What is your vision for Naugatuck Valley Community College ten years from now? What are the College’s most important goals? How do those goals align with NVCC’s mission? These were some of the questions asked at strategic planning sessions hosted by NVCC’s Institutional Planning and Administrative Councils during the first week of November.
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis Ph.D., students, faculty and staff welcomed Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian to campus on November 5 for a campus conversation. Ojakian, who was appointed by the Board of Regents for Higher Education in August and formally began his tenure on September 28, has been visiting all 17 CSCU campuses.
A century ago, the notion of providing free high school education to all American students was a controversial one. Today, there is a similar dialogue occurring about a community college education.
The nonpartisan America’s College Promise campaign seeks to establish two years of free community college education for responsible students throughout the United States. While President Barack Obama brought renewed energy to the goal during his 2015 State of the Union address, free, universal community college education was proposed nearly 70 years ago by President Harry S. Truman.
Naugatuck Valley Community College inducted six new students into the prestigious President’s Circle on October 9 in a ceremony held in the Technology Hall Dining Room. Membership represents the highest honor a student may receive while matriculating at the College. These students have a minimum GPA of 3.4 and they represent a select group of outstanding achievers who serve as the College’s student ambassadors.
Naugatuck Valley Community College students, faculty and staff packed a reconfigured Playbox Theater on October 5 for a special night of poetry to mark Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), at the first Confluencia of the academic year. Celebrating its seventh year, the Confluencia series continues to inspire, enrich and introduce the power of poetry to the community.
Local bus service is now free for students enrolled in credit courses at Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Danbury Campus. NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., students, faculty and staff joined Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and officials from HARTransit and CityCenter Danbury on Oct. 1 to celebrate the new benefit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and inaugural bus ride.
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. was honored at the ninth annual Dominican Book Fair on September 25-27 in New York City. The fair, organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic, also honored Marianela Medrano, Ph.D., the longtime organizer and moderator of NVCC’s Confluencia poetry series. President De Filippis and Dr. Medrano are prolific writers who have made “valuable contributions to the Dominican letters,” according to the Ministry of Culture.
Faculty, staff and community stakeholders gathered for Naugatuck Valley Community College’s annual fall All-College Meeting on September 18 at the Mainstage Theater. The event featured a midpoint update on the College’s 2013-16 Strategic Plan, Toward a Splendid College.
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. joined administrators, local legislators, students, faculty and community members at Danbury High School on Monday, September 21 to cut the ribbon on the Early College Opportunity program launched this academic year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 100 students and their families gathered for Naugatuck Valley Community College's annual Honors Night on Tuesday, May 28 at the College's Fine Arts Center. Honors Night highlights achievements made by both graduating and returning students over the course of the academic year.
Naugatuck Valley Community College students, faculty and staff packed the College’s Playbox Theater for a special night of poetry at the final Confluencia event of the academic year on Tuesday, April 28. Poised to celebrate its seventh anniversary this coming October, the Confluencia series continues to inspire, enrich and introduce the power of poetry to the community.
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. and members of the College Cabinet traveled to New York University on April 6, where they were the special guests of Martha J. Kanter, Ed.D. Dr. Kanter, a distinguished visiting professor of Higher Education and senior fellow at the Steinhardt Institute of Higher Education Policy at NYU, invited President De Filippis and her team to present their perspectives on leading a community college in Connecticut to students in her graduate course on The American Community College.