The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., (ABET, Inc.) is a non-governmental organization that accredits post-secondary education programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. A federation of 35 professional and technical member societies representing these fields, ABET reviews curriculum for accredited programs every six years. NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., the faculty, and staff of STEM Division’s Engineering Technology Department hosted the ABET re-accreditation site visit team from October 9-11.
Nearly 400 middle and high school students and more than a dozen companies from the STEM and Advanced Manufacturing Technology sector participated in the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s STEM and Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Exposition held Friday, November 18 at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
NVCC held a Capital Campaign luncheon at Waterbury City Hall on Friday, November 4. The lunch was hosted by Neil M. O’Leary, Mayor of Waterbury, and Mark E. Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU). The program featured welcoming remarks by Mayor O’Leary followed by a Campaign Call to Action by President Ojakian, NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., and Dr. Peter J. Jacoby of Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. In his remarks, President Ojakian recognized the importance of the College’s new Center for Health Sciences in Founder’s Hall and the college’s commitment to its students. As campaign champion, Dr. Jacoby explained that the effort will raise capital to fund the equipment, expertise, and programs that will run out of the Center.
The NASA CT Space Grant Consortium awarded 10 Community College Scholarships this Fall 2016 semester. Naugatuck Valley Community College students earned 6 of the 10 scholarships worth $1,500 each. The students were from different disciplines in the college represented by Josiel Batista Matos, Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology; Lindsey Japa, Engineering Technology; Jody Jarvella, General Studies with an interest in Information Technology; Levi Reynolds, Math/Science with an interest in Physics; Andre Roscoe, Engineering Science; and Lanaya Shuler, Nursing. Each semester the NASA CT Space Grant Consortium gives 8-10 Community College Scholarships to students with an interest in a STEM field through a competitive proposal process. NVCC has had a strong showing among the scholarship recipients every semester since spring 2014, consistently at least two NVCC students have received scholarships.
Cyndi Zoldy, Executive Director of the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut (SMA), has an office in the new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC) of Naugatuck Valley Community College. Her position there enables her to mentor aspiring manufacturing students, especially the women for whom her own career in manufacturing inspires mentorship. Zoldy has a daily presence in the AMTC where she frequently meets students. Her experience and outgoing personality support the leadership role she takes to extend mentorship opportunities to students; it can start with a simple invitation to lunch. In her role as executive director, Zoldy is keenly aware of the skills, and relationships that go with a career in manufacturing. She is also deeply involved in the community in many volunteer capacities: she is a board member of the Naugatuck Community College Foundation, and the Mattatuck Museum, she supports community activities of the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut, contributes to the planning and organization of the Saint Mary's Gala, Chase Collegiate School, Highlander Theater Company, the Sports Booster Club, and the Watertown Soccer Booster Club.
Four instructors from the Waterbury campus of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Naugatuck Valley Community College completed a Siemens Certification training class. NVCC was the first college in the country from which instructors were invited to enroll in the certification program.
NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., established the President’s Award for High Achievement in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program back in 2012 when the manufacturing center opened.
The President established this award to reward students whose grades were “B” or better combined with a record of good attendance, attitude, and work ethic. These students received Solid Works and OSHA 10 Certification classes for one week at the expense of the college. The awards program includes an extra incentive for the top ten students in the class, which is an Introduction to Welding in a one week class.
Science Professors from the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Division of Naugatuck Valley Community College collaborated to produce the annual Women in Science Seminar on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
Hannah Lenoce, a 2014 graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program (AMTC), has been selected as a 2016 Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead “Emerging Leader” by the Manufacturing Institute. Lenoce will be honored for her outstanding work at a gala on April 21 in Washington, D.C., as a manufacturer, a Marion Manufacturing Company employee and a leader in her community.
In collaboration with host company, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., the faculty and staff convened a summit on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 to discuss the skills and education required by companies who specialize in the fields of bioscience and biotechnology.
In advance of the spring semester, Naugatuck Valley Community College welcomed more than 100 new students and their families to campus for an orientation session on January 19 on the College’s Waterbury campus. The event featured a welcome from administrators, faculty and staff; over a dozen information tables on various College services and activities; campus tours; and special programs for parents, covering topics ranging from financial aid to academic advising.
Naugatuck Valley Community College faculty and staff gathered for the end-of-semester All-College Meeting on December 9. The agenda included approval of applicants for January conferral, a report from the Curriculum and Educational Affairs Committee, an update on NVCC’s strategic planning process and special recognition of members of the campus community for their service to the College and the State of Connecticut.
Naugatuck Valley Community College’s GEAR UP and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division partnered with the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund on November 6 to host the fourth Girls and STEM Expo. More than 100 tenth-grade female GEAR UP students visited the NVCC campus for STEM-related activities to foster awareness of STEM careers, encourage young women to explore STEM-related subjects in high school and beyond and to provide resources to female students which will prepare them for success in college.
Take on a lot of debt to attend a four-year institution or attend classes closer to home and fulfill prerequisites at a fraction of the cost at a community college. That was the question facing Jacob Dooling after high school. At the urging of his mother, Dooling opted to attend Naugatuck Valley Community College—and it paid off.
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 hosted a reception honoring 30 Principal-to-President Scholarship recipients from 19 area high schools on Tuesday, June 9 in the College’s Technology Hall Dining Room. NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. said she hopes the scholarships, which were applied in academic year 2014-15, encourage the students to expand their horizons while exploring choices for future postsecondary education.
Naugatuck Valley Community College celebrated its 50th Commencement on May 28 at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. For the fourth year in a row, the College boasted a graduating class of more than 1,000.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted 250 local high school students for the Manufacture Your Future Student Expo on Friday, May 8 in Technology Hall. Coordinated by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s (CBIA) Education Foundation, the event introduced students to local manufacturers, demonstrated the exciting high-tech careers available in manufacturing and brought students together to participate in hands-on workshops at the College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.
More than 500 potential students, parents and educators attended Naugatuck Valley Community College’s third annual Spring Open House on Sunday, April 26 in the College’s Technology Hall Atrium.
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.