Naugatuck Valley Community College welcomed approximately 525 new students and their families to campus for its annual New Student Orientation on August 29 on the College’s Waterbury campus. The event featured a welcome from administrators, faculty and staff; nearly 20 information tables on various College services and activities; campus tours; and special programs for parents, covering topics ranging from financial aid to special services for veterans.
Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Workforce Achievers Value Education program welcomed 15 new students at its annual kickoff event on August 28. Run through NVCC’s Business Division, the program is designed to build students’ academic and work skills while developing each individual student’s personal emotional quotient, enabling him or her to get along successfully in the real world.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted the Young Manufacturers Summer Career Fair and Student Recognition Ceremony on August 13. The event, organized by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), brought together more than 40 middle school students and their parents to learn about careers in manufacturing and engineering. It capped off the two-week Young Manufacturers Summer Academy, which took place at W.F. Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury, Platt Technical High School in Milford and E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain.
Thirty-six young men and women who graduated from high school in June got a head start on their studies over the summer at Naugatuck Valley Community College thanks to the Community College Scholars (CCS) program. For five weeks, scholars participated in classes, went on field trips, engaged in social activities and forged campus connections that will enhance their time at NVCC and throughout their lives. On August 13, the CCS summer program wrapped up with a cookout on the plaza.
On August 6, The Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE) awarded Naugatuck Valley Community College student Brian Soto a $1,000 academic scholarship to recognize his hard work and dedication to his studies. Soto, who is majoring in accounting, was also honored last spring by NVCC’s Male Encouragement Network (MEN) for his commitment to academic and personal success.
Naugatuck Valley Community College student Kiana MacBurney is returning to NVCC this fall after spending six weeks at Yale School of Medicine’s Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP). Each year, approximately 80 students participate in the program, which is a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It includes classes in science, communication/writing, career development and public health. Students also shadow a senior resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital and meet with leaders of the hospital and medical school.
Volunteers travel to New Jersey as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge
Students and staff members from Naugatuck Valley Community College are just back from a week at the Jersey shore, but they weren’t there for rest and relaxation; they were there to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge. Nearly three years after Superstorm Sandy devastated coastal communities in New Jersey, the rebuilding in some areas is far from done and volunteers from NVCC have again answered the challenge to help.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted an Allied Health Summit on Tuesday, August 4 to solicit input from local hospitals, as it develops a proposed curriculum for a new Associate Degree in Surgical Technology. The distinguished panel of speakers included hospital executives, surgeons, surgical technologists and higher education leaders from the Waterbury and Danbury areas.
At a special meeting on July 28, the State Bond Commission approved more than $6.5 million for Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Waterbury Campus Improvement Project. The allocation will fund the realignment of the east campus entrance, renovate the parking lots adjacent to Founders Hall and provide for new site lighting and sidewalks. The project also includes a new walkway connecting Technology Hall and the renovated Founders Hall, which will house NVCC’s Center for Health Sciences.
Hundreds attended the sixth annual Brass City Comic Convention on July 26 at Naugatuck Valley Community College. The convention offered hands-on activities, a self-defense demonstration, a diverse mix of vendors selling toys, action figures and collectibles and opportunities for autographs.
There is a new addition to The Mattatuck Community Collection at NVCC, a partnership forged last year between the Mattatuck Museum and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Noah’s Ark by sculptor Howard Lerner has been added to the assortment of paintings and photographs on a 99-year loan from the Museum to the College.
More than 80 local high school students received a sobering lesson in financial literacy at a Financial Reality Fair on July 21 at Naugatuck Valley Community College. The students from Waterbury, Danbury, Torrington and elsewhere were assigned a hypothetical job, salary, debt and credit score. They were then tasked with budgeting for food, housing, transportation, clothing, student loan payments and other expenses.
For over three decades, the Connecticut Collegiate Awareness and Preparation program has prepared local high schoolers for college and beyond with educational and social support services and cultural enrichment opportunities. Naugatuck Valley Community College has hosted ConnCAP students on its Waterbury campus since 1997.
They started as sixth graders when Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program launched in the fall of 2012. This coming academic year, the program’s younger class will enter high school.
With the support of a $100,000 grant from the Leonhardt Scholarship Program through Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Naugatuck Valley Community College is expanding its Student Jobs on Campus program to Danbury. The grant, which will flow through the NVCC Foundation, will sustain student worker positions at the College’s Danbury Campus and its main campus in Waterbury for the next five academic years.
In its first year of offering credentials from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Naugatuck Valley Community College is off to an impressive start. During the 2014-15 academic year, NVCC students completed 127 credentials. These nationally recognized, portable, stackable credentials are often used by manufacturers to identify qualified candidates for employment.
Trees help to clean the air and water and add beauty to the New England landscape, but they can also cause electricity disruptions and threaten safety if they’re not properly maintained and located. Given recent weather events, trees are a hot topic and thus were the focus of a conference of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CTASLA), held on June 16 at Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Fine Arts Center.
The Step Up Employer Conference came to Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Fine Arts Center on June 23. The event, organized by the Connecticut Department of Labor, brought together 11 state agencies and dozens of employers from the Waterbury region, in an effort to grow businesses and jobs.
Naugatuck Valley Community College has been designated an Eligible Institution by the U.S. Department of Education under Titles III and V of the Higher Education Act of 1965. This distinction allows the College to pursue grants under the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students through enhanced academic offerings. The HSI Program seeks to help large numbers of Hispanic students complete postsecondary degrees.
Community leaders and partners from Naugatuck Valley Community College’s 22-town service region gathered for the College’s sixth annual Community Meeting on May 12, to discuss NVCC’s progress Toward A Splendid College, as outlined in its 2013-2016 strategic plan and to brainstorm enhancements to community engagement initiatives.