The goal of the Worcester/Central MA ASPIRE Regional Collaborative is to increase and support the success of students of color in our region by developing inclusive and diverse STEM faculty. This initiative builds upon several on-going collaborations among QCC, WSU, and WPI fostered by the Central MA STEM Network (CMSN) Ecosystem. To complete the continuum of preparing PreK-12 teachers, 2-year faculty, and 4-year teaching faculty, this ASPIRE-RC focuses on building the capacity for 2-year faculty from underrepresented groups (URG) in STEM in the Worcester area.

Regional Collaboratives (RC) are networks of geographically related 2- and 4-year institutions. Currently there are ASPIRE regional collaboratives in California, Iowa, and Texas. In this model, institutions work together to share and develop programs and experiences that work towards two primary goals:

  1. Increase the number and diversity of the pool of graduate students and qualified professionals pursuing a teaching career in STEM at 2-year colleges;
  2. Expand and strengthen the skills of future, early-career and current STEM faculty to teach the diverse student population.

Current partners (and contacts):

Quinsigamond Community College (Adrienne Linnell)
Worcester State University (Daron Banard)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Kathy Chen)

QCC Faculty Panel

On October 28, 2021, we held a virtual event, Teaching to Shape the Future of STEM. Five QCC faculty shared their path, experiences, and advice about teaching at community colleges. Watch the recording below. For more information about our speakers, click on the flyer below.