursing graduates who graduated in 2019 prior to December, passed the NCLEX exam on the first try.

Since the early 1800s pinning ceremonies have become a time-honored tradition at colleges and universities nationwide. Each nursing school has an identifiable pin designating the school where nursing graduates received their education.

“The nursing programs are quite rigorous and these students diligently worked to meet the requirements of each of the programs,” Professor Creelman said. “These graduating classes represent a diverse group of students who bring a variety of life experiences to our programs and, as such, enrich the educational experiences of all.”

December graduates in the Nurse Education day program included:

  • Phiona Amankwah
  • Kelly Ashe-Dailida
  • Jessica Auclair
  • Lilla Bulman
  • Sarah Creelman
  • Stephanie Donaghy
  • Heather Dozois
  • Amanda Eddy
  • David Farmer
  • Alex Gachuhi
  • Natalie Giangaspro
  • Ashley Granger
  • Laura Haddad
  • Danielle Kokoski
  • Alena Kuzniatsova
  • Danielle Larson
  • Tatsuki Motoyoshi
  • Edmund Mugaragu
  • Patrick Muthee
  • Kim Nguyen
  • Akua Nti
  • Kaitlen Olszta
  • Solomon Oneka
  • Susanne Phipps
  • Eric Quitadamo
  • Alyssa Ramos
  • Michelle Sarfo-Adu
  • Ashley Sizer
  • Mina Tajiani
  • Erica Widen
  • Tara Zuschlag

December graduates in the Nurse Education evening program included:

  • Kenai Adams
  • Vivian Boahen
  • Peter Brennan
  • Afua Darkwah
  • Laura De Sosa
  • Laura De Sosa
  • Andrea De Sosa
  • Tia Gaines
  • Lily Grote
  • Nina Hernandes
  • Alyssa Herrick
  • Juliana Hickey
  • Jessica Hutchins
  • Jennette Kent
  • Galen Kerr
  • Lauren Kiritsy
  • Kirsten Laak
  • Margareth Larrieux
  • Kathleen Mendez
  • Thanh Nguyen
  • Thomas Oliva
  • Nicole Sweet
  • Alysia Tashjian
  • Alexis Tashjian
  • Simon Waweru
  • Samuel Ampadu
  • Linda Asare
  • Schari Bennett
  • Nicole Bisazza
  • Krista Buchanan
  • David Canale
  • Philip Damoah
  • Kerry-Ann Desautels
  • Linda Duah
  • Amanda Elfman
  • Sarah Fagan
  • Emily Figueroa
  • Julie Fraher
  • Jennifer Garlick
  • Kormassa Gboviyea
  • Jonathan Gonzalez
  • Kelly Green
  • Ruth Gurney
  • Lily Gyasi-Denteh
  • Judy Kimaku
  • Kayla Kimball
  • Tammy LaFleche
  • Sauda Matovu
  • Agnes Muia
  • George Nganga
  • Adwoa Obenewaa
  • Elizabeth Romanik
  • Michael Ruhamya
  • Lucia Sears
  • Lindsay Silva
  • Simone Spencer
  • Melissa Tolan
  • Melissa Tolan
  • Kristin Williams

December graduates in Nurse Education - Advance Placement LPN Option evening program included:

  • Samuel Ampadu
  • Linda Asare
  • Schari Bennett
  • Nicole Bisazza
  • Krista Buchanan
  • David Canale
  • Philip Damoah
  • Kerry-Ann Desautels
  • Linda Duah
  • Amanda Elfman
  • Sarah Fagan
  • Emily Figueroa
  • Julie Fraher
  • Jennifer Garlick
  • Kormassa Gboviyea
  • Jonathan Gonzalez
  • Kelly Green
  • Ruth Gurney
  • Lily Gyasi-Denteh
  • Judy Kimaku
  • Kayla Kimball
  • Tammy LaFleche
  • Sauda Matovu
  • Agnes Muia
  • George Nganga
  • Adwoa Obenewaa
  • Elizabeth Romanik
  • Michael Ruhamya
  • Lucia Sears
  • Lindsay Silva
  • Simone Spencer
  • Melissa Tolan
  • Melissa Tolan
  • Kristin Williams

