NVCC is committed to meeting the needs of all its students. In an effort to become a Certified “Veteran Friendly Institution,” NVCC has created a welcoming environment for our veterans that includes Vet-to-Vet Mentoring, Services for Veterans with Disabilities, and veteran-focused events in the Oasis Center, a campus lounge dedicated exclusively to veterans. NVCC strives to provide a positive environment to help all veterans obtain a degree from NVCC.
The NVCC Child Development Center Laboratory School is enrolling now for the 2015-2016 school year. The Center offers high-quality early care and education programs serving toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years and preschool children from 3 to 5 years. Special programs for Waterbury residents offer a sliding fee scale. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before January 1, 2015.
The Danbury Campus of Naugatuck Valley Community College is growing in enrollment and social opportunities for its students. The first club on the Danbury Campus was the Multi-Cultural Club who recently hosted a Student Reading & Open Mic, December 12, 2014. The event was held at the historical Marian Anderson Recital Hall, and was sponsored by the Urban Scholars Writing Program. Students and friends made time during busy end-of-semester schedules to share multi-cultural gifts, talents, and support.
The Black Student Union (BSU) hosted a series of events throughout the month to honor Black History. They shared the culture of their food, music, dance, and their untold history. On February 5, 2015, the BSU shared the culture of African heritage with an ethnic food tasting. Students sampled food from Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and the Southern United States. The club also hired a professional African drummer to perform and teach those in attendance. Faculty and students participated along with the daycare students from the Childhood Development Center.
President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. meets successful alumni everywhere she goes; a brief stop at the West Farms Mall for lunch is no exception. BRIO, Tuscan Grille is a lively, upscale restaurant where NVCC Alumnus, Michael Spinella is a sous chef who is in line to train for the next position. Michael is a 2013 graduate of the Hospitality Management program with degrees in Food Service and Hotel Management, and a Certificate in Culinary Arts at Naugatuck Valley Community College where he learned the professional skills that help him to succeed at BRIO. The chance lunchtime meeting between President De Filippis and the sous chef, Michael Spinella gave them a chance to remember fondly his days at NVCC.
President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., opened the Spring Semester All-College Meeting with welcoming remarks following a reception in the Leever Atrium of the Fine Arts Center at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 6, 2015. President De Filippis introduced NVCC colleagues who had joined the College since the September All-College Meeting and welcomed them to the Naugatuck Valley Community College family.
Thousands of successful students have passed through the halls of Waterbury State Technical College, Mattatuck Community College, and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Today they are all counted among the alumni of the same great institution, NVCC. Three such alumni came by to share their stories this week.
Sandra Simoes, a 1993 graduate of Mattatuck Community College with an A.A.S. in the Early Childhood Special Education, is now the Director of Operations for the Sunnyview Childcare Center and School and a co-owner. Sandra has a B.A. in Psychology from Western CT State University. She has been working in the field of early childhood education for 20 years. She is currently working towards a real estate license and taking the Supervision Administration Course required for Directors of Childcare centers. The class has brought Sandra back to the Waterbury Campus of NVCC, where she set out to connect with the Alumni Association. Sandra believes in “giving back.” She is currently a board member of the New Milford Homeless Shelter, and had been a board member and fundraiser for Child Advocacy. Her passion is children and the foundations that support their well-being.
Throughout the NVCC campus signs read “February 24, 2015- State Budget Appropriations Public Hearing- bus leaving 4:30 p.m., Parking lot D- All Students Welcome. Sign up in S-514. ”The students at Naugatuck Valley Community College, once again organized themselves to speak out on behalf of their College, and their concerns about the state’s higher education budget. On February 24, 2015 students from colleges and universities throughout the state flooded the Legislative Office Building to attend the Appropriations Committee public hearing about the higher education budget. Students came in large numbers to voice their concerns about potential cuts to the 2015-16 budget and its impact on the state’s colleges and universities.
