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April, 2021

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

On April 20, Quinsigamond Community College President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. released a statement regarding the recent verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

“We have all held our collective breaths waiting for the outcome of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota. The conviction of one police officer does not end the systemic racism that people of color endure in this country on a...

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On April 20, Quinsigamond Community College President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. released a statement regarding the recent verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

“We have all held our collective breaths waiting for the outcome of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota. The conviction of one police officer does not end the systemic racism that people of color endure in this country on a daily basis.

As a nation, emotions will run high as a result of this outcome. As we process the verdict, we cannot forget that George Floyd lost his life. His family and our country are forever impacted by the events that lead to this trial.

Unfortunately, the outcome of the trial will not bring solace to everyone in our country. Today is a strong reminder that there is a lot more work to do in order to eradicate and dismantle systemic racism in the United States. Let us all recommit ourselves to that effort.

As a community, and an institution of higher education, we must continue to have the hard conversations that make us uncomfortable as we develop pathways to healing. We need to foster an open and honest dialogue that allows us to become a stronger nation. Together, we can provide examples of equity, inclusion and diversity for ourselves and for our children to follow. We must reflect on what we can do individually and collectively to ensure that the voices of people of color and other marginalized populations are heard, so that we can learn and work hand-in-hand to ensure these injustices never happen again.

Although the trial has ended, these relevant and important conversations must continue if we are to make lasting systemic changes to our nation.”

  • QCC will host a Moderna COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on May 11 for faculty, staff, students and their families.
April, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible and is helping spread the word on vaccine clinics throughout our region.

Recognizing the need to help our communities who have been underserved, a variety of Equity Vaccine Clinics are now available through the COVID-19...

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Quinsigamond Community College encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible and is helping spread the word on vaccine clinics throughout our region.

Recognizing the need to help our communities who have been underserved, a variety of Equity Vaccine Clinics are now available through the COVID-19 Vaccine initiative, which focuses on 20 prioritized communities and those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. These clinics are state-funded and have their own requirements.

​The COVID-19 Vaccine initiative focuses on 20 prioritized communities and those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 that include:

  • Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Latin individuals
  • Individuals who do not speak English, or who prefer to speak in another language.
  • Individuals who do not have access to public transportation or who have barriers getting to a vaccination site.
  • Individuals who do not feel comfortable receiving the vaccine in a traditional Healthcare setting.
  • Individuals with disabilities and those who have access and functional needs.
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Individuals with mental illness and/or residents with substance use disorder.

Walk-in Equity Vaccine Mobile Clinics are part of the State's COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative. These clinics are for individuals who qualify according to Equity and Phase. 

The following clinics are available over the next several days: 

  • Moderna COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for QCC Faculty, Staff, Students and their Families. Registration is required by Thursday, May 6.
  • Date: Tuesday, May 11, Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  •  Location: QCC Athletic Center, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester
  • Parking is available in Lot 2 on QCC's main campus. ID and insurance card are required.
  • This Clinic is run by Albertson’s/Shaw’s/Osco

       Registration is required by Thursday, May 6.

Equity COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-in Clinics (No Appointment Necessary) 

 

  • Date: Wednesday, May 5
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: CENTRO, 11 Sycamore St., Worcester
  • Questions? Call 508.798.1900 ext. 241
  • Date: Thursday, May 6
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Lakeside Apartments, 44 Lakeside Ave., Worcester
  • Questions? Call 508.635.3306 or lmateo.vaccineinfo [at] gmail.com
  • Date: Saturday, May 8
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Worcester Common, 455 Main St., Worcester
  • Questions? Text 508.372.0630 or lmateo.vaccineinfo [at] gmail.com
  • Date: Wednesday, May 12
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Boys & Girls Club, 65 Boys & Girls Club Way,  Worcester
  • Questions? Call 508.754.2686 ext. 201 or lmateo.vaccineinfo [at] gmail.com
  • Date: Thursday, May 13
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Iglesia de Oración, 21 Canterbury St., Worcester
  • Questions? Text 508.372.0630 or lmateo.vaccineinfo [at] gmail.com

"The best way to protect yourself and your community is by getting vaccinated and I encourage everyone who has not been vaccinated to do so,"  said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. 

