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May, 2019

  • QCC student Dahlin Lutaaya
  • QCC student Dahlin Lutaaya with his finished camera grip installed.
  • QCC Student Tom Dorman
  • QCC students faculty and Dean Betty Lauer
  • QCC student Oliver Carmody showcases the multi-level chess game he designed.
  • QCC student Edmond Isemwami
May, 2019

Learning how to make things work and then applying it to real life projects is the premise behind the Manufacturing Processes II course. Earlier this month students in Associate Professor of Manufacturing Technology Damian Kiernan’s class put on an informal demonstration of their projects they completed in the course that taught them about project management, time management and ...

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Learning how to make things work and then applying it to real life projects is the premise behind the Manufacturing Processes II course. Earlier this month students in Associate Professor of Manufacturing Technology Damian Kiernan’s class put on an informal demonstration of their projects they completed in the course that taught them about project management, time management and how to operate the equipment in the college’s Fab Lab and the Advanced Manufacturing Lab.

The students learned to work with SolidWorks and Mastercam software, different milling applications in addition to CNC cutting and 3D printing. They developed everything from intricate wood and 3D puzzles, to building a manual lathe, a camera grip, unique 3D chess pieces and board and a model plane.

“The class was really treated like a capstone project. The students took all that they learned and then applied it into a project of their choice,” Mr. Kiernan said.

Visit QCC's Fab Lab to learn more. 

  • QCC alumni Raul Gomez receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Joseph Whitney as Nichole Wheeler looks on.
  • Assistant Vice President for Workforce Readiness and Innovation Kathy Rentsch and President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja at the Co-op Ap
  • Nicole Wheeler awards a Certificate of Appreciation to Bobby M's Diner.
  • Co-op students receive Achievement Certificates.
  • Employers receive Certificates of Appreciation at the college's annual Co-op Appreciation Breakfast.
May, 2019

At Quinsigamond Community College student success is the overarching theme. To that end, the college’s Career Services & Credit for Prior Learning department has developed relationships over the years with multitudes of area businesses to help students fulfill not only their co-op requirements in the 22 programs that currently require this, but also in many cases help them secure employment.

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At Quinsigamond Community College student success is the overarching theme. To that end, the college’s Career Services & Credit for Prior Learning department has developed relationships over the years with multitudes of area businesses to help students fulfill not only their co-op requirements in the 22 programs that currently require this, but also in many cases help them secure employment.

In late April the department hosted a Cooperative Education Appreciation Breakfast at the Worcester Senior Center to honor the students who took part in the program, as well as the companies that graciously hosted them. While 13 employers were in attendance at the breakfast there have been over 50 businesses that have been host to 68 QCC students from summer 2018  - spring 2019.

At the breakfast QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja discussed the importance of co-op and internship opportunities, which provides students with the chance to learn out in the field and connect with employers.

“This is an enriching experience for all involved,” Dr. Pedraja said, adding that getting this type of real-word experience is incredibly valuable for the students.

QCC Foundation Board President Dr. Linda Maykel noted that 90 percent of QCC students go on to work in local businesses in the region, further enhancing the value of these types of programs.

“I want to thank all the different corporations and businesses for their kindnesses in bringing in the high caliber students we have and the overall commitment to make their success your success,” Dr. Maykel said.

QCC co-op student Laura Douglas (Business Administration Career) described her experience as a bit different than some of the others students because she was actually able to do her co-op at her current employer, HMEA. She said the opportunity was a great way for her to pick up new skills and new tasks enabling her to hopefully move up in the company. She said the co-op experience is “a great way for students to get that baseline to know this is really what they want to do.”

Raul Gomez, a 2018 QCC graduate of the CIS program, ended up getting hired by Storm Petrel LLC as a programmer. This is the same company he had worked at as part of his co-op. He is now back at the college as an employer and said he never imagined how much the co-op experience would have helped him.

“They (Career Services) bring employers to the college and we couldn’t ask for more,” Mr. Gomez said. “They opened the door for us. Oftentimes that’s what we need, just an opportunity to succeed.  Receiving a job offer letter was very exciting and the beginning of my new journey.”

Visit Career Services to learn more.

  • QCC student Anthony Le works on a computer program that will enable the robot to perform a function.
  • Computer Sceince student Kenneth Tubman
  • Professor Hao Loi (center) with his Computer Science students.
  • Honors student Elizabeth Lopez presents at the Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Honors student Samantha Frost explains her research.
May, 2019

QCC students had the opportunity to attend and present at the 25th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference held at UMass Amherst held in late April. The one-day event brought together hundreds of undergraduate students from 28 public colleges and universities across the Commonwealth who presented their research and shared their knowledge with attendees.

QCC honors students presented their poster projects at...

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QCC students had the opportunity to attend and present at the 25th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference held at UMass Amherst held in late April. The one-day event brought together hundreds of undergraduate students from 28 public colleges and universities across the Commonwealth who presented their research and shared their knowledge with attendees.

QCC honors students presented their poster projects at the Conference and students from Professor Hao Loi's Computer Science Program demonstrated computer programming techniques with a robot.

  • QCC Wyverns battled it out till the end.
  • The 2019 QCC Wyverns Baseball team.
May, 2019

The Quinsigamond Community College Wyverns hosted the NJCAA Region XXI Baseball Tournament last weekend. The hardworking, extremely competitive Wyverns remained competitive through the entire tournament and baseball season. Missed it? Here's what happened...

QCC Grabs Lead in Ninth Inning  to Defeat Massasoit CC

QCC stole the lead late in the game in an 11-10 victory over...

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The Quinsigamond Community College Wyverns hosted the NJCAA Region XXI Baseball Tournament last weekend. The hardworking, extremely competitive Wyverns remained competitive through the entire tournament and baseball season. Missed it? Here's what happened...

QCC Grabs Lead in Ninth Inning  to Defeat Massasoit CC

QCC stole the lead late in the game in an 11-10 victory over Massasoit Community College  on Saturday. The game was tied at ten with QCC batting in the top of the ninth when Misael Guzman led the Wyverns to victory by driving in four runs. He went 3-for-6 at the plate. Guzman drove in runs on a triple in the fifth, a single in the seventh, and a single in the ninth.

Massasoit CC scored four runs in the fifth inning. Jonathan O'Donnell, Richie Wood, and David Logan each had RBIs.

Paul Wydom led things off on the mound for QCC. Paul allowed five hits and six runs over five innings, striking out five.

QCC hammered two home runs on the day. Zach May put one out in the fourth and ninth innings.

The Wyverns collected 12 hits on the day. Guzman, CJ Callender, May, and Jacob Gagnon all collected multiple hits for QCC. Guzman went 3-for-6 at the plate to lead QCC in hits.

Final score 11 to 10 Wyverns

2nd game vs Northern Essex Community College

Late Score Costs Quinsigamond Community College Against Northern Essex Community College

QCC stayed in it until the end, but Northern Essex CC pulled away late in a 14-8 victory on Saturday. The game was tied at eight with Northern Essex CC batting in the bottom of the sixth scoring one run.

Misael Guzman collected four hits - singled in the first, singled in the fifth, hit a grand slam in the sixth, and singled in the eighth.

Adam Sowders was on the hill for QCC, he surrendered three runs on one hit over one-third of an inning. Nick DiGirolamo and Guzman entered the game from the bullpen, throwing four and two-thirds innings and three innings respectively. Sowders started the game for QCC, he surrendered three runs on one hit over one-third of an inning.

Quinsigamond C.C racked up 12 hits on the day. Guzman, Zach Cutler, and Mick Sullivan each managed multiple hits, while Guzman led with four hits in five at bats.

Northern Essex CC tallied 12 hits in the game. Final score NECC 14 Wyverns 8

When all was said and done, the Wyverns finished the season 14 - 8. They worked hard, played well and ended up with a third place finish they can be proud of!