At its January 30 meeting, the State Bond Commission approved a $39 million allocation--the largest ever in the history of the college--to bond the renovation of Founders Hall. Founders Hall is the original home of Waterbury State Technical College when it was established in 1964, a building with much history and beloved by many of the college’s founding faculty and alumni. President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., described the commission’s approval as “a powerful event.” The President noted that, “The College’s allied health programs are outstanding and deserve more support and better space. The proposed project will have the entrance of our new Center for Health Sciences face the rest of the campus, providing an east campus anchor and a sense of powerful completion.” President De Filippis cited the Governor’s understanding of the significance that NVCC’s Allied Health and Nursing programs have in the region and thanked him for his “vision and continued support.”
Thanks to the thoughtful generosity of a supporter from Washington, Connecticut, the NVCC Foundation has launched an initiative to support student jobs on campus. Valerie Friedman, a friend and benefactor to the College led the initiative with a $5,000 contribution to start the campaign, an anonymous donor followed with a matching contribution. The plan will enable students who are not eligible for financial aid to work on campus between and after classes. Students who do not have to leave the campus for employment have greater academic success. Friedman, a close friend of the College who has been involved with student success programs in the past, noted that “Enabling students to stay on campus and earn what they need to complete their educations is a small price with an important payoff.”
Twenty-one students from Naugatuck Valley Community College attended the annual Physical Therapist Pinning Ceremony on Sunday, January 25. The annual ceremony, held in the Mainstage Theater of the College, takes place after students finish their Physical Therapist Assistant course work in December.
Naugatuck Valley Community College has announced the expansion of their Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training Program to the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) & Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center. The new location of this program is intended to meet the job-training needs of the communities served by NVCC by making it more convenient for residents of the New Milford, Brookfield and Danbury areas to take the course. NVCC Director of Community and Economic Development, Laurie Hornbecker, noted that “this course is essential to meet the training needs of today’s health care professionals.”
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) annual Elementary Level School Leadership Conference on Wednesday, January 9. Approximately 300 students from Waterbury Public Schools in grades 4-6 participated in workshops related to communication, productive thinking and decision making.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted the annual “College Goal Sunday” on January 25, 2015 from 1:30-4:30 pm. The event has been held for the last three years here at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Dean of Student Services, Sarah Gager commented that, “The College welcomes the opportunity to host College Goal Sunday each year in support of all students looking to continue their academic studies at an institution of higher education. By participating in this event, these students are taking an important initiative towards achieving their academic goals.”
Naugatuck Valley Community College has announced the appointment of a new Associate Dean of Danbury to manage the operations of the Danbury Campus. In the summer of 2014, the Danbury location of NVCC was approved to be a campus of the College as opposed to a center. The campus distinction comes as a result of enrollment growth and degree programs. Since it opened in 2008, enrollment in Danbury has grown to over 1,000 students. To accommodate the college’s growing enrollment, a move to a larger 20,000 square foot facility located downtown is planned for the summer of 2015.
President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., students, faculty and staff of the College joined together to welcome area legislative and municipal leaders to the College’s annual Leadership Breakfast. Despite the snowy morning, ten local leaders representing seventeen towns attended the event.
Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., attended President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech as guest of Congresswoman Elizabeth H. Esty (CT-5). On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Dr. De Filippis accompanied the 5th District Congresswoman to Washington as an advocate for community colleges. Esty cited a long and fruitful working relationship with the President of NVCC and made a special note of how Dr. De Filippis has made a difference by transforming how NVCC partners with the communities we serve.
Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., President, Naugatuck Valley Community College, and Dr. Nivea L. Torres, Superintendent, Connecticut Technical High School System have announced the planned March 2015 opening of the Danbury based Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program at the Henry Abbott Technical High School.
Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., President of Naugatuck Valley Community College, presented awards to 21 students of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program. Established by the President to challenge manufacturing students to excel, the awards recognize students whose GPA is in the top ten. A second award goes to students with a GPA of “B” or better.
The Honors Institute at Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted presentations of student works on December 5, 2014. Organized by the NVCC Honors Institute Advisory Committee under the guidance of Associate Professor of Management, Robyn-Jay Bage, the event featured students’ research that will earn them honors credits for their independent work throughout the semester.