  •  PTK student Edmilse Diaz
  • PTK student Alexander Riopel
  • PTK student Vincent Carl Strzelecki
  • PTK student Bradley Sylvestre
April, 2021

Four Quinsigamond Community College Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students, Edmilse Diaz, Alexander Riopel, Vincent Carl Strzelecki and Bradley Sylvestre, have been recognized for their outstanding achievements as members of the 2021 Phi Theta Kappa All-Massachusetts Academic Team. 

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Four Quinsigamond Community College Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students, Edmilse Diaz, Alexander Riopel, Vincent Carl Strzelecki and Bradley Sylvestre, have been recognized for their outstanding achievements as members of the 2021 Phi Theta Kappa All-Massachusetts Academic Team. 

Each year, the highest academic achievers in the state’s 15-member community college system are selected for the team. Students are chosen for their high academic achievement, as well as their exceptional student service and are honored by the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony is being held virtually, as opposed to its traditional venue of the Massachusetts State House. Each student is currently being spotlighted through MACC’s social media, through a virtual “PTK Community College Excellence Week,” during the last week of April.

“This is an honor not only for these outstanding students, but also for QCC. These students have worked hard to get to where they are. Their dedication and perseverance are an inspiration to everyone who dreams of a better life through higher education,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

Edmilse Diaz is a member of the Class of 2022 Dental Hygiene program. Originally from the Dominican Republic, she moved to the U.S. as a child.

“I received a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Saint Michael’s College in 2015. Throughout my life, I have continued to pursue learning and have always challenged myself. I came to QCC when I decided to pursue a career in dental hygiene, because I wanted to help raise awareness on the importance of oral health and its affect on a person’s overall health,” Ms. Diaz said.

During her spare time, Ms. Diaz can be found training in Jiu Jitsu and mantis boxing.

"I also love spending time with my dog, 'Johnny,' and when the sun is shining, you can often catch me on a hiking trail somewhere," she added. 

Alexander Riopel chose QCC because of its MassTransfer program with UMass Amherst.

“I am currently a business transfer major and plan on pursuing a finance degree at a four-year university in the fall. QCC has done a great job preparing me for a four-year university,” Mr. Riopel said. “As the former president of QCC’s PTK Honor Society, I was fortunate to be part of a group that affected real change within the community.”

Mr. Riopel continues to push himself academically and is part of the Commonwealth Honors Program. In addition to his extracurricular activities and academics, he consistently works 20-plus hours a week, to support himself financially while in school.

"I am proud to say that I have made the most of my time at QCC, and look forward to continuing on to a four-year university," he said. 

Vincent Carl Strzelecki came to QCC to pursue a degree in Computer Science. He was also named a 2021 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar. Mr. Strzelecki said QCC’s math and writing centers were both important resources he utilized. 

“My life’s goal is to help as many people as I can, and I am working hard to build a career in video game development, so I can create games that are inexpensive, highly accessible, and very enjoyable,” he said.

Bradley Sylvestre is in QCC’s Nurse Education program and is a member of the Class of 2022.

“Despite classes being online with limited time in a physical classroom, I have been able to learn from the best and apply that knowledge in my clinical settings. I was able to go to a local nursing home in Westborough and make a difference with the elderly; see a birth at UMass Hospital in Leominster, and have been able to bond with patients in need of companionship. I was able to do all of this thanks to the hardworking educators at QCC, who were constantly advocating for me and my fellow nursing students, despite the grueling process of running a nursing school during a pandemic,” Mr. Sylvestre said. “QCC is a community college, and for me, a new nursing student from Rhode Island, QCC has become my community.”

According to Bonnie Coleman, QCC’s manager for Student Resources and PTK advisor, the Spring 2021 class of new inductees is the largest group in the College’s history, with 240 new students becoming PTK members. There are 555 total active PTK members at this time.

“The four students honored are a part of a large and impactful student organization. It is an honor to work with such amazing students,” she said.

  • Many past alumni such as Tony Sanders (R) have been honored at QCC's Honors & Awards Ceremony. Photo taken prior to the pandemic
April, 2021

Each year Quinsigamond Community College recognizes the high academic achievements and community involvement of its students. Under normal circumstances  an in-person awards ceremony.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College is operating in a remote format, yet still wants to acknowledge these students and their triumphs. 

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Each year Quinsigamond Community College recognizes the high academic achievements and community involvement of its students. Under normal circumstances  an in-person awards ceremony.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College is operating in a remote format, yet still wants to acknowledge these students and their triumphs. 

