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March, 2021

  • QCC plans to welcome back students to campus in the fall.
March, 2021

Given current progress in the fight against the pandemic, Quinsigamond Community College is planning to resume in-person services for the Fall 2021 semester to the extent that it is safe and permissible.

Last year, to ensure the safety of its community, QCC made the difficult decision to significantly limit in-person services and, with the exception of clinical courses and a few labs, pivoted to remote...

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Given current progress in the fight against the pandemic, Quinsigamond Community College is planning to resume in-person services for the Fall 2021 semester to the extent that it is safe and permissible.

Last year, to ensure the safety of its community, QCC made the difficult decision to significantly limit in-person services and, with the exception of clinical courses and a few labs, pivoted to remote learning.  The College is exploring logistics and will continue to make decisions to help ensure the safety of its students, faculty, staff and community.  

“At QCC, we are committed to student success. We know that many of our students benefit from in-person classes and services, while others take advantage of the flexibility of online courses,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

Prior to the pandemic, approximately 20% of QCC’s courses were already held online. The pandemic allowed the College to increase its capacity to serve students through online and remote services.

“We hope to build on our experience in these areas to provide more services and flexibility for our students,” President Pedraja continued. “While we believe that we will have a robust in-person presence this fall, we are constantly monitoring the situation, and will continue to follow the best advice available and adapt accordingly.”

Additionally, QCC has significantly increased financial support to its students through $2.4 million in federal emergency funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), and an additional $1 million in institutional funds. The College’s Student Emergency Fund is also available for students in significant hardship due to the pandemic, who are exempt from receiving certain federal aid due to citizenship, residency or enrollment status.

“No one should be barred from attending college this fall due to scheduling issues or financial hardships. At QCC, we have worked tirelessly to eliminate those barriers and make higher education accessible for everyone,” President Pedraja said.

VIP registration for returning and active students is underway, with new student registration beginning on April 12. Register Today! 

  • QCC freezes tuition and fees for 2021.
March, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College announced it would freeze its tuition and fees in 2021.

“We are committed to making college affordable for anyone who wants to better their lives through higher education,” said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. “We want to remain the most cost-effective higher education option in our area, which is why we are proactively keeping our tuition...

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Quinsigamond Community College announced it would freeze its tuition and fees in 2021.

“We are committed to making college affordable for anyone who wants to better their lives through higher education,” said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. “We want to remain the most cost-effective higher education option in our area, which is why we are proactively keeping our tuition rates the same for our students.”

Recognizing the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has affected many students and their families who lost jobs or had their hours reduced, QCC has also made emergency funds available. These funds can assist students in paying bills, obtaining laptops, Wi-Fi and other basic life and educational necessities, to help offset some of the financial burdens brought on by the pandemic. Since the pandemic began last March, QCC has worked on innovative ways to help its students with the new financial challenges they faced that included increasing financial aid through state, federal and institutional funds, as well as a Student Emergency Fund available to all current students in immediate hardship due to the effects of the pandemic.

“Attaining a higher education has positive, lifelong implications to students and their families. Higher education can rise people from poverty, improve our economy and make our nation stronger,” Dr. Pedraja said, adding, “Higher education is a right of all.”

QCC’s online associate degree programs were ranked in the top five for best return on investment by OnlineU.com, an unbiased rankings organization that compares all online colleges and universities in the country.

Registration for Summer/Fall begins on March 29 for returning students and April 12 for new students.

  • QCC's Food Pantry volunteers add a little St. Patrick's Day cheer to the weekly curbside food service for students in need.
March, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College has received $2.4 million in federal emergency funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), to support students. The College has also allocated an additional $1 million in institutional funds to assist students during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Quinsigamond Community College has received $2.4 million in federal emergency funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), to support students. The College has also allocated an additional $1 million in institutional funds to assist students during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

“This unprecedented time in our history requires us to dig deep and support our students in every possible way. This funding will go a long way in helping students realize their dreams of a better life,” said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. “QCC is the first choice for many students in our region, from traditional high school students, non-traditional students, and students interested in beginning their education to transfer to a 4-year college or university.”

QCC has continued to increase its support services since the onset of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing the financial challenges many students are currently facing.

“Students have lost jobs, or had their hours decreased, and are now facing emergency expenses. Yet they continue to persevere in their quest for a better life through higher education. Our goal is to make sure that every student who has a dream for a quality education can obtain one,” Dr. Pedraja said.

