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May, 2020

Virtual Commencement
May, 2020

While the words may have been sent remotely, the sentiments were the same for over 1,400 graduates of Quinsigamond Community College's Class of 2020. Amid an ongoing pandemic, the College held its first virtual Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 21.

QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja told graduates of the amazing legacy they are leaving for others and of the power that each one...

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While the words may have been sent remotely, the sentiments were the same for over 1,400 graduates of Quinsigamond Community College's Class of 2020. Amid an ongoing pandemic, the College held its first virtual Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 21.

QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja told graduates of the amazing legacy they are leaving for others and of the power that each one of them wields as they enter the next chapter in their lives.

“One day people will look back on this time and wonder how we did it. We know why. We are a community college. We are a community and we know how to beat the odds and emerge successful,” he said. “You have reached the mountain top, but don’t stop here, there are many more mountains to conquer. Be brave, be courageous, and look back on what you’ve accomplished and take strength from it and transform our world into a better place.”

Student Government Association President, Jorgo Gushi, encouraged his fellow graduates to be proud and mindful of this moment in time.

“The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match and each one of you is the fuse. Take pride in how far you’ve come, have faith in how far you can go and don’t forget to enjoy the journey,” Mr. Gushi said.

Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts, Carlos Santiago sent remote greetings to the graduates, acknowledging the unprecedented virtual commencement, yet focusing on their accomplishments and successes, particularly as they navigated remote learning in their last semester. 

“I can guarantee when you look back on this many years from now, this will be the most celebratory experience you will remember,” he said. “We need you to help rebuild our society and our country, not with a vision of returning to the past, but rather creating a new future. One that must be created on mutual respect, valuing all members of our society.”

QCC Psychology Professor Judy Colson told students of the pride both she and her colleagues felt for the Class of 2020 as they overcame barriers, brought on, or exacerbated by the global pandemic.

“Know this, the Class of 2020 will forever be an inspiration for faculty,” she said. “I hope you understand how inspiring you are to others who are just starting their journey in these uncertain times.”

Mr. Gushi’s impassioned speech compared his long flight overseas from his homeland of Albania with his academic and personal journey at QCC.

 “When I started at QCC I made my name ‘George,’ because I was uncomfortable in my own skin, unsure of who I was and wanted to be. My classmates, professors and coworkers built the confidence in me to finally start referring to myself as ‘Jorgo,’ my true self,” he said. “At QCC, our perspectives, our talents, our histories and our voices were accepted fostered and supported. We found our true selves.”

President Pedraja said that despite today’s pandemic-related challenges he sees a bright future in these graduates.

“Our mascot, the wyvern, is a mythical guardian of the community. This has been even more evident these past few weeks with many of our current students and alumni serving our community in its hour of need. Now as graduates, you will go on to be guardians of our community and of our world. Today more than ever our world needs more wyverns. Go and change the world,” he said.

  • QCC Fire Science alumnus Brian Soucy
May, 2020

QCC alumnus Brian Soucy is truly a Wyvern protector among us. The 2013 Fire Science grad has been making a difference in our community, helping to keep doctors and nurses on the front lines safe by training staff on the proper protection protocol during the pandemic. He doesn’t consider himself a hero, but we sure do. Thank you Brian, for all you do every day.

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QCC alumnus Brian Soucy is truly a Wyvern protector among us. The 2013 Fire Science grad has been making a difference in our community, helping to keep doctors and nurses on the front lines safe by training staff on the proper protection protocol during the pandemic. He doesn’t consider himself a hero, but we sure do. Thank you Brian, for all you do every day.

Is the job you are currently doing the one you went into directly from QCC?

Shortly after graduating from QCC, I landed a job in fire prevention at UMass Medical School. While working for the Fire Prevention team, I worked alongside electricians inspecting, testing, and maintaining things like the fire alarm system, fire pumps, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and fire doors. From there, I took the role I have now working for the Environmental, Health and Safety team in the field of Occupational Safety and Environment of Care.      

Can you describe your job and how it has changed since the pandemic?

In my role with Environmental, Health, and Safety, I am responsible for hospital safety, which includes the safety of the staff working in the hospitals and compliance with organizations like OSHA, NFPA, and The Joint Commission. Since the pandemic started, my unit has worked countless hours preparing and training staff on things like respiratory protection, and personal protective equipment. We have been working tirelessly to make sure our frontline medical staff are wearing the correct personal protective equipment for what they are doing. We have also been busy trying to keep up with policy changes coming from hospital administration so we can relay it to our teams on the front lines. 

Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for people during these unprecedented times?

I think the best piece of advice that I can give to people is listen to the experts. If we all listen to the experts, then we can get life back to normal sooner rather than later. I know everyone wants to hang out with friends and family, but we just can’t right now. I am personally struggling with this because I am keeping my distance from my 4-year-old daughter who I haven’t seen in over two months now because I don’t want to accidently give this horrible virus to her. FaceTime and Zoom have been a big part of my life lately. 

What inspires you to do what you do?

I think one of the biggest inspirations I have is knowing I am responsible for the safety and well-being of the doctors and nurses who have dedicated their lives to saving everyone else. The support from the community has also been an inspiration. The community has been donating and dropping off supplies, food, handmade signs, and cards to the hospital, which has been a huge morale boost for all of us essential workers.

Why did you go into fire science and why did you choose QCC?

I chose the fire science program to increase my chances of becoming a firefighter. I chose QCC because they have a great fire science program at an incredible value compared to other schools. I wanted to learn as much as I could about how fire thinks and reacts and how to protect lives and property from it. I also chose it to widen my possibilities in the fire industry. I am certainly happy with what I have achieved with my degree so far. 

What would you tell someone who was considering QCC?

All I can say is don’t overlook QCC. QCC has lived up to its academic reputation and more. I’ve found opportunities for personal growth and development not only academically, but also opportunities that expand beyond classroom knowledge to real world knowledge. All the fire science professors I had in my major have tons of real-world experience that they draw from and bring into the classroom. These teachings have helped shape my career path.           

  • QCC Nursing Alumna Nicole Murphy
May, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College alumna Nicole Murphy knows what it means to help others. For 20 years she has worked caring for people who call a nursing home their place of residence. In 2018 she graduated from QCC’s Nurse Education Associate Degree in Nursing Bridge program after being a licensed practical nurse since 2005.

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Quinsigamond Community College alumna Nicole Murphy knows what it means to help others. For 20 years she has worked caring for people who call a nursing home their place of residence. In 2018 she graduated from QCC’s Nurse Education Associate Degree in Nursing Bridge program after being a licensed practical nurse since 2005.

“When I attended school (QCC) and graduated, I was the assistant director of nursing. I was promoted to Director of Nursing in November 2019,” she said.

Ms. Murphy is an alumna with deep QCC roots: Her mother-in-law is an accounting professor at the College and her son is in his second year at QCC (read next month’s issue of the Wyvern Guardian to learn more). Today, she is part of a vast healthcare network that is caring for the population during the pandemic. Ms. Murphy cares for the most vulnerable of populations, as the director of nursing at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, in Westborough. Like so many other QCC alumni, she exemplifies what it means to be a QCC Wyvern.

Can you describe your job and how it has changed since the pandemic?

As Director, I am in charge of the day-to-day operations in the nursing department for a 152-bed skilled nursing facility. We have a Sub-Acute Rehab, Dementia Specialty Care Unit and Traditional Long Term Care Neighborhood. There is a lot to this role, but the most important and the overall theme to the role is to ensure the quality of care to each resident provided is unique to them and dignified. 

The pandemic has changed this role tremendously. We are no longer allowed to have visitors in the building. This has impacted the residents greatly and our job is to try to provide the comfort they need during this time. We also have many different processes that are constantly changing in the building. Infection control and resident care guidelines are changing, even before we can finish education on the last change. We are also working with a virus that was unfamiliar to us and affects this most vulnerable population. We have also relied on technology for communication. We are used to face-to-face communication with families and that has been a new, but good, learning experience for us. 

Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for people during these unprecedented times?

Words of encouragement are to take one day at a time. I had to realize this is new to all of us and we are all learning together. Whether we are new or experienced nurses, most of us have not had any experience in something like this. We all have something to add to our communities. I have seen the best out of my staff and I have been extremely proud to work beside them in this time. While these times have been extremely physically and emotionally tough for us, we are starting to see an improvement and have recovered many of our residents!

What inspires you to do what you do?

What inspires me to do what I do is the residents we care for. When I am having a tough day or time, it never fails, a resident will come see me and brighten my day. Our elderly have contributed to society to make us what we are today. It is my honor to pay back my respect and provide them with the care and dignity they deserve. 

Why did you go into nursing and why did you choose QCC?

