QVCC Welcomes Dr. Karen Hynick, New Campus CEO

Dr. Karen HynickQuinebaug Valley Community College is pleased to welcome Dr. Karen Hynick as QVCC’s Chief Executive Officer. Appointed July 1, Dr. Hynick succeeds QVCC’s fifth CEO (formerly referred to as President), Dr. Rose R. Ellis, who served in the interim following Dr. Carlee Drummer.

As campus CEO, Dr. Hynick assumes the role as President, overseeing the day-to-day operations at the College. Prior to coming to QVCC, Dr. Hynick served as North Shore Community College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs since 2014. During her tenure at NSCC, she led the college’s development of its Master Academic Plan, Two Year Schedule Process, Guided Pathways Implementation, Early College with Lynn Public Schools, advanced the college’s role as the statewide consortium lead for prior learning assessment, focused the college’s efforts on student learning outcomes, and redesigned the academic program review process.

Prior to her role at NSCC, she served as the Chancellor’s Fellow at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in St. Paul assisting in “Charting the Future”, a system-wide strategic framework. She also simultaneously served as the System Director for P-20 for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities reforming developmental education and expanding early college and dual enrollment programs throughout Minnesota. Additionally, Dr. Hynick also spent six years as Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Support at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Early in her career, Dr. Hynick taught at Leominster High School, Quinsigamond Community College, and at several Department of Youth Services sites.

Dr. Hynick is a native of New England and earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her Master of Education at Worcester State University, and her Ed.D. in Educational Administration at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN.

“I am deeply honored and excited to begin my role as the new campus CEO of Quinebaug Valley Community College. I look forward to working with the exceptional QVCC students, faculty, staff, and community members to continue our work supporting access, student success, rigorous academic programs aligned to workforce and transfer needs, and improving equity and student outcomes,” shared Dr. Hynick. “This is a transformational time for our college and the state as we navigate the COVID pandemic and its aftermath and as we move towards the one college concept of Connecticut State Community College to better leverage resources to support our students’ needs. I am confident in the vision of our collective future and the ability to work together to fulfill our mission to our students and our community and am excited to be part of the team.”


Spring 2021 Dean’s List

Quinebaug Valley Community College has announced the names of 187 students named to the Spring 2021 Dean’s List:

Diana Cone, Adam Gruszczynski, Daniel Xavier

Erin Spitale

Hannah Goodwin

Dwight Davis Jr.

Aya Ashour, Stephanie Bellows, Hannah Bessette, Andrew Blanchard, Eric Borkiewicz, Angelique Caouette, Adam Cates, Hannah Cloutier, Connor Downing, Jacob Field, Kathia Gonzalez, Diana Gonzalez Caraballo, Madeline Guari, Caroline Hamill, Zada Hamill, Hayley Kuhn, Moriah Marquis, Dana Normandie, Jesse Paprota, Michelle Parmeter, Madison Rattray, Natalia Reali, Ethan Sheldon, Megan Shippee, Sarah Travers, Emma Turner

Bernardo Barron, Elenore Jolley, Colette Marchand, Matthew Moffitt

Central Village
Shania Scharlack, Sean Sweeney

Andrew Emack

Summer Polanco

Maria Galarza-Ortiz

Thomas Bernier, Crystal Brown, Kaya Cooper, Amber Daher, Emily Ernest, Jennifer Farquharson, Renee Gates, Jordan Mahon, Ethan Miller, Sheana Pimentel, Sisanmofe Rone, Kaileigh Somers, Ian Torrey, Brendan Trajanowski, Emily Watling, Chelsea Williams

Liliana Baraybar, Philip Davis, Brandon Gervais, Gabriela Irving, Emily Keeling, Hannah Kipp, Olha Lacasse, Jarrica Rainville, Brandon Steen, Brandon Tucciarone

