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March, 2018

  • QCC Career Placement Representative Nichole Wheeler and QCC President Dr. Luis. G. Pedraja
  • QCC students learned what potential employers are looking for in a job applicant.
  • Jim Marsh from Mircotech Staffing and Lisa Pontbriand from Salmon Health.
  • Students asked questions that ranged from interview criteria to general workplace etiquette.
  • Joe Tomaski from Wakefly and Marcia Bowles from UMASS Memorial
  • Meg Coffin from the Center for Living and Working and Jonathan Simms from Westaff
  • QCC Career Placement Representative Nichole Wheeler talks with QCC students at the recent Workplace Etiquette Luncheon.
March, 2018
March, 2018

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter most when a person is on a job interview. On March 26, Career Services and Student Life held a Workplace Etiquette Luncheon to give tips and strategies to students. Six employers: Jim March, of Micro Staffing; Lisa Pontbriand, of Salmon Health; Joe Tomaski, of Wakefly; Marcia Bowles, of UMASS Memorial; Meg Coffin, of Center for Living and Working, and Jonathan Simms,...

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Sometimes it’s the little things that matter most when a person is on a job interview. On March 26, Career Services and Student Life held a Workplace Etiquette Luncheon to give tips and strategies to students. Six employers: Jim March, of Micro Staffing; Lisa Pontbriand, of Salmon Health; Joe Tomaski, of Wakefly; Marcia Bowles, of UMASS Memorial; Meg Coffin, of Center for Living and Working, and Jonathan Simms, of Westaff discussed the skills and qualities and characteristics that employers look for in a candidate during an interview.

Discussion was had on how to be a standout candidate in an interview. Key takeaways included dressing professionally (business casual at a minimum) and having good communication skills (smile!).

Students were afforded the opportunity to ask questions which ran the gamut from whether or not you should disclose a disability (No, it’s a voluntary disclosure unless it impact the job) to gaps in employment history (If you are asked try and be honest in your response), to whether or not to send follow up thank you emails.

The panel agreed that it’s important to follow up after an interview with a thank you, either through an email or a handwritten note. In about a week it’s acceptable to reach back out and follow up and ask when you will hear back.

In addition, they also addressed workplace etiquette once a person gets hired. Mr. Simms told the audience that there’s a bit of a balance for when to get to work each day, and it’s important to be ready to start the work day at the time you are scheduled to be working.

“If you’re not ready to start working at that time, you should show up early and be prepared and ready to work at your start time” he said.

Cell phone protocol was also a big topic of conversation among the panel. Certain industries, such as healthcare often have a strict no cell phone policy because they need to be concerned about patient privacy and HIPPA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). On the other hand, there are some jobs that require cell phones. The key takeaway was to follow your company’s cellphone policy.

Discussion was had on tattoos, which have become extremely prevalent in the last few years, and how they fit into the workplace. Finding out if your company has a policy is important, as well as finding out what other people are doing.

A great way to make a lasting impression at your new company is showing an eagerness to learn, fit in and try and be as friendly as possible.

“Don’t say this is not my job. Everything is your job,” Mr. Tomaski said.

Ms. Pontbriand agreed, adding, “Treat people respectfully, use excellent phone skills and smile when you answer a call because you are presenting your company to the world, and treat other people the way you want to be treated.”

Other tips included:

  • Being very careful what you put in an email because once you hit send it becomes the property of the company. Read and re-read the email before you send it.
  • Not talking about politics or religion  (know what is acceptable)
  • Not eating someone else’s food in the communal refrigerator
  • Slowing down when you are talking on the phone – have a professional phone etiquette
  • Dress properly and professionally
  • Be a team player
  • Follow the rules of the company
  • Go out of your way to go above and beyond
  • Always be respectful – if you cannot respect the person, respect the position

“There’s a lot of competition out there so you want to stand out,” Ms. Coffin said.

 

  • Quinsigamond Community College Veteran's Club Color Guard
  • From left: QCC student and veteran Stephanie Teixeira Collins with her daughter Olivia and QCC student and veteran Tyler Russell and his daughter Marley.
March, 2018
March, 2018

At the recent March 30 Railers game, QCC’s Veterans Club participated in the Color Guard and presented the colors during the National Anthem. 

They did a super job,” said QCC’s Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden.

The Veterans Club is one of the more active clubs on campus and has many events planned throughout the year.The Club is currently holding a Can...

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At the recent March 30 Railers game, QCC’s Veterans Club participated in the Color Guard and presented the colors during the National Anthem. 

They did a super job,” said QCC’s Director of Veteran Affairs, Paula Ogden.

The Veterans Club is one of the more active clubs on campus and has many events planned throughout the year.The Club is currently holding a Can & Bottle Drive for returnable bottles and cans. Cans and bottles can be dropped off in Room 258A.

For questions, email the pogden [at] qcc.mass.edu (Director of Veteran Affairs).

 

March, 2018
March, 2018

A letter from Dr. Luis G. Pedraja to the college

Colleagues,

I am hereby declaring April 25, 2018 as “Denim Day” at Quinsigamond Community College as part of “Sexual Assault Awareness Month”. 

WHEREAS, the United States Government has declared April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” and Peace Over Violence has declared...

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A letter from Dr. Luis G. Pedraja to the college

Colleagues,

I am hereby declaring April 25, 2018 as “Denim Day” at Quinsigamond Community College as part of “Sexual Assault Awareness Month”. 

WHEREAS, the United States Government has declared April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” and Peace Over Violence has declared April 25, 2018 as “Denim Day."

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Both events are intended to draw attention to the fact that rape and sexual assault remains a serious issue in our society; and harmful attitudes about rape and sexual assault allow these crimes to persist and allow victim/survivors to be re-victimized; and “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” and “Denim Day” were also instituted to call attention to misconceptions and misinformation about rape and sexual assault, and the problem that many in society remain disturbingly uninformed with respect to issues of assault and forcible rape.

Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted, approximately 1-in-6 women and 1-in 10 men are raped during their lifetime and youths under 18 account for about 44% of all reported; with proper education on the matter, there is compelling evidence that we can be successful in reducing incidents of this alarming and psychologically damaging crime.

