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QCC Mentoring

Quinsigamond Community College Mentoring connects QCC students with staff, faculty, industry, and community members to create one-on-one mentoring relationships. This unique program provides extensive benefits to students, as well as professional development and networking opportunities for mentors.

This program will provide a way for QCC students to connect with mentors and build positive relationships to support their college experience. Students will also develop employer desired skills, gain an understanding of workplace expectations and networking to increase their likelihood of finding a rewarding career. 

The QCC Mentoring program will host monthly workshops and social events for mentors and mentees throughout the academic year. Mentors will have access to QCC professional development, as well as the Fab Lab, library and additional on-campus resources. The program will conclude with an end-of-the year reception in May.

The QCC Mentoring Program Includes:

  • One-on-one mentoring sessions
  • Group workshops
  • Networking events
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Individual orientation
  • Training sessions
  • Expectations and strategies to make this a valuable experience for all

Once mentors and mentees are matched, they will be expected to meet in-person once a month, with additional meetings or communication as needed.

Common Mentorship Activities:

  • Discuss resume and cover letter strategies
  • Build study and time management skills
  • Attend a professional networking or group meeting
  • Create a list of professional, personal, and academic goals
  • Prepare for a professional interview
  • Connect the mentee to relevant on-campus support systems
  • Invite the mentee to your workplace for a day 
  • Introduce the mentee to colleagues 
  • Attend QCC Mentoring social events

Mentoring in the News

QCC Mentoring Hosts Kick-Off with Greatest Number of Matches in Program History

QCC student mentee Ramona Reed credits the QCC Mentoring program with giving her the skills to become a stronger person. Ms. Reed was the student presenter at the virtual October 13 QCC Mentoring kick-off event. In addition to Ms. Reed, other speakers included President Dr. Luis Pedraja and keynote speaker Board of Trustees Chair Sue...


Mentorship Offers Supportive Experience for Mentee and Mentor

QCC student mentee Kristen Peters and her mentor Kara Wiersma just seemed to click when they first met. The pair were matched together in January 2019, shortly after Ms. Peters began at QCC. The two have found not only a good mentor/mentee relationship, they have also established a friendship.

“I found out about the mentoring program during orientation and would recommend this to anyone...


Respecting One Another is the Hallmark of a Positive Mentoring Partnership

After graduating from high school in 2016, Ibeliz Garcia knew Quinsigamond Community College would be her school of choice. She had been dealing with chronic medical issues that made it necessary for her to attend college close to home and QCC fit the bill.

“When I came to QCC I learned about the mentoring program and signed up with my best friend,” Ms. Garcia said.



QCC’s Mentoring Program Still Going Strong

Mentors and mentees in QCC’s Mentoring program often find more than a collaborative, working relationship, they find a friendship.This was the case with Quinsigamond Community College recent graduate Bobby Kapel and retired military professional Kevin Campbell. The duo are a part of QCC’s Mentoring program and while the two are generations apart, from different countries,...


QCC Mentoring Program Delivers the Perfect Match

Zuheyry Encarnacion finally knows what it’s like to have someone in her corner. Since she began taking criminal justice classes at Quinsigamond Community College, Ms. Encarnacion has had the support and guidance of a special woman in her life -  Dr. Natalie Anumba, a forensic psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical...


QCC Students Benefit From a Special Partnership

The partnership between AbbVie and Quinsigamond Community College runs deep. It all began back in 1993 when QCC reached out to Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives to solicit industry members to help develop a biotechnology technology certificate and capstone course. Project Manager John Sauers (then an employee at BASF before the company became AbbVie in 2013) jumped at the chance to help create something for...


The Capacity for Greatness Through QCC’s New Mentoring Program

Giovanni Cruz stated it best when he described QCC’s mentoring program as, “people change people.” A former QCC mentee, Mr. Cruz said it was through mentors both past and present that have helped him on his journey; a journey that led him to his current job as the AmeriCorps vista for the QCC mentoring program.

A total of 115 mentors that included community partners,...