I have been in a role of hiring, training, and working with new nurses for over 10 years. You can tell a QCC nurse from many others. I appreciated how prepared they came out of their programs. I had experience as an LPN, but I had to obtain my RN to further my career at Beaumont. I knew if I went to QCC I would come out a better nurse. As much clinical as I learned, I learned a lot from my instructors on how to teach and become a mentor. 

What would you tell someone who was considering QCC? 

I always tell everyone I know to attend QCC. It is a great community college and a perfect place to get your degree. My son just finished his freshman year; he is working to attend an Engineering degree. The campus, instructors, and peers are a comforting community. 

Robotic arm with congrats message
May, 2020

A special robotic congratulatory greeting was given to the Class of 2020 from QCC's Professor of Electronics Engineering Technology James Heffernan. The FANUC robot greeting was the creation of Mr. Heffernan who programmed the robot and his wife Luisa, who used her own childhood dolls that she adorned with homemade COVID-19 masks. The couple even ordered miniature caps and gowns from eBay to complete the...

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A special robotic congratulatory greeting was given to the Class of 2020 from QCC's Professor of Electronics Engineering Technology James Heffernan. The FANUC robot greeting was the creation of Mr. Heffernan who programmed the robot and his wife Luisa, who used her own childhood dolls that she adorned with homemade COVID-19 masks. The couple even ordered miniature caps and gowns from eBay to complete the visual.

"Luisa even had the stands for the dolls to hold them up in a standing position, and I used a couple of Wyvern mouse pads elevated by books for the platforms," Mr. Heffernan said. 

What a terrific way to welcome the Class of 2020!

  • Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja, Governor Charlie Baker
May, 2020

For the second year in a row, QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja has been named to Worcester Business Journal’s Power 50 list. Each year the publication honors 50 individuals who have made a significant impact on Central Massachusetts. These are the movers and shakers in our community, and the ones who are playing an oversized role and leading our region.

President Pedraja, who took the helm of QCC in July...

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For the second year in a row, QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja has been named to Worcester Business Journal’s Power 50 list. Each year the publication honors 50 individuals who have made a significant impact on Central Massachusetts. These are the movers and shakers in our community, and the ones who are playing an oversized role and leading our region.

President Pedraja, who took the helm of QCC in July 2017, has made an indelible impression on not only the College community, but also the region. Since the start of the pandemic he has lead the charge in finding ways to safely continue his mission of 100 percent student success for all at QCC. Not only has he taken a visible and proactive role in the community by instituting ways in which the College can help by donating large amounts of PPE to hospitals in need, but also by offering free courses to local businesses and healthcare professionals to help them navigate this new, restructured world. 

“As a community college we represent the very essence of community. It is vital that we all do our part during these unprecedented times,” President Pedraja said.

Being a part of the Worcester community is something that has seemed ingrained in President Pedraja. He hit the ground running when he came to the Worcester region and today is on multiple boards and commissions on both the state and local levels. He serves on the United Ways of Central Massachusetts Board; the Worcester Regional Research Bureau Board; the Latino Education Institute Board; the MassHire Central Region Workforce Board; is the co-chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Latino Education and Advancement, as well as the Massachusetts Economic Development Planning Council.

While not a native of Worcester, President Pedraja has become a valued and trusted figure in the City and beyond. He is a tireless advocate for those less fortunate and a champion of the under-privileged and underserved. Visit WBJ Power 50 List to read more about President Pedraja.

  • QCC's Workforce Development and Continuing Education offers free training this spring and summer.
May, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College’s Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education has met the challenges of a pandemic head-on by recently offering a free course on infection control and barrier protection proficiency. Close to 400 practicing allied health professionals attended the course, which focused on pragmatic prevention processes in clinical healthcare environments. Over two dozen Worcester...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education has met the challenges of a pandemic head-on by recently offering a free course on infection control and barrier protection proficiency. Close to 400 practicing allied health professionals attended the course, which focused on pragmatic prevention processes in clinical healthcare environments. Over two dozen Worcester firefighter recruits participated in the course and City of Worcester Training Division Fire Captain Steven Oberg said the class provided up-to-date information and was relevant for his recruits.

“Much of what we do as firefighters involves direct patient care on the street. An educated firefighter is a good firefighter. Someone who can think on their feet and make decisions quickly,” Captain Oberg said.

“I would recommend this course to other first responders and healthcare workers. It is a great way to learn new information for those who haven’t been trained yet and is also a great way for those who have been trained to reinforce their training,” said recruit Wesley Allain.

Recruit James Sharry agreed.