The members of the Quinsigamond Community strongly support the efforts of Peace Over Violence to educate persons in our community about the true impact of rape and sexual assault.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Quinsigamond Community College does hereby proclaim the month of April 2018 as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” designates April 25, 2018 as “Denim Day,” and urges everyone to wear jeans on April 25, 2018 to help communicate the message that there is “no excuse and never an invitation to rape.”

Please stop by Fuller Student Center on 4/25 from 9:00 -11:00 to sign a pledge, sign a pair of jeans and show support by having a conversation about how to be a bystander with Student Life, Title IX and Campus Police.

Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.

President

 

  • QCC’s Community Outreach Officer, Catherine Dixon and Deputy Chief of Operations Stephen DiGiovanni
  • Deputy Chief of Operations Stephen DiGiovanni explains safety techniques.
March, 2018
March, 2018

Today, active shooter threats seem to permeate the news. At Quinsigamond Community College, the school’s Campus Police have taken a proactive approach to educating the public and offered numerous educational sessions throughout the month of March. These sessions are geared to offer tangible approaches to help you, should you ever be faced an active shooter situation.

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Today, active shooter threats seem to permeate the news. At Quinsigamond Community College, the school’s Campus Police have taken a proactive approach to educating the public and offered numerous educational sessions throughout the month of March. These sessions are geared to offer tangible approaches to help you, should you ever be faced an active shooter situation.

QCC’s Community Outreach Officer, Catherine Dixon and Deputy Chief of Operations Stephen DiGiovanni explained some of the key factors that can help you in the event of an active shooter situation.

The officers showed the video, “Run, Fight, Hide,” which was produced by the City of Houston, TX under a Department of Homeland Security grant, stopping it periodically to explain a particular section.

Officer Dixon noted that your safety should be first and foremost, and in the event of a situation, seconds count. It’s imperative to remain calm and to use your best judgment.

“Leave your belongings and get safe first, then call 911 or 4444 (the QCC Campus Police emergency number) if you have a phone, “Officer Dixon said. “Tell the officers what’s going on, what you heard and the location.”

Should you decide to hide, act quickly and quietly, closing and locking any doors if possible and placing heavy objects in front of them; turn out lights and shut off all cell phone ringers/vibrators. You should hide behind heavy objects or in the corners of the room getting out of view of the shooter, Officer Dixon continued.

The officers stressed that if you commit to fighting, you are fighting for your life.  You should fight with full force and use what is available to you to help immobilize the attacker. Items such as a fire extinguisher, keys or any heavy object that will assist you.

“Improvise anything,” Deputy Chief DiGiovanni said, adding that generally these physical aggressions last approximately 30 seconds.

They also discussed the hierarchy in situations such as these where multiple law enforcement groups will be assisting the campus police.

“Four or more officers will come in first and their number one priority is to take the threat out,” Officer Dixon said. “The next team will deal with the injured and other teams will go room by room. When they get to your room, you must put your hands up and obey all directions that are given.”

Deputy Chief DiGiovanni reminded those in the audience that QCC Campus Police are fully trained for any situation that could arise on campus. In Fall of 2017, the Quinsigamond Community College Police Department received state Accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.

 “We are the only community college that is an accredited police department. This means this police department has the best practices to keep you safe,” Deputy Chief Stephen DiGiovanni said, adding that QCC Campus police train multiple times a year with their counterparts.

“We are considered special state police officers,” he continued. “There’s a very intense process to work at QCC and be a QCC police officer.”

The officers also addressed fire safety procedures and protocol, in the event of a fire.  Officer Dixon added that if you hear a fire alarm do not wait to act, immediately leave the building. Campus evacuation maps are in every room and show first and secondary evacuation routes out of the buildings.

QCC Campus Police are open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days –a week, 365 days of the year. They are located on the first floor in the rear of the Athletic Center in room 136AC.

The department also has an anonymous text-a-tip app that can be downloaded for free or a person can go online to the Campus Police webpage to text a tip.

“Everything is on the website if you have any questions,” Officer Dixon added.

Visit Campus Police for more information. 

  • International Counterterrorism Expert Robert Milton
March, 2018
March, 2018

International Counterterrorism Expert Robert Milton presented a frank discussion on terrorism in today’s society, discussing the recent terror attacks and how the criminal justice system as a whole must work together to stop similarly events from occurring. The lecture was part of the QCC Criminal Justice Department Speaker Series.

As a retired Commander of Scotland Yard, Mr. Milton examined terrorism...

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International Counterterrorism Expert Robert Milton presented a frank discussion on terrorism in today’s society, discussing the recent terror attacks and how the criminal justice system as a whole must work together to stop similarly events from occurring. The lecture was part of the QCC Criminal Justice Department Speaker Series.

As a retired Commander of Scotland Yard, Mr. Milton examined terrorism throughout history and discussed the process that leads up to violent radicalization. Terrorism is defined as an active opposition to the fundamental values of a country. Violent extremism is taking radical views and putting them into action.

“What we need to do is get upstream of the problem,” he said.

Citing case after case of global terror attacks, Mr. Milton discussed the similarities with many of the attacked and the attackers. 

“Is there a profile? Is there a process of radicalization? Who is susceptible? What can we do to interrupt that process,” he asked.

He noted that when dealing with human behavior people are motivated by causes they are passionate about – sometimes so passionate that they are willing to sacrifice themselves even for a stranger because they’re passion for a cause is so strong.

So who is more likely to be susceptible? According to studies, mainly males on average 25 years of age, although recently they are seeing more women and teenagers. They may suffer from mental illness; males may have an increased likelihood of a criminal background and acquire extremist views while in prison.  Being an under-achiever, being isolated or unpopular are also known profile traits.

However, Mr. Milton said the real reality is that there really isn’t a true profile. He said the key is to watch for warning signs, behavioral indicators. Signs to watch for include a person:

  • having a perception of grievances or injustices
  • having been a victim of mistreatment, a crime or perceived racial abuse or prejudice
  • having empathy for the plight of others and blames authority for suffering (military, government, the media)
  • blaming other for lack of opportunities
  • Envying others
  • lacking trust and tolerance in others (particularly government and law enforcement)
  • gets angry and defensive if they are questioned on their beliefs
  • becomes rude and aggressive towards a particular group of people
  • joins a group of people with similar ideology
  • begins researching and googling to identify other similar people and groups and what they are saying
  • becomes secretive
  • becomes very passionate about some issue or belief

 While individual warning signs may not be a concern, grouped together they become a red flag.