  • Reynaldo Rodriguez as part of the color guard on one of the Memorial Day ceremonies at Hope Cemetery.
  • Sliding into third base
  • Beating the tag
  • Winding up for a pitch
May, 2019

QCC Campus Police Deputy Chief of Administration Reynaldo Rodriguez, an avid baseball fan and amateur photographer, has spent over 10 years going to virtually every Wyverns Men’s Baseball games, taking photos of the players in action. He said it all started when he began looking at the team’s page on the college website and thought it might be nice to get some photos of the players in...

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QCC Campus Police Deputy Chief of Administration Reynaldo Rodriguez, an avid baseball fan and amateur photographer, has spent over 10 years going to virtually every Wyverns Men’s Baseball games, taking photos of the players in action. He said it all started when he began looking at the team’s page on the college website and thought it might be nice to get some photos of the players in action. He reached out to QCC’s Director of Athletics & Fitness Center Lisa Gurnick, who was delighted to have additional photos.

“It’s everywhere (baseball). I just enjoy it. Life is like baseball, every game is different. Like life, you practice, but it doesn’t always work out the way you think it will,” he said.

What began as a simple gesture of getting more baseball photos for the website, has evolved into a passion that shows no signs of slowing down. Mr. Rodriguez has become a virtual fixture at the Wyverns games and is often seen sitting with the team on the bench. There were even times when he was not taking pictures, he was keeping score of the same.

While he has not played since his Little League days, Mr. Rodriguez said baseball is truly in his blood. He is a Worcester Bravehearts season ticket holder, taking pictures of the players in much the same way as he does the Wyverns.  In fact, baseball and photography are so ingrained in him that often he will find games virtually anywhere he goes. He also has a vast baseball card collection that shows players from the 1970s to present day and while that may not seem unique, what is special is the type and way he collects his cards.

“I collect them not by the player, but by the picture… the action shots. I’ve got an eye for it,” he said.

Collecting these type of action shot baseball cards also helped him to hone his own photography skills. Today he takes photos with a digital Canon Rebel, a far cry from the film camera he used to use. He said the hardest photo to get is a shot of a baseball in flight and is always trying to get that elusive photo where you can even see the seams.

“I’m always looking for that million dollar shot,” he said.

According to Mr. Rodriguez, he first began his sojourn into photography around 2004 when he took up, what he calls, “Monument Hunting.”

“I’ve taken photos of hundreds of civil war monuments in Massachusetts. I call it ‘Monument Hunting’ because they don’t move and are easy to capture on film. I collected old postcards and searched libraries and traveled to various town commons or cemeteries to hunt them down,” he said.

Mr. Rodriguez is a civil war aficionado and has regularly marched in the Worcester Memorial Day Parade and Veteran’s Day parade, with Willie Grout Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. It is an organization he has been involved in for 15 years.

“In 2016 as a member of the group and the City of Worcester’s G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic Board), we took part in the refurbishing and then the rededication of the Civil War Monument located on the Worcester Common,” he added.

Rest assured whatever he is photographing will be special, just like QCC's own Deputy Chief. 

  • QCC student Bradley Sylvestre explains his project, Organs On Chips, to Coordinator of Library Reference Tiger Swan
  • Honors students Chloe Current and Philip Patrick Henry Saal with their projects.
  • Honors student Jessica McGonagle presented her project on cardiac robotic surgery.
  • Jamilex Rivas
  • Honors student Vanessa Hanger explains her project to Director of IT Services Leo Burgess.
  •  Philip Patrick Henry Saal (left) discusses his research with Executive Director of Technology Patrick Printz.
May, 2019

QCC Honors Program students had a chance to present their final projects for students, faculty and staff at the annual Honors Showcase late last month. The program is lead by Honors Program Coordinator English Professor Susan McPherson and is a seminar-style course that enables students to work on a research project with the end goal of creating a high caliber presentation.

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QCC Honors Program students had a chance to present their final projects for students, faculty and staff at the annual Honors Showcase late last month. The program is lead by Honors Program Coordinator English Professor Susan McPherson and is a seminar-style course that enables students to work on a research project with the end goal of creating a high caliber presentation.

The Honors Program at QCC is accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as a Commonwealth Honors Program and is part of an integrated, collaborative system-wide network of honors programs in Massachusetts public higher education. To learn more visit Commonwealth Honors Program.

  • Future DMS
  • Bat Power!
  • Sweet ending - new beginning
  • Breathing easy
  • Mischief managed
  • Proud PTK grad
  • Hotter by one degree
  • Nevertheless she persisted
  • Inspirational messages
  • Standing out in the crowd
May, 2019

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impact, which is why many QCC graduates gave their messages to the world at the college’s 54th Commencement mortarboard style.

Did we happen to miss your mortarboard message to the world? Please send us a photo of your cap and we will include it in a future issue of the Wyvern Guardian newsletter. Send your photos to ...

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Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impact, which is why many QCC graduates gave their messages to the world at the college’s 54th Commencement mortarboard style.

Did we happen to miss your mortarboard message to the world? Please send us a photo of your cap and we will include it in a future issue of the Wyvern Guardian newsletter. Send your photos to khutner [at] qcc.mass.edu.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 – Your future awaits!

  • Fatima Mohammed
  • STEM Students of the Month for May - Science, Technology and Engineering
May, 2019

Each month, the professors in QCC’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs recognize and acknowledge the perseverance of one student in their perspective STEM areas. Below is the third group of STEM Students of the Month with a few comments from the professors who nominated them. They include:

Science - Shayne Barton, nominated by Professor of Integrated Science...

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Each month, the professors in QCC’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs recognize and acknowledge the perseverance of one student in their perspective STEM areas. Below is the third group of STEM Students of the Month with a few comments from the professors who nominated them. They include:

Science - Shayne Barton, nominated by Professor of Integrated Science/Physics Andria Schwortz.

“Shayne has shown great growth over his years at QCC.  He not only does well in his courses, but he is willing to stick it out when things get tough, and try multiple approaches to a course to see what it takes for him to be successful.  He works with his classmates to help all learn the material, and is willing to talk to professors for additional help.  Shane takes responsibility for his education, and is looking forward to graduation this Spring semester and transferring in Engineering,”  Ms. Schwortz said.       

Technology - Savanna Russell, nominated by Professor of Interactive Media George Fitch.

“Savanna has developed into a confident and capable leader inside and outside of the college classroom. She is extremely responsible and her design sensibility shines through in the 14 different course offerings in a group of 114 Interactive Media program enrolled students. I know I can rely on her work to be contemporary and unique. Savanna’s organizational skills are extremely impressive. I know this ability to budget her time will serve her well in any professional or college setting," Mr. Fitch said.

Savanna is an intelligent, and capable young woman and a gentle humanist. She has learned to handle cutting edge interactive media software and integrate it with sophisticated video, audio, lighting and photography equipment. She is a natural creative, a unique and capable communicator.”

Engineering - Matthew Kelley, nominated by Professor of Energy Utility Technology Sharron Gillies.

“Matt is a radiologic imaging technician (CT scans, etc.) seeking to change his profession. He is balancing work, studies and family and maintaining an 'A' average in his Energy Utility Technology Certificate classes. Matt became a father for the second time on April 22, giving him a brand new baby boy, Benjamin in addition to his 3-year old daughter, Brooke.  In January, he was elected “Crew Chief” by his classmates in recognition of his leadership in the classroom.  Since the very beginning of the academic year, Matt made it his goal to see that no one was left behind, collecting notes and assignments for absent classmates and serving as a tutor to many of them.  His classmates were able to return the favor when he missed classes on the day of Benjamin’s birth.  Matt will also be the 2019 recipient of the Robert McDonald Award for Outstanding Student in the EUTC program,” Ms. Gillies said.

Mathematics - Fatima Mohammed, nominated by Professor of Mathematics Elena Fenuci.

“Fatima was a student in my intermediate algebra class during Fall 2018 semester. Her major is Liberal Arts- Biology. During our math class Fatima proved to be a very smart student. She scored in the top 5% on all tests and assignments. She was conscientious about her work, attended all classes, and she never complained. Also, her hand writing and organizing skills are excellent. But what still stays with me is her positivity and kindness. Even now when we meet in the hallway she is always greeting me and we exchange a few words, always with a smile on her face. She is a great student and an awesome person. I would be so glad to see her elected as student of the month as I believe she truly deserves it,” Ms. Fenuci said.

