QvCC Announces Fall Semester Dean’s List

A total of 187 students from 55 CT towns received the recognition.  

DANIELSON—Quinebaug Valley Community College has announced the names of those students who qualified for the Dean’s List for the Fall 2022 semester. Students enrolled in a certificate or degree program who have earned a semester grade point average of 3.4 or higher and have successfully completed 12 or more credits, or have earned 12 credits cumulatively over multiple semesters, are eligible for this academic honor.   

The college offers more than 50 associate degrees and certificates, from business, early childhood education and cybersecurity to advanced manufacturing and allied health programs. 

Quinebaug is among 12 community colleges in Connecticut merging July 1, 2023 to become CT State Community College, one of the largest community colleges in the country and largest in New England, dedicated to quality, access and affordability. CT State students will be able to apply once and take classes at any campus. Other locations include Asnuntuck (Enfield), Capital (Hartford), Gateway (New Haven and North Haven), Housatonic (Bridgeport), Manchester, Middlesex (Middletown and Meriden), Naugatuck Valley (Waterbury and Danbury), Northwestern (Winsted), Norwalk, Three Rivers (Norwich), and Tunxis (Farmington). Find out more at



(Students reside in Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Central Village, Columbia, Danielson, Dayville, East Killingly, Eastford, Griswold, Hampton, Hartford, Jewett City, Killingly, Lebanon, Mansfield Center, Marlborough, Middletown, Mooseup, North Grosvenordale, Plainfield, Pomfret Center, Putnam, Rogers, Sterling, Thompson, Uncasville, Voluntown, Waterbury, Wauregan, Willimantic, Windam, Woodstock & Woodstock Valley, as well as Massachusetts and Rhode Island towns.)              

Quinebaug Valley Community College Dean’s List, Fall 2022 Semester 


  • Caitlin Boyce              
  • Autumn Mahoney                  
  • Eco Manso – Rich                   
  • Jesse Murray              


  • Benjamin Bellavance             
  • Shelby Bradley           
  • Alyssa Bradley            
  • Roger Brown              
  • Savannah Buisson                  
  • Kaylin Caissie             
  • Murphy Chace           
  • Hannah Clark             
  • Robert Dearing                      
  • Colton Douglas                      
  • Jennifer Greene                     
  • Kelvin Grisales            
  • Brooke Harrington                 
  • Shealyn Harvey                      
  • Denis Hickey              
  • Sage Lamparelli                      
  • Lui Maldonado                       
  • Jeremiah Marion                   
  • Hector Morales                      
  • Ann Nurse                  
  • Aaron Powell             
  • Derrick Raboin           
  • Ali Richard                  
  • Noel Rodriguez                      
  • Luis Rojas                   
  • Stormy Sawallich                   
  • Anwar Shakir              
  • Edward Simpson                    
  • Emma Turner             
  • Kenneth Weatherspoon                    
  • Emily Zmayefski                     


  • Emma Curtis              
  • Jenna Davidson                      
  • Sarah Farland             
  • Emmalee Fritzsche                 
  • Haley Gault                
  • Skyla Lindell               

Central Village                         

  • Shania Scharlack                    
  • Madison Tatro           


  • Robert Kimmerling    


  • Maegan Borella                     
  • Payton Cathell           
  • Melissa Clark              
  • Antoniy Dzyuba                     
  • Dmitriy Dzyuba                      
  • Lennon Giambattista             
  • Tate Larrow                
  • Kenna Lavallee                       
  • Angel Lewis                
  • Ethan Miller               
  • Lisa Parsons               
  • Julia Revellese            
  • Patricia Schnatter                  
  • Ryan Schnatter                      
  • Heather Speer            
  • Kathryn Strangman                
  • Victoria Trudeau-Mungham              
  • Kaitlin Whalen           
  • Laylah Zea                              


  • Khamvongsouk Bandith                     
  • Sabrina Berard                       
  • Philip Davis                
  • Tina Fitts                    
  • Nicholas Hindle                      
  • Chase LeClerc             
  • Tatiana Lenskaya                   
  • Krystal Maclure                      
  • Colin Nadeau             
  • Gianna Ormstead                  
  • Olivia Pigeon              
  • Heather Souza           
  • Kelsey Tichenor                     

