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June, 2021

  • QCC students on campus
June, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College announced it will use over $2.5 million of the institutional portion of the Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds it received in May 2021, to erase college-held debt for students. The debt relief program is exclusively for those students who were enrolled in credit degree or certificate programming during the start of the pandemic (March 13, 2020) through the end of the current...

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Quinsigamond Community College announced it will use over $2.5 million of the institutional portion of the Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds it received in May 2021, to erase college-held debt for students. The debt relief program is exclusively for those students who were enrolled in credit degree or certificate programming during the start of the pandemic (March 13, 2020) through the end of the current Spring 2021 semester.

“Our goal with this initiative is to remove the financial barrier of institutional debt that keeps many students from completing their education and achieving their goals in life. The under-privileged and under-served in our community were hit hard by the pandemic. These students are often unable to continue their education due to the debt they are carrying. By choosing to invest in our students by removing this barrier, we are investing in our community and strengthening our workforce,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. “We are leveling the playing field for our students so that they can succeed. This enables our students to realize a better future for themselves and their families, and in doing so, increases our community’s economic prosperity. ”

The College is taking this unprecedented approach to eliminate the number one barrier in students’ achieving their goals for a higher education. This program will help put skilled workers into the workforce, assisting companies that are struggling to find qualified employees. The funding will assist 1,687 students, with an average amount of $1,525 of institutional debt forgiveness per student. Furthermore, this program is helping those affected the most by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students eligible for debt forgiveness through this initiative represent 52% students of color, 58% that are female, and 48% that are Worcester residents.

“We know education is the greatest equalizer, lifting people out of poverty and making lasting and positive change to our communities and our nation. By eliminating this debt, we are taking an equitable approach to higher education. We find that students with debt are less likely to enroll or stay in college. This eliminates that barrier,” President Pedraja said, adding. “As we recover from the pandemic, we want to give our students in need a fresh start to a better life and a way to enter the workforce with the skills and knowledge they need, and our businesses need, in today’s new world.“

QCC will be notifying students on their debt relief eligibility and is asking that students not reach out to the College directly.

  • QCC's Athletic Center will be renovated into a state-of-the-art I3Q Center.
June, 2021

On June 14, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Quinsigamond Community College has received $150,000 and a total state bond investment of $25 million for a renovation to create an innovation center for advanced manufacturing and robotics.

The investment will allow the College to upgrade and expand its current Athletic Center to showcase and highlight advanced manufacturing, robotics, artificial...

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On June 14, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Quinsigamond Community College has received $150,000 and a total state bond investment of $25 million for a renovation to create an innovation center for advanced manufacturing and robotics.

The investment will allow the College to upgrade and expand its current Athletic Center to showcase and highlight advanced manufacturing, robotics, artificial intelligence, and hospitality programming. These programs will help address a significant workforce and regional economic development need.

“This investment from the Commonwealth is another validation of the amazing work that our faculty and staff perform to ensure that our students are being trained not only for the jobs of today, but for the jobs of tomorrow. I thank the Governor, Lt. Governor, and their entire administration for the faith they have in us to continue meeting the needs of our students and our community,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

When completed, QCC’s new I3Q Center will provide state of the art training for the following high growth, high demand disciplines:

  • Robotics/Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Drone training
  • Robotics
  • Mobile app development
  • e-Gaming testing lab
  • Website design & usability
  • Hospitality and Foodservice

The I3Q Center will also provide flexible space for students, faculty, staff and the community to gather to share ideas, networking and mentoring opportunities, receive counseling and wellness services and attend training conferences and workshops.

As a renovation/expansion of the College’s existing Athletic Center, the I3Q Center will also house Wyvern Athletics intercollegiate sports teams as well as a full health and wellness center for the college and the community.

“This is an exciting day for the future of QCC and for our entire community,“ said Dr. Pedraja. “I thank our entire QCC Family for their hard work and vision in developing a proposal that will ultimately come to fruition to enhance the workforce development and advanced training of our region.”

  • QCC's 2021 Game Changer Award (R), President Pedraja was named Innovative Business Leader of the Year by the WBJ.
June, 2021

In mid-June, President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. was presented with a 2021 Game Changer Award from the Worcester Chamber of Commerce in recognition of QCC’s and Worcester State University’s 100 Males to College Worcester program. WSU was also presented with a Game Changer Award for the collaborative program.

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In mid-June, President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. was presented with a 2021 Game Changer Award from the Worcester Chamber of Commerce in recognition of QCC’s and Worcester State University’s 100 Males to College Worcester program. WSU was also presented with a Game Changer Award for the collaborative program.

