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September, 2020

  • Massachuetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago and QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja
September, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College has been awarded a Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) Grant of $32,400. The grant provides funding for high school students to take college-level courses that fulfill high school requirements, as well as earn college credit towards their degree. The CDEP helps to ease the transition from high school to college, enabling high school students to get a head start on their...

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Quinsigamond Community College has been awarded a Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) Grant of $32,400. The grant provides funding for high school students to take college-level courses that fulfill high school requirements, as well as earn college credit towards their degree. The CDEP helps to ease the transition from high school to college, enabling high school students to get a head start on their college careers. The program offers academic experiences to qualified students who otherwise may not have access to an early college experience. The CDEP’s goal is to increase the population of high school graduates who are college ready. 

QCC has a strong Early College Program and is a pathway to higher education for those historically underserved. Since 2018, the College has worked with Worcester Public Schools, creating college equity access to more students who have historically been underserved. Currently, the College has partnered with seven Worcester Public High Schools and 22 Central Massachusetts High Schools. Classes range from general education to business and healthcare.

“The CDEP Grant funding will be used to offer college credit courses to underserved students in the Worcester County Early College Programs,” said Christina Hebert, director of Educational Partnerships K-12 & Early College Initiatives at QCC. “We are excited that this CDEP Grant will enable us to offer credit courses to students in schools that to date have not had access to this type of program.”

Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito praised QCC’s program in a letter to President Dr. Luis Pedraja.

 “We want to thank you for your commitment to increasing college participation through dual enrollment activities, particularly for low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation college students. Through this funding and your continued support, we hope to expand access to great educational opportunities for every student in the Commonwealth.”

Visit Early College to learn more.

  • QCC hosted a flu shot clinic for the public.
September, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College has been working to support the Worcester community by hosting a drive-thru COVID-19 test site at its main campus, 670 West Boylston Street. The event began mid-September and will run through October. Testing is being conducted by AIDS Project Worcester, Inc., and is part of the Commonwealth’s “Stop the Spread” program.  The testing is open to the general public...

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Quinsigamond Community College has been working to support the Worcester community by hosting a drive-thru COVID-19 test site at its main campus, 670 West Boylston Street. The event began mid-September and will run through October. Testing is being conducted by AIDS Project Worcester, Inc., and is part of the Commonwealth’s “Stop the Spread” program.  The testing is open to the general public regardless of whether or not a person is symptomatic. No insurance is required, and testing is free.

“We are proud to help reinforce the City’s campaign to stop the spread of COVID-19. The best way to help stop the spread is by wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, and getting tested to make sure you do not have the virus,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.

The drive-thru testing site will be open by appointment only. There will be no weekend hours, and only those with appointments will be tested. Tests will be given in Lot 3 of the College’s main campus.

“AIDS Project Worcester is an excellent partner for this endeavor. They are fully self-contained, and bring all testing equipment to every host site. It’s a remarkable operation,” said Community Public Health Specialist/Consultant, Susan Johnson. “The test is a PCR nasal test, the most reliable test available because of its high sensitivity. Tests are processed through the Broad Institute and results are sent by email within 24-48 hrs.”

“We are delighted to be working with such a compassionate and professional organization like Quinsigamond Community College. We look forward to this collaboration that will provide an important public health service to the Worcester community,” said Michelle Smith, executive director for AIDS Project Worcester.

Additionally, the College hosted a walk-in flu clinic for the public on Monday, September 28 and Thursday, October 1 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the College’s main campus, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, Lot 3. Those attending the flu clinic were asked to bring their insurances cards, and the flu shots were free with most insurances. This year the influenza immunization will be required for all students attending Massachusetts colleges and universities.

“The new vaccine requirement is an important step in reducing flu-related illnesses. Flu symptoms can be comparable with those of COVID-19, so getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021, to protect yourself and the people around you from the flu,” Ms. Johnson said, adding that people who were feeling sick were asked to not attend the clinic. 

To make an appointment for a COVID-19 test, call 508.847.0623.  For information on how QCC is responding to this pandemic, visit the College’s COVID-19 Information Center at www.QCC.edu/covid19

  • QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja stops to visit with a group of QCC students in this 2017 photo.
September, 2020

 Advocating for the under-privileged and underserved has been a hallmark of Quinsigamond Community College President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja’s career. Dr. Pedraja was the recent keynote speaker at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology Barton Lectureship. He spoke on the multiple pandemics plaguing our society in a webinar, “Living in the Margins: Equity,...

