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July, 2021

  • QCC's new nursing students (formerly Becker nursing students) experience hands-on learning in the College's nursing lab.
  • QCC welcomes its first class of former Becker nursing students.
  • A former Becker nursing student is now a part of QCC's nursing program.
July, 2021

Entering the nursing profession is not for the faint of heart. For those who chose this profession, often their main motivator is the desire to make a difference in people’s lives.

So when Becker College announced on March 28 that it would shutter its doors, these same students who were dedicating their lives to helping others were now the ones who needed assistance... and Quinisigamond Community...

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Entering the nursing profession is not for the faint of heart. For those who chose this profession, often their main motivator is the desire to make a difference in people’s lives.

So when Becker College announced on March 28 that it would shutter its doors, these same students who were dedicating their lives to helping others were now the ones who needed assistance... and Quinisigamond Community College was there to help.

Former Becker Nursing student and West Brookfield resident Melissa Waddell decided to major in nursing because it has been a lifelong dream. Her grandmother was the head nurse at Holden Nursing Home for many years, and she had always thought that it was an admirable and well-respected career choice. She also loved helping people.

Ms. Waddell was already familiar with QCC prior to Becker closing. She had began taking her prerequisites at QCC in 2016, while working full-time and raising her family. However, when finished her prerequisites and applied to QCC’s nursing program, she was placed on the waiting list for the spring 2023 semester.

“I am 38 years old and didn't want to wait that long to start a nursing program, so I applied at Becker,” Ms. Waddell said. “I was absolutely thrilled to finally make it into a nursing program after spending so long working on my prerequisites.” 

Thus, when Becker closed, she found herself going back to the college where she initially started.

“When I learned Becker was closing after just my first semester there in the program, I was very upset and worried about the continuance of my education, while simultaneously trying to focus on having a successful first semester. I reached out to QCC, which I considered to be my home school in a way, almost immediately.

Ms. Waddell was placed on a list of interested Becker transfer students, and spent some time waiting and worrying as to whether she would be admitted into QCC.

“I knew that I was in good shape to return to QCC because I was already on the waiting list for the nursing program there. It was just a matter of whether or not QCC would have the space for us, and whether or not our credits would transfer,” she said.

For former Becker student and Woodstock, Connecticut resident Alyssa Velez, entering Becker was in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I wanted to pursue nursing, mostly because when the pandemic hit and my husband and I had our first child, I felt like I wanted a more rewarding job,” Ms. Velez said. “When I learned Becker was closing, there wasn't much I could do. We asked the questions we could and just waited for answers.”

She said it was a challenging and stressful time for the students, but ultimately both she and Ms. Waddell, along with 55 Becker classmates entered a bridge program that QCC developed for the transfer students in mid-July.

“I welcomed our first class of Becker nursing students face-to- face and it was wonderful feeling,” said Dean of School of Healthcare Pat Schmohl. “Our nursing leadership team and faculty have done a tremendous job integrating the Becker College students into our nursing courses, without impacting our waitlist of future students. Our clinical partners have been very understanding in working with us this fall semester, to allow additional clinical groups to accommodate our new students.”

Patricia Creelman, professor of Nurse Education has been working with the students as they transition into QCC.

“I give them lots of credit for being able to adjust to all of these very unexpected changes. Many have had to enroll in co-requisite courses this summer, as well as participate in the bridge nursing courses which were created by QCC to bridge the curricular gap between Becker and QCC,” Professsor Creelman said.

 According to Ms. Creelman, the former Becker students will merge into QCC’s nursing classes in the fall semester. 

“Some will enter second semester, some will enter third semester and some will enter fourth semester. The only thing that will be different is the bridge courses that the Becker students are taking this summer,” she continued.

Ms. Waddell and Ms. Velez plan to continue their education after QCC and work toward their BSN.

“We had to push through our first year of nursing school not knowing if we'd have placement in the Fall. A lot of us hung on by a thread, but I am so proud of the nursing students who came from Becker,” Ms. Velez said. “The amount of stress and worry we had, and to be able to pass the semester, we should be proud.”

 

  • The Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School serves as a lab/training site.
July, 2021

The Children’s School: Quinsigamond Community College’s Early Childhood Education Lab School will reopen its doors in Fall 2021.  The school is currently enrolling children for the 2021- 2022 academic year, under the leadership of new Director Kristen Fuller.

