SPIROL Art Gallery to Host Art from Four Connecticut Community College Manufacturing Centers

In honor of Manufacturing Month, Quinebaug Valley Community College is bringing the state’s first four Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers together for an art show at the SPIROL Art Gallery, located on QVCC’s Danielson campus.

The Art of Manufacturing will feature work created by more than 50 manufacturing graduates, students and instructors from Quinebaug Valley, Asnuntuck, Housatonic, and Naugatuck Valley Community Colleges. This show marks the first time the four centers have come together to collaborate on an art event.

The opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 17 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. The show will run from October 7-25 and is free and open to the public.

The SPIROL Art Gallery was created in 2006 thanks to the generosity of local manufacturer, SPIROL Corporation. The company was vital in the opening of QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in 2016.

For additional information, contact Sandy Gould at sgould@qvcc.edu (860-932-4178).

QVCC Celebrates Manufacturing Month

October is Manufacturing Month. In observance, Quinebaug Valley Community College will host the following events:

  • October 17 – AMTC Art Show – “The Art of Manufacturing” show, featuring art from Asnuntuck, Housatonic, Naugatuck Valley and Quinebaug Valley Community Colleges Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers, will be open from October 7-25. The opening reception will be held in the SPIROL Art Gallery on October 17 from 5:30-7:30pm. Contact: Sandy Gould (sgould@qvcc.edu, 860-932- 4178).
  • October 18 – 2019 New England HTEC Educators Conference – Network with manufacturing professionals, meet with leading experts in tooling, software and metrology, learn about available support from Haas, enter for a chance to win a Haas CNC Simulator, and more! Breakfast and lunch are provided. Registration is free. 8am-3pm at the Danielson Campus. Contact: Jodi Clark (jclark@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4128).
  • October 25 – Sixth Annual Manufacture Your Future – QVCC will welcome more than 200 students from area high schools for a hands-on introduction to QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC). Activities will include a tour of the AMTC, interactive workshops and live demonstrations, and the opportunity to meet graduates of the AMTC program. Guidance counselors strongly recommended to attend. More than 25 business from Eastern Connecticut will be on hand to talk with students about career opportunities. Contact: Jodi Clark (jclark@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4128).

QVCC October Coming Events

Quinebaug Valley Community College has a number of coming events in October. The following events are free and open to the public:

  • October 1 – Tour Tuesdays – Come take a tour of the Danielson campus, every Tuesday at 5:30pm during the month of October. Contact: Sarah Hendrick (shendrick@qvcc.edu , 860-932-4096).
  • October 4-5 – 24-Hour Comics Day – Create a 24-page comic book in 24 hours! Begins at 3pm on October 4 and ends at 3pm on October 5. Free food, spare art supplies, and plenty of coffee. Contact: Jakob Spjut (jspjut@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4156).
  • October 7 & 8 – Puerto Rico Now: A Presentation by Rose Reyes – A Hispanic Heritage Month event. Danielson: October 7 @ 12:30-2pm in the Fireside Lounge. Willimantic: October 8 @ 6:30-8pm in the library at QV@WT. Contact: Jon Andersen (jandersen@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4054).
  • October 18 – Tackle the Trail – This twenty-mile, non-technical trail race offers a challenge to both experienced runners and weekend warriors. Open to individuals or relay teams of up to five people. Register at tacklethetrail.org. Contact: Monique Wolanin (mwolanin@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4174).
  • October 28 – Blood Drive – Give blood! Held in the Fireside Lounge (Danielson Campus) from 11am-4pm. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: QVCC to schedule an appointment. Contact: Cindi Brassington (cbrassington@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4061).

QVCC September Coming Events

Quinebaug Valley Community College has a robust event calendar through the end of the month.

  • September 18 – The QVCC Foundation Annual Golf Tournament – Join the QVCC Foundation for their Annual Golf Tournament at Connecticut National Golf Course from 9am-5pm. Contact: Monique Wolanin (mwolanin@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4174).
  • September 18 – Down to Earth: What Can We Do? – An interactive climate change workshop. 12:30-2pm in the Danielson Cafeteria & outside. Attendees will receive small take-home items and resources. Rain date: Wednesday, September 25. Contact: M’lyn Hines (mhines@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4056).
  • September 18 – Nursing Information Session – Learn about the Community College Nursing Program from Sarah White, Nursing Admissions Specialist for the Connecticut Community Colleges. 1:30-2:30pm in M154. Contact: Sarah White (whites@ct.edu, 860-723-0652).
  • September 25 – Career & Networking Event: Emerging Technologies and the Future of Work – Learn how emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning are of ever-increasing importance for college students preparing for the workforce. 10:30am – 12:30pm in the Fireside Lounge. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Katie Gregory (cgregory@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4089).
  • October 18 – 2019 New England HTEC Educators Conference – Network with leading manufacturing experts, attend instructor forums, learn about available Haas support, enter for a chance to win a Haas CNC Simulator, and more. 8am – 3pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register on the QVCC website. Contact: Jodi Clark (jclark@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4128).
  • October 19 – Tackle the Trail – This twenty-mile, non-technical trail race offers a challenge to both experienced runners and weekend warriors. Open to individuals or relay teams of up to five people. Register at tacklethetrail.org. Contact: Monique Wolanin (mwolanin@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4174).