Caleb Budd, Jonathan Latham, Zoe Marshall, Tyler Singleton

Michele Girard

Kayly Burelle, Mary Hayden, Kayla Martin

Mackenzie Silk

Jewett City
Sarah Armstrong, Heather Emerich

Jenelle Abel

Rohankumar Patel, Mackenzie Smith

Devon Long

Mansfield Center
Braden Lemire, Marisol Prather, Saman Pathma Kumara Vithanage

Taylor Denning, Kyla Kampf, Tavy Lim, Nicole Mahon, Tara Tetreault, Hunter Turner

North Grosvenordale
Lacey Allard, Adrienne Guerin, Justin Phelps, Stephen Scrapchansky, Salvatore Simone, Lukas Skaradowski, Gianna Stoico, Gabriel Waldron, Sara Watson

Michel Hernandez Quintero, Jeshly Morales

William Pisani

Tyler Ahearn, Alyssa Aubin, Jesse Fultz, Emily Goyette, Kevin Murphy, Nicholas Perreault, Alexis Rice

Pomfret Center
Drew Beaudry, Remi Benton, Emily Duhamel, Noah McNamara, Angela Short, Oda Sirimongkhoune

Jordan Alexander, Hannah Bergeron, Kevin Champagne, Kelly Chausse, Taylor Copeland, Victoria Dias, Jaden Garcia, Sarah Hernandez, Natalie Ionkin, Brittany Kallio, Ismail Kiani, Xander Leins, Jerusha Morrissette, Jordyn Poole, Jeffrey Reed Jr., Katrina Suibielski, Andrea Thomas, Aislin Tracey

Quaker Hill
Heather Stetner

Jacob Majorowski

Colby Bodo, Kimberly DeMelo, Rebecca Gervais, Jason Leclair, Douglas McCormack, Zachary Moore, Angela Stone, Vincent Valenti

Storrs Mansfield
Steven Gagne

Paige Audet, Francesca Cicarelli, Caroline Gagnon, Daniel O’Brien, Julia Paquette, Justine Petrella, Mary Walsh

Adam Eaton

Jonathan Fullbright

Angelica Imbacuan, Kathryne Vegiard

Melanie Alicea, Miata Arroyo, Rut Castro, Ryan Dowdell, Giselle Galarza, Kate Hemingway, Doralis Lozano-Santiago, Maximiliano Navarro Romero, Megan Trueblood, Cyd Marie Valentin Padua, Milagro Velasquez

Jenna Bernard

Katarzyna Shamshad

Abigail Brousseau, Olivia Burrell, Samantha Eddy, Haley Farley, Melissa Fish, Marshal Gohn, Karissa Herlihy, Caleb Leboeuf, Zachary Mowry, Eric Tellier

Woodstock Valley
Erin Carlson, Tarryn Desrosiers, Abigail Kilburn

Out of State

Dudley, MA
Bartlomiej Jakobkiewicz

New Bedford, MA
Britney Cabral

Chepachet, RI
Rowan Coleman

Cranston, RI
Kaytlyn Betters

North Providence, RI
Jacob Kaufman


DECD Commissioner Visits the QVCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center

Visit to the Quiet Corner Included stop by Commissioner Lehman and Local Officials

A visit to The Quinebaug Valley Community College Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC) was part of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), David Lehman’s tour through Killingly. Hosted by Killingly Town Manager, Mary Calorio, a QVCC alum, and the Killingly Economic Development Director, Jill St. Clair, Lehman had the opportunity to hear, first-hand, the impact the AMTC has in the community and region.

QVCC Director of Advanced Manufacturing, Steve LaPointe, and Assistant Director, of Advanced Manufacturing, Jodi Clark, provided a tour of the 10,000 square foot center and expounded upon the success of the program and continued demand for graduates by local and regional business partners. While visiting Putnam Plastics and United Natural Foods Inc., in the Killingly Industrial Park, Lehman had the opportunity to meet graduates of the program who offered high praise for the program. LaPointe stated, “Our students and graduates not only have fun learning while learning skills in our programs, they continue to succeed in their real-world experiences. They have careers that have a foundation with what they learned at QVCC. We keep in touch with our graduates and it’s a great feeling to see them succeed and add to the growth of Northeast Connecticut.” LaPointe added, “We have opportunity for additional growth by expanding our programs to Willimantic and hope to see this become a reality sooner than later.”

