QVCC Alumni Association Seeks to Connect with Former Students (9/19/13)
Since opening its doors in 1971, thousands of students have enrolled in credit courses at Quinebaug Valley Community College. Some took one or two courses. Others took courses and transferred. Still others completed a certificate or associate degree.
Now the college is attempting to connect all these former students—nearly 5,000 graduates and thousands more who passed through without completing a specific program—to the newly formed QVCC Alumni Association. According to Cherie Poirier, QVCC Foundation’s alumni director, “The Alumni Association is all about involvement, collaborating and conveying your passion, connecting alumni with present students, hearing where [former students] are now and uncovering just what role our community college played in that.”
Half of all undergraduates in the United States— approximately 13 million students— attend community colleges. Many will further their education, have successful careers, and become leaders in their fields. In order to stay connected to these former students, community colleges need to develop relations with alumni, who often identify with the four-year college from which they earned a degree.
There are many well-known QVCC alumni living in northeastern Connecticut and throughout the United States. The walls at the Danielson campus now display photos and stories of just a few. Poirier has kept busy the past few months contacting hundreds of alumni and trying to track down the whereabouts of many more.
“Our mission is to foster a vibrant and diverse alumni group whose membership is representative of and endorsement for the college community,” said Poirier. She urges any former QVCC student to contact her and “share their story” about where their QVCC education took them. “If a QVCC graduate made a difference in your life, I would also like to hear from you,” she added.