Graduate Debt-Free from QVCC with PACT Funding: Deadline to Qualify July 15

PACT (Pledge to Advance Connecticut)Quinebaug Valley Community college is eager to share that PACT (Pledge to Advance Connecticut) – Connecticut’s solution to debt-free college – has been funded. Eligible Connecticut residents can earn a degree or certificate from a community college without incurring debt, but they must apply, complete the FASFA, and register full-time for classes by July 15 for the fall semester.

PACT provides free tuition and fees for first-time, full-time college students who are residents of Connecticut and have graduated from a Connecticut high school program including GRE or home schooling. The program covers tuition and fees for 3 years or a maximum of 72 credits earned within those 3 years. By using PACT at QVCC, students can earn an Associate’s Degree and begin their careers or seamlessly move on to a Bachelor’s Degree program, all without incurring debt.

QVCC does not participate in Federal Student Loan programs and provides various course types (including fully online programs), career-focused programs, and transferrable credits. Located in the heart of the community, the College offers a welcoming campus equipped with outstanding faculty, several honor societies, over 20 student clubs, an active Student Government Association, and a variety of support and accessibility services. Students reap the benefits of a high-quality education at a fraction of the cost of a four-year college or university.

A debt-free education is even more attainable at QVCC thanks to the PACT program. For more information on the program and eligibility, visit QVCC staff is available to assist you and answer questions. Contact the Admissions Department at for help.


Advanced Manufacturing Program is Up and Running

Introduction to Machine Operator Program and Spring Credit Courses Resume On-Campus

Quinebaug Valley Community College closed campus on March 12th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most QVCC classes were able to resume online the week of March 23, but hands-on courses needing lab time needed a different solution.  QVCC Director of Advanced Manufacturing, Steve LaPointe received approval for a phase one re-opening of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC) by Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian in late May.  Using CDC guidelines, social distancing and safety precautions, the first group of students returned on June 2, and 12 students were able to complete their short-term training in Introduction to Machine Operator Program they began March 3.

The Introduction to Machine Operator Program, is a seven-week, 210 hour program through the Eastern Connecticut Manufacturing Pipeline, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor-Workforce Innovation Fund in partnership with the CT Department of Labor and the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board.  This was the 21st Pipeline program run at QVCC.  The training supports the hiring demands for Electric Boat, Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) and other manufacturers.  Mark Hill, interim president/CEO EWIB congratulated the students on their success, “Congratulations to QVCC and the Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative (MPI) students for completing the Machine Operator training program! Using on-line training and other creative options, they persevered in the training program in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The students acquired important skills which will help them in the job market in the future.”

On Monday June 8th, students who were enrolled in spring manufacturing courses started back at the lab to finish National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Credentials. Additional plans this summer include bringing Windham Early College Opportunity (ECO) students to campus starting July 6. ECO is a collaboration between QVCC and Windham High School, Willimantic, CT which provides a pathway of courses taught at Windham High School leading towards a QVCC certificate in Advanced Manufacturing.

LaPointe stated, “It is great to get up and running again at the College. The students in the Pipeline program were eager complete, as you can tell by their smiles (photo attached).” LaPointe also talked about the upcoming fall semester stating, “We will be running with half the capacity we normally run for a total of 24 students, dividing them between on-ground in the classroom and in the lab. Students who are interested in enrolling for fall should not delay.”

For additional information, contact Steve LaPointe, 860.932.4111 or

QVCC Celebrates Julius Sokenu Poetry Award Winners

Congratulations to the eleven Quinebaug Valley Community College students and five Quinebaug Middle College students who were recipients of this year’s Julius Sokenu Poetry Awards.

Sokenu, a longtime English professor at QVCC, left in 2007 to assume a position at Moorpark College in Ventura County, California, where he is currently interim executive vice president. His departure to California inspired the creation of an annual student poetry contest in his name. Sokenu’s poems have been published in Nimrod: International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Zone Magazine. His Master’s Thesis, East of Badagry, won the Glendon Swarthout Award at Arizona State University. He has been an artist on the roster of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, vice chair of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and Bosselaar Family Foundation poetry scholar at the Aspen Writers Conference.