“I wish that I could personally congratulate each of you in person on your incredible accomplishments. It is an exceptional feat to be honored as top students,” President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. said. “I realize this last year has put additional stressors on many of you, but through your dedication and determination you have excelled in your studies. You are the future leaders of our world and I have no doubt you will succeed in whatever you aspire to do with your lives.”

The 2021 Department Awards go to the following students:

Mathematics Department Achievement Award
Melanie Castillo Navarrete

Biology Program Achievement Award
Regan Arraje

Chemistry Program Achievement Award
Trinh Nguyen

Pre-Pharmacy Program Achievement Award
Christiana Ayertey

Environmental Sciences Program Achievement Award
Emily Maynard

Human Services Department
Eunice Benitez

Liberal Arts – History
Rachel Fremeau

Liberal Arts – Psychology Department Award
Nathaniel Santiago

Liberal Arts - Sociology
Deirdre Grubb

Early Childhood Education Department 
April Salter

General Studies Department       
Lauren Wysocki

Liberal Arts Department Award
Raquel Vazquez

English Department Award
Edwige Epossi

CIS Department Award
Michael  Lirange

Interactive Media Department Award
Benjamin Adhem Mirsky

Computer Science Outstanding Student Award
Eric Baumhover

HVAC/R Outstanding Student Performance Award
Sarah Arsenault

Biotechnology Outstanding Student Award
Magan Colby Fenway

Automotive Technology Department Award
Martin Beaudette

Biomedical  Engineering (ERBM) Department
Armela Xhindole

CSET Department Award
Scott Gressak

Radiologic Technology Outstanding Student Award
Maddisyn Bouchard

Para Medicine Outstanding Student Award
Bonnie Hensley

Dental Hygiene Department Award
Marcela Miranda

Surgical Technology Outstanding Student Award
Michele Shields

Phi Theta Kappa

  1. Afraa Alnidawi
  2. Devon Arthur
  3. Kwadwo Asare-Larbi
  4. Pakiza Ashaq
  5. Luis Bajana
  6. Hanah Bazin
  7. Dale Bickford
  8. Melanie Castillo Navarrete
  9. Kristina Chacon
  10. Juslyn Codjoe
  11. Amber Comptois
  12. Sara Dalton
  13. Yozue Davita
  14. Francesca De Mora Ocana
  15. Shana Dickieson
  16. Matthew Diggins
  17. Alyssa Durham
  18. Adam Eastty
  19. Amanda Figueiredo
  20. Antonia Lopez
  21. Rachel Fremeau
  22. Alba Frias Blanco
  23. Timothy Gangemi
  24. Diana Gordon
  25. Tanika Gustave
  26. Dezary Guzman
  27. Alferid Hussin Shilfa
  28. Tyler Hopping
  29. Troy Hutchinson
  30. Dana Johnson
  31. Damanta Katuwal
  32. Ethan Knight
  33. Bedee Kollie
  34. Prince Kumah
  35. Taygan Kosky
  36. Chime Lama
  37. Mohamed Lharak
  38. Jonathan Lane
  39. Jose Leal Figueredo
  40. Misty Lusignan
  41. Tyler Maloney
  42. Chase Mannila
  43. Cassandre Marin
  44. Shaymaa Majeed
  45. Gabriella Massoud
  46. Cheri-Lee McDonald
  47. Diana Mohammed Basher
  48. Fatima Mohammed
  49. Farah Mohamad
  50. Tonya Morrill
  51. Babalwa Mweli
  52. Rose Nagelschmidt
  53. Asha Michelle
  54. Luceily Ortiz
  55. Xenia Paez
  56. Jacqueline Pantina
  57. Kristen M. Peters
  58. Jillian Peterson
  59. SherryAnn Potenti-Crumbliss
  60. Estefenson Prado
  61. Kristi Prifti
  62. Ronald Quijada
  63. Gina Remillard
  64. Sharon Ridley
  65. Alexander Riopel
  66. Isabella Rodriguez
  67. Amber Sestito
  68. Roanlis Toribio Jimenez
  69. Lyndsay Uvanitte
  70. Raquel Vazquez
  71. Amanda Waugh
  72. Mary Wheaton
  73. Armela Xhindole
  74. Shazal Zaheer
  75. Robin Zubee

