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Getting to Know PTK Alumna Jacqui Viar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more visit PTK Honor Society.