New Job-Focused Training Programs Starting Soon

Two new job-focused training programs are starting this winter at Quinebaug Valley Community College.

A day-long Security Officer Certification training will be held Tuesday, February 6. The state of Connecticut requires this training course in order to obtain certification as a security officer. The curriculum provided by LJB Security Training is approved by the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection and covers all aspects of the security industry, including state laws. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a CT Guard Card.

Personal Care Attendant (PCA) training is an intense two-week program beginning March 5. Personal care attendants, also known as personal care aides or personal care assistants, help people living with physical or mental disabilities perform day-to-day activities and lead normal lives. The program will provide students with the training necessary to gain employment as a personal care attendant.  The class meets Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information on these and other job-focused training programs, contact Jessica Deojay at 860-932-4138 or

QVCC Foundation Offers $135,000 in Scholarships

The Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation is offering $135,000 in scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. The online application will be available on the QVCC website starting Thursday, February 1. With the rising cost of higher education, scholarships can provide a significant portion of tuition, fees, and books.

While most scholarships are available to new (incoming) students as well as returning students and require a minimum GPA of 3.0., several scholarships are designated for QVCC students graduating in May. The majority of scholarships have specific criteria that can be found in the descriptions on the college’s website.

Some scholarships have been set up by local businesses and families, while others are supported by local organizations. Three new scholarships will be awarded for the first time: John J. Sarnowski Memorial Scholarship, Louise Brown Memorial Scholarship, and Sommer Family Scholarship.

To apply for scholarships, students must submit an application – only available online – as well as a transcript, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. All materials must be submitted together to the Financial Aid Office at QVCC.

Scholarship applications are screened by an impartial committee from the QVCC Foundation based on the criteria of each scholarship. Awards are presented at the Foundation’s Scholarship Night on Wednesday, May 2. Last year 97 students were scholarship recipients.

Detailed information about scholarships as well as the application can be found at

Learn more about Kelly Cecchini – English Adjunct

English adjunct Kelly Cecchini has been actively involved and in the forefront of bridging the gap between high school readiness and college requirements. Her work in this field has been recognized on a local, state and national level.

She was asked to contribute a chapter to the newly published collaborative book, Deep Reading: Teaching Reading in the Writing Classroom.

Kelly was invited to speak on two panels at last year’s National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference in St. Louis. The first panel concerned authors’ respective chapters in Deep Reading. This included Kelly, Dr. Jason Courtmanche from UConn, and Dr. Sheridan Blau from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. The second was a National Writing Project panel which examined the grant (written by Kelly, Jason Courtmanche, and Amanda Lister from Manchester High School)  to provide professional development for argument writing at Manchester High School.

Kelly is currently working on getting grant funding for a new project (with Patrick Sullivan from MCC’s English department and Dr. Ellen Carrillo, director of first year writing at UConn, Waterbury), in which they hope to conduct interviews with high school students, community college students, and UConn seniors to examine when confidence in reading and writing ability – and love of reading/writing – falls off and why.

Saturday Spring Registration Day – January 6, 2018

saturday registration dayQVCC will host an admissions and registration day on Saturday, January 6, 9 – 2 p.m. at the Danielson campus and Windham Technical High School.

Academic advising services  will be available for students need some assistance choosing classes, selecting or changing a major or needing more information about transferring to or from the College.

Starting this Spring?

Apply to the College and start on January 17th!  Apply NOW or on-the-spot on the 6th for an immediate acceptance.  To begin the term on time,  bring your SAT/ACT scores or schedule to take your Basic Skills Assessment Test and New Student Workshop. Check out the accepted student checklist so you can be sure to register on time for the term.

Financial Aid:
If you need to apply for financial aid for the spring term, do it  NOW  .  Financial aid staff will be available for personal advising.  If you attended a different college in the fall, you will  need to update your financial aid information with the QVCC College Code: 010530


Your benefits enable you  to take both credit degree and certificate programs as well as many short-term career training classes. Meet with a member of the Veteran Services team today or on the 6th and get register.

Student Resources

Additional support services – disability services, tutoring, career services –  are available to new or continuing students.  Learn more about student life at the College.  There is a vibrant Student Government Association and events and clubs for all to participate in.  Join a club as a way to meet new people and build your resume.