QVCC Welcomes Dr. Rose R. Ellis, New Campus CEO

Dr. Rose R. Ellis

Quinebaug Valley Community College is pleased to welcome Dr. Rose R. Ellis as QVCC’s Interim Chief Executive Officer. While Dr. Ellis is only six-weeks into her tenure, she sees the potential for growth here in Northeast Connecticut.

Appointed July 1, Dr. Ellis succeeds QVCC’s fourth president, Dr. Carlee Drummer. As campus CEO, Dr.Ellis assumes the role as President, overseeing the day-to-day operations at the College. Prior to coming to QVCC, Dr. Ellis served as Dean of Administration and Institutional Effectiveness at both Housatonic and Gateway Community Colleges. She has spent her entire career in higher education, getting her start at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and has experience in a multitude of disciplines including library services, finance, information technology, instruction and many supervisory positions.

Dr. Ellis earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Capella University (2013) and her Master of Library Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Wayne State University. She is a frequent evaluator for the New England Commission of Higher Education accreditation teams and belongs to the following organizations: NACUBO (National Association of College and University Business Officers), ECUBO (Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers), EDUCAUSE, Bridgeport Regional Business Council, along with many Connecticut State College and University System Office Committees.

Upon her first visit to QVCC’s Danielson campus, Dr. Ellis was immediately drawn to the area fondly known as the Quiet Corner. She commented, “It’s an extraordinary town with an unbelievable community. When I walked through the doors, I couldn’t stop dreaming about the potential for the College. I’m a collaborator and look forward to the start of the term and working with all faculty and staff towards improving this gem of a college.” When asked what drew her to QVCC, she answered, “I wanted to be at a place where I could make a difference; I wanted to be a part of a community. When I saw what was happening at QVCC, I said, ‘This is my dream.’”

Outside of her established career in higher education, Dr. Ellis enjoys to swim, hike and travel. In her spare time, she likes to read, but admits she is partial to hardcover books. She also loves to spend time with her spouse, David H. Ellis, and her three cats, Thomas, Roscoe, and Bob.


Register for Fall on Saturday August 10, 9 – 2 p.m.

Current and future students are encouraged to finalize their schedule for the fall semester.  The Danielson campus and our Windham Technical High School location have walk-in hours daily to assist students. To accommodate those who can’t make it to campus during the week, both locations will provide enrollment assistance on Saturday, August 10 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuition payment is due at time of registration.

Academic advisors will be on-hand to assist students with selecting a schedule, adding a course, changing their major or answering questions regarding completing their degree. Students, who want to transfer to QVCC from another University, are encouraged to bring their transcript and meet with an advisor. For students who need to complete the admissions process, apply in advance or on the spot; drop off your immunization records; schedule your assessment test or new student workshop, and meet with a financial aid advisor. For more information, please call the QVCC Student Success Center, 860.932.4020.

A Career in Advanced Manufacturing

On Saturday, August 10, the QVCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center will be hosting an information session beginning at 9 a.m. at the Danielson campus. There are seats available in both two-semester certificates in Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology or Mechatronics Automation Technician.  These programs provide internships, apprenticeships and boast a 95% job placement after graduation. Call Sandy Gould for additional information, 860.932.4178.

The fall semester begins Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

QVCC Offers Manufacturing Career Opportunities Through Collaboration with Windham High School

As the demand rises for skilled manufacturers in Connecticut, so does the initiative of Quinebaug ValleyCommunity College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center. As a result of the Windham High School Early College Opportunity (ECO) Program, the QVCC Manufacturing program is providing local high school students with the academic foundation and applied experience to have successful manufacturing careers.