Recognizing the warning signs might help families, he said, adding, “Don’t ignore small changes.”

 

  • QCC Professor of Environmental & Physical Science, Anita Soracco and ALB Outreach Coordinator Joshua Brucker.
  • Students, faculty and staff learned valuable information about the Asian Longhorned Beetle from ALB Outreach Coordinator Joshua Brucker (center).
  • It was a full-house at the Environmental Sciences Department's informational session.
March, 2018
March, 2018

You’ve probably heard about them and maybe your trees have even fallen victim to their destructive ways, but can you recognize an Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), the invasive wood-boring insect? Do you know the best way to combat this non-native pest?

On March 1, Quinsigamond Community College’s Environmental Sciences Department brought in ALB Outreach Coordinator Joshua Brucker, from the...

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You’ve probably heard about them and maybe your trees have even fallen victim to their destructive ways, but can you recognize an Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), the invasive wood-boring insect? Do you know the best way to combat this non-native pest?

On March 1, Quinsigamond Community College’s Environmental Sciences Department brought in ALB Outreach Coordinator Joshua Brucker, from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, to bring awareness on how to prevent the spread of this invasive insect that bores through hardwood trees.

A packed audience of the QCC grounds crew, students, faculty and staff learned that in Massachusetts alone, over 36,000 trees have been destroyed by this beetle. Native to Asia, these beetles were thought to have been brought to the United States in the larva stage through wood packing material such as crates, pallets and spools. In 1998, the U.S. required fumigation treatment of all solid wood packing material from China in an attempt to stop any further infestation.

In Central Massachusetts the first infestation of the ALB was in 2008 and the City became locked in a ballet to save as many trees as possible. This touched close to home, as QCC also had to have infested trees removed. Public awareness is the most effective way to combat the problem and help prevent the insects from spreading.

“Having Josh give this talk was especially beneficial because the ALB is specific to our City and our campus. People get more interested in topics when they can see how these scientific phenomena relate to their specific environment and everyday life,” said QCC Professor of Environmental & Physical Science, Anita Soracco. “As Josh discussed, the ALB changed the landscape of Worcester and of our own campus. It was a very teachable moment when I told my students to note the age of many of the trees on campus, and they realized they were young trees.  About 10 years ago, there were much older ones that had to be removed from our campus because of ALB devastation.”

Mr. Buckner noted these beetles can fly as far as one mile, however, the real risk of increased infestation is through the movement of wood such as storm debris, removal of wood after maintenance or firewood. He also noted that trees removed due to infestation can still be turned into mulch, since the larval stage of the ALB does not survive the chipping process.

Other important things to know about the ALB:

  • Become familiar with what the ALB looks like(shiny black body, white banded anteanna, blueish-tinged feet, bright white splotches and between .75 and 1.5” in length)
  • ALB is not the only thing that makes holes in trees; holes do NOT follow any pattern
  • ALB only feeds on live trees, not dead wood
  • Matchstick-like “FRASS” is characteristic of this woodboring insect
  • Poor tree health alone is not a good indicator of ALB
  • Larvae of ALB are very similar looking to the larvae of many of the over 200 native longhorned beetle species in Massachusetts
  • Larva of the ALB can survive the hardships harsh New England winters.

Eradication process:

  • Removal and stump grinding of infested trees
  • Disposal within the regulated area
  • Annual compliance training for industry
  • Further survey required after removal before eradication can be declared

It takes between 8-10 years for ALB infestation to kill a tree. Trees that are impacted are considered hardwood trees such as maple, elm and birch.

“It is always a great thing to bring awareness about environmental issues. I was thrilled that not only did this information reach my students, but also so many other QCC students, faculty and staff on our campus.  Getting educated is always the best step to fixing a problem as a community,” Professor Soracco said, noting QCC now offers a 2-year transfer degree in Environmental Science.  

For more information or to report ALB or ALB damage visit or any other suspicious pests at the Introduced Pests Outreach Project or call 1.866.702.9938.

For more information or questions email Joshua Bruckner at Joshua.bruckner [at] state.ma.us or call 617.626.1764.

  • The Wyvern Baseball team hosted a successful youth baseball clinic in March.
  • The 2018 Wyvern Baseball team
March, 2018
March, 2018

QCC Wyverns Baseball Season is underway!

Wyvern Baseball Coach John McLaughlin and the entire baseball team traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for their 2018 Spring training trip. The team played six games in three days at the Cal Ripken Experience facility. This is the first trip the team has taken with Coach McLaughlin as head coach and it’s hoped that the team can make this an annual event....

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QCC Wyverns Baseball Season is underway!

Wyvern Baseball Coach John McLaughlin and the entire baseball team traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for their 2018 Spring training trip. The team played six games in three days at the Cal Ripken Experience facility. This is the first trip the team has taken with Coach McLaughlin as head coach and it’s hoped that the team can make this an annual event.

“This was a great experience for the team and gives them a chance to get a ton of innings in before conference games begin,” said Assistant Athletic Director Josh Cole.

The Wyverns have recently begun their season with games earlier in March. Visit the QCC website for a current listing of the 2018 baseball schedule or call 508-854-4317.

Kids Baseball Clinic a Huge Success

The Wyverns Baseball team held a Kids Baseball Clinic last month that offered a chance for young children to get tips from and techniques on baseball. This fun and educational event was put on by QCC Head Baseball Coach John McLaughlin, his coaching staff and QCC 2018 baseball players. The Clinic was held at the QCC Gym in the Athletic Center, located on the college’s main campus.

The Wyvern Baseball team hosted a successful youth baseball clinic in March.
  • Quinsigamond Community College Deputy Chiefs Reynaldo Rodriguez (center-right) and Stephen DiGiovanni (center-left) successfully completed the Municipal Police Training Committee Instructor Development Course.
March, 2018
March, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College Deputy Chiefs Reynaldo Rodriguez and Stephen DiGiovanni successfully completed the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) Instructor Development Course in February. The 48-hour course was held over several weeks at the Massachusetts State Police Academy. The officers learned how to instruct classes at MPTC Academies. MPTC Academies are held throughout the state of...

