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Connecticut Community Foundation Awards $10K Grant to Support Job Ready Workforce Program at NVCC

Pictured with the students from left to right in the front row are Joseph DeFeo, coordinator, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center; James Troup, provost and senior dean of administration; President De Filippis; Ann Merriam Feinberg, vice president, Connecticut Community Foundation and Jack Baker, chair, Connecticut Community Foundation.

Waterbury, Conn. -The Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) has awarded $10,000 to support continuing NVCC manufacturing students in the 21-town CCF service area as they work to complete advanced manufacturing certificates this spring. An award ceremony was held on Fri., Dec. 21.

“We started to support NVCC students in 2009 with our Community College Scholarship program,” said Jack Baker, chair, Connecticut Community Foundation and one of the original donors who established the scholarship fund for non-traditional students. 

“Education and job training are crucial to building rewarding lives and thriving communities. Helping this unique group of students to complete their studies in advanced manufacturing is a natural progression for our scholarship program.”

The certification program is two semesters long and consists of both credit and noncredit courses, something that has not been done before at NVCC in a certificate program. Because non-credit classes are not eligible for Pell grants and other federal loans like credit courses, the grant will supplement the cost of these courses for students.

“The College, the city of Waterbury and local manufacturing community have made a strong commitment to build an exceptional manufacturing training program with a high rate of success,” said NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. “The support our students have received from the Community Foundation will allow them to finish their coursework without experiencing major financial burden or setbacks.”

Many of the students in the manufacturing program are transitional in or soon-to-be new to the manufacturing workforce according to Joe Defeo, coordinator of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center. Because the program requires full-day coursework and training Monday through Friday, maintaining a full-time job is not possible for a lot of students who also have families and other responsibilities to manage throughout the program.

The non-credit courses that will be supported by the grant include: Career Awareness/Computer Basics, Introduction to Lean Manufacturing, Metrology, Math for Manufacturing, Coordinate Measuring Processes and Career Development.

“These courses are vital to helping prepare graduates for immediate employment in the manufacturing industry,” said Defeo. “We’re very grateful to the Connecticut Community Foundation for recognizing their value to our students and also the local manufacturers who are looking to hire well-rounded employees.”

Other sources of funding for students include federal financial aid, Pell grants and Workforce Investment Act funding through the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board.

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