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

Fourth Annual Veterans’ Stand Down

Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. – 2 p.,m.

Quinebaug Valley Community College, in partnership with the Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse, will host its annual Veterans’ Stand Down, an event designed to give former service members assistance with benefits information, on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Danielson campus.

Beginning at 9 a.m., there will be a suicide prevention discussion in the Robert E. Miller Auditorium until 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the resource fair includes more than 50 community, health, government groups, veterans’ services groups, as well as representatives from the state Department of Labor, the American Legion and others.

For a second year, a fall prevention exposition organized by the Northeast District Department of Health will provide free health screenings for Veterans on a first-come, first-serve basis. The exposition is made possible by the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention.

For additional information, contact Annie Hill at 860-932-4114 or

Released: June 3, 2019


Graduation to Take Place at Woodstock Academcy

The Quinebaug Valley Community College Forty-seventh Commencement will take place on Wednesday, May 29, 2109, 6 p.m. at the Woodstock Academy Alumni Fieldhouse, 57 Academy Road, Woodstock, CT 06281.  Graduates and guests should enter through the Elizabeth Hyde Art Center Entrance.

Graduates should report to the Bates Auditorium at the Academy no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

  •  Tickets will be required for guests, who should enter the building at the gymnasium entrance.
  •  Graduates walking in the ceremony will receive five tickets when they pick up their caps and gowns.
  • Parking is available on the Green on Academy Road or Woodstock Academy parking lot.

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One Hundred-Nineteen Students Awarded Scholarships

A full scholarship awarded to Putnam High School student Jeffrey Reed

The Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation has awarded $140,000 in scholarships 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 worthy recipients.

Steve and Marge Townsend with Jeffrey Reed
Steve and Marge ’87, ’88 Townsend with Putnam High School Scholar full scholarship award winner Jeffrey Reed

Monique Wolanin, QVCC director of institutional advancement, was excited about awarding a newly established full-scholarship endowed by Steve and Marge ’87 ‘88 Townsend. Wolanin stated, “This year, for the first time in the Foundation’s 48 year history, thanks to the generosity of Steve and Marge Townsend, the Foundation awarded 1 full $5,000 scholarship to Putnam High School student Jeffrey Reed in recognition of his stellar high school achievements. This scholarship is renewable for year 2, effectively providing Jeffrey the opportunity to earn his Associate’s degree at QVCC free! Thank you to the Townsends and to the hundreds of donors who support the QVCC Foundation on an annual basis.”

Townsend Scholarships

The Townsends awarded 29 scholarships this year. 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.  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.

Released: May 2, 2019

QVCC to Host NASA’s CT Space Grant Consortium’s Spring Robotics Competition

DANIELSON, CT —The Robotics Team from Quinebaug Valley Community College, winner of last year’s NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium Community College Quadcopter Challenge, will host NASA’s Connecticut Space Grant Consortium Community College Spring Robotics Competition. The competition will be held on Friday, April 26 in the Quinebaug Valley Middle College gymnasium from 12-3pm.

Two QVCC teams will compete on Friday: 3L2R and the Rock Wobblers. Team Rock Wobblers is comprised of members Julia Boyce of Foster, RI (General Studies), Becca Cuff of Jewett City, CT (Biology), Garret Sward or Putnam, CT (Engineering Science) and Treye Chaney of Putnam, CT (General Studies). Team 3L2R is comprised of members Andrew Tingley of Dayville, CT (Engineering Science), Austin Grimshaw of Plainfield, CT (Computer Networking), Spencer Terwilliger of Danielson, CT (Computer Networking), and Joshua Robichaud of Danielson, CT (Technology Studies w/ Mechatronics Certificate).

Also participating will be Team Quad Squad from Northwestern Connecticut Community College, comprised of members Doug Hoffman (Lead), Amana Gregg, James Ivain, Tommy Le, Melissa Mallem, and Nathanial Reynolds. Additionally, Team New England Rotors from Three Rivers Community College will compete, comprised of members Yevhen Rutovytskyy (Lead), Jonathan Bermudez, Kevin Peterson, Nathaniel Reigles and Adam Rugh.

The approximate schedule is as follows:

  • 12:00 – 12:30pm: Lunch and team setup
  • 12:30 – 12:40pm: Welcome and Introduction
  • 12:40 – 1:15pm: Video and demonstration of rotor protection, camera mount, and unique capability
  • 1:15 – 1:45pm: Multi-pilot flight
  • 1:45 – 2:45pm: Close-up imaging and exploration (environmental parameter logging, sample return and mapping)
  • 2:45 – 3:00pm: Certificates for participating teams and closing remarks

Saturday Manufacturing Open House – April 27

Saturday, April 27, 9 – 1 pm

A Career that is in Demand – 25,000 jobs in CT over the next 10 years

amtc studentQVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center is hosting an interactive open house at the Danielson campus, Saturday April 27, 2019, 9 – 1 p.m.  The community and prospective students are invited to learn more about our certificate programs, which result in jobs, and one student will win a $500 scholarship.

The open house will feature presentations, tours, hands-on workshops and a live broadcast from WINY radio, Putnam, CT.  Beginning seven years ago with a certificate in Advanced Manufacturing Machining Technology, the program has grown to include a certificate in Mechatronics Automation Technician and courses in Metrology.  With strong support from local business partners in Eastern Connecticut, Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island, our graduates are employed with a 95% job placement rate.


  • Presentation on a career in manufacturing
  • Conversations with current students, alumni and local business owners
  •  Interactive workshops:
    • What is Mechatronics all about? ROBOTICS!
    • Is Metrology about the weather? No! That is meteorology!
    • Test-drive a CNC machine!
    • Program a traffic light with our PLC (programmable logic control)
  •  Tours and on-the-spot College application assistance

One student will win a $500 scholarship for the fall semester. Prospective students must apply to the College on or before April 27 and attend open house. Contact Steve LaPointe for additional information,  860.932.4111

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Summer College is Open for Registration

QVCC Summer Classes Are Now Open for Registration

Registration for Quinebaug Valley Community College’s Summer College 2019 is now open. Applications are now being accepted. Catch up or get ahead during the summer.

Three sessions are offered throughout the summer. Session one and two begin on June 10, with five and ten-week options. Session three begins on July 15 and will run for 5 weeks. Courses are offered online and on-ground at the Danielson campus. General Biology and Anatomy and Physiology , offered during session one, are hybrid courses.

Students who are currently attending other institutions should apply today . There is a $20 application fee. Confirmation of course transfer back to a home institution should take place prior to registration.

Released: March 19, 2019