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 Advocating for the under-privileged and underserved has been a hallmark of Quinsigamond Community College President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja’s career. Dr. Pedraja was the recent keynote speaker at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology Barton Lectureship. He spoke on the multiple pandemics plaguing our society in a webinar, “Living in the Margins: Equity, Education, and Theology in the Age of Pandemics.”

The Roy D. Barton Lectureship was established in 1995, to honor Dr. Barton for his service to the seminary and his service to the Hispanic United Methodist Church. Through these lectures, participants have heard from the leading Hispanic/Latino scholars in theological education and church leaders who have made a significant impact on the Hispanic/Latino church and beyond.

“I had the pleasure of working with Roy and considered him a colleague and a friend,” said Dr. Pedraja, who taught religion, philosophy, and theology at SMU from 1994–2000.

Dr. Pedraja’s webinar defined and explored the topic of the "margins," as it relates to economic gaps, changes in ethnic and racial demographics, and the roles of the Church and higher education in the new decade. He focused on the historic racism that has plagued society and looked at racism through the lens of education, addressing issues such as underfunding K-12, diminished resources, lack of educational role models, legacy of segregation, criminalization and labeling, high stakes tests, cost of education and underfunding of minority serving institutions.

“These barriers and many others contribute to the growing equity gap in colleges,” he said.

He used the example of the higher education equity gap in Massachusetts, a state known for its contributions to higher education.

“The college attainment gap between white females and Latino males exceeds 40%. These gaps are not accidental, they are the result of a broken education system that intentionally marginalizes segments of the population,” Dr. Pedraja said, noting the declining state investment in public and higher education for educational institutions that cater to the under-served populations.

Today, community colleges serve close to 50% of all undergraduates in the nation and serve over 30% of minority populations. Dr. Pedraja added that at QCC, the minority percentage is 40%, higher than any other population sector yet in terms of state funding, all 15 community colleges in the Commonwealth only receive 25% of state funding allocation.

“We educate the most, yet we get the least support,” he said.

Addressing why these equity gaps should matter to society, Dr. Pedraja said that beyond the immorality of continuing to allow this to persist, in the aftermath of the pandemic if this continues, the economic gap will continue to grow.

“Education is essential to economic and social stability. In order to dismantle marginalization, we must be as intentional as those who marginalize others. Our task is to equitably and continually expand our notion of ‘we’ until we include those that we define as ‘they,’” he said. “The equity gaps that exist in our society must be acknowledged and dismantled in education and even in theology.” 

 

Mason Wheaton
September, 2020

One Quinsigamond Community College student has put her own spin on how to deal with today’s national health crisis – through song. Sophomore music major Mason Wheaton sang her way into the hearts of many, with her self-written and self-recorded video song, “We Can Fight the Virus,” sung to the tune of Bill Joel’s 1989 hit, “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Her...

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One Quinsigamond Community College student has put her own spin on how to deal with today’s national health crisis – through song. Sophomore music major Mason Wheaton sang her way into the hearts of many, with her self-written and self-recorded video song, “We Can Fight the Virus,” sung to the tune of Bill Joel’s 1989 hit, “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Her rallying cry celebrated the start of school at QCC, and offered a brief insight into what students, faculty and staff are doing to push forward during these unprecedented times. The song was part of All College Day, an informational and motivational event held for faculty and staff the day before each semester begins. 

“Mason is an example of the incredible talent that we see in so many of our students. This was a fun and effective way to demonstrate what we can and should be doing to fight the virus. Mason’s song will resonate with many in the days and weeks to come,” QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja said.

Ms. Wheaton is a first generation college student, and her journey to higher education is similar to many community college students.

“I started college later in life at age 22. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I hesitated because I didn’t want a lot of debt, but I was worried about my future and didn’t want to keep working in low level jobs,” she said. 

After a bit of self-reckoning she enrolled at QCC to, as she put it, “save money and have a better life.” She registered for classes in 2019, taking a full course load and becoming an active member of the college community. She became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; a student peer mentor; a tutor in the college’s Writing Center and a member of the college’s Music Club.

When Music Professor José Castillo was asked to find a student to perform a parody song to be played at All College Day and help motivate the QCC community during the pandemic, he immediately thought of Ms. Wheaton.