December graduates in Nurse Education - Advance Placement Paramedic Option evening program included:

  • Stephanie Kent
  • Michael Levesque
  • Nicholas North
  • Robert O'Hearn
  • PTK student Luceily Ortiz is a student volunteer at the College's Food Pantry and Resource Center.
January, 2020

As new and current students converge on Quinsigamond Community College’s campus, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student volunteers will be manning the QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center to help any students experiencing food insecurity. A recent food donation made to the food pantry and resource center by Albert and Magdalena Maykel, owners of Living Earth Natural Market & Café, has enabled the pantry to...

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As new and current students converge on Quinsigamond Community College’s campus, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student volunteers will be manning the QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center to help any students experiencing food insecurity. A recent food donation made to the food pantry and resource center by Albert and Magdalena Maykel, owners of Living Earth Natural Market & Café, has enabled the pantry to be well-stocked for the start of the new semester. The food was even delivered to the food pantry by Mr. Maykel himself.

This semester there is a new addition to the food pantry -  a “Recipe of the Month,” which gives students the opportunity to pick up the majority of the ingredients in the featured recipe. This month’s recipe is “Mediterranean Cracked Wheat Salad.” While there is a limit of 15 items per month, anyone who chooses the “Recipe of the Month” will only be charged for two food items. 

Students wishing to use QCC’s Food Pantry and Resource Center must be current QCC students with a valid ID. Students who are new to the food pantry and resource center will be asked to fill out a confidential application on their first visit. During the intake process, students will be assigned a unique pantry ID number that they should bring with them each time they come to the food pantry and resource center.

The Food Pantry and Resource Center is located in on QCC’s main campus (670 West Boylston St., Worcester) in the Administration Building, room B63A.

 Currently the hours of operation are:

  • Monday: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed on weekends.

Hours of operation will be subject change depending on volunteers, exam schedules, holidays and other factors. Due to limited volunteer availability, volunteers are only able to assist during posted hours.

One upcoming event will take place on Wednesday, February 26 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in room 367A (Administration building on QCC’s main campus). Cooking Matters Massachusetts will offer nutritional education to the first 20 students who sign up.  Developed to teach parents and caregivers with limited food budgets how to make healthy food choices, Cooking Matters Massachusetts, has visited the college’s food pantry and resource center on a few occasions. Students who wish to attend the session will receive a gift card from Market32. Space is limited. Interested students must RSVP to foodpantry [at] qcc.mass.edu  

  • Students in Assistant Professor Lee Duerden's (far right) classes who received either MACWIC Level 1 or Level 2 Certifications.
  • MACWIC Level 1 receipients
January, 2020

In late December a group of advanced manufacturing students received certificates for passing either the Level 1 or Level 2 of the Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative (MACWIC) credentialing/certification program. This MACWIC credentialing is a stackable system that continues to build on students’ manufacturing skill sets as they advance through the various levels. The...

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In late December a group of advanced manufacturing students received certificates for passing either the Level 1 or Level 2 of the Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative (MACWIC) credentialing/certification program. This MACWIC credentialing is a stackable system that continues to build on students’ manufacturing skill sets as they advance through the various levels. The credentialing plays a big part in QCC’s advanced manufacturing program and gives students a great foundation for when they enter the workforce. The College has been using this credentialing system for over four years.

Students who have completed MACWIC Level 1, have demonstrated the fundamental skills to work in a production environment. The certification shows that students are competent with basic mathematical skills, can use precision measurement equipment, and can interpret technical information from a blueprint. Additionally, they are aware of general safety protocols in place for most manufacturing companies.