The College instituted a Student Emergency Fund for students in significant hardship at the onset of the pandemic. These funds are also available to students exempt from receiving certain federal aid due to citizenship, residency or enrollment status. Thanks to the Student Emergency Fund, 571 students have received emergency aid to date.  

“It is imperative we do everything we can to help our students mitigate the cost of higher education. In today’s economy, people are realizing that minimizing debt through affordable college options is a smarter decision that will have positive and far-reaching implications,” Dr. Pedraja said.

  • QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. was honored as one of 50 Most Influential People of Color in Higher Education.
March, 2021

In just a few short years Quinsigamond Community College’s sixth president, Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D., has made an indelible impression on the College, the City and the Commonwealth. Dr. Pedraja is a staunch advocate for social justice and has been outspoken on issues of racial inequity. 

His steadfast leadership during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with advocacy for...

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In just a few short years Quinsigamond Community College’s sixth president, Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D., has made an indelible impression on the College, the City and the Commonwealth. Dr. Pedraja is a staunch advocate for social justice and has been outspoken on issues of racial inequity. 

His steadfast leadership during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with advocacy for the underserved earned him the title of 2021 Innovative Business Leader of the Year by Worcester Business Journal.  

“I am honored to receive this award. Innovation takes more than one person and I could not have accomplished what we did as a college without an excellent team, committed faculty, and staff,” Dr. Pedraja said.

Dr. Pedraja was also named as one of the 50 Most Influential People of Color in Higher Education by Get Konnected!, a cross-cultural professional organization. Dr. Pedraja joined other honorees on March 30 for a virtual celebration that included a panel of educators, who discussed diversity and equity in higher education, leadership, and what the future will hold for the higher education.

“It is an honor to be recognized with such an impressive group of educators. We all strive to ensure higher education is an inclusive community committed to equity, and together, we will continue to breakdown the barriers of systemic racism that have plagued our higher educational system,” Dr. Pedraja said.

  • QCC's 2021 Commencement Ceremony will be held virtually.
March, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College has announced its May 21, 2021 Commencement Ceremony will be held virtually.

“The College came to this difficult decision after a review of current public health advice and the many unknown factors of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic’s course over the next months.  Our first and foremost commitment is to the safety of our faculty, staff, students and their...

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Quinsigamond Community College has announced its May 21, 2021 Commencement Ceremony will be held virtually.

“The College came to this difficult decision after a review of current public health advice and the many unknown factors of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic’s course over the next months.  Our first and foremost commitment is to the safety of our faculty, staff, students and their families,” said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. “We are encouraged by the rollout of vaccines; however, with many still waiting to be vaccinated, we are unable to ensure a safe in-person ceremony.”

QCC is working to ensure its 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony is extra special. All August 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 graduates are invited to order their caps, gowns and tassels free of charge, as a keepsake of this momentous occasion.

Graduates will also have the opportunity to come to QCC's main campus to receive a professional commencement photo on May 6, 7, or 8, by appointment only. All safety protocols will be in place on campus for the photography sessions. Additional information will be emailed to students shortly with links to sign up for a photography session. 

To guarantee that caps and gowns arrive in time for the photography sessions, they must ordered by Monday, April 5. If a graduate doesn’t have a cap or gown, pictures can still be taken (also by appointment only). Business casual attire is suggested. All cap and gown orders will be shipped directly to students' homes.  

Graduates can still order caps and gowns until April 19; however, if they are ordered after April 5, there is no guarantee they will arrive for the photo shoots.

"I am excited to welcome the Class of 2021 into the esteemed group of QCC alumni who have done so much for our community," Dr. Pedraja said. 

Visit Commencement 2021 to order regalia.  Graduates should continue to check the graduation page on The Q for updated commencement information.

  • President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. signs articulation agreement with Becker College.
March, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College is opening its doors to Becker College students after learning of the College’s closing at the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

“It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the impending closing of Becker College, one of the oldest institutions of higher education in our region. Becker has made a profound and lasting impression on our community and many QCC transfer...