Psi Beta Community College National Honor Society in Psychology

  1. Amanda Campbell
  2. Shauna Connelly  
  3. Ashlee Cruz
  4. Yozue Davila
  5. Gail Delgado  
  6. Keveny Dort    
  7. Jerrica Hassan
  8. Gisselle Jimenez
  9. Kimberly Lodi 
  10. Elizabeth Lopez     
  11. Cassandre Marin   
  12. Rafael Mauricio Blanco Morales
  13. Carolyn Nicol Almanzar Gutierrez
  14. Luceily Ortiz      
  15. Sherry Ann Potenti-Crumbliss
  16. Alba Rosa Frias Blanco
  17. Jessica Sands 
  18. Lyndsay Uvanitte
  19.  Kathryn Walton    
  20. Robin Zubee     

Commonwealth Honors Students

  1. Hanah Bazin
  2. Samuel Brown
  3. Odette Carty-Bleary
  4. Skye Guertin
  5. Alexander King
  6. Jonathan Lane
  7. Cassandre Marin
  8. Alexander Riopel
  9. Connor Scott  
  10. Lauren Wiinikka  
  11. Elma Tafa   
  12. Kevin Quinn   

Veterans’ Graduates

  1. Luis Bajana
  2. Nicholas Bazzano
  3. James Cappadona
  4. Alexander Connolly 
  5. Yozue Davila 
  6. Radoslaw Denert 
  7. Rebekah Diaz 
  8. Corey Duff 
  9. Sandra Hernandez 
  10. Jennifer Hurley 
  11. Frank Ludovico 
  12. John MacIntosh
  13. Brian Mele 
  14. Erik Nugent 
  15. George Smith 
  16. Cyrille Tekam-Tiako
  17. Brett Young
  18. Feliciano Carrasco
  19. Anthony Afrane
  20. Stephanie Harkins
  21. Cory Cronin
  22. Scott Pham
  23. Alfredo Martinez 
  24. Patrick Petitto 
  25. Thomas Fuller 
  26. Vivian Nguyen 
  27. Anthony Monti 
  28. Nathaniel Santiago 
  29. Lisa Dewar 
  30. Thomas Benoit
  31. Randall Cutting
  32. Lorraine Poconramos
  33. Theresa Hughes
  34. Daniel Cesaitis

Distinguished Service Awards

  1. Taylor Cole
  2. Shauna Connelly
  3. Jennifer Dansereau
  4. Crystal Desaulniers
  5. Anita Griffin
  6. Amanda Hernandez
  7. Luceily Ortiz
  8. Alexander Riopel
  9. Tara Rudolph
  10. Armela Xhindole

Special Recognition Student Awards

  1. Luis Bajana
  2. Eunice Benitez
  3. Kristen Chianese
  4. Emily Guidetti
  5. Cheri- Lee McDonald
  6. Morgan Lindsey
  7. Luceily Ortiz
  8. Kristen Peters
  • For the second year in its young history the QCC E-Sports Team are crowned the champions.
April, 2021

Another great season can be entered into the record books for the fledgling Wyverns League of Legends E-Sports team. The team played their final games on Sunday, April 25 winning handily 3-0 over Bunker Hill Community College in the Region XXI Championship E-Sports game.

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Another great season can be entered into the record books for the fledgling Wyverns League of Legends E-Sports team. The team played their final games on Sunday, April 25 winning handily 3-0 over Bunker Hill Community College in the Region XXI Championship E-Sports game.

“The team of 12 came together this season, week in and week out, dedicating time and effort to improve their skills. Each player got a chance to start in a game throughout the season and each and every player stood out,” said Wyverns E-Sports Coach Nathaniel "Nate" Mello.

The Wyverns finished the season with a 5-1 record, echoing the record from the fall 2020 season and even mirroring their fall win against Bunker Hill 3-0 in the finals.

“I am so proud of what this team was able to accomplish this year and I hope to continue our success in the future with players new and old,” Coach Mello said.

QCC began its E-Sports team for the League of Legends competition, a highly competitive, fast paced, action-strategy online game in the summer of 2020. When not in a global pandemic, the game is generally played in an arena where the teams sit across from one another other.

QCC’s Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick said the E-Sports team made a superb addition to the Wyvern sports teams and Coach Mello has been an important part of the team’s success.

“Coach Mello was fantastic and he was the ‘sports announcer’ for all three of these final games. He presented the play-by play action. It was great for anyone to follow who didn’t know anything about the game League of Legends but wanted to follow along,” Ms. Gurnick said. “The team has played amazing all season and has worked hard to get where they are. We are incredibly proud of our newest Wyvern team.”