“Students who have completed MACWIC Level 2, provide employers with the confidence that these individuals can set up and run CNC machines and can understand and write the CNC code at a beginner’s level,” said Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Technology, Lee Duerden. “These individuals are also knowledgeable with LEAN concepts and understand how important continuous improvement and quality is to the profitability and success of a company. They also have a more advanced knowledge of blueprint reading and can handle more complex problem solving techniques.”

To learn more, visit QCC’s manufacturing programs.

  • Donated hats made by PTK alumni Jacqui Viar
January, 2020

Jacqui Viar is a 2017 Quinsigamond Community College graduate and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) alumna who graduated with highest honors with an Associate Degree in Business Administration Career, a certificate in Accounting/Finance and a Clerical Office Certificate. She was inducted into PTK in the spring of 2016 and was the PTK recording secretary from 2016-2017.

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Jacqui Viar is a 2017 Quinsigamond Community College graduate and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) alumna who graduated with highest honors with an Associate Degree in Business Administration Career, a certificate in Accounting/Finance and a Clerical Office Certificate. She was inducted into PTK in the spring of 2016 and was the PTK recording secretary from 2016-2017.

In the December 2019 issue of the Wyvern Guardian, Ms. Viar was mentioned in an article for giving back to her alma mater by knitting and crocheting hats for QCC students. Recently the Wyvern got a chance to learn more about this amazing alumna.

  • After you graduated from QCC did you continue on in school or enter the workforce?

I will graduate with my BS in Accounting from UMass Dartmouth this May. I have done volunteer work for both Abby's House in Worcester and as a money management volunteer for Elder Services of Worcester for some time. Last summer I actually stepped out of my comfort zone and sought out an internship in accounting.  (*Recently Ms. Viar received a job offer to be an accountant. “I'm still in a bit of disbelief, but absolutely thrilled at the same time!”)

  • You transferred to QCC from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Why did you choose to come to QCC?

Actually, I went to WPI out of high school and have three courses remaining to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. It was something I had been considering completing but thought better of it - I'm much happier with accounting.  Honestly, I chose QCC because I had been out of school for so long, and had been through a very dark and difficult time, I wasn't sure at all how well I would fare returning to school. Fortunately, it appears to have been just what I needed. QCC gave me the much needed courage and confidence to strive for more.

  • You were an active member of PTK and are now an active alumna. Why is PTK important to you?

I was fortunate to know several fabulous students making invaluable contributions to the organization while I was active and it really motivated me and made an impact. I also admire how hard Bonnie (PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman) works each year to make the organization successful and I guess in a selfish way, I wanted to continue to be a part of her goodness.

  • You crochet (and knit) hats each year for QCC students. How long have you been doing this and why do you continue to do this?

I've been donating handmade items since I was a student, but last year one of the officers did a "hats for the homeless" campaign, which was something I could really contribute to. As long as the hats are useful to others, I'm honored to be making them.

  • Lastly, what is it about QCC and PTK that is special for you?

I was impressed from day one by PTK's goal to actually help real people. It's a sincere mission and I think that's special all in itself! (I also just absolutely ADORE Bonnie and the remarkable work she does.)

To learn more visit PTK Honor Society.

  • Last year's QCC’s Alumni Association Bake-Off was a sweet treat for all.
  • From left: Karen Rucks, Cheryl Marrino and Shirley Dempsey
  • Students enjoy some delicious goodies at last year's Bake-Off.
  • Voting is very serious business at QCC’s Alumni Association Bake-Off.
January, 2020

It’s not exactly the “Great British Bake Off,” but QCC’s Alumni Association Bake-Off on Wednesday, February 12, has all the makings of an exciting, tasty and good-natured competition. Students, faculty and staff are invited to enter their homemade baked goods for the chance to earn bragging rights as QCC’s Best Baker! The best part  of the Bake-Off...

