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QCC e-News The Campus Newsletter of Quinsigamond Community College

QCC Awarded Funding from $20 Million MA Department of Labor Grant; Is Lead Institution in Management of Grant

October 2011

Dale Allen,Vice President for Community Engagement

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QCC has been awarded funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Labor for QCCs Project, Massachusetts Community College and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MACCWDTA). The grant award, announced September 26, will disburse $20 Million over three years, to 15 community colleges and will seek to create innovative and collaborative, statewide change in the delivery system of high quality education and training programs for workers eligible under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (TAA). Six key industry sectors have been targeted that reflect the strategic economic development plan of the Commonwealth: Life Sciences and Biotechnology; Information Technology; Health Care; Clean Energy; Advanced Manufacturing; and Financial Services and Entrepreneurship.

The priorities targeted by MACCWDTA are to: 1) accelerate educational progress for low skilled and other workers,2) improve retention and achievement rates to reduce time to completion,3) build programs that meet industry needs, including developing shared state-wide and curriculum and career pathways and,4) strengthen online and technology enabled learning. The target population to be served by the innovative programming includes a minimum of 4,000 TAA eligible and other eligible individuals, and will prioritize service to veterans and eligible spouses under the Jobs for Veterans Act.Quinsigamond Community College will be the lead institution in managing the grant. Community Colleges are the engines that drive economic growth and development, stated Dale Allen, Vice President for Community Engagement at QCC. This DOL grant will fund the Massachusetts Community College and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda to ensure that we are able to bring training and workforce assistance to the people that are in the best positions to succeed, and move the Commonwealth into economic recovery. The project also seeks to engage industry and employee partners that have been previously identified by outreach efforts: Partners HealthCare, Baystate Health, MA Community Health Care Centers Association, University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, MA Biomed Foundation, MS Biomedical Initiative, Fast Cap, Conservation Services Group, MA Hospital Association, Absolute Green Energy and METSO Automation North America.A "road show" to publicize the grant award has been scheduled and will include local cable tv and radio stations.

President Gail Carberry

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Campus News Send us your news! We want to hear whats happening in your department and with your students or staff. Submit information at www.QCC.edu/newsletter.html. Events, awards, success stories... We want to share your news with the entire QCC community. The deadline for the November e-newsletter is November 10, 2011.

Professor Dadbeh Bigonahy Attends Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society From October 12 through 15, Dadbeh Bigonahy, Coordinator of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Sciences Programs attended a four-day conference in Hartford, CT, hosted by the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). The four-day conference attracted over 3,000 attendees for the second consecutive year. The theme this year was Fostering Collaborative Academic, Clinical, and Industrial Research in Biomedical Engineering. The outstanding program of presentations, poster sessions, and professional discussions highlighted the latest advances in both basic and translational research. The student program included several career related activities including an alumni panel, a resume review and writing workshop, and career fair. There were undergraduate and graduate technical sessions and design project sessions as well as special sessions for BMES student chapters. A Professional Development workshop provided students and early career workers with insights on what skills made the speakers marketable in the workforce.Of particular note, Professor Bigonahy was the only community college faculty member in attendance. When he spoke of the quality and rigor of QCCs program, WPI colleagues concurred wholeheartedly, due to the huge success of the articulation agreement with WPI. In addition, there was great interest from many prestigious four-year institutions to pursue transfer agreements with QCC in the near future. The 6,500 member-strong BMES has invited QCC to to become the FIRST community college member and to establish the FIRST community college member student chapter. Congratulations to the Basic Engineering program, to all of the faculty and students and especially to Professor Bigonahy for his leadership and tireless advocacy on behalf of his students!

Career Placement Services, Transfer & Liberal Arts Programs Hosts Discussion Seven panel members from a cross-section of business fields were guests of Career Placement Services, Transfer and Liberal Arts Programs panel discussion event, What Can I Do with My Liberal Arts Degree? Guests from local businesses spoke to the crowd gathered at the HLC on October 19 about career opportunities for students with Liberal Arts degrees and specifically how their degree helped them create a path to their current career. (QCCs own Hadley Camilus, Senior Admissions Coordinator, was also a panel member.)

Financial Aid Office Features Scholarship of the Week Opportunity Each week, the Financial Aid Office will feature a new external scholarship opportunity, posted to the bulletin board outside of the Financial Aid Office, Room 165A. The Financial Aid Office is calling the promotion the Scholarship of the Week which will also be available on The Q at the Financial Services Page, under scholarship details. Please encourage students to check out the bulletin board for each new opportunity.

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Campus News

TEC Staff Holds Food Drive On Saturday, October 15, the staff of the

Training and Education Center (TEC) held a food drive to benefit the Hudson Food Pantry, to introduce QCC to the community and also

illustrate QCCs support of their neighbors. TEC collected approximately $1,000 in greatly

needed food supplies. TEC offers many entry level training programs

and, when combined with community service projects like this one, hopes to continue to

contribute to the economic health and well-being of the residents who live and work near

QCCs newest campus location at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School.

Maria Kefallinou, Program Manager of the Adult Community Learning Center at TEC Recognized for Excellence Maria Kefallinou, Program Manager of the Adult Community Learning Center at TEC, is the recipient of the 2011 NISOD Excellence Award for her exemplary work in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and General Education Development (GED) programs at the Training and Education Center. The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is a consortium of over 700 community colleges and universities world-wide that has a 33-year history of recognizing faculty, staff and administrators for outstanding contributions to teaching, leadership and learning. Ms. Kefallinou was recognized for her work that includes looking at ways to close the achievement gap for English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) individuals and enhancing students success. To meet this goal, her program is currently piloting initiatives to integrate technology, curriculum and scheduling innovations. Under Ms. Kefallinous direction, the Adult Community Learning Center at CitySquare graduated 63 students this past year; the largest class of GED recipients in the programs history. In addition to her work as the Program Manager of the Adult Education Programs, she was a member of the statewide Counseling Task Force and has been a member of the statewide Policy to Performance Task Force since 2010. Ms. Kefallinou participated in the team work and effort that resulted in the successful submission and award of the DOL $20 million grant and will be assisting in the implementation of the programs that will impact ESL and ABE individuals. Congratulations Ms. Kefallinou!

QCC Supports Operation GratitudeFor the first year, QCC Dental programs, led by Barbara Dawidjan, are spearheading Operation Gratitude on the Worcester campus. Operation Gratitude, a candy collection project for care packages destined for U.S. Military, is being held in conjunction with Stanley Levenson, DMD, Worcester. Dr. Levensons practice has been registered to collect candy for the project for several years. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate Halloween candy in exchange for raffle prizes.QCCs collection will take place November 1, 2, and 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Collection boxes will be located in the Fuller Student Center and at the Dental Hygiene Clinic on the main campus at 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester. For more information or to donate, contact Barbara Dawidjan at bdawidjan@qcc.mass.edu.

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Campus News New Employee Luncheon Twenty new or newly promoted employees attended a luncheon in their honor on September 29. As is QCCs tradition, new staff are welcomed by President Carberry and HR staff and also have an opportunity to introduce themselves and get acquainted with their co-workers at a lovely lunc