The Wyvern E-Sports team includes:

  • Alexis Fluegel
  • Samuel Marshall
  • Trevor Dodson
  • Alex Vongkhamheuang
  • Andrew Boucher
  • David Huynh
  • Dylan Tang
  • Joseph Pauplis
  • Monica Doan
  • Eric Miller
  • Lawrence Loughan
  • Gabe Varner
  • Head Coach Nate Mello
  • Assistant Coach Alec Yorston 

Those interested in playing for the next season can email Coach Mello at nmello [at] qcc.mass.edu. Students must be enrolled in 12 credits or more, have a valid (within a year) physical and a GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to play.

Visit Student Athletics to learn more.

  • Recent graduate and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Zeta member Afraa Alnidawi
April, 2021

Recent graduate and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Zeta member Afraa Alnidawi was awarded a $130 scholarship to cover the cost of the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam fee from Walgreens and the National PTK  Honor Society. Ms. Alnidawi is one of 30 students selected to receive this award.

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Recent graduate and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Zeta member Afraa Alnidawi was awarded a $130 scholarship to cover the cost of the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam fee from Walgreens and the National PTK  Honor Society. Ms. Alnidawi is one of 30 students selected to receive this award.

The Walgreens Pharmacy Technician Certification Scholarship recognizes PTK members who are enrolled in Allied Health or Pharmacy Technician programs and who intend to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam.

“We are delighted to have one of our PTK members receive this scholarship. These types of awards validate the students’ hard work and dedication to improving their lives through higher education,” said Bonnie Coleman, manager for Student Resources and the College’s PTK advisor.  

Ms. Alnidawi earned her Associate Degree in General Studies - Pre-Pharmacy, in December 2020, and has been accepted into Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services (MCPHS) Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Program in fall 2021. 

The scholarship application is open year-round and winners are selected in the spring and the fall, with up to 65 awards given out each year.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Walgreens to offer career opportunities and scholarships to our members,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, executive director of the PTK Foundation. “Certification exam costs often create a financial barrier for students that hinders their ability to enter the workforce. We are grateful to Walgreens for addressing these challenges and providing a pathway to great career opportunities.”

QCC offers a General Studies - Pre-Pharmacy Option, which provides students with the first two years of a strong academic foundation that is required for transfer to four-year or six-year bachelor’s or Ph.D. degree programs in pharmacy or related biological or biochemistry fields.

"My goals for the future are to finish my education and obtain my Doctor of Pharmacy degree and go into the pharmacy profession. After that I want to help people who are unable to finish their schooling because education is really important to me," Ms. Alnidawi said. "I’m also planning to open a pharmacy to provide medications for people who need assistance."

Learn more about about opportunities available through PTK's Alpha Theta Zeta Chapter

  • The 15 community college residents issued a statement regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.
April, 2021

Below is the statement issued by the Presidents of the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges:

Now that all Massachusetts residents 16+ are eligible to access appointments, we strongly urge our students, employees, and all in our college communities to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they are able. Top health officials for the state and...

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Below is the statement issued by the Presidents of the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges:

Now that all Massachusetts residents 16+ are eligible to access appointments, we strongly urge our students, employees, and all in our college communities to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they are able. Top health officials for the state and the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and our community leaders have all demonstrated that the available vaccines are not only safe but are the most effective way to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The vaccines currently being administered have met the Food and Drug Administration’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization. Millions of people in the United States have already received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. 

Last year, we all made the difficult decision to significantly limit in-person services and primarily offer remote and online learning opportunities to keep our communities safe. We share the optimism of many throughout higher education as we view the current public health trends. We know that many of our dedicated faculty, staff, and students have been anxiously waiting their turn in the vaccination queue. At the same time, we continue to move ahead toward a safe and increased face-to-face presence at our campuses to meet the “new normal of campus operations” in the upcoming fall. Widespread vaccinations and continued safety precautions will allow our colleges to safely repopulate our campuses and continue to offer the high-quality education that our students want and deserve. As we have shown throughout this pandemic, campus planning will always be guided, first and foremost, by the health and safety of our entire college community.

Considerations for the fall semester continue to develop and are subject to change, but the community colleges are not contemplating COVID-19 vaccine mandates at this time. It is essential that we meet the needs of all of our students, who are often from the communities hit hardest by this pandemic and facing disproportionate access to the COVID-19 vaccine. And now, it is more important than ever to prioritize equity, and creating additional barriers for our students would go against our critically important mission of open access for all. 

