QVCC Earns 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School Designation

Military Friendly School 2020-2021Quinebaug Valley Community College announced that it has earned the 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School designation, maintaining Gold status distinction.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,000 schools participated in the 2020-2021 survey with 695 earning the designation.

The 2020-­2021 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

Annie Hill, QVCC Veterans Associate and School Certifying Official stated, “It is such an honor to have been named a Military Friendly® School, maintaining our Gold status distinction. Quinebaug Valley Community College is so proud to have been recognized for the level of service provided to the students who have so selflessly served our country. Veteran students are an integral part of our college community, and their successes are indicative in this achievement.”

Military Friendly’s National Director Josh Rosen stated, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to colleges creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to invest in programs to provide educational outcomes that are better for the Military Community as a whole.”

For more information about QVCC’s student veteran programs, visit QVCC’s website at www.qvcc.edu/veterans.

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About Military Friendly® Schools:
The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data­-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post­secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

About Quinebaug Valley Community College:
QVCC is committed to providing the best possible education, guidance, and support for our military men and women. We take pride in offering veterans and service members a strong support system, including assistance with military educational benefits packages, advising, registration and certification services in a one-stop fashion. The dedicated Veterans Oasis, Veterans Advisory Committee, Veterans Day Celebration, Veterans Stand Down Resource Fair, and Veterans Garden are some of the ways QVCC supports its veterans.

About Viqtory:
Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands.  VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at www.viqtory.com.

For further information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Josh Rosen
Military Friendly
Military Friendly National Director
Josh.Rosen@militaryfriendly.com 

Annie Hill
Quinebaug Valley Community College
Veterans Associate and School Certifying Official
ahill@qvcc.edu |860-932-4114

 

QVCC Announces Spring Corporate Training Workshops

Quinebaug Valley Community College has announced the spring schedule of training programs for local business professionals. From March through June 2020, the QVCC Danielson campus will host several corporate-training workshops through the Business & Industry Services department. The workshops will kick off with a two-session Conflict Resolution program, held on March 4 and March 11, 2020. Later in March, QVCC will launch its popular Leadership @ All Levels and Succeeding as a Supervisor series.

In April, the college’s Feel Better – Work Better series will begin, with six one-day workshops on the in-demand topics of Emotional Intelligence, Organizational Skills, Managing Workplace Stress & Anxiety, Time Management, Assertiveness and Self-Confidence, and Goal Setting & Getting Things Done.

“These workshops are designed to help folks develop new skills and build on existing strengths,” explained Business & Industry Services Director Andrew Morrison. “We ask the trainees to bring their real-world insight and experience to the table so they can learn from one another as much as from the trainer. Everyone leaves with new tools that can be immediately applied in the workplace.”

Registration fees vary per workshop and prospective participants are encouraged to ask their employer to sponsor them into their chosen program. Details on the spring workshops, the registration process, and onsite training options can be found by visiting www.qvcc.edu/training or by contacting the QVCC Business & Industry Services department at (860) 932-4360.

 

Upcoming Spring Events

DANIELSON, CT — Quinebaug Valley Community College has a number of upcoming spring events. The following events are free and open to the public:

  • January 30 – Chinese New Year Celebration – Join us on Thursday, January 30 at 12:30pm in the Robert E. Miller Auditorium for Chinese New Year, celebrating 2020: The year of the rat. Dream Performing Arts and their many talented performers will be here for singing and dancing demonstrations. Contact: Ling-chuan Chu (lchu@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4072).
  • February 12 – Black History Month – Celebrate Black History Month with QVCC from 10am-2pm on February 12 in the Robert E. Miller Auditorium. We will welcome back Dr. Stacey Close, Associate Provost and Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University, for a presentation on “African Americans and the Vote.” Contact: Michelle Jones (mjones@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4075).
  • February 4, 11, 18, 25 – Tour Tuesdays – Come visit QVCC for Tour Tuesdays! Every Tuesday at 5:30pm during the month of February. See what QVCC can offer you! Contact: Sarah Hendrick (shendrick@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4096).
  • March 11 – Open House – Join us for our Spring Open House on March 11 at 6pm. Open House is the best way to discover why QVCC should be your choice for starting, finishing, or continuing your college education. One student who applies on or before March 11 (and attends Open House) will win a $1,000 scholarship towards a degree or credit certificate program. Contact: Sarah Hendrick (shendrick@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4096).
  • March 26 – Naloxone Training – Through the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative grant (CHCI), QVCC will offer a free training on administering Naloxone (Narcan) during an opioid overdose. The training will be held on March 26 in room W106 (Danielson Campus) from 5-6pm. Training is open to the public and includes a free Naloxone kit to take with you. Contact: Mikaela Kitka (mkitka@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4299).

Fall 2019 Dean’s List

Quinebaug Valley Community College has announced the names of 202 students named to the fall semester dean’s list:

Andover
Estela Hernandez

Ashford
Nikki Burnett, Diana Cone, Sarah Gamache, Jared Green, Adam Klesser, Yuliia Serheieva

Baltic
Matthew Thomas

Bloomfield
David Esangbedo

Brooklyn
Michael Addison, Daniel Estremera Jr., Antonio Machiavelli, Nathan Maldonado, Joseph Pressley, Michael Rivera, Hailey Barrows, Andrew Davis, Ariel Flounders, Hanna Forsten, Nathan Graveline, Carson Hadley, William Hamill, Autumn Jackson, Anthony Jean, Zachariah Lehoux, Sherry Lowe, Anthony Menounos, Shyanne Metzger, Tiahma Rawls, Natalia Reali, Itzel  Rojas, Michael Scott, Robert Siwko, Justin Soucy

