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November, 2020

  • Michael Afriyie, son of QCC’s Assistant Vice President of Student Success, Michelle Tufau Afriyie.
November, 2020

“God bless us, everyone!” Those famous words said by Tiny Tim in the Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol,” have marked the start of the holiday season for many people each year. QCC is excited to have its own Tiny Tim in its midst, to help kick off the holiday season. Michael Afriyie, son of QCC’s Assistant Vice President of Student Success, Michelle Tufau Afriyie ...

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“God bless us, everyone!” Those famous words said by Tiny Tim in the Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol,” have marked the start of the holiday season for many people each year. QCC is excited to have its own Tiny Tim in its midst, to help kick off the holiday season. Michael Afriyie, son of QCC’s Assistant Vice President of Student Success, Michelle Tufau Afriyie will be part of the Hanover Theatre’s video on demand production of “A Christmas Carol Reimagined.”

Mr. Afriyie will play dual roles – Tiny Tim and the ghost of Ignorance. The show runs from December 11 - December 31, 2020.

For more information on how to access the video on demand, visit https://thehanovertheatre.org/accreimagined

  • QCC becomes an institutional partner with the Worcester Art Museum.
November, 2020

For those art aficionados at QCC, we have some exciting news for you! The College recently became an institutional partner with the Worcester Art Museum. So what does this mean to you? This means that all current students, faculty and staff can visit the art museum at no cost. But wait, there's more!

Other great benefits include:

  • Free General Admission to WAM galleries,...
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For those art aficionados at QCC, we have some exciting news for you! The College recently became an institutional partner with the Worcester Art Museum. So what does this mean to you? This means that all current students, faculty and staff can visit the art museum at no cost. But wait, there's more!

Other great benefits include:

  • Free General Admission to WAM galleries, including Third Thursdays Master Series
  • Free docent-led tours
  • Save 10% on classes
  • Save up to 20% on facility rentals for institutional events
  • Special event discounts
  • Access to Education and Experience Department! This is a great way to create an educational experience to fit your curricular and/or extracurricular needs

To ensure a safe, enjoyable experience, the Museum has implemented a number of safety protocols following state and local guidelines, and requires all visitors adhere to these policies when they visit (Worcester Art Museum COVID-19 Information.)

Entry to the Museum will be timed and tickets must be reserved ahead of time. Times may vary due to COVID-19 concerns, so make sure to check the museum website before your visit. Current faculty, staff, and students can utilize this membership right away by reserving their timed tickets online and showing their QCC faculty/staff or student ID at their timed visit. The Art Museum will accept QCC IDs even if the date is overdue for a new sticker.

For questions regarding QCC’s membership, contact June Geary at jgeary [at] qcc.mass.edu or call 508.726.8450.

  • Communications Dispatcher II Carl Tirocchi takes part in No Shave November.
November, 2020

For the fourth year, QCC’s Campus Police took part in No-Shave November, a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education. During the month of November, officers were allowed to grow facial hair as a way of showing solidarity to the cancer patients who often lose their hair during their battle with cancer.

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For the fourth year, QCC’s Campus Police took part in No-Shave November, a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education. During the month of November, officers were allowed to grow facial hair as a way of showing solidarity to the cancer patients who often lose their hair during their battle with cancer.

This year's campaign supported programs at Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Each of the foundations listed are making great strides in fighting, researching, and preventing cancer.

We thank our officers for their support of this worthy cause.

  • The Wyvern gets ready for the holiday season.
November, 2020

Tuesday, December 1: December All College Forum at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. 

Tuesday, December 1: GivingTuesday Campaign Day! Take a moment and make a donation to make a difference in a student’s life. Visit www.QCC.edu/QCCGives to donate today.

Thursday, December 3 and Thursday, December 17:...

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Tuesday, December 1: December All College Forum at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. 

Tuesday, December 1: GivingTuesday Campaign Day! Take a moment and make a donation to make a difference in a student’s life. Visit www.QCC.edu/QCCGives to donate today.

Thursday, December 3 and Thursday, December 17: Student Brave Space Conversations from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Students are invited to join this bi-weekly event for an opportunity to have respectful conversations about the issues of racism and inequality. Students should check their Qmail for Zoom information, or contact Dean Vecchio at tvecchio [at] qcc.mass.edu

Monday, December 7: Native American Heritage Day was celebrated the day after Thanksgiving to give homage to the first people of this nation. In honor of this important day and the end of Native American Heritage month, the QCC Diversity Caucus invites all faculty staff and students to attend a presentation at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom, on the history of our native land, Central MA and Quinsigamond. Faculty members are welcome to bring classes. 

Join Dr. Thomas Doughton from the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, and Mr. Colin Novick from the Greater Worcester Land Trust as they share the rich history and culture of Native American’s in and around Worcester and Quinsigamond. Any questions can be directed to Co-Chairs of the Diversity Caucus Selina Boria at sboria [at] qcc.mass.edu or Brenda Safford at bsafford [at] qcc.mass.edu.

Monday, December 16 -22: Final week of classes.

Friday, December 25 – Friday, January, 1: The College will close for its annual winter break and reopen remotely on Monday, January 4, 2021. Happy Holidays to All!!

Month of December: QCC’s Transfer Department is continuing to host month-long transfer events with four-year colleges and universities. Learn what schools are visiting this month by visiting QCC’s Transfer Department.  

Month of December: The month of December is jam-packed full of informational sessions, support services and more to help students get to the finish line this semester. Visit the Events Calendar to learn more. 