“My responsibility was to choose the perfect performer for the song. Someone who would not only have a beautiful voice and musical talent but, also someone who would make the lyrics come to life and add a special charisma to the overall project,” said Music Professor José Castillo. “I have worked with Mason for the past year, as she is part of the music option degree program. Mason has always been eager to take on new challenges in and out of the classroom, which is an excellent quality to have.”

Ms. Wheaton said the lyrics she wrote were inspired by information she found on the college’s website. Due to COVID-19 and in-person restrictions, she recorded the song at home on her phone in her closet, after Mr. Castillo suggested the clothing in the closet would help absorb the echoing sound often heard when recording in a room. Mr. Castillo assisted with the background music and put the production together. Not only has the song become a hit with the college, it has also earned additional attention through the college’s social media platforms. She was even featured on WHDH Boston News 7.

“I am hearing from everyone how they loved the song,” she said.

Ms. Wheaton plans to graduate in spring 2021 with her associate degree in music, and hopes to transfer to UMass Amherst to major in vocal performance/vocal pedagogy and become a vocal teacher. She said she is grateful to have begun her higher education at QCC.

“There is no shame in going to a community college. It’s the smarter way to go to school especially if you don’t have a lot of money, and then you can easily transfer to a four-year school,” she said. “I want to help students become interested in being a part of the college community and follow their dreams.”

September, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College’s Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education (CWDCE) has launched an innovative way to deliver professional development training with a new, “all you can learn” subscription model. The CWDCE performed extensive research to discover the best way to respond to the needs of both employers and individuals working in today’s digital age.

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education (CWDCE) has launched an innovative way to deliver professional development training with a new, “all you can learn” subscription model. The CWDCE performed extensive research to discover the best way to respond to the needs of both employers and individuals working in today’s digital age.

QCC’s subscription-style model of learning contains over 500 unique online modules in 14 different areas of Advanced Manufacturing, as well as Microsoft 365 online software services suite. Participants can choose between 30, 60, 90, 180 or 365 days of unlimited access to all the training modules for a set rate. Since the pandemic began, companies have had to adopt more online practices into their current workplace practices to remain viable.

“We looked at a number of trends both locally and nationally, which resulted in some new course offerings for the fall, as well as new ways we will be offering our courses.  One of the most innovative ways we have responded to the need for workers to quickly ‘skill up,’ is by offering this type of learning model,” said Dean of the Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Kathleen Manning.

Students can mix and match between all modules to target their individual skill needs. Each module takes approximately one hour to complete and includes a pre and post assessment. Students can print out a certificate when the module is completed.

“We are moving away from the one-size-fits-all approach and are allowing individuals to design a custom program that is best suited to their individual career goals,” Ms. Manning said. “This is a smarter approach in delivering professional development training to our workforce of the future.”

QCC offered free business courses to help with online transition at the start of the pandemic, as well as a free infectious disease control course to assist companies in navigating the new workplace landscape.

“Now with these ‘all you can learn’ programs, there is another safe and effective way to learn new skills or increase existing skill sets,” Ms. Manning continued. “Adapting to the needs of our changing world is paramount to the economic prosperity of our nation.”

To learn more visit, https://www.QCC.edu/center-workforce-development-and-continuing-education.

  • Nursing alumna Kelly Ashe-Dailida and her chidlren from left: Ryan, Erin and Alex.
September, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College students and alumni play a vital role in keeping our communities safe and our economy intact as guardian workers on the frontlines during the pandemic. Recently we spoke with a former QCC adjunct instructor and alumna, who is one of today's guardian workers.

As an adjunct psychology instructor at Quinsigamond Community College for the past 15-plus...

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Quinsigamond Community College students and alumni play a vital role in keeping our communities safe and our economy intact as guardian workers on the frontlines during the pandemic. Recently we spoke with a former QCC adjunct instructor and alumna, who is one of today's guardian workers.

As an adjunct psychology instructor at Quinsigamond Community College for the past 15-plus years, Kelly Ashe-Dailida had become a familiar face to many. Yet, some may remember her more as a nursing student in QCC’s nurse education program than as a former QCC instructor. Today, Ms. Ashe-Dailida is an inpatient addiction/recovery nurse, living in Shrewsbury with her husband Kevin, and three children, Alex 20, Ryan 17, and Erin 14, as well as her 10-month-old golden retriever Mason.