Calorio stated, “We are an innovative area and are here to help retain our local businesses and help them with expansion and unlocking space for new growth.” St. Clair added, “Growth and expansion stems from education. We have the pieces here and just need to make the connections. This is a special program.”

Also joining in on the visit were Connecticut State Senator Mae Flexer, Northeast Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Betti Kuszaj, and Shawn Johnston, a QVCC alum.


Advanced Manufacturing Certificate
Mechatronics Automation Technician Certificate

DECD visit to AMTC
Left to Right: Mary Calorio, Jill St. Clair, Jodi Clark, Steve LaPointe, Commissioner David Lehman, Mae Flexer and Shawn Johnston

Release: June 23, 2021

Visit Us Virtually and On Campus

DANIELSON — The following events at Quinebaug Valley Community College are free and open to the public:

Tuesdays, June 15, 22, or 29 at 5:30 pm | Virtual
Learn about our 50+ degree and certificate programs, get your questions answered about the admissions process, and hear how you might qualifty for FREE tuition. It’s always FREE to apply to QVCC. Register now at

June 23 or 24, 2—6 pm | Virtual or *On Campus
You’ve been accepted to QVCC! Not sure what your next steps are? Attend one of our Accepted Student Days and receive personal, one-on-one assistance, virtually or by appointment on campus. The Admissions Team can help you complete your Accepted Student Checklist, create your schedule for the fall, and more!

June 23, 4 OR 6 pm | *On Campus 
There is a huge demand for our graduates by local and regional businesses. Meet our team, tour our facilities, and learn about internships and job placement for graduates. No RSVP needed!

*On the Danielson campus


Jewett City Savings Bank Secures Grant Funding for QVCC Foundation

The Jobs for New England Recovery Grant Program, offered by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston to member financial institutions, is intended to assist small businesses and non-profit organizations that have experienced significant losses due to the pandemic. As a member, Jewett City Savings Bank was able to reserve grant funds for eligible organizations in the Bank’s service area. Jewett City Savings Bank focused its support to those organizations that had limited opportunities to participate in other funding sources that became available through the CARES Act and other government programs. One of those organizations was the QVCC Foundation.

“On behalf of the students who will benefit from this generous grant, I want to extend my appreciation to Jewett City Savings Bank. The bank demonstrates time and again their dedication to the communities they serve. QVCC is fortunate to be part of the JCSB community!” Peter Deary, President of the QVCC Foundation.

QVCC Foundation and Jewett City Savings Bank

Photo Caption (L to R)
Jewett City Savings Bank President and CEO Kevin Merchant and Diana Rose, Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Operations Officer present check to Monique Wolanin, Director of Institutional Advancement and Peter Deary, President of the Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation. 


Congratulations QVCC Class of 2021

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

Taylor Copeland (Liberal Arts and Sciences, 74 credits)

Taylor Copeland, Samantha Delp, Kristina Dyba, Jacob Kaufman, Mark LaMountain, Douglas McCormack, Lacey Wood


Estela Hernandez

Nikki Burnett, Ashlyn Chebro, Diana Cone, Jared Green, Erin Lannon, Daniel Xavier

Kasandra Fox, Matthew Thomas

Katherine Bennett, Thomas Kane

Nicole Abbott, Aidan Anderson, Stephanie Bellows, Erin Berube, Angelique Caouette, Hannah Cloutier, Shane Dort, Ariel Flounders, Brett Graveline, Delaney Guimont, Zachariah Lehoux, Taylor Nicholson, Michelle Parmeter, Natalia Reali, Joseph Schley, Megan Shippee, Sarah Travers, Bethaney Tucker, Geoffrey Vallone, Rebecca Vincent, James Walters