Students at Windham High School (WHS) have the opportunity to gain manufacturing skills through related courses offered by the high school, such as MFG 124 Blueprint Reading I, MFG 105 Manufacturing Math II, and MFG 153 Benchwork. This summer, incoming seniors at WHS continued their coursework at QVCC by taking two more manufacturing classes, MFG 154 Lathe I and MFG 155 Milling I, leaving only two classes left for students to complete the Basic Manufacturing Machine Technology Level I Certificate. At the end of the four-week period, 18 students completed the Lathe I course and 12 students completed the Milling I course. Five of the students from Lathe I did not take Milling I due to opportunities to participate in paid internships at Electric Boat and other companies. Funding for the Windham High School ECO Program is provided through College Career Pathways (CCP).

QVCC also runs the Intro to Manufacturing Pipeline, a 7-week, 210-hour program with five programs scheduled to run from September 2019 – June 2020. Working with the Eastern Workforce Investment Board, students are recruited and placed in manufacturing jobs at Electric Boat and other Eastern CT businesses.

For more information about QVCC’S Advanced Manufacturing Program, visit us at the Advanced Manufacturing Information Session and Registration Day on Saturday, August 10 from 9-10am.

QVCC Collaborates with KPRD to Offer Four-Week Kids Camp

Quinebaug Valley Community College has partnered with the Killingly Parks and Recreation Department (KPRD) to offer an interactive four-week day camp for local students in grades 5-8. Every Wednesday, students visit QVCC’s Danielson campus to participate in a variety of ongoing activities, including interactive classes like Manufacturing Experience, taught by Jodi Clark, Assistant Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, and Rapid Prototyping, taught by Jakob Spjut, Professor of Engineering Science.

CT Army Veteran and QVCC Alum Charles Baird ’18 is helping Professor Spjut with his Rapid Prototyping class. Baird graduated from QVCC in 2018 with dual degrees in Engineering Science and Biomolecular Science. He is currently attending Columbia University where he is pursuing a degree in Data Science. “I come back to QVCC any chance I get to help students and participate in STEM camp. I like to teach and encourage students to have the same passion and opportunities for engineering that I had,” commented Baird. Current student Emily Rosaci is also giving back by helping with Spjut’s class. Rosaci studies Mathematics and is a member of QVCC’s Robotics Club.

In addition to the Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Experience classes, students also participate in nature walks with Mark Szantyr, Professor of Fine Arts, and arts and crafts activities like tie-dying and origami with other QVCC staff members. The camp will continue weekly until Wednesday, August 7.


QVCC Foundation Announces Helena B. Witkowski Scholarship

Monique Wolanin, Edward Dalterio, and Colleen StrandsonThe Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation is pleased to announces the establishment of the Helena B. WitkowskiScholarship. This fund comes from Ms. Witkowski’s trust and reflects the largest bequest the QVCC Foundation has ever received. It will allow the Foundation to provide approximately $18,000 in annual scholarships to local students.

Helena B. Witkowski was born in 1927 and grew up on a dairy farm in North Grosvenordale, CT. An Honors graduate of Tourtellotte High School, she went on to the Connecticut Institute of Hairdressing and Cosmetology in Hartford, CT. Ms. Witkowski continued her education while caring for her parents and working full-time in the beauty salon she owned in Putnam, CT. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Connecticut State University and a certificate in education from the University of Krakow in Poland. Ms. Witkowski then joined the faculty at Harvard H. Ellis Regional Vocational and Technical High School in Danielson, CT. She spent many happy, memorable years teaching, mentoring and caring deeply for her students. She retired in 1986 as Department Head of Beauty and Culture.

“Helping students was a hugely important part of my aunt’s life and it gives me so much pleasure to give this to QVCC students on her behalf,” said Edward C. Dalterio, nephew and trustee of the Helena B. Witkowski Trust. Monique Wolanin, Director of Institutional Advancement shared, “We are forever indebted to this trailblazing woman. Helena’s inspirational story illustrates the importance of remembering where one started by giving back to that community. This fund will serve residents of Northeast Connecticut for generations to come.”

QVCC Announces Spring Dean’s List

DANIELSON, CT — Quinebaug Valley Community College has announced the names of 210 students named to the spring semester dean’s list.For a printable PDF of the dean’s list, click here.