“Being a firefighter in a time like this can be challenging because of the connection to the community and interactions that are required daily. Having this knowledge can not only help the individual firefighters to remain safe, but it allows for the community as a whole to be sure that they have a full fire force that is not handicapped by many illnesses,” Mr. Sharry said, adding, “Protecting ourselves and our colleagues allows us to be available at full strength in health and numbers.”

QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja said it is vitally important to work together as a community during this health crisis, and the free course is just one of the ways in which the College is helping its community.

“We have redoubled our efforts in finding ways in which to assist our community,” President Pedraja said.

Captain Oberg said he has passed the information learned in the course to the District 7 Fire training coordinator, who was going to share it with all district member departments.

“I do feel like the course was valuable and will help me throughout my career as a firefighter. Being a first responder we must know about the safest ways to deal with and control diseases, which is exactly what this course teaches. I have already used some of the information that I learned during this course without being on the job yet,” said recruit John Simoncini.

To learn more about this course and current free courses offered, visit QCC's Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education.

  • Quinsigamond Community College mentee Bobby Kapel and mentor Kevin Campbell.
May, 2020

Mentors and mentees in QCC’s Mentoring program often find more than a collaborative, working relationship, they find a friendship.This was the case with Quinsigamond Community College recent graduate Bobby Kapel and retired military professional Kevin Campbell. The duo are a part of QCC’s Mentoring program and while the two are generations apart, from different countries,...

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Mentors and mentees in QCC’s Mentoring program often find more than a collaborative, working relationship, they find a friendship.This was the case with Quinsigamond Community College recent graduate Bobby Kapel and retired military professional Kevin Campbell. The duo are a part of QCC’s Mentoring program and while the two are generations apart, from different countries, cultural backgrounds and career fields, they share a deep admiration and affinity for one another.

Mr. Campbell is a QCC alumnus (1973) who was one QCC’s first mentors. He said he learned of the program after reading about the need for mentors and then meeting with QCC’s President Dr. Luis Pedraja.

“I wanted to give something back,” he said.

Mr. Kapel emigrated from Liberia in 2012, living first in Pennsylvania before moving to Worcester in 2016 and working in the human services field. In 2017, he came to QCC to realize a dream of furthering his education and bettering his future. In his homeland of West Africa, he taught high school for a couple of years and saw first-hand the need for support and guidance from mentors. Yet with a war going on, parents and mentors were scarce. When Mr. Kapel came to QCC, he saw the College’s mentoring program as a pathway to help him get where he wanted to be in life.

“I saw this as a big opportunity and way to keep on track,” he said, adding that the school he attended in Pennsylvania before coming to QCC did not offer a mentoring program. “I never had a mentor. I found a whole lot of good things at QCC that I never had at my other school and I’m very thankful.”

Both mentor and mentee said it has been a fulfilling and advantageous partnership based on mutual respect. They acknowledge the importance of committing to the partnership and following through with things. On the first day the two met, Mr. Campbell said he knew it would be a fruitful union.

The key thing on day one, I could see in Bobby that he was committed in what he was doing, committed to his studies. I could tell right away how serious he was about his education and achieving his goals,” he said. “I was committed to mentoring therefore we both ended up committing to this. You must be fully committed to this or there is no value.”

The two men have consistently met throughout the year, transitioning to calls and zoom meetings during the pandemic, and Mr. Kapel said the advice he has gotten from Mr. Campbell has been invaluable.

“We are from different places, backgrounds but I could talk to Kevin and know where he was coming from. Everything he told me and the advice he gave me worked for me,” he said.

According to QCC Mentoring Director Gabriel Santner, QCC’s mentoring program has been a huge success and one in which both mentees and mentors gain innumerable benefits.  This year alone there have been 135 successful matches.

“It’s a great way to help young people achieve their goals, give feedback, learn the struggles they face and it makes you a better person,” Mr. Campbell said.

In May, Mr. Kapel graduated from QCC and in the fall, he will be heading to Assumption College. He said his mentoring experience has been such a positive one that he hopes to become a mentor and be a valued resource for others, the way Mr. Campbell has been to him.

“What goes around comes around and I would love to do this (be a mentor) for others,” he said.

Mr Santner said one of the biggest takeaways from the program is witnessing and being inspired by the connections that are made.

“So many of our mentees and mentors have been able to open up with each other, and build great relationships. I think mentors gain just as much as mentees from the program, through the bond mentors build and through the insight they gain into the lived experiences of our mentees,” he said.