Melissa Parent

Timothy Ferrigno, Amanda LaFromboise, Alexander O’Flaherty

Christian Rivera

Central Village
Madison Tatro

Brendan Cloutier, Maxwell Landeck, Amelia Nelson, Anthony Ricci

Andrew Emack

Rebecca Holinka

Michael Kivlin, Summer Polanco

Melissa Morton

Tyra Bergstrom, Emily Cioe, Kaya Cooper, Dylan Everson, Chelsey Fisher, Michael Flaherty IV, Kerri Fulton, Courtney Greene, Tamarin Kelley, Jennifer Kent, Candice Koolhaas, James Morowski, Kayla Picciarelli, Carlos Poch, Kevin Polaina, Megan Reynolds, Miranda Snell, Kaileigh Somers, Brandon Wallace, Emily Watling, Mya Windrow, Brianna Worden, Katie Zannini

Carolyn Anderson, Brendon Auger, Liliana Baraybar, Richard Demars, Reid Dumas, Nicole Durand, Daniel Espeseth, Alexander Grenon, Lauren Hyatt, Gabriela Irving, Emily Keeling, Jordyn Malarkey, Angela Maynard, Isabella Notarantonio, Jarrica Rainville, Heather Souza, Brandon Steen, Tayler Tracy

Gage Cobb

East Killingly
Bryan Highley

Caleb Budd, Tyler Singleton

Corey Longhurst

Michael Carminati

Kacelynn Banks, Jennylyn Duyan

India McDermott Arriola, Phoebe Miller

Jewett City
Sarah Armstrong, Jacob Haugland

Elizabeth Downey, Bethany Oliver

Jenelle Abel

Derek Butts, Mackenzie Smith

Devon Long

Mansfield Center
Braden Lemire, Sarah Moore, Ruth Soderberg, Saman Pathma Kumara Vithanage

Mansfield Depot
Anita Sanchez

Quyen Di Sabino

Gabrielle Cimino, Taylor Denning, Michael Guilmette, Nathan Johnson, Erik Laats, Raymond LaRose, Nicole Mahon, Zachary Matteau, Anjuli Pickett, Ethan Rain, Ashley Salvas, Angel Stewart, Jason Sweet, Tara Tetreault

New London
Julian Botero Castro

Shawn Dobo

North Grosvenordale
Tyler Baker, Laura Durand, Matthew Durand, Adrienne Guerin, Sylwia Helwig, Ashley Klein, Stephanie Medine, Jakob Skaradowski

North Windham
Skye Budney, Tatiana Oliveras

Tyler Ahearn, Kathryn Ballou, Jessica Bedard-Plummer, Andrea Filbert, Taylor Gageby, Makayla Kneeland, Cassandra Miller, Kevin Murphy, Christensen Nguyen, Nicholas Perreault, Alexis Price, Joshua Sandage, Alexis Sangillo, Jennifer Spinney, Cameron Verrette, Renee Vezina, Nicole Wilcox, Patricia Wilson, Rijon Zekiri

Dawn Libby

Pomfret Center
Daniel Harrington, Angela Short, Lacey Wood, Eric Yost

Jordan Lawrence

Jason Barber, Ashley Bonnette, Kevin Champagne, Kelly Chausse, Taylor Copeland, Zachary Davis, Samantha Delp, Michael DiColella, Trenten Haddock Gould, Sarah Hernandez, Natalie Ionkin, Mark LaMountain, Heather Montie, Abigail Poirier, Jeffrey Reed Jr., Katrina Suibielski, Aislin Tracey, Breana Weidele

Quaker Hill
Hannah Arevalo, Heather Stetner

Stafford Springs
Sean Mitchell

Colby Bodo, Anna Carpenter, Carmen Colon Berrios, Lauryn Hart, Jason Leclair, Douglas McCormack, Courtney Robicheau

Alexis Thompson

Megan Bates, Roxanne Booth, Francesca Cicarelli, Kaitlyn Morton, Julia Paquette, Michael Salisbury, Michael Southwell III

Alex Maddox, Gina Maddox, Jay Patel

Kristina Dyba

Shani Acevedo, Victoria DeJesus, Karen DeLos Santos Dominguez, Ryan Dowdell, Lynn Drouin, Carolina Feliz, Arely Garcia, Deana Gonzalez, Jordy Gonzalez, Shane Goodrich, Maximiliano Navarro Romero, Gabriel Perez, Yarixa Rodriguez