 East Killingly              

  • Rachel Sanchas                      


  • Lee Schiavetti             
  • Yves Tercius               


  • Jessica Morrissette                


  • Yael Garcia                 
  • Danielle Greene                     


  • Rachel Inzana             
  • Javier Reyes               

Jewett City                   

  • Guerthie Dunois-Pierre                         


  • Jessika Laroux            


  • Benjamin Purvins                   

Mansfield Center                    

  • Arielle Hernandez                  
  • Gary Komery                 


  • Taryn Olin                  


  • Alexander Marzullo               


  • Sarah Chamberland               
  • Candace Ciotola                     
  • Robert Perez-Torres              
  • Kennedy Shippee                   
  • Kylie Shippee             
  • Jessica Williams                     

North Grosvenordale              

  • Lacey Allard               
  • Bryan Erickson           
  • Rebecca Giles             
  • Lindsey Houghton                     


  • Izabella Barrett                      
  • Carson Belisle            
  • Kristin Hawkins                      
  • Brittney Murphy                    
  • Ryan Saros                 
  • Timothy Sweet                       
  • Ryan Weldy                
  • Abigale Wilcox           

Pomfret Center                       

  • Hannah Dean             
  • Emma Hayden           
  • Iryna Huling               
  • Julia Scandalito                      
  • Ramsey Tarabishy                  


  • Kensington Boyer                  
  • Roger Brodeur           
  • Jinni Chakkalakkal                  
  • Kelly Chambers                      
  • Ian Dakers                  
  • Kerryann Frenier                    
  • Hazel Glaude              
  • Selah Hall                   
  • Anna Ionkin                
  • Ethan Key                   
  • Brandon Lynch                       
  • Katy Maryanov                      
  • Haddijatou Mbye                   
  • Hannah Prestas                      
  • Evelin Rivera              
  • Kenneth Ryan            
  • Jonathan Surowaniec            
  • Jacob Tatro                
  • Alison Tourtellotte                 
  • Hunter Vanasse                        


  • Alyssa Gaudreau                    
  • Alyssa Hansen            


  • Denise Chartier                      
  • Maggie Fallon            
  • Myia Harris                
  • Megan Hart                
  • Olivia LaRose              
  • Nina Mendez             
  • Zachary Moore                      
  • Faith Smith                 
  • Joseph Thompson                  


  • Lynn Beaudoin                       
  • Serena Cappello                     
  • Lucy Chappell             
  • Mckayla Noonan                    
  • Anastasia Ramos                       


  • Emily Mirante               


  • Adam Eaton               


  • John Carr                    


  • Chandler Hebert                    


  • Owen Delgado           
  • Jenifer Diaz-Hernandez                     
  • Carolina Feliz             
  • Geisha Gonzalez                    
  • Valeria Martinez-Rentas                    
  • Miguel Nieves            
  • Alicia Springer            
  • Lorena Torres Rosales           


  • Ashley Licata              
  • Katarzyna Shamshad             


  • Paige Audet               
  • Julian Baracz              
  • Paige Campbell                      
  • Kiona Carpenter                     
  • Aurora Charlton                     
  • Matthew Gianfriddo              
  • Benjamin Green                     
  • Hailey Klar                  
  • Cassandra Klingensmith                    
  • Caleb Koleszar           
  • Nicholas Majewski                 
  • Alina Michalski                       
  • Evan Odorski              

Woodstock Valley                   

  • Isabelle Shead            
  • Kadin Shepard

OUT OF STATE            



  • Cole Komssi   


  • Brett Spiewakowski               


  • Jacob Scotti    


  • Chase Chandler                      
  • Luis Mateo Calderon             
  • Jennifer McKinstry                 

-Rhode Island          


  • Jessica Matthias

CT State Swears In First Chief of Police 

T State Community College's first chief of police Chris Chute (center) is sworn in by Chris Watson, state's attorney as his mother Norma Chute (left) looks on

CT State Community College’s first chief of police Chris Chute (center) is sworn in by Chris Watson, state’s attorney as his mother Norma Chute (left) looks on.

