Supporting Academic Institutions

The Worcester Economic Club extends its thanks to the following academic institutions:


Anna Maria College logo

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of Saint Anne located on a spacious 192 acre campus in Paxton, MA. With an annual enrollment of 1,500 students, the College prides itself on providing a values-based, service-focused liberal arts education.

Anna Maria College offers more than 40 undergraduate career-focused majors and academic offerings, including graduate, certificate, online and accelerated degree programs. Some of the most popular fields of study include Education, Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Health Emergency Management, Music Therapy, Nursing, Social Work, and Sports Management. An 11:1 student-faculty ratio allows for a highly personalized learning experience and optimal student involvement. Anna Maria offers 13 NCAA Division III athletic teams, a variety of clubs and co-curricular activities, and an array of internship and study abroad opportunities. Learn more…


Clark University was founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Clark University is a small, liberal arts-based research university, along with STEM fields, addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renowned as a college that changes lives, Clark is emerging as a transformative force in higher education today.   LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences.  Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to contemporary challenges in the areas of Esports, Game Design, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change.  The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: “Challenge convention, Change our world.”

Clark University’s mission is to educate undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort.  The University seeks to prepare students to meet the challenges of a complex and rapidly changing society. In students and faculty, Clark fosters a commitment to excellence in studying traditional academic disciplines, as well as innovation in exploring questions that cross disciplinary boundaries.  The free pursuit of inquiry and the free exchange of ideas are central to that commitment.

The focus of Clark’s academic program is a liberal-arts education enriched by interactions among undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty, and is closely linked to a select number of professional programs.  Clark also serves students who wish to continue formal education throughout their lives.  The intellectual and personal growth of students is enhanced by a wide variety of educational programs and extracurricular activities.  Clark believes that intellectual growth must be accompanied by the development of values, the cultivation of responsible independence, and the appreciation of a range of perspectives.

Clark’s academic community has long been distinguished by the pursuit of scientific inquiry and humanistic studies, enlivened by a concern for significant social issues. Among many other scholarly endeavors, Clark contributes to understanding human development, assessing relationships between people and the environment, and managing risk in a technological society.  Clark is dedicated to being a dynamic community of learners able to thrive in today’s increasingly interrelated societies. The University maintains a national and international character, attracting high-caliber students and faculty from all quarters of the globe. As a university residing in an urban context, Clark also strives to address the needs and opportunities of contemporary urban life.

Clark’s intimate academic setting and tradition of “elbow teaching” provide many opportunities for students to pursue knowledge through participation.  High expectations, as well as easy access to the scholar-teacher faculty, encourage students to become autonomous learners.  Clark’s international and interdisciplinary orientation is combined with a tradition of strong self-direction among students and faculty.  These attributes enhance the University’s ability to contribute to the development of new modes of thought and to the advancement of society through the creation and transmission of knowledge. Learn more…


Founded in 1843, College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective, four-year college of approximately 2,900 students. One of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions, Holy Cross offers an academically challenging and personally fulfilling education in the Jesuit tradition. Learn more…

Quinsigamond Community College is the gateway to advanced educational and employment opportunities in Central Massachusetts. We are a public, student-centered institution of higher learning, providing accessible, affordable, high-quality educational and training programs and services that are relevant and responsive to diverse regional and student needs. For over 60 years, QCC has provided thousands of students with opportunities for a first-rate education and personal growth, whether preparing them for immediate entry into the workforce, transfer to bachelor-level programs at four-year colleges and universities, or for personal and cultural enrichment. Area and regional businesses and professionals have benefited through regular and customized workforce training and education programming.

In addition, the College works directly with K-12 school systems in a variety of collaborations and has a robust early college program with schools across Central Massachusetts, offering hundreds of high school students the opportunity to earn college credits.

QCC was established in 1963 to provide access to higher education to residents of Central Massachusetts and today serves over 13,000 full and part-time day and evening students. The College offers over 115 associate degree and certificate career options, as well as over 1,000 non-credit traditional and online courses, workshops, seminars, professional development, and customized training programs through QCC’s Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education.

Discover what makes QCC a pillar of the community and a special place for our students. Learn more…

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Worcester State University, located in the residential northwest side of Worcester, is a liberal arts and sciences university with a long tradition of academic excellence. We offer 62 undergraduate majors and minors, 31 master’s degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates, and real-time access to online, noncredit professional training.

Our students receive a variety of multi-disciplinary opportunities enabling them to explore their academic interests and prepare for their careers. Students conduct innovative research and develop creative ideas with acclaimed faculty, engage in service learning and internships in the community, pursue study away opportunities in the U.S. and abroad, and find personal growth through leadership opportunities on our campus. We prepare students to take on real-world challenges with portfolios that include critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving, communication, technology, and global awareness skills.

Worcester State University is deeply rooted in the greater Worcester community, with over 2,000 students contributing approximately 162,000 hours of service through over 275 community partners. Our programming—from theatre stage productions to guest lectures to resource fairs—attracts thousands to our campus annually. Learn more…