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Quinsigamond Community College is opening its doors to Becker College students after learning of the College’s closing at the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

“It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the impending closing of Becker College, one of the oldest institutions of higher education in our region. Becker has made a profound and lasting impression on our community and many QCC transfer students,” said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

QCC has developed a transfer agreement and memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Becker College to assist current Becker students in seamlessly continuing their education. This agreement is for all current Becker students in programs transferrable into QCC’s comparable programs that include:

  • Associate Degree in Business Administration Transfer
  • Associate Degree in Criminal Justice
  • Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education Birth – Eight Years Old
  • Associate Degree Nurse Education
  • Associate Degree Nurse Education – Evening

“We are here to offer Becker College students a way to achieve their higher education dreams,” President Pedraja said. “We want to ensure that no one is left behind because of circumstances beyond their control. We worked diligently on this transfer/MOU agreement and while this agreement does not include all programs at Becker, we will endeavor to enroll and support all transfer students and those who were considering Becker in the fall.”

In addition to the programs listed in the MOU, many of Becker’s programs can easily transfer to QCC, such as its well-known video-game design program. QCC already has a robust gaming program, as well as an esports team, formed during the start of the pandemic.

QCC offers strong financial support to its students and many attend for free by qualifying for financial aid. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has increased its financial support to students, by way of $2.4 million in federal emergency funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), and $1 million in institutional funds. QCC also has a Student Emergency Fund available to current students in significant hardship due to the pandemic, regardless of citizenship, residency or enrollment status. All current and prospective Becker students will be offered the same financial supports and services, and will have the ability to transfer to other four-year institutions once they complete their education at QCC.

“Becker students and their families are not without options and we will be here to support them every step of the way,” President Pedraja said.

For more information, visit https://www.QCC.edu/becker.

  • QCC student Vincent Strzelecki was named 2021 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar.
March, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College student Vincent Strzelecki, of North Oxford, has been named a 2021 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

Only one New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar was selected from each state. Over 2,000 students were nominated from more than 1,200 college campuses across the country. Students were evaluated on academic achievement,...

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Quinsigamond Community College student Vincent Strzelecki, of North Oxford, has been named a 2021 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

Only one New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar was selected from each state. Over 2,000 students were nominated from more than 1,200 college campuses across the country. Students were evaluated on academic achievement, leadership, service, and significant endeavors. Mr. Strzelecki received the highest score in Massachusetts.

“I’m proud to congratulate Vincent for this great accomplishment. He is an example of the many QCC students who enter the workforce with the high-caliber skill sets they need to be successful,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. “Computer scientists like Vincent are helping to transform our world, which is especially evident today, as the pandemic has shown just how much we rely on technology to live our day-to-day lives.”

This national scholarship is the first of its kind to support students at associate degree-granting institutions who plan to enter the workforce after completion of a degree or certificate. The program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor (PTK) Society.

Mr. Strzelecki is a member of QCC’s PTK Alpha Theta Zeta Chapter, and is currently completing his Computer Science-Transfer Associate Degree. His goal after graduating is to become a video game software engineer for a well-known video game developer.

“I want to create a future where anyone can play video games, beyond any barriers of wealth, mental capacity, and coordination,” he said.

“We congratulate Vincent for receiving this prestigious scholarship, and we are honored to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize his outstanding achievements,” said PTK’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Scholarship programs like this are integral for creating opportunities for students to succeed as they prepare to enter the workforce and for putting college completion within reach.”

The New Century Workforce Pathway Scholars will be recognized in the fall.

  • The Worcester County Bar Association is a core partner of QCC's Mentoring Program.
March, 2021

The Worcester County Bar Association (WCBA) is the first professional organization to join as a core partner of QCC’s Mentoring program. The WCBA partnership with the College’s mentoring program aligns with the mission of WCBA’s Committee for Anti- Racism and Equality (CARE), which formed in 2020 to advance social justice.  The mentoring partnership advances that mission by creating pathways for...

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The Worcester County Bar Association (WCBA) is the first professional organization to join as a core partner of QCC’s Mentoring program. The WCBA partnership with the College’s mentoring program aligns with the mission of WCBA’s Committee for Anti- Racism and Equality (CARE), which formed in 2020 to advance social justice.  The mentoring partnership advances that mission by creating pathways for QCC students to learn about careers in the law through relationships with legal professionals.

“Countless community college students would make excellent lawyers. But many are first generation college students, who may not have family or friends working in the law. The WCBA/QCC core partnership is a path to build relationships with lawyers and learn about legal careers,” said Attorney Leigh Woodruff. “Plus, no matter what career a person chooses, mentor relationships are invaluable for personal and professional development. Imagine if we all worked together to help everyone reach their full potential in whatever field a person chooses.  Can you imagine where we would be?”