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It’s not exactly the “Great British Bake Off,” but QCC’s Alumni Association Bake-Off on Wednesday, February 12, has all the makings of an exciting, tasty and good-natured competition. Students, faculty and staff are invited to enter their homemade baked goods for the chance to earn bragging rights as QCC’s Best Baker! The best part  of the Bake-Off is that when you are folding, stirring and beating yourself into a baking frenzy, you will be doing it for a great cause. All funds raised will go to the QCC Alumni Scholarship Fund, for students in need. Couple this with prizes for the top three bakers at each location and you have yourselves a recipe for success! Love to bake, but not interested in competing? Donate to the QCC’s Alumni Association Bake Sale that will be going on during the Bake-Off competition.

This mouth-watering event will take place simultaneously at QCC’s main campus (107A, Administration Building) and also at the Healthcare and Workforce Development Center, 25 Federal Street, Worcester,  in the lobby. All baked goods being judged should be cut up into bite-sized pieces and dropped off between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at either the main campus, or the downtown location. Recipes must be included, with a list of all ingredients.

Will you crumble under the pressure, or will you take the cake? The only way to find out by registering online by February 5 and get baking (bake sale bakers are also asked to register)!

Judging will take place in both locations between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. All entries are FREE and the QCC community will be the judges! Anyone in the QCC community can stop by and be a judge.

To be a tasty tester and vote for your favorite, simply stop by either location until 2:00 p.m., sample the treats and cast your vote for your favorites. The cost to be a judge and taste test these delectable treats is $1 for students and $2 for faculty and staff. Not interested in being a judge, but looking for a little sweet treat? Stop by and check out the bake sale and take home something delectable for yourself or the family.

For questions, email June Vo, Community Connections at jvo [at] qcc.mass.edu.

  • Director of Counseling and Wellness, Tina Wells stands with donations from the Stuff-A-Cruiser event.
January, 2020

As the Spring semester gets underway and students are back in classes, Director of Counseling and Wellness, Tina Wells, a licensed social worker with years of student experience, is prepared to help those students who may feel overwhelmed or in need of support. The office of Counseling and Wellness is dedicated to promoting the emotional well-being of QCC students, with the intent to facilitate the...

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As the Spring semester gets underway and students are back in classes, Director of Counseling and Wellness, Tina Wells, a licensed social worker with years of student experience, is prepared to help those students who may feel overwhelmed or in need of support. The office of Counseling and Wellness is dedicated to promoting the emotional well-being of QCC students, with the intent to facilitate the student's ability to achieve their life goals and manage everyday challenges.

“My position is essentially counseling and wellness. I focus on support and solutions for student wellness - personally and academically,” Ms. Wells said.

Services that are provided include:

  • Direct personal counseling
  • Community referrals to local vendors and resources, to help assist with therapy resources
  • Health and wellness consultation, coaching and information
  • Resource information for legal, financial, childcare, elder care, utility support, housing and transportation

According to Ms. Wells, students generally come to her office when they are in distress and in crisis. The goal is to manage the crisis or immediate distress first, then access what the primary needs of the student might be and go from there.

“We discuss their strengths and their abilities and help them move to a better mindset,” she said. “We then create a plan of action with the student.” Counseling and Wellness support is meant to be short-term and solution-focused.

A large inner city college that has a very diverse student population brings its own set of unique challenges. Ms. Wells said that a variety of different issues are routinely brought to her, which she then has to triage and deal with accordingly. “How students deal with things often has a cultural component to it as well,” she said. 

The priority is always mental health treatment, which is dealt with first and foremost. During emergency situations, Ms. Wells accesses local emergency rooms when needed. 

Ms. Wells has been at QCC for four years, playing an integral role in connecting students with the services they need both on and off campus. She wants faculty and staff to know she is a resource that is available to them for any questions or concerns they may have.

“I work hard to meet with any and all students who contact me, as well as those who are referred by faculty and staff,” she said.

