Established in 1963, Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) is a public, two-year academic institution located in Worcester, Massachusetts. QCC’s Greendale campus was formerly owned by Assumption College. The institute also operates a satellite campus at the former Worcester Common Outlets, now known as City Square.
For over 45 years, Quinsigamond Community College has provided opportunities for unparalleled education and personal growth to thousands of men and women. Quinsigamond Community College prepares many students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and also offers courses geared toward immediate entry into the workforce or cultural and personal enrichment. The college also works directly with the area’s K-12 school systems in an assortment of collaborations and partnerships.
QCC is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). It also holds several discipline-based accreditations from agencies such as The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing; The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission; The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology; The Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education, The National Association for the Education of Young Children, and The Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Quinsigamond Community College offers more than 70 associate’s degrees and certificate career options in diverse areas of study such as business, liberal arts, health care and human services, engineering and technology, and general studies. The Division of Continuing Education at CitySquare campus offers a variety of non-credit courses, workshops, and seminars.
QCC offers online degrees and certificates to students who are unable to attend a traditional college. The institute presents five associate degrees, four certificates, and over 100 classes online. Online classes are taught by the same instructors and contain the same curriculum as their traditional counterparts. The only difference is that the students do not need to attend a traditional classroom, and they can attend the classes as per their convenience.
Online degrees / online courses offered at Quinsigamond Community College include Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science, General Studies, CSET – Forensics Option, CIS – Programming, Liberal Arts, CSET – PC Specialist, Hotel/Restaurant Management, and Law Enforcement.
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Freshman students seeking admission to Quinsigamond Community College must submit a completed application form along with their official high school transcripts. Students need to take the English and Math Assessment Test to decide placement in those areas before course selection.
International students are encouraged to apply for admission. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) to provide a proof of their English language proficiency.
QCC offers a variety of financial aid programs for students who are unable to meet their educational expenses. The assistance is provided on the basis of merit. The College provides financial aid through various mediums such as grants, scholarships, loans, and federal work study programs. The federal and state grants include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, MA Cash Grant, MASSGrant, Massachusetts Part-time Grant, Performance Bonus Grant, MA Public Service Grant, Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant, and Academic Competitiveness Grant.
Scholarships offered at QCC include the Carmen Tobin Nursing Scholarship, Carol Lawson Memorial Scholarship, Deceased Public Servant Memorial Scholarship, Fairlawn Foundation Scholarship, Firefighter Memorial Scholarship, Intel Scholars Program, and J. Allan Chupka Memorial Scholarship. The College also offers Federal Direct Loans and Massachusetts No Interest Loan to assist the students.
The Federal Work Study program at QCC provides a brilliant opportunity for students with financial need to work in part-time jobs, up to 20 hours per week. It helps students earn money to pay for college, and at the same time also gain some work experience in their field of interest.
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Student life at Quinsigamond is fun and engaging. It opens up a world of experience for students. The Fuller Student Center is where you can connect with other students, contribute to the student newspaper, join a club or get involved with the Student Senate. The wide range of student activities, both on and off-campus provides the opportunity to build leadership skills, share ideas, expand horizons, and meet interesting people.
Some of the student clubs and organizations include the Asian American Student Organization, Phi Theta Kappa, the International Black Student Union, Honor Society for Community and Junior Colleges, Chess Club, Criminal Justice Club, Pride Alliance, Programming Committee, Dental Hygiene Club, Engineering Club, Psychology Club, Radiologic Technology Club, Human Services Club, Latino Student Organization, Nursing Club, Student Senate, Occupational Therapy Club, and Hotel and Restaurant Management Association.
The Open Door is the student-run newspaper of Quinsigamond Community College. It features campus news and other important information.
Quinsigamond Community College is essentially a commuter campus. QCC offers a plethora of support services in tutoring, independent research, advising, and career planning, among others. The campus is home to four tutoring centers, the Alden Library, Disability Services Centre, Individualized Learning Center, and the Harrington Computer Center. Support services help ensure that students successfully meet their personal and academic goals.
The Counseling Center at Quinsigamond provides free and confidential counseling to the students in diverse topics. The professional staff helps students manage stress in their personal and professional life during their stay at QCC. The counseling services are dedicated to promoting the emotional well-being of students.
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Quinsigamond’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports. QCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The athletic teams are nicknamed Wyverns and Lady Wyverns. The colors are White and Blue. QCC has a tradition of fielding regionally and nationally competitive athletic teams in men’s and women’s baseball and basketball. Their baseball team won the New England Junior College Baseball Championship, from 2001 to 2003, advancing to the NJCAA World Series each year.
- Brooke Brodack, Noted filmmaker
- Tanyon Sturtze, Noted Major League baseball player
- Magdalena Rivas, Contestant on America’s Next Top Model
- Jay Cutler, Professional bodybuilder and Mr. Olympia
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Quinsigamond’s Career placement center has a wide variety of resources to help with identifying career opportunities, acquiring work experience, finding latest information on the current job market trends, and developing job search skills for a successful shift from college to work.
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