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November, 2020

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

On November 15, 2020 Academic Affairs welcomes Evonne Peters as Director of English Language Arts ABE Professional Development Center. Evonne brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, she was the Student Achievement in Reading (STAR) Trainer, ELA Coach and Trainer with System of Adult Education...

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

On November 15, 2020 Academic Affairs welcomes Evonne Peters as Director of English Language Arts ABE Professional Development Center. Evonne brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, she was the Student Achievement in Reading (STAR) Trainer, ELA Coach and Trainer with System of Adult Education Support (SABES) ELA Support Center, Massachusetts. Evonne earned a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, English and Political Science from University of Colorado.

On November 22, 2020, Administrative Services welcomed Carl Tirocchi as the Communications Dispatcher II for Campus Police. Carl brings to this position over 25 years of experience. Most recently, he was a Communications Dispatcher I here at QCC. Carl earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bryant College, Roger Williams College and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College.

On November 22, 2020, Administrative Services welcomed Cristie Marsh-Tucker as Project Management Coordinator, (Associate Project Manager) in Facilities. Cristie brings to the position over 20 years of experience. Most recently she was Project Management Coordinator in the Facilities here at QCC. Cristie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Maine, and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management, and a Master’s Degree in Management from New England College.

Please join us in welcoming Evonne, Carl and Cristie into their new roles at QCC.

October, 2020

  • Assistant Professor of Music José Castillo (playing guitar) and QCC students Veronica Morson and Jonathan Duque .
October, 2020

For the last 35 years, Quinsigamond Community College has hosted the Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence (H.A.C.E) Youth Awards. The annual event, held this year on October 21, paid homage to the achievements of public and private Worcester and Southbridge Hispanic high school students in the areas of Academics, Leadership, Arts and Athletics.

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For the last 35 years, Quinsigamond Community College has hosted the Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence (H.A.C.E) Youth Awards. The annual event, held this year on October 21, paid homage to the achievements of public and private Worcester and Southbridge Hispanic high school students in the areas of Academics, Leadership, Arts and Athletics.

This year’s event honored 19 students at a virtual celebration attended by civic and community leaders. To date, 754 students have been honored with scholarship awards totaling $186,950.  The H.A.C.E. Youth Awards were created in 1985 by faculty and staff at QCC, along with business and community leaders in the Worcester community.

QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja told the students about his own success story, describing how he came to the U.S. as a young boy from Cuba and today is a college president thanks to education.

“Education opens doors you never imagined. Everything you hope for and dream about you can accomplish. You are already an example of excellence and the sky’s the limit,” he said. “Never let anything stand in your way, not even a pandemic. Our future depends on you.”

Keynote speaker for the event was nationally recognized youth motivational speaker, Jorge Sierra, a self-change advocate who was left a paraplegic from gang-related violence at the age of 17. Today he is a business owner, and a college student at the age of 44.

“Your decisions design your destiny,” he said, adding, “Education is power.”

Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty gave a citation to the students proclaiming October 21 as H.A.C.E. Day in the City of Worcester and asked students to “come back to Worcester and make it a better community.”

Other words of congratulations were given by Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools, Maureen Binienda, Receiver/Superintendent of Southbridge Public Schools, Dr. Jeffrey Villar, and Co-Chairs for the event, QCC’s Director of Community Bridges, Dr. Déborah L. González and Coordinator of the Future Focus Program, Gilmarie Vongphakdy. Entertainment was provided by Assistant Professor of Music José Castillo, and QCC students Veronica Morson and Jonathan Duque.

Special Awards included:

  • Marlyn Reyes Memorial Community Leadership  Award - Liceidy Terrero, North High School, Worcester
  • Dolly Vázquez Cultural Award - Ronnette Cruz, Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester
  • Olga López-Hill Community Leadership Scholarship - Luceily Ortiz, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester

Academic Awards:

  • Rodolfo Pineda, Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester
  • Nahriyah Alejandro, North High School, Worcester
  • Marlon Oyervide, South High Community School, Worcester
  • Juliana Beaudry, Southbridge High School, Southbridge
  • Isabella Cabrera, Southbridge High School, Southbridge
  • Briana Herrera, St. Peter Marian High School, Worcester
  • Kathy Martínez Domínguez, University Park Campus School, Worcester
  • Isabela Cruz, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester
  • Novian Wright, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester

Arts Award:

  • Ronnette Cruz, Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester

Athletics Awards:

  • Jonathan Mejía Zelayandia, Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester
  • Arlyenis Garrastegui, Noeth High School, Worcester
  • Mariela Mirón Domínguez, University Park Campus School, Worcester

Leadership Awards:

  • Jessica Poyser, Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester
  • Liceidy Terrero, North High School, Worcester
  • Alizea Atherley, South High Community School, Worcester
  • Germania Balbuena Marte, University Park Campus School, Worcester
  • Genesis Bernabel, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester
  • QCC will contine with remote instrcution for its Winter Intersession and Spring semesters.
October, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College will continue with remote instruction for its Winter Intersession and Spring semesters. Classes will remain fully remote with only a select few courses offered on campus, such as labs or clinical experiences that require direct hands-on participation or specialized equipment.

“We made this decision based on the increased COVID-19 cases we are currently seeing locally,...

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Quinsigamond Community College will continue with remote instruction for its Winter Intersession and Spring semesters. Classes will remain fully remote with only a select few courses offered on campus, such as labs or clinical experiences that require direct hands-on participation or specialized equipment.