Each April the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inducts new members.
April, 2021

Historically each year in the month of April, QCC's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Zeta Theta Honor Society inducts new students into its hallowed ranks. This year during a virtual induction ceremony PTK inducted 240 students, its largest group of new members. Currently there are 555 active PTK members.

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Historically each year in the month of April, QCC's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Zeta Theta Honor Society inducts new students into its hallowed ranks. This year during a virtual induction ceremony PTK inducted 240 students, its largest group of new members. Currently there are 555 active PTK members.

“The new PTK Class of 2021 supersedes the Class of 2020, as the largest in our history,” said Bonnie Coleman, manager for Student Resources and PTK’s Advisor. “We are happy to celebrate this terrific accomplishment of every new PTK member.”

Each year the new PTK officers are elected by their peers and will remain in their roles until a new group of officers is elected the following year. 

The 2021 officers were installed in their positions during the induction ceremony and include:

  • President Tabitha Leber
  • Vice President of Leadership Francis Seme
  • Vice President of Scholarship Tina Massaglia
  • Treasurer Lucas Sicard
  • Secretary Cora Gauthier
  • Officer-at Large Christina Duggan
  • Officer-at-Large Christine Mensah
  • Greenhouse Manager Tabitha Leber
  • Assistant Greenhouse Manager Corinne Marquardt
  • Assistant Greenhouse Manager Alex Oliveira

PTK offers many benefits that include: 

  • Up to $90 million in scholarships
  • Fellowship
  • Alumni benefits to always stay connected with QCC
  • Professional and leadership skills
  • Exploration of numerous career pathways
  • A network of over 3.5 million PTK members around the world
  • Letters of recommendation to assist in getting into 4-year colleges and universities
  • Access to over $4.6 million in transfer scholarships to over 800 colleges and universities

The American Association of Community Colleges has named Phi Theta Kappa the official honor society for two-year colleges. PTK is the only such honor society with this distinction.For more information on PTK and QCC's Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter, visit PTK Honor Society.

  • QCC's Early Childhood Education Lab School anticipates reopening during Fall 2021 semester.
April, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College anticipates reopening its Early Childhood Education Lab School in Fall 2021. The Lab School serves as a lab/training site for students in QCC’s Early Childhood Education program.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lab School closed when the College transitioned to remote instruction. During this time, President Luis G. Pedraja. Ph.D...

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Quinsigamond Community College anticipates reopening its Early Childhood Education Lab School in Fall 2021. The Lab School serves as a lab/training site for students in QCC’s Early Childhood Education program.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lab School closed when the College transitioned to remote instruction. During this time, President Luis G. Pedraja. Ph.D. and the QCC Board of Trustees supported a program review, which examined and renewed the College’s commitment to the Lab School.

“This renewed commitment directly responds to the needs of the Early Childhood Education program, and is in accordance with QCC’s strategic plan and equity initiative,” President Pedraja said. “The Lab School will have a phased reopening that is in accordance with licensure, health, and safety protocols, as is consistent with the reopening plans of the College.”

In March, QCC released its plans to resume in-person services for the Fall 2021 semester following all health and safety protocols. The College will continue to maintain strong online course offerings and remote student support services.

  • A smarter way to attain a degree faster is by taking a summer course or two.
April, 2021

Summertime is headed our way and the warmer weather may just be the perfect opportunity to register for a summer course. Taking classes during the summer offers a multitude of benefits that can accelerate your education.

At QCC, summer classes are seven-weeks as opposed to the standard 15-weeks. This enables students to take two classes in the same time it would normally take them to...

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Summertime is headed our way and the warmer weather may just be the perfect opportunity to register for a summer course. Taking classes during the summer offers a multitude of benefits that can accelerate your education.

At QCC, summer classes are seven-weeks as opposed to the standard 15-weeks. This enables students to take two classes in the same time it would normally take them to take one class during the fall and spring semesters. Summer courses are a great way for students to take a class they may need for their degree or certificate, but haven’t been able to fit it into their schedules. Students can catch up, or even get ahead in their classes, graduating ahead of time in many instances, simply by taking a few extra courses. 

For those students attending a four-year college or university, this is an affordable way to take a course at QCC, and be ahead of the game when they head back to their college or university in the fall. Finally, summer is an ideal time for personal enrichment. This is the time that students can try a course or two in a subject that has always interested them.

