Goal Four: NVCC Is an Engine of Change Within Waterbury and the Broader Community.

NVCC’s  mission  is  grounded  in  its  relationship  with its service region—the big cities and small towns that surround it. When it leads or collaborates with its communities on issues from access to higher education to workforce development and employment growth, NVCC acts as a powerful force for regional transformation.

To achieve this goal, we have identified three partnership initiatives with communities to address our common interests and concerns.




Build Partnerships and Community Presence in Waterbury, Danbury, Naugatuck, and the Broader Service Region

One of NVCC’s most widely noted successes in recent years is the establishment of evening bus service for Waterbury residents. College, city, and state leaders collaborated to bring this service that has affected the lives of thousands.[16] Evening bus service means area residents can work in the late evening. NVCC students can now use bus UPasses to get to campus, enabling them to enroll in more classes and remain on campus longer to access our educational services and student activities. Since October 2011, evening bus rides taken by all riders city-wide total 360,000, and 21,400 evening bus rides were taken by UPass holders,  among  whom  NVCC  students  were  counted. Our bus service collaboration illustrates what can happen when  college  and  community  come  together.  Through 2016, we will continue to explore partnerships with the City of Waterbury, Danbury, Naugatuck, New Milford, and other cities and towns to increase our responsiveness to community needs.

Activity Areas of Focus:

Monitor   evening   bus   service   and   student   UPass ridership; advocate for state funding beyond 2014.

Continue and expand numerous partnerships with the City of Waterbury and its Public School System.

Working with state officials, obtain lease for new downtown Danbury Center site to accommodate rapid enrollment growth (up from 231 students at opening in 2009 to 919 students in 2013).

Meet with Danbury, Naugatuck, and New Milford leaders to identify mutual interests and needs.

Reach out to other mayors and municipal leaders to identify potential partnership opportunities.

Enhance Pre-Collegiate Pathways to Higher Education

As a nation, we know we need to better address college preparedness issues much earlier in a student’s academic experience. We also need to more clearly delineate and articulate the requirements and credentials for different fields of study and employment, so that students can more successfully pursue post-secondary degrees and credentials, as well as careers.[17]

In 2012, NVCC joined the City of Waterbury and became the fiduciary for GEAR UP (Gain Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a federally funded $11.2 million, seven-year grant to help prepare middle and high school students for post-secondary education. NVCC’s Bridge to College Office currently administers this grant along with others: Connecticut Collegiate Awareness and Preparation Program, Workforce Investment Act In-School Youth Program, Community College Scholars Program, AmeriCorps, and the College Access and Challenge Program. Through this initiative, NVCC advances these and other efforts to help Waterbury and surrounding communities improve student performance in high schools and middle schools, thereby improving student pathways to higher education.

Activity Areas of Focus:

Serve as the fiduciary and partner in administering the GEAR UP grant.

Incorporate Bridge to College into the fabric of NVCC and strengthen collaboration between programs, maximizing impact on students.

Increase the number of high school graduates who are college ready.

Explore state funding and partnerships with boards of education and area employers to establish a Middle College Science Academy at NVCC.

Build Workforce Pathways in High-Demand Careers

Workforce development partnerships between community colleges and industry are increasingly the norm and expectation. As business sectors seek more skilled workers, many are turning to community colleges to lend their expertise at serving local workforce training needs. And, training programs developed in partnership with industry tend to be more attractive to students, especially in this economy, where they can provide greater assurance of employment.[18]

Through this initiative, NVCC will expand our recently established Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC), which, with funding support and via a curriculum developed jointly with local manufacturers, offers a blend of non-credit to credit award options to students in basic and advanced manufacturing skills. Given that non-credit courses often serve as first entry points for students who seek credentialing programs for new jobs or advanced skills in their current positions, we will explore additional non-credit to credit programs in allied health, business/computer skills, accounting, and other high-demand careers. We also will strengthen our internal processes to monitor area workforce needs so that we can adjust our curricula and design new degree programs or certificates for emerging careers.

Activity Areas of Focus:

Expand day and evening enrollment in AMTC and ensure equipment is state-of-the-art.

Implement new allied health academic programs consistent with the Academic Plan.

Provide incumbent worker training for employees of our manufacturing partners via the AMTC.

Identify and implement additional non-credit to credit pathways and programs.

Explore high-demand career pathways that build joint STEM programs between NVCC and four-year colleges.

Undertake program reviews and assessments in coordination with industry associations and employers to keep NVCC programs current and connected with workforce needs and demands.

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NVCC's GEAR UP Program Wraps up a Second Successful Year

NVCC's GEAR UP Program Wraps up a Second Successful Year

Over the course of two years, NVCC's GEAR UP program has helped more than 2,400 middle school students prepare for the rigors of high school and matriculation to college.

Administered through NVCC’s Bridge to College Office, the GEAR UP program is a seven-year, state-funded grant program designed to significantly increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in college by providing early intervention, testing, advising and academic and social support. 

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Community College Nursing Partnership a Winning Combination for Students and Community

Community College Nursing Partnership a Winning Combination for Students and Community

NVCC and WCSU share a long history of successful collaborations for the benefit of nursing students.

NVCC and WCSCU continue their history of successful collaborations which benefit nursing students with a convenient and affordable RN to BS program.

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Principal-to-President Scholarship Helps 22 High School Students Earn College Credits in 2014

Principal-to-President Scholarship Helps 22 High School Students Earn College Credits in 2014

Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted a reception honoring 22 Principal-to-President scholarship recipients from 11 area high schools on Monday, June 9 in the Technology Hall Dining Room.

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2014 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Recognized for High Academic and Community Achievements

2014 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Recognized for High Academic and Community Achievements

This year's valedictorian and salutatorian received a 4.0 and 3.95 GPA, respectively. Combined, they earned eight recognitions at the 2013 and 2014 Honors Night ceremonies

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1,325 Awards Given Out to NVCC's Largest Commencement Class (Yes, again.)

1,325 Awards Given Out to NVCC's Largest Commencement Class (Yes, again.)

Graduates of the Class of 2014 ranged in age from 17 to 71, and hailed from 10 states in total.

On May 29, 2014 at its 49th commencement, Naugatuck Valley Community College celebrated, for the fifth year in a row, the largest graduating class in the history of the College. The total number of awards conferred is 1,325.

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Finally finish college!

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Go Back to Get Ahead is offering you up to three FREE college courses

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NVCC Awards More Than 100 Students for Excellence at Honors Night

NVCC Awards More Than 100 Students for Excellence at Honors Night

More than 100 students gathered with their families on Tuesday, May 27, for Naugatuck Valley Community College's annual Honors Night at the College's Fine Arts Center. Honors Night recognizes students who have distinguished themselves throughout the academic year by excelling academically, demonstrating leadership in their field of study, or engaging with the campus and greater area community.

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Indicators of Success

Community Partnerships

  • Partnerships with common agenda in four to six cities/towns

Pre-collegiate Pathways

  • Increase Bridge to College funding, student reach and impact
  • Determine feasibility of establishing a Middle College

Responsive Pathways to Jobs

  • Expand non-credit to credit options, like LPN to RN
  • Strengthen responsiveness of programs to regional workforce needs
  • Prepare more workers with multiple credentials
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References

16 Historic Bus Ride Marks the Start of Evening Bus Service in Waterbury, Waterbury Observer, 10/24/11, http://www.waterburyobserver.org/node/570. 17 Pathways to Prosperity:  Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century. Pathways to Prosperity Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education, February 2011. 18 Community College and Business Partnerships Take Root. Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Community College Advancement News, February 14, 2012.