In 2006, a small group of educators in northeast Connecticut came together to design a special program — a middle college high school — that would offer students an innovative educational option. Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) emerged from a comprehensive study and analysis of regional demographic and educational needs, as well as effective, research-supported models for non-traditional learners. In 2008, northeastern Connecticut’s QMC proposal gained final approval from the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), enabling partners from Killingly, Plainfield, Putnam, Thompson, Windham, Woodstock, Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) and EASTCONN to announce that the middle college’s doors would open at QVCC in August 2008.
Today, QMC welcomes students from across northeastern Connecticut and beyond. QMC students benefit from a high-school/community college program that provides the level of instruction and support necessary to ensure the success of those who are ready to accept greater responsibility and engage in managing their own learning. Students receive the support and assistance necessary to help them realize the goal of becoming effective, successful learners.
EASTCONN administers the middle college for the partnership. QMC is part of the Connecticut State Department of Education’s interdistrict magnet school initiative, which seeks to reduce, eliminate or prevent the racial, ethnic or economic isolation of public school students while offering a high-quality curriculum that supports educational improvement.
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