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September 2021
  • Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges
September 2021

Community College Presidents Release Joint Statement on New Vaccine Policy

On September 20, 2021, Quinsigamond Community College President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D., joined the other 14 community college presidents in the Commonwealth in his support of a new COVID-19 vaccine policy that will go into effect January 2022.

Below is the statement issued by the 15 Massachusetts Community College presidents.

“During the last 18 months, the...

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  • QCC's HomePlate Food Pantry & Resource Center is stocked and ready for students.
  • Healthy fruits and vegetables are a staple at the HomePlate Food Pantry & Resource Center.
  • Volunteers of the HomePlate Food Pantry & Resource Center were honored for their support during a recent thank you luncheon.
  • President Pedraja thanks food pantry volunteers for their tireless support of QCC's students during the pandemic..
September 2021

QCC's HomePlate & Resource Center Takes a Bite Out of Hunger

It’s Official. The QCC HomePlate Food Pantry & Resource Center has opened to all students. On September 20, the food pantry had a soft opening to get out the kinks and on September 25, it opened to all students.

According to Manager of Student Resources, Bonnie Coleman, over 100 students have already found their way to the new and improved food pantry and she anticipates that...

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  • In QCC's free Nurse Assistant/ Home Health Aide program students will learn basic anatomy.
September 2021

Quinsigamond Community College Offers Free Healthcare Training

Quinsigamond Community College’s Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education (CWDCE) is once again offering a free Medical Administrative Assistant program and a free Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide program, in late fall 2021 and early spring 2022. Each program takes approximately two months to complete.

“These free workforce training programs are one of the ways QCC is making an...

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September 2021

QCC Hosts Remembrance Event to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11

At Quinsigamond Community College, a somber and thoughtful group listened as QCC Vice President of Academic Affairs, James M. Keane, Ed.D. and students Kristina Chacon and Nana Konadu Agyemang Duah, paid homage to the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2021, when our nation was attacked and forever changed. The event was held at the College’s Peace Pole on...

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  • From left: Mentee Ben Maiga and Mentor Lydia Buckley.
September 2021

Friendship and Family Describe This Special Mentor/Mentee Partnership

Imagine being thousands of miles from your home, in a country where you don’t speak the language and a place where you know almost no one.  Then imagine taking a leap of faith and enrolling in college classes to earn your degree to set yourself on a path to a better future.

Quinsigamond Community College student Ben Maiga is a native French speaker, who today is a second year...

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  • QCC's New Senior Development Director Felicia Riffelmacher.
September 2021

QCC Welcomes Back Alumna as Senior Development Director

Life has come full circle for Quinsigamond Community College Alumna Felicia Riffelmacher. Ms. Riffelmacher recently came back to her alma mater as QCC’s Senior Development Director.

“We are excited to welcome Felicia back to QCC. As a former student, she brings an energy and passion to this role that is unique and inspiring,” said QCC President Luis G....

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  • Students make new friends while meeting the alpacas.
  • Each year the Angel Hair Alpacas make a huge impression on students.
  • Students take selfies with their new alpaca friends.
September 2021

Students and Alpacas Made for a Perfect Day

A few furry friends greeted students during the first week of classes, thanks to QCC’s Accessibility Services. Each year these gentle and angelic creatures visit QCC’s main campus to bring smiles and laughter to everyone.

The visit is courtesy of Angel Hair Alpacas, of North Grafton and is one of the most anticipated visits each fall and spring. This event was the perfect venue for new...

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  • Let's all do our part in making QCC a healthy, safe campus.
September 2021

Weekly Free COVID-19 Testing Available

Each week QCC will offer COVID-19 PCR Testing for FREE. No appointment is necessary and students, faculty and staff can walk in to be tested during the following days, hours and locations:

QCC’s Athletic Center at the Main Campus (670 West Boylston Street, Worcester)

  • Monday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1:00 p.m. -...
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  • QCC's Dental Hygiene students help keep everyone smiling.
September 2021

Celebrating National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, an annual reminder to everyone to practice good dental habits.

At Quinsigamond Community College, the dental hygiene students and faculty have been working together during these extraordinary times to promote good oral health to the local community. These students are part of the College’s Dental Hygiene Associate Degree Program that prepares them to enter...

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  • QCC's Student Life Staff greet students during Welcome Week.
  • Students play a Survey Says game during Welcome Week.
  • Constitution Day at QCC
September 2021

Welcome Week Gets the Fall Semester Off to a Great Start

QCC welcomed back its students with a week of fun and festivities to kick off the 2021 fall semester. Director of Student Life and Leadership, Ashley Givens was on hand to greet students, help make them feel comfortable, and let them know that they are an important part of Wyvern nation. Each month the Student Fuller Center hosts a variety of events to get students engaged with their fellow classmates...

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  • QCC partnered with the Esler Family Foundation to bring New York Times best selling author Heather McGhee in for a virtual talk.
September 2021

Best-Selling Author Heather McGhee Gives Powerful Virtual Talk on Racism

A frank discussion on the true cost of racism was the premise for a virtual talk on September 15, by New York Times best-selling author Heather McGhee. QCC partnered with the Esler Family Foundation to bring Ms. McGhee to the Greater Worcester and Massachusetts community.

Ms. McGhee talked about her best-selling book, “The Sum of Us,” and addressed the devastating true cost of racism...

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  • QCC alumnus and veteran at the USS Constitution.
  • QCC veterans and their families visit the USS Constitution.
  • QCC's Veterans Club members spend the day visiting Old Ironsides.
September 2021

Veterans Club Visits USS Constitution

On Saturday, September 25, the QCC Veterans Club met at the USS Constitution for a scheduled private tour. QCC students and staff also had the opportunity to view the firing of the saluting battery for evening colors. At almost 224 years old, the USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.

Throughout the year, the Veterans Club hosts a variety of events and provides...

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  • Be a part of Wyvern nation and take part in a fall sport.
  • The Interactive Media Department has graciously allowed the ESports to use their computer lab temporarily for the 2021 season.
September 2021

Wyvern Sports Corner

It's that time of year when fall sports begin to kick into high gear. Are you interested in playing a sport? Check out QCC's fall sports lineup! 

Men’s Basketball

Have you already thought of yourself as the next LeBron James? Or maybe your more of a Jaylen Brown? If basketball is your secret passion, Coach Preziosa wants to hear from you. For more...

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  • Students take part in a Biology Lab at QCC at Southbridge.
  • Students at QCC at Southbridge have a hands-on approach to education.
  • QCC at Southbridge
September 2021

QCC at Southbridge - A Vital Part of the Community

Students, staff and faculty kick off the fall semester at QCC at Southbridge, located in Southbridge High School.

This location allows for a broader footprint in the region, and a more integrated approach to program development and higher education opportunities.  For more information on all the amazing programs and courses available, visit QCC at Southbridge...

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  • QCC's Club Fair offers a club for everyone!
  • Clubs offer a great way to make friends and be part of QCC's campus life.
September 2021

October Look Ahead

Month of October: Visit Transfer Services for the latest Transfer Fairs and events taking place.

Tuesday, October 5: All College Forum for faculty and staff, 2:00 p.m. on Zoom. Check QCC family email for a Zoom link.

Monday, October 11: Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day - No classes...

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September 2021

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September 2021

QCC Welcomes New Faculty & Staff

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

On September 19, 2021, Enrollment Management & Student Engagement welcomed Kevin Ryder as Clerk III- Solution Station. Kevin brings to this position 3 years of experience. Most recently, he was the part-time Clerk in Student Accessibility Services at QCC. Kevin has earned an Associate Degree from QCC....

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