“We made this decision based on the increased COVID-19 cases we are currently seeing locally, regionally and nationally. Many models project an increase in COVID-19 cases during the colder months, and based on this information, we have chosen to stay with our current mode of remote instruction,” QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja said. “Our concern, first and foremost, is the safety of the QCC community and our region.”

QCC’s online experience is vast, and is receiving national attention. OnlineU.com ranked the College's Associate Degree programs 5th best in the country for return on investment. This past summer, all QCC faculty attended comprehensive remote instruction training to learn additional key strategies for helping students succeed in a remote learning environment. The College has maintained all its support services, transitioning all departments and services to a remote format. Services such as admissions, advising, financial aid, tutoring, transfer services, student life and accessibility services are delivered remotely through emails, phone, or virtual meeting platforms. Support services, such as QCC’s Food Pantry and Resource Center, as well as counseling and wellness are also delivered remotely to provide vital support to those in need.

“We will continue to listen to local, state and federal experts to ensure our plans are in line with best practices and protocols, and reassess as applicable,” President Pedraja stated.

  • QCC alumnus and new Foundation Director Jorgo Gushi presents his census video at the virtual Legislative Town Hall.
  • Each week volunteers from the QCC Food Pantry pick up 2,000 lbs. of food to distribute to students in need.
October, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College student Tabitha Leber defined the past six months during the COVID-19 pandemic as a time of resiliency. Ms. Leber was one of a group of current and former students and college administrators who took to the virtual airways recently for a Legislative Town Hall to discuss the pandemic, remote learning and what it means to be a student at QCC. Ms. Leber said she and her...

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Quinsigamond Community College student Tabitha Leber defined the past six months during the COVID-19 pandemic as a time of resiliency. Ms. Leber was one of a group of current and former students and college administrators who took to the virtual airways recently for a Legislative Town Hall to discuss the pandemic, remote learning and what it means to be a student at QCC. Ms. Leber said she and her fellow classmates have learned to be prepared and resilient, thanks to the skills they were taught at the college.

Attending the event were Senator Michael Moore, Senator Anne Gobi, Representative James O’Day; Representative Natalie Higgins, Representative Hannah Kane; Melissa Olesen, regional director of Central & Western Massachusetts for Senator Edward Markey; Yael Langer, legislative director for Senator Anne Gobi; and Emily Johnson, on behalf of Representative Paul Frost.

Moderating the event was Mason Wheaton, a first-generation college student who kicked off the event with her inspirational parody song, “We Can Fight the Virus.” Ms. Wheaton described her time at QCC as transformative.

“I am so grateful to have come here. Every day I have more experiences than I could have ever imagined. Without QCC I would have never attended college and life would have looked a lot different,” she said. “So many students like me came here to have a better life.”

The college recently announced it was going remote for its spring semester, and the students who participated in the event gave praise to the proactive way in which the college has supported its students.

Ms. Leber presented statistics on the needs of QCC students during the pandemic and told of the positive impact the QCC Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund has made on their immediate, basic life needs.

“​All QCC students qualified for the Student Emergency Fund: associate degree seeking students, certificate and workforce development students, adult students’ programs, undocumented, international, part-time, full-time,” Ms. Leber said, noting that the CARES Act Fund stipulations excluded many students.

The Student Emergency Fund has currently assisted 526 students. In a study of those who received this aid, 81% were women, 66% were parents or had other dependents, 63% were students of color​ and 43% were foreign born.

“I myself, as a single mother and a full-time student, am represented in this data,” Ms. Leber said, telling of her own experiences coming to QCC as a single mother after a catastrophic injury. Today she is a dual major and working on a third degree in the current remote learning environment, while also helping her daughter with her own remote schooling.

She went on to explain that the emergency aid was critical for students to stay in college and complete the spring 2020 semester (93% of those who received aid did not withdraw during the spring semester). However, with a minimum aid award of $100, and a maximum of $250, the aid was not enough.​

“It’s heartbreaking how many of our students have been impacted by the pandemic,” President Dr. Luis Pedraja said. “Many of the students we serve are living on the margins and the pandemic has put them in survival mode. You cannot think about education when you are in survival mode. My fear is this population, which benefits greatly from education, is being affected the most by the pandemic and further increasing the equity gap.”

“We need to continue to raise funds to provide emergency aid to our students during the COVID-19 pandemic.​ QCC is trying to make our lives and the lives of our families better,” Ms. Leber said.

Board Chair Sue Mailman reminded legislators that community colleges receive only 25% of the state’s education funding, while UMass universities receive 50% of funding and state universities receive the other 25% of the state funding.

“If there was ever a time to rethink that formula it’s now,” Ms. Mailman said. “This school matters in this region for our students and for employers.”

Recent 2020 graduate Jorgo Gushi, an electrical and computer engineering student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, addressed QCC’s continued commitment to its students and their success, in addition to its strong community engagement, such as in its recent census and voting campaigns.

“I was recently elected as a member of the QCC’s College Foundation’s Board of Directors. I am also serving as the Chair of the Student Advisory Council to the Board of Higher Education and sitting on this board in a non-voting advisory capacity. Some of you might be surprised by the level of engagement I have in student leadership, advocacy and community service; however, this is common for QCC students,” he said. “We enter QCC with a goal, a dream, and along the way we acquire skills needed to be successful in the workforce, and in life. We are taught confidence, communication, teamwork, humanity and awareness of our community.”

QCC student Veronica Morson and alumna Nelly Medina are also active in the college community and beyond. They both introduced their voting campaign videos and discussed the importance of voting, as well as being engaged members of the community.