She holds an undergraduate and master’s degree in psychology from Anna Maria College; however, throughout the years she felt she was missing the clinical aspect to her higher education. Ms. Ashe-Dailida toyed with the idea of going back to school to get her doctorate degree in clinical psychology, or perhaps go into something else entirely, such as nursing.

Her “aha” moment came when her middle son, Ryan, sustained a knee injury that required surgery. When he was hospitalized, she realized that while she had a great deal of knowledge she didn’t have all the knowledge she needed to be part of his care.

“I was so envious of the nurses. They had the required clinical knowledge to take care of Ryan and I didn’t. I wanted their knowledge to take care of my child,” she said.

Thankfully, her son recovered from his injury and Ms. Ashe-Dailida’s commitment to enter nursing school was solidified.

“When we got home the experience was still poking at me and I finally turned to my husband and said, ‘I made the decision, I want to go to school,’” she said.

She entered QCC’s nurse education program and in December 2019 graduated from the program as a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member.  

Once Ms. Ashe-Dailida graduated from QCC, she was required to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. She ended up taking the exam just before the pandemic hit, and was actually in the last test-taking group before everything shut down due to COVID-19. She passed the Boards on her first attempt and then began the arduous task of looking for a job during a pandemic.

“It was interesting to find a job at this time as a new nurse, as hospitals were trying to wrap their arms around this virus,” she said, adding that she got her first nursing job as an inpatient addiction/recovery nurse.

Although this was Ms. Ashe-Dailida’s first official nursing position, she has also performed some COVID testing in the middle of the pandemic, following all proper personal protection equipment (PPE) protocols.

“I feel I am doing all I can to remain safe and help others. With my current job and the COVID testing, you have to assume that everyone is positive in order to protect yourself and others. Among the many other communicable viruses and diseases, you must concern yourself with, COVID is even more insidious and mysterious to us right now,” she said. “While COVID is always on my mind, clients I deal with are not there for that, they are dealing with an equally formidable depravity and our number one job is to help them recover and keep them safe.”

Caring for others in this way seems to be in Ms. Ashe-Dailida’s DNA.

“My husband said this job takes a special kind of person or personality and said he could never do it,” she laughed.

She encourages others to dig deep and follow their dreams of being a nurse, even when nursing school gets hard and feels overwhelming.

“I hope I can inspire a few people who feel they lack confidence or stamina in believing that they can do it. The nursing program at QCC is one of the best around; it is also the most challenging, yet rewarding academic accomplishments I have ever experienced. I still keep in touch with my professors and they prepared me well. My family and my professors were always in my corner, offering encouragement, advice and honesty,” she said, adding, “PTK was surely a big part of urging me on and reminding me of what I had accomplished and the importance of maintaining a robust attitude in the face of adversity. “

Ms. Ashe-Dailida’s said one of the most surprising things about going to nursing school was that it was not only life changing for her, but also for her family.

“This was my dream, but if I didn’t have the support of my family I wouldn’t have made it. My daughter, who was only 8 when I began school, would leave me notes of inspiration in my lunch or in my notebook,” she said, adding, “All that my children learned while I was going to school was something I never expected. They saw me studying as hard as I did and it reinforced what Kevin and I taught them. I knew I wanted to go to school, but I never knew the positive effect it would have on my family.  ”

To learn more, visit QCC’s Nursing program.

  • QCC Wyverns E-Sports Captain Trevor Dodson practices with the team.
September, 2020

As summer has made its way into fall, QCC’s e-sports team is having an exciting first season. The team formed earlier in the summer and already they are making themselves known in the collegiate gaming world. Leading the Wyverns in their inaugural season is QCC freshman, Captain Trevor Dodson, a seasoned gamer. Recently the Wyvern Guardian caught up with him.

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As summer has made its way into fall, QCC’s e-sports team is having an exciting first season. The team formed earlier in the summer and already they are making themselves known in the collegiate gaming world. Leading the Wyverns in their inaugural season is QCC freshman, Captain Trevor Dodson, a seasoned gamer. Recently the Wyvern Guardian caught up with him.

What is your major?

My Major is Hotel Restaurant Management.

Why did you join QCC’s new e-sports team?

I joined the e-sports team for QCC because I won four state championships at my high school (Shrewsbury High School) for e-sports, so I figured it would be fun to do it again.

Have you always been a gamer?

I have always enjoyed playing video games and I have been playing competitively since the beginning of my high school career.