Connecticut native Christopher Chute is now Connecticut State Community College’s inaugural chief of police following a public swearing-in ceremony today at Naugatuck Valley Community College.

The event included students, faculty and staff from Connecticut State Community College’s (CT State) 12 community colleges, Chute’s family, and police and municipal leaders from throughout Connecticut. Chute’s appointment, which was approved by the Board of Regents for Higher Education, is effective immediately.

Chute will assume a role leading safety, security and law enforcement and emergency preparedness for Connecticut’s 12 community colleges across 18 locations, with about 5,000 employees and close to 60,000 credit and non-credit students each year.

“This position is a critical step forward as we continue toward merging our 12 community colleges into a single CT State,” said CT State President John Maduko, M.D. “The priorities of this position are essential to ensuring protection, quality of campus life, and fair and equitable treatment for all members of our campus communities.”

“We are excited to have someone with such a solid background and influence in his field joining our team in this important role,” added Rob Steinmetz, Ed.D., CT State’s executive vice president of college services and student affairs. “His extensive experience in Connecticut, dedication to the larger community, and leadership acumen make him well-suited for the scope and responsibilities of this position.”

In his new position, Chute will work closely with campus police and security staff, leaders, faculty, staff, and students to continue ensuring that the colleges are safe and secure places to learn, work and collaborate. He will also lead the department in the implementation of best practices and innovative approaches in public safety, including the standardization of policies, procedures, and preparedness while expanding the use of technology and emphasizing the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion.

“I promise to lead and build this police department to serve the needs of each campus across the state, and to instill integrity, professionalism, transparency, and accountability,” said Chute, who will spend his first few weeks visiting campuses and listening to stakeholders. “I am committed to implementing policies and practices that will provide the best public safety for this educational system.”

Chute has more than 26 years of experience in progressively responsible roles within the New Britain Police Department. For the past four years, he has served as chief of police, where he initiated and implemented several community outreach projects and led the organization through organizational changes before his retirement in January. He has also developed curriculum and taught as an adjunct instructor at two Connecticut universities at the undergraduate and graduate level, and is a certified instructor for the Police Standards and Training Council.

Chute holds a master’s degree in computer information technology and a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration. He also holds professional certificates as a certified forensic computer examiner and certified polygraph examiner.

About CT State 

The 12 community colleges in Connecticut are merging on July 1, 2023 to become CT State Community College, one of the largest community colleges in the country and largest in New England, dedicated to quality, access and affordability. CT State students will be able to apply once and take classes at any campus. Locations include Asnuntuck (Enfield), Capital (Hartford), Gateway (New Haven and North Haven), Housatonic (Bridgeport), Manchester, Middlesex (Middletown & Meriden), Naugatuck Valley (Waterbury and Danbury), Northwestern (Winsted), Norwalk, Quinebaug Valley (Danielson and Willimantic), Three Rivers (Norwich), and Tunxis (Farmington). Find out more at CT State’s central office is located in New Britain.

Contacts:Ann Harrison,; Melissa Lamar, 860-773-1407,

QVCC receives grant to support and expand Certified Nurse Aide and Medical Assisting

chefa logoEfforts to grow and diversify Connecticut’s healthcare workforce received a major boost when the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) made several significant grant commitments to support recruitment, retention, and diversification initiatives throughout the state.

Over $220,000 was collectively awarded to Stamford Hospital, the University of New Haven, and the Norwalk Hospital Association to implement a community health worker program, increase access to necessary dental hygiene treatments for underserved populations, and support career opportunities for individuals who might otherwise face barriers to employment.

Quinebaug Valley Community College and Capital Community College also received grants totaling over $120,000 to support and expand their allied health and nursing programming.

Betty Sugerman Weintraub, Manager of Grant Programs and Philanthropic Outreach stated “As one of the only statewide philanthropic entities that makes significant awards for capital and programmatic expenses, CHEFA is uniquely positioned to support nonprofit organizations and the constituents they serve throughout the state. These recent grant awards demonstrate CHEFA’s commitment to enhancing the prosperity and welfare of all Connecticut’s residents.”

