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Getting to class is the challenge

For disabled QCC students, lack of transportation frustrating

April Blais rides her power chair to the Southbridge campus of Quinsigamond Community College, an example of the lack of transportation options for some area students. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
November 15, 2010
Opened in 2009, Quinsigamond Community College's Southbridge campus was built to provide area residents with a more convenient place to receive higher education and better their lives.

April Blais, however, embodies what some local students say is a lack of transportation options for getting to the Southbridge campus.

"If it rains, I scramble for somebody to take me," said Blais, who uses a motorized chair to transport herself to the school where she takes classes in computer information systems.

"It would be more convenient if more transportation was offered out here," she said.

Blais's plight highlights what some say is a serious problem that hinders their efforts to improve their lives through additional education.

The issue is not falling on deaf ears. Quinsigamond agrees that transportation for students is insufficient, according to spokesman Joshua Martin.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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