Can you tell me what it’s like to be a part of the QCC team? (Does it take up a lot of time? Are there practices?)

It takes a decent amount of commitment to be part of the team, but it’s well worth it to notice improvement in the team dynamic. There are practices three times a week, including my captain’s practice on Fridays.

Do you need any special equipment?

The only equipment you need is a functioning computer and a microphone headset to hear and talk to the team.

How do matches/games work?

Matches are set up five vs. five and take around five to 10 minutes to draft what characters each team wants to play. Then the actual game itself takes around 20-40 minutes typically.

What’s the best part of being on the college’s e-sports team?

The best part of being on the college team for me during this time would be meeting people and getting to play my favorite game with them. It is especially nice because it’s hard to get out right now and meet and talk with people.

What would you tell other students who might be interested in being a part of the team?

If there are any students who play League of Legends currently, I encourage them to check out the e-sports team because they might enjoy it.

There’s still time to be part of QCC’s e-sports team. To learn more, email Coach Nate Mello at nmello [at] qcc.mass.edu or Director of Athletics & Fitness Center Lisa Gurnick at lgurnick [at] qcc.mass.edu.

  • QCC's Human Services Wyvern
September, 2020

QCC alumnus Gordon Dupuis, of Southbridge, has a lot of experience in higher education. He has earned multiple college degrees, yet throughout his higher education what has resonated with him most was his experience as a human services student at Quinsigamond Community College.  

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QCC alumnus Gordon Dupuis, of Southbridge, has a lot of experience in higher education. He has earned multiple college degrees, yet throughout his higher education what has resonated with him most was his experience as a human services student at Quinsigamond Community College.  

Despite having been enrolled in multiple colleges, he said QCC was the first college he attended that made him feel he could realize his full potential.

"Both Southbridge and Worcester faculty and staff, particularly Dr. Doe West and Professor Brenda Safford, took their time to personally support every student to help them achieve their best,” he said.

For Mr. Dupuis, his journey to QCC came by a circuitous route. In 2003, he graduated from Clark University with a BA in ancient civilization and decided to take a year off before looking into graduate schools to become a professor of comparative religion. After a year at Anna Maria College in Paxton, he settled on Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he graduated with a Master's Degree in Religious Studies in 2010, earning the highest GPA in the program.

"Once I graduated I was offered to teach one course there, but the funding for the position dried up,” he said.

For the next few years, he looked for an adjunct teaching position and dabbled in creative writing. In 2012, he met his wife who had recently returned to the area after living for a time in Texas and Florida. 

“My wife was the first one to discover and attend QCC,” he said, noting that she already had a BA in English with a minor in sociology.  “She decided to enroll in the Human Services program.”

A year later, Mr. Dupuis also enrolled in QCC’s human services program. It was to be a turning point in his life.

“After I received my associate degree (in 2016), both of us enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at Wheelock College (now Boston University), he said. "Both of us were also fortunate to have our clinical internships together at New Beginnings of Southbridge, an outpatient therapy clinic near the center of town,”

After graduating in 2019, his wife began work as a social worker at Harrington Hospital, in Webster and he became a clinician at the Open Sky Adult Community Clinical Services program, working to help those in his hometown of Southbridge.

“I have lived in Southbridge my entire life and know that it is an economically and emotionally depressed town,” he said. “I feel that QCC can uniquely provide the opportunity and community required for my town to heal from generations of poverty, apathy, and disenfranchisement.”

Visit QCC’s Human Services to learn more about the program.

  • Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago listens to QCC alumnus Jorgo Gushi discuss equity and equality.
September, 2020

On September 10, QCC alumnus and new Foundation Board member Jorgo Gushi was part of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s webinar, as the DHE and the Lumina Foundation announced a comprehensive new plan to achieve racial equity for students attending Massachusetts public colleges and universities. Others invited to the webinar included: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Senator...

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On September 10, QCC alumnus and new Foundation Board member Jorgo Gushi was part of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s webinar, as the DHE and the Lumina Foundation announced a comprehensive new plan to achieve racial equity for students attending Massachusetts public colleges and universities. Others invited to the webinar included: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser.

As Chair of the Student Advisory Council to the MA Board of Higher Education, Mr. Gushi was invited to give his viewpoint on equity and equality among the student population of public higher education in Massachusetts. He stressed the need for more investments in higher education to address racial inequities/barriers to student success.