“After careful review by our Administration and the QCC Board of Trustees, we made the decision to renew our...

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The Children’s School: Quinsigamond Community College’s Early Childhood Education Lab School will reopen its doors in Fall 2021.  The school is currently enrolling children for the 2021- 2022 academic year, under the leadership of new Director Kristen Fuller.

“After careful review by our Administration and the QCC Board of Trustees, we made the decision to renew our commitment to the Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School and the opportunities it affords our students and the young children in our community,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

The Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School serves as a lab/training site for students majoring in Early Childhood Education and is an integral part of the program. It provides supervised student participation and field placement experience for Early Childhood Education Associate Degree students.

“I am very excited to have joined a team of dedicated professionals and to have children return to the QCC campus,” Ms. Fuller said. “The School was established as a resource for QCC students, but has become a true model of collaboration and commitment to top-notch, high-quality education and care of children between the ages of 2 years 9 months to 5 years,” Ms. Fuller said, adding that the School will have a daily capacity of 28 children.

The Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School was the first center granted the highest level on the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). The QRIS is a method used to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early child care, early child care education, and after-school settings.

For more information visit www.QCC.edu/childrensschool.

  • Students in an anatomy and physiology class at Southbridge.
  • Southbridge High School
July, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College is making it easier for those in Southbridge and the surrounding communities to have access to high quality, affordable higher education opportunities, with its move to Southbridge High School. Beginning this fall, QCC at Southbridge will begin offering both in-person and online classes for the fall 2021 semester.

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Quinsigamond Community College is making it easier for those in Southbridge and the surrounding communities to have access to high quality, affordable higher education opportunities, with its move to Southbridge High School. Beginning this fall, QCC at Southbridge will begin offering both in-person and online classes for the fall 2021 semester.

“The establishment of a QCC satellite campus in Southbridge High School has been incredibly successful and I look forward to our second year of collaboration. The partnership has provided our students with the opportunity to enroll in college courses while in high school. I look forward to once again working closely with QCC to provide the students of Southbridge High School with the opportunity to take college courses, while they are enrolled in high school,” said Southbridge Receiver/Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Villar, Ph.D.

“This partnership has enabled QCC to become more accessible to the communities we serve both in and around the Southbridge area,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

This fall, students in the region will have the opportunity to take standard 15-week courses, or choose accelerated courses offered in two seven-week sections: Fall 1 (September 6 start date) and Fall II (November 1 start date). These accelerated courses enable students to complete two classes in the same time it would normally take them to take one class during the standard fall semester. Currently, the primary classes being offered include general education courses required for most majors at QCC.

QCC moved from its Optical Drive location in the summer of 2020 so that high school students, family members and members of the Southbridge and area communities could take advantage of QCC’s academic and workforce development offerings. In Spring 2021, QCC also began its Early College Program for Southbridge High School juniors and seniors.

“QCC offers affordable access to higher education and workforce training and development. Their admissions staff is eager to work with anyone wanting to improve their education and/or job opportunities,” said Executive Director Chamber of Central Mass South, Alexandra McNitt.

“I look forward to expanding these opportunities and to the continued collaboration with the amazing QCC faculty as we plan for future programs that will provide our students and the community of Southbridge with new and exciting career opportunities,” Dr. Villar added. 

Enrollment for QCC’s Fall semester is currently underway. To register for classes visit www.QCC.edu/admissions

  • QCC 's Practical Nursing Program graduates its largest class.
  • QCC's Practical Nursing graduates are all smiles during their pinning ceremony.
  • New LPNs file into the the Hebert Auditorum for their pinning ceremony.
July, 2021

Last month the largest group of Practical Nursing graduates in QCC’s history received their pins during a pinning ceremony, held at QCC’s Hebert Auditorium, on the College’s main campus. A total of 72 LPNs and 72 future nurses are now ready to enter the workforce.

Valedictorian Ama Osei and Salutatorian Lydia Otenewaa led the graduates in the traditional...

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Last month the largest group of Practical Nursing graduates in QCC’s history received their pins during a pinning ceremony, held at QCC’s Hebert Auditorium, on the College’s main campus. A total of 72 LPNs and 72 future nurses are now ready to enter the workforce.

Valedictorian Ama Osei and Salutatorian Lydia Otenewaa led the graduates in the traditional pinning ceremony that has been a part of nursing graduations since Florence Nightingale’s days as a nurse.

