QCC’s 50 Guardians, Alumni Making a Difference: Michael O. Moore
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Ten Guardians from all manner of occupation and walks of life have already been announced, including this week's profile, Senator Michael O. Moore. GoLocalWorcester will profile a Guardian every week, celebrating each of these 50 extraordinary individuals.
Find out more about Sen. Moore--plus how to nominate a Guardian--below.
Senator Michael Moore--D-Millbury, representing the Second Worcester District
Growing up, civic duty was instilled in Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, by his parents who ensured that when he turned 18, he took care of two responsibilities: one required by the federal government — register for the draft — and the other required by his parents — register to vote. It’s no surprise that belief in civic duty led him to the Senate, where he is taking care of another responsibility: boosting financial assistance to community colleges, including Quinsigamond Community College.
Prior to the start of his political career, Moore worked for the Massachusetts Environmental Police. He wanted to add more credibility to his résumé and began taking courses nights and weekends at QCC, earning his associate degree in criminal justice in 1988. He began a slow transition into politics when he became a member of the Massachusetts Police Association executive board and interacted with legislators.
Back in his hometown of Millbury, a committee approached Moore and suggested he run for selectman, a campaign he won easily. In 2008, the current state senator was retiring and Moore was considered the ideal replacement.
Currently the chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, he seeks ways to reform the complex funding system for community colleges. QCC scored very high on all metrics and, as a result, experienced a nearly $4 million increase in state support.
Moore considers QCC an ideal starting point for students, from both an academic and economic standpoint. “Being able to attend QCC for two years at a drastically reduced cost affects a student’s loan debt,” he said. “And with the school’s networking and collaborations, a student can get into any other college or university.”
The Senator applauds Quinsigamond for creating the concept of guardian protectors. “Being honored with this award makes me appreciate the role I have in helping students,” he said.
Nominating a Guardian
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.
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