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October 2021
  • HACE logo
  • HACE student speakers
October 2021

The 36th Annual HACE Awards Inspire the Next Generation of Leaders

For the last 36 years, Quinsigamond Community College has partnered with leaders in the Latinx community to honor the area’s Latinx youth. On October 20, during a virtual ceremony, the annual Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence (HACE) event awarded 33 Worcester and Southbridge high school Latinx youths with scholarships.

Students receive scholarships that ranged from $350 - $450 to help put...

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  • Students take notes in QCC's Biology lab. Photo taken pre-COVID.
October 2021

QCC’s Biomanufacturing Pilot Program Bridges Employment Gap Through Community Partnerships

Quinsigamond Community College has partnered with Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) and AbbVie, to deliver an innovative entry-level Biomanufacturing On-Ramp Workshop designed to encourage more people to enter the biomanufacturing industry pipeline. Enabling more people to join the biomanufacturing workforce is the premise behind QCC’s biomanufacturing pilot program that kicked off in early October...

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  • QCC's President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.
October 2021

President Pedraja's Keynote Address Offers Insights on Systemic Racism and the Latinx Community During Hispanic Heritage Month

Quinsigamond Community College President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. was the keynote speaker at The UMass Chan Medical School and the Diversity & Inclusion Office celebration of “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” The event was in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and encouraged people to acknowledge, honor, and reflect upon the contributions Hispanics have made in the...

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  • diversity equity logo
October 2021

DEI Corner - We All Belong

Welcome to the DEI Corner - We All Belong, a new diversity, equity, and inclusion section of the Wyvern Guardian Newsletter! 

At Quinsigamond Community College, diversity, equity, and inclusion represent a commitment to changing institutional power structures, policies and practices that create systematic advantages for some and disadvantages for others. It is important that our College community...

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  • Community members from the United Way of Central Massachusetts visited QCC's Homeplate Food Pantry & Resource Center.
October 2021

United Way Community Members Tour HomePlate Food Pantry and Resource Center

In mid-October, community members from the United Way of Central Massachusetts had the opportunity to preview QCC’s newly expanded HomePlate Food Pantry and Resource Center.

The HomePlate Food Pantry and Resource Center has more than doubled in size and can greatly increase its services, thanks in part to United Way’s grant, which was used to fund a state-of-the-art electronic software...

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  • QCC's Fast Track Skills Academy offers close to two dozen free entry-level career training programs.
October 2021

QCC’s Free Course Offerings Fast Track Students to In-Demand Careers

Quinsigamond Community College will begin offering close to two dozen free entry-level career training programs in the coming months. This innovative programming format is being offered through a new Fast Track Skills Academy, from QCC’s Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education.

The Fast Track Skills Academy is designed for individuals who have been displaced from the workforce, or had...

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  • OER offers free educational materials.
October 2021

OER Resource a Gamechanger for Faculty and Students

Open Educational Resources (OER) may just be a game changer for college students who find themselves financially struggling to pay for college textbooks. OER enables faculty and students to access free educational materials that are in the public domain or released with intellectual property licenses that facilitate the free use, adaptation and distribution of resources. OER is starting to take hold across the...

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  •  Hands-on learning is an integral part of QCC's Respiratory Care program.
October 2021

QCC’s Respiratory Care Program Celebrates Respiratory Care Week

The week of October 24-30 is Respiratory Care Week and in a world that needs more respiratory therapists (RTs), Quinsigamond Community College’s Respiratory Care program is doing its part to meet that growing demand.

In 1983, President Ronald Regan designated the last full week in October to be Respiratory Care Week. Every year since, those working in the profession and those dealing with chronic lung...

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  • QCC alumna Tiana Diaz
  • QCC alumna Tiana Diaz and her husband Pedro Diaz.
October 2021

Rising Above The Odds – QCC Alumna is in Full Bloom

QCC alumna Tiana Diaz knows firsthand what it’s like to be down on your luck and feel like there is nowhere to turn for help. A series of bad circumstances and bad choices had led her to a dark place and one that she was unsure she could rise above. For some, being told you are not good enough, you won’t amount to anything would keep many people down...but not Tiana Diaz.

Today the...

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  • PTK student and Live and Learn Greenhouse volunteer Corinne Marquardt.
  • PTK student and Greenhouse Manager Tabitha Leber.
  • PTK student and Greenhouse volunteer Lucas Sicard waters the plants in the greenhouse.
  • From left: PTK students Corinne Marquardt, Tabitha Leber and Lucas Sicard are dedicated volunteers at the greenhouse.
October 2021

PTK’s Live and Learn Greenhouse Has a Bumper Crop This Season

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students are continually tending to a variety of vegetables and plants that are already producing a bumper crop at the PTK Live and Learn Greenhouse.

Everything edible that is grown, is then donated to the HomePlate Food Pantry and Resource Center.

The PTK Live & Learn Greenhouse opened in July 2017 to connect people and the natural environment, and create a resource of...

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  • QCC veterans and their families enjoy a gorgeous fall day at Dare to Dream Ranch.
October 2021

Equine Therapy Brings Joy to QCC Veterans and their Families

Approximately 32 of QCC's veterans and their families took part in an experience that they are hoping will be an annual event. On October 23, the group met at the Dare to Dream Ranch Military Retreat in Foster, Rhode Island for a day of multifaceted equine therapy, relaxation and some plain old fun.

Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden, learned about this incredible resource for...

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  • QCC's scarecrow 'Quin Sigamond.'
  • QCC's scarecrow 'Quin Sigamond.'
October 2021

Meet Quin Sigamond - QCC's Favorite Scarecrow Brings Awareness to Student Hunger

In mid-October QCC's scarecrow "Quin Sigamond," was on full display at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce Annual Scarecrow contest, held at the Auburn Free Public Library.

Quin was helping bring to light the food insecurities college students face, thanks to a group of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students who put the man of straw together. Not only did Quin highlight the...

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  • The Wyverns get ready to score.
  • The 2021 QCC Men's Soccer team.
  • The Wyverns power down the field.
October 2021

Wyvern Sports Corner

QCC’s Men’s Soccer Team Has Stellar 2021 Season

The Wyverns began their 2021 season only two weeks after the College opened full-time (after being fully remote since March 2020). They practiced with tremendous heart, while continuing to work on recruiting more soccer players. Their hard work paid off and they landed in the playoffs. On October 28, they played their last game of the season...

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  • Halloween happenings at the Harvey home.
  • A coven a witches were seen at the Harvey home on Halloween night.
  • The Harveys' Annual Halloween Extravaganza.
October 2021

A Spooktacular Extravaganza

Staff member Donna Harvey is a familiar figure at Quinsigamond Community College, having been at the College for many years. As the Staff Assistant to the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Engagement, Ms. Harvey is always ready with a friendly smile and a helping hand.

Yet there is more to Ms. Harvey than meets the eye. Each October 31st, her home on the...

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  • QCC's HomePlate Food Pantry and Resource Center is dedicated to helping QCC students in need.
October 2021

November Look Ahead

Monday, November 1 – Monday November 15: VIP registration for returning/active students.

Thursday, November 11: The College is closed in observance of Veterans Day.

Tuesday, November 16: New student registration begins.

Wednesday, November 17: College Readiness Opportunities on...

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October 2021

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October 2021

QCC Welcomes New Staff & Faculty

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

On October 3, 2021: Enrollment Management & Student Engagement welcomed Carlos Perez as Senior Financial Aid Counselor. Carlos brings to this position over 20 years of experience. Most recently, he was the Customer Care Supervisor at Better Business Bureau. Carlos earned a Bachelor’s Degree from...

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