First Prize: “We Are Not So Different from a Goose” by Taylor Lynn Copeland

Second: “Vision of a Red-Faced God” by John Bogue

Third: “Peephole” by Sara Green

Honorable Mention: “Holiness” by Celeste Fournier

Honorable Mention: “The Color Red” by Dakotah Dwyer-Matson


Spanish: Heritage Speakers

First: “Despedida de una amiga al cielo” by Joaris Santiago Cancel

Second: “No Encuentro Solución” by Fabian Sosa-Mangual


Spanish: Non-Heritage Speakers

First: “Rosas Simplemente Flores” by Rowan Coleman

Second: “Ascendencia Celestial” by Taylor Lynn Copeland

Third: “Cuando lo usemos” by Will Brin

Honorable Mention: “Sobre Amistad” by Caitlin Barclay



First: “To Forgive” by Jennifer Oldroyd

Second: “Trapped” by Andrew George

Third: “Silent Storms” by Abby Fowler

Honorable Mention: “Firefly” by Evey Wehner

Honorable Mention: “Alone” by Sierra Girard


Spanish Judges:

Maria Garcia Alvarez, Gloria Rivera, Jakob Spjut

English Judges

Scott DeShong, Michelle Jones, Jessica Porzuzcek, Mark Szantyr


QVCC Foundation Recognizes 2020 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to all 2020 QVCC Foundation Scholarship recipients! The QVCC Foundation is pleased to award over $135,000 in scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Thank you to our all of our donors who continue to support students in Northeast Connecticut and allow them the opportunity to receive an excellent education at QVCC.

While we are unable to congratulate our scholarship winners in person at our annual Scholarship Night, we are excited to announce this years recipients:

A.L. Simonds Memorial Scholarship        

Marshal Gohn
Jaylen Brinson
Julia Christensen

Alice and Lionel Romney Memorial Scholarship

Katherine Soto

Altrusa International of Northeastern Connecticut Scholarship

Yasmin Garcia

Archambault-Beauchamp Scholarship

Isabelle Croke
Katherine Soto

BankHOMETOWN Scholarship (Returning Student)

Breana Weidele
Brandon Steen
Natalia Reali
Shelby Pendleton
Hayley Kuhn
Lauryn Hart
Kevin Champagne
Kristina Dyba
Christiana Filbert
Allison Hall

BankHOMETOWN Scholarship (Transferring Student)

Korrin Durning
William Hamill
Kate Crescenzo

Barbara Morowski Memorial Scholarship

Hunter Caldwell

Betty and Newell Hale Scholarship

Rowan Coleman
Julia Boyce

Burke Memorial Scholarship

Garcia  Yasmin

David and Nancy Bull Scholarship

Olha Lacasse

David T. Britland Memorial Scholarship

Aaron Blanchflower

Day Kimball Healthcare Scholarship

Tarryn Desrosiers

Demers Family Scholarship

Cyd Marie Valentin Padua

Dr. Carlee R. and Michael J. Drummer President’s Scholarship

Michael Guilmette

Dr. Ellis A. and Shirley L. Hagstrom Memorial Scholarship

Samantha Pultz

Dr. Frank Aleman Scholarship

Joshua Sandage

Dr. Lynn Pasquerella ’78 and John Kuchle Scholarship

Maricela Concepcion Pabon

Dr. Robert E. and Sylvia M. Miller Scholarship

Caitlin Baer

Elizabeth Czepiel Memorial Scholarship

Juan Ajqui

Emil and Alice Miller Memorial Scholarship

Jaylen Brinson

George and Demeter Lakatzis Scholarship

Isabelle Croke

Haines Family Scholarship

Caroline Hamill

Hans Langhammer Scholarship

Alexa Michalski

Jeanne L. Zesut Northeastern Connecticut Human Resources Association Scholarship

Marisol Prather

Jewett City Savings Bank Scholarship

Kenneth Adams

Joan Dash Scholarship

Anjuli Pickett

Joan F. Golrick Memorial Scholarship

Madison Tatro

John J. “Bud” Keenan Memorial Scholarship

Ismail Ahmed Kiani

John J. Sarnowski Memorial Scholarship

Brandon Johnson

Kathleen A. Russell Memorial Scholarship

Shania Scharlack

Keith John Kipper Memorial Scholarship

Mirabelle Bates

Killingly Brooklyn Rotary Scholarship

Brianna Worden

LiR Scholarship, In Memory of Dr. Robert E. Miller

Colby Bodo
Aaron Blanchflower

Maria Angelos and George Lakatzis Scholarship

India McDermott Arriola

Mary Espinola Memorial Scholarship

Brian (Brittney) Montpelier-Gomes

May and Frank Messinger Memorial Scholarship

Stacie Digby

Michael F. Davis Memorial Scholarship

Carlos Poch

Moumouris Dykstra Family Scholarship

Madeline Whitten

Norma and David Senger Family Scholarship

Jordan Keith

Northeast Connecticut Arts Council Scholarship

Isabella Donaldson
Zia Donais

Northeast Opportunities for Wellness Norman Corriveau Scholarship

Jared Green

Northeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Erin Lannon
Lidia Korytkowska

