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

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.

Agenda:

  • 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

Voices from the Immigrant Rights Movement

A Discussion Featuring Vania Galicia, Sister Mary Jude Lazarus and Erin O-Neil Baker

Quinebaug Valley Community College will host Voices from the Immigrant Rights Movement, A Discussion Featuring Vania Galicia, Sister Mary Jude Lazarus and Erin O-Neil Baker on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. The event will take place at the QVCC Robert E. Miller Auditorium, QVCC Danielson campus, 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT 06239.

The panel will include:

Vania Galicia-Bacilio is a twenty-year-old undocumented immigrant who has lived in Willimantic Connecticut since she was three years old. She first began organizing when she was sixteen years old through a local organization called GROW Windham, which inspired her to become more involved in the immigrants’ rights movement. Since, she has been involved in the movement through several local organizations such as, Connecticut Students for a Dream, The Windham Immigrant’s Rights Coalition, Freedom at Eastern, and The Neighbor Fund. She is now attending Eastern Connecticut State University and working towards earning her English bachelor’s degree, and plans to use her degree to attend Law school in order to become an immigration lawyer.

Sister Mary Jude Lazarus is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church.  She feels privileged to have been able to serve in ministry to Hispanics in Eastern Connecticut since 1985, primarily in the Willimantic area.

Erin O’Neil-Baker is the founder and a partner of Hartford Legal Group, LLC, a law firm in Hartford, Connecticut, established in 2005, which focuses primarily on representing individuals with their immigration and naturalization needs. She has represented clients in Immigration Court proceedings, USCIS adjudications, U.S. District Court actions, Fifth and Second Circuit Appeals petitions, and Board of Immigration Appeals proceedings. She has challenged the deportation of high-profile clients and has been an invited speaker, clinic organizer, and participant for immigrant rights and community groups such as the Women and Girl Foundation, Unidad Latina, CT For Dreamers, CT ACLU, Middlesex Immigrant Rights Alliance, Wethersfield Women for Progress, as well as many churches and public schools.

For more information please contact Jonathan Andersen, professor of English (phone: 860-932-4054). The QVCC Cultural Programming Committee sponsors this event.

Released: March 12, 2019

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.

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