Saint Francis Hospital received over $70,000 to support innovative interventions and hold evening cooking classes where patients and their family members will learn new recipes using prescribed ingredients and interact with other residents taking positive steps to improve their health.

The University of Bridgeport also received a major commitment of $75,000 to make improvements to its STEM on Wheels Bus. The new equipment and bus improvements will enhance STEM programming and the hands-on learning experiences offered to nearly 1,000 K-12th grade students in Bridgeport.

Jeanette W. Weldon, Executive Director for CHEFA stated “These recent grant commitments not only demonstrate the invaluable role CHEFA plays by providing philanthropic support to residents throughout Connecticut, but they also demonstrate the widespread impact CHEFA programming has in driving economic and social mobility for Connecticut residents on a statewide basis.”

Contact: Betty Sugerman Weintraub
CHEFA Manager of Grant Programs and Philanthropic Outreach
(860) 761-8428

16th Annual Julius Sokenu Poetry Awards Night at QvCC with Honored Guest, Edgar Kunz

Edgar Kunz standing in front of blue wall
Photo Credit: Ariana Mygatt

DANIELSON, CT — Quinebaug Valley Community College will hold its 16th Annual Julius Sokenu Poetry Prize Celebration beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday April 27th in the Robert E. Miller Auditorium at 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT, 06239. The event will feature a reading by award-winning student poets and honored guest Edgar Kunz.

Edgar Kunz, a Connecticut native and former community college student, is the author of Tap Out (Mariner, 2019) and Fixer (Ecco, 2023). He has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow, and a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His poems have appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and Oxford American. He lives in Baltimore and teaches at Goucher College.

The Julius Sokenu Poetry Awards is a lively annual event honoring the best student poetry in English and Spanish at Quinebaug Valley Community College and at the Quinebaug Middle College. The event is sponsored by the QVCC Foundation, Cultural Programming Committee, Department of English, Department of Spanish, EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College, and the QVCC Student Government Association, as well as generous Julius Sokenu Poetry Prize donors. The event is free and open to the public. Sandwiches, hors d’oeuvres, sweets, and cool beverages will be provided.

For more information contact Professor of English Jon Andersen at

or Interim Academic Division Director Elkin Espitia-Loaiza, at

Don’t Wait! Tuition Due Now

Tuition and fees for spring semester classes are due now. It is not too late to apply for financial aid; visit In addition to direct payment, tuition can be paid by financial aid, waivers (such as veterans benefits), third party deferments (employers, outside vendors, etc.) and payment plans. Connect with your Bursar’s/Cashier’s office for more information; your Financial Aid office also has information on educational loans. Ensure your spring schedule today; go to the Payments page for more information.

Registration Open for Spring Semester at CT’s Community Colleges

Credit registration for the Spring 2023 semester is in progress at Connecticut’s 12 community colleges.

Credit classes start on January 20 with a mix of on-campus, online, and hybrid course options.

Students intending to attend a Connecticut community college for the first time should start by applying online. Applications for the upcoming Spring 2023 semester can be found at

Connecticut’s community colleges offer hundreds of associate degrees and certificates as well as career training certifications that prepare students for transfer to four-year degrees and transition into the workforce with such programs as advanced manufacturing technology, business, cybersecurity, data science, early childhood education, information technology, health care, pathway to teaching careers, and technology. Students can complete a certificate in as little as six months, and a degree in two years.

Student support services, job placement assistance and financial aid are available. Prospective credit students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Registration for career training certifications is ongoing, with programs and classes in health care, information technology, manufacturing, real estate, culinary, veterinary assistant, and more. Scholarships for information technology, health care and manufacturing classes are available through CareerConneCT. Certified dislocated workers and those receiving SNAP assistance may also be eligible for scholarships and tuition waivers for many continuing education programs. Some programs are approved for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding through the CT Department of Labor. For more information, visit