“QCC is not a college in Worcester; QCC is Worcester’s college. QCC is our community’s college and it strives day after day to make it better for its students and the community’s residents,” Mr. Gushi said.

“QCC supports all of their students because we are a community,” Ms. Leber added.

Representative Kane, whose district includes Shrewsbury and Westborough, commended the work the college has done transitioning to remote learning.

“I really like the Worcester college comment,” she said during the event. “I certainly believe QCC is our community college as well and take great pride in all that you are doing.”

  • QCC's online degree programs were named fifth best in the nation.
October, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College’s online associate degree programs have been named the fifth best return on investment (ROI) for online associate degrees nationwide, according to OnlineU, an unbiased rankings organization that compares all online colleges and universities in the country.

QCC was the only community college listed in the top five, and one of only two community...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s online associate degree programs have been named the fifth best return on investment (ROI) for online associate degrees nationwide, according to OnlineU, an unbiased rankings organization that compares all online colleges and universities in the country.

QCC was the only community college listed in the top five, and one of only two community colleges in the top 10 of its recent 2020 rankings list. 

College and university online programs are ranked based on:

  • median salary and mean debt numbers found in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard
  • graduates’ salaries and debt payments for 10 years after graduation, accounting for standard salary growth and interest on debt payments

Each school is given an "ROI score" that reflects how the salary and debt of the programs compare to similar ones. The rankings also include an annual tuition comparison of each school, based on out-of-state tuition rates unless in-state rates are offered to all students.

QCC’s ROI ranking of 95.9% is based on its out of state annual tuition. Fall 2020 out of state tuition is $411 per credit, as compared to in-state tuition of $205 per credit.

“Our programs are some of the most affordable and lucrative in the country as shown in this national ranking study. Our online programs are as robust as our in-person programs, without any additional cost differential. At QCC, our goal is 100 percent student success for all, and part of that success means making sure our students have an affordable education that leads them into a productive future,” President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. said.

  • RT students from left: Hansi Confer, Gary Beauchemin, Richard Abankwah, Emmanuel Ebeh, Denise Schwartz, Melissa Hirons
  • QCC RT second year students (green Scrubs) and St. Vicent's RT Group (blue and black scrubs).
October, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College honored those who are vital to our health and safety during national Respiratory Care Week, held this year from October 25- 31.

As the oldest Respiratory Care Program in the state of Massachusetts, QCC’s program has been leading the way in the region. This was never more evident than during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the College received approval...

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Quinsigamond Community College honored those who are vital to our health and safety during national Respiratory Care Week, held this year from October 25- 31.

As the oldest Respiratory Care Program in the state of Massachusetts, QCC’s program has been leading the way in the region. This was never more evident than during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the College 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 added a dozen students to the workforce, increased the Respiratory Therapists in Worcester by 10 percent and brought much needed medical resources to an extremely stressed healthcare system.

“From the moment QCC went remote, the program and the students worked diligently to explore new and effective avenues to complete educational requirements. Their team spirit and professionalism demonstrated that they had indeed transformed from lay persons to the professionals that they had aspired to become,” said Amy Hogan, assistant professor of the College’s Respiratory Care program. “All sophomores graduated on time, achieved Registered Respiratory Therapist credentials, and secured Respiratory Therapist positions post-graduation.” 

This fall, there are 10 full-time students in the program, four second-year students and six first-year students. The second-year students are working on their clinicals at St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester and first-year students are at UMass Memorial Campus, Worcester.  While the students are not directly caring for COVID-19 patients, they are administering aerosolized medications, evaluating, and titrating oxygen therapy, caring for patients on mechanical ventilation, and providing various other therapies to optimize the lung health of their patients.

“COVID-19 has brought Respiratory Therapists to the forefront of the healthcare profession.  Respiratory Therapists are the only medical specialists specifically trained in the cardiopulmonary system. As such, they are uniquely qualified to manage not only patients with COVID-19, but also any patient who has breathing issues,” said QCC’s Respiratory Care Program Coordinator, Keith Hirst.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2019 median salary for Respiratory Therapists was $61,330 and employment projections of 26 percent are anticipated in the next several years, due to an aging population that will lead to increased cases of respiratory issues.

“In Worcester County, with a population of approximately 830,839, approximately 97,500 (12%) of adults have some form of chronic lung disease. Now, with the COVID-19 virus, even more people are in need of these types of professionals. This is why Respiratory Care programs such as QCC’s are so essential,” Mr. Hirst said.

Respiratory Care Week was established by President Ronald Regan in Sept 1983, due to the care that he received by respiratory therapists when he was shot, as well as to acknowledge the impact that chronic lung disease has on the population. 

To learn more at QCC Respiratory Care program, visit www.QCC.edu/respiratory-care

  • Student Lamar Brown-Noguera is often at QCC's main campus working with AIDS Project Worcester's COVID-19 drive-thru testing
October, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College student Lamar Brown-Noguera personifies the phrase “service before self.” Caring for others seems to come naturally to the Jamaican-born student. Whether it was helping those in his native country as a front of the house agent in the hospitality industry, to his advocacy with LGBTQ issues, or his work in an AIDS hospice in Jamaica, Mr. Brown-Noguera is...

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Quinsigamond Community College student Lamar Brown-Noguera personifies the phrase “service before self.” Caring for others seems to come naturally to the Jamaican-born student. Whether it was helping those in his native country as a front of the house agent in the hospitality industry, to his advocacy with LGBTQ issues, or his work in an AIDS hospice in Jamaica, Mr. Brown-Noguera is passionate about helping others.