This partnership program between QCC, WSU and Worcester Public Schools has been making a positive impact on young male junior and senior students from area high schools for the past seven years. The program promotes post-secondary enrollment and success by increasing college readiness. It offers mentoring, dual enrollment, remediation, and other wrap-around services to young men in the Worcester Public School System. The program includes initiatives and activities designed to encourage college attendance and completion, with a specific focus on under-represented, under-served, low-income, and first-generation to college students.

According to the Chamber, members of the community who were honored have been catalysts for change within the City.

“Low-income and Latino males experience even lower college-going rates at the local and state level than any other student demographic. The 100 Males to College program increases college aspiration and helps to create connections between male high school students, male college students and other adult role models,” Dr. Pedraja said. “This collaborative, comprehensive program brings a variety of resources together to provide these young men with the tools and resources they need to succeed in college and beyond. We are proud to be part of such an amazing program and honored to be recognized with this award.”

  • QCC Respiratory Care students in action.
June, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College’s Respiratory Care Program has received the distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The College has joined a select group of programs that received this national recognition based on a high-level performance of key accreditation metrics. 

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Respiratory Care Program has received the distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The College has joined a select group of programs that received this national recognition based on a high-level performance of key accreditation metrics. 

“The students of QCC have labored diligently to strive for excellence in this respected profession by earning the highly-desirable, Registered Respiratory Therapist credential. I am thrilled with their success and demonstration of skillfulness in their chosen profession,” said Professor Emerita Karen Kaletski Dufault.

This award is presented as part of CoARC’s continued efforts to value the RRT credential as a standard of professional achievement. The CoARC views the RRT credential as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations. To earn this prestigious award, programs were required to have three or more years of outcome data, hold accreditation without a progress report, document RRT credentialing success of 90% or above, and meet or exceed core thresholds for TMC examination high cut score and retention.

The QCC Respiratory Therapy program is the oldest program of its kind in the state.

“This is the first time that this program has achieved this recognition and could not have been done without the leadership of Karen Dufault, who was the previous program coordinator/director, until she retired in 2020,”said Assistant Professor of Respiratory Care, Keith Hirst.

He added that Amy Hogan, current director of clinical education, along with all the current and past clinical instructors, clinical sites, and Advisory Board members, QCC administration, and all the graduates of the program, also played a large role in this award.  

“Over this same time frame we have 100% job placement rate within six months of graduation, as well as 100% employer and graduate satisfaction rates,” Mr. Hirst said.

Visit Respiratory Care to learn more about QCC’s program.

  • Gateway graduate Jordan Geoffrey celebrates with her family.
  • Gateway graduate Alexis Lamontagne enjoys her big day.
  • Gateway graduate receives his diploma from Gateway to College Resource Specialist, Jenna Glazer.
  • From left: Jenna Glazer, Gateway graduate Olivia Astorga and Marci Skillings.
June, 2021

Staff from the Quinsigamond Community College’s Gateway to College Program knew the hard work and dedication required to graduate from the program and earn their diploma. Last year, amid a global pandemic, the department put together a “Graduation to Go” event. Students who earned their diplomas were visited in person at their homes by Gateway staff members who delivered their diplomas, honored their...

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Staff from the Quinsigamond Community College’s Gateway to College Program knew the hard work and dedication required to graduate from the program and earn their diploma. Last year, amid a global pandemic, the department put together a “Graduation to Go” event. Students who earned their diplomas were visited in person at their homes by Gateway staff members who delivered their diplomas, honored their achievements and documented the event with photos. Students were sent caps and gowns prior to the Gateway staff visits.

Gateway to College Program was developed for students between the ages of 16-21, who have dropped out of high school or were at risk of dropping out. Students accepted into the program work on obtaining their high school diplomas, while also simultaneously earning college credits. QCC’s program recently reached 200 Gateway to College graduates since the program’s inception. The majority of graduates have gone on to earn college degrees.

“We visited 14 of our 27 graduates. The furthest we went was North Adams. Most of our grads are moving onto college at QCC,” said Gateway to College Resource Specialist, Jenna Glazer. “We also graduated many students we weren’t able to meet in person until we delivered their diplomas.”

Visit Gateway to College program to learn more about the program.

