2,200 Students eligible for PACT at priority deadline; funding remains on a first come, first served basis

(HARTFORD, CT) – Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) President Mark Ojakian announced that interest in the Pledge to Advance Connecticut (PACT), Connecticut’s tuition and fee free community college program, has been strong, with more than 2,200 students receiving $2.5 million in grant awards through the July 15 deadline for priority consideration. These qualified students will owe no out-of-pocket tuition or mandatory fees to attend one of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges.

More than half – those whose tuition and fees are already covered by existing federal, state, and institutional funding – will receive the minimum grant of $250 for educational expenses.

“While it might not sound like a lot, that $250 grant will make a real difference to our poorer students, many of whom are students of color, who all too often face nearly insurmountable obstacles – from childcare, to food insecurity, to unreliable transportation – to obtaining a degree,” President Ojakian said.

As previously announced, the community colleges will continue to accept applications for PACT for the fall semester on a first come, first served basis. Students who enroll now will receive priority in the order in which they are received, within available funding. CSCU plans to award at least an additional $1 million in PACT scholarships to eligible students.

“It is not too late for qualified students to attend college with no out-of-pocket expenses,” said Dr. David Levinson, interim president of Connecticut State Community College. “All potential college students should strongly consider a community college. With free community college and seamless transfer to our universities, students can earn even earn a four-year degree while saving tens of thousands of dollars. It’s a win-win, but potential students should not wait. Enroll today at ct.edu/pact.”

In order to qualify for PACT, potential students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a graduate of a public or private Connecticut high school (GED and homeschooled students qualify).
  • Be a first-time college student (those who participated in dual enrollment programs while in high school are not excluded).
  • Fill out FAFSA and accept all awards.
  • Attend community college full-time (12 or more credits per semester).
  • Enroll in classes today for first come, first served consideration.
  • Participate in a degree or credit-bearing certificate program.
  • Once enrolled, remain in good academic standing.

PACT is a last-dollar scholarship, so once students enroll in classes and complete all necessary financial aid documentation, including the FAFSA, PACT funding will be applied to their account.


Release July 27, 2020
Leigh Appleby, CSCU director of communications


QVCC Offers New Online Performing Arts Courses this Fall

This fall, Quinebaug Valley Community College is pleased to offer several new and exciting Performing Arts courses—all live online experiences from the comfort of your living room. Students can now earn college credit while having fun in classes like dance, guitar, and theatrical improvisation.

Movement as Creative Expression explores the elements of dance including classical and contemporary technique, choreography/composition, and performance. Students will engage with technical dance genres, participate in creative choreography, and work on collaborative projects.

Tap Dance is a percussive form of dance utilizing time, weight, coordination, speed, and rhythm. Students will gain an awareness of tap techniques, its origins, impact, and evolution. Both dances classes are a fun way to get a good workout from the comfort of the living room.

Guitar I and Guitar II courses encourage students to rock the guitar this fall. Both classes provide a basic foundation in guitar playing and musicianship. Guitar I is geared to students with no previous experience in the guitar or general music. Literacy in guitar notation and tab reading, and basic rhythms and chords will be developed. Guitar II is for students who have some experience with the guitar, know a few chords, and feel ready to take their playing to the next level.

Improvisation, also known as the “Yes, and” performing art form, is based on theatrical games where actors create scenes and characters on the spot. Employed by business leaders and professionals in all industries, improv training sharpens the mind and helps shy people learn to socialize as they tap their comedic impulses. This online course is for all students, including those new to improvisation, as well as those familiar with establishing support, trust, initiation, agreement, and the other tools used by those skillful improvisers seen on TV shows like SNL and Whose Line is It, Anyway?

Dance classes are taught by Nichola Johnson, a choreographer who holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Johnson’s approach to education empowers the student to master technical elements and develop a rich personal style. Nichola is the Founder/Director of The Complex Performing and Creative Arts Centre in Northeastern Connecticut and serves on the faculties of many high school and college performing arts departments.

Guitar is taught by Chris Monti, a professional musician teaching guitar and playing music professionally for over 15 years. His eclectic style embraces rock & roll, country-blues, early jazz, and R+B. Singing and playing electric guitar and harmonica in several bands, he leads The Chris Monti Band, playing an upbeat mix of original dance music along with West African and Caribbean songs, and is a member of The Devilfish, a power trio dance band covering surf, mambo, cumbia, punk, blues, boogie and Latin pop.

Improvisation acting is taught by Tom Epstein, a performer who trained at NY-based Upright Citizens Brigade. Epstein is a house-team performer, coach, and instructor at P.I.G. (Providence Improv Guild www.improvpig.com), and an educator with degrees from Emerson College.