Currently QCC Mentoring is looking for an Americorp Ambassador of Mentoring to assist in growing the College’s program. The position will run from August 2020 – June 2021. For more information on the position, email Mr. Santner at gsantner [at] qcc.mass.edu .

Visit QCC's Mentoring for information on the program.

 

  • QCC’s Professor of Respiratory Care Karen Kaletski Dufault (in red) with some former Respiratory Care students.
May, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College Respiratory Care students have been all over the news in recent months, as many current and former students have been on the front lines taking care of those critically ill with COVID-19. QCC’s Professor of Respiratory Care and Coordinator of the Respiratory Care Program, Karen Kaletski Dufault, has been with her students every step of the way and is their...

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Quinsigamond Community College Respiratory Care students have been all over the news in recent months, as many current and former students have been on the front lines taking care of those critically ill with COVID-19. QCC’s Professor of Respiratory Care and Coordinator of the Respiratory Care Program, Karen Kaletski Dufault, has been with her students every step of the way and is their staunchest advocate and supporter. In fact, during this latest health crisis, she petitioned and received approval from the program’s accrediting agency to allow QCC respiratory care students to simultaneously work on their student licenses and earn credits. This brought much needed medical resources to an extremely stressed healthcare system.

The Class of 2020 is particularly special to Ms. Kaletski Dufault, not only due to all the challenges they have overcome this past year, but also because it is the last class she will be teaching. She is retiring from QCC after teaching for 28 years. Please read a heartfelt letter she wrote to the Respiratory Care Class of 2020.

You are the Respiratory Care Class of 2020! The year of COVID-19! What a year to graduate! Think of the stories you can tell your friends and families when this pandemic is over! Remember… the things you have experienced, and the individuals you have met along the way have helped mold you into extraordinary Respiratory Therapists! The Class of 2020 will go into the record books as the most unique class in the history of QCC!

Every year I start this letter by letting your friends and family members know what you have learned and accomplished in this program. It is important that they understand the absolute rigor and challenge of the Respiratory Care Program. I often tell people that we are teaching students how to save lives in only TWO short years! You can imagine that this is NO easy task.

You could not have achieved your success without the love and support of your family, friends and loved ones. They deserve recognition for their encouragement and the sacrifice made on your behalf! Give them a hug and tell them how grateful you are for their help! It truly DOES take a village!

The Class of 2020 has worked diligently to become exceptional Respiratory Therapists! Besides the challenging academic aspect of the program, you have had wonderful success as volunteers in the community—making a difference in the lives of those individuals you touched.

Here’s a glimpse of what you have accomplished! Academically, things began rather methodically….the Class of 2020 was introduced to the anatomy of the upper and lower airways, gas laws and the mechanics of breathing, infection control procedures, oxygen and aerosol therapy and pharmacology.

This was quickly followed by the art of performing and interpreting arterial blood gases, bronchopulmonary hygiene, noninvasive monitoring, airway management, bronchoscopy, endotracheal intubation, and medical gas therapy such as nitric oxide, heliox, carbogen, and hyperbaric.

This rapidly evolved into mechanical ventilation, including noninvasive, conventional, and high frequency, laboratory and CXR interpretation, hemodynamics, state-of-the-art treatment modalities, pulmonary function procedures, and complicated respiratory diseases. You also mastered the intricacies and special circumstances involved with the treatment of premature infants and pediatric patients. 

You have completed clinical rotations on medical, surgical, neonatal, pediatric, and intensive care units and you learned about sleep disordered breathing in a Sleep Center. You have gained insight in changing tracheostomies at a long-term rehabilitation facility.

You have learned what it is like to work for a home care company and most of you have participated in high risk deliveries as part of a Level III nursery NICU team, administering life-saving surfactant and providing ventilatory assistance to premature infants.

In addition to the entire rigorous curriculum… during the last two semesters, you earned sophisticated certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Neonatal Resuscitation.

Are you impressed yet??? Have you forgotten how hard you have worked? It is my job to remind you! Oh…wait…there is more!

This class has:

Attended the Massachusetts Society for Respiratory Care Meeting.
Volunteered to serve as Student Ambassadors for the Worcester Pulmonary Symposium sponsored by the American Lung Association.
Performed outstanding community service projects that involved:

  • Acting as student assistants in the freshman lab—mentoring freshmen therapists and assuring that skills were taught and mastered
  • Working collaboratively with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to fundraise
  • Organizing a Respiratory Care Department that was in desperate need of assistance
  • Planning a humanitarian medical mission in a third-world country
  • Learning how to perform vital pulmonary function testing
  • And… you fund-raised… to support a wonderful pinning ceremony, which unfortunately has been side-lined by this crazy virus!