To refer a student, faculty and staff can reach out directly to Ms. Wells at 508.854.4479 or email her at twells [at] qcc.mass.edu to schedule an appointment. For non-urgent issues, they can also fill out the “Care Form” located on the College’s intranet (Frequently used Forms section under “Student Incident Report”.)

As the spring semester begins, Ms. Wells has several simple recommendations to students on how they can cope with the stress of being in college.

  • Take breaks from studying           
  • Try to get enough sleep
  • Make healthy food choices
  • Talk to yourself as you would your best friend. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

The optimum way to contact the Office of Counseling and Wellness is by phone or email (see above) for an appointment. 

Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. To learn more visit Counseling and Wellness.  

  • QCC will be holding information sessions February 11 and 13 for businesses to learn about upcoming free soft skills workshops.
January, 2020

Businesses have the chance to attend information sessions on February 11 and February 13 to learn about the upcoming free Soft Skills Workshop Series that Quinsigamond Community College will be teaching this spring. “Soft skills” is a term that seems to be flooding the business market, as more and more employers are finding their employees do not have the basic skill sets needed to be competitive in today...

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Businesses have the chance to attend information sessions on February 11 and February 13 to learn about the upcoming free Soft Skills Workshop Series that Quinsigamond Community College will be teaching this spring. “Soft skills” is a term that seems to be flooding the business market, as more and more employers are finding their employees do not have the basic skill sets needed to be competitive in today’s global marketplace.

“At QCC, we stay cognizant of industry needs,” said Dean of the Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Kathleen Manning.

Free soft skills workshops will be available at various QCC locations in March, April and May. Companies that are eligible for these upcoming free training workshops must be located in Massachusetts, pay into the MA Unemployment Fund (which allocates money into the Workforce Training Fund) and hold a Certificate of Good Standing with the MA Department of Revenue.

To learn about QCC’s soft skills workshops series and how your company can take part, or to learn more about the various Workforce Training Grants available to companies, attend one of the following free information sessions:

  • Tuesday, February 11, 10:00 a.m. at the Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, 25 Federal Street, Worcester
  • Thursday, February 13, 10:00 a.m., Central MA South Chamber, 46 Hall Street, Sturbridge

Funding for QCC’s soft skills training workshops is through a $143,000 Direct Access Grant from the Workforce Training Fund. QCC’s spring soft skills workshops will include:       

  • Essential Business Skills
  • Time Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Presenting with Impact
  • Communicating with Clarity and Impact
  • Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making 

For more information or to register for an information session, contact Business Development Specialist Christine McNally 508.751.7900 or Business Development Specialist Eileen Morgan at 508.751.7929.

Las Vegas
January, 2020

Does the recent fairly mild January weather get you dreaming of a day on the links? If golfing is your passion and you want to help a student in need, the QCC Foundation might just have an answer for you. The Ultimate Golf Raffle, 30 Rounds in 30 Days™. The raffle is being held from April 1, 2020 - April 30, 2020 to raise funds for the Endowed Scholarship Fund and the QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center...

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Does the recent fairly mild January weather get you dreaming of a day on the links? If golfing is your passion and you want to help a student in need, the QCC Foundation might just have an answer for you. The Ultimate Golf Raffle, 30 Rounds in 30 Days™. The raffle is being held from April 1, 2020 - April 30, 2020 to raise funds for the Endowed Scholarship Fund and the QCC Food Pantry and Resource Center. This raffle offers you a chance to golf at some of today’s most elite golf clubs and raise money for the Quinsigamond Community College Foundation’s Endowed Scholarship Fund and the QCC Food Pantry.

Grand prize is a Las Vegas golf extravaganza, with a round of golf at the famed Cascata Club, in Nevada, considered by some to be the “8th Wonder in the Golfing World,” and one of the most spectacular places to golf. The grand prize package includes airfare for two to Las Vegas, Nevada, overnight accommodations at the Marriott Grand Chateau (4 nights), as well as golf for two at Cascata.