  • Women are becoming more prevalent in the IT field.
June, 2021

A “meet and greet” event last month gave prospective female students a window into the Information Technology field. QCC’s Dean of School of Business, Engineering, and Technology, Betty Lauer, hosted the event that featured female employees of the IT community. Today 26 million workers are part of the STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics) industry, with 71%...

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A “meet and greet” event last month gave prospective female students a window into the Information Technology field. QCC’s Dean of School of Business, Engineering, and Technology, Betty Lauer, hosted the event that featured female employees of the IT community. Today 26 million workers are part of the STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics) industry, with 71% holding computer related jobs, according to Dean Lauer.

“The average STEM pay is $61,000, about two times as much as non-STEM pay,” Dean Lauer said.

 While men average 27% more per hour in pay than women that percentage shrinks to 16% when women work in STEM. STEM careers are closing the gender gap and female students are becoming more prevalent as more women recognize the value in an IT career.

Monica McMullan, IT Service Desk Supervisor at QCC didn’t know she wanted to work in the information field initially, going to school for hotel management. Finding out Hotel Management was not for her; she returned home after one semester and obtained a job at a server networking company. She became clerk of the quality control department working closely with the manufacturing team. Over the next few years she would hold various positions and jobs before eventually coming to work in QCC’s IT department as a part-time Help Desk Attendant. She also began taking a few IT courses at the college.

“Some of the courses like programming and C++ and SQL directly impacted my ability to work with our ticketing. I also learned many things in the help desk content concepts course that I applied to helping our customers, students, staff and faculty,” she said. 

In December 2018, she earned a Software Applications Specialist Certificate from QCC and last year was promoted Service Desk Supervisor, which has increased her level of responsibility.

According to Ms. McMullan, a career in IT has given her the ability to have a good work-life balance and be there for her family while doing something she loves.

Other female QCC students and former students are also taking part in QCC’s robust IT programs.

QCC student Jennifer Polesnak-Custance has been in the IT field for over 20 years. Currently she is a Systems Administrator and over the years has held many different positions in the IT field from technology service center, desktop services to data center operations.

She said that 20 years ago years ago, the IT field was just starting to really pick up and she ended up going to a local university and took a couple Microsoft Certified Professional courses that her company paid for it. She said she enjoyed the challenge of the IT field; however, over the years found that most jobs she was interested in required a degree.

“I recall teammates getting hired and they were making at least $15,000 more than I was because they had a degree, and I knew a lot more,” she said.

Ms. Polesnak-Custance said she initially attended a four-year institution for a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, but found it lacking and came to QCC for its Cyber Security program.

“Hands on is what you need. I was having lunch with a group of co-workers and one of the gentlemen who had just started had gone to QCC and recommended it, as I was complaining that where I was going was not technical enough to be useful,” she said. "I choose QCC because of the technical programs that are offered. My experience at QCC has been wonderful. I wish I had started here first. All the professors have been great and very knowledgeable.”

QCC Alumna Stevie Dickerson is a Navy veteran who is the Manager of Software Development for Storm Petrel after being an intern there thanks to QCC. Coming from an engineering background, IT has always interested her.

“There is more opportunity for creativity in the IT field, specifically software development, while previously, in the nuclear power field that I worked in, I wasn’t a ‘creator’ but rather, a ‘fixer’ and ‘maintainer.’ I’m still those things, but I can create too,” she said.

She found QCC after driving by the College and then doing some research on what it had to offer when she decided to use her GI Bill and go back to school.

“This school hit all the key areas I was looking for, it has a degree specifically for Web Dev/Programming, which is the career I wanted to switch to and it has smaller class sizes than a larger school, allowing teachers to focus on more students individually. QCC also partners with many other schools in the region if I wanted to pursue my bachelor's degree afterward,” she said, adding that in fact she recently obtained a BS at Granite State College.

Ms. Dickerson said that she has always been drawn to “predominately male” fields such as IT.

“... not because I like a challenge (though, I do), but just because that's what I'm good at, and interested in. I was a nuclear Machinists’ Mate in the Navy, which at the time I served was less than 4% female,” she said.

After the Navy, she went into the engineering field before entering the software development.

“I’m happy to say that the discrimination in the IT field is not as bad as I experienced in the Navy or in the nuclear power field. It’s a different culture. I feel empowered and I have gotten to work with smart, strong women and we help each other,” Ms. Dickerson continued.

Both Ms. Dickerson and Ms. Polesnak-Custance said they’ve seen positive changes in women entering the IT world in recent years.