“We are so proud of these amazing graduates who worked tirelessly to attain their dreams of becoming a licensed practical nurse,” said Dean of Healthcare Pat Schmohl.

QCC’s Practical Nurse Education program prepares students with skills and education that will enable them to become an effective LPN. The Practical Nursing Certificate prepares students to assume an entry-level position in the field or pursue additional education. Graduates of the program assume responsibilities related to direct patient care in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, doctor’s offices, clinics, extended care facilities, home and community health agencies. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

The Practical Nursing Program is conducted over a minimum 40-week period involving five semesters of study. Classes are scheduled full-time during the day, as well as full-time in the evening. 

  • Akosua Abbrey
  • Sandra Acquah
  • Natasha Addo
  • Daniel Agyeman
  • Elizabeth Alvarado
  • Abigail Amarty
  • Stephanie Asare
  • Chalmer Asongwed
  • Kimberly Austin
  • Maura Bacon
  • Katelynn Barkley
  • Eunice Bekoe
  • Carol Benson
  • Amanda Blankenship
  • Erica Bouchard
  • Nicole Bouffard
  • Samantha Cafarelli
  • Alexandra Cowher
  • Alyssia Cutler
  • Wedline Dascelin
  • Kaylynn Do
  • Ana Franco
  • Michaela Garvey
  • Kathleen Gibson
  • Anthony Gikiri
  • Kayla Goatz
  • Jaelynn Gour
  • Irina Greer
  • Ramadan Hiba
  • Thao Hieu Charron
  • Grace Hume
  • Thi Thanh Huynh
  • Ann Kahiu
  • Nancy Kamicha
  • Flavia Kikoyo
  • Dorothy Koranteng
  • Catherine Lamson
  • Vanessa Levens
  • Kenneth Luswata
  • Hailey Minichiello
  • Inutu Mwinga
  • Caroline Nakabiili
  • Justine Nakirija
  • Myleen Narito
  • Lydie Ndassi
  • Margaret Ndicu
  • Jasmine Nerette
  • Mispa Ngimbous
  • Mynhi Ngo
  • Ann Njoroge
  • Ama Osei
  • Lydia Otenewaa
  • Cecilia Owusu Ansah
  • Esther Owusu
  • Beth Pasceri
  • Elizabeth Petursson
  • Sabina Potem
  • Julia Price
  • Bethany Racine
  • Shanna Kay Reynolds
  • Clementine Sackor
  • Charity Sarkodieh
  • Anee Tamang
  • Juliana Tawiah
  • Chamatee Taylor
  • Jordan Tazifor
  • Roseline Tiku Henry
  • Jordan Tremblay
  • Gayle Walley
  • Eunice Wiafe
  • Tawa Woods
  • Marie Zibegan Moussissa

Visit Practical Nursing to learn more about the program.

  • The new Harrington Learning Center Diversity Steps.
July, 2021

As people begin to come back to QCC’s campus and stop into the Harrington Learning Center (HLC), they will notice a colorful change. Earlier this month the stairs leading into the HLC have taken on a multi-colored hue. Already the steps are generating excitement as people stop by to take selfies.

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As people begin to come back to QCC’s campus and stop into the Harrington Learning Center (HLC), they will notice a colorful change. Earlier this month the stairs leading into the HLC have taken on a multi-colored hue. Already the steps are generating excitement as people stop by to take selfies.

According to Shauna Connelly, president of the Multicultural Club and the Criminal Justice Club the “Diversity Steps,” idea came about in fall of 2020 during one of the first Multicultural Club meetings.

“One of our advisors, Judith D’Angelo, showed us a picture of stairs with encouraging words on the risers. Everybody loved the idea,” Ms. Connelly said.

Ms. Connelly began researching different stair designs and stumbled upon rainbow stairs. She brought the idea back to the Multicultural Club where it was well-received. Ms. Connelly thought this would be a great to involve the Criminal Justice Club, forming a collaborative project. Student Trustee Tara Rudolph also volunteered her assistance and the assistance of the Black Student Union.

Upon presentation to QCC leadership, they embraced the idea and supported the project.

“This project is a celebration of the diversity of our student body,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.  

 

  • Information Technology is one of the most sought after careers in 2021.
July, 2021

Over 20 community leaders learned what the most in demand careers were and how Quinsigamond Community College was there to support their organizations and their constituents. At a recent virtual community event, QCC staff highlighted some of the top healthcare, manufacturing and information technology (IT) careers and the programs that QCC offers in these areas. 