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Quinsigamond Community College Deputy Chiefs Reynaldo Rodriguez and Stephen DiGiovanni successfully completed the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) Instructor Development Course in February. The 48-hour course was held over several weeks at the Massachusetts State Police Academy. The officers learned how to instruct classes at MPTC Academies. MPTC Academies are held throughout the state of Massachusetts. The officers learned how to develop lesson plans, outlines, and focused on how to teach a variety of students using different methods.

In other news, QCC Campus Police recently received top marks when the department was asked for access to their daily crime logs under the Clery Act. In an article published in the Telegram & Gazette, 17 collegiate institutions in the area were asked for access to their campus crime logs, which falls under both the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and Massachusetts law. QCC was one of the seven colleges that were in compliance the first time a reporter asked for access to the logs. The logs were given to the reporter, were up-to-date and the reporter was not asked for a name or identification, as per the Clery Act.

  • Parent Angela Colwell-Arbour spoke to other parents about the transition experience from high school to college.
March, 2018
March, 2018

Director of Disability Services, Kristie Proctor,and Associate Director Terri Rodriguez, presented information on transitioning to college to a group of 24 parents and high school students as part of the Worcester Public Schools Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) monthly meeting.

Topics touched upon included the differences between services in the high school and college settings...

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Director of Disability Services, Kristie Proctor,and Associate Director Terri Rodriguez, presented information on transitioning to college to a group of 24 parents and high school students as part of the Worcester Public Schools Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) monthly meeting.

Topics touched upon included the differences between services in the high school and college settings, common college accommodations, and characteristics of successful college students. 

Parent Angela Colwell-Arbour spoke to parents directly about the transition experience for her student who is now enrolled at QCC. Ms. Colwell-Arbour spoke candidly and answered questions for the audience members who came to the West Boylston Street campus for this event. SEPAC President Rupa Chaterjee and Eileen Quinn said they were pleased with the beneficial information and interaction with the attendees. Disability Services will continue to collaborate with SEPAC in the future to make this an annual event.

  • QCC's spring production, Thornwood
March, 2018
March, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College’s theater program is gearing up for its spring production, Thornwood. The play is about a troubled teacher who bucks the system to teach tough inner city students the beauty of Shakespeare. QCC's theater department is presenting the play in partnership with 4th Wall Stage Company, a local theater company that presents live stage theatrical...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s theater program is gearing up for its spring production, Thornwood. The play is about a troubled teacher who bucks the system to teach tough inner city students the beauty of Shakespeare. QCC's theater department is presenting the play in partnership with 4th Wall Stage Company, a local theater company that presents live stage theatrical productions. The play will feature QCC students, faculty and professionals in a collaborative performance.

The play will be performed at QCC’s Herbert Theater on April 19-21 and April 26-28 at 7:00 p.m. and on April 22 and April 29 at 2:00 p.m.

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According to 4th Wall Managing Director Barbara Guertin (who is also co-director of the play), 4th Wall Stage Company was looking to include an educational component to its productions.

“This is just great to be able to do productions with students and align with local colleges so you are training students and keeping theater alive,” she said.

QCC student cast members include:

  • Alex Fontanes
  • Alexis Guertin
  • David  Rodriguez
  • Ariana Strout
  • Ahlam Abdelkader
  • Alyssa Burgwinkel
  • Margaritta Fabre
  • Liam Doherty
  • Kyler Simard
  • ​Mike Daniel - QCC Alum
  • Amber Charest - QCC Alum (Stage Manager)
  • Kelly Stowell - co-director of the play and QCC adjunct professor

Thornwood, by Playwright Tony Howarth, is a play that was produced off-Broadway, in addition to being made into an award-winning indie film, Slings and Arrows. Mr. Howarth who is a playwright, director, teacher and poet gained national attention for his many one-act plays, full length plays and poetry.

Mr. Howarth and his wife, who are from New York, will be in attendance opening night.

“It’s going to be awesome,” said Ms. Stowell. “The students are so excited to have an accomplished playwright attend the show.”

Mr. Howarth will also be coming to QCC on April 10 from 2:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. to teach a master class about Hamlet.

Anyone is invited to attend and all they need to do is sign up,” Ms. Guertin said. “This is a great opportunity.”

Tickets are $5 for students, $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Parking is directly next the Hebert Center in Faculty lot 8.

  • QCC students took part in last year's Undergraduate Research Conference.
March, 2018
March, 2018

STEM Starter Academy still has a few openings for those students interested in attending the Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass Amherst on Friday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. QCC will provide transportation to and from the conference.

At the conference students will have the opportunity to view amazing research projects from undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds from ...

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STEM Starter Academy still has a few openings for those students interested in attending the Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass Amherst on Friday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. QCC will provide transportation to and from the conference.

At the conference students will have the opportunity to view amazing research projects from undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds from colleges, community colleges and universities across Massachusetts.

Those interested in attending must register for the event and contact STEM Starter Academy Project Coordinator Darcy Carlson at 508.854.4441 or email dcarlson [at] qcc.mass.edu (Ms. Carlson). Seating is limited. To register visit visit Undergraduate Research Conference 

 

 

  • Cavicchio Greenhouses, Inc.was one of the many companies that participated in the the recent QCC Career Services Job Fair.
March, 2018
March, 2018

Thursday, April 12: The Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will be holding its 2018 Induction Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. in the Hebert Auditorium. 

Wednesday, April 18: Rainbow Day is a daylong event that will feature events beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Hebert Auditorium. Events include: an Art Gallery, Poetry Slam, Coming Out Panel, Speaker Skylar Kergil...

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Thursday, April 12: The Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will be holding its 2018 Induction Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. in the Hebert Auditorium. 

Wednesday, April 18: Rainbow Day is a daylong event that will feature events beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Hebert Auditorium. Events include: an Art Gallery, Poetry Slam, Coming Out Panel, Speaker Skylar Kergil, and a Dance Party from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Student Fuller Center. This is part of the Diversity Week (April 17-20) events. 

Tuesday, April 24: A fiesta-themed potluck event to commemorate the upcoming graduation of students from Dual Language Early Childhood Program will be held in the Hebert Auditorium from 6 – 7:30 p.m. This event is for Dual Language graduates and their guests.

April Event Spotlight:

The Inauguration of Dr. Luis G. Pedraja as the Sixth President of Quinsigamond Community College April 13 at 10:00 a.m.