Putnam Rotary Gerry Cotnoir Scholarship

Tarryn Desrosiers

Rhoda L. and David T. Chase Academic Scholarship

Sylwia Helwig

Rhoda L. and David T. Chase Motivation Scholarship

Luke Norman

Richard C. Berry & Louise S. Berry Scholarship

Garrett Sward

Rooke-Norman Women’s Opportunity Scholarship

Grace Renee Terwilliger

Rose Bove La Rose and Normand O. La Rose Scholarship

Angelica Villafane

Rotaract Mal Schumann Memorial Scholarship

Desiree Grochowski

Ryan S. Doyle Memorial Scholarship

Paige Anne Audet
Rachel Vertefeuille
Abena Adjei
Jacob Orowson
Michaela Marshall

Savings Institute Bank and Trust Scholarship

Cristal Alvarez
Eryka Gomez-Garcia

Sommer Family Scholarship

Yaned Perez

Spirol International Corporation Scholarship

Amanda Champagne
Jesse Paprota

Steven and Marjolaine ’87, ’88 Townsend Business Scholarship

Bernardo Barron
Diana Cone
Kyla Atwood
Ethan Bibeau
Desiree Grochowski
Joshua Sandage
Hannah LaRose
Jordan Keith
Manuel Velasquez
Cade Wolak

Steven and Marjolaine ’87, ’88 Townsend Fine Arts Scholarship

Jaimie Lohman
Paul Brisson
Mandi Beckman
Carlos  Poch
Rebeca Burnham

Steven and Marjolaine ’87, ’88 Townsend Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarship

Cyd Marie Valentin Padua
Taylor Copeland
Mya Windrow
Brianna Worden
Jordan Alexander
Ashley Bonnette
Kerra Kendall
Victoria Dejesus
Myia Harris
Courtney Robicheau
Seth Benoit

Steven and Marjolaine ’87, ’88 Townsend Putnam High School

Matthew Chzaszcz
Janete  Morente-Uz
Niajah  DeWolfe
Hannah Smith

Thompson Lions Club Scholarship

Sylwia Helwig

Tracy Thompson Memorial Scholarship

Natalie Ionkin

United Natural Foods Scholarship

Kerryann Frenier
Jazmin Daley

Virginia A. ’78 and Thomas E. Moumouris Scholarship

Stephanie Feliciano

W.H.G. Herklots Family Scholarship

Ruth Soderberg
Abigail Spiewakowski
Erika Rivera

William and Dorothy St. Onge Memorial Scholarship

Emily Keeling

The Elizabeth Espitia-Perez and Walter J. Hines Scholarship

Maricela Concepcion Pabon

The Helena B. Witkowski Memorial Scholarship

Chiricahua Cochise
Adrianna Aubin


Congratulations QVCC Class of 2020

Nearly 150 Quinebaug Valley Community College students will receive degrees and certificates in QVCC’s 48th commencement, which will be virtually celebrated on QVCC’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!


Award given to the degree graduate with the highest academic average with at least 45 credits earned in residence at QVCC.

Garrett Lucas Sward (Engineering Science, 81 credits)


Korrin Durning, William Kalvinek, Kristi Luchi, Tatiana Lukyanova, George Rosenburg, Monique Sanborn


Andover: Melissa C. Kjellquist

Ashford: Marshall Cataldi, Sarah Jessica Gamache, Adam Patrick Klesser, Cameron Jay Metsack, Susan Sherman