Arlene Pacheco

Diana Cone, Amanda DeMaire, Ann Marie Goulette, Adam Klesser, Yuliia Serheieva, Susan Sherman, Paul Vertefeuille

Jens Hansen

Aaron Arpin

Stephen Jacobsen

Hailey Barrows, Laura Bates, Alison Brennan, Valerie Brodeur, John Carr, Christopher Carrion, Andrew Davis, Ricky Ellis, Trenisa Findlay, Brianna Girard, Nathan Graveline, Patricia Grohe, William Hamill, Marrisa Herring, Anna Hill, Frank Jimenez, William Kalvinek, Sherry Lowe, Kerry McGuire, Sarah McMerriman, Jason Murphy, Taylor Nicholson, Wanto Polynice, Ortexis Ramos, Robert Siwko, Robert Tuttle, James Walker, Abdullah Yusufi

David Adams, Liliana Baraybar, Julia Christensen, Andrew Desrosiers, Amanda LaFramboise

Central Village:
Adelyn Garland

Brenden Cloutier, Ryan Landon

Christina Lecza

Kathleen Smith

Douglas Burke

Brittany Barnes, Ryan Comtois, Kerri Fulton, Courtney Greene, Melissa Hopkins, Candice Koolhaas, Jarrod Larkin, Michael Lee, Jordan Mahon, Michaela Marshall, Samantha Morowski, Jenna Normandin, Carlos Poch, Michaela Raymond, Alan Reynolds, Megan Reynolds, Christine Sheridan, Mia Smith, Brendan Trajanowski, Mya Windrow, Brianna Worden, Katie Zannini

Brianna Blinkhorn, Catherine Burgess, Reid Dumas, Matthew Dumont, Samantha Duquette, Thomas Ellis, Allison Keeling, Jennifer Lehtinen, Jordyn Malarkey, Chelsea Opperman, Vincent Pontarelli, Leah Rainey, Jenna Rodrigues, Brandon Steen, Andrew Tingley

Amy Ayer

Gales Ferry:
Matthew Murphy

Kaitlyn Dick, Kaitlin Nagel

Zachary Dunn, Jennylyn Duyan

India McDermott Arriola

Jewett City:
Michael Ahern IV, Jayson Carbonneau, Amanda Fenner

Jason Dodge

Mansfield Center:
Gus Larsen Giangrave, Ruth Soderberg, Jeri-Lyn Wrubel

Rebecca Gervais, Christopher Korab, James Murphy, Lindsey Salas, Angel Stewart

Raena Ferguson

North Grosvenordale:
Lynzie Hancock, Sylwia Helwig, Ashley Klein, Mia Krysa, Jason Lebeau, Sara Watson

North Windham:
Maxwell Landeck

Shiloh Mahmood, Holly Ryan

Zachary Savage

Angela Grasso, Austin Grimshaw, Kristi Luchi, Jesse Paprota, Justin Soja, Jennifer Spinney, Patricia Wilson, Amanda Wish

Erin Grist, Dawn Libby, Christopher Arpin, Caitlin Barclay, Kayla DeMaire, Sydney Faragne, Kelsey Gallo, Thomas Kacerik, Gabrielle Larrow, Jaden Rosselli, Ramsey Tarabishy, Robert Tripp, Eric Yost

Hannah Bergeron, Amanda Champagne, Kevin Champagne, Avery Choti, Angelica Desrosiers, Veronica Fuchs, Susan Giles, Joseph Ionkin, Leah Jackson, Kayla Klingensmith, Mason Lafleur, Zachary Lavoie, Kris Levesque, Diane Matthews, Joshua McFadden, Heather Montie, Saige Morin, John Smith, Garrett Sward, Tyson Winchell, Evan Zach

Naomi Sargent

Myia Harris, Lauryn Hart, Cody Jackson, Jason Leclair, Maxwell Mapel, Amanda Shaw

Nicole Abbott, Sara Green

Roxanne Dahlin, Johnathon Deneault, Audrey Helmetag, Cameron Huizenga, Lindsey Julian, Kaitlyn Morton, Michael Salisbury, Connor Weiss

Amber Hopps, Hanah Hopps, Kathryne Vegiard

Karla Alamo, Victoria DeJesus, Yasmin Garcia-Juarez, Peter Gelinas, Ibia Hernandez, Erika Rivera, Yarixa Rodriguez, Keith Udal, Eric Weissenborn

Joshua Cruz, Charles Steiner

Willard Brin, Francesca Cicarelli, Korrin Durning, Charles Hall, Ashley Hemphill, Jared MacDonald, Lillian Mandeville, Sean McGroary, Jacob Parent, Morgan Reynolds, Emily Rosaci, Coleen Solitro, Joseph Thompson

Woodstock Valley:
Patricia Devin, Elijah John

Dudley, MA: Kerrissa Cobb

Oxford, MA: Rosanne Wheeler-Flint

Southbridge, MA: Kathryn Bohm, Kristen LaFleche

Foster, RI: Felicia Galipeau