The Inauguration of Dr. Luis G. Pedraja will be held on Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. in the Hebert Auditorium. The event will be live-streamed . For more information contact president [at] qcc.mass.edu or call 508.854.4203.

March, 2018
March, 2018

James Brennan has been awarded a teacher scholarship to attend the 2018 Key West Literary Seminar

QCC Assistant Professor of English, James Brennan, has been awarded a teacher scholarship to attend the 2018 Key West Literary Seminar, “Writers of the Caribbean.”...

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James Brennan has been awarded a teacher scholarship to attend the 2018 Key West Literary Seminar

QCC Assistant Professor of English, James Brennan, has been awarded a teacher scholarship to attend the 2018 Key West Literary Seminar, “Writers of the Caribbean.” This four-day event, held in early January each year, explores a unique literary theme, where readers from around the world enjoy presentations by some of the best writers of our time.

In announcing the scholarship winners on their website, the scholarship committee said, “Each year we recognize a diverse group of individuals who are making a positive impact on readers in their communities. We hope that participation in our literary community will inspire fresh engagement with literature in schools and libraries around the country. The program received more applications than ever before this year and we are extremely impressed by the great work all of our applicants are doing in schools and libraries around the country.”

Professor Brennan enjoys helping his students improve their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills and sometimes even discover a new favorite writer. He is excited to see some of his own favorite writers at this year’s Seminar including Edwidge Danticat, who visited the QCC campus last fall, and Jamaica Kincaid, whose story, “Girl,” he uses to introduce his students to the short story.

For more information on the Key West Literary Seminar: http://www.kwls.org/about/

  • The Wyvern enjoyed some amazing views of the Grand Canyon.
  • The Wyvern seemed very small at the Grand Canyon.
March, 2018
March, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College’s mascot is the Wyvern, a mythical, winged dragon that was viewed as the ancient protector of  Worcestershire, England. As the Wyvern protected Worcestershire, England, QCC protects Worcester, MA. 

We are delighted that our Wyvern is one well-traveled dragon! Over the years he has been seen in many places across the globe. In March, he was seen...

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Quinsigamond Community College’s mascot is the Wyvern, a mythical, winged dragon that was viewed as the ancient protector of  Worcestershire, England. As the Wyvern protected Worcestershire, England, QCC protects Worcester, MA. 

We are delighted that our Wyvern is one well-traveled dragon! Over the years he has been seen in many places across the globe. In March, he was seen celebrating Saint Patrick's Day at QCC Southbridge, before being spotted checking out the amazing vistas of the Grand Canyon in Arizona later in the month. 

If you've seen the Wyvern in the wild,we want to know!  Please send your photos and descriptions through the newsletter submission form.

Saint Patrick's Day Wyvern Costume
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March, 2018
March, 2018

​Quinsigamond Community College launched its new marketing campaign, College. Made Smarter., to recruit students for Summer and Fall semesters. This new initiative is designed to increase awareness within the community of all the amazing opportunities, resources and student experiences that QCC offers.

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​Quinsigamond Community College launched its new marketing campaign, College. Made Smarter., to recruit students for Summer and Fall semesters. This new initiative is designed to increase awareness within the community of all the amazing opportunities, resources and student experiences that QCC offers.

We’ve all had conversations with students, parents, and community leaders about QCC’s affordable cost, convenient scheduling and locations, and comprehensive support system and inevitably, the light bulb goes off and they realize that QCC is a smarter way to obtain career skills or work towards a bachelor's degree. This new campaign moves those thoughts to the forefront, and features images and videos of students in- and outside of the classroom, to highlight the amazing education QCC provides.

QCC offers a quality education, top tier professors, robust academic programs (both in-person and online), in seven convenient locations, all at a price that’s affordable. Quinsigamond Community College, IT IS College Made Smarter.

Keep and eye (and ear) out for ads and promotions that are running on cable television, Pandora internet radio, thousands of Web sites, and in mailboxes all throughout our service area. The TV spots are viewable below.

 

 
 
 
 
 
March, 2018
March, 2018

Below is a sampling of some of the articles and press releases published in the local (and sometimes national) media that mention Quinsigamond Community College.

QCC articles for the month of March include:

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Below is a sampling of some of the articles and press releases published in the local (and sometimes national) media that mention Quinsigamond Community College.

QCC articles for the month of March include:

 

  • Follow Quinsigamond Community College on social media.
March, 2018
March, 2018

Follow us on social media for news, updates, photos, student success stories, videos, events and more! Here are links to our social profiles: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & ...

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Follow us on social media for news, updates, photos, student success stories, videos, events and more! Here are links to our social profiles: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn

 

March, 2018
March, 2018

We are very pleased to announce the addition of the following new full-time staff member to Quinsigamond Community College:

On March 26, 2018, Academic Affairs welcomed Anila Nagle into a new role as Clerk IV- Academic Advisement Offices. Anila brings over eight years of administrative experience to this position. Most recently she was an Administrative Assistant for a nonprofit...

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We are very pleased to announce the addition of the following new full-time staff member to Quinsigamond Community College:

On March 26, 2018, Academic Affairs welcomed Anila Nagle into a new role as Clerk IV- Academic Advisement Offices. Anila brings over eight years of administrative experience to this position. Most recently she was an Administrative Assistant for a nonprofit. Anila earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross.

Please join us in welcoming Anila into her new role at QCC.

 

February, 2018

  • Dr. Pedraja talks with students in Southbridge.
  • Dr. Pedraja discuss concerns with a student at the recent Pizza with a President event.
  • Dr. Pedraja talks to QCC student Nelly Medina.
February, 2018
February, 2018

QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja wants to know what the students at QCC are thinking and he knows sometimes the best way to have a candid conversation is during a meal. On February 26, Dr. Pedraja once again met with students in the Fuller Student Center to share pizza and conversation in an ongoing series, Pizza with the President.

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QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja wants to know what the students at QCC are thinking and he knows sometimes the best way to have a candid conversation is during a meal. On February 26, Dr. Pedraja once again met with students in the Fuller Student Center to share pizza and conversation in an ongoing series, Pizza with the President.

