QVCC hosts first annual Women in Manufacturing Day

Quinebaug Valley Community College welcomed 28 ninth and tenth grade girls from Killingly, Plainfield, Putnam, and Tourtellotte Memorial High Schools to the College’s first annual Women in Manufacturing Day.

During a panel discussion, guests had the opportunity to speak with four QVCC alumni who work in the manufacturing industry. Catarina Lima from Electric Boat, Hazel Glaude from Putnam Plastics, Victoria Rooke from Westminster Tool, and Kristina Davenport from SPIROL Corporation offered useful advice, shared personal stories, and answered questions about navigating the manufacturing industry as a woman. Participants also watched video testimonials showcasing two women with manufacturing positions at Whelen Engineering in Chester and UTC Aerospace Systems in Windsor Locks. The students then toured QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Center and had the opportunity to fabricate two products: a metal whistle and a plastic storage box using computer numeric control machining and 3D printing respectively.

QVCC President Dr. Carlee Drummer noted the importance of exposing young women to the field of manufacturing. She commented, “Although 47 percent of women comprise the workforce in the United States, only 29 percent hold jobs in manufacturing. QVCC is the ideal place to begin that career.”

Steve LaPointe, Director of Advanced Manufacturing, giving a tour of QVCC's Advanced Manufacturing Center.
Steve LaPointe, Director of  Manufacturing, giving a tour of QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Center to visiting high school students.

QVCC exceeds last years rank for military friendly colleges

Quinebaug Valley Community College has earned the 2019-2020 Military Friendly® Schools Designation.  In addition to Gold status, The College has been recognized as a Top 10 Military Friendly® School, ranking fifth in the small community college category nationwide.  The Military Friendly® Top 10 Schools are the guidon bearers for military/veteran programs and initiatives. They set the standard for other designations and are programs that continue to improve every year. Top 10 Award winners have programs that scored the highest within a given category.

Annie Hill, QVCC veteran services associate and certifying official stated, “It is such an honor to have exceeded last year’s Gold status distinction. We are very proud of the service we provide to our Veteran students and their families. We are constantly looking for ways to improve the services offered to those who have so selflessly served our country.”

Now in its 10th year, the Military Friendly® Schools list has come to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. This prestigious list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

Military Friendly® is owned and operated by VIQTORY, a veteran-owned business. Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs ®, Military Spouse, and Military Friendly ® brands.

Learn more about QVCC Veteran Services

Released: Monday, January 28, 2019

Full Scholarship for Putnam High School Graduate

Steven and Marjolaine ’87, ‘88 Townsend Continued Support of Higher Education in Northeast Connecticut

The Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation, Putnam High School and Steven and Marjolaine ’87, ’88 Townsend are pleased to announce The Steven and Marjolaine’87,’88 Townsend Putnam High Scholar’s Scholarships, beginning with the 2019 academic year.

A full-tuition scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to one student and is renewable for a second year as long as the recipient continue to meet eligibility requirements.  There will also be three $1,500 scholarships awarded to Putnam residents.  The cost of tuition and student fees for two-semesters, full-time (more than 12 credits) at QVCC is $4,400.  The full scholarship allows for money for textbooks, as well as any additional fee required by some degree programs.

QVCC Director of Institutional Advancement, Monique Wolanin, stated, “QVCC, The Foundation and QVCC students thank Steve and Marge Townsend, once again, for their continued generosity.  The Townsends care deeply about residents of Northeast Connecticut and for providing a debt-free education at QVCC.”

Steve is a nationally recognized business leader who co-founded United Natural Foods (UNFI) in Danielson, CT.  A long-time member of the QVCC Foundation, in 2012 Steve was honored with emeritus status for his “extraordinary contribution to the Foundation’s mission.” Marge is an active community volunteer whose hard work and dedication has helped many. Steve and Marge are proud Putnam High School graduates and the first members of their respective families to attend college, starting at QVCC. They hope that in providing these scholarships, students will pursue their dreams and one day be in a position to help others do the same.

Putnam residents are encouraged to apply for the scholarships beginning February 1, through the annual QVCC Foundation scholarship process.  Application and additional requirements are online www.qvcc.edu/scholarships . Contact Monique Wolanin for additional information, 860.932.4174.