The WCBA currently has 15 mentors who are part of QCC’s Mentoring program. According to Ms. Woodruff, the hope is to expand its mentor-mentee partnership with QCC in future years.

Core partners with QCC’s Mentoring program are organizations that have sent 10 or more mentors to the program. Mentors and mentees tour core partner organizations, and offer mentees a pipeline of opportunities and supports to help them be successful in college and in their future careers.

The Worcester County Bar Association is a voluntary association of over 1,000 members, serving Worcester County lawyers and the Worcester County community since 1887.

To learn more about QCC’s Mentoring program, visit www.QCC.edu/mentoring .

March, 2021

It will take all of us, but together, we can beat COVID-19. The new COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free. Vaccination clinic sites are available throughout the Commonwealth. QCC has set up an informational vaccination website that includes public service announcements from students to help inform and engage the community to get vaccinated. Videos in English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian,...

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It will take all of us, but together, we can beat COVID-19. The new COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free. Vaccination clinic sites are available throughout the Commonwealth. QCC has set up an informational vaccination website that includes public service announcements from students to help inform and engage the community to get vaccinated. Videos in English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Vietnamese, and Albanian are posted to the website.

Let’s all get vaccinated as soon as we are eligible. The faster we get vaccinated, the faster we can see our friends, our advisors and our professors. We can have in-person classes, sporting events, clubs, study times and we can get back to living our lives, on our terms.

To learn more about the vaccine and clinic locations visit VaxFacts

  • QCC's Online Business Administration Associate Degree Programs earned top ranking.
March, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College has earned top ranking for Best Online Business Administration Associate Degree Programs, with a unique distinction for Best Skills-Based Curriculum by Intelligent.com, an online rankings site.  Intelligent.com analyzed 224 schools, on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 67 making it to the final list.

Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate,...

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Quinsigamond Community College has earned top ranking for Best Online Business Administration Associate Degree Programs, with a unique distinction for Best Skills-Based Curriculum by Intelligent.com, an online rankings site.  Intelligent.com analyzed 224 schools, on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 67 making it to the final list.

Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. The 2021 rankings are then calculated through a unique scoring system, which includes student engagement, potential return on investment and leading third-party evaluations.

Congratulations to QCC’s Business Administration faculty who prove why QCC is College. Made Smarter.

  • QCC's Director of Mentoring and Perkins Gabe Santner
March, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College Mentoring program has earned Mass Mentoring Partnership’s highest level of certification: Partner Level Quality-Based Membership (QBM). Quality-Based Membership is a first-in-the-nation process created to promote high-quality best practices among Massachusetts youth mentoring programs. Now being replicated nationally, membership components are based on The Elements of...

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Quinsigamond Community College Mentoring program has earned Mass Mentoring Partnership’s highest level of certification: Partner Level Quality-Based Membership (QBM). Quality-Based Membership is a first-in-the-nation process created to promote high-quality best practices among Massachusetts youth mentoring programs. Now being replicated nationally, membership components are based on The Elements of Effective Practice, the national standard for mentoring programs.

QBM is a process that assesses a program’s strengths and offers guidance on areas where they may need additional training or technical assistance.  There are many benefits to QBM: It provides a meaningful “indicator of quality”; it benchmarks program practices against national standards of excellence; and it demonstrates a program’s commitment to excellence to potential mentors, funders, parents, and community partners.

QCC's Mentoring joins 43 Mass Mentoring Partnership QBM certified mentoring programs in Massachusetts. The program connects QCC students with staff, faculty, industry, and community members to create one-on-one mentoring relationships. This unique program provides extensive benefits to students, as well as professional development and networking opportunities for mentors.

“Our students will greatly benefit from this certification. Mentors can have a lifelong, positive and profound effect on student mentees. Our mentoring program provides a way for students to connect with mentors and build positive relationships to support their college experience. Students also develop employer- desired skills, gain an understanding of workplace expectations and networking to increase their likelihood of finding a rewarding career,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. “The program has become an integral component of student success.”

“We commend Quinsigamond Community College as a partner in the QBM program and look forward to working with them to help amplify mentoring relationships in central Massachusetts,” shared Lily Mendez, President and CEO, Mass Mentoring Partnership.