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Over 20 community leaders learned what the most in demand careers were and how Quinsigamond Community College was there to support their organizations and their constituents. At a recent virtual community event, QCC staff highlighted some of the top healthcare, manufacturing and information technology (IT) careers and the programs that QCC offers in these areas. 

“It is imperative we offer the tools and information to best advise our community organizations on what types of high demand careers are available, and how to get them trained as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Director of Community Engagement, Déborah L. González, Ph.D.  “QCC’s focus is on providing the practical skills that can help students improve their skill sets, find employment, and embark on a career path.”

During a virtual presentation by the College, representatives from QCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education (CWDCE), as well QCC’s Admissions office discussed the pathways students can take to a better career and future. 

CWDCE Program Manager Kathleen O’Connor addressed the variety of free programs that the College offers through the Snap to Work Program for those who meet the eligibility requirements, as well as the free programs offered through grant funding.  She noted that these programs offer wraparound services and some offer free textbooks, assistance with transportation, childcare, some pay hourly stipends and some grant programs offer job placements.

El Buen Samaritano Food Program, Inc. Director of Operations Maricelis (Mari) Gonzalez said she feels the Snap to Work program opportunities would be very beneficial for her constituents, many of whom are receiving Snap benefits, while they look for employment.

“I do come across volunteers that in order to get Snap benefits, they have to commit to 20 hours (of volunteer work). I’m thinking instead of doing this, let’s get them into a certificate program,” Ms. Gonzalez said. “Look what we have in our own backyard. We have these free programs that can help people get to the next level ...I know QCC will get them to that next level.”

Today, healthcare and social assistance are the largest employment sector (20.3%), with a wide spectrum of entry-level jobs and wage earning potential and multiple occupational pathways. In demand careers include CNAs, LPNs, RNs, Pharmacy Technicians and Direct Care Workers.

The Advanced Manufacturing sector also has a large need for workers such as CNC Machinists, Quality Control Technician and Production Workers. At QCC, students can use a variety of short-term educational pathways to begin a career in advanced manufacturing.

Many of the CWDCE programs are quick turnaround programs that are low-cost and enable students to enter the workforce immediately, or continue in a credit-based certificate or degree program. The CWDCE also offers subscription-based, all-you-can-learn online modules that enable students to access over 500 unique online courses in Advanced Manufacturing or Microsoft 365. These training modules can be accessed from 30, 60, 90, 180, 365 days of unlimited use for a set rate.

 “Students are in charge of their own learning pathway,” Ms. O’Connor said.

Professional and Technical Services careers also top the list with a current need for occupations such as Software/Web Developer, Cyber Security and Biomanufacturing Technicians.

A variety of CWDCE programs include IT career pathways. Students to take 18-week courses to become front-end software developers or back-end software developers, as well a five-week Google IT Help Technician Certificate program. Additionally, for those students who wish to continue their education after a non-credit program, they can meet with QCC’s Career Services and Credit for Prior Learning to learn how to get credit for their work.

QCC recognized the need to offer programs in Spanish and the CWDCE designed a Personal Care Homemaker Training program for students in both English and Spanish models.  Students are eligible to work with an agency and they can choose to be paired with someone who is English or Spanish speaking.

QCC’s Associate Director of Admissions, Denise Haile, Ed.D. addressed the credit options available, highlighting the 120 degree and certificate programs, many of which are in the high demand, high pay areas of healthcare, manufacturing and IT. Examples of programs include Emergency Medical Assistant Certificate, Computer Systems Engineering Technology-Help Desk Technician Certificate to Associate degrees such as Manufacturing Technology-Applied Manufacturing Option.

Preparing students from employment is a key element in both credit and non-credit programs. From resume and cover letter workshops, to mock interview sessions, workplace and “dress for success ”sessions, QCC ensures students are thoroughly prepared to enter the workforce.

Enrollment is currently underway for the Fall semester. Courses for credit and non-credit programs are available, days, nights, weekends and online. Visit www.QCC.edu/admissions to learn more.