“I have seen the female technical work force nearly double around me and I think it’s wonderful,” Ms. Polesnak-Custance said, offering sage words of advice to women looking to enter the industry. “It is tough to break into the field but know what you are doing and what you are talking about and continue to train on everything new that is happening in the tech world. Knowledge is power.”

Ms. Dickson also offered words of encouragement.

“Do it! There is no time like the present. I completely changed career fields after over a decade in a completely different field and never looked back once. Attend conferences and make connections! Find women in leadership positions and ask pertinent questions. Show willingness to learn and you’ll find yourself with people that want to mentor you,” she said. “My experience was a good one and I look fondly back on my experience at QCC. I was a little nervous about going back to college as an adult. I had an odd idea that I would be surrounded by just out of high school students and was happy to find that there's no particular demographic that attends QCC, the diversity of the students' age and backgrounds leads to a lot of experiences and knowledge coming together. The staff was great. I learned so much from Professors Bob Desilets and Charu Trivedi, they were great mentors and teachers.”

 

  • Register for QCC's new job recruiting platform Handshake.
June, 2021

Career Services is kicking off the summer with some big changes. The department has transitioned to a new, modern college recruiting platform known as “Handshake."

Handshake offers 3.5 million job, co-op and internships opportunities in virtually every industry for full and part-time students. The site has 400,000 employers, including 100% of Fortune 500 companies...

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Career Services is kicking off the summer with some big changes. The department has transitioned to a new, modern college recruiting platform known as “Handshake."

Handshake offers 3.5 million job, co-op and internships opportunities in virtually every industry for full and part-time students. The site has 400,000 employers, including 100% of Fortune 500 companies that use it for job recruitment. Over 700-plus colleges and universities use this platform, making it the number one place that employers go to recruit early talent.

Students will receive personal job recommendations, attend virtual fairs and events and apply for jobs that are tailored to their unique skill sets. This is the perfect way for students to launch the next step in their career.

“We are so excited to be launching Handshake. It’s the perfect way for our students to find the job of their dreams,” said Nichole Wheeler, coordinator of Career Services & Credit for Prior Learning.

Looking for a job, co-op/internship, or volunteer opportunity? Register on Handshake!

To learn more visit Career Services and Credit for Prior Learning.

  • Nursing graduate Cassara Casey is all smiles at her pinning ceremony.
  • Nursing graduate Kirstianna Ferschke receives her nursing pin.
  • QCC Nursing graduates and sisters Kirstianna Ferschke (L) and Cassara Casey.
June, 2021

The special bond that sisters have for each other is considered one of the strongest of all bonds. This comes as no surprise to 2021 Nurse Education graduates and sisters Cassara Casey and Kirstianna Ferschke. The two became a part of a tight knit group of over 50 students who grew together and helped each other out in a time when the healthcare industry was challenged with a global...

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The special bond that sisters have for each other is considered one of the strongest of all bonds. This comes as no surprise to 2021 Nurse Education graduates and sisters Cassara Casey and Kirstianna Ferschke. The two became a part of a tight knit group of over 50 students who grew together and helped each other out in a time when the healthcare industry was challenged with a global pandemic.

“We became a family. There was a real family dynamic and there was always someone there to help you out,” Ms. Ferschke said.

As two of six siblings who grew up in Southbridge and attended Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, family is certainly familiar to Ms. Casey and Ms. Ferschke, as is Quinsigamond Community College. As the oldest of her siblings, Ms. Casey was the first to head to college in 2008, choosing QCC for its affordability and accessibility. Her sister Kaitlynn followed suit, graduating in May 2016 with her associate degree in Early Childhood Education. 

Currently Kaitlynn is working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in education at Bay Path University. Second to the youngest, Calissa, will also be starting QCC in Fall 2021 as an Early Childhood Education Major. Her mom is even a part of the QCC legacy, taking some classes in accounting for the past five years.

While Ms. Casey’s focus was in culinary arts when she was in high school, children were also an important part of her life.

After beginning QCC, she began the search for a career that would resonate with her, eventually landing on nursing. She took her prerequisites for QCC’s Nurse Education program, applied and waited for a spot to open up in the popular program.

Meanwhile her sister was also on track to enter QCC’s nursing program. Unlike Ms. Casey, Ms. Ferschke focused on nursing at Bay Path. In 2015, she graduated as both a CNA Home Health Aide and an EKG Technician. She worked for a few years before entering QCC; taking her nursing prerequisites and waiting to be admitted into the College’s Nurse Education program. When Ms. Ferschke received word that she had been admitted into the Fall 2019 program, she was elated to learn that her sister was also admitted and they would be in the same class.

