Quinsigamond Community College STEM Initiatives
For over 50 years, Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA has provided thousands of opportunities for men and women to pursue a first-rate education and personal growth, whether preparing them for immediate entry into the workforce, transfer to bachelor level programs in four-year colleges and universities, or for personal and cultural enrichment. Area and regional businesses and professionals have benefited as well through regular and customized workforce training and education programming designed in partnership. In addition, the College works directly with K-12 school systems in a variety of collaborations and partnerships.
QCC prepares students for STEM based careers, including Automotive Technology, Applied Arts, Graphic Design, New Media Design, Digital Animation, Video Game Development, Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Biology, Chemistry, Pre-Pharmacy, Environmental Science, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Web Development, Programming, IT Network Administration, Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Cyber Security, Help Desk, Ford Maintenance and Light Repair, and many more.
Quinsigamond’s Engineering, Science, and Technology (QuEST) Center provides advanced academic and technical training needed to remain competitive in today’s environment. The QuEST center’s cutting edge technology and facilities enhances STEM programs at QCC, strengthening the educational pipeline for STEM careers in Massachusetts. From Pharmaceutical testing labs to industrial robotics, CAD/CAM studio to state-of-the-art Biology labs, the energy-efficient QuEST building offers three floors of lab space and equipment used in industry today.
To provide a cost-effective, yet comprehensive beginning on these academic pathways, many of the newly designed programs provide seamless transfer to Bachelor programs in the UMass or Massachusetts State University system, as well as select private institutions. These degrees are designed to maximize transfer credits to Bachelor’s degree programs, reducing cost and preventing lost time at the four-year school due to missing prerequisites. Academic innovations are also witnessed in QCC’s curriculum, such as guided pathways, Achievement Coaches, specialized STEM tutoring, Math Bootcamps and more.
The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Membership in the Association indicates that an institution has been stringently evaluated and found to meet high standards agreed upon by qualified educators.
In addition to its main campus on West Boylston Street in Worcester, the College has program locations in downtown Worcester at its Healthcare and Workforce Development Center, at the Senior Center in Worcester (Hospitality & Recreation Management), Burncoat High School in Worcester (Automotive Technology), in Marlborough at Assabet Valley and the Marlborough Senior Center, and at 5 Optical Drive in Southbridge. In June 2017. QCC announced it will offer programs in the Blackstone Valley in partnership with the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce.
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