“Working in hospice care in Jamaica fulfilled the idea of what I wanted to put my energy into. One patient who I spent the day taking care of was a young woman at the end of her life. At the end of our time together she told me to never stop living life to the fullest and helping others,” he said. “I fostered that passion for helping others that was inspired by this interaction.”

In 2014, Mr. Brown-Noguera came to the U.S. Initially on a vacation, he decided to seek asylum in a country that he felt would give him more opportunities. Today, while still in the rigors of the asylum-seeking process, he has embedded himself in the Worcester community, advocating for LGBTQ issues with both the Supporters of Worcester Area Gay and Lesbian Youth (SWAGLY) and Queer The Scene (QTS), while attending QCC part-time. He also works as Community Relations Manager for AIDS Project Worcester.

His pathway to higher education came by way of the Clemente Course program at the Worcester Art Museum, which provides educational opportunities for under-privileged students. It was through this program that he became familiar with QCC.

“QCC was the best overall value.  As an asylum-seeker I cannot get financial aid; but the affordability of QCC made it easier for me to transition into the college and attend part-time, while also working in the human services industry,” Mr. Brown-Noguera said, adding that when he struggled to pay a bill the College worked with him so that he could remain in school.

Now his work with AIDS Project Worcester, a job that he said is “a marriage made in heaven," has taken him to QCC in a different capacity, where he is in charge of the COVID-19 drive-thru testing on the College’s main campus and four other Worcester sites. Testing at this site averages between 80-90 people per week. Testing is continuing four-days-a week through the end of October.

“Our biggest testing day thus far was when the flu clinic was also on campus. We tested 172 people that day,” he said.

While working full-time and attending QCC part-time, he has also found the time to stay engaged in the College community. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Black Student Union, a staunch advocate for the LQBTQ community, and even participated in the College’s #QCCVotes campaign.

“Voting is important to me because while I can’t vote, all the issues on the ballot relate to me and the people I serve and interact with on a daily basis. It’s so important for those who have the ability and opportunity to vote. I want to encourage them to use their civic right and vote,” Mr. Brown-Noguera said.

Today he is in his last semester at QCC and will be graduating in Spring 2021, with an Associate Degree in Human Services. He plans to transfer to Worcester State University and major in Urban Studies, concentrating in public policy and youth services. He dreams of one day being a part of a socially conscience organization like the World Health Organization, and hopes to inspire others to take the leap into higher education.

“I encourage everyone, including asylum seekers, to take advantage of all the opportunities here at QCC. There is so much that is readily available. My professors were willing to knock on doors for me that I never knew existed,” he said. “QCC’s infrastructure is designed to support you and help you reach your best potential. The programs are designed to help you succeed not fail.”

  • A 2019 QCC graduate has the sentiments of many students in 2020. Donate to QCC and help a student succeed.
October, 2020

Quinsigamond Community College is asking for the support of the community in helping its students during a time when their need is greater than ever before. The College has rolled out an aggressive fundraising campaign in conjunction with the national campaign GivingTuesday, in an effort to help the most vulnerable of its student population.

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Quinsigamond Community College is asking for the support of the community in helping its students during a time when their need is greater than ever before. The College has rolled out an aggressive fundraising campaign in conjunction with the national campaign GivingTuesday, in an effort to help the most vulnerable of its student population.

QCC is an integral part of the City of Worcester. In 2019, there were 32,118 alumni, with close to 23,000 living in Massachusetts and almost 7,000 living in the  Worcester.

“By donating to QCC’s GivingTuesday campaign, you are helping a friend or a neighbor who may be one of the many front-line workers helping to keep us safe and our essential businesses operating,” said Associate Vice President for External Affairs, Dr. Viviana M. Abreu-Hernandez.  “Your gift can help students pay their rent, utilities, feed their families, or provide laptops and WiFi so they can continue to learn remotely. A donation, no matter the size, makes a big difference to a student in need.”

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, student need has greatly increased as jobs have been lost or severely cut and students are struggling to make ends meet.  While the college received CARES Act funding like most in the country, the stipulations for students to receive aid precluded many, due to their part-time status or other disqualifiers.

“Many of our students were unable to access the CARES Act aid, which was why the QCC Foundation began a Student Emergency Fund. This has already helped well over 500 students,” said President Dr. Luis Pedraja.

A survey of those who received Student Emergency Fund aid noted that 47% of working students lost their jobs, 72% of working students had a reduction in their working hours, and 33% had out of pocket medical expenses related to COVID-19.

“Of those surveyed 93% who received aid did not withdraw from QCC during the Spring semester. This is a testament to the effectiveness of the Student Emergency Fund as well as the incredible need our students face,” President Pedraja said. “We have almost exhausted our raised funds, yet the need continues to grow as the pandemic deepens and we enter the colder months. It’s imperative that we help those who need us most.”

QCC’s GivingTuesday campaign is running for the entire month of November, with a goal of raising $30,000. To be a part of QCC’s GivingTuesday initiative, visit www.QCC.edu/qccgives

The College is challenging all its alumni to help meet the $30,000 fundraising goal by asking each graduate to donate at least one dollar.

"Can you imagine if all of our 30,000-plus alumni made a donation? We could make such a positive impact on our students and send them a resounding message of hope, support and encouragement," Dr. Abreu-Hernandez said.

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

QCC mentee Ramona Reed was the student presenter at QCC's virtual mentoring kick-off event.
October, 2020

QCC student mentee Ramona Reed credits the QCC Mentoring program with giving her the skills to become a stronger person. Ms. Reed was the student presenter at the virtual October 13 QCC Mentoring kick-off event. In addition to Ms. Reed, other speakers included President Dr. Luis Pedraja and keynote speaker Board of Trustees Chair Sue...