Bloomfield: David Lee Esangbedo

Branford: Patricia J. Grohe

Brooklyn: Alison Jean Brennan, Kimberly Ann Byrne, Kelsea Morgan Carpenter, Lindsay Danielle Cartier, Austin Edward Cedio, Jeffrey Stevens Clang, Cheryl Lynn Clark , Andrew Richard Mario Davis, James Scott Dinnauer, Shane David Dort , Jillian Marie Earehart, Nathan J. Graveline, Amara V. Greene, K. Rebecca Haines, William Gordon Miano Hamill, Anthony M. Jean, Molly Katherine Johnson, Sherry Ann Lowe, Bradford Daniel McLeish, Taylor Nicole Morin, Alisha Marie Pedersen, Tiahma Latreece Rawls, Michael A. Scott, Robert P. Siwko, Justin Louis Soucy, Heather L. Tracy

Canterbury: Bryna E. Ford

Chaplin: Karlee-Ann Martha Poulin

Colchester: Dustin R. Paquette

Columbia: Kathleen Elizabeth Brown, Michael Paul Kivlin

Coventry: Tyler Scott LePage

Danielson: Karen Anne Aune, Meaghan A. Bellavance, Ricky Chanthaboury, Rachel Anne Coolidge, Phoebe Ann Corey, Rebecca L. Ducat, Amy Dufault, Jon A. Dufault, Chelsey J. Fisher, Maxim Ionkin, Michael A. Lee, Jordan Phillip Mahon, Michaela Grace Marshall, Samantha Marie Morowski, Dayle Louise Parsons, Elizabeth C. Patton, Joshua R.G. Robichaud, Monique Grant Sanborn, Caleb M. Santangini, Brandon Michael Wallace

Dayville: Thomas Andrew Ellis, Allison Nicole Keeling, Amy Mary Newman, Chelsea Lynne Opperman, Vincent Robert Pontarelli, Megan J. Vertefeuille, Nicolas A. Washburn, Joseph A. Wolchesky

East Killingly: Muriel J. Pepper

Eastford: Sarah Mariah Green, Ty James Nilo, Elise Kaitlyn Schiavetti

Grosvenordale: Hunter Christian Raymond

Groton: Jennylyn Salva Duyan

Hampton: William Scott Lehoux, Tatiana Anatolyev Lukyanova, Justin Michael McCollum, Holly C. Neborsky, Alayna DeMae O’Callaghan, Dylan James Ouellet, , Glenna Silk

Jewett City: Rebecca Mary Cuff, Amanda Nicole Fenner, Timothy Frank Jones

Killingly: Bethany J. Oliver, Eliezer A. Violette

Ledyard: Amanda R. Boore, Paul Tomasto

Mansfield Center: Jennifer Del Valle, Gus Foster Larsen Giangrave

Mossup: Ryan Wyatt Ballard, Heather M. Magao, Yaned A. Perez, Lindsey Sue Harrelle, Paige Melissa Waterman

New London: Elizabeth Baez

Newington: Kamini Patel

North Grosvenordale: Laura Melissa Durand, Heather Jean Gauthier-Bourgeois, Dylan A. Para

North Windham: Tatiana M. Oliveras

Norwich: Matthew Hunter, Jonathan David Maurice, Holly Ryan

Old Mystic: Alec Wayne Rugh

Old Saybrook: Daniel Blake Baldi

Oneco: Alessio O. Ferragatta, Ashley Marie Finley, Laura M. Havens

Plainfield: ChloÈ Michael Cooke, Katrina Eveyon Dimitriou, Kim Marie Garrity, Austin Grimshaw, Autumn Nikole Jackson, Elizabeth Ann Lemoine, Kristi A. Luchi, “Michael R. Mosher, Jr.”, Cindy O’Neil, Cheri Peltier, Greidi Anai Roque Rivera, Joshua Allen Titus, Patricia Marie Wilson

Pomfret Center: Hannahrose Andrews, Sydney Colleen Feragne, Thomas Raymond Kacerik, Cecily L. Warren, Raymond Matthew Rilling Jr.

Putnam: Steven Roy Davis, Kerryann J. Frenier, Veronica Saige Fuchs, Kristen Gentile, Leah H. Jackson, Devin M. Leroy, Kris M. Levesque, William John Mathias, Andrew Joseph Montie, Sara Evelyn Rouillard, Garrett Lucas Sward, Abigail Amelia Thompson, Alicia Lynn Troiano, Brianna Joy Walsh, Ryan Louis Walsh, Tyson R. Winchell

Scotland: Naomi Catherine Sargent

South Woodstock: Cuinn Stevenson

Southington: William Smith Kalvinek

Sterling: Jarod R. Denomme, Rebecca Lynn Maerkle, Maxwell James Mapel, Jacob C. Menten, Thomas Menten, Kimberly A. Popiel

