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QCC at Southbridge is Making a Positive Impact

July 2021
  • Students in an anatomy and physiology class at Southbridge.
    QCC students in an anatomy and physiology class.
  • Southbridge High School
    QCC at Southbridge is located at Southbridge High School.

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