“We both applied to the program and then got accepted but we had no idea that we were both on the waiting list at the time,” Ms. Ferschke said.

The sisters often carpooled when they could, even though Ms. Casey lived in Connecticut and Ms. Ferschke was in Southbridge. Ms. Casey had clinical rotations at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Leominster Hospital.

“I also worked at Harrington Hospital in student nurse positions,” she said.

Ms. Ferschke did her clinicals at Auburn Life Care, Harrington Hospital, and a make-up clinical at the YMCA COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Worcester during the Spring 2021 semester. 

She even had a clinical rotation at St Vincent’s Hospital during the same time as her sister.

“It was fun being in clinical with my sister. There was a built-in person to support you so you didn’t feel alone,” Ms. Casey said.

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck both sisters said they had already had the bulk of their foundations in-person such as learning how to take a person’s vital signs and learning how to administer injections. Yet there were classes that they had to take online due to the pandemic.

“We made the best of it and it was as good as it could be,” Ms. Ferschke said. “Cassara and I would go and study at the local library but once we were in lockdown, we used more of the online supports such as the tutoring.”

Ms. Casey said that while going to a virtual format was challenging, the nursing class continued to stay in touch with each other and their professors.

“The teaching staff opened their office hours and we felt supported academically and emotionally. They are the best staff I’ve ever had,” Ms. Casey said. “They were there to get us through the program. They are great nurses; so knowledgeable.”

Both sisters are mothers – Ms. Ferschke has a three-year-old and one on the way this August; while Ms. Casey has a nine-year-old who was doing his schooling remotely at the same time as his mom.

“When my son went back to in-person school it got a bit easier for me personally. While online was a learning process, being able to go through a recorded lecture pause the video and go back was really helpful,” Ms. Casey said.

In May 2021, both sisters graduated from QCC with their nurse education associate degree. Ms. Ferschke is now studying for the National Council Licensure Exam as she awaits the arrival of her second child. Her goal is to work in a hospital doing maternity care. Ms. Casey was accepted to Southern New Hampshire University and will be working toward her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with the goal of one day working at a hospital in pediatrics or maternity.

“There are so many resources going to a community college. I also really liked the community feel it has. I checked out another community college closer to where I live and it was so different from QCC,” she said. “I like that QCC is more of a community.” 

 

  • QCC has joined President Biden’s COVID-19 College Vaccination Challenge.
June, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College has joined President Biden’s COVID-19 College Vaccination Challenge. Colleges across the country are being asked to commit to taking actions that will engage their college communities and encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Statistics show that a significant portion of the older population have been vaccinated; however, the younger generation is lagging behind. Colleges and...

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Quinsigamond Community College has joined President Biden’s COVID-19 College Vaccination Challenge. Colleges across the country are being asked to commit to taking actions that will engage their college communities and encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Statistics show that a significant portion of the older population have been vaccinated; however, the younger generation is lagging behind. Colleges and universities offer a significant opportunity to reach that younger generation.

“We are committed to keeping our college community, our city, and the Commonwealth safe. The best way to do this is by getting vaccinated,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. “This is a challenge I hope all colleges and universities will stand behind so that we can put an end to this global health crisis.”

QCC has taken a visible role in COVID-19 community outreach. The College developed a comprehensive, COVID-19 vaccination webpage offering vaccination information through public service videos in multiple languages, along with fact sheets in multiple languages, a link to vaccination locations and a link to the Massachusetts COVID-19 information website.

QCC has already hosted two Moderna Vaccine Clinics on its campus (670 West Boylston, Street, Worcester) for the QCC community, as well as faculty, staff and students from Assumption University, Anna Maria College and Becker College. Approximately 90 people were vaccinated at each clinic.

“Spreading the word about the importance of getting vaccinated has been a priority at QCC. Offering information that is easily accessible, in multiple languages, enables us to reach more in our community,” President Pedraja said. “By hosting vaccine clinics, we are providing easier access for our students, their families, as well as QCC employees, which enables more in our community to be vaccinated.” 

President’s Biden’s goal is to have 160 million Americans being fully vaccinated by July 4.

  • Bobby M’s Diner
June, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College’s Hospitality and Recreation Management (HRM) program has partnered with Worcester’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs and ESWA-Elder Services to deliver cultural meals to elders in the city.

