Brought to you by Quinsigamond Community College and Anna Maria College, the Higher Education and Active Responsiveness through Transfer (H.E.A.R.T.) Initiative provides the very best that each college offers. The initiative is designed to provide a cost effective pathway for students interested in associate and bachelors degrees in public service-driven careers.

The most that students will pay for their associate and bachelors degrees obtained through the H.E.A.R.T. initiative is $40,000.

Students who choose the H.E.A.R.T. Initiative upon entry to QCC as commuter students will be able to become part of the Anna Maria College experience for all four years of the program. From the beginning, students can partake in a variety of Anna Maria social and special events to connect with the campus community. Students can choose to attend Anna Maria for their junior and senior years as either commuters or residential (additional room and board costs apply) students. While at Anna Maria, minimal student fees will apply.

Click here for H.E.A.R.T. Scholarship Guidelines. 

H.E.A.R.T. Initiative students have an opportunity to earn a value-based, service-focused education in the following majors: 

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program emphasizes theory, research and clinical/education techniques to create well-rounded professionals. Students are encouraged to work towards understanding the dignity of human life, the importance of compassion and the cultivation of just and ethical practices. Advanced Criminal Justice coursework runs concurrently with community field placements, allowing H.E.A.R.T. Initiative students to observe and work alongside professionals.

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The teacher preparation program at Anna Maria College focuses on developing deeply committed, knowledgeable, and reflective practitioners. Students are mentored as they become proficient in planning and implementing standards-based curriculum from faculty who provide a wealth of professional experience. The teacher preparation curriculum focuses on Universal Design for Learning to prepare our educators to meet the diverse need of all students. Integrated into the program are three field experiences which explore difference content areas and grade levels. We offer our students rich and diverse opportunities to teach in a variety of settings and explore how content and pedagogy are applied in the field.

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Fire Science

The Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program integrates liberal arts education and strong career instruction to produce well-rounded emergency service professionals. Classes are taught by expert emergency service professionals and a strong focus is placed on the ever-changing aspects of fire and emergency services leadership and administration.

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Human Services

H.E.A.R.T. Initiative students in the Human Services program are encouraged to design their major field of study while also completing a core set of courses in the liberal arts and interdisciplinary Human Services fields. Students focus on critical and integrated thinking, technological and quantitative literacy, exploration of religion, the Catholic tradition, ethics, scholarly and professional knowledge and cultural and social diversity. The program’s objective is for students to develop an understanding of a human service professional’s responsibility to clients, colleagues, employers, the community, society and the profession itself.

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Social Work

Accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council of Social Work Education, H.E.A.R.T. Initiative students in the Bachelor of Social Work program focus on ethics, advocacy and respect for human dignity to prepare for generalist practice in public and private social work agencies or to move on to graduate studies. Students gain first-hand knowledge of the field from professionals with real-world social work experience. The program’s junior-year internship and senior-year field placement integrate the knowledge, values and skills that will become the foundation for competent and effective professional social work practice.

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