Stonington: John Paul Bibeau

Storrs: Joshua Andrew Cruz, Roohi Rafi Khoda, Juana Grechen Paredes, Ashley Marie Sackschewsky

Taftville: Cheryl Lynn Chabot

Thompson: Lynzie Marie Hancock, Benjamin Paul Larson, Hannah Carole Weiss

Wauregan: Heather Richelle Nault

Willimantic: Shani Alyceea Acevedo, Maria Paula Argueta, Kate Reed Crescenzo, Karla Marie Dominguez-Cruz, Yasmin Garcia-Juá¡rez, Sandra M. Gonzalez-Berrios, Christina Marie Haynes, Frank Thomas Hendrick, Kenia Morales, Jacqueline Reyes-Cruz, Alicia Lynn Springer, Keith A. Udal, Milagro Velasquez-Argueta

Willington: Scott Miles Doubleday

Windham: Axel H. Oschmann, George H. Rosenberg

Woodstock: Robert John Baldino, Carina Isabella Coman, Korrin L. Durning, Stephen Paul Gallo, André Michael Lamprey, Jared Caine Law, Sean R. McGroary, William Thomas Minkema

Woodstock Valley: Harrison Frost, Erin K. Manis, Jocelyn Marie Matulis

Auburn, MA: Kelsey L. Gallo
Dudley, MA: Kerrissa Danielle Cobb
Oxford, MA: Rosanne Marie Wheeler-Flint
Southbridge, MA: Brent Andrew Bohm, Kathryn Eizabeth Bohm, Kristen Anne LaFleche
Webster, MA: Jennifer L. McKinstry
Chepachet, RI: Daija G. Gomes, Nicole E. Lewis
North Scituate, RI: Thomas J. Long


CARES Act Distributions for Students

May 22, 2020

Questions: please contact the Bursar’s office, Jen Hyatt

QVCC Students:
The recently enacted federal CARES Act includes a distribution of funds to institutions of higher education, including QVCC.  A significant portion of this funding will be reserved to provide students with grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to Covid-19.

***To avoid delays in receiving the grant, please consider immediately enrolling in direct deposit by following the link below or clicking on the “Direct Deposit” box directly on the homepage of MyCommnet. Please also review for the accuracy of your address and any direct deposit information already on file.

Please note the following important terms of the grant:

  • This grant is to be used as direct assistance for expenses related to the disruption of your studies during the spring 2020 semester, such as: food, housing, materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.
  • Even if you have an outstanding balance on your account, your grant will not be reduced.
  •  This funding does not impact your financial aid award.

We are working as quickly as possible to process the funding, and we currently estimate the money to be disbursed in May, but the timing is subject to change. Students on direct deposit can expect the grant to be deposited sooner than those receiving checks.

QVCC Launches Free Virtual Workshops

office professionalAs a service to our business community, Quinebaug Valley Community College is proud to offer a series of free virtual workshops for the duration of our COVID-19 mitigation efforts. These free virtual workshops allow students and community members an opportunity to gain new skills and acquire new resources from anywhere, anytime.

The online programs are being offered through QVCC’s Business & Industry Services department, which develops and delivers quality learning and development training courses for the regional incumbent workforce, designed to upgrade employee skills, advance leadership and management capabilities, and support ever-changing job initiatives.

According to Business & Industry Services Director Andrew Morrison, the virtual workshops are intended to benefit area professionals as they deal with the ongoing impact of the coronavirus.

“If someone is working from home, furloughed, or searching for a new job due to the coronavirus, we want to give them a free opportunity to develop valuable skills during a difficult time,” Morrison explained.

Workshop topics include:

  • Telework & Telecommuting
  • Virtual Team Building
  • High Performance Teams (Remote Workforce)
  • Stress Management
  • Organizational Skills
  • Time Management
  • Self-Leadership
  • Personal Productivity
  • Goal Setting & Getting Things Done
  • Emotional Intelligence

These self-paced workshops consist of video lectures, animated case studies, and quizzes and can be completed in multiple sessions at the user’s convenience.