Other top prizes in the 30-day raffle include:

  •  A trip to Naples, Florida that includes airfare and overnight accommodations for three people and golf at The Vineyards Country Club’s two link style and traditional style courses, where challenging play is available for every golfer at every skill level and handicap.
  •  A getaway to Chatham on Cape Cod that includes overnight accommodations and golfing at Eastward Ho!, considered the finest course on Cape Cod and named one of the best courses in North America by Golf Digest. An early morning Bluefin tuna deep sea fishing trip completes this package.

Additional prizes include golf at 27 golf courses and clubs across New England to appeal to both the seasoned or beginner golfer.

Tickets are $50 each and a limit of 1,000 tickets will be sold. You have a one in 1,000 chance of being a winner!

Winning tickets are based on the last three digits of the Massachusetts mid-day daily lottery number. The raffle will begin on April 1, 2020 and end on April 30, 2020. Numbers will be posted daily by 4:00 p.m. at 30 Rounds in 30 Days

To purchase a raffle ticket, contact the QCC Foundation at qccfoundation [at] qcc.mass.edu; contact a QCC Foundation Director, or contact Assistant Director of Operations, Shirley Dempsey at 508.854.4520. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 31, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. No tickets can be sold after this deadline. To learn more, visit 30 Rounds in 30 Days

  • QCC Service Award Winners
January, 2020

Spring semester began at Quinsigamond Community College with an All College Day the day before students began classes, in which QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja reiterated the College’s mission of not resting until the College achieves 100% student success. He told faculty and staff of the challenges he faced as a young immigrant child from Cuba who struggled to learn English and who was teased by...

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Spring semester began at Quinsigamond Community College with an All College Day the day before students began classes, in which QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja reiterated the College’s mission of not resting until the College achieves 100% student success. He told faculty and staff of the challenges he faced as a young immigrant child from Cuba who struggled to learn English and who was teased by the other students because he couldn’t speak the language.  He acknowledged the many people who supported him and how it was for him to pay that help forward.

“The reality is that all of us are about student success. It was the people who took an interest in me in college that made a difference,” he said, adding that today the College is getting ready to receive students who are “trusting their futures to us.”

An annual event during All College Day is the College’s recognition of longevity of its faculty and staff. A total of 24 faculty and staff members were recognized for over 370 years of service to the College. They include:

10 years of service:

  • Jennifer Arner Welsh
  • Valerie Clemente-Crain
  • Daniele DeAdder 
  • Thomas Hebert
  • Raymond Lawless
  • Eric Mania
  • Susan Meola
  • Paula Ogden
  • Robert Russell Jr.
  • Lisa Schlegel 
  • Liza Smith
  • Linda Stake
  • Karen West
  • Penny West

20 years of service:

  • Patricia Creelman
  • Pamela Fleming
  • Ireneusz Gawedzki
  • James Heffernan
  • Carol Rinaldi
  • Victor Somma
  • Barbara Zabka

30 years of service:

  • Lynda Deschenes
  • Jane Joyce
  • Veterans Club Holds K-Cup Drive for Overseas Troops
January, 2020

The Veterans Club is currently holding a K-Cup Coffee Drive for U.S. troops serving overseas. Those wishing to donate K-Cups for the troops may drop off their donation to the Veteran Affairs Office, room 258A (Administration Building at QCC’s main campus). 

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The Veterans Club is currently holding a K-Cup Coffee Drive for U.S. troops serving overseas. Those wishing to donate K-Cups for the troops may drop off their donation to the Veteran Affairs Office, room 258A (Administration Building at QCC’s main campus). 

Recently Veteran Affairs, in conjunction with the Veterans Club, hosted a Valentines for Veterans Drive to show appreciation for veterans and active duty service members. Donations of cards, notes and drawings were sent to veterans overseas, as well as those in local VA hospitals. QCC's Veterans Club President Tony Barnardo, spoke to his daughter's second grade class at Park Ave Elementary School in Webster, about his time in the U.S. Navy and what he does with the Veteran's Club. After listening to Mr. Barnardo, the students took part in the Valentine Drive, making cards that were sent ot the veterans.