  • Athletic Center
May, 2019

Athletic Center Summer Hours

The Athletic Center will be closed from Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, June 16.  It will reopen for its summer hours on Monday, June 17. Summer hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 7:00 a.m. – noon and will run until Thursday, Sept. 5.

Shape Up Your Summer Season

QCC is offering Yoga Classes and Full-Body Toning Classes. These 8-...

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Athletic Center Summer Hours

The Athletic Center will be closed from Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, June 16.  It will reopen for its summer hours on Monday, June 17. Summer hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 7:00 a.m. – noon and will run until Thursday, Sept. 5.

Shape Up Your Summer Season

QCC is offering Yoga Classes and Full-Body Toning Classes. These 8-week sessions begin on Monday, June 17 and will run until Thursday, August 8.

  • Yoga classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon
  • Full-Body Toning meets on Monday and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.

Cost is $80 per person. Please register by June 12 at the Athletic Center or at the Business Office located in the Administration Building (Room 07A) 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester. For question call 508.854.4317.

Student ID's

QCC students who do not have a photo ID can obtain one at the Athletic Center during the hours of: 

  • Monday & Wednesday -      9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Thursday           9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m  & 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
  • Friday                                  9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Students can also make an appointment by calling the Athletic Center in advance at 508.854.4317.

  • Happy Retirement 2019
  • QCC Student Band
  • QCC President Luis Pedraja (right) stands with several retiring QCC faculty and staff.
May, 2019

Honoring QCC colleagues who have recently retired, or will be retiring soon was the premise behind QCC's Annual Celebration of Excellence and Retirement Recognition Reception held on May 22.  These 13 men and women have dedicated themselves to student success and QCC has been honored to have them as a part of the QCC family.

Patricia Carr       ...

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Honoring QCC colleagues who have recently retired, or will be retiring soon was the premise behind QCC's Annual Celebration of Excellence and Retirement Recognition Reception held on May 22.  These 13 men and women have dedicated themselves to student success and QCC has been honored to have them as a part of the QCC family.

Patricia Carr                            Paula Moreau                               Eunice Snay

Deborah Coleman                   Donald Morin                               Kimberly Thompson

Leslie Horton                          Margaret Motyka                          Eileen Wright

Susan Miller                            Deborah Nash                              Betsy Zuegg

We wish them well on their next journey and remind them that once a Wyvern always a Wyvern! 

  • Quinsigamond Community College's 2019 Graduates
May, 2019

Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, June 16: The Athletic Center will be closed. It will reopen for its summer hours on Monday, June 17. Summer hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 7:00 a.m. - noon. Summer hours will run until Thursday, Sept. 5. 

Thursday, June 13: QCC Alumni Social from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p....

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Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, June 16: The Athletic Center will be closed. It will reopen for its summer hours on Monday, June 17. Summer hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 7:00 a.m. - noon. Summer hours will run until Thursday, Sept. 5. 

Thursday, June 13: QCC Alumni Social from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Beer Garden, 64 Franklin Street, Worcester. Light hors d'oeuvres included/cash bar will be available. This is an opportunity to network with fellow graduates and reminisce about college experiences. Alumni $10 | Guests $15. FREE for QCC Class of 2019 Graduates.

June Spotlight: Summer Hours- Quinsigamond Community College will be closed for business at noon on Fridays from May 31 – August 16. Visitors who are looking for Admissions may go to the Welcome Center, located at the Harrington Learning Center, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester.

  • The Wyvern took in the sights of Iowa on a recent road trip.
  • The Wyvern is an art connoisseur.
May, 2019

Maureen Giacobbe, Coordinator of Instructional Technology & Assessment took the Wyvern on a road trip. He's currently in Iowa enjoying the sights! Have you seen the Wyvern out and about lately? If so, please send your photos and descriptions through the newsletter submission form. ...

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Maureen Giacobbe, Coordinator of Instructional Technology & Assessment took the Wyvern on a road trip. He's currently in Iowa enjoying the sights! Have you seen the Wyvern out and about lately? If so, please send your photos and descriptions through the newsletter submission form

  • From left: Deborah Fratturelli, Nichole Wheeler, and Sabine Dupoux
May, 2019

Three Quinsigamond Community College employees all received their MBA's on May 16 from Fitchburg State University. These women are the perfect examples of student success, demonstrating that lifelong learning is not only a mindset, but can also be a reality. 

Congratulations to Deborah Fratturelli, Nichole Wheeler, and Sabine Dupoux!

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Three Quinsigamond Community College employees all received their MBA's on May 16 from Fitchburg State University. These women are the perfect examples of student success, demonstrating that lifelong learning is not only a mindset, but can also be a reality. 

Congratulations to Deborah Fratturelli, Nichole Wheeler, and Sabine Dupoux!

May, 2019

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May, 2019

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

On April 29, 2019 Administrative Services welcomed Patrick Printz as the Executive Director of Technology. Patrick brings to this position over 12 years of experience. Most recently, he was the Interim Director of IT Projects here at Quinsigamond Community College....

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

On April 29, 2019 Administrative Services welcomed Patrick Printz as the Executive Director of Technology. Patrick brings to this position over 12 years of experience. Most recently, he was the Interim Director of IT Projects here at Quinsigamond Community College. Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from Fitchburg State University.

On May 12, 2019, Medical Support Specialist Program welcomed Cheryl DeCoff, into her new role as Full-Time Faculty/Program Coordinator. Cheryl brings to this position over 8 years of health care education and clinical experience.  Most recently, she was a Certified Medical Assistant for Charles River Medical Associates. Cheryl earned her Medical Assistant Certificate from Quinsigamond Community College and her Bachelor of Science Degree from Worcester State University.

On May 19, 2019 Information Technology & Academic Computing welcomed David Irwin as the Systems Architect. David brings to this position over 30 years of experience. Most recently, he worked as a contract employee here at Quinsigamond Community College in the role of Interim Director of IT. David earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Fitchburg State University.

Please join us in welcoming Patrick, Cheryl and David into their new roles at QCC.

April, 2019

  • Outgoing PTK Officers
  • PTK students
  • Students listen to speakers during the PTK induction ceremony.
  • PTK Alumni Advisor Kayla Paterson gestures to the new PTK Alumni Board members.
  • New PTK students get sworn into the Alpa Theta Zeta Chapter of the PTK Honor Society.
  • QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja speaks at the 39th PTK Induction Ceremony.
April, 2019

A new class of QCC students joined the ranks of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Zeta Theta (AZT) Chapter at the 39th PTK Honor Society Induction Ceremony, held on April 16. Dean of Students Theresa "Terry" Vecchio opened the ceremony by reminding people of the four tenants of PTK – scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship and how special it is to be part of the...

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A new class of QCC students joined the ranks of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Zeta Theta (AZT) Chapter at the 39th PTK Honor Society Induction Ceremony, held on April 16. Dean of Students Theresa "Terry" Vecchio opened the ceremony by reminding people of the four tenants of PTK – scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship and how special it is to be part of the PTK community.

“Thirty-nine years ago we inducted 11 students and today we are inducting 190. Overall we have 698 students involved in this organization,” she said. “These are the movers and shakers of QCC and undoubtedly the leaders of tomorrow.”

QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja congratulated the students, acknowledging that he himself was just shy of being inducted into an honor society.

“I didn’t make it but I’m still here as president, imagine what you can do,” he said.

This year’s outgoing PTK members have made incredible strides within QCC and the surrounding communities to help better the world. They have worked on a mentoring program with students from Burncoat, helping them to prepare for like after high school; have served meals at the VA; worked in Worcester’s community garden as well as grown QCC’s own greenhouse and helped to stave off elderly loneliness by hosting many events including a senior prom at the Oasis at Dodge Park.