  • QCC Alumna Felicia Agbanyo
March, 2021

Service before self seems to be the mantra for alumna Felicia Agbanyo, of Gardner. Ms. Agbanyo graduated from Quinsigamond Community College with an Associate Degree of Liberal Arts, Psychology Option in 2020, and today is attending William James College, a graduate school of psychology located in Newton.

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Service before self seems to be the mantra for alumna Felicia Agbanyo, of Gardner. Ms. Agbanyo graduated from Quinsigamond Community College with an Associate Degree of Liberal Arts, Psychology Option in 2020, and today is attending William James College, a graduate school of psychology located in Newton.

She was recently named a 2020-2021 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI) scholar, at William James and received a $15,000 scholarship, funded by a grant awarded from the Boston Children's Collaboration for Community Health. She also serves on the Council of Inclusive Excellence at William James College and is an active member in the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Seven Hills Foundation, a health and human services agency based in Worcester.

Recently the Wyvern Guardian had an opportunity to speak with Ms. Agbanyo.

Can you describe how you are serving children and families in the Behavioral Health Field?

I currently work with women who have developmental disabilities. In this position, I work collaboratively with the women's families and care team to provide support on their terms while taking into account their cultural needs. 

How did you become interested this field?

I became interested in the field of psychology after the death of two close family members. I was actually attending QCC at the time of their passing. During this period of my life, my family, friends, classmates and professors helped me heal after going an unthinkable loss. After having that experience, I wanted to show others kindness, compassion, and support in the same ways it was shown to me.

Why did you choose to attend QCC?

I chose to attend QCC for many reasons, but the three reasons I initially chose QCC were proximity, cost, and class size. QCC was close by and I lived within 25 minutes of the Worcester campus. QCC was affordable for me, I could go to school and still continue to afford the life I lived. I took advantage of the great financial aid benefits while I attended the College.

Class size was also an important factor for me attending QCC. I wanted to go to a college where I knew my professors and my professors knew me. I think knowing my professors was key in my success. I was able to ask questions about the material in my classes and get direct help and feedback about how I was doing. The professors I had also helped me grow professionally. When I reached out to my past professors at QCC for letters of recommendations, each professor that I reached out to was willing to write one on my behalf. 

What stood out for you during your time at QCC?

Something that stood out for me while attending the College was the supportive environment. There were so many free resources that I used to help me achieve success. Writing has always been a strength of mine, but it was great to know I could go to the Student Writing Center and get feedback on how I could further strengthen my writing. I have always had to work harder in math, and while I was at QCC, I took full advantage of the Student Math Center and free math tutoring that was offered. Many of my professors also counted my seeking out extra help toward my grade in their class. Every professor there wants you to be successful.

I understand you worked full-time while attending QCC. Can you tell me a bit about this, as well as how you balanced both working and college?

I was able to work full-time while attending QCC. As my work schedule and life changed throughout my time attending the College, I was also able to adapt my course schedule. When I worked a second shift (3:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m.) position, I attended school in the morning and afternoons. When my schedule changed to working a first shift (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) schedule, I started taking evening, night, and online courses. I am also a single mom and had to factor in my child's schedule, along with my work and college schedule. I balanced this all by setting up a good schedule for myself, while still being flexible to life's changes. I also made sure I communicated my needs and life changes to my advisors and professors, who were always willing to work with me in order for me to be successful.

What would you tell someone who was considering attending QCC?

I would tell someone who is considering attending QCC to take the steps and just do it. It’s a choice you won’t regret. You do not have to know what your end goal or profession will be to start attending college. I am still not sure what my profession will be even while in my last year of my bachelor's degree, but I do know that I will be successful in whatever I do. QCC has so many resources that are set up for student success. College does take work and effort, but QCC is setup in a way that you will feel supported through your academic journey and if I could do it, you can too!

What are your goals after graduating from William James College?

After graduating from William James College, I want to be of service to people. I am still not sure what career path I will end up in, and that is OK. A large part of my college experience has been learning about the many different career options that are available. I have not let a lack of not knowing my end goal deter me from attending college.

 

  • Cityblock Health becomes a QCC Mentoring core partner.
March, 2021

QCC’s Mentoring Program is making lasting and life-long changes for student mentees and the mentors who support them. Today the program has become a staple at Quinsigamond Community College thanks in part to the companies and organizations that have chosen to become core partners. A QCC Mentoring core partner has 10 or more company employees volunteer to be mentors.

