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Saturday, February 08, 2014


To celebrate Quinsigamond Community College's 50th anniversary, the college is naming "50 Guardians": QCC alumni and friends who have made a difference within the QCC and broader Worcester communities.

Guardians from all manner of occupation and walks of life have already been announced. GoLocalWorcester will profile a Guardian every week, celebrating each of these 50 extraordinary individuals.

Find out more about Florence--plus how to nominate a Guardian--below.

Florence “Flo” A. LeClair: Emergency Room Care Coordinator, UMass Memorial Medical Center

You could say that nursing defines Florence A. LeClair – who prefers to be called Flo. Since 1972, she has dedicated herself to serving the health care needs of others and credits Quinsigamond Community College for laying the foundation for her career.

A lifelong Worcester resident, she enrolled at the David Hale Fanning School immediately after high school and became a licensed practical nurse in 1972. LeClair spent a few years in the workforce, but felt she needed additional training, so she entered QCC, earning her associate degree in 1978.

“I had great bedside manner and clinical training, but when I went to QCC, I learned the theory behind what I’d been practicing for the last six years,” she said, adding that she also received a BSN from Assumption College in 1988.

LeClair, Emergency Room Care Coordinator at UMass Memorial Medical Center, was recently named an Alumni Guardian by Quinsigamond Community College, for her service to the community and the college. To help celebrate QCC’s 50th anniversary, the college is naming 50 guardians who have made a difference in their lives and the lives of those around them. The first 10 guardians were announced earlier this fall, and now QCC is seeking nominations from the community. Read more about the Guardians and find out how to nominate someone at www.qcc.edu/guardians

For the last 30 years, LeClair’s career focused primarily on hospice and palliative care. She began in the oncology palliative care unit at UMass Memorial Medical Center and worked in this field at the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) for 11 years. In 1995, she started the hospice program at UMass Memorial Medical Center and worked there until 2010, when she became case manager in the emergency room at UMass Memorial.

LeClair’s ties to Quinsigamond continue as she oversees a scholarship established in her sister’s name. Carmen Tobin graduated from the nursing program at QCC in 1984 and unexpectedly died two weeks later. Her brother-in-law was so moved by what the College had done for his wife that he created the nursing scholarship to provide financial assistance to other students.

For LeClair, the small school community atmosphere at Quinsigamond proved to be ideal. “I felt the professors supported us and thought the nursing program was high caliber,” she said. “This program presents a good way to taste the different health professions available.”

Guardians should be people who have attended QCC or been involved with the college, and been transformed by their experience. It may have led them to further education, involvement in the community, or entrepreneurship.

The guardians represent the spirit of the College’s mythological mascot, the Wyvern, who was the guardian protector of our sister city, Worcester, England. Staff, faculty, and friends of Quinsigamond Community College also may be considered for this award provided they meet the eligibility guidelines. A selection committee will review nominations and choose guardians.

To nominate a guardian, go to www.qcc.edu/guardians and fill out the form provided. Watch for announcements on Twitter at twitter.com/50Guardians.


Related Slideshow: New England Colleges With the Best Undergraduate Teaching

U.S. News & World Report released a survey conducted in 2013 of college administrators on the best schools for undergraduate teaching. Several New England made their lists for best National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, and Regional Universities. See which schools made the lists in the slides below: 

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National Universities

9. Brown University

Providence, RI 
Students: 6,435
2013-14 Tuition: $45,612
Admissions: 9.6% Acceptance Rate
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National Universities

5. Yale University 

New Haven, CT
Students: 5,405
2013-14 Tuition: $44,000
Admissions: 7.0% Acceptance Rate
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National Universities

1. Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Students: 4,193
2013-14 Tuition: $46,752
Admissions: 9.8% Acceptance Rate
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National Liberal Arts Col

18. Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA 
Students: 2,322
2013-14 Tuition: $41,456
Admissions: 42.1% Acceptance Rate
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Liberal Arts Colleges

9. Amherst College

Amherst, MA
Students: 1,817 
2013-14 Tuition: $46,574
Admissions: 13.0% Acceptance Rate
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Liberal Arts Colleges

5. Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Students: 2,052
2013-14 Tuition: $46,600
Admissions: 17.0% Acceptance Rate
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Regional Univ. - North

4. Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
Students: 3,879
2013-14 Tuition: $42,920
Admissions: 71.2% Acceptance Rate
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Regional Univ. - North

2. Providence College

Providence, RI
Students: 3,810
2013-14 Tuition: $42,206
Admissions: 61.0%

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