“...I hope the administration and legislature will reexamine funding public higher education institutions and its students as we seek to produce more equity-oriented outcomes. Now is not the time to cut higher education’s budget, on the contrary, it is time to put hands deep in pockets to keep Massachusetts’s community colleges, state universities and the University of Massachusetts up and running,” Mr. Gushi said. “We must be willing to look at student outcomes and disparities at all educational levels disaggregated by race and ethnicity as well as socioeconomic status. We ought to recognize that individual students are not responsible for the unequal outcomes of groups that have historically experienced discrimination and marginalization in the United States. Respect for the aspirations and struggles of students who are not well served by the current educational system, is essential.”

  • Dean of Institutional Research and Planning Ingrid Skadberg
September, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College Dean of Institutional Research and Planning, Ingrid Skadberg, has been elected secretary for the North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR). Ms. Skadberg has been a member of the NEAIR since 2007, the same year she served on the Grants Committee (2007-2010). She was also elected by her peers to the Steering Committee (2012-2015) and in 2010, was elected to...

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Quinsigamond Community College Dean of Institutional Research and Planning, Ingrid Skadberg, has been elected secretary for the North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR). Ms. Skadberg has been a member of the NEAIR since 2007, the same year she served on the Grants Committee (2007-2010). She was also elected by her peers to the Steering Committee (2012-2015) and in 2010, was elected to the Nominating Committee.  

 NEAIR primarily serves the northeast region, with a goal of promoting effectiveness in postsecondary education through excellence in the field of institutional research. To date, there are 325 institutions represented by 682 members.

Ms. Skadberg said there have been numerous information and resources from NEAIR that have been useful for QCC.

“While serving on the Steering Committee a number of years ago, I was introduced to ‘Trello,’ which is the tool the campus uses to track strategic planning progress.  In addition, I was introduced to the strategic planning model at a NEAIR pre-conference workshop, upon which QCC’s strategic plan is based,” Ms. Skadberg said.

 She is quick to point out that NEAIR has been invaluable in her professional development.

“NEAIR has given me the chance to learn leadership skills and research techniques from my peers, understand best practices, and anticipate the future of the profession,” she said.

  • Social Justice Community Space located in the Harrington Learning Center on QCC's main campus.
September, 2020

QCC’s Leadership Equity Series ran on September 23 with the topic being Racial Equity. Rob Jones, of T. Lee Associates presented.

This session included discussions on racial equity foundations and principles, key components of racial equity and the impact of racial equity across our society and our industries. Participants learned the definition of racial equity, which refers to what a genuinely non...

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QCC’s Leadership Equity Series ran on September 23 with the topic being Racial Equity. Rob Jones, of T. Lee Associates presented.

This session included discussions on racial equity foundations and principles, key components of racial equity and the impact of racial equity across our society and our industries. Participants learned the definition of racial equity, which refers to what a genuinely non-racist society would look like, as well as social justice terms and what each of us can do to “find our voice” and make a difference.

“Through these sessions and other equity programs we continue to work together to make our campus more equitable,” said President Dr. Luis Pedraja.  

The next Leadership Equity session will take place on October 21 at 2:00 p.m., and calendar invites will be forthcoming.

  • Tune in each Thursday to Live with Josh and Lisa!
September, 2020

E-sports

Congratulations to the QCC Athletics Wyvern E-sports team for winning both League of Legends exhibition games against Bunker Hill Community College on September 26. Fall scrimmage begins the week of October 10 with a match against Bristol Community College (exact day and time to be determined).

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E-sports

Congratulations to the QCC Athletics Wyvern E-sports team for winning both League of Legends exhibition games against Bunker Hill Community College on September 26. Fall scrimmage begins the week of October 10 with a match against Bristol Community College (exact day and time to be determined).

If you are a full-time student this fall (12 credits of more) or you know of a full-time student who may be interested in being part of QCC’s E-sports team there’s still time to join in the fun! Contact Coach Nate Mello at nmello [at] qcc.mass.edu

Yoga

Looking to get your downward dog on today? QCC’s Zoom Yoga is the perfect place to take time out of your hectic day, regroup and get some exercise. Zoom classes are free, five- days-a-week for the Fall 2020 semester.