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QCC’s Mentoring Program is making lasting and life-long changes for student mentees and the mentors who support them. Today the program has become a staple at Quinsigamond Community College thanks in part to the companies and organizations that have chosen to become core partners. A QCC Mentoring core partner has 10 or more company employees volunteer to be mentors.

One of the newest core partners is Cityblock Health.  The company partners with community-based organizations and health plans to deliver medical care, behavioral health, and social services virtually, in-home, and in their community-based clinics. A total of 16 new mentors from Cityblock, including the medical director, are taking part in QCC’s program.

“The QCC Mentoring Program offers extraordinary opportunities to QCC students. We are glad to be able to contribute our time to serve more students,” said Cityblock Community Partnerships Manager, Kerri Sandberg.

The company became a core partner with the QCC Mentoring Program when it was just launching its business in Massachusetts, and finding meaningful ways to engage its employees was a priority.

“We know QCC has robust nursing and human services programs, and those are exactly the type of individuals we want to recruit when they’re ready to enter the job market,” Ms. Sandberg said. “We believe that we can achieve health equity in this country -- but it’s going to take leaders who understand it’s possible. This mentorship program offers opportunities to have deep, meaningful discussions with future changemakers who will go on to influence our society. We welcome that opportunity.”

Cityblock and QCC Mentoring will be holding a Virtual Career Panel on Wednesday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m. for QCC students.

“This virtual event is a great way for students to network with industry professionals who can offer insights into Cityblock, as well as the workforce as a whole since the pandemic. We are excited to have Cityblock as a core partner,” said QCC’s Director of Mentoring and Perkins, Gabriel Santner.

Visit www.QCC.edu/mentoring to learn more.

  • Students can learn about exciting job opportunites and meet with potential employers at the upcoming virtual job fair.
March, 2021

While the format may be different, the opportunity to meet employers is still the same at QCC’s Career Services Virtual Career Fair. Held on Wednesday, April 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. through Zoom, students can meet virtually with employers, hear about job opportunities and upload resumes directly to employers. This is the perfect way for students to get a head start on the career of...

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While the format may be different, the opportunity to meet employers is still the same at QCC’s Career Services Virtual Career Fair. Held on Wednesday, April 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. through Zoom, students can meet virtually with employers, hear about job opportunities and upload resumes directly to employers. This is the perfect way for students to get a head start on the career of their dreams.

Companies in attendance include:

  • Agiliti
  • Arbor Associates
  • EATON
  • IPG Photonics
  • JABIL
  • KARL STORZ
  • Machado Consulting
  • Mondelēz International
  • PMG
  • The Lighthouse Inn
  • TRC
  • UMass Memorial Health Care

Registration is required. Students can register by logging onto Purple Briefcase in the events tab, prior to the event. Log onto the Zoom link  to join the event. 

Students are reminded to dress professionally and bring their resumes to make a good impression on local companies looking to hire!

  • Quinsigamond Community College assists thousands of students annually in realizing their dreams of higher education.
March, 2021

April Is Community College Month!

Tuesday, April 6: Career Services and Credit for Prior Learning is hosting a virtual information session on career opportunities with the United States Secret Service from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Learn what career opportunities are available, what qualifications you need and how to apply for a variety of jobs. The Secret Service offers Veterans...

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April Is Community College Month!

Tuesday, April 6: Career Services and Credit for Prior Learning is hosting a virtual information session on career opportunities with the United States Secret Service from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Learn what career opportunities are available, what qualifications you need and how to apply for a variety of jobs. The Secret Service offers Veterans priority interviewing. Register for this event on Purple Briefcase. Visit Secret Service Event to join the session.

Thursday, April 8: Becker College Students Information Session, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The session offers current Becker students information on how to transfer in to QCC. Prospective Becker students are also invited to join. Registration is required. Visit Becker College students to learn more. 

Friday, April 9: 2021 TLSD Conference hosted virtually by QCC. Keynote Speaker is Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Lumina Foundation, Dr. Danette Howard. Welcome and keynote begin at 9:00 a.m. To learn more and register for the Conference, visit 2021 TLSD Conference .

Monday, April 12: New student registration begins. 