QCC's Summer I classes begin on May 24 and Summer II begins July 6.  Register today and find out what so many people already know about QCC. It’s College. Made Smarter.

Powerful documentary, '8 Billion Angels,' addresses overpopulation issues.
April, 2021

The QCC Environmental Science Program, in partnership with the Diversity Caucus recently banded together to host a combined Earth Day and Stand Against Racism Event with the viewing of “8 Billion Angels.” 

The YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism campaign provides the opportunity for communities across the United States to find an issue or cause that inspires them to take a #...

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The QCC Environmental Science Program, in partnership with the Diversity Caucus recently banded together to host a combined Earth Day and Stand Against Racism Event with the viewing of “8 Billion Angels.” 

The YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism campaign provides the opportunity for communities across the United States to find an issue or cause that inspires them to take a #StandAgainstRacism and to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice. This documentary film was the perfect issue for all three groups to get behind and sheds light on the impact of unsustainable growth, how this is intertwined with racial and societal differences, and how humanity's demand for resources exceeds Earth's supply.

An important part of the film’s discussion addressed women’s rights, empowerment and environmental justice. It has been documented that population rates go down when women are educated, and in the documentary the example of Kerala, India was used to demonstrate the importance of educating girls as well as boys, to help with unsustainable population growth. India has historically offered free education only to boys, yet Kerala has bucked that trend and offered education to both girls and boys and Kerala’s population is far lower than the national average.

“My family is actually from Kerala and that's where my grandparents live, all my cousins, my aunts and uncles live. They were all Keralites. And so one of the things that we're all very proud of is the high literacy rate in the state of Kerala, specifically for women and then how that has brought that (population number) down,” said QCC Environmental Science/Physical Science Professor Anita Soracco, noting that "education is key," in helping with unsustainable population growth.

The powerful groundbreaking documentary connected all of the planet’s environmental emergencies, including climate change, with unsustainable population growth. The film’s impactful message weaves together the voices of ordinary people around the world (from Kansas and Maine, to Japan and India) as they confront the growing impact of overpopulation on their lives, as well as the health of the planet's rivers, oceans, land and air.

After the film, an important panel discussion featured the Documentary Film Director Terry Spahr; Professor Soracco; QCC Environmental Science Professor Mark Duvall; Worcester Polytechnic Institute Associate Professor of International Development, Environment, and Sustainability, Laureen Elgert, Ph.D.(who is also co-director for the Ecuador Project Center) and Communications Manager Hannah Evans, of Population Connection. They took part in the candid discussion that connected the impact of the issues raised in the film with social and environmental justice.

“Like any other species that adapts successfully to its environment, we eventually overshoot those resources, and that species either has to eventually move from that environment or contract. The problem is we've essentially run out of places to go and new areas to exploit. We've essentially invaded every corner of the globe and so it’s a real challenge that we have,” Mr. Spahr said. “The question is, do we have the wisdom and I think the capacity to acknowledge this and address this impending crisis with honesty and compassion?”

For questions or to learn more about the documentary, email Professor Soracco at asoracco [at] qcc.mass.edu. Visit Environmental Science to learn more about QCC's program. 

  • QCC's Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden and her granddaugher Ashlyn McCarty deliver handwritten well-wishes to veterans.
April, 2021

The QCC Veterans Club recently dropped off cards and letters to veterans at the Bristol, Rhode Island Veterans Home. The card and letters were made by the third graders at Amvets School in North Attleboro. QCC’s Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden, coordinated the multi-generational project.

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The QCC Veterans Club recently dropped off cards and letters to veterans at the Bristol, Rhode Island Veterans Home. The card and letters were made by the third graders at Amvets School in North Attleboro. QCC’s Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden, coordinated the multi-generational project.

“QCC's Veterans Club members have dropped off similar messages to the veterans in honor of Veterans Day. These cards and letters bring a lot of joy to our veterans and is something they look forward to receiving,” Ms. Ogden said.

The Veterans Club provides military veterans, their family members and active duty military with support, advocacy and resources to aid in their successful transition to life as a student. The Veterans Club is a member of the Student Veterans of America (SVA), a national organization.

Visit QCC’s Veteran Affairs to learn more about the support QCC offers to student veterans and members of the Armed Forces.