Classes are Monday – Friday from 12- 12:40 p.m. and run until December 18. To receive a Zoom invite, email Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick at lisag [at] qcc.mass.edu

Zumba

Dance away your stress with QCC’s new, free Zoom Zumba. Classes are held twice a week, Tuesdays 1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. and Fridays 6:00 p.m.-6:45p.m., beginning October 6. To receive a Zoom invite, email Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick at lisag [at] qcc.mass.edu

Live with Josh and Lisa!

QCC's new Live Sports and Fitness Chat with Josh and Lisa is the perfect way to get the answers you need to fitness and sports questions. This live, hour-long session is held Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Students can log on to Blackboard Collaborate and ask questions to Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick or Interim Assistant Director of Student Life and Leadership, Josh Cole.

  • The Commonwealth's 2020 STEM Week theme is "See Yourself in STEM."
September, 2020

October brings autumn pleasures – crisp air, colorful leaves and pumpkin spiced treats. October is also when STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) becomes the focus for engagement throughout the Commonwealth. And October is also national Manufacturing Month – a great overlap with STEM Week, as Manufacturing is a STEM discipline. There are lots of activities to participate in for people of all...

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October brings autumn pleasures – crisp air, colorful leaves and pumpkin spiced treats. October is also when STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) becomes the focus for engagement throughout the Commonwealth. And October is also national Manufacturing Month – a great overlap with STEM Week, as Manufacturing is a STEM discipline. There are lots of activities to participate in for people of all ages and interests. Below are a few things to be on the lookout for this month. Students should check their Qmail, as well as social media posts for opportunities to participate in virtual events throughout October.

Mass. STEM Week: October 19 - 23

This year Governor Baker has designated October 19 – 23 as Massachusetts STEM Week, with this year's theme of “See Yourself in STEM." Colleges, school systems, community organizations, museums, libraries and others will be hosting events to engage people of all ages in STEM experiences. Activities include participating in design challenges, attending STEM career panels and accessing video company tours. Most events will be conducted virtually, with some being run real-time (where you can tune in live), while others will be recorded in advance. Many live sessions will also be recorded, with most recordings being made available for use on demand beyond STEM Week.  

QCC is working in partnership with the Central Mass. STEM Network to create STEM career panels in five different STEM career areas that will be widely available to students across Central Massachusetts. "See Yourself in STEM" career panels will highlight a diverse population of STEM professionals in different jobs that require differing levels of education (certificates, degrees, etc.). The panels will be run live via Zoom (one industry area each day during STEM Week) and will also be recorded for later use. The planned areas of focus are:

  • Health careers
  • Engineering/Construction/Environmental career
  • Biomedical/biotech careers
  • Computer Science / IT careers
  • Manufacturing Careers

For more information, visit STEM Week. Events from all over the state are housed on this website. Listings are updated frequently, so check back regularly. 

October is Manufacturing Month

While October 2 is officially National Manufacturing Day, so much activity is planned that the entire month has been designated as National Manufacturing Month. The goal is to raise awareness among students, parents, educators and the general public about modern manufacturing and the rewarding careers available. Since its inception, federal agencies and senior officials have enthusiastically supported Manufacturing Day in countless ways – including official proclamations, factory tours, presentations, and other outreach initiatives. Due to the current pandemic, Manufacturing Day 2020 activities and celebrations will largely take place virtually.

QCC faculty and staff are part of a Massachusetts team that is building a website explaining the many high tech aspects of today’s manufacturing including robotics, artificial intelligence, computer aided design – and highlighting several local manufacturing companies and the types of careers they offer. The website is scheduled to launch for STEM Week. Watch for announcements and a link to the site.

Visit Manufacturing to learn more about the many manufacturing programs available at QCC. 

  • PSI BETA National Psychology Honor Society
September, 2020

Are you wondering how the mind works or are you curious about human behavior in general, especially during these unprecedented times on our society? If so, students at QCC just might be interested in the PSI BETA National Psychology Honor Society and Psychology Club.

To be considered for the PSI BETA National Psychology Honor Society, students must have a desire to learn about psychology; however, any major...

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Are you wondering how the mind works or are you curious about human behavior in general, especially during these unprecedented times on our society? If so, students at QCC just might be interested in the PSI BETA National Psychology Honor Society and Psychology Club.

To be considered for the PSI BETA National Psychology Honor Society, students must have a desire to learn about psychology; however, any major will be considered. 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, the following criteria must be met:

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

To be considered for induction, send the following information to professor of Psychology, Dr. Valarie Clemente, vclemente [at] qcc.mass.edu by October 23, 2020.