Elijah Nicholson, Deborah Phillips, Charles Steiner, Logan Vertefeuille

Seth Benoit, Kayleigh Bradrick, Willard Brin, Abigail Brosseau, Danette Busby, Hunter Campbell, Antonia Carminati, Devin Foisy, Julia Fox, Marshal Gohn, Joseph Gottlieb, Christopher Harris, Seth Kelly, Cameron Lotter, Lillian Mandeville, Dylan Martin, Margaret Noe, Jolisa Peabody, Tristan Raszka, Eric Tellier, Christian Wolfe


Chepachet, RI
Rowan Coleman

East Providence, RI
Christopher Salce

Foster, RI
Felicia Galipeau

North Providence, RI
Jacob Kaufman

Pawcatuck, RI
William Pisani

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jordan Keith

Three Rivers, MA
Maria Miranda

Waco, GA
James Murphy


QVCC Student Dan Xavier Uses Capstone Project to Help Restore Local Sawmill to Use As Educational Asset for the Community

Nestled in the valley of Woodstock, Connecticut lies the Chamberlin Mill, a rare example of a water-powered circular sawmill originating back to the early 1800s. The two-story post-and-beam structure still boasts the same historic cast iron gears and flat belt pulleys that transferred all the waterpower to the circular saw on the main level. Impressively, a mill has stood at the site along the Still River since the 18th century, however, the sawmill ceased its operations in the late 1960s, leaving it unused for over forty years. That’s where QVCC’s Dan Xavier comes in.

Dan Xavier, a Technology Studies major at QVCC, is also in the computer-aided design (CAD) certificate program, which led him to his project at the Chamberlin Mill. One of Xavier’s instructors Jakob Spjut, Professor of Engineering Science, was approached by Jeff Paul, former CEO of Whitcraft, about doing some modeling of the moving parts at the Chamberlin Mill.

“In fall 2020, I had Dan in my Intro to Engineering class, and he was looking for an interesting CAD course to take to finish his CAD certificate, so we worked out an independent study for him this spring 2021 at the Chamberlin Mill. We’re building on some work done previously by Woodstock Academy students, supervised by Peter Sumner, to model the turbine part of the setup,” explained Spjut, elaborating that “There’s really no substitute for applying technical skills to a real project for deep learning. If you don’t understand something, you can’t just take a 75 on an exam and move on. You need to figure it out.”

Throughout his extensive work at the mill, Xavier visited the mill frequently to take measurements of the many parts he needed to render the 3D solid models. He depicted relevant 2D prints, combined the parts into an assembly, and created an animated video that demonstrates the model moving with a narration explaining the function of the different moving parts.

Interestingly, Xavier is not QVCC’s only connection to the Chamberlin Mill. William Lonsdale Tayler (who, with his wife Pearle Chamberlin Tayler, were owners of the Mill property for many decades until their deaths in the 1990s) was instrumental in the founding of QVCC. Dr. Tayler served on the CT Regional Community College’s Board of Trustees from 1969-1973. A newspaper report from 1983 notes that, “in 1971 [he] realized a goal he had sought since 1948 was the establishment of a community college in northeast Connecticut.”

“I think it would give Dr. Tayler great pleasure to see the link forged between Quinebaug Valley Community College and Chamberlin Mill by Jeff Paul, Jakob Spjut, and Daniel Xavier through this project. Daniel’s work should be useful to the Mill for many years to come,” says Jean McClellan, President of Chamberlin Mill, Inc., the non-profit organization responsible for the mill.

Thanks to the work done by local students at Woodstock Academy and Dan Xavier at QVCC, Chamberlin Mill, Inc. intends to preserve and sustain its site as a historic and educational asset for the enjoyment of future generations. Once the mill is operational, it will expand its current calendar of walks, demonstrations, local school programs, experiential learning, and participation in regional and national programs and events. Artifacts now in storage will also be returned to the site for exhibition.