Advanced Manufacturing Information Sessions – 10 and 11 a.m.

Get a career after two semesters of training.  Certificates include: Advanced Machine Manufacturing and Mechatronics. $100 scholarship upon enrollment and registration.


Contact the QVCC Student Success Center, 860.932.4020

Computer Lab Dedicated to Jan Hall on Dec. 7

Family, friends, and colleagues were in attendance today as the computer lab located in the east wing was dedicated to the memory of Janet Hall, a beloved professor of computer science who passed away in February after a short illness.

During her 20 years at QVCC Jan also served the college as a non-credit lecturer, adjunct faculty, and director of the Learning Center. She was recently honored by the college and named professor emerita of computer science.


IT Director Jarrod Borek (left) and Chris Parden, computer services program coordinator.


Jan’s sister-in-law Susan Hall (center) with Jan’s friends Meg Guerin (left) and Pam Henderson (right).

QVCC Manufacturing Student Interrupts Studies to Help in Puerto Rico Relief Effort

Ke Sherman, a student at Quinebaug Valley Community College, took a break from his studies on Sept. 29 to board a Connecticut Air National Guard C-130H cargo plane and head to Puerto Rico to help in the relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Sherman, a senior airman, was one of ten guardsmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing deployed to help plan and organize air transportation activities, such as loading and unloading personnel and cargo, delivering food and water, and medical evacuation. They joined another contingent from the 103rd who had arrived earlier to assist in establishing and maintaining communications equipment.

Stationed at the Puerto Rican Air National Guard base outside San Juan, alongside units from Missouri, Kentucky, and Georgia, Sherman spent a month on the island working 12-hour days to help with the arduous recovery process.

The amount of destruction and debris was overwhelming. “I have never seen such devastation,” said Sherman. “The forests and trees were gone, windows blown out, buildings flattened. Almost no electrical power. People lost everything.” Parts of the island were covered in eight feet of water. The surrounding ocean was contaminated, and a smell of sewage hung in the air.

While Sherman said the recovery teams are working day and night to unload and deliver food, water, and supplies, it will take many years for Puerto Rico to recover from the crisis.

Sherman, who lives in Putnam, is studying Advanced Manufacturing Technology at QVCC, hoping to catch up on what he missed during his deployment so he can complete the program and graduate in December.

His month in Puerto Rico was “a  humbling experience for me,” he said, that has made him look at things from a different perspective.

Released November 30, 2017

Talk on Social Justice: A Native Perspective – Nov. 29 at QVCC

Lorén Spears, a two-term tribal councilwoman and executive director of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, RI, will present a talk on Social Justice: A Native Perspective on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Quinebaug Valley Community College.

The Tomaquag Museum, which works to preserve and nurture indigenous culture and arts, received the prestigious 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Ms. Spears has herself been honored with the Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities for her “compelling work as an advocate of indigenous people’s history and cultural heritage in preservation, the arts, and education” and received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the University of Rhode Island. She founded the Indigenous Empowerment Network, an organization which “strives to eradicate poverty in the Indigenous Community…through education, cultural competency, job training, and employment….”

Ms. Spears will address indigenous history in the local area, particularly focusing on the Narragansetts and Niantics, and connect that history to present-day activism, while sharing cultural artifacts and insights.

This program is co-sponsored by On Cue: Culture & Conversations at QV, the Office of the President, and the Student Government Association. The talk will be held in the Fireside Lounge at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, please contact M’lyn Hines in the QVCC library at 860-932-4056 or

Released Nov. 22, 2018

QVCC Foundation Raises Over $125,000 This Fall

Whether it’s sponsoring a golf tournament or holding a road (trail) race, the Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation has a knack for successful fundraising – with the numbers to prove it.

This fall the Foundation raised over $125,000 during two highly successful annual events, money that will provide scholarships and other financial aid for QVCC students.

In September the Foundation’s 25th annual Golf Tournament, held for the first time at Connecticut National Country Club in Putnam, featured 36 teams, seven tournament sponsors, as well as 94 Gold, Silver, and Hole sponsors. Despite a last minute date change due to impending storms, the Foundation raised a record $82,000.