Graduates …Do I have counsel for you as you leave the hallowed halls of QCC? Of course I do! Have you ever known me NOT to have an opinion or give advice?  (-:

I once read a passage that struck a chord with me. It stated:

“Never doubt your greatness! Greatness is the responsibility to use all your talents and gifts daily. People with greatness develop the ability to constantly deal with others and with circumstances positively and productively. They do not believe things are unchangeable. Whatever it is they are doing, they are doing it one smile at a time…one kind word at a time… and one good deed at a time. People with greatness do not listen to people who voice their opinion without supplying knowledge to back it up. People with greatness plant flowers each year, always expecting every flower will have fully bloomed by the season’s end. Everyone can achieve greatness, especially those who have learned the valuable lesson that living every day… is not an option… but a necessity.”

In Respiratory Care, you may never get the appreciation or recognition you deserve. But know that inner peace, integrity, loyalty, and honesty are more important than praise. These qualities will help you achieve “greatness!” Teddy Roosevelt once said: “far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” I have no doubt that the Respiratory Care, Class of 2020 will work hard to make this world a better place. This is imbedded in your DNA! 

Dr. Seuss, probably the best-loved and certainly the best-selling children’s author of all time, once said….. “Sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Hopefully, your QCC experience has helped create wonderful memories for you… memories that will last a lifetime!

Before I close, I wanted to let you know that I will be retiring at the end of MAY. I have worked as a Respiratory Therapist for almost 39 years. Twenty-eight of those years have been devoted to teaching Respiratory Care professionals at QCC. I have worn just about every hat during my tenure here, performing a variety of tasks for the college. I began as an adjunct. My job was to teach Respiratory Care students in the Neonatal Intensive Care setting. After that, I became the Director of Clinical Education, and for the last ten years, I worked as the Program Director. During my long career at this institution, I have trained over 200 Respiratory Therapists! I remember every name, every challenge and ultimately, every success! I am so proud of my students and the caring, professionals they have become. It makes me smile knowing that I have been a part of their transformation and training! This has been a wonderful journey, one that I will always remember and treasure. Thank you for being part of those memories.

Best wishes for a wonderful, fulfilling future in the admirable profession of Respiratory Care. I will be watching for you to change the world and make a difference in the lives of patients in your care.

Be safe, stay well and enjoy your new career!

Peace,

Karen

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May, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College's Class of 2020 made monumental mortarboard memories at its recent virtual commencement ceremony. The Class of 2020 didn't let a pandemic disrupt their excitement for commencement and their plans for the future. They let the world know who they were, where they had come from and where they were going. They thanked family and friends and made their commencement a day to...

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Quinsigamond Community College's Class of 2020 made monumental mortarboard memories at its recent virtual commencement ceremony. The Class of 2020 didn't let a pandemic disrupt their excitement for commencement and their plans for the future. They let the world know who they were, where they had come from and where they were going. They thanked family and friends and made their commencement a day to remember. 

If you didn't get a chance to send in your mortarboard photos there's still time. Send them to khutner [at] qcc.mass.edu and we will feature them in a future edition of the Wyvern Guardian newsletter. 

  • Consider taking a remote summer course at QCC.
May, 2020

Looking to have a sizzling summer? Look no further than Quinsigamond Community College! This summer with so many places closed, social distancing is in place and summer vacation plans are on hold or drastically changed, taking a class or two during QCC’s Summer I and Summer II sessions are the perfect answer. Summer classes are a great way to take a needed course or two, whether or not you call QCC your...

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Looking to have a sizzling summer? Look no further than Quinsigamond Community College! This summer with so many places closed, social distancing is in place and summer vacation plans are on hold or drastically changed, taking a class or two during QCC’s Summer I and Summer II sessions are the perfect answer. Summer classes are a great way to take a needed course or two, whether or not you call QCC your regular college.

QCC has made it easier than ever this summer with all courses being offered remotely. Registration has never been easier, too. Simply visit QCC Admissions to register for a class or enroll in a program. You are virtually guaranteed to start the fall semester ahead of the game by attending QCC remotely this summer!

There’s still time to register and get the classes you want. Summer I begins Monday, June 8 and runs through Tuesday, July 14. Summer II starts Monday, July 20 through Tuesday, August 25. 