Chaplin
Michael Burdick

Colchester
Dustin Paquette

Coventry
Brent LaVoie, Tyler LePage, Melissa Morton

Danielson
Erica Bates, Jeaneen Cloutier, Angela Dean, Rebecca Ducat, Jon Dufault, Delia Eldridge, Morgan Harvey, Candice Koolhaas, Michaela Marshall, James McIntire, Samantha Morowski, Jenna Normandin, Christina Petty, Kayla Picciarelli, Megan Reynolds, Vanessa Simmons, John Swinyer, Brianna Worden

Dayville
Carolyn Anderson, Brendon Auger, Sarah Azizi, Samantha Hindle, Brianna Hogan, Emily Keeling, Rachel Martinelli, Lynn Paquin, Vincent Pontarelli, Jarrica Rainville, Jenna Rodrigues, Tayler Tracy, Nicolas Washburn, Joseph Wolchesky

Eastford
Ty Nilo

Franklin
Derek Achille

Griswold
Mary Hayden, Ericka Schaedler

Groton
Jennylyn Duyan

Hampton
William Lehoux, India McDermott Arriola, Phoebe Miller, Holly Neborsky, Alayna O’Callaghan, Glenna Silk

Killingly
Jessica Bedard-Plummer

Lebanon
Kasandra Fox

Mansfield Center
Jennifer Del Valle, Braden Lemire, Marisol Prather, Ruth Soderberg

Meriden
Quyen Di Sabino

Moosup
Ryan Ballard, Shania Fontaine, Heather Magao, Nicole Mahon, James Murphy, Anjuli Pickett, Lindsey Salas

North Grosvenordale
Tyler Baker, Ernest Blanchard Jr., Laura Durand, Heather Gauthier-Bourgeois, Talia Gould, Sylwia Helwig, Justin Phelps

North Windham
Lisa Gardner, Maxwell Landeck

Norwich        
Jonathan Maurice

Old Mystic
Alec Rugh

Old Saybrook
Daniel Baldi

Oneco
Ashley Finley

Plainfield
Amanda Abbott, Alyssa Aubin, Annalicia Berard, Brandon Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Knowlton, Amanda LaRochelle, Elizabeth Lemoine, Kristi Luchi, Bernadette Michaud, Michael Mosher Jr., Joshua Sandage, Holly Schroth, Madison Tatro, Joshua Titus, Patricia Wilson, Rijon Zekiri

Pomfret
Dawn Libby

Pomfret Center
Caitlin Barclay, Daniel Harrington, Gabrielle Larrow, Geoffrey McCann, James McNamara

Putnam
Jason Barber, Jason Becker, Kevin Champagne, Selena Cordero, Christopher Heaney, Mia Herrera, Natalie Ionkin, Hailey Jaques, Lauren Jones, Brittany Kallio, Ismail  Kiani, Mark LaMountain, Heather Montie, Aaron Ocasio, Kristina Radlo, Christopher Salce, Ronald Saucier, Katrina Suibielski, Garrett Sward, Alicia Troiano, Breana Weidele

Quaker Hill
Heather Stetner

Sterling
Alyssa Ford, Lauryn Hart, Zachary Moore, Nicholas Polaino

Stonington
John Bibeau

Storrs Mansfield
Nicole Abbott, Ashley Sackschewsky

Taftville        
Cheryl Chabot

Thompson
Anna Carr, Linda Charlton, Regina Cross, Kaitlyn Morton, Julia Radlo, Hannah Weiss

Wauregan
Stacy Barr

Willimantic  
Arely Garcia, Christina Haynes, Frank Hendrick, Doralis Lozano-Santiago, Beatriz Morales Portalatin, Tatiana Oliveras, Keith Udal

Willington
Isabella Donaldson

Windham
George Rosenberg

Woodstock
Robert Baldino, Seth Benoit, Kaylea Bessios, Aaron Blanchflower, Francesca Cicarelli, Korrin Durning, Javier Gonzalez, Genie Johnson, Seth Kelly, Dominick Lucenti, Lillian Mandeville, Dylan Martin, Zachary Mowry, Jolisa Peabody, Tristan Raszka, Emily Rosaci

Woodstock Valley
Harrison Frost, Gabriella Pompeo-Geremia

 

Dudley, MA
Abigail Spiewakowski

Southbridge, MA
Brent Bohm, Kathryn Bohm

Webster, MA
Adrienne Verity

Chepachet, RI
Rowan Coleman

North Providence, RI
Jacob Kaufman

Scituate, RI
Thomas Long

 

Free Naloxone (Narcan) Training at QVCC Through Healthy Campus Grant

Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) was approved for a continuation of the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative (CHCI) grant in the amount of $20,000 for a Campus Opioid Education and Awareness Program; 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 for our students, their families, and the community.

In collaboration with the Southeastern Regional Action Council (SERAC) and the CHCI grant, QVCC will offer a free Naloxone (Narcan) training on Thursday, December 5th from 5:00- 6:00pm in room W106. This training will teach participants the signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer Naloxone, a lifesaving overdose reversal medication, which will be provided to each participant at no cost. Additional trainings will take place in February and April 2020.

For further information and/or to register for events, please contact Mikaela Kitka at 860-932-4299 or mkitka@qvcc.edu.

Winter Session Begins January 2

Apply now and register starting November 4.

winter intersessionThe College is offering an accelerated selection of online courses during winter break running January 2 – 15th. If you are not currently enrolled at QVCC, you can apply online until December 31, 2019.   There is no application fee.

This is ideal for a student who would like to catch up or get ahead with their studies.  For students currently attending another institution, we encourage confirmation of course transfer back to your home institution prior to registration.

Winter Intersession Academic Calendar

 

Released: October 16, 2019

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.

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.

Woodstock Academy

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