QCC sends a big thank you to the following community organizations who participated in the July event:

  • Maricelis Gonzalez: El Buen Samaritano, Inc.
  • Kelly Dolan: Worcester Housing Authority
  • Martha Benitez: Center for Health Impact
  • Jessie Montville: Open Sky
  • Hasir Gonzalez: Worcester Housing Authority
  • Anh Vu Sawyer: South East Asian Coalition
  • Kelsey Haggett: Youth Advocacy Division
  • Shalesha Smith: Youth Villages
  • Elyse Waksman: Literacy Volunteers of Worcester
  • Kate DeMaio: Webster Schools
  • Nelly Medina: Parent organizer for both The Worcester Education Justice Alliance and The Massachusetts parent union PUMA
  • Margaret Morrisey: Edward Jacobs Library
  • Derek Kiser: Fresh Start

Informational community events will continue to be held throughout the year with the next event set for September 29. The event will focus on student success resources.

  • Nephtalie Faustin, Alumni Board President
  • Amy Tisdell, Alumni Board Vice President
  • Michael Harper, Alumni Board Secretary
July, 2021

Since QCC’s inception, more than 34,000 alumni have entered the workforce in virtually every industry in our region and across the United States. They have come from diverse backgrounds, they span generation, and while their career goals may vary, they all have the drive to succeed. They are the backbone of our community and who makes our economy grow and thrive.

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Since QCC’s inception, more than 34,000 alumni have entered the workforce in virtually every industry in our region and across the United States. They have come from diverse backgrounds, they span generation, and while their career goals may vary, they all have the drive to succeed. They are the backbone of our community and who makes our economy grow and thrive.

Many of QCC alumni remain active with the college through the Alumni Association. Every two years, QCC holds an election for its Alumni Board. The Alumni Board is a valuable resource that works to promote alumni involvement in Central Mass and brings them together to network, enjoy events, and stay engaged with each other and the QCC community. The 2021 election has just concluded and we would like to thank all who participated in the elections and took the time to cast a vote! The votes are in and three highly qualified candidates have officially earned their seats.

Congratulations to QCC’s new 2021 Alumni Officers!

Nephtalie Faustin, Class of 2015, Liberal Arts:

“I am originally from Haiti and I speak four languages. During my time at QCC, I was a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Psi Beta Kappa Honor Societies. I finished my associate degree in Liberal Arts in May 2015 and transferred to UMass Amherst, graduating with a BS in Psychology (Neuroscience Track). I have volunteered at UMass Memorial Hospital, helped veterans during Thanksgiving week, and worked with people with disabilities (Autism).”

Vice President - Amy Tisdell, Class of 2013, Liberal Arts:

“I will work with the incoming president and advisory board to expand professional networking opportunities for alumni and current students of QCC. I will also bring an increased focus on philanthropy and using our collective power to support students in need at QCC.”

Secretary - Michael Harper, Class of 2010, Liberal Arts

“I’ve been a passionate proponent of community colleges ever since graduating from QCC in 2010. After graduation, I was able to continue to partner with QCC in my roles at WPI and Clark University, and was named a QCC Guardian, which is a great honor. Career changes over the years have reduced my opportunities to engage and support QCC, and I’m hoping this role will reignite my engagement and allow me the privilege of supporting the students, administration, and alumni of the college.”

QCC graduates are invited to join the Alumni Association monthly board meetings to stay connected and informed. For information, email alumni [at] qcc.mass.edu.

  • PTK awards
July, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student Kennedy Day, of Millbury, has been selected as a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Ms. Day is one of 207 PTK members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. She is a Liberal Arts Psychology Option major and a member of the Commonwealth Honors...

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Quinsigamond Community College Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student Kennedy Day, of Millbury, has been selected as a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Ms. Day is one of 207 PTK members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. She is a Liberal Arts Psychology Option major and a member of the Commonwealth Honors programs at QCC.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. More than 900 applications were received.

A total of $207,000 is awarded through the Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the United States military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships, earmarked for international students.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa to make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”

The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities.

“It is students like Kennedy who make a positive impact on our community and who become the leaders of tomorrow,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

“Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”

  • Students at Orientation
  • Students at Orientation
July, 2021

There are exciting things happening at Quinisgamond Community College and the new Director of Student Life and Leadership, Ashlee Givens, can’t wait to share them with students.

As QCC’s Fall semester draws closer, Student Life will be hosting New Student Orientations in late August and early September for the incoming Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021, to help students get off...

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There are exciting things happening at Quinisgamond Community College and the new Director of Student Life and Leadership, Ashlee Givens, can’t wait to share them with students.