Worcester’s Health and Human Services Commissioner, Dr. Matilde "Mattie" Castiel, MD noted that food insecurity in the elder population is a large issue in...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s Hospitality and Recreation Management (HRM) program has partnered with Worcester’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs and ESWA-Elder Services to deliver cultural meals to elders in the city.

Worcester’s Health and Human Services Commissioner, Dr. Matilde "Mattie" Castiel, MD noted that food insecurity in the elder population is a large issue in Worcester and for those seniors who come from culturally diverse communities, it can be a challenge to meet their dietary needs.

The Worcester Senior Center has a culturally diverse group of seniors and often meals were not familiar or culturally sensitive.

“Food brings people together and is a bonding piece for elders,” Dr. Castiel said.

Recognizing there was a need that was not being met Dr. Castiel met with QCC’s HRM Program Coordinator Pat Hutchinson and brainstorming sessions ensued. A plan was devised whereby students could experience cooking different culturally appropriate meals for a variety of culturally diverse communities.

“It’s a win-win for everyone, the college students and seniors,” Dr. Castiel said.

Read all about this innovative program, recently featured in Nutrition and Food Service Edge Magazine. Visit QCC's Hospitality Program to learn more.

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  • Make the most of your summer with a Zoom workout.
June, 2021

QCC's free fitness classes are a great way to get in shape this summer. Available to all current QCC students, faculty and staff, these virtual classes are the perfect summer activity. 

Email Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick at lisag [at] qcc.mass.edu for a Zoom...

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QCC's free fitness classes are a great way to get in shape this summer. Available to all current QCC students, faculty and staff, these virtual classes are the perfect summer activity. 

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

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 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.   

Yoga/Meditation Class

End your day with peace and harmony with the movement of Yoga and Meditation. Attend the whole 40-minute class from 6:00 p.m. - 6:40 p.m, or just the Yoga portion from 6:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m., or just the Meditation portion from 6:20 p.m. - 6:40 p.m. You decide! Yoga modifications are given each session to meet all skill levels.

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. - 6:45 p.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 and your mood! 

June, 2021

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

On June 6, 2021, Enrollment & Student Services welcomed Ashlee Givins as the Director of Student Life & Leadership. Ashlee brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, she was the Assistant Director, Student Engagement at American International College. Ashlee earned a Bachelor’s Degree...

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

On June 6, 2021, Enrollment & Student Services welcomed Ashlee Givins as the Director of Student Life & Leadership. Ashlee brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, she was the Assistant Director, Student Engagement at American International College. Ashlee earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Nichols College and a Master’s Degree in Administration of Higher Education from Suffolk University.

On June 6, 2021 Strategic Enrollment Development & Student Engagement welcomed Cebelis Crespo as Financial Aid Counselor. Cebelis brings to this position 7 years of experience. Most recently, she was the Clerk III in the Financial Aid Office here at QCC. Cebelis has also earned an Associate Degree from QCC.

On June 27, 2021 Strategic Enrollment Development & Student Engagement welcomed Benedicta Aboagye as a Financial Aid Counselor. Benedicta brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, she was the Student Success Counselor at QCC. Benedicta earned a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

On June 27, 2021 Strategic Enrollment Development & Student Engagement welcomed Mikaela Kitka as a Student Accessibility Services Coordinator. Mikaela brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, she worked as a Counselor/Learning Disability Specialist. Mikala earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree  from Worcester State University.

On June 27, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Fatos Cenolli as an Institution Security Officer II for Campus Police. Fatos brings to this position over 20 years of experience. Most recently, he was a Maintainer at Worcester State University. Fatos completed Police Academy of Tirana in Albania.

On June 27, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Randi Fisher into his new role as an Institution Security Officer II for Campus Police. Randi brings over 15 years of experience to this position. Most recently, he was a Communications Dispatcher I at QCC. Randi earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Quinsigamond Community College.

On June 27, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Cristian Jimenez as an Institution Security Officer II for Campus Police. Cristian brings to this position over 10 years of experience. Most recently, he was a Terminal Utility Person at Massport. Cristian is a graduate of the QCC Reserve Police Academy and holds an Automotive Certificate from Universal Technical Institute.

On July 1, 2021, External Affairs welcomes Rick Ricardi as a Grants Manager. Rick brings to this position over 20 years of experience. Most recently, he was part time Grants Writer here at QCC. Rick earned a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master’s Degree from Boston University.

Please join us in welcoming  Ashlee, Cebelis Benedicta, Mikaela, Fatos, Randi, Cristian, and Rick into their new roles at QCC.