Quinsigamond Community College
|President||Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D.|
|Location||Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
|Colors||White and blue|
|Nickname||Wyverns (male), Lady Wyverns (female)|
Quinsigamond Community College (colloq: QCC, Quinsig) is a public, two-year academic institution in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. A commuter school, the college has an enrollment of over 13,000 students in its Associate degree and certification programs. A number of students are enrolled in transfer programs with the intent of continuing on to a four-year college or university, often the University of Massachusetts Amherst or Worcester State University through guaranteed-acceptance programs.
Founded in 1963, QCC occupies the Greendale campus formerly owned by Assumption College. The College maintains multiple satellite locations in Downtown Worcester, Southbridge, MA, Marlborough, and Blackstone Valley. QCC offers day, evening, and online classes and over 120 degree and certificate programs.
QCC is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. Individual programs of study are also fully accredited by various agencies. These include the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education, The Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education
Quinsigamond Community College's Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education offers high value, low cost training programs that enable individuals to learn new skills which can be applied immediately on the job or utilized for future professional development. The focus is to provide the practical skills that can help participants improve competencies, secure employment, and experience personal enrichment. The Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education works closely with companies and organizations so that that they meet their specific organizational goals. An example of corporate partnerships include custom programs from work-based ESL to essential management skills for healthcare, manufacturing and technology professionals. The expert instructors have facilitation skills that make learning fun while providing participants with rich content relevant to a client's personal and industry specific needs.
In 2010, QCC athletes became Wyverns, symbols of the House of Wessex. "A wyvern is a two-legged winged dragon-serpent that can still be seen around former Anglo-Saxon kingdoms like Worcestershire [England]," for which Worcester, Massachusetts is named.
- Richie Barker: Major League baseball player
- John Binienda: member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
- Brooke Brodack: amateur filmmaker, known for YouTube videos
- Jay Cutler: professional bodybuilder and four-time Mr. Olympia
- Michael O. Moore: Massachusetts State Senator for the Second Worcester District
- Magdalena Rivas: contestant on America's Next Top Model (Cycle 3)
- Tanyon Sturtze: Major League baseball player
- "Quinsigamond Community College Fall 2014 Enrollment Report" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-01-12.
- "About QCC". Retrieved 2016-01-12.
- "CENTER FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION - SPRING 2016" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-01-12.
- Schoenberg, Shira (2015-08-15). "Quinsigamond Community College wins key role in $600 million effort to develop photonics industry". MassLive.com. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
- Glenn Arthur Pierce, Naming Rites: A Biographical History of North American Team Names (n.p.: N&N Authoring, 2015): 34