As QCC’s Fall semester draws closer, Student Life will be hosting New Student Orientations in late August and early September for the incoming Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021, to help students get off to a successful, smart Fall semester.

For the incoming Class of 2021, this year’s orientation will be a hybrid model (both virtual & in-person) offered in two parts. Students should plan to attend both parts of orientation.

Due to the interruption of COVID–19, the Class of 2020 students were unable to participate in face-to-face orientation programs. Therefore, Student Life is inviting the incoming class of 2020 to participate in a unique program that will assist students in knowing the campus more intimately, not just from a virtual screen, and re-socialize students to ensure they are off to a great start this September.

Orientation sessions are designed to introduce students to QCC’s campus, programs and resources. Students will become familiar with the support services, resources and opportunities for co-curricular growth. Sessions are held at QCC’s main Worcester campus, at QCC’s Healthcare and Workforce Development Center in downtown Worcester and at QCC at Southbridge.

Please Note: All students who want to come to campus for a fun and exciting program are required to fill out QCC’s Orientation Registration Form. 

Incoming Fall 2021 New Student Orientation Registration - Students should choose the link for the location they will be attending:

Worcester -  Main Campus Orientation Form

Worcester -  Downtown Orientation Form

QCC at Southbridge  - Southbridge Orientation Form

Visit Student Orientation to register today.

For additional information, email Ms.Givens at agivins [at] qcc.mass.edu.

  • Dare to Dream Ranch
July, 2021

Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden, works closely with the QCC Veterans Club to excite and engage QCC veterans in a variety of activities and events designed to support veterans. Events have included both on and off campus activities to facilitate a welcoming environment, where veterans can network and support each other.

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Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden, works closely with the QCC Veterans Club to excite and engage QCC veterans in a variety of activities and events designed to support veterans. Events have included both on and off campus activities to facilitate a welcoming environment, where veterans can network and support each other.

A retreat designed for veterans that was rescheduled from last year will now take place on Saturday, October 23, 2021 (rain date Oct. 24) from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and is open to QCC veterans and any QCC employee who is a veteran.

The all-day event is free to veterans and family members. It will include archery, hiking, yoga and equine therapy.  Lunch will also be provided.  

Just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Ogden was watching the news when she saw a story about the Dare to Dream Ranch in Foster, Rhode Island. Dare to Dream Ranch, Inc. is a holistic and alternative military retreat for service members, veterans and their families. The story resonated with Ms. Ogden and she reached out to the Ranch to see if she could coordinate a retreat for QCC veterans. They were more than accommodating; however, the pandemic put the planned retreat on hold until this year.

“This is just one of the many upcoming activities we planned,” Ms.Ogden said, adding to be on the lookout for information on a U.S.S. Constitution private tour and the American Heritage Museum’s WWII reenactment.

Those interested in the Dare to Dream Ranch retreat should RSVP Ms.Ogden at pogden [at] qcc.mass.edu. Visit Veterans Affairs to learn more.

  • QCC Men's Soccer
July, 2021

Division 3 Soccer Recruitment Underway 

Calling all men and women soccer players! Fall is fast approaching and with it the start of soccer season. Any student interested in playing D3 soccer this fall for QCC can contact Men’s Soccer Coach Frank Balcarcel at fbalcarcel [at] qcc.mass.edu or Women...

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Division 3 Soccer Recruitment Underway 

Calling all men and women soccer players! Fall is fast approaching and with it the start of soccer season. Any student interested in playing D3 soccer this fall for QCC can contact Men’s Soccer Coach Frank Balcarcel at fbalcarcel [at] qcc.mass.edu or Women’s Soccer Coach Josh Cole at jcole [at] qcc.mass.edu. This is a great way to be a part of the QCC community and have fun! A physical is required to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Student Athletes must be enrolled in 12 credits during the season. Visit Student Athletics to learn more.

Fitness Classes 

Finish off the summer strong with QCC’s fitness classes! These classes are available to all current QCC students, faculty and staff and are the perfect way to get the fitness you need for a healthy mind and body. 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

Finish off the workday 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. The choice is yours! 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 put a smile on your face!

  • Super Saturday is back!
July, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College is offering special Saturday hours to assist students who are unable to register for fall classes.

On Saturday, August 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. students can attend a remote registration event that offers them a way to register for courses and engage with QCC staff, as they to plan for their fall semester.

On Saturday, August 28, from 9:00 a.m. -...