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QCC student mentee Ramona Reed credits the QCC Mentoring program with giving her the skills to become a stronger person. Ms. Reed was the student presenter at the virtual October 13 QCC Mentoring kick-off event. In addition to Ms. Reed, other speakers included President Dr. Luis Pedraja and keynote speaker Board of Trustees Chair Sue Mailman.

Over 160 mentees and mentor attended the event that focused on the power of mentoring. QCC Mentoring matches QCC students with staff, faculty, and professionals from the Greater Worcester Community to build one-on-one mentoring relationships. The relationships focus on academic encouragement, professional skill building, and social connections.

Mentors who sign up will meet once per month with a QCC student for the duration of the academic year. The program also has core partners, which are organizations or companies that commit to sending 10 or more mentors to participate in the program. Core partners receive several key benefits, including onsite mentor training and recruitment, and a dedicated pipeline of mentees in a chosen field. This year, in addition to core partners, AbbVie, the City of Worcester, UMass Memorial Medical Center and the Hanover Insurance Group, the mentoring program has added two additional core partners, Cityblock Health and the Worcester County Bar Association.

“We started the semester with 141 matches, and still have several mentors and students on the waiting list. That is the largest group of matches we have had yet,” said Director of Mentoring Gabe Santner.

Ms. Reed, who faces difficulties with her hearing, described her experiences in the program and how her mentor was able to not only support her, but also understand the difficulties she had with communication and adjust accordingly.  She said her mentor encouraged her to pursue to goals and when she questioned herself, her mentor was there to encourage and cheer her on.

“My mentor never gave up on me. This program empowers you not just as a student but as a person to overcome so many obstacles in your life that sometimes hold you back,” she said.

Ms. Reed wants people to know how life changing a program such as this one is to students, noting the many people she has met through the program both at QCC and outside of QCC. She described a job interview that she had shortly after the pandemic began and said if it wasn't for the support of the mentoring program and her mentor, she might never have taken that chance. 

Ms. Reed, who has been a mentee since 2019, encourages other students to consider being a part of the program.

“I started off not sure of the mentoring program, but now I am absolutely sure the mentoring program helped me to evolve into the person you see right now. This program will make you a better person if you allow it to; if you give it your all you will see the benefits of it,” Ms. Reed said.

To learn more on how to be a mentee or a mentor, visit QCC Mentoring Program.  

Student Anthony "Tony" Barnardo encourages people to vote.
October, 2020

Election Day is right around the corner in Massachusetts and QCC has taken an active role in encouraging its community to get out and vote through motivational student videos that encourage people to vote.

In Massachusetts, there is more on the ballot than choosing a president, vice president and other elected officials. Registered voters are also being...

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Election Day is right around the corner in Massachusetts and QCC has taken an active role in encouraging its community to get out and vote through motivational student videos that encourage people to vote.

In Massachusetts, there is more on the ballot than choosing a president, vice president and other elected officials. Registered voters are also being asked to decide on two binding statewide ballot questions- wireless vehicle data and ranked-choice voting.          

Adjunct Faculty member Mark Bashour recently discussed rank-choice voting with his State and Local Government class and the Wyvern Guardian. 

What exactly is Question 2?

Question 2 is a referendum, which calls for a change in how we vote on Election Day. The change that Question 2 proposes would apply to primary elections as well as to the general election.

What is being proposed?

Ranked Choice Voting lets voters to rank candidates on the ballot in order of preference: first, second, third, etc. If one candidate receives a majority (more than 50%) of the first-choice votes, they win! If not, the candidate with the fewest votes is dropped, and those votes count instantly towards the next choice on each voter’s ballot. This process repeats in rounds (a runoff) until one candidate has a majority, according to the website yeson2rcv.com. 

What election races would this process be used?

This process would be used to determine the races for all of our state legislators, as well as our statewide officers from the governor to state auditor.  It would also be used to determine our US senator and representative races.

Why do you believe people are opposed to this change?

The opponents say that this will be too confusing to ever work. I think that perhaps with some fine- tuning it could work very well. The problem is the public has not had the process clearly explained to them, and it is hard to vote for something so important that you do not fully understand.

Do you feel both sides have given good arguments as to why this process should be used moving forward?       

The proponents of this referendum should be much more specific about the logistics of their process. The opponents have been far from convincing in why it would be detrimental to have such a system.      

QCC wants to ensure your vote is heard so make sure to get out and vote on November 3, if you haven't already! To learn more visit, QCC Votes.       

  • QCC's Food Pantry drive-thru services are being offered in the back the Administration Building for the winter months.
October, 2020

Beginning on Wednesday, October 28, QCC’s Food Pantry moved its drive-thru services to the back of the College’s Administration Building on its main campus. The weekly drive-thru services will now be offered every Wednesday at the back of the Administration Building for the winter months. Two to three vehicles at a time will be allowed down to the food distribution area, where volunteers will be...

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Beginning on Wednesday, October 28, QCC’s Food Pantry moved its drive-thru services to the back of the College’s Administration Building on its main campus. The weekly drive-thru services will now be offered every Wednesday at the back of the Administration Building for the winter months. Two to three vehicles at a time will be allowed down to the food distribution area, where volunteers will be waiting to load food into students’ cars.

Already over 400 students have registered to use the food pantry and with the colder weather fast approaching, it’s anticipated that number will increase. Each week in addition to feeding QCC students, the food pantry is helping feed hundreds of family members.