  • The Wyvern was recently spotted hanging out in Central Massachusetts.
April, 2021

The Wyvern was found hanging out and looking pretty cool at Victor Somma's personal "dealership."  Who knew the Wyvern was a biker! 

Have you seen the Wyvern out lately? Rumor has it he's had his vaccine, so you just might catch sight of him soon!  Send documented sightings and descriptions to...

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The Wyvern was found hanging out and looking pretty cool at Victor Somma's personal "dealership."  Who knew the Wyvern was a biker! 

Have you seen the Wyvern out lately? Rumor has it he's had his vaccine, so you just might catch sight of him soon!  Send documented sightings and descriptions to Where in the World is the Wyvern? 

  • Make sure to cheer on the QCC graduates at the 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 21.
April, 2021

Tuesday, May 4: QCC Diversity Caucus invites you to a virtual film discussion at 6:00 p.m. The "All In Me" film discussion will be with Movie Director and Producer Ivonne Belén, and will feature cinematographer Jochi Melero and Julia de Burgos’ niece and poet María Consuelo Sáez Burgos. The film should be watched before event at: "...

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Tuesday, May 4: QCC Diversity Caucus invites you to a virtual film discussion at 6:00 p.m. The "All In Me" film discussion will be with Movie Director and Producer Ivonne Belén, and will feature cinematographer Jochi Melero and Julia de Burgos’ niece and poet María Consuelo Sáez Burgos. The film should be watched before event at: "All In Me." 

For Zoom information, please email dgonzalez [at] qcc.mass.edu for Zoom login.

Wednesday May 5 – Tuesday May 11: Last week of classes.

Thursday, May 13: 29 Who Shine Awards Ceremony, 2:00 p.m. virtual ceremony https://www.mass.edu/system/29whoshine.asp.

Monday, May 24: Summer I Classes begin.

May Spotlight: Friday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. QCC will host its 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony. Visit https://www.QCC.edu/commencement-2021 to honor the hundreds of graduates who have succeeded in realizing their dreams of a better future through higher education.

  • Exercise your way to a healthier you with free virtual fitness classes.
April, 2021

Free Fitness Classes for all QCC Students, Staff and Faculty. The ideal fitness class is only a few clicks away!

Body Blaster Boot Camp

This 45-minute, interval-based boot camp style class mixes calisthenics, body weight exercises, cardio and strength training. Workouts are designed to challenge participants at all levels. Minimal to no equipment necessary. The free, virtual class is...

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Free Fitness Classes for all QCC Students, Staff and Faculty. The ideal fitness class is only a few clicks away!

Body Blaster Boot Camp

This 45-minute, interval-based boot camp style class mixes calisthenics, body weight exercises, cardio and strength training. Workouts are designed to challenge participants at all levels. Minimal to no equipment necessary. The free, virtual class is held every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Zoom Yoga

In this class, basic foundational yoga postures are practiced to align, strengthen and promote flexibility in the body. Full-body relaxation and balance are the goals, with a full circuit of the body's range of motion through standing postures, twists, backbends, forward folds, and hip openers. These free, ongoing Virtual Zoom Yoga classes are held Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m. This is a perfect way to find that energy and finish out the day strong.

Yoga/Meditation Class

Let go of stress and tension through the movement of Yoga. Calm your mind, settle your body and find a softer focus. All that is required are comfortable clothes and a Yoga mat if you have one. There are instruction modifications to meet your needs.

Attend the whole 40-minute class, or just Yoga from 6:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m., OR just the Meditation portion from 6:20 p.m. - 6:40 p.m. This is a perfect way to end your day!

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. It is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — to help improve cardiovascular fitness. A great way to sashay your way to a fitter lifestyle.

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

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April, 2021

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

On May 2, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Dympna Kane as Accounting & Financial Project Manager. Dympna brings to this position over 20 years of experience. Most recently, she worked as Financial Coordinator at Framingham State University. Dympna earned a Bachelor Degree from Bentley University and a MBA from...

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

On May 2, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Dympna Kane as Accounting & Financial Project Manager. Dympna brings to this position over 20 years of experience. Most recently, she worked as Financial Coordinator at Framingham State University. Dympna earned a Bachelor Degree from Bentley University and a MBA from Framingham State University.

On April 11, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Cathy Sooy as Staff Assistant COVID-19. Cathy brings to this position over 20 years of experience. Most recently, she was the Assistant for the President’s Office and Staff Development.

Please join us in welcoming Cathy and Dympna into their new roles at QCC.