During the induction outgoing PTK President Dan Underwood, Outgoing PTK Live and Learn Greenhouse Manager (and the 2019 current 29 Who Shine honoree) Vanessa Hanger and Outgoing PTK Executive Director of Mentoring (and current Food Pantry & Resource Center manager) Max German all gave speeches about their time as members of PTK, before handing over the reins to the new officers.

The Alpha Zeta Theta officers for 2019-2020 include:

  • Tabitha Leber – President
  • Krystle Bedrick – Vice President of Leadership
  • Lisa Renaud – Executive Team Leader
  • Ronald Nneji – Executive Vice President of Scholarship
  • Roanlis Toribio – Vice President of Scholarship
  • Murillo Gomes – Treasurer
  • Melissa Intravia – Secretary
  • Aglae Bornhausen – PTK Live & Learn Greenhouse Manager

During the induction ceremony, Ms. Vecchio made it a point to mention PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman, the “heart and soul of PTK,” informing those in attendance she has worked tirelessly for the PTK students for the past 14 years.

“Truly her name is truly synonymous with Phi Theta Kappa,” Ms. Vecchio added.

An addition to this year’s program was the swearing in of the first PTK Alumni Association Board. In November, 2018 PTK founded the PTK AZT Alumni Association and its executive board was officially recognized. They include:

  • Allen Phillips – President
  • Kimberly May –  Vice President
  • Tony Sanders – Treasurer
  • Laura Loranger – Secretary
  • Sean Lauziere – Officer-At-Large
  • Kayla Paterson - Advisor 
  • Live & Learn Greenhouse
  • Blueprint for the PTK Greenhouse
  • PTK's Greenhouse team
April, 2019

The approval has been given, the plans are in place, and all that’s left to finalize is the location before a new Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Live & Learn Greenhouse will be up and running later this year. The exciting news is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the Phi Theta Kappa Greenhouse team, led by current Greenhouse Manager Vanessa Hanger and PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman...

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The approval has been given, the plans are in place, and all that’s left to finalize is the location before a new Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Live & Learn Greenhouse will be up and running later this year. The exciting news is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the Phi Theta Kappa Greenhouse team, led by current Greenhouse Manager Vanessa Hanger and PTK Advisor Bonnie Coleman.

The current PTK Live & Learn Greenhouse was opened July 2017 with a mission to renew connections between people and the natural environment, create a resource of healthy, nutrient-rich food for the Quinsigamond Community College community, and provide an educational resource for students, faculty, staff, and children. Located in a former bus shelter, the greenhouse has been busting at its seams with produce that has been donated to QCC’s Food Pantry & Resource Center. 

The new greenhouse will be three times the size of the current greenhouse, according to Ms. Coleman. It will have a sloped roof that has extra wide roof vents, allowing for proper ventilation. This will give the college the ability to grow a lot more produce for the food pantry.

“The current greenhouse has issues with humidity and temperature, since it was a repurposed bus stop. This is an actual greenhouse that will regulate humidity and temperature, which is vital to help things grow,” said Ms. Hanger. “We are thankful to President  Luis Pedraja and the college community for supporting this endeavor.”

Once a site is chosen for the new greenhouse, a foundation will be made and prep work will be done before the greenhouse can be installed. The plan is to also have a meditation garden in front of the new greenhouse that will hopefully be a new location for the mindful meditation sessions during the milder weather.

“We will still use our old greenhouse to start our seeds ideally; then the new greenhouse will accommodate our larger plants, as well as hopefully the meditation garden,” Ms. Hanger said.

PTK is running a greenhouse sale on Thursday, May 2, Friday, May 3, after 2:00 p.m. and Monday May 6 - Friday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.outside the patio area between the Administration Building and the Quest Center. Annuals and hangers will be available for purchase. Prices range from $3.75 - $32 (hangers).

“We are working with Matt Olson (former PTK member from another chapter) of Olson’s Gardenhouses, who will be selling us plants at whole sale prices. Any money we raise will go toward the new greenhouse,” Ms. Coleman said. “These are great plants and we hope everyone will decide to buy their plantings from us.”

While Ms. Hanger has been working tirelessly with other PTK greenhouse team members on making the new greenhouse a reality, she will be handing over the reins as greenhouse manger to incoming PTK student Aglae “Aggie” Blanco.

“The new greenhouse is an exciting project for our QCC campus for many reasons. An adequately equipped, full-size greenhouse would shower our community with benefits. From strengthening the connection between inner-city culture with environmental awareness, giving a variety of people around campus an opportunity for community involvement, to sending our locally-grown produce to the food pantry, there is so much this greenhouse can offer,” Ms. Blanco said.

According to both Ms. Hanger and Ms. Blanco, volunteers are always needed and are the backbone of the making the greenhouse what it is today.

“Involvement in the greenhouse can be an inspiration to live a healthy and nutritious lifestyle, as well as a friendly environment for interacting with fellow students who we might not have had the chance to otherwise meet,” Ms. Blanco said. “Building connections through meaningful work can end up turning into the some of the strongest bonds we'll hold onto, which in turn encourages the retention of students and therefore the growth of our alumni community. I am very honored and pleased to be a part of such a purposeful project in which our students themselves can reap the benefits they worked hard for!”

  • Gateway to College Students with Fab Lab Manager Bryan DeConte (blue shirt)
  • Gateway to College students proudly show off their project.
  • Students work on finalizing one of their three projects.
  • Watching the magic of technology in action.
  • A Gateway to College student working on a design using CAD/CAM technology.
April, 2019

Collaboration and partnerships both on and off campus are an important part of the educational process in the Gateway to College Program, according to Gateway to College Manager Marci Skillings.This is why classes such as the Introduction to Fab Lab Science are so vital. Recently 16 Gateway to College students completed the course, which was funded through a grant from the Stem...

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Collaboration and partnerships both on and off campus are an important part of the educational process in the Gateway to College Program, according to Gateway to College Manager Marci Skillings.This is why classes such as the Introduction to Fab Lab Science are so vital. Recently 16 Gateway to College students completed the course, which was funded through a grant from the Stem Starter Academy (SSA).

“The SSA funded the faculty member who taught the program. For two years now we have funded this class,” said STEM Starter Academy Project Coordinator Darcy Carlson. “It’s been wonderful every time we’ve done this Fab Lab class.”

Exposure to STEM is a win-win for the SSA and Gateway to College students.

“Since the program started, 80% to 85% of students continue on to earn their degree here at QCC.This is a great opportunity for us to collaborate on campus,” Ms. Skillings said.

The 10-week program offered students exposure to the college’s Fab Lab, STEM careers and associated technologies. Learning in the class was project-based and students were charged with making three projects in the 10-weeks allotted. The class is credited as a high school science course.

“So many of our students would have never gone to the Fab Lab and now they have this great exposure through this course,” Ms. Skillings said. “These are all undeclared students working on their credentialing for high school and we want to give them the opportunity to become interested in the STEM fields.”

During the class students received exposure to CAD/CAM programming, 3D printing, laser cutting, and woodworking.

“They all did well in this class, with the class average in the 80s,” Ms. Skillings said. “Out of this group, four students talked to us about their interest in a STEM-field.”

To learn more, visit QCC’s Gateway to College.

Associate Professor of Electronics Engineering TechnologyJacob longacre
April, 2019

Sci-fi movies are following the advances of real world technology at a startling rate. Today’s Marvel super heroes have evolved from using electricity to using light as a source of power. In fact, the latest super hero Captain Marvel, can be seen shooting photonic blasts from her fingers in the current sci-fi adventure. This technology is nothing new to Quinsigamond Community College’s own super hero,...

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Sci-fi movies are following the advances of real world technology at a startling rate. Today’s Marvel super heroes have evolved from using electricity to using light as a source of power. In fact, the latest super hero Captain Marvel, can be seen shooting photonic blasts from her fingers in the current sci-fi adventure. This technology is nothing new to Quinsigamond Community College’s own super hero, Jacob Longacre, associate professor of Electronics Engineering Technology.