May, 2020

At Quinsigamond Community College’s 55th Virtual Commencement Ceremony longstanding QCC professors and administrators were honored with emeritus status. These professors and administrators have served many years as faculty or administrators at the College and have personified the mission of QCC in the community.

Professors who were honored included:

  • Professor of Dental Hygiene, ...
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At Quinsigamond Community College’s 55th Virtual Commencement Ceremony longstanding QCC professors and administrators were honored with emeritus status. These professors and administrators have served many years as faculty or administrators at the College and have personified the mission of QCC in the community.

Professors who were honored included:

  • Professor of Dental Hygiene, Donna Rollo
  • Professor of Criminal Justice, Dagne Yesihak
  • Professor of Respiratory Care, Karen Kaletski Dufault
  • Professor of English, Sheila Booth

An additional QCC Professor of Computer Information Systems, Fred Pilch, who passed away on September was honored posthumously.

Additionally, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Nancy Schoenfeld and Assistant Vice President of Extended Campuses Operations & Community Engagement, Victor Somma were also honored with the title of emeritus.

“They have served the College with dedication and commitment and they will be missed,” QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja said, adding that all the honorees are “highly respected by students and colleagues and have had an impact on this College and the community that will be long remembered.”

  • Men's Basketball student athlete award winners from left: Richard Gomez, Steven Chivallatti and Brendan Dion
  • Women's Soccer student athlete winners from left (top): Fran DeMora, Ashely Jerome, Haley Gordon and Veronica Morson.
  • QCC's Yoga with Tammy is now held virtually.
May, 2020

Honoring Student Athletes

The NJCAA Athletic Directors of Region XXI chose to honor student athletes with Academic Award Certificates who earned a 3.2 GPA or higher during the semester in which they played a sport for the 2019-2020 season. A total of 16 QCC student athletes in four sports were awarded certificates.

The 2020 National Junior College Athletic Association Scholar Student Athlete...

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Honoring Student Athletes

The NJCAA Athletic Directors of Region XXI chose to honor student athletes with Academic Award Certificates who earned a 3.2 GPA or higher during the semester in which they played a sport for the 2019-2020 season. A total of 16 QCC student athletes in four sports were awarded certificates.

The 2020 National Junior College Athletic Association Scholar Student Athlete Awards include:

  • Francisco Abreu-Paulino - Men’s Soccer
  • Mohamed Boweden - Men’s Soccer
  • Steven Chivallatti - Men’s Basketball
  • Brendon Dion - Men’s  Basketball
  • Francesca DeMora - Women’s Soccer
  • Haley Gordon - Women’s Soccer
  • Richard Gomez - Men’s Basketball
  • Ashley Jerome - Women’ s Soccer
  • Deirdre Meagher - Women’s Volleyball
  • Veronica Morson - Women’s Soccer
  • Nathan Murphy - Men’s Soccer
  • Alessandra Murphy - Women’s Volleyball
  • Rose Nagelschmidt - Women’s Volleyball
  • Josephine Tang - Women’s Volleyball
  • Nicole Titus - Women’s Volleyball
  • Brendan Walsh - Men’s Soccer

E-Sports Team

Calling all gamers! The QCC Athletic department is putting together a remote gaming e-sports team. The team will compete against other community colleges in NJCAA Region XXI. The goal is to form a team that will play in the League of Legends (a highly competitive, fast-paced action strategy game) and possibly Rocket League (a vehicular soccer video game). The plan is to start with scrimmages during the Fall 2020, and then participate in the traditional e-sports season during the Spring of 2021.

Students interested in playing or faculty and staff interested in assisting can reach out to Director of Athletics and Fitness, Lisa Gurnik, at lgurnick [at] qcc.edu or Assistant Director of Athletics & Fitness, Josh Cole, at jcole [at] qcc.mass.edu . Let the game battles begin!

Yoga 

QCC's weekly Yoga Class with Tammy is still going strong! Virtual classes are held on Zoom, Mondays- Fridays from 12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m. through the month of June. Anyone who would like a daily invite (whether they take the class or not) can email Director of Athletics and Fitness, Lisa Gurnik, at lgurnick [at] qcc.edu to receive the daily invite.

  • From left: Diana Mohammad Bash, John Cullen and Yashvardhan Batra.
May, 2020

Each month professors in Quinsigamond Community College’s STEM programs recognize and acknowledge the perseverance of one student in their prospective STEM areas. Below are the April 2020 STEM Students of the Month, with a few comments from the professors who nominated them. This will be the last month for the STEM Students of the Month for the summer. The program will pick up again for the Fall 2020 semester....