“We send our cards at Christmas time to our veterans, but why not remember them again and say ‘thank you,’ Director of Veteran Affairs Paula Ogden said.

To learn more about the services and opportunities offered to veterans at QCC, visit Veteran Affairs
 

  • Psi Beta Honor Society
January, 2020

The mind is a beautiful thing to waste and no one knows that better than the folks in QCC’s chapter of Psi Beta - the National Psychology Honor Society. If you have an interest in psychology, taken at least one Psychology course, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 or higher and completed at least 12 credits, you may qualify.  Psi Beta’s mission is to encourage professional development and...

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The mind is a beautiful thing to waste and no one knows that better than the folks in QCC’s chapter of Psi Beta - the National Psychology Honor Society. If you have an interest in psychology, taken at least one Psychology course, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 or higher and completed at least 12 credits, you may qualify.  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.

To be considered for induction students should send the following information to Psychology Professor Dr. Valerie Clemente at vclemente [at] qcc.mass.edu by March 6.  

  • Your name, address and phone number
  • QCC ID number and Qmail address
  • Program/major and anticipated date of graduation

Students’ qualifications will be reviewed and you will receive a response within a week. Students are encouraged to check their email frequently once they apply as time sensitive information may be sent to you if you are accepted for induction.

There is a one-time induction fee of $50 payable to the national organization. The induction ceremony will be held on Monday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Harrington Learning Center room 109A . Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Interested in psychology but not sure you meet the Psi Beta requirements? QCC’s Psychology Club offers students a way to learn and engage in psychology beyond the classroom with numerous psychology-based activities throughout the year.  

Psi Beta and the Psychology Club will meet in room 239 of the Harrington Learning Center during the spring semester. Meetings are every other Wednesday, from noon to 1:00 p.m. beginning on January 29 and ending on April 22. For questions, contact vclemente [at] qcc.mass.edu (Professor Clemente).

  • QCC students in the Black Student Union were part of the College's Club Rush event.
January, 2020

Tuesday, February 4:  “Introduction to Meditation” from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., is part of a four-week “Mindfulness Series,” in February, designed to help students learn to be less anxious and overwhelmed. Each session helps attendees learn how to better self-regulate. Each Tuesday, from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. there will be a new session. February 11- Body Relaxation;...

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Tuesday, February 4:  “Introduction to Meditation” from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., is part of a four-week “Mindfulness Series,” in February, designed to help students learn to be less anxious and overwhelmed. Each session helps attendees learn how to better self-regulate. Each Tuesday, from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. there will be a new session. February 11- Body Relaxation; February 18 – Cognitive Behavior Techniques and February 25 – Loving Kindness. To learn more about the series contact Tina Wells, director of Counseling and Wellness at twells [at] qcc.mass.edu

Thursday, February 6: Learn about the Walt Disney World College Program from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in room 272A (Administration Building on QCC’s main campus). This is a paid internship open to students in all majors. To learn more or to register for the event, call Nichole Wheeler, coordinator of Career Services & Credit for Prior Learning at 508.854.7476 or stop by Career Services in room 272A.

Tuesday, February 18: Career Services is hosting a three-part workshop series focusing on the essentials of business ownership.  “Steps to Start a Business,” is the second part in this series and will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the Harrington Learning Center, room 109B.  This is open to all students and all majors. The event is sponsored and facilitated by Michelle Miller from the Center for Women & Enterprise.  For questions contact Career Services at 508-854-4439.