Mr. Longacre has taken his background in optics with the Navy and entrepreneurship in the toy industry, to new heights, and while he may not have the power of flight, super-strength or the photonic blasts of Captain Marvel, what he does possess is even more valuable, the power of educating students about the latest advances in photonics.

Photonics technology has become prevalent in almost every aspect of day-to-day life and the advances in the technology are growing at a rapid rate, with professors such as Mr. Longacre leading the crusade to help build that knowledge base for the next generation of workers. For the last five years the professor has been demystifying science and mathematics for community college students; after having been enticed to come to the college when it started a photonics program. QCC currently offers an associate degree and certificate in photonics.

“Optics and photonics are incredibly exciting and doing it on a tech level, where you are introducing a whole new area to students that you can link back to other areas (electronics, manufacturing and application work), to me is really exciting,” Mr. Longacre said.

A Visionary Culture

At QCC, the students learn about photonics through the lens of their professor’s past experiences that included a goal of working in nuclear fusion after earning his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Muhlenberg College. However, after starting work on his masters’ in nuclear fusion at the University of Michigan, he quickly decided it was not for him.

“I realized this would be all research and I just didn’t want to do that,” he said.

He changed gears, earning Master of Science degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Electronics at Michigan before beginning a career with the U.S. Navy, working on underwater lasers. In the Navy, he did studies of optical properties on snow and ice, working in such barren and arctic regions as Point Barrow, Alaska and Resolute, Canada. He said it was this type of hands-on, technical research that he truly enjoyed. He even got his name on a few patents; however, as time went on his job with the Navy changed.

“It became more managerial and less technical. They had me get my MBA (at Cornell University),” he said, adding that while useful, it wasn’t the career path he wanted.

Eventually the lure of the technical side became too much and he decided to leave the government and follow what had become his passion when he wasn’t working…developing toys.

“It was a hobby at first. I created toy cars and planes in my own style,” he said.

His entrepreneurial designs paid off and eventually a company asked him to help redesign a toy airplane, which began a 10-year career in the toy industry, working with several companies and developing innovative toy submarines, cars and airplanes. He helped create some of the first mass-marketed backyard radio-controlled airplanes, and developed an air powered toy submarine.

Throughout his career, learning has always been front and center and so, when an opportunity presented itself in academia, he jumped at the chance.

“I had always liked teaching and so I applied and got the offer to come here to QCC. I wanted to come here to teach and also to learn,” he said. “Getting the chance to hopefully have an impact on students is what’s kept me learning at QCC. I love working to find ways to express this to such a broad range of students.”

The diversity that community colleges have in its student body is one of the challenges that truly excites Mr. Longacre. The large disparity between students who may have strong educational backgrounds, or those who don’t have much experience in a formal education background is particularly challenging, and rewarding. In fact, he said some of his greatest achievements are when a student has that “aha” moment and understands the concepts he is teaching. He has seen it time and again when students recognize the cell phones they are carrying use different optical processes in order to operate. Photonics at work!

“At bigger four-year institutions students have lots more confidence. Part of the job here at a community college is to get students to realize how much potential they have. They come here for two years and they realize they can do whatever they want to do,” he said, adding that his students have gone on to immediately enter the workforce with lucrative careers, or have continued their education at top four-year universities.

The power of working together

Mr. Longacre has been instrumental in helping to propel students and businesses forward, which is why he has become an important component in the new AIM Photonics Academy Lab for Education & Application Prototypes (LEAP) facility, developed as a collaboration between AIM Photonics, AIM Academy, QCC, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the Mass Tech Collaborative through the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2), and the Department of Defense. 

“We have a very broad spectrum of students and that is where we come into this, as a gateway to people, students and industry who are not fully cognizant of how this (photonics) works,” he said. “We want to broaden the awareness of this technology to other areas.”

A collaborative lecture was recently held with Mr. Longacre’s Photonics Technology class and WPI Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Yxiang “Shawn” Liu. Most of the students in Mr. Longacre’s class are already working in some aspect of the optical technology field, which added a unique perspective to the lecture.

“WPI brings more of the research and development perspective, while we (QCC) bring more of a ‘how can this be practically applied on the manufacturing floor,’ perspective,” Mr. Longacre said. “This collaboration is looking at how integrated photonics can be applied in the future workforce. We are identifying ways to support emerging technologies from research through production with this work. This is the future and QCC is front and center.”

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  • QCC Public Health student Jatnna Perez
April, 2019

You can see the excitement in Jatnna Perez’s eyes when she talks about her educational journey. The Quinsigamond Community College healthcare student is poised to graduate in May with an associate degree in public health and ready to take on the future. She said her time at QCC began after a friend suggested she check out the college, when she moved to Worcester from New York. She...

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You can see the excitement in Jatnna Perez’s eyes when she talks about her educational journey. The Quinsigamond Community College healthcare student is poised to graduate in May with an associate degree in public health and ready to take on the future. She said her time at QCC began after a friend suggested she check out the college, when she moved to Worcester from New York. She came to the U.S. seven years ago from the Dominican Republic, and after graduating high school in New York, knew she wanted to continue her education. After researching QCC online and thinking it sounded convenient, affordable, and seemed easy to enroll, she decided to make a visit to the college's main campus to check things out.

“When I first came to QCC I knew right away that I wanted to be a student here.The campus has such a great vibe and feels so welcoming,” she said. “The college has many great programs that are flexible and very affordable compared to other schools.”

She said she initially enrolled in the college’s general studies program. However, one of her professors, Hirul Patel, encouraged her to take something more specific and since she really enjoyed biology and loved being involved in the community, the public health program seemed the perfect fit. A class she took in global public health confirmed that this was the degree program she wanted to pursue.She quickly earned a Public Health Certificate, before continuing on to get her associate degree.

Ms. Perez is currently working full-time as a pharmacy technician at Walgreens in Worcester, and is also in the last couple of weeks of her public health cooperative externship, working with New England Donor Services. She found out about the organization through her Professor Anne Marie Winslow.

“Organs are scarce, so many people die while waiting for a liver transplant. Living liver donation is a hope for many. I shared with several of my students my passion for organ donation,” Ms. Winslow said.

Ms. Perez was immediately interested and Ms. Winslow put her in touch with Jennifer Cray, Volunteer Services Program Manager at New England Donor Services, who quickly found a place for her volunteering at area events. Today, Ms. Perez is a staunch advocate for organ donation, participating in events throughout Worcester, informing people on the merits of tissue and organ donation.

“I try to educate people to get them to sign up and become organ donors,” she said, adding, “QCC has many professors who do more than teach a subject. One of the main things I will take away with me after I graduate is all the encouragement and support I have gotten from my professors here.”

After graduating in May, Ms. Perez hopes to begin working in a public health position that will allow her to “put into practice” what she has learned at QCC, while continuing to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

“The best thing about QCC is that it is a school for everyone regardless of their age, income or background. The college has room for everyone who wants to succeed. There is support here to help everyone grow and boost their career paths,” she said.  “This place is very special to me. I’ve learned so many things and grown as a student.”

  • Shakespeare on a Bench
  • Shakespeare on a Bench
  • Sonnet 96 (Youth) Daniel Warner
  • Sonnet 73 (Pantaloon) Melesia Swanston-Alonzo
  • Sonnet 143 (Baby) Ari Strout
  • Sonnet 8 (Youth) George Baraklilis
  • QCC students Lex Guertin and Mike Daniel
  • QCC student Nate Wilson
April, 2019

Often mere words, spoken with intention can make the most impact. While the words of William Shakespeare were written well over 400 years ago, they still resonate today. The recent school play, “Shakespeare on a Bench,” held April 10 – 14, gave testament to that with a series of segments from Shakespeare’s sonnets, and a variety of Shakespeare’s plays, which drew rave reviews from...

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Often mere words, spoken with intention can make the most impact. While the words of William Shakespeare were written well over 400 years ago, they still resonate today. The recent school play, “Shakespeare on a Bench,” held April 10 – 14, gave testament to that with a series of segments from Shakespeare’s sonnets, and a variety of Shakespeare’s plays, which drew rave reviews from all who attended.