The event drew about two dozen students who talked to the President about a variety of topics that included: police presence and awareness, the website, the Welcome Center, parking fee, plans to expand the tutoring center for disabilities office, pot holes on Burncoat Street exit, waiting list for classes, gender neutral bathrooms, locks on doors in bathrooms, better information available on clubs and student activities, homelessness and other topics of concern.

There was also a Pizza with the President event at QCC Southbridge on February 27 and one scheduled at the Downtown Healthcare and Workforce Development Center on March 5. An evening Pizza with the President is scheduled for March 19 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Fuller Student Center.

  • The QCC Wyvernmobile recently visited Abbey Kelly Foster Charter Public High School.
  • The new QCC van will bring added exposure to higher education opportunities.
February, 2018
February, 2018

New van to offers added exposure to higher education opportunities

Quinsigamond Community College is bringing its message of shortening the distance to higher education to the communities it serves with its new college van, the Wyvernmobile. Decked out in QCC garb, the Wyvernmobile was developed to deliver QCC services to the community and increase access to higher education. The van will make QCC...

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New van to offers added exposure to higher education opportunities

Quinsigamond Community College is bringing its message of shortening the distance to higher education to the communities it serves with its new college van, the Wyvernmobile. Decked out in QCC garb, the Wyvernmobile was developed to deliver QCC services to the community and increase access to higher education. The van will make QCC information easily accessible for those who may not have Internet access or who may not be able to visit the college campus.

The Wyvernmobile is a tricked out 2015 Ford Transit Connect van that’s maintained by students in QCC’s Ford Certified Automotive Technology Program. The van will be equipped with general information regarding enrollment, admissions, financial aid and programs at QCC. It will make regular visits to area high schools, festivals and outdoor events, Worcester City Hall and different neighborhoods and locations within the City of Worcester and surrounding towns that are serviced by the college. Additional travel locations will include malls, high school sporting events, Worcester YMCA and YWCA, Worcester Housing Authority locations, Veterans organizations and shelters.

The Wyvernmobile will now be able to visit different areas to target populations that had previously not been as accessible.

“This van is for increased visibility and access to QCC,” said QCC Director of Admissions Mishawn Davis-Eyene. “The community will be able to ask questions about programs and program requirements, receive college information, as well as complete and submit an Admissions application. It’s like a mini-Admissions on the road.”

QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja said the need to get into the communities is imperative.

“We need to increase higher education access for all people, particularly those who have historically been underserved. This van gives those within our community a way to learn about the educational opportunities available to them,” Dr. Pedraja said. “We must make the effort to give higher education access to everyone. This van is a just one way to begin that process.”

QCC has also started a pilot initiative of community-based learning centers that will begin in the fall. The college is in the process of partnering with three different agencies to create centers in the communities where students live. The community centers will offer a safe place for students to study, free Wi-Fi, in addition to some computers and printers.

“A community college cannot just be defined by the walls of our campus. It must be present in our community,” Dr. Pedraja said.

  • From left: Basketball Coach Tishaun Jenkins, Johnny Dombrowski, John Dombrowski (father), Lisa Saliba (mother) and Personal Coach Albert Ortiz.
  • Johnny Dombrowski was honored during the last Wyvern men’s home basketball game.
  • An emotional goodbye from Coach Jenkins.
February, 2018
February, 2018

QCC Student and basketball captain Johnny Dombrowski was honored during the last Wyvern men’s home basketball game on Saturday, February 10. This season the QCC sophomore ranked second in the nation for “free-throws” percentage, and seventh highest in the nation in 3-pointer percentage.

“We all wish Johnny the best as he continues his education. He is currently being...

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QCC Student and basketball captain Johnny Dombrowski was honored during the last Wyvern men’s home basketball game on Saturday, February 10. This season the QCC sophomore ranked second in the nation for “free-throws” percentage, and seventh highest in the nation in 3-pointer percentage.

“We all wish Johnny the best as he continues his education. He is currently being recruited by a number of four-year colleges,” said QCC Athletic Director Lisa Gurnick.

To learn more about Mr. Dombrowski’s remarkable journey both on and off the court, read the recent Telegram and Gazette article on him.

  • Some QCC students who participated in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival included: Lola Balogun, Kyler Simard and Alexis Guertin.
February, 2018
February, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College theater students recently had the opportunity to attend the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), held at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury Connecticut. This was the first time QCC theater students had attended the festival.

The students spent the better part of three days performing in plays, viewing other student plays and attending...

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Quinsigamond Community College theater students recently had the opportunity to attend the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), held at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury Connecticut. This was the first time QCC theater students had attended the festival.

The students spent the better part of three days performing in plays, viewing other student plays and attending workshops that included a myriad of topics such as puppetry, improvisation, writing poorly, basics in special effects, acting, movement, stage management, make up, voice, script analysis, musical theater and dance.

QCC students Alejandro “Alex” Fontanes and Lola Balogun were cast in the National Playwright Program (NPP) One-Act plays. These are original 10-minute plays written by students, accepted by the NPP and directed by professional directors.  Ms. Balogun was cast for a play entitled, Legs, written by Hannah Berman and directed by Kaia Monroe Rarick.

“At first I was hesitant to follow through (with auditioning) because I had quite the fear of messing up in the audition or just completely failing. Surprisingly, I made it and became a part of the 10-minute productions,” Ms. Balogun said. “Overall, that whole experience helped me to slowly increase my confidence with auditioning and gain some responsibility with following through rehearsals and reaching toward the end result, or to that “opening night.’”

Mr. Fontanes was cast in a play entitled, Initiation, written by Kyle Gregory and directed by Adam Zahler.

“KCACTF was an experience that was both educational and fun. I had a great time interacting with my fellow QCC students and with the students from other colleges,” said Mr. Fontanes. “This was a week I'll never forget.”

Mr. Fontanes was also a nominee in the Irene Ryan Acting Award program during the northeast regional festival. While he and his partner, QCC student Liam Doherty did not move past the first round, according to QCC Theater Director Kelly Stowell, they showed really well and received great constructive feedback from the judges.

 “All of the students broadened their horizons by attending workshops and watching other students perform,” Ms. Stowell said.

