QVCC Workforce Development and Continuing Ed: Spring Open House, Programs, and LiR Continuing Ed Scholarship Fund Exceeds $50,000

The Quinebaug Valley Community College Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department has expanded in staff, programs, and funding.  With the recent growth of tuition assistance funds, more community members will have the opportunity for low or no-cost training to advance or start a career.

Patricia Meyer, the new Director of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, comes to QVCC from Fredrick Community College, MD with extensive experience in leading Workforce Development programs. Jennifer Armstrong, Continuing Education Aide and QVCC alumna, previously worked as a student worker at QVCC and is supporting enrollment of Workforce Development students.

The community is invited to attend one of the upcoming open house events to learn more about short-term workforce training options for this spring. Virtual Open House dates are January 13 or 20, from 5 – 6 p.m., and an in-person event is scheduled for the QVCC Willimantic location, 729 Main Street, on January 18 from 3p-4p. QVCC is offering courses in Certified Nursing Assistant, Introduction to Medical Cannabis, Computer Skills, Pharmacy Technician, Real Estate, Business Leadership Series, Business Office Professional, Project Management, Dementia Care, MLT National Exam Preparation, and Veterinary Assistant. More courses will be added in the spring including the popular Motorcycle Basic Riders Course.

Twenty-seven years ago, community leaders started Learning in Retirement (now called LiR) at Quinebaug Community College to offer advanced learning and social opportunities for adults in the Quiet Corner. In 2008, as a thank you to the college, LiR started an endowed scholarship fund for those students seeking a college degree and reached a goal of $50,000 in 2012. Bill Brower, former LiR President and QVCC Foundation member stated, “In 2012, LiR decided to endow another fund for students seeking professional certifications which would provide for better jobs/better lives. This year, despite not meeting because of COVID, we reached another $50,000.00 goal.”  QVCC Director of Institutional Advancement, Monique Wolanin stated, “QVCC is made better thanks to our long relationship with LiR as part of our learning community. In addition to their course offerings, LiR Members volunteer at College and Foundation events, serve as QVCC Foundation Members, and thanks to the generosity of many members, provide annual scholarships to both credit and workforce development students. LiR has endowed two funds totaling over $100,000!”.

More information:

To register for an open house event: January 13 OR January 20    January 18 In -person
Learn more about workforce development programs
Application for the application for tuition assistance and payment options

Questions and Contact Information: 860.932.4005 or Email

Released January 7, 2022

Student Services Staff Available In-Person and Virtually

The fall semester begins on Thursday, August 26 and if you need assistance, we are here to help. Schedule an appointment today with admissions, advising, financial aid, Willimantic staff, and Veteran Services.

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RELEASED: August 10, 2021

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.

LEARN MORE:

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

Tackle the Trail – Six Month Countdown to Race Day

April 17th is the six-month mark until Tackle the Trail 2020! Are you ready to Tackle?

Mark your calendars! Saturday, October 17, 2020. This year, the race has grown to marathon and half marathon distances, open to individuals and up to six-person relay teams (relay teams for marathon distance only). With leg distances varying from 2.1 to 6.7 miles, this race is fit for elite runners and weekend warriors alike!

The half marathon will begin in Brooklyn, CT and the marathon will begin in Windham, CT; both races will end in Putnam, CT at the Hale YMCA with an awesome post-race festival sponsored by Michelob Ultra! Free beer, food, and fun!

Tackle the Trail takes place every third Saturday in October. Organized by the Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation, Tackle the Trail raises scholarship money for students within the community of northeast Connecticut and beyond. The support of this race allows QVCC students to receive a debt-free education.

To register for Tackle the Trail, visit tacklethetrail.org. Follow Tackle the Trail on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date with the latest information and to connect with other runners. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels. To inquire about sponsorships, please contact Monique Wolanin, Race Director, at mwolanin@qvcc.edu.

Tackle the Trail would also like to give a special shout out to The Wyndham Land Trust and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for all their help in making the marathon and half marathon extension possible.

 

Apply for Summer or Fall Semester – Get accepted this week!

March 18, 2020

QVCC Admissions is Here for You

Although the QVCC campus is closed, QVCC is actively processing applications for summer college and the fall semester.  If you have questions, please Email college admissions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

  1. Apply Online Now -There is NO APPLICATION FEE
  2. You will receive your acceptance via your personal Email
  3. After you receive your acceptance, you should mail or Email your additional requirements to the College
    1. *High school students* – We understand you may not have access to your in-progress high school transcripts at this time.  This will NOT delay your acceptance to the College. You can send or Email SAT and ACT scores if you have them.
    2. Basic Skills Assessment – As of March 18, we will not be holding assessment testing on-campus this spring. We are working towards a new solution and we will Email you with an update as soon as we have one.
  4. Apply NOW for Federal Financial Aid – QVCCs school code 010530
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Our Multicultural Selves: Building Cultural Awareness

multicultural conceptIn collaboration with Quinebaug Middle College, Killingly High School, Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School, and the NAACP, Quinebaug Valley Community College will host, “Our Multicultural Selves: Building Cultural Awareness” on Wednesday, November 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m in room W101 (Danielson Campus).