At the start of the pandemic, QCC’s Food Pantry partnered with the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB). Since that time, each week College staff go to the WCFB to pick up 2,000 lbs. of food.

“We pick up fresh fruits, vegetables and other food staples. This past week there were cantaloupes, grapes and butternut squash. Each week is different and the students are thrilled to have this fresh produce,” said Bonnie Coleman, weekly food pantry volunteer and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society advisor. “The students are so grateful for this food. It’s gratifying to know we are able to help them.”

For more information on how to get help, please fill out the Food Pantry application. For additional questions, send an email to foodpantry [at] qcc.mass.edu

  • Choose the type of remote learning that works best for you.
October, 2020

As Quinsigamond Community College continues with remote instruction for the Winter Intersession and Spring Semesters, making sure everyone understands what remote instruction actually means is critical to students' success. While the courses students' choose may not include all these options, below is a description of each modality.

Online Remote:

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As Quinsigamond Community College continues with remote instruction for the Winter Intersession and Spring Semesters, making sure everyone understands what remote instruction actually means is critical to students' success. While the courses students' choose may not include all these options, below is a description of each modality.

Online Remote:

This instruction is provided by your professor through a web-based learning management system and is not held in real time. Students interact with their faculty and classmates and participate in activities, and complete assignments working on their own time while meeting course due date requirements throughout the semester. It’s important to note that class meetings are not held in real time. Online remote courses are set up with assignments and activities that must be completed by certain due dates. Students will not see days or times when selecting courses.

Real Time Remote:

This instruction is provided through a live, virtual class experience for the hours assigned by the faculty. Students will access their class via the internet through a link that will be provided by the instructor. Faculty may reduce some virtual live instruction time to provide students an opportunity to work on class assignments during course time. Students will see all day and time remote meeting times when selecting courses, during which they must be available to participate.

Hybrid:

Hybrid classes provide some of the instruction in a remote modality via the internet and some instruction in person, on campus. These courses are for certain clinical, lab or practicum experiences. The number of on campus meetings will vary for each course. Students will see the days and times they need to come to campus when selecting courses, which they must be available to attend.

  • The Wyvern is hanging with a few recognizable friends this Halloween.
  • This is one house that you can't miss during Halloween time.
October, 2020

Victor Somma, former assistant vice president of extended campuses operations, is at it again! Known as the "director" of QCC’s Halloween Headquarters, his home has a few scary creatures visiting for the upcoming Halloween festivities.

If you check closely, you might even spot the Wyvern cavorting with a few of his Halloween friends, Frankenstein, Dracula and the...

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Victor Somma, former assistant vice president of extended campuses operations, is at it again! Known as the "director" of QCC’s Halloween Headquarters, his home has a few scary creatures visiting for the upcoming Halloween festivities.

If you check closely, you might even spot the Wyvern cavorting with a few of his Halloween friends, Frankenstein, Dracula and the creature form the Black Lagoon.

Have you caught sight of the elusive Wyvern out lately? If so, please send your photos and descriptions through the newsletter submission form

Happy Hauntings from the Wyvern! 

  • QCC students are invited to join the new Active Minds Club.
October, 2020

It’s not easy out there today. We are all coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, which is challenging everyone’s daily lives in ways we could never have anticipated. At QCC, we want to let students know there are ways to cope with mental health issues and find support. 

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It’s not easy out there today. We are all coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, which is challenging everyone’s daily lives in ways we could never have anticipated. At QCC, we want to let students know there are ways to cope with mental health issues and find support. 

The new Active Minds Club is a great way to connect with others, build awareness and help change the conversation around mental health for college students. Managed by Director of Counseling and Wellness, Tina Wells, and MSW intern Abiola Olubode.  Active Minds is looking for students who want to create an open, accepting environment where classmates will not be afraid to seek help.

The premise of the club is to help remove the stigma around mental health and get the word out that it’s OK to not be OK. Active Minds is a national organization founded by a college student after the suicide of her only sibling, so that people do not  have to suffer in silence.

To learn more about the club, or to sign up to be a member email counselingandwellnessoffice [at] qcc.mass.edu

Weekly Zoom meetings are set to begin soon.

  • QCC’s Scarecrow contest submission
October, 2020

Monday, November 2 -  November 16: VIP registration for returning/active students for Spring 2021 semester.  Students should register early to ensure they get the classes they want.

Monday, November 2 - November 30: AIDS Project Worcester will continue its COVID-19 drive-thru testing for the month of November. Tests are by appointment only. For days,...

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Monday, November 2 -  November 16: VIP registration for returning/active students for Spring 2021 semester.  Students should register early to ensure they get the classes they want.

Monday, November 2 - November 30: AIDS Project Worcester will continue its COVID-19 drive-thru testing for the month of November. Tests are by appointment only. For days, times and how to schedule an appointment visit COVID-19 .

Friday, November 6: The Psi Beta & Psychology Club & Social Justice Guest Lecture Series, in collaboration with the Diversity Caucus is hosting a virtual talk by Dr. Linda Tropp, University of Massachusetts, Amherst from 11:00  a.m. – 12:00 p.m., titled: "Using Academic Research in the Pursuit of Social Justice: Contemplating Our Past and Envisioning Our Future.” Zoom Meeting link:

https://zoom.us/j/99806592818?pwd=Vm13ZVMyV1dsSlJHNEJvbmFXV1FaQT09

Meeting ID: 998 0659 2818

Passcode: 810285

Wednesday, November 11: Veterans Day – there will be no classes due to the holiday.

Tuesday, November 17: new student registration begins.

