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January 2021
QCC student Armela Xhindole January 2021

QCC Sees Promise for College Students in the New Administration

On January 20, we witnessed a time-honored tradition with the inauguration of our 46th President Joseph R. Biden Jr. We also witnessed history in the making as Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first woman (and first woman of color), to hold the office.

President Luis G. Pedraja Ph.D. was heartened by the inauguration and released a statement after the swearing-in ceremony. The...

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  • QCC is offering an Administrative Medical Professional Program funded by a Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grant.
January 2021

QCC Awarded Donnelly Workforce Success Grant

Quinsigamond Community College was one of only two community colleges awarded a 2020/2021 Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grant for Expanded Training Capacity & Employment Program Performance.

QCC was awarded a $197,183 Grant that will provide funding for unemployed residents to take part in the College’s Administrative Medical Professional Program. Donnelly Workforce Success Grants serve...

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  • QCC Practical Nursing students prepared COVID-19 vaccines last month at the Southbridge Armory.
January 2021

Nursing Faculty Committed to COVID-19 Vaccine Effort

Qunisigamond Community College's Nurse Education department is giving a real “shot in the arm” to UMass Memorial Medical Center by assisting in the COVID-19 vaccination of their employees. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their students, QCC nursing faculty have been setting an important example for their students by assisting in the massive vaccination process.

“The nursing...

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  • QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.
January 2021

QCC President Denounces Capitol Violence – Calls Access to Education a Hallmark of Democracy

President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. released a statement condemning the January 6 violence at the U.S. Capitol Building. Below is Dr. Pedraja's statement.

"The events we are witnessing today in Washington DC at the US Capitol Building are unprecedented. As a boy in Cuba, America and its Constitution represented the democratic ideals that my family and I sought. It was that place...

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  • Community Service is an integral part of QCC's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter.
January 2021

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Stronger Than Ever

No one understands the importance of staying connected more than QCC’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society’s Advisor, Bonnie Coleman. Under the veil of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Coleman has seen the largest student membership increase in recent memory in the College’s Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter. This past Fall Semester, 160 new students became new members. This number exceeds the...

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  • Gateway to College Director Marci Skillings (L), Gateway Grad Joe Poirier and Senior Gateway Outreach Counselor Jenna Glazer.
January 2021

Creative Learning Techniques Equal Continued Success for Students in QCC’s Gateway to College Program

For the fifth year in a row, QCC’s Gateway to College Program has received the nationally recognized Program Excellence Award from its national network, Achieving the Dream.

“Nationally there are approximately 35 Gateway to College programs and we’re always in the top 10 percent. Since the first year they’ve given this award we’ve received it and not many are at this same...

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  • PTK student Fatima Mohammed
January 2021

Community Service Project Brings Newfound Perspective for PTK Student

QCC Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student Fatima Mohammed is one of the many PTK students who is volunteering her time to assist with student COVID-19 testing, as part of a PTK community service project.

According to Ms. Mohammed, volunteering to help during the COVID-19 pandemic has become special part of her life. Under the vigilant guidance of QCC’s COVID-19 Health Team, she helps instruct...

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  • Professor of Dental Assisting and Hygiene, Jennifer McKeon (L). A student prepares to take an X-ray in the College's lab (R).
January 2021

Dental Professor Honored with Yankee Congress Dental Assistant Award

Jennifer McKeon, professor of dental assisting and hygiene at Quinsigamond Community College, has been awarded the 2021 Elizabeth A. Baer Award, by the Yankee Dental Congress.

This annual award is presented to a dental assistant who has made significant contributions to the Massachusetts Dental Assistants Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society. Award winners must have at least 10...

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  • QCC Foundation President Dr. Linda Maykel (L)and Dean of Compliance, Enrollment & Student Services Liz Woods
January 2021

Support Services Help QCC Student Stay the Course

For non-traditional student veteran Luis Bajana, attending QCC has become his “three times the charm” moment.  After attending a year at a New York university for security management, then a community college to become a veterinary technician when he was younger, life had other plans for him that included attending QCC. The QCC engineering student is currently working his way toward...

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  • Commedian Robbie Printz
January 2021

An Encouraging All College Day Kicks Off Spring Semester

Quinsigamond Community College’s start to the New Year began with all hands on deck, as 400 faculty and staff joined together virtually to prepare for the Spring Semester. 

All College Days are designed to inform and inspire faculty and staff as they begin each semester. As has been the case in previous All College Days, vice presidents’ highlighted the successes within their...

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The 36th Annual Martin Luther King J. Community Breakfast was held virtually this year due to the pandemic. January 2021

The 36th Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast Remained a Fixture in 2021

This year's Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast was held in a remote format, yet there was nothing remote about the sentiment expressed at the 36th Community Breakfast, honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

QCC has traditionally held the breakfast at the College; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the event was held virtually on Zoom. This year’s ...

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  • Zoom into the Spring Semester with QCC's E-Sports program, Zoom Yoga and Zumba.
January 2021

Wyverns Sports Corner

As QCC continues with its remote learning for the Spring Semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the athletics department will not resume in-person sports this semester; however, the vastly popular new E-Sports program and free virtual Zumba and Yoga classes will continue for the Spring Semester.  

Wyvern E-Sports Team

The E-Sports program offers organized, multiplayer video game...

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  • QCC's Black Student Union
January 2021

Students Stay Connected Through QCC’s Clubs

Staying connected and engaged with fellow students is an important part of the college experience. It is now more important than ever during the pandemic, when students are unable to connect to one another in-person. Clubs are designed to add value to life and are important part of college life at QCC.

Many clubs are meeting virtually this semester. A few highlights include:

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  • Bridgett Hylton, Esq. discussed the history behind the Black vote in February 2020.
January 2021

February Look Ahead

February is Black History Month - visit Diversity for upcoming events and virtual activities.

Monday, February 1 – Wednesday, February 3: Struggling with technology? Join a live zoom Tech support session with peer mentors and Blackboard tutor. Three daily sessions: 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a...

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January 2021

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January 2021

QCC Welcomes New Faculty & Staff

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

On January 10, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed Steven Dexter as the Nurse Education Laboratory Coordinator (Senior Technical Specialist). Steven brings over 10 years of experience working in healthcare. Most recently he was a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Emerson Hospital. Steven earned his Bachelor of...

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