“It was a great experience and I enjoyed every minute of it,” QCC student Kyler Simard concurred.  “I greatly enjoyed the diversity of workshops available to me to allow me to explore the world of performing arts…”

Student will hopefully be able to use their new found theatrical knowledge in the college’s Theater Club’s upcoming performance of “Thornwood,” to be held this spring.

For more information on QCC’s theater program visit www.QCC.edu/theater

 

  • From left: Lee Duerden, Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Technology; Edward Weatherbee from Grainger; QCC Student Jason Butler and QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja stand in front of Mr. Butler's new tools.
  • QCC Grainger Scholarship winner Jason Bulter (center) and Edward Weatherbee (Grainger) are surrounded by staff and faculty from QCC.
February, 2018
February, 2018

QCC student Jason Butler was awarded a $2,000 scholarship through Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship during a ceremony held on Friday, February 23. The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarships program awards $2,000 for tuition and books to community college students in their final year of study. These scholarships are offered to college students who are in programs at one of the...

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QCC student Jason Butler was awarded a $2,000 scholarship through Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship during a ceremony held on Friday, February 23. The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarships program awards $2,000 for tuition and books to community college students in their final year of study. These scholarships are offered to college students who are in programs at one of the participating colleges in the U.S. Mr. Butler also received a Westward toolkit from Grainger that was customized to his areas of study and career goals.

Half of these scholarships, awarded nationally, go to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are earning an associate degree or certificate in an industrial trade at one of the participating community colleges. The program was established by Grainger in 2006.

Mr. Butler is a veteran who is currently enlisted in the National Guard. He recently received associate degrees and certificates from QCC in Manufacturing Technology, Automotive Technology and Business Administration. He is also currently working toward completing his associate degree in Engineering.

“I’ve obtained three degrees while I’ve been at QCC and five certificates,” he said. “I have five classes left to complete my engineering program and I’m hoping to finish by Summer II and then transfer to UMass Amherst. This scholarship will help make that happen.”

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February, 2018
February, 2018

Our thoughts are with the victims and those who are affected by the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

At QCC, your safety and well-being are our top priority. In that vein, we’d like to remind you that it takes all of us working together as a community to enhance our safety. Please report any suspicious or questionable activity to campus police (508.854.4444) or...

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Our thoughts are with the victims and those who are affected by the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

At QCC, your safety and well-being are our top priority. In that vein, we’d like to remind you that it takes all of us working together as a community to enhance our safety. Please report any suspicious or questionable activity to campus police (508.854.4444) or a faculty or staff member. We must all work together to make all of QCC’s locations safe places to learn and work.

The attached video was produced by the City of Houston, TX under a Department of Homeland Security grant. It is a six-minute video entitled, "Run, Fight, Hide." It strives to educate you on some options that you could choose should you ever be caught in an “active shooter” situation, whether it is on campus or in your everyday life off campus. The video provides a look into the “active shooter” situation and the options you may have should you ever be in harm’s way.

  • Spend an Evening with Roxane Gay.
February, 2018
February, 2018

On Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m., Quinsigamond Community College’s School of Humanities and Education is sponsoring  "An Evening with Roxane Gay," with proceeds from the “Literary Philanthropy Project” event going to merit and need-based scholarships for QCC students.

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On Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m., Quinsigamond Community College’s School of Humanities and Education is sponsoring  "An Evening with Roxane Gay," with proceeds from the “Literary Philanthropy Project” event going to merit and need-based scholarships for QCC students.

Courageous, humorous, smart and real are just some of the words that could be used to describe New York Times bestselling author and cultural critic, Roxane Gay. Ms. Gay, will be featured in an evening of conversation at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, where she will discuss her bestselling book Hunger. Ms. Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Ms. Gay is also a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times and recently became the first black woman to ever write for Marvel, writing a comic book series in the Black Panther universe called World of Wakanda.The Black Panther superhero movie recently hit the theaters to rave reviews.

The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. 

Tickets costs:

  • General admission: $25
  • Preferred seating and reception: $100 
  • QCC students with current, valid I.D. can receive general admission tickets for $5 by going to Room 125A Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Acceptable forms of payment include: cash, checks (made out to QCC Foundation), and credit cards.

For more information and tickets visit www.QCC.edu/roxane-gay.

  • QCC offers an innovative Dual Language Early Childhood Program.
February, 2018
February, 2018

Meeting the needs of the communities it serves is an integral part of what makes Quinsigamond Community College distinctly unique to the region. One such program that has quietly and effectively been making a difference is the college’s Dual Language Early Childhood Program. For close to five years this program has been filling a vital need for early childhood educators in the Spanish speaking community.

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Meeting the needs of the communities it serves is an integral part of what makes Quinsigamond Community College distinctly unique to the region. One such program that has quietly and effectively been making a difference is the college’s Dual Language Early Childhood Program. For close to five years this program has been filling a vital need for early childhood educators in the Spanish speaking community.

The program offers family childcare providers the ability to take early childhood courses that are taught in both English and Spanish, according to the needs of the students. The goal of the program is to impart early childhood content first in the student’s native language, with a gradual increase of English proficiency over a six course sequence. Students who complete this program will receive an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Birth through 8-years-old Certificate.

Unlike other program models that are presented completely in Spanish, QCC’s program is taught in both English and Spanish. According to QCC’s ECE Program Coordinator, Charlene Mara, it was imperative to keep the focus of the program as dual language.

“It’s important to remember who the childcare providers are servicing,” Ms. Mara said. “They are servicing many English speaking children, so it’s very important to be proficient in English, as well as their native language.”

According to Ms. Mara, finding someone who had an early childhood background and who was extremely proficient in both languages proved to be an initial challenge. After almost loosing heart that she would ever find someone, Ms. Mara received a phone call from Miluzka Munoz-Noriega.

Ms. Munoz-Noriega, who is from Worcester, had been teaching at Urban College in Boston and had heard about QCC’s idea of a dual language program. 

“She found me through the grapevine just when I was giving up hope,” Ms. Mara said.