For more information, please contact Jakob Spjut at or Jean McClellan at

Chamberlin MillDan Xavier at Chamberlin MillDan Xavier taking measurements at Chamberlin MillChamberlin Mill BoardDan XavierChamberlin Mill sawmill


The QVCC Foundation Awards Over $125,000 in Scholarships to Current and Future Students

The Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that 102 scholarships, totaling over $125,000, have been awarded to current and future QVCC students in support of a debt-free education.  Students from Northeast Connecticut, Central Massachusetts and Western Rhode Island round-out the list of winners.

In addition to current QVCC students, several area high school students were scholarship recipients. New for 2021, matriculated students may use scholarship funds for summer college, fall, winter intersession, or spring of the 2021/2022 academic year. This is an expansion to the typical fall and spring semester usage of funds by students.

Peter Deary, President of the QVCC Foundation, offered his best wishes to the recipients, “On behalf of the entire QVCC Foundation, it’s my honor to congratulate our 2021 Scholarship Winners, who have distinguished themselves in numerous ways. We are proud of your efforts and look forward to celebrating your future accomplishments.” Deary also shared his appreciation for donor and community support of Foundation scholarships, “It is thanks to the generosity of many donors who believe in education as a “hand up” that the Foundation is able to provide these scholarships and additional block grants to students. To our loyal supporters, current and former, heartfelt thanks.”

For more information about the QVCC Foundation, please contact Monique Wolanin, director of Institutional Advancement at 860-932-4174 or

Release: May 13, 2021


QVCC will proudly celebrate our 270 degree and certificate recipients in the 49th commencement on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 3 – 7 p.m.. The college is hosting a drive-through diploma distribution, outdoors, at the main campus at 742 Upper Maple Street in Danielson. The rain date will be Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 3 – 7 p.m.

Graduating students who have chosen to participate in the celebration are instructed to come to campus, in one vehicle including their family and friends, at a designated time according to their last name. Timeframes are as follows:
• 3 – 4 p.m. A – C
• 4 – 5 p.m. D – H
• 5 – 6 p.m. I – P
• 6 – 7 p.m. Q – Z

All participants will have the opportunity to receive their diploma, cross the stage and have their photograph taken by QVCC staff photographers. Faculty, staff and the QVCC Foundation and Alumni Association will be on-hand to cheer our graduates.


QVCC Foundation Announces Funding for Summer College $25,000

Generous Donation from Steve and Marge Townsend, the Buttner Family, and LiR members

**As of May 27, 2021 all funds have been expended**

DANIELSON – The Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation is pleased to announce a $25,000 block grant for 2021 Summer College courses. For any matriculated QVCC student, including incoming and existing QVCC students, who are pursuing careers in health care, may register for the following courses free of charge until funds have been expended:

• HLT 141- Intro to Phlebotomy
• MED 125, Med. Terminology
• HLT 170, Law and Ethics

Professor and Medical Assisting Program Coordinator Brian Clinton states, “This funding is serving students at different stages of their education. For those interested in new career fields and who need quick training, they can start with phlebotomy and medical terminology.  For those students getting nearer to the end of their training, the health care law and ethics introduce students to the complex issues of bioethics, maleficence, and justice. These are often topics on the national board exams student take upon completion from the allied health programs.”

Director of Intuitional Advancement, Monique Wolanin, praised our donors for their continued support, “This generous donation from Steve and Marge Townsend, the Buttner Family and LiR members is truly a “win-win.” For our hardworking students, they don’t have to worry about the financial burden of paying for these courses, while the greater community also wins as these same students will eventually graduate and go on to serve others in their chosen medical fields. As the pandemic has shown, health care providers are essential in all communities.  These donors are helping educate our future essential heroes.”

There are three summer sessions offered, two five-week sessions and a ten-week session, beginning June 7. If you qualify as a matriculated student, funds to cover the cost of the course will be applied to your account. For additional information, contact Jennifer Hyatt


For more information about the QVCC Foundation, please contact Monique Wolanin, director of institutional advancement at 860-932-4174

Release: May 11,2021, UPDATE May 27, 2021