Goal Three: NVCC Programs Meet and Beat Academic and Industry Standards.

In higher education it is not enough to have good programs. Colleges increasingly must demonstrate their competitive advantage to students, faculty and staff, potential employers, and community partners. That means being better at demonstrating value—as higher education providers helping students pursue their career dreams while offering very practical supports that facilitate their transfer and employment.

To achieve this goal, we have identified three initiatives that will help build NVCC’s reputation for excellence from academic and industry perspectives.



Strengthen Liberal Arts, General Education, and Transfer

Many students seek out a community college to begin their higher educational journey. For minority, low-income, and older students, a community college is often an entry point to higher education and a place to increase their odds of socio-economic upward mobility.[13] Yet, while community colleges understand the importance of laying the foundation for continued learning, ensuring student transfer is complicated, given the complex interests and needs of students, as well as the difficulties in tracking where they go.

Through this initiative, NVCC will implement efforts mandated by the Board of Regents (BOR) for the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities which approved a Transfer and Articulation Policy (TAP) in 2012 designed to facilitate the transfer of the state’s community college students into their junior year at the state universities. By fall 2014, the successful implementation of the policy will significantly improve our current transfer pathways through the creation of a common general education core that allows students to transfer seamlessly to four- year institutions in the Connecticut system. In addition to complying with statewide education policy changes, by 2016 NVCC will review its Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum, to ensure that it offers an educational experience that encourages creativity, intelligence, and adaptability and helps students understand their transfer options.

Activity Areas of Focus:

Map Transfer Articulation Program’s Gen Ed Framework competencies/outcomes across all core courses.

Review, adjust, and adopt TAP Gen Ed Framework competencies for NVCC’s General Education core.

Strengthen seamless articulations with state universities through support of BOR Pathways committees.

Create pre-major pathways, which include 30–31 transferable gen ed credits common to all 17 ConnSCU institutions.

Develop and implement outcomes assessment plans for all disciplines within the common core.

Improve Job Placement Efforts

Although unemployment rates have been improving nationally and in the region, the recession hit Northwest Connecticut hard and the regional recovery appears slow going.[14] These circumstances, alongside changing expectations within industry regarding worker skills, make the job market more difficult to navigate for those who are both seeking and trying to hold onto a job.

NVCC recognizes it plays an important role in job placement. In fall 2011, NVCC opened the Job Placement Center (JPC) on its Waterbury campus. Since that time, 1,036 students signed into the JPC to benefit from its general career services, including its resume writing and interviewing workshops, job/career fairs, placement of students into cooperative education internships, and one- to-one assistance to connect students with job openings. By 2016, we will focus even more squarely on how we can help graduating students to secure quality, upwardly mobile jobs in their career areas of choice.

Activity Areas of Focus:

Develop a comprehensive, college-wide plan to improve job placement.

Build partnerships with businesses to better understand their needs and connect students with jobs.

Strengthen the job placement offerings and services, expanding one-to-one student supports, workshops, and internships/cooperative education experiences that provide students with the latest job-search tools.

Strengthen the JPC’s job placement systems and results.

Incorporate 21st Century Technology Inside and Outside the Classroom

Many colleges are exploring technology as an educational delivery tool within the classroom, via distance learning efforts, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), and the creation of smart classrooms. Colleges less often pursue technological innovation to strengthen academic learning supports and improve administrative decision-making and business practice. [15]

Through this initiative, NVCC will consider ways to better incorporate technology inside and outside of the classroom to improve student performance as well as institutional effectiveness. By 2016, we will: offer new online courses and identify ways to control the quality of online course offerings; reposition critical academic supports, such as our library, to better support student learning; and identify technological enhancements that can improve NVCC’s capacity to collect, organize, and report out on data to support a stronger culture of evidence-based decision- making.

Activity Areas of Focus:

Certify all online courses; introduce quality control measures across offerings.

Create new online courses and a fully online Associate Degree program in General Studies.

Increase the number of smart classrooms.

Undertake a needs assessment and review of promising technological approaches to library based learning supports in concert with the 2013 Library Program Review. Implement recommendations.

Re-engineer data collection, access, organization, and reporting processes.

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Advanced Manufacturing Centers Initiative Named NEDA Program of the Year

Advanced Manufacturing Centers Initiative Named NEDA Program of the Year

NVCC is one of four Connecticut centers to be recognized

The Advanced Manufacturing Centers Initiative was recognized for its program longevity since the creation of the first Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield in 1998, and for successfully duplicating the initiative in 2012 at three community colleges, including Naugatuck Valley Community College.

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Tamarack Photographer Nabs First Professional Cover in Local Paper

NVCC student Jason Honyotski nabbed his first professional cover recently with a stunning image of Professor Juleyka Lantigua-Williams for the Women’s section of the Waterbury Republican-American.

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Student Nurses Present in Nashville at National Convention

Student Nurses Present in Nashville at National Convention

The NVCC Nursing Program was represented by five students at the 62nd Annual Convention of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). The students participated in the event’s Project Showcase, at which members and faculty display posters representing their projects and research. 

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Four Students Earn STEM Awards from CT Space Grant Consortium

Four Students Earn STEM Awards from CT Space Grant Consortium

2014 Graduate Jason Willet Heads South for Aircraft Readiness Engineering Workshop

Four Naugatuck Valley Community College students have been funded by the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium to further their education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. The Connecticut Space Grant Consortium is a NASA funded organization made up of 16 Space Grant affiliated universities and community colleges in the state of Connecticut. NVCC is one of the first Connecticut Community Colleges to join.

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Manufacturing Student Lands Program's First Apprenticeship

Manufacturing Student Lands Program's First Apprenticeship

Hannah Lenoce, Cheshire, has been hired at Marion Manufacturing as part of CT Apprentice Program

As a 2014 NVCC Advanced Manufacturing program graduate, Hannah Lenoce, 19, has a promise of employment for at least the next four years at Marion Manufacturing Co. in Cheshire. At the end of this time, she will be nationally certified as a tool-and-die maker, making her highly marketable and transferable at a time when most manufacturers are scrambling to replace an aging workforce.  

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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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AMTC Receives Grants for Manufacturing Recruitment

AMTC Receives Grants for Manufacturing Recruitment

Representatives from the Precision Metalforming Association were on campus April 24 to confer the funds

The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) presented Naugatuck Valley Community College with two $1,000 checks on Thurs., April 24, 2014 to support advanced manufacturing at the College. According to Joe Defeo, director of the NVCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC), the grants will be used to boost promotion and recruitment initiatives.

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Indicators of Success

Liberal Arts, Gen Ed, Transfer

  • All NVCC LA and Gen Ed courses transfer
  • Increased Liberal Arts student transfer
  • Guaranteed or priority admission, junior status granted to graduates going on to four-year universities

Job Placement

  • More on-the-job training and employment in areas of study
  • More matriculated students and graduates securing jobs
  • Graduates employed and earning more, working in fields of study

Technology

  • Better quality of online offerings
  • More students accessing and noting learning outcomes associated with library and other learning supports
  • Greater efficiencies/effectiveness in administrative decision-making
Supported By
Program Review

All academic programs at NVCC are required to undergo program review. Program Review Reports are created by small committees consisting of faculty, staff and community partners and submitted to the Responsive Academic Leadership and Programs committee. Click here to see what's included in a Program Review Report

References

13The Economic Case for Higher Education, U.S. Treasury Department, 2012. 14 Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board Strategic Plan, 2012-2017. 15 Mitchell, B. The Other Side to Technology in Higher Education. Huffington Post, 9/25/12