Tuesday, February 18: Free dinners for QCC students and their families at the Greendale People’s Church from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at 25 Francis Street, Worcester. RSVP to burbanczyk [at] campusone80.com

February Spotlight: Winter/Spring Transfer Services FAQ and Workshop Series: These workshops are designed to give students quick information and answers to transfer questions and issues. These workshops will be held in February and March in the Harrington Learning Center, Egan Conference room 239. Below are the February dates and times. Please note: bolded dates will include a workshop during the first hour which covers transfer basics. For questions, call 508.854.4404 or email transfer [at] qcc.mass.edu

Tuesday, 2/4, 2-4 p.m.

Thursday, 2/6, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Monday, 2/10, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, 2/12, 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

Friday, 2/14, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 2/18, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Thursday, 2/20, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Monday, 2/24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

*Wednesday, 2/26, 9-11 a.m.

Friday, 2/28, 1-3 p.m.

 

  • Baseball players at QCC
January, 2020

Golf Clinic

Do you know what a bogey is, or are you a seasoned golfer looking to nail your first eagle? Whatever your skill level, if you have a valid (current) student ID or staff ID you can attend this FREE golf clinic with local pro Jim Fenner. This is for all golfers of all skill levels. The clinic will be held on Tuesdays beginning, January, 28 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the QCC Athletic...

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Golf Clinic

Do you know what a bogey is, or are you a seasoned golfer looking to nail your first eagle? Whatever your skill level, if you have a valid (current) student ID or staff ID you can attend this FREE golf clinic with local pro Jim Fenner. This is for all golfers of all skill levels. The clinic will be held on Tuesdays beginning, January, 28 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the QCC Athletic Center.

Clubs will be provided or you can bring your own, so get prepared to swing into the spring golf season!

For more information stop by the Athletic Center or call 508.854.4317

Winter Items Still Needed

Spring fever may have recently been in the air but in reality there are many more weeks of winter before spring is here, which is why the winter clothing drive is still going on. Anyone who would like to donate new or gently used winter coats and accessories for QCC students and their children can drop off their donations to the Athletic Center.

This is the perfect time to clean out your closets and donate items for QCC students and their children in need. Please make sure all items are cleaned before you drop them off.

Batter Up

The QCC Wyvern baseball team’s spring schedule has been set and the players are already gearing up for another exciting season. Interested in taking a swing at being part of the team? Reach out to Coach John McLaughlin 508.854.4316 and/or email him at jmclaughlin [at] qcc.mass.edu to learn more.

Make sure to make your calendars for the 2020 season and show your support for the Wyverns team this spring!

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 any questions, call 508.854.4317 or email Director of Athletics & Fitness Center, Lisa Gurnick at LGurnick [at] qcc.mass.edu or Assistant Manager of Athletics and Fitness Center, Josh Cole at jcole [at] qcc.mass.edu .

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January, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College is pleased to announce the following full-time staff updates:

On January 5, 2020 Administrative Services welcomed Randi Fisher as the Campus Police Officer I. Randi brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, he was a Communications Dispatcher I at QCC. Randi earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from...

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Quinsigamond Community College is pleased to announce the following full-time staff updates:

On January 5, 2020 Administrative Services welcomed Randi Fisher as the Campus Police Officer I. Randi brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, he was a Communications Dispatcher I at QCC. Randi earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Quinsigamond Community College.

On January 5, 2020 Academic Affairs welcomed Lori Allard as the Clerk IV- School of Healthcare Program Assistant. Lori brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, she was a Receptionist and Instructional Technologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

On January 5, 2020 Administrative Services welcomed Clovis Andreu as the System Analyst/Programmer. Clovis brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, he was the Business Intelligence Analyst at Massasoit Community College. Clovis earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems and Economics, both from Fitchburg State University.

On January 26, 2020 The Business Office welcomed Nancy Ramirez Bruno as the Clerk III-Student Finacial Services Representative. Nancy brings to this position over 5 years of experience. Most recently, she was a Payment Center Support at QCC. Nancy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Dominican Adventist University.

Please join us in welcoming Randi, Lori, Clovis and Nancy into their new roles at QCC.