Thursday, November 26 - November 29:The College will hold its annual Thanksgiving recess. Happy Thanksgiving to all! 

Month of November  - QCC’s Transfer Department is hosting month-long transfer events with four-year colleges and universities. Learn what schools are visiting this month by visiting QCC’s Transfer Department.  

November Spotlight: Gateway to College is currently recruiting students for the Spring 2021 semester. Prospective students between the ages of 16-21, looking for a second chance at completing their High School Diploma. Gateway to College accepts students from all over Massachusetts. Prospective students can apply even if they have a GPA below 2.0, have dropped out of high school, or need a more mature environment with wrap around services. Interested students are required to register for a Zoom information session. Everyone is welcome to attend. Deadline is Friday, December 11.

Available sessions include:

  • Tuesday, November 3, 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 17, 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 10, 5:00 p.m.

Students/Parents/Guardians may also text Gateway to College staff at 508-205-9133.

  • QCC's new Student Government President is Armela Xhindole.
October, 2020

Student Life is going strong at Quinsigamond Community College. Students enrolled full-time or part-time have been taking advantage of many clubs and virtual activities this fall. Joining a club is the perfect way to stay engaged in the college community.

Recently the Student Government Association (SGA) elected its 2020-2021 president, sophomore Biomedical Engineering/Engineering major ...

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Student Life is going strong at Quinsigamond Community College. Students enrolled full-time or part-time have been taking advantage of many clubs and virtual activities this fall. Joining a club is the perfect way to stay engaged in the college community.

Recently the Student Government Association (SGA) elected its 2020-2021 president, sophomore Biomedical Engineering/Engineering major Armela Xhindole. On Thursday, November 5, at 3:00 p.m. elections will be held to fill the positions of vice president, secretary, treasurer and parliamentarian. All SGA meetings are held Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom.  Any QCC student who attends two SGA meetings in a row may vote in the election. Email SGA Co- Advisor Josh Cole at jcole [at] qcc.mas.edu, or Co-Advisor Jorgo Gushi at jgushi [at] qcc.mas.edu for more information and a Zoom link to the SGA meetings.

Other clubs are also in full swing this fall. Students interested in participating in any of the following clubs can email the club advisor listed below:

Active Minds Club – This club is seeking members who want to create an open, accepting environment where classmates will not be afraid to seek help. Join peers to help build awareness around mental illness and let others know it’s OK to not be OK. Contact counselingandwellnessoffice [at] qcc.mass.edu to join or learn more.

Creative Writing Club –This is a club for students with a passion for writing. Contact Professor James Brennan at jbrennan [at] qcc.mass.edu 

Psychology Club –This is a club for Psychology majors or those interested in psychology. Contact Professor Valarie Clemente vclemente [at] qcc.mass.edu 

Campus One 80 Club – This is a club for Christians. Contact Val Nordbye at vnordbye [at] campusone80.com 

Veterans Club – This club provides an array of support for veterans, their family members and students who are serving in the armed forces. Contact Director of Veteran Affairs Paula Ogden at pogden [at] qcc.mass.edu 

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) –This is a club for students with 12 credits of college level courses (level 100 or higher) and cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater. For more information contact PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman at BColeman [at] qcc.mass.edu

Visit Student Life to learn more.

  • Wyvern E-Sports Team is having a fun first season.
October, 2020

Wyverns E-sports

QCC Athletics Wyvern E-sports team is having an exciting first season! The next League of Legends scrimmage for the Wyverns is Friday, October 30 at 8:30 p.m. against Bristol Community College. You can watch the game and support the Wyverns right from the comfort of your home! Simply log on to the streaming platform “...

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Wyverns E-sports

QCC Athletics Wyvern E-sports team is having an exciting first season! The next League of Legends scrimmage for the Wyverns is Friday, October 30 at 8:30 p.m. against Bristol Community College. You can watch the game and support the Wyverns right from the comfort of your home! Simply log on to the streaming platform “Twitch,” to cheer on your Wyvern athletes.                                         

The second week of e-sports Region XXI games just finished, with QCC besting Mass Bay Community College 3-0.

Current league standings:

  1. Bunker Hill - 2 wins
  2. Bristol - 1 win/1 loss
  3. Quinsigamond - 1 win/1 loss
  4. Mass Bay - 2 loses

If you are a full-time student (12 credits of more) this Fall semester, or you know of a student that is full-time and may be interested in being part of QCC’s E-sports team, contact Coach Nate Mello at nmello [at] qcc.mass.edu

Free Virtual Yoga

Namaste! QCC’s Yoga is offered virtually through Zoom at no charge, Monday - Friday 12:00 p.m. -12:40 p.m. for the Fall 2020 semester. Current students, as well as faculty and staff are invited to participate. This session began in mid-August and will run through December 18. Email Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick for a Zoom invite at lisag [at] qcc.mass.edu

Zumba is Underway

Are you someone who loves dance and are looking for a way to stay fit this fall? Then QCC’s new, free Zoom Zumba is the perfect way to get your dance moves on and stay in shape. Classes are held twice a week, Tuesdays 1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. and Fridays 6:00 p.m.-6:45p.m.. To receive a Zoom invite, email Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick at lisag [at] qcc.mass.edu

Live with Josh and Lisa!

Each week Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick or Interim Assistant Director of Student Life and Leadership, Josh Cole will answer your sport of fitness questions (or other questions you need help with) on Blackboard Collaborate.

The hour-long session is held every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and students can log on to Blackboard Collaborate to ask questions.

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  • 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.

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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.