About CT State 

The 12 community colleges in Connecticut are merging in 2023 to become CT State Community College, one of the largest community colleges in the country and largest in New England, dedicated to quality, access and affordability. CT State students will be able to apply once and take classes at any campus. Locations include Asnuntuck (Enfield), Capital (Hartford), Gateway (New Haven and North Haven), Housatonic (Bridgeport), Manchester, Middlesex (Middletown and Meriden), Naugatuck Valley (Waterbury and Danbury), Northwestern (Winsted), Norwalk, Quinebaug Valley (Danielson and Willimantic), Three Rivers (Norwich), and Tunxis (Farmington). Find out more at


For Immediate Release: 21 December 2022
Contact Melissa Lamar, Director of Marketing & Public Relations
W 860-773-1407
CT State Marketing Department

The 30th Annual QVCC Foundation Golf Tournament

THANK YOU to everyone who made The QVCC Foundation’s 30th Annual Golf Tournament a HUGE success!

On September 21, 2022, the QVCC Foundation hosted its 30th Annual Golf Tournament at Connecticut National Golf Club in Putnam, CT. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and players, the Foundation raised over $80,000 at this year’s outing. Funds from this event will support local students attending Quinebaug Valley Community College.

Tournament Results

1st Place – Roger Noll, Jonah Dupuis, Sean Vigue, Pat Kozelka – Score of 52
2nd Place – Jim Dandeneau, Debbie Dandeneau, Ryan Dandeneau, Jon Kantorski – Score of 57 (matching cards)
3rd Place – Tom Harney, Todd Porier, Mike Durand, Alan Balavender – Score of 57 (matching cards)

Middle of the Pack – Dick Loomis, Lynn Converse, Pat O’Brien, Courtney Ravenelle

Long Drive Women – Michelle Kile
Long Drive Men – Dave Apuzzo

Closest to Pin #7 – Dennis Mills – 1 foot 9 inches
Closest to Pin #9 – Roger Noll – 1 foot 2 inches
Closest to Pin #11 – Andre Lavoie – 2 feet 3 inches

Eagle on 8 – Team Gaudreau (David Gaudreau, Tyler Gaudreau, Richard Gaudreau, Steve Kempain)
Eagle on 13 – Team Dandeneau (Jim Dandeneau, Debbie Dandeneau, Ryan Dandeneau, Jon Kantorski)
Eagle on 18 – Team Cardinal (Trevor Cardinal, Andre Lavoie, Mark Lowell, Jeremy Hendrickson)




Tackle the Trail Returns to Northeast CT on October 15th

Tackle the Trail ESL team Tackle the Trail JR Tackle the Trail photo1

On Saturday, October 15th, runners from twenty-one states and two countries will take part in Tackle the Trail™, a trail race along the scenic Airline Trail in Northeast Connecticut. Tackle the Trail™ embodies the idea of a community event with 150 volunteers supporting a course that runs through the towns of Windham, Pomfret and Putnam, CT. Celebrating its ninth year, this annual event features marathon, half-marathon, and relay team options, as well as TackleJR, a half-mile youth race that ends at the official Tackle the Trail finish line.

Individuals and up to 5-person relay teams will enjoy the quiet solitude of nature with bursts of energetic and supportive volunteers at 4 relay stations during this point-to-point race. Individual runners can choose between the marathon and half-marathon course options for a fun and challenging experience with mixed terrain including some single-track technical sections. In addition to prizes for the top runners in each event, all finishers will receive race medals, complimentary food, and free beverages from brews sponsor Michelob Ultra. Following the finish line festival, runners are encouraged to explore the quaint but lively communities of Northeast CT, including the many fall festivals that coincide with race weekend.

Tackle the Trail™ serves as a major fundraiser for the Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation and benefits students attending the Danielson and Willimantic campuses of Quinebaug Valley Community College. This cause, coupled with the event’s promotion of wellness, attracts the support of many sponsors on the local and national level. Race sponsor Whitcraft Group has supported the event since its inception in 2014 and has demonstrated the company’s commitment to employee health and wellness, with over 200 employees participating in the race over the event’s nine years. Community and youth wellness is also a motivator for TackleJR sponsor the Newell D. Hale Foundation, a charitable body known for their support of access to healthy activities and education for children. Sponsor support like this ensures healthier communities and future Tackle the Trail™ runners for generations to come.