Directed by Kelly Stowell and Assistant Director Amber Charest, the production was the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication of both cast and crew, made up of both current and former QCC students. The cast was a mix of both veteran and beginner actors that included:

  • Ari Strout
  • George Baraklilis
  • Daniel Warner
  • Vidalyssi Nuñez
  • Tris Sackman
  • Genesis Sanchez
  • Letty Ramirez
  • Anye Ngwaah
  • Mike Daniel
  • Amber Charest
  • Melesia Swanston-Alonzo
  • David Rodriguez
  • Lex Guertin
  • Nate Wilson

This production was also entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). This national theater education program identifies and promotes quality in college-level theater production. Productions entered on the participating level are eligible for invitation to the KCACTF regional festival, and may also be considered for national awards recognizing outstanding achievement in production, design, direction and performance.

Last year more than 1,300 productions were entered in the KCACTF involving more than 200,000 students nationwide. By entering this production, QCC’s theater department is sharing in the KCACTF goals to recognize, reward, and celebrate the exemplary work produced in college and university theaters across the nation.

  • QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja addresses scholarship recipients.
  • Nhat Le, Chief Operating Officer of MOBD (standing) shares remarks.
April, 2019

A reception was held on April 22 to recognize 20 QCC students who each received a $1,000 scholarship this spring to support their studies in STEM programs. These scholarships were made possible through funding received from two state agencies: the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, which sponsored students through the Central Region Advanced Manufacturing Consortium; and the Massachusetts...

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A reception was held on April 22 to recognize 20 QCC students who each received a $1,000 scholarship this spring to support their studies in STEM programs. These scholarships were made possible through funding received from two state agencies: the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, which sponsored students through the Central Region Advanced Manufacturing Consortium; and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD), which sponsored students through the Massachusetts Biomedical Initiative (MBI). These agencies are investing in developing the workforce in advanced manufacturing and the life sciences industry, two high growth engines of the Massachusetts economy.

QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja and QCC Assistant Vice President for Workforce Readiness and Innovation Kathy Rentsch hosted the reception and welcomed the students and guests. Guests included: Nhat Le, Chief Operating Officer of MOBD and Jon Weaver, President and CEO of MBI.

In her remarks to the group, Ms. Le explained that she was the first in her family to attend college and had no one close to advise her. She empathized with the difficulties students face in navigating college and recommended the students take advantage of campus advising and mentoring programs. Mr. Weaver also addressed the group, noting that life sciences and bio-manufacturing are rapidly growing businesses in the greater Worcester area and encouraged students to consider careers in these industries.

The life sciences scholarship recipients, who were hosted by QCC Professor Jessica Crowley, are: Samara Ahmed, Hannah Gonzalez, Regan Guillot, Dureid Homade, Seyedashkan Hosseini, Boris Ludena, Piro Mihilli, Kriols Mohareb, Leslie Bonsu and Ryan Singer.

The advanced manufacturing scholarship recipients, who were hosted by QCC Professor Jacob Longacre, are: Johanny Polanco, Danny Banh, Prakash Bhandari, Yamil Hernandez, Jah’maal Memnon, Jonathan Pintado, Davon Taylor, Andres Tavares, Jay Mason and Dhalin Lutaaya.

Mr. Bhandari, who is originally from Nepal, noted how helpful the scholarship funding was in allowing him to focus on his studies. Mr. Hernandez shared that he is juggling family responsibilities along with his college studies and working full-time, stating the scholarship was a huge help to him.

For more information on these grant programs, contact Adrienne Linnell, Program Administrator for STEM initiatives at Alinnell [at] qcc.mass.edu 

  • Dragon
  • The tying of the Peace pole.
  • Lucinda Costa and Selena Boria
  • President Pedraja and QCC staff
  • "Dave" the alpaca gives a big smile to all who came to QCC's Diversity Day.
  • Mascots and President Pedraja
  • The South East Asian Coalition Imperial Lion Dance Team who performed a dragon dance to the beat of drums.
  • It was a magical day at QCC's Diversity Fair.
  • QCC Music Club/Music Ensemble
April, 2019

Celebrating and honoring our differences was the premise behind the April 17, Diversity Day 2019. Funded by The Diversity Caucus & Student Life Office, the daylong event featured a celebration of peace and diversity through the arts, culture and literacy. The event began with a Peace Ceremony at the campus peace pole in the Athletic Center, where different groups of people came together for a ribbon tying to...

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Celebrating and honoring our differences was the premise behind the April 17, Diversity Day 2019. Funded by The Diversity Caucus & Student Life Office, the daylong event featured a celebration of peace and diversity through the arts, culture and literacy. The event began with a Peace Ceremony at the campus peace pole in the Athletic Center, where different groups of people came together for a ribbon tying to celebrate living together in peace. A cultural food festival, complete with entertainment was held after the ceremony.

The alpacas from Angel Hair Farm (always a hit when they visit campus) were in front of the Athletic Center to greet people as they went into the festival. Twice a year these friendly faces stop by the college to bring joy and happiness to students, faculty and staff.

The festival featured food from around the globe thanks to donations by:

  • Niko's House of Pizza
  • Sake Bomb Bistro
  • Live, Love, Nutrients
  • Wraps & Bowls
  • Brisas Restaurant
  • Kabab & Tandoor Grill
  • Stop & Shop
  • Corporate Chefs
  • Fatima's Cafe
  • Nola Cajun Kitchen
  • Bushel & Peck
  • Cafe Reyes
  • Polar Beverages

This year’s Diversity Day also featured music, dance, entertainment and merriment from community groups and over 25 QCC clubs. Area mascots, "Paws" & "Sox" from the Pawtucket Red Sox, along with Worcester Railers mascot, “Trax” greeted those in attendance, while dancers from Ritmos Academy performed. Other performances included the QCC Music Club/Music Ensemble; the South East Asian Coalition Imperial Lion Dance Team, who performed a dragon dance to the beat of drums and Salome Strange, who performed, "This is Me,”  from the Greatest Showman. 

Other Community Sponsorships and attendees included:

  • Worcester / Boston  = Cumulus Radio Station  104-5 XLO
  • QCC Alumni Association &  Mentoring for Perkins Programs
  • Worcester’s football team, the Massachusetts Pirates,
  • Texas Road House, Lincoln Street, Worcester
  • Worcester-based Drag Queen Worcester Youth Pride & Worcester Pride
  • City of Worcester Cultural Development Division
  • Worcester Cultural Coalition
  • Worcester PopUp public
  • Harr, Berryl "Bev" Pettiford & Drink Donations
  • USA , Air Force, SSgt. Isata Tucker  
  • TTLB Mirror Me Photo
  • Maurice Horton, QCC  Man's Basketball Alumni 
  • QCC Student Trustee Mustafa Boweden
  • QCC Student Gocernment Association President Jorgo Gushi
April, 2019

Quinsigamond Community College had a changing of the guard with the election of Mustafa Boweden as Student Trustee and Jorgo Gushi as the Student Government Association (SGA) President for 2019-2020.

Mr. Boweden will serve as the student trustee on QCC’s 11-member Board of Trustees. Members of the Board are all appointed to a five-year term, with the exception of...

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Quinsigamond Community College had a changing of the guard with the election of Mustafa Boweden as Student Trustee and Jorgo Gushi as the Student Government Association (SGA) President for 2019-2020.

Mr. Boweden will serve as the student trustee on QCC’s 11-member Board of Trustees. Members of the Board are all appointed to a five-year term, with the exception of the student trustee who is elected to a one-year term. In the role of student trustee, Mr Boweden will represent all students of the college. Student trustees are also assigned to serve on the Strategic Planning Committee and are expected to attend, all committee and regular meetings as well as the annual trustee retreat.

“One of my goals as trustee is to have students become involved in something other than just school work,” Mr. Boweden said. “I’d like to help move the school forward to a more socialized community.”