Registration for a free virtual workshop(s) is required at Questions? Contact Andrew Morrison, Business & Industry Services Director at


Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program Earns NAEYC Accreditation

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)Quinebaug Valley Community College is proud to announce that the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program has earned its accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Receiving  national accreditation means that QVCC’s ECE program has successfully completed all components of the process, including completion of a self study, with five key assessments that reflect best practice related to NAEYC’s Seven Professional Preparation Standards. The accreditation required that all stake-holders take an in depth inventory of the program and make appropriate additions, modifications and/or changes to strengthen a myriad of outcomes. QVCC’s ECE program is now accredited for seven years, with an annual review to be submitted every March.

Related to these assessments, ongoing data collection demonstrates student competency associated with the seven NAEYC Standards and illustrates the uniqueness of the program, particularly relating to high quality field experiences and hands-on, relevant, in-classroom teaching methods and opportunities.

The accreditation of QVCC’s ECE program means that students who complete the program have earned a degree that is recognized on a national level, and demonstrates that they provide a safe and healthy environment for children, are well-trained, have access to excellent teaching materials, and work with a curriculum that is appropriately challenging and developmentally sound. Students can enter the workforce and apply for the CT Early Childhood Teaching Credential (ECTC) and/or transfer to a four-year university or college.


QVCC Launches Cannabis Studies Certificate Program

Start June 2020, earn certificate by May 2021

Quinebaug Valley Community College is launching Connecticut’s first Cannabis Studies program this summer, following approval from the CSCU Board of Regents.

QVCC’s Cannabis Studies program creates an opportunity for students to learn about the United States’ fastest growing bumper crop by taking QVCC’s Business Entrepreneurship course this summer, followed by QVCC’s Cannabis Law and Policy course in the fall. In Spring 2021, QVCC will offer its Horticulture of Cannabis course for the first time. The 15-credit Cannabis Studies certificate includes classes in alternative medicine, botany, business and communications.

Students enrolled in QVCC’s Cannabis Studies program will learn about the legal challenges confronting cannabis farming, production, and consumer use; cannabis cultivation techniques and cannabinoid/THC extraction processes; the farming economics of land, labor, and capital; governmental regulations and laws affecting small business; and developing opportunities in western and alternative medicines and therapies.

Horticulture and policy courses at QVCC will be taught by Virginia Champagne, owner of Blueberry Hill Organic Farm in South Killingly—a USDA Organic Certified farm offering over 200 varieties of berries, melons, greens, vegetables and poultry. Champagne, who has a Master of Science degree in horticulture, recently began cultivating hemp. She also serves on the Killingly Agricultural Commission and previously was a researcher at the University of Connecticut.

QVCC is the first in Connecticut to offer a certificate program in cannabis studies, joining Colorado State University Pueblo and the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine, which respectively offer a minor in cannabis studies and multiple certificates in medicinal chemistry. A growing number of academic institutions have been offering cannabis-related coursework in legal studies and plant science throughout the last two years, including UConn, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, and Florida A&M. Two colleges currently offer major degrees: Northern Michigan University in Marquette and North Dakota’s Minor State University have both launched Medicinal Plant Chemistry bachelor’s programs.

The college is well-placed to facilitate a cannabis studies program. The faculty involved are experts in the fields of business, finance, and health—the cornerstones of the proposed program. And students can extend their studies beyond the certificate program to receive an Associate Degree in business, biology, chemistry, or healthcare.

For more information regarding QVCC’S Cannabis Studies program, please contact O. Brian Kaufman at


Tackle the Trail – Six Month Countdown to Race Day

April 17th is the six-month mark until Tackle the Trail 2020! Are you ready to Tackle?

Mark your calendars! Saturday, October 17, 2020. This year, the race has grown to marathon and half marathon distances, open to individuals and up to six-person relay teams (relay teams for marathon distance only). With leg distances varying from 2.1 to 6.7 miles, this race is fit for elite runners and weekend warriors alike!

The half marathon will begin in Brooklyn, CT and the marathon will begin in Windham, CT; both races will end in Putnam, CT at the Hale YMCA with an awesome post-race festival sponsored by Michelob Ultra! Free beer, food, and fun!

Tackle the Trail takes place every third Saturday in October. Organized by the Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation, Tackle the Trail raises scholarship money for students within the community of northeast Connecticut and beyond. The support of this race allows QVCC students to receive a debt-free education.

To register for Tackle the Trail, visit Follow Tackle the Trail on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date with the latest information and to connect with other runners. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels. To inquire about sponsorships, please contact Monique Wolanin, Race Director, at

Tackle the Trail would also like to give a special shout out to The Wyndham Land Trust and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for all their help in making the marathon and half marathon extension possible.