Thursday, April 15: Virtual Admissions Information Session from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  During this comprehensive event, students, families, and community members will have the opportunity to learn about QCC’s student support services, academic divisions, and student life. This is the perfect way to learn more about how a college degree can change your life, all from the comfort of your home! Visit Information Session to register for this event.

Monday, April 19: Patriots' Day - no classes. 

Tuesday, April 27: QCC’s Career Services and Credit for Prior Learning is hosting a Virtual Healthcare Fair from 2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m. on Zoom. Students have the opportunity to virtually meet with employers, learn about open opportunities, ask questions, and upload their resumes directly to employers. While the Fair focuses on healthcare organizations, there are jobs in many areas outside of healthcare. Companies in attendance include: Agiliti, Arbor Associates, Christopher House, Holy Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation, Reliant Medical Group, Salmon Health and Retirement, UMass Memorial Healthcare, and Worcester Public Schools. Students are asked to register on Purple Briefcase.

Join the Healthcare Fair through Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/91563524134?pwd=Z2xsUnM3a3E3LzF5K2tkYmtGanhLZz09 

 Meeting ID: 915 6352 4134 Passcode: 225009

Friday, April 30: Olga Lopez-Hill Scholarship application deadline. This $600 scholarship is available to QCC students who plan to either continue their education at QCC or transfer to another higher institution. Olga Lopez-Hill graduated from QCC in 1990 and worked at the College for over 20 years, advocating for students and inspiring them to continue their efforts to further their education. To apply students need to submit an essay demonstrating how their activities and future goals reflect the importance of education, diversity and service to your community. Response is limited to two pages, and must include your contact information (Previous scholarship winners are ineligible). Send completed applications to dgonzalez [at] qcc.mass.edu by the end of day on 4/30.

April Spotlight: The Diversity Caucus is excited to announce some great virtual events for the month of April. Visit Diversity Caucus Events to learn more.

Thursday, April 15: A Human Touch to Recovery: Hector Reyes House presented by Dr. Aaron M. Mendel from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Friday, April 16: Crocodile River Music Presentation, Part of the Social Justice Speaker Series, a project of QCC’s Sociology Department. This family event includes a performance by Crocodile River Music and a discussion of the role of the arts in social justice. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 21: Sankofa Lecture Series - Talk by Dr. Lorelle Semley, College of the Holy Cross, from 1:00 p.m. -2:00 pm. Save the date.

Thursday, April 22: Combined Earth Day and Stand Against Racism Webinar- 8 Billion Angels, a Global Documentary and Panel Discussion co-hosted with the QCC Environmental Science Program from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This groundbreaking new documentary connects all of the planet's environmental emergencies, including climate change, with unsustainable population growth. A very pertinent part of this discussion is women’s rights, empowerment and environmental justice.

Wednesday, April 28: Moving Beyond Monolingual Policy and Practice: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy to Support English Learners in Community College, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Teresa Varriale Gonzalez and Deborah Gonzalez to lead the program.


 

  • L to R: Dean for Compliance & Education Liz Woods, President Luis G. Pedraja, and Manager for Student Resources Bonnie Coleman
March, 2021

Student Resources Manager Bonnie Coleman and Dean for Compliance & Education, Liz Woods were recognized for 15 years of dedicated service to Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students at Quinsigamond Community College. Ms. Coleman has been the PTK Alpha Theta Zeta Chapter Advisor and Ms. Woods serves on the PTK Advisory Board. 

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Student Resources Manager Bonnie Coleman and Dean for Compliance & Education, Liz Woods were recognized for 15 years of dedicated service to Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students at Quinsigamond Community College. Ms. Coleman has been the PTK Alpha Theta Zeta Chapter Advisor and Ms. Woods serves on the PTK Advisory Board. 

"Countless students have been nurtured and supported over the years by Bonnie and Liz. These two extraordinary individuals have made, and continue to make, a positive and lasting impact on our student body," said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. 

This year, QCC's PTK Chapter has experienced the largest student membership growth since it was chartered in 1980. 

"PTK students not only excel academically, they also take part in community service projects to become engaged citizens in their community," Dr. Pedraja said. "It's inspiring to know that students have not let the pandemic get in the way of their future goals. I thank Bonnie and Liz for helping so many students realize their dreams."

PTK is an internationally recognized honor society for two-year colleges and has approximately 1,300 chapters in the U.S. and around the globe. To be eligible for QCC’s PTK Honor Society, students must have at least 12 credits of college level courses (level 100 courses or higher) and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater. To lean more visit, www.QCC.edu/PTK. 