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

All documents will be reviewed and students will receive a response within a week. Students should check their email regularly, as time-sensitive information will be emailed. For accepted students, there is a one-time induction fee of $50 payable to the national organization. The induction ceremony will take place on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. Friends and family are welcome to attend and a Zoom link will be emailed prior to the ceremony.

Additionally, the Psychology Club is open to any QCC student who is interested in psychology. This is a great social outlet for those students interested in psychology. The Psi Beta Honor Society and QCC Psychology Club meets every other Friday from noon to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. Zoom meeting links will be emailed prior to each meeting. To receive email reminders and event alerts, email qccpsychologyclub [at] gmail.com.  For questions, email Advisor, Dr. Valarie Clemente at vclemente [at] qcc.mass.edu.

To learn more visit Psi Beta Honor Society 

  • Students become adept at remote learning during the fall 2020 semester.
September, 2020

Wednesday, September 30:  Six-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction workshop. This six-week workshop is offered to faculty and staff as support during this unprecedented time and for professional development. Workshop outcomes will include gaining an understanding of what mindfulness is; an experiential process of how mindfulness can affect you on a daily basis; and how it reduces stress in our...

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Wednesday, September 30:  Six-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction workshop. This six-week workshop is offered to faculty and staff as support during this unprecedented time and for professional development. Workshop outcomes will include gaining an understanding of what mindfulness is; an experiential process of how mindfulness can affect you on a daily basis; and how it reduces stress in our lives. The workshop is designed for beginners and for those who wish to renew and/or restart their mindfulness practice. Each week will cover specific topics. This workshop is on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. September 30 – November 4. A second workshop will begin on November 2. Visit Mindfulness Workshop to sign up.

Thursday, October 1: Transfer Services will be hosting numerous virtual transfers events with four-year colleges and universities throughout the month of October. Talk with transfer staff and learn how you can seamlessly transfer and save thousands towards a four-year degree. Visit the Events Calendar to learn what colleges and universities you can Zoom with this month.

Tuesday, October 6: All College Forum for faculty and staff, 2:00 pm on Zoom.  All College Forums are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 2 to 3 pm on Zoom.

Monday, October 12: QCC is closed for the Columbus Day holiday.

Wednesday, October 14: QCC Diversity Caucus Sankofa Lecture Series will feature a one-hour talk from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m with Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara, associate professor of History, Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Clark-Pujara’s research focuses on the legacy of slavery and persistent racism across U.S. history. Her presentation will be focused on the business of slavery in New England.

Wednesday, October 21: QCC to host the Virtual 35th Annual Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence (H.A.C.E) Youth Awards on Zoom from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 22: QCC Diversity Caucus Sankofa Lecture Series will feature a one-hour talk from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. with Dr. Nana Osei Quarshie, Assistant Professor of History, Yale University. Dr. Quarshie’s research illuminates the history of health care in colonial West Africa. His presentation will focus on the structure of health care, both provided and imposed, in the British Gold Coast colony (what is today Ghana).

October Spotlight: Virtual Leadership Academy. Students learn essential leadership skills, engage in fun and exciting activities, acquire networking skills and discover all that QCC has to offer. This is free and open to all current and incoming students. Students who complete all five sessions receive a free T-shirt. Meetings are held on Zoom, Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. beginning on October 7 and running through November 4. Pre-registration is required. For more information email Josh Cole at jcole [at] qcc.mass.edu or Cheryl Pike, cpike [at] qcc.mass.edu

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September, 2020

September, 2020

On September 27, 2020 Administrative Services welcomed Joseph "Joe" Cecchi as the Police Academy Program Manager – Police Captain.  Joe brings to this position over 12 years of experience. Most recently, he was a Police Detective Sergeant - Police Officer III at QCC. Joe earned a Bachelor’s of Science, Sociology Degree from Worcester State University and a Master...

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On September 27, 2020 Administrative Services welcomed Joseph "Joe" Cecchi as the Police Academy Program Manager – Police Captain.  Joe brings to this position over 12 years of experience. Most recently, he was a Police Detective Sergeant - Police Officer III at QCC. Joe earned a Bachelor’s of Science, Sociology Degree from Worcester State University and a Master’s of  Public Administration, Criminal Justice from Anna Marie College.

Please join us in welcoming Joe into his new roles at QCC.