Today, Ms. Munoz-Noriega teaches or co-teaches all the courses in the certificate program. The program has been full with current family childcare providers since it began. One of the key elements that make this program such a success is its “mentor-like” format. A tutor (a teacher from the Children’s School) is embedded in all the classes with the students each week in order to know the content that is being covered. The tutor acts as a liaison between the students and the instructor for course assignments, individually supporting students as they develop stronger English skills. The tutor is able to offer assistance with required class reading and writing assignments, from both the literacy aspect and the early childhood aspect. On a more informal basis, stronger ECE students are often paired with students who may need a bit of extra assistance, which is a strategy that has worked in all of the ECE programs. Students are also given support out of the classroom by QCC student teachers, who visit the childcare providers to observe and offer help where it’s needed. In addition, the program is taught both day and night, giving students the flexibility they need in order to fit their schedules.

 On March 13, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. the first group of students to complete this groundbreaking program will be honored at a fiesta-themed potluck event to commemorate their graduation from the Dual Language Early Childhood Program.  The students will also formally graduate in QCC’s May Graduation Commencement ceremony. For more information visit QCC's  Dual Language Early Childhood Program.

  • Learn how to make a positive impression during an interview at QCC’s Workplace Etiquette Luncheon.
February, 2018
February, 2018

Do you know what skills and qualities an employer is looking for in an employee? Do you know how to present yourself in the best possible light during an interview?

On Wednesday, March 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Harrington Learning Center in 109A&B, Career Services and Student Life will be hosting a QCC’s Workplace Etiquette Luncheon to help students learn about the...

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Do you know what skills and qualities an employer is looking for in an employee? Do you know how to present yourself in the best possible light during an interview?

On Wednesday, March 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Harrington Learning Center in 109A&B, Career Services and Student Life will be hosting a QCC’s Workplace Etiquette Luncheon to help students learn about the characteristics that employers are looking for during an interview. Four employers will be on-hand to discuss the skills and qualities they look for in a candidate during an interview. This informational workshop will offer you the tools you need to make a positive impression during an interview.

You will also learn about:

  • proper office attire
  • treating all co-workers with respect and curtesy
  • how to avoid yelling or talking loudly
  • how to avoid gossiping about your co-workers

Prepare for your future now and attend this valuable and informative workshop. Professional Dress is required and students must RSVP by March 5 as seating is limited. Lunch will be provided.To RSVP call Nicole Wheeler at 508.854.7476 or email nwheeler [at] qcc.mass.edu . 

  • QCC Chess Club Vice President Michael Imse plays a chess match with Chess Club Advisor Jerry Williams.
February, 2018
February, 2018

At Quinsigamond Community College excitement is brewing with the upcoming visit of International Chess Master Marc Esserman. On Saturday, March 24, QCC will be hosting an event known as a chess simul, whereby any chess players will have the opportunity to play a game of chess against Mr. Esserman. For those unfamiliar with a chess simul, this is when one player, generally a high ranking chess player,...

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At Quinsigamond Community College excitement is brewing with the upcoming visit of International Chess Master Marc Esserman. On Saturday, March 24, QCC will be hosting an event known as a chess simul, whereby any chess players will have the opportunity to play a game of chess against Mr. Esserman. For those unfamiliar with a chess simul, this is when one player, generally a high ranking chess player, simultaneously plays multiple players. The high ranking chess player makes his/or her move and then goes on to the next player, going down the line.This will continue until all games are finished. QCC’s chess simul entry fee is $10 per player and is open to the public.

“Hmarc_esserman-thumb.jpege could be playing 10 people or 30 or more at one time. It just depends on who comes to play. Marc is my friend and also my coach. I’m looking forward to playing him,” said QCC Professor and Chess Club Advisor Jerry Williams. “I’ve seen him play 4 and 5 people blindfolded. In fact, his coach used to the coach of World Champion Bobby Fisher.”

Mr. Esserman, who is currently ranked 60th by the U.S. Chess Federation, will also be available at the end of the simul to answer questions and sign his book, which will also be offered for sale.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in the QCC cafeteria in the Administration building on the college’s main campus. The chess simul starts at 9:30 a.m. and will end at 4:00 p.m. Children are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Questions? Contact Professor Jerry Williams at 508.335.0692.

  • Some familiar faces were seen performing at last year's Psych Fest.
February, 2018
February, 2018

QCC's Psi Beta/Psychology Club will be holding its Third Annual Psych Fest to help raise awareness and funds for important mental health issues.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 11 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Hebert Auditorium. The show is a mix of any artistic and performance art forms, including but not limited to: singing, bands, dancing, comic sets,...

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QCC's Psi Beta/Psychology Club will be holding its Third Annual Psych Fest to help raise awareness and funds for important mental health issues.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 11 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Hebert Auditorium. The show is a mix of any artistic and performance art forms, including but not limited to: singing, bands, dancing, comic sets, poetry/spoken word, and theater.Though preference is given to QCC student performers, submissions are open to anyone who feels they can contribute to our event and goals. 

Funds from the Psych Fest show will benefit Safe Homes, a program of The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, a human services agency headquartered in Worcester. Safe Homes is a program supporting LGBTQ youth, and their straight allies, between the ages of 14 and 23. The group is led by youth peer leaders, professional staff, and volunteers who offer support, resources, and opportunities for socialization in a safe and nurturing environment.

For those interested in performing, please register at QCCPyschfest . Registrations for the event will be accepted no later than March 17. For questions or additional information, email dpeters10 [at] qmail.qcc.edu

  • PTK hosts a Bowl-A-Thon to support the Lilly bookmobile.
February, 2018
February, 2018

Looking for a fun event that supports a good cause? Look no further than Phi Theta Kappa’s Bowl-A-Thon! On Saturday, March 4, from noon to 4:00 p.m. PTK will be holding its annual Bowl-A-Thon at AMF Bowling Lanes, 101 Southbridge Street in Auburn. 

Cost is $30/per person and includes two hours of bowling, bowling shoes, pizza, soda and dessert. Six people will be playing per lane....

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Looking for a fun event that supports a good cause? Look no further than Phi Theta Kappa’s Bowl-A-Thon! On Saturday, March 4, from noon to 4:00 p.m. PTK will be holding its annual Bowl-A-Thon at AMF Bowling Lanes, 101 Southbridge Street in Auburn. 

Cost is $30/per person and includes two hours of bowling, bowling shoes, pizza, soda and dessert. Six people will be playing per lane. All proceeds from the event will go to support “Lilly,” the Worcester Public Library Bookmobile.

For more information call PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman at 508.854.7412 , email her at bcoleman [at] qcc.mass.edu or stop by the PTK Office in Room 349A.