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  • QCC Athletics helps you exercise your mind and body.
March, 2021

E-sports Team

Congratulations to the Wyverns E-sports team! The Wyverns pulled out another win on March 30 against Mass Bay Community College, and the team now has an impressive 3-1 record.

If you are a full-time student (12 credits of more) this Spring semester, or you know of a student who is full-time and may be interested in being part of QCC’s E-sports team, Coach ...

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E-sports Team

Congratulations to the Wyverns E-sports team! The Wyverns pulled out another win on March 30 against Mass Bay Community College, and the team now has an impressive 3-1 record.

If you are a full-time student (12 credits of more) this Spring semester, or you know of a student who is full-time and may be interested in being part of QCC’s E-sports team, Coach Nate Mello wants to hear from you! To learn more, email Coach Mello at nmello [at] qcc.mass.edu

 

Free Fitness Classes for all QCC Students, Staff and Faculty.

 

New Boot Camp

Body Blaster Boot Camp will give you the workout you're looking for to help get ready for the summer months. The free, virtual class is held every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Zoom Yoga

Free, ongoing Virtual Zoom Yoga classes are held Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. -12:40 p.m. This is a perfect midday break and pick-me -up!

Yoga & Meditation Class

This free class is the perfect combination of stretching and relaxation at the end of a long day! Monday and Wednesdays from 6:00pm – 6:40 p.m. All that’s needed are comfortable clothes and a yoga mat if you have one, and an open mind.

Zoom Zumba

QCC’s Zoom Zumba is held twice a week on Tuesdays from 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. - 6:45p.m.Dance your way to a healthier you!

Email Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick for a Zoom invite to any of the free fitness classes at lisag [at] qcc.mass.edu.

Cooking Matters at Home Session

QCC students only - Staying healthy also means eating healthy. On April 7, QCC students can register for a virtual Cooking Matters at Home Session from 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Students will learn how to make Pantry Pizza with their own homemade dough. This is a two-session event with the second session (Pineapple Carrot Muffins) to be held on May 5 from 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Students who attend each session will receive a $10 E-Gift card to Wal-Mart, for a total of $20. To register email lisag [at] qcc.mass.edu.

 

  • Creative Writers Club
March, 2021

The Creative Writers Club Wyvern is the newest member of QCC's Wyvern family. The Creative Writers Club joins other extra-curricular clubs and organizations at QCC.

Clubs are designed to add value to life on and off campus. Student can find find endless opportunities to:

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The Creative Writers Club Wyvern is the newest member of QCC's Wyvern family. The Creative Writers Club joins other extra-curricular clubs and organizations at QCC.

Clubs are designed to add value to life on and off campus. Student can find find endless opportunities to:

  • meet others, make connections, gain social contacts, establish friendships
  • participate in exciting experiences while learning about yourself and the world around you
  • develop and hone vital leadership skills
  • transfer classroom theory into practice
  • build your resume and portfolio
  • discover your values, potential and campus spirit

Become a part of the QCC community and visit Student Life today and make sure to check out the other  Wyvern family members! 

March, 2021

On March 7, 2021, Strategic Enrollment Development & Student Engagement welcomed Bonnie Coleman as Manager for Student Resources. Bonnie brings to this position over 30 years of experience. Most recently, she was Administrative Secretary I/Enrollment and Student Services (PTK Office) here at QCC.

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On March 7, 2021, Strategic Enrollment Development & Student Engagement welcomed Bonnie Coleman as Manager for Student Resources. Bonnie brings to this position over 30 years of experience. Most recently, she was Administrative Secretary I/Enrollment and Student Services (PTK Office) here at QCC.

On March 14, 2021 Administrative Services welcomed David Shapiro as Assistant Director of Human Resources, HR Operations. David brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, he was a Human Resources Generalist here at Quinsigamond Community College. David earned bachelor's and master’s degrees from Clark University.

On March 14, 2021 Administrative Services welcomed Jose Rivera as Institution Security Officer IV (Lieutenant). Jose brings to this position over 20 years of experience. Most recently, he was Institution Security Officer II here at Quinsigamond Community College. Jose is a recent graduate from the QCC Reserve / Intermittent Police Academy and the Public Safety Academy in New Hampshire. 

Please join us in welcoming Bonnie, David and Jose into their new roles at QCC.