Those interested in running at this year’s Tackle the Trail™ are encouraged to sign up before the registration deadline of September 25. For more information or to register, visit

Monique Wolanin
Race Director
742 Upper Maple Street
Danielson, CT 06239
(860) 932-4174

The QVCC Foundation Mission is to raise funds, so all residents of northeast Connecticut have the opportunity to attend QVCC regardless of income and to support educational excellence, technological advancement, and professional development at the College. The Foundation also serves as the Regional Advisory Council to the College.  


Hispanic Heritage Month at QVCC: Bomba Workshop and Performance with the Sonia Plumb Dance Company and Movimiento Cultural 

WILLIMANTIC AND DANIELSON, CT — Quinebaug Valley Community College is pleased to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which is annually celebrated from September 15 to October 15, with two Bomba workshops and performances by Movimiento Cultural and the Sonia Plumb Dance Company.

The first performance will be held on Thursday, September 15, from 7 to 8 pm near QVCC’s Willimantic Center at 729 Main Street during the city’s Third Thursday Street Festival. The second performance will be held on Thursday, October 20, at 12:30 – 2:00 pm on the cafeteria patio on the main campus, located at 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT.

Movimiento Cultural is a community-based nonprofit that seeks to educate people across Connecticut about Puerto Rico’s rich African-based folklore, music, dance, and other art forms, especially the Bomba, which is the oldest Puerto Rican dance and music style rooted in resistance and dating back to the days of slavery, while strengthening racial understanding and relationships. The Sonia Plumb Dance Company’s mission is to “awaken, enrich, and educate communities to diverse perspectives of our world” through the lens of modern dance.

The event is organized and sponsored by the QVCC Cultural Programming Committee.

For more information, contact Interim Academic Division Director Elkin Espitia-Loaiza at or Jon Andersen


Connecticut Has Best Community College System in U.S.

CT State Wallet Hub Best Community CollegesConnecticut’s community college system, was ranked No. 1 in the nation by WalletHub this week, and several of the community colleges ranked among the top 15 in the country in the financial website’s reports on community colleges and state-by-state community college system rankings.

Of the 677 colleges on the list, four Connecticut community colleges ranked in the top 15 nationally:

  • Naugatuck Valley Community College (10th Place)
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College (11th Place)
  • Manchester Community College (12th Place)
  • Capital Community College (15th Place)

The state ranking of colleges is based on an analysis of a WalletHub “2022’s Best & Worst Community Colleges”   report released this week at a time of rising inflation and individuals looking for ways to stretch their budgets while increasing educational and career opportunities. More information on the “2022’s Best and Worst Community College Systems” ranking is available here.

To determine where students can receive the best education at the lowest tuition rates, the website compared 677 community colleges nationwide across 19 key indicators of cost and quality. The data set ranges from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio and graduation rate. For the state-by-state analysis, WalletHub calculated a weighted average of the scores earned by the community colleges in each state and the number of students enrolled at each college.

Credit registration for the fall 2022 semester is in progress at the 12 Connecticut community colleges, with hundreds of degree options that prepare students for transfer to four-year degrees and transition into the workforce with programs in health care, manufacturing, information technology, early childhood education, business, and more. Most of the colleges also offer English as a second language certificates for non-English speakers looking to start on their path to an associate degree. A variety of class formats are available including on-ground, online and hybrid.

There is still time to apply and register for Connecticut’s free community college program, PACT. Prospective students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, apply and register for classes. The FAFSA can be submitted online at For more eligibility information and details on PACT, visit

The 12 community colleges in Connecticut are merging in 2023 to become CT State Community College, one of the largest community colleges in the country and largest in New England, dedicated to quality, access and affordability. CT State students will be able to apply once and take classes at any campus. Locations include Asnuntuck (Enfield), Capital (Hartford), Gateway (New Haven and North Haven), Housatonic (Bridgeport), Manchester, Middlesex (Middletown and Meriden), Naugatuck Valley (Waterbury and Danbury), Northwestern (Winsted), Norwalk, Quinebaug Valley (Danielson and Willimantic), Three Rivers (Norwich), and Tunxis (Farmington).