Celebrating Dr. Robert E. Miller: The QVCC Foundation Announces the Creation of the Dr. Robert E. Miller Educational Endowment

Dr. Robert and Sylvia MillerMore than 125 people turned out last evening to Celebrate a Legend, Roast and Reminisce, Dr. Robert E. Miller, QVCC Founding President and QVCC Foundation Member Emeritus.  In a heartfelt program, individuals who represented Bob’s ideals had the opportunity to share their stories about his dedication in helping to establish a college in Northeast Connecticut and his passion for the community where he still resides.

Karen Osbrey, the longest serving QVCC Foundation Member, served as emcee and welcomed stories and anecdotes about Dr. Miller.  Profound accolades were shared by Dr. Carlee Drummer, QVCC President, Dianne E. Williams, QVCC President Emeritus; Dr. Cathryn Addy, Former Tunxis Community College President; family members Anne Miller and Paul Miller; Aili Galasyn, QVCC Foundation member emeritus and Regional Advisory Council member; and Joseph Adiletta, QVCC Foundation Vice President.  Special thanks to QVCC Alumni Linda Colangelo ’03, who sang a beautiful tribute song for Dr. Miller and Elijah Dufour ‘18, who played piano throughout the night.  A tribute video was created in Dr. Miller’s honor and included QVCC’s first employee and former Dean of Administration John Boland, Lynn Pasquerella ’78, President, American Association of Colleges and Universities and many past and current members of the QVCC faculty and staff.  Joseph Adiletta had the honor of announcing the newly established Dr. Robert E. Miller Educational Advancement Fund.  The fund was established to recognize the incredible role Dr. Miller has played in the lives of thousands of Quinebaug Valley Community College students because of his vision, leadership and commitment to providing access to higher education in Northeast Connecticut.  The Foundation will be launching a $1.5 million capital campaign to fund the endowment.

Dr. Robert and Sylvia Miller in the 70sAnne Miller stated, “Last night’s event was a heartwarming tribute to our father from the community he loves.  It was a clear example of why Northeast Connecticut is indeed a special place that values the mark that the college and our father’s work has left on the region and its residents.  We are very grateful to have the opportunity to honor our father alongside the people who have helped to accomplish the goals he has dedicated his life to.”

For additional information regarding the Dr. Robert E. Miller Educational Endowment Fund, please contact QVCC Director of Institutional Advancement, Monique Wolanin, or 860.932.4174.

Released January 10, 2019

Community Commitment Shines on #GIVINGTUESDAY

More than $10,000 Raised by Students, Staff, Faculty and Community

Students GivingTuesday

Northeast Connecticut, once again, showed their outpouring of support for students at Quinebaug Valley Community College on #GIVINGTUESDAY.  As of this morning, the Foundation received $10,053 in donations, which exceeds the 2017 effort by $3,000.

#GivingTuesday is celebrated annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.  QVCC President Dr. Carlee Drummer and husband Michael matched donations up to $2,500.  Dr. Drummer stated, “My husband Michael and I strongly believe in the power of community college education. So many QVCC students would not be able to attend college without financial support received. Giving Tuesday brings into clear focus the true meaning of this beautiful season. In the words of

Kevin and MJ
Kevin Cole, Zip’s Diner and QVCC Foundation President, Mary Jane Burke

Kathy Calvin, President of the United Nations Foundation, ‘Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.’”

Students in QVCC Acapella took charge in collecting on-campus donations. Monique Wolanin, Director of Institutional Advancement said, “#GIVINGTUESDAY really takes place year round as hundreds of community members always “step up” and show their belief in education as a “hand-up.” Special thanks to Kevin Cole and his team at Zip’s Diner, Gary and Karen Osbrey at WINY, and Carlee and Michael Drummer for their roles in making this year’s our best yet!”

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.

Released: November 28, 2018

QVCC Awarded Healthy Campus Grant Addressing Opiod Education and Awareness

Quinebaug Valley Community College has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative (CHCI); funded by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), with the support of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).  The overall purpose of the grant is to create an opioid education and awareness program.

Ct healthy campus logo With this grant, QVCC has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students, their families and the community.  The idea to purse a grant developed from a small group of staff whom came together to discuss how to provide Narcan training to students at the College. From this idea and with research, the CHCI grant surfaced and the task force generated ideas for an entire program.  The award will support  our mission to not only reduce opioid- related overdose deaths, but to also reduce stigma and provide resources through education, campus campaigns, training, and a panel presentation.

The current task force members are Satina Salce, Katie Gregory, Jenn Hyatt and Paul Martland.

QVCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center Recognized Nationally for Excellence

October is Manufacturing Month and QVCC has reason to celebrate.