As the new SGA President, Mr. Gushi will represent and preside over the SGA both on and off campus, coordinate all SGA activities, serve on campus as a representative on the Activities Programming Committee, Student Services Council, and Governance Steering Council, in addition to serving off campus on the Student Advisory Council to the Board of Higher Education. Mr. Gushi was also recently elected as Interim Chair of the Student Advisory Council to the Board of Higher Education.

“I pledge, along with the whole SGA group, to work to improve student experience through advocacy and collaboration with other campus offices and organizations,” Mr. Gushi said. “Our intention is to faithfully and actively represent the engaged student body by providing transparency, fostering inclusivity, setting endurance, and promoting diversity through visible outreach, creative initiatives, and dedicated teamwork among all members of SGA.”

  • Pratt Whitney was a newcomer to QCC's Spring Job Fair.
  • A QCC student networks with a potential employer.
  • QCC students drop off their resumes to companies at the college's annual Spring job Fair
April, 2019

The saying, “build it and they will come” is a familiar one to QCC’s Career Services department.  For the past 10 years the college has hosted job fair and the employers have come. This year’s Spring Job Fair brought in 25 companies from the New England area to meet with QCC students, who stopped by during the three-hour event to drop off their resumes and network with the companies. One...

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The saying, “build it and they will come” is a familiar one to QCC’s Career Services department.  For the past 10 years the college has hosted job fair and the employers have come. This year’s Spring Job Fair brought in 25 companies from the New England area to meet with QCC students, who stopped by during the three-hour event to drop off their resumes and network with the companies. One company new to QCC’s Job Fair, Pratt Whitney, came all the way from North Berwick, Maine. The company produces aerospace engine parts at the North Berwick facility and is the largest manufacturing facility in Maine. It has locations in Arkansas Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, as well as overseas in Greece, Turkey, China and Singapore.

Pratt Whitney’s Human Resources Client Manager Maggie Miller said there was a lot of interest from students who attended the fair.

“We have many full-time positions in different plants. It is good to get the word out to students and teach them what’s out there,” she said, adding that the company plans to come back to QCC for its next job fair.

Another first-time company to the job fair was Citizens Bank. Shrewsbury Branch Manager Linda Podmostka said the bank was currently only looking for full-time employees.

“We had a lot of students looking for part-time hours, but we did have four potential candidates interested in full-time,” she said. “I’m happy we came here today and I would like to come back.”

One of the familiar faces at the job fair was Wakefly, Inc.. The digital marketing and web development agency has hired QCC grads over the years. The company was on-hand looking for qualified employees to fill a variety of positions that include a junior web developer, web development intern, digital marketing intern and sales intern.

“We have seen a few people of interest,” said QCC alumnus Zack Berridge. Mr. Berridge graduated from QCC in 2016 and began working at Wakefly as a web developer.

Other companies at the job fair included:

  • BB&T Recruiting & Talent Acquisition (Insurance Division)
  • Big Y Foods
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bravo Technical Services
  • Coghlin Companies
  • Continental Pools
  • Department of Youth Services
  • Esler Companies (Renewal by Anderson)
  • FedEX Ground
  • Phoenix Marketing & Advertising
  • Randstad at Hanover Insurance
  • Resourcesoft Inc.
  • ScrubaDub Auto Wash
  • Securitas
  • Spectrum
  • Taco Bell
  • Technical Needs
  • The Center for Autism & Related Disorders
  • The Home Depot
  • Valet Park of America
  • Wegmans Food Markets
  • Westaff
  • QCC is addng a General Studies - Pre-Nursing Option this fall.
April, 2019

Quinsigamond Community College has added four new programs to its fall line-up of degree and certificate offerings.  On April 8 students can start registering for any of the new programs that begin in the 2019 fall semester.

“Our goal is to continuously listen to the needs of our students, as well as stay attuned to which jobs and careers are in demand, both now and in the future,” said QCC...

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Quinsigamond Community College has added four new programs to its fall line-up of degree and certificate offerings.  On April 8 students can start registering for any of the new programs that begin in the 2019 fall semester.

“Our goal is to continuously listen to the needs of our students, as well as stay attuned to which jobs and careers are in demand, both now and in the future,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.

Recognizing industry demand, QCC will now be offering a General Studies - Pre-Nursing Option that gives students the opportunity to prepare for QCC's nursing programs and then transfer to four-year institutions. This program also educates students to work in various aspects of healthcare, including hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Healthcare continues to remain one of the most in-demand job markets. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Outlook, from 2016-2026 the need for registered nurses will increase 15% faster than the average growth rate of 7% of all jobs. A similar finding for licenses practical nurses shows the average growth rate of 12% faster than the average growth rate of all jobs.

Other fall programs include: 

The Criminal Justice - Transfer Option associate degree program, which provides students with a broad academic background in the area of criminal justice and the opportunity to develop the skills needed for pursuing a public service career in policing, corrections, courts, probation, parole, federal agencies, or the private sector. This program is specifically designed for students interested in the MassTransfer Program, which ensures the full transfer of credit into the criminal justice and general education courses in bachelor degree programs within the Massachusetts public education system.

The QCC Liberal Arts - Media Communications Option associate degree program provides students with foundational courses in media communications required by four-year colleges and universities, enabling students to transfer to a bachelor degree program as juniors in media communications/journalism and/or a related field.

A new Accounting Certificate focuses on the accounting skills and knowledge needed in business. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for entry-level accounting jobs in a variety of business settings or may move seamlessly into the Business Administration Career associate degree program.

To learn more about these new programs, visit www.QCC.edu.

  • High Five - Shirley Dempsey and June Vo
April, 2019

Quinsigamond Community College “high fived” its way in making the dream of higher education a reality for more people. On National High Five Day (April 18), donations made to the QCC Foundation in increments of $5 were matched dollar for dollar. The daylong event raised a total of $2,000, which was doubled to $4,000.

All gifts on High Five Day went into the QCC Foundation lifelong...

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Quinsigamond Community College “high fived” its way in making the dream of higher education a reality for more people. On National High Five Day (April 18), donations made to the QCC Foundation in increments of $5 were matched dollar for dollar. The daylong event raised a total of $2,000, which was doubled to $4,000.

All gifts on High Five Day went into the QCC Foundation lifelong scholarship fund, to help more students attain their dream of attending college. This one-day of matched giving was designed to make charitable donations go further. The lifelong scholarship fund is placed in the endowment and held in perpetuity, with 50% of the net income awarded to students annually. Endowments help to guarantee a financial future for QCC's mission of educating students and is an important source for scholarships at a time when less than 30% of QCC's budget is funded by state appropriations.

“In honor of High Five Day, we asked all QCC alumni to celebrate the day by giving a ‘high five and $5’ to support the QCC Foundation’s efforts to bring affordable, quality education to everyone in our community,” said QCC’s Executive Director of Advancement, Karen Rucks. “Thanks to all who donated.”

For more information or to learn how you can still donate, visit QCC Foundation.

  • QCC’s Men’s Basketball Coach Tishaun Jenkins
  • Basketball clinic students
  • Dribbling down the court.
  • QCC basketball players demonstate a technique.
  • QCC’s Men's basketball Assistant Coach Kevin Pettway (foreground) and Coach Jenkins.
April, 2019

Giving back to the community is something that is second nature to QCC’s Men’s Basketball Coach Tishaun Jenkins. For the last five years Mr. Jenkins has devoted many hours to building awareness of the college’s basketball program. A former point guard for Salem State University, he was named to the all-tournament team at the 2000 NCAA Division III Final Four and was named the NCAA...

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Giving back to the community is something that is second nature to QCC’s Men’s Basketball Coach Tishaun Jenkins. For the last five years Mr. Jenkins has devoted many hours to building awareness of the college’s basketball program. A former point guard for Salem State University, he was named to the all-tournament team at the 2000 NCAA Division III Final Four and was named the NCAA Northeast player of the year that same season. He has earned numerous accolades in basketball, from being named MASCAC Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000, to earning the Bob Cousy award as the best player under six feet in New England.