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Each month professors in Quinsigamond Community College’s STEM programs recognize and acknowledge the perseverance of one student in their prospective STEM areas. Below are the April 2020 STEM Students of the Month, with a few comments from the professors who nominated them. This will be the last month for the STEM Students of the Month for the summer. The program will pick up again for the Fall 2020 semester.

Science -  Diana Mohammad Bash- nominated by Dilip Patel, Professor of Chemistry & Coordinator of Chemistry Program

“Diana Mohammad Basher is an outstanding student in the Pre-Pharmacy program. Diana is a hard-working student who maintains exceptional grades in chemistry courses. With a GPA of 4.0 in her pre-pharmacy program coursework, she is planning to attend the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Worcester. A very good motivator with strong leadership qualities, she also helps and guides freshman and sophomore students who intend to get into QCC’s pre-pharmacy program. Diana has been working in QCC’s admissions department as a work-study student and is a strong ambassador for the college.”       

Technology - John Cullen – nominated by Dean Polnerow, Professor of Computer Systems Engineering Technology

“John is a bright, energetic Computer Systems Engineering Technology (CSET) student who has a varied STEM background. Before turning his attention to computers and cybersecurity at QCC, he studied biotechnology for several years at Worcester Tech High School. His performance in his classes has been excellent to date. But what really sets John apart is his exceptional willingness to help others. John signed up to be a CSET tutor for students who need help in their classes. Students relate easily to him and he has no trouble engaging with them (and they with him). He is continually helping others outside of his official tutoring work hours – when he is available, he is ready and willing to help. Most importantly during the pandemic shutdown, John has reached out to figure out how he can help tutor remotely while students are at home. I think John will be a great asset to any organization he joins in the future, and has proven himself not only to be bright and eager to learn, but a great team player as well.”     

Engineering - Ebony Westerlind – nominated by James Heffernan and Mike Meagher, Professors of Electronics Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation Technologies

“Ebony is a strong, determined student who shows up at every class ready to work and learn, while also working a full-time job. She asks good questions and is an enthusiastic team member when working with other students. She is already involved in the medical field, and as a student in the Biomedical Instrumentation program under Electronics Engineering Technology, she continues to enhance her skill set. Biomedical Equipment Technicians must understand electronics in order to work with the high-tech, life-saving equipment that doctors and nurses depend on to serve their patients. Ebony is well on her way to serving in this valuable and critical role.”

Mathematics Yashvardhan Batra – nominated by Joseph Babu, Professor of Mathematics

“Yashvardhan (Yash) is a dual enrolled Westborough high school student who enrolled at QCC in Fall 2019 semester, when he took my trigonometry class. Yash’s high academic achievement is impressive. In all the Trigonometry classes I have taught, I have never had a student who would score 100% in all quizzes and all tests including the final exam like he did. He is a very polite and very respectful student. On the few occasions where he had to miss class times he would let me know in advance. A brilliant student, Yash was just admitted to Psi Beta, the Psychology honor society! I look forward to having him in my higher-level math courses.”

  •  Virtual Manufacturing Job Fair scheduled for June 4
May, 2020

REMAKE 4.0 is a manufacturing industry job readiness program designed to assist in filling critical manufacturing jobs through targeted promotion of employers in Central Massachusetts, who have positions to fill immediately. The upcoming Manufacturing Virtual Job Fair  will be held June 4, from 10:00 a.m. - noon. 

Job Seekers can register through the MassHire North Central Workforce Board and...

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REMAKE 4.0 is a manufacturing industry job readiness program designed to assist in filling critical manufacturing jobs through targeted promotion of employers in Central Massachusetts, who have positions to fill immediately. The upcoming Manufacturing Virtual Job Fair  will be held June 4, from 10:00 a.m. - noon. 

Job Seekers can register through the MassHire North Central Workforce Board and gain access to the job fair, or visit REMAKE for a live link to view available jobs. Based on the open positions, candidates can email their interest and/or resumes directly to companies for review.  Next steps will be set up at that point (phone screen, Zoom interview, etc.).

Companies that are already participating include:

  • Lutco In
  • Laborie Medical Technologies
  • Slideways
  • Magnetika
  • Sterling Precision
  • Mace Polymers and Additives
  • Eastridge Workforce Solutions
  • Cytivia
  • SMC
  • Kens Foods Inc
  • Catania Oils

For more information, email QCC's Advanced Manufacturing Program Specialist Jason Walker at jwalker [at] qcc.mass.edu