For more information regarding the Performing Arts courses, please contact Brian Kaufman at okaufman@qvcc.edu.

The first day of fall semester begins on Wednesday, August 26. To apply to the College, visit qvcc.edu/admissions-financial-aid/admissions/ and be sure to apply for Financial Aid. If you need assistance, please email the Admissions Department at admissions@qvcc.edu and they will be happy to assist you.

Nichola Johnson headshot
Nichola Johnson
Chris Monti headshot
Chris Monti
Tom Epstein headshot
Tom Epstein


Advanced Manufacturing Program is Up and Running

Introduction to Machine Operator Program and Spring Credit Courses Resume On-Campus

Quinebaug Valley Community College closed campus on March 12th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most QVCC classes were able to resume online the week of March 23, but hands-on courses needing lab time needed a different solution.  QVCC Director of Advanced Manufacturing, Steve LaPointe received approval for a phase one re-opening of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC) by Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian in late May.  Using CDC guidelines, social distancing and safety precautions, the first group of students returned on June 2, and 12 students were able to complete their short-term training in Introduction to Machine Operator Program they began March 3.

The Introduction to Machine Operator Program, is a seven-week, 210 hour program through the Eastern Connecticut Manufacturing Pipeline, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor-Workforce Innovation Fund in partnership with the CT Department of Labor and the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board.  This was the 21st Pipeline program run at QVCC.  The training supports the hiring demands for Electric Boat, Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) and other manufacturers.  Mark Hill, interim president/CEO EWIB congratulated the students on their success, “Congratulations to QVCC and the Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative (MPI) students for completing the Machine Operator training program! Using on-line training and other creative options, they persevered in the training program in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The students acquired important skills which will help them in the job market in the future.”

On Monday June 8th, students who were enrolled in spring manufacturing courses started back at the lab to finish National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Credentials. Additional plans this summer include bringing Windham Early College Opportunity (ECO) students to campus starting July 6. ECO is a collaboration between QVCC and Windham High School, Willimantic, CT which provides a pathway of courses taught at Windham High School leading towards a QVCC certificate in Advanced Manufacturing.

LaPointe stated, “It is great to get up and running again at the College. The students in the Pipeline program were eager complete, as you can tell by their smiles (photo attached).” LaPointe also talked about the upcoming fall semester stating, “We will be running with half the capacity we normally run for a total of 24 students, dividing them between on-ground in the classroom and in the lab. Students who are interested in enrolling for fall should not delay.”

For additional information, contact Steve LaPointe, 860.932.4111 or slapointe@qvcc.edu.

CARES Act Distributions for Students

May 22, 2020

Questions: please contact the Bursar’s office, Jen Hyatt

QVCC Students:
The recently enacted federal CARES Act includes a distribution of funds to institutions of higher education, including QVCC.  A significant portion of this funding will be reserved to provide students with grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to Covid-19.

***To avoid delays in receiving the grant, please consider immediately enrolling in direct deposit by following the link below or clicking on the “Direct Deposit” box directly on the homepage of MyCommnet. Please also review for the accuracy of your address and any direct deposit information already on file.

Please note the following important terms of the grant:

  • This grant is to be used as direct assistance for expenses related to the disruption of your studies during the spring 2020 semester, such as: food, housing, materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.
  • Even if you have an outstanding balance on your account, your grant will not be reduced.
  •  This funding does not impact your financial aid award.

We are working as quickly as possible to process the funding, and we currently estimate the money to be disbursed in May, but the timing is subject to change. Students on direct deposit can expect the grant to be deposited sooner than those receiving checks.

Graduation Application Extended

Monday, March 16, 2020

QVCC students who are applying to graduate in May 2020 can apply for graduation until April 15. The application is available online and should be Emailed to the Records Office.  If you have already applied for graduation, you should receive an Email with your graduation audit.  The graduation ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the Danielson campus.



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.

# # #

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

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:

Estela Hernandez

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

Matthew Thomas

David Esangbedo

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

Michael Burdick

Dustin Paquette

Brent LaVoie, Tyler LePage, Melissa Morton

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

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

Ty Nilo

Derek Achille

Mary Hayden, Ericka Schaedler

Jennylyn Duyan

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

Jessica Bedard-Plummer

Kasandra Fox

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

Quyen Di Sabino

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

Jonathan Maurice

Old Mystic
Alec Rugh

Old Saybrook
Daniel Baldi

Ashley Finley

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

Dawn Libby

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

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

Alyssa Ford, Lauryn Hart, Zachary Moore, Nicholas Polaino

John Bibeau

Storrs Mansfield
Nicole Abbott, Ashley Sackschewsky

Cheryl Chabot

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

Stacy Barr

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

Isabella Donaldson

George Rosenberg

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.