Tournament sponsors included 1st Alliance Lending, Gerardi Insurance Services, Jewett City Savings Bank, Weiss and Hale Financial, Westview Health Care Center, Foster Custom Compounds, and Putnam Plastics Corporation. First place went to the team of Kevin Cole, Robert Cloutier, Justin Cyr, and Mike Panteleakos. Second place went to Brendan Meehan, Jared Meehan, Ryan Salvas, and Mike Angeloff. Third place was taken by Tom Harney, Patrick Harney, Bill Poirier, and Todd Poirier.

Three and a half weeks later on October 21, Foundation members, assisted by 60 volunteers, hosted its 4th annual Tackle the Trail.

Sixty-five teams of varying sizes, as well as 30 individual runners, participated in the 20-mile trail race that winds through Pomfret, Hampton, Chaplin, Windham and ends in downtown Willimantic. Finishing first in the men’s division was John Xeller with a time of 2:11:16. Setting a course record for women, Amanda Rossolimo finished with a time of 2:21:39. Relay teams coming in first in their divisions were Zip’s Diner (men), Kristin & Vicky (women), and Pomfret School Team 1 (coed). Also setting a course record in the 13 and under category was the Pomfret Community School X Country team.

Strong community support for the event was evident by the number of sponsors (25), including race sponsor Whitcraft, and several in-kind donors. Also critical to the success of the event were the volunteers who manned crosswalks, helped with parking and other logistics, handed out water, and cheered on the runners. All participants enjoyed a post-race lunch and celebration at the Willimantic Elks.

Tackle the Trail raised another $45,000 for the Foundation.

Released Nov. 14, 2017

Dean’s Debate Series Tackles Controversial Topic

The second in the fall series of Dean’s Debates at Quinebaug Valley Community College, which examines the often contentious topic of abortion, will be held Wednesday, November 15, at 12:30 pm in the college’s auditorium.

Alfred Williams, dean of academic affairs and student services, and Heath Hightower, associate professor of human services will debate both sides of “Abortion is morally unjustified”, followed by a community cross-examination period when the audience can ask questions. These 45-minute Lincoln-Douglas style debates are designed to promote spirited and thoughtful civil discourse about a range of topics.

In addition, each of the debate series will include a post-debate community discussion about the topic, facilitated by Williams and Hightower. The public is invited to attend and join the conversation.

For additional information, please contact Heath Hightower at 860-932-4139 or

Released Nov. 2, 2017

New Scholarship Fund at QVCC Endowed on Veterans Day

The Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation recently announced that an endowed scholarship fund has been set up by a sister and brother to honor the memory of their father, his career in manufacturing, and his military service.

The John J. Sarnowski Memorial Scholarship is the gift of Lois Sarnowski Brower of Woodstock and her brother, Walter L. Sargent of Farmington. Their father, born in Bridgeport, Conn. in 1916, was a graduate of New Britain Trade School. In 1940 he started work as a machinist at the Wallace Barnes Division of Associated Spring in Bristol, Conn. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served as a machinist mate on the USS Shadwell, which was torpedoed in the Pacific Theater during World War II, but not destroyed. Upon his honorable discharge as a machinist mate 2nd class in 1944, he returned to Wallace Barnes, retiring in 1983 after 38 years with the company. He also served in his local Veterans Association and on various town committees.

The Sarnowski family tour the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center. Back row (L to R) Walter Sargent, Bill Brower, Steve LaPointe (director of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center) Front row (L to R) Sandy Sargent, President Carlee Drummer, Monique Wolanin (director of institutional advancement), Lois Brower


“The two things that meant the most to my father, in addition to his family, were his military service and his job,” said Lois Brower. Walter Sargent remembers as a child going to machining events with his father. “He loved machines,” said Sargent, commenting that the current equipment in the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center were just being thought about in his father’s day.

“All three Sarnowski children spent their careers in the field of education,” said Monique Wolanin, director of institutional advancement at QVCC. “This endowment reflects their belief, as well as their father’s, in the importance of education. That is one reason why they decided to endow this with the QVCC Foundation, whose mission is to provide access to education,” she added.

As a tribute to their father, a family man who took great pride in his job, his military service, and his country, the donors chose to endow the scholarship on Veterans Day.

Released Nov. 13, 2017