Student Resources

photo sidebar longGO GLOBAL, STAY LOCAL


  • Complete an off-campus IQP for NO additional cost!
  • Have a cultural experience in neighborhoods close to your home!
  • Work on high profile research at a Project Center that has been in existence for over 10 years!
  • Start local, realize global impacts!
  • Become truly engaged and integrated in your community.
  • Exercise your potential to make an impact in statewide politics and national movements!


Projects with the WCPC are available in FOUR* terms: E 2019**, B 2019, C 2020, D 2020

* You select ONE term to do your IQP project with the WCPC.

** E 2019 tuition may be discounted by 50% for project related work. 


With a population of 181,000, Worcester, Massachusetts is the second largest city in New England.   Located in this vibrant and fast growing city, the Worcester Community Project Center (WCPC) is an off-campus project center offering WPI students the opportunity to become integrated with “their” community without leaving their “campus” residence. Students commute to work at the Worcester Community Project Center offices at 44 Portland Street or to their sponsoring organization in downtown Worcester.


The WCPC develops projects both from the grass roots and from the public sector.  This means we work with Worcester based organizations in the trenches of important social and environmental justice issues and local politicians working on issues that impact your Worcester neighbors.

Past projects have included working with a state senator on environmental legislation; analyzing differential exposure rates to toxic hazards in communities of color and low income communities in Worcester; urban greening; developing and implementing a climate action plan in a nearby community and conducting an information technology assessment for AIDS Project Worcester.

Students who choose the WCPC will experience Worcester in a manner they never have before. They will see the truly rich culture that exists outside of Highland Street.  By engaging with the greater Worcester community, students will see how science and technology can be applied to social and environmental causes both locally and globally. In fact, many, if not all, of the Worcester projects are of global importance!

The WCPC has been recognized around the City and the region as a valuable community resource.  As a result, students have the opportunity to work on a number of “high profile” community projects.  These projects make significant contributions to improving the city we live in.

Project sponsors range from municipal government, the Mayor’s Office, state Senators, Abby’s House, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, Broad Meadow Brook Audubon Sanctuary, Habitat for Humanity, YMCA of Central Massachusetts, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Division of Public Health, and many more community organizations.

Attend the Global Fair:

The Global Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 2 – 5 PM in the Sports & Recreation Center.  Stop by the WCPC table to learn more about our projects.

View the Site Session:

You can view a recorded Site Session in E-Projects.

Ask Questions:

If you have additional questions about the WCPC, please contact Laura Roberts. 

Apply to the WCPC:

Review the Program Guide to preview the steps to apply and program details.  Then watch a Site Session and start your application in E-Projects.

If you would like to complete your IQP with the Worcester Community Project Center in the current academic year, please Laura Roberts to learn more about our rolling admissions process for current academic year.