Yet what stands out more than all his basketball accomplishments is his dedication to the Worcester community that he calls home. He was the head coach for one season at Worcester Technical High School before taking the head coaching job at QCC. He said he waited until the QCC coaching position became available and immediately applied, feeling he could make the most difference.

“QCC gives me the easiest access to kids in my community who need me,” he said.

He has already seen some amazing results in his time as the college’s head coach, with players going on to earn their bachelor’s degree (and play ball) at state universities and local colleges.

“QCC is such a great choice. They can go here and then transfer all of their credits,” he added.

Mr. Jenkins keeps in touch with all his players, both current and former and takes pride in their accomplishments.

“It may be basketball but it’s more like a family,” he said, adding that a recent first-time alumni basketball game drew 22 former players.

During the Commonwealth’s K-12 April vacation week, Mr. Jenkins, along with QCC’s Men's basketball Assistant Coach Kevin Pettway, and Mr. Jenkins' brother (former Kansas Jayhawk point guard Naadir Tharpe), along with several of his QCC basketball players held a basketball clinic for youths. The week-long clinic was divided into morning and afternoon sessions. The two sessions were broken out into age groups (6 – 12 and 13 and up) and abilities. The sessions involve basic basketball skills and practice scrimmages. According Mr. Jenkins, money raised from the clinic goes towards the QCC Men’s Basketball team.

“This is our first April vacation week that we’ve done at the school,” he said, adding clinics have been held in the past at the school on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Mr. Jenkins said that part of what makes this clinic so special is the help that he receives from his players: Victor Floriento, Josh Falero, Steven Chivallatti, Jordan Carter and upcoming graduate Dana Mordi, a point guard for QCC who videotaped the sessions. All the other players will be returning in the fall.

“This will be our best year ever with returning players,” he said.

Mr. Jenkins has spent the better part of 10 years helping to train children in the art of basketball and each summer holds a summer basketball academy summer camp at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick. Many of his QCC basketball players also help him out at the camp. He is also planning to hold a summer clinic from Monday – Thursday (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) at the college.

While basketball season is a few months away, already Mr. Jenkins is actively recruiting QCC students to play. Those interested in playing for the 2019/2020 season can contact Director of Athletics & Fitness Center Lisa Gurnick at 508.854-4582 or email lgurnick [at] qcc.mass.edu, or Assistant Manager of Athletics and Fitness Center Josh Cole at 508.854. 4317 or email jcole [at] qcc.mass.edu. For additional information, visit QCC Student Athletics.

  • QCC student at the QCC Human Services Fair.
  • QCC's Human Services Fair.
April, 2019

Human service jobs provide a service to society. They are often those positions that make a true life-altering difference in a person’s life. On April 9, the college hosted its annual Human Services Fair to help support its human services program.The fair drew representatives from over 25 human service agencies across the region, who discussed both intern and job opportunities with QCC...

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Human service jobs provide a service to society. They are often those positions that make a true life-altering difference in a person’s life. On April 9, the college hosted its annual Human Services Fair to help support its human services program.The fair drew representatives from over 25 human service agencies across the region, who discussed both intern and job opportunities with QCC students.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our human service students, and other QCC students, to interact with agencies,” said Professor of Human Services Jean Kennedy. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to network and understand the kinds of service delivery we have in Worcester. Worcester has an amazing amount of non-profit agencies.”

Ms. Kennedy said that while the human service industry is “really large,” the need is great. She said the fair allows not only the students, but also the agencies to become familiar with the college and all it has to offer.

“I think it is a win-win for both the college and the industry,” she continued, noting that “there are direct care workers who don’t have a college degree and they can think about coming here and getting their credentialing. It’s a nice feeder for both.”

One of the agencies represented at the fair was LUK Inc. LUK is a not-for-profit social service agency located in central Massachusetts dedicated to improving the lives of youth and their families. Hilary Amedy, Coordinator for the agency’s youth mentoring program (ages 6-17) was on hand at the fair to recruit interns to help out with the youth mentoring program.

“We especially like interns in the human service field because we know we are giving them some of the experiences they need,” she said. “We’ve had interns from QCC before and they’ve worked out fabulously.”

While it was the LUK mentoring program that was on-hand at the fair, Ms. Amedy said there are numerous other programs (such as foster, residential, prevention etc.) within the agency.

“There may be job opportunities or internship in other programs as well,” she added.

Victor Carrasquillo, one of the students who attend the fair, said the fair will help him to further his career and future goals.

“This is very helpful,” he added.

  • QCC Fire Science grad with fire truck
  • Firefighters demonstrate rescue techniques
April, 2019

Since the early 1990s Quinsigamond Community College has quietly and effectively been helping to make the areas that we live and work in safe through graduates from its fire science program. In fact, recent data of QCC’s fire science graduates showed 75% were employed in Massachusetts. Today firefighters, while not required to have a degree must be well-rounded in order to compete in today’s workforce...

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Since the early 1990s Quinsigamond Community College has quietly and effectively been helping to make the areas that we live and work in safe through graduates from its fire science program. In fact, recent data of QCC’s fire science graduates showed 75% were employed in Massachusetts. Today firefighters, while not required to have a degree must be well-rounded in order to compete in today’s workforce. QCC’s fire science associate degree program prepares students for a career or promotion within fire and emergency service organizations as well as careers in the private sector.

According to Program Coordinator Michael Gonyor, career paths for today’s firefighters can run the gamut from traditional firefighters, fire investigation, fire inspectors and fire engineers, to jobs in the insurance industry or even the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Fire science also offers students the foundation to enter into emergency services. At QCC, basic emergency medical technology is part of the curriculum.

“I highly suggest the students take the EMT certificate course and 95% of them end up taking it,” he said, adding that many continue on and earn their paramedic technology certificate.

The fire science program at QCC is unique, according to Mr. Gonyor. In the early 2000s the program became aligned with the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative, a network of emergency services-related education and training providers. The college’s program is now aligned with a national standard.

“Not every school is aligned with FESHE,” he said. “FESHE makes sure you have up-to-date subject matter in the industry. By going to a FESHE school you learn the same as the other schools. When our students leave here and are ready to transfer to a four-year school, there’s no question of what they’ve learned, everything transfers easily.”

However, what makes the program truly special is its instructors. Each instructor in the college’s fire science program also works within the fire science industry.  Mr. Gonyor works as a part-time firefighter in Southbridge, and all of his staff at QCC are currently different types of firefighters within the state. This direct workforce experience is a unique benefit to QCC students.

“Helping a student get set up in a profession is what we do best, since we live it and breathe it. If we don’t know someone, we know someone who knows someone. Some of our instructors are chiefs, fire officers, firefighters (with specialties such as hazmat).  We also have someone who is a fire inspector in the Fire Marshall’s office,” Mr. Gonyor said. “We are subject matter experts and have contacts that can help point students in the right direction.”

One of the aspects of the program Mr. Gonyor is most proud of is the personal touch that he and his staff offer students, helping them to differentiate fact versus myth within the industry. One change within the industry is the addition of more women in the industry. Historically the profession has been male-dominated, Mr. Gonyor said; however, QCC is seeing more female fire science students.

“We’ve been able to connect female students with other female firefighters in the profession,” he said.

Industry Experts

As industry experts who are in the field, the QCC fire science instructors offer more than lessons in a book.  They can substantiate and give credence to what the students are learning because they have done it.

“This means something to students,” Mr. Gonyor said.

Every 10-weeks the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy graduates a new set of cadets and while they have the basics to begin a career in firefighting, unless they continue their education, they will lack a competitive edge that, in many departments, can mean bonuses, stipends or other incentives.

“A degree makes you a better-rounded employee and makes you more marketable,” he said. “There becomes a point in your profession where you really can’t be considered for a promotion until you have a minimum of an associate degree. You have to be adaptable to what’s going on because it’s not just firefighting anymore it’s everything.”

To learn more, visit QCC’s Fire Science Program