The Quinebaug Valley Community College Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center is now one of the selected few educational training facilities in Connecticut to receive accreditation from The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

As stated by NIMS, “Your program has officially set the bar for excellence in metalworking training in your region and is now among the ranks of the best training providers in the United States.”  As staunch advocates of the importance of certifying skills of QVCC manufacturing students, and further supporting the strength of the program, QVCC Director of Advanced Manufacturing Stephen LaPointe stated, “The importance of stackable credentials that business recognizes when reviewing for possible hires makes this an important accreditation. QVCC has awarded 456 NIMS credentials to students over 4 years which validates the curriculum we teach meets industry standards.”

Scholarship Support from the Haas Foundation

Once again, QVCC has received monetary support from the Gene Haas Foundation.  The award this fall in the amount $15,000 brings the total support from Haas to $45,000 awarded over 3 years. Ninety-seven students have benefitted from their generosity.

Fifth Year of Manufacturing Your Future

On Friday, October 26, QVCC will welcome more than 200 students from 12 area high schools for an interactive morning.  The day will include presentations on the latest trends in advanced manufacturing.  Students’ participate in workshops featuring robotics, 3D scanning, lean continuous improvement and programmable logic controllers.  More than 25 businesses from Eastern Connecticut will be on hand to talk with students about the career opportunities in the industry.

For more information, please contact Steve LaPointe, QVCC director of the advanced manufacturing,  860-932-4111

THE QVCC FOUNDATION DELIVERS ON FUNDRAISING GOALS

 

DANIELSON, CT —  The Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation, once again, has raised the bar in their fundraising efforts to ensure that the residents of Northeast Connecticut have access to an affordable higher education.  Events this fall will raise $120,000 to support a debt-free education.

2018 golf tournamentThe 26th Annual Golf Tournament was held on Wednesday, September 19, at Connecticut National Country Club, Putnam, CT.  Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and players, the Foundation raised $70,000 at this year’s outing.  First Place Team, with a score of 56, included Brendan, Jared and Michael Meehan, and Ryan Salvas.

The fifth Annual Tackle the Trail,TM 20 mile chipped time race will take place on Saturday, October 20 from Pomfret, CT to Willimantic, CT. The race is open to individuals and teams with a registration cut-off date of October 10th.  Runners have registered from across all New England states.  The 2017 race winners included first place male John Xeller, 2:11:16 and first place female Amanda Rossolimo, 2:21:39, which was a course record. More than 300 runners are expected and the event will raise $50,000.

Proceeds from both events enable a debt-free education at QVCC. A special thanks to all the gracious sponsors for both events. Registration and race details can be found at www.qvcc.edu/tacklethetrail . Questions regarding the race should be directed to Race Director, Monique Wolanin,  860.932.4174.

2017 tackle the trail studentsThe 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.

Released October 4, 2018

 

QVCC Hosts World Mental Health Day Activities on October 10, 2018

The College will be hosting a full day of training and events on World Mental Health Day, Wednesday, October 10.

The World Federation for Mental Health is focusing the 2018 WMHDAY campaign on Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.  They are bringing attention to the issues our youth and young adults are facing in our world today and begin the conversation around what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient.

QVCC events include:

  • Mental health tips stations and screenings from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Training. This training provides steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Two trainings for students will be available from Noon – 1 p.m. and 6 – 7 p.m. RSVP is required to Satina Salce, 860.932.4299.
  •  Pizza with the President, beginning at 5 p.m.  Satina Salce, QVCC Counselor and QVCC President Dr. Carlee Drummer will have a discussion in the Fireside Lounge.  There will be a short mental health video, discussion on Stomping out the Stigma of Mental Health, handouts and giveaways.

For additional information, contact Satina Salce, 860.932.4299

Released October 3, 2018

QVCC Acapella Group to Sing National Anthem

fall acapella meetingThe Quinebaug Valley Community College acapella group will have their first performance of the academic year singing the National Anthem at the QVCC Foundation Annual Golf Tournament, Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

The group is in its second year at the College and has added more than ten new faces to add to the core group from last year.   The group is under the direction of Elle-Jordyn Goslin, QVCC Director of Alumni Affairs.  Goslin, who is actively involved the local performing arts community in Northeast Connecticut, will be in the upcoming performance of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, at The Little Theater on Broad Street beginning October 11.  Goslin stated, “The group is filled with talented and dedicated musicians who are willing and eager to perform. Our students at QV are extremely talented and it’s important they have an outlet to share their music. I know everyone will be just as impressed as I am when they hear them sing!”

Released: September 18, 2018