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September 15, 2020

QCC secures $1M student support grant

Photo | Grant Welker Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester

Quinsigamond Community College has received a $1.3-million federal grant to support first-generation or economically disadvantaged students, or those with disabilities.

The funding is set to last five years, benefiting a student services program the Worcester school began in 2010 with 120 student participants. Today, it's serving 150 students.

The new grant, announced by QCC on Friday, will allow the college to serve more of its most vulnerable students by providing them with a higher level of support, QCC President Luis Pedraja said in a statement.

TRIO Student Support Services staff members meet regularly with students to review and support a career and academic plan, to help them complete a program of study at QCC and/or transfer to a four-year institution. Services are designed to be hands-on, with individual and small-group tutoring, intensive advising, financial aid counseling, transfer assistance, discussion of academic goals, assistance planning class schedules, assistance with early registration and guidance throughout the semester. Students are also taught about social service and giving back to their community.

Roughly three-quarters of the QCC student body relies on financial need-based Pell grants and other financial aid, the school said, and more than 30% of students work an average of 30 hours per week. QCC has a diverse student body, with 21% of students identifying as Hispanic, 14% as Black/African American, 5% Asian, 4% other and 3% multi-racial/cultural.

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