Kathy Rentsch
Dean, School for Business, Engineering & Technology 

Quinsigamond Community College
670 W. Boylston Street
Worcester, MA  01605
Phone:  508.854.2712


Kathy Rentsch serves as Dean for the School for Business, Engineering & Technology at Quinsigamond Community College.  In this capacity, she provides academic and administrative leadership, establishing collaborative partnerships with industry, educational constituents and community agencies and developing grants and other funding proposals to enhance programming.  She spearheaded an industry, education and community partner planning effort to secure a $750,000 National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant to design, launch and evaluate a public communication campaign on advanced manufacturing careers (NSF ATE DUE # 0703040).  Successful strategies piloted in this project, called Mass-TEC, have been scaled up statewide through the MassDevelopment AMP It Up! Campaign. 

Ms. Rentsch has been and continues to be actively engaged in QCC’s implementation of statewide Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Round 1 initiatives and in current TAACCCT Round 4 efforts. Through TAACCCT funding, QCC has revamped its delivery of workforce education and training by increasing the availability of stackable certificates and more flexible and responsive curriculum pathways leading to industry credentials and employment in six key industries, including advanced manufacturing, mechatronics, and photonics. In partnership with key executive team members, Ms. Rentsch is co-leading a planning effort to expand technology programming in Southbridge, Massachusetts. 

Ms. Rentsch serves on the Board of Directors for the MA Manufacturing Extension Partnership. In 2014, MassMEP recognized her leadership in building a non-credit to credit pathway in advanced manufacturing, naming her the MassMEP 2014 Manufacturing Champion. She is currently completing doctoral work at Northeastern University.