Presented by Dr. Mara Gottlieb, this interactive discussion is designed to provide participants with the resources to develop a personal and intellectual understanding of bias and discrimination, help construct a greater sense of commonality, create a greater understanding of the benefits of a community where people feel safe, seen and respected, learn and utilize strategies to engage others in sensitive conversations, and utilize concrete tools to create a more inclusive community.

This discussion is invite-only. For additional information, contact Jon Andersen at 860-932-4054 or jandersen@qvcc.edu.

 

November Coming Events

Quinebaug Valley Community College is hosting a number of events in November. These events are free and open to the public.

  • November 7 – Waiting for Yoko: The Role of Art and Poetry in Facing the Climate Crisis – Join us in the SPIROL Gallery on Thursday, November 7 from 6-9 p.m. for “Waiting for Yoko: The Role of Art and Poetry in Facing the Climate Crisis” featuring Margaret Gibson, Connecticut Poet Laureate. The poetry readings will be followed by an open mic. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Contact: Jon Andersen (jandersen@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4054).
  • November 8 – Veterans Day Celebration – QVCC will celebrate Veterans Day on November 8 from 2-3 p.m. in the Robert E. Miller Auditorium. Bricks added to the Veterans Garden will be dedicated at the ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony, the Veterans Connection Photo Exhibit will open in the SPIROL Gallery. Afterwards, guests are welcome to visit the Veterans Garden, located in the circle outside the College’s main entrance. Contact: Annie Hill (ahill@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4114).
  • November 9 – Saturday Registration for Winter and Spring Terms – Meet with an academic advisor to pick the perfect schedule from 9 – 2 p.m. Both the Danielson campus and our Windham Technical High School location will be open. Learn more at www.qvcc.edu/register.
  • November 13 – Fall Open House – Learn about our 50 degree and certificate programs and meet with QVCC faculty at our Fall Open House on Wednesday, November 13 from 6-8 p.m. Apply on or before November 13 for your chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! Contact: Sarah Hendrick (shendrick@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4096).
  • November 20 – Financial Aid Night – Are you planning to attend college? Are you the parent of a senior in high school? Attend our presentation if you want to learn more about funding a college education, sources and types of financial aid, how to complete the FAFSA and more! Contact: QVCC Financial Aid Office (860-932-4003).

Sixth Annual Manufacture Your Future Event at Quinebaug Valley Community College

QVCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology CenterOn Friday, October 25 from 8:30am-12:30pm, Quinebaug Valley Community College will welcome more than 200 students from area high schools for the Sixth Annual Manufacture Your Future event. This event is held each year in October during Advanced Manufacturing Month in Connecticut.

Manufacture Your Future is a hands-on introduction to QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC). Activities will include a tour of the AMTC, the opportunity to meet graduates of the AMTC program, live demonstrations and interactive workshops. The workshops the students will attend are:

  • Programmable Logic Controllers with our PLC’s adjunct who is also a representative from PepsiCo
  • Lean Concepts with a representative from Fastenal
  • Romer Arm 3D Scanning with a representative from Hexagon Metrology
  • Robotics with one of our Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics alums

Steve LaPointe, Director of QVCC’s AMTC, explained, “Manufacture Your Future is so important for students because it serves as a pipeline into career exploration in the field of advanced manufacturing.” He continued, “We’ve got students coming from high schools in central Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It’s great that we can show students from surrounding states what QVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program has to offer.”

Guidance counselors are strongly recommended to attend. More than 25 business from Eastern Connecticut will be on hand to talk with students about career opportunities.

For more information, contact Jodi Clark (jclark1@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4128).

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

Earth Day at QVCC

Earth Day Group Photo

On Monday, we will be hosting our annual Earth Day celebration on campus! From 11-2 there will be activities for students to participate in to learn more about Earth Day. When students make a pledge and write it on the Earth Day Pledge Board, they will receive a free Earth Day t-shirt!

Flower Planting

There will be free food as well, hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream from We-Li-Kit Farm. We will have a couple vendors and you can plant your own flower in a QV mug to take home with you!

Trash to Treasure

My favorite part of the Earth Day celebration is the Trash to Treasure tables. People can bring in items to donate and on Earth Day we put out all the items and they are open for people to take for free! If you have items that you would like to donate, the collection is happening today in Room C127 at the Danielson campus from 12-6. I love being able to purge and get rid of the things that I don’t need or use anymore and the bonus is that I can find something that I really love for free in exchange! Don’t miss the Earth Day celebration on Monday, see you there!