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Quinsigamond Community College is offering special Saturday hours to assist students who are unable to register for fall classes.

On Saturday, August 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. students can attend a remote registration event that offers them a way to register for courses and engage with QCC staff, as they to plan for their fall semester.

On Saturday, August 28, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. students can attend an in-person registration event, held in the Welcome Center at the Harrington Learning Center, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester.

“No time to register during the week? Super Saturday is the perfect way to register for your courses and be ready for the fall semester. No appointments are required and all the information you need to register is in one convenient location,” said Director of Admissions, Ai Co Abercrombie.

Visit QCC.edu/saturday for more information. It’s registration made smarter!

  • A diagram of the closed road
July, 2021

On Monday, August 2 for approximately 10 weeks, the section of the loop road between the Athletic Center and the Surprenant Hall parking lot at Quinsigamond Community College will be closed.

Access to the lower portion of campus will only be available via the West Boylston Street entrance. The Surprenant Hall parking lot will be accessible via the West Boylston Street entrance; the section of the loop road...

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On Monday, August 2 for approximately 10 weeks, the section of the loop road between the Athletic Center and the Surprenant Hall parking lot at Quinsigamond Community College will be closed.

Access to the lower portion of campus will only be available via the West Boylston Street entrance. The Surprenant Hall parking lot will be accessible via the West Boylston Street entrance; the section of the loop road near the Tornado Memorial will be open during this time to two-way traffic.

Access to the road and the Surprenant Hall parking lot will be limited to faculty, staff, or handicap parking needs during this timeframe.

Visit www.QCC.edu/construction for additional information. 

  • Quinsigamond Community College's main campus in Worcester.
July, 2021

Quinsigamond Community College is the smarter choice in higher education and it shows! QCC was recently named one of the top five finalists in the Telegram & Gazette’s 2021 Best of Central Mass Readers’ Choice Contest in the Best College/University category.

The “Vote For Me Phase” will begin September 1-22 and we need your help in putting QCC in the winner...

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Quinsigamond Community College is the smarter choice in higher education and it shows! QCC was recently named one of the top five finalists in the Telegram & Gazette’s 2021 Best of Central Mass Readers’ Choice Contest in the Best College/University category.

The “Vote For Me Phase” will begin September 1-22 and we need your help in putting QCC in the winner’s circle. Only the top three finalists make it to the final round after the "Vote For Me Phase" and we need Wyvern nation to help us get to the final three. The top three winners will be invited to a red carpet awards event on December 6 at the DCU Center, where the winner will be announced. 

Let’s get the word out and let the world know what an amazing college QCC is and show the world why QCC is College. Made Smarter! 

Stay tuned for more information in the next Wyvern Guardian newsletter on how to place your vote.

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July, 2021

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

On July 6, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Venus Twum as Receiving Teller I. Venus brings to this position 5 years of experience. Most recently, she was a Security Monitor at University of Massachusetts Residence Hall at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Venus earned a Bachelor’s degree from...

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

On July 6, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed Venus Twum as Receiving Teller I. Venus brings to this position 5 years of experience. Most recently, she was a Security Monitor at University of Massachusetts Residence Hall at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Venus earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

On July 11, 2021, Academic Affairs welcomed Kristen Fuller as Director of the Children’s School, Early Childhood Education Lab School. Kristen brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, she was a Developmental Specialist at Criterion Early Intervention. Kristen earned a Bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State University and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Worcester State University.

On July 18, 2021 Academic Affairs welcomed:

Dara Duong as Academic Coach: SUCCESS Scholars. Dara brings to this position 5 years of experience. Most recently, he was the Academic Advisor for General Advising here at QCC. Dara earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree from University of Massachusetts Lowell.
 

Jane Lesniewski as Academic Coach: SUCCESS Scholars. Jane brings to this position over 15 years of experience. Most recently, she worked as a STEM ADVISOR here at QCC. Jane earned a Bachelor’s from College of Wooster and a Master’s Degree from Boston College Lynch School of Education.  

On July 18, 2021, Administrative Services welcomed:

Jessica Schavrien as Human Resources Generalist. Jessica brings to this position 5 years of experience. Most recently, she was a part-time Human Resources Administrator at QCC. Jessica has earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Business Administration from Fitchburg State University.

Please join us in welcoming Venus, Kristen, Dara, Jane, and Jessica into their new roles at QCC.