The Ion Bank Foundation recently presented a $15,000 gift to Naugatuck Valley Community College to name the Computer Lab in Founders Hall. President Daisy Cocco de Filippis, Ph.D. who accepted the check on behalf of the College, acknowledged the Ion Bank Foundation’s continuing support of NVCC’s students, “the Ion Bank Foundation has been a valued friend to this campus and to our collaborative efforts in the community. The Ion Bank Foundation’s generous gift will benefit our students and all who use the technology in this lab.”
Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, President & CEO, Waterbury Hospital and Greater Waterbury Health Network (GWHN) presented NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. with a $150,000 contribution in support of the new Center for Health Sciences at the College. Stromstad noted, “it’s about recognizing and honoring the important relationship between GWHN and NVCC. We are pleased to be the first health care sponsor for the Center. Our new parent company, Prospect Medical Holdings, recognizes the NVCC/Greater Waterbury Health Network partnership and the positive impact it has had on healthcare in our region. We are proud to be part of this new venture and look forward to it further bolstering our local healthcare workforce.”
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.
Spring is the season for academic recognition. In the spirit of such recognition, NVCC hosted ceremonies to mark the pinning of students in both Nursing and Respiratory Care.
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.
Alex Achlioptas ’17 didn’t take the most direct route to success, but things have worked out quite well. The Naugatuck Valley Community College nursing student did the opposite of what most students do. He began his higher education at Quinnipiac and Southern Connecticut State Universities before enrolling at NVCC.
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.
The final structural beam for Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Center for Health Sciences was hoisted into place during a topping off ceremony on Friday, October 9 on NVCC’s main campus. Adorned with an American flag, the beam bears the names of campus leaders and community partners who signed it for posterity before it was placed atop the new structure. The ceremony was hosted by construction manager Morganti, whose president, Nabil Takla, vowed to deliver a building to the College that is a “jewel.” But even more precious, he noted, will be the students, faculty and staff who will occupy the structure.
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 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.
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.
Ninety-four members of Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Nursing Class of 2015 received their pins during the College’s 41st Annual Pinning Ceremony held on May 20 at NVCC’s Mainstage Theater.
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.
Joined by state and local dignitaries and members of the campus community, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Department of Administrative Services Commissioner Melody A. Currey and Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. led a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, April 17 for NVCC’s new Center for Health Sciences. The center will be housed in Founders Hall, which is undergoing a comprehensive $44 million renovation and addition project. The State Bond Commission approved a $39 million allocation for the project in January.
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.”
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.
NVCC and WCSU share a long history of successful collaborations for the benefit of nursing students.
NVCC and WCSCU continue their history of successful collaborations which benefit nursing students with a convenient and affordable RN to BS program.
Older adults have extra guidance available when they register for college
As the local and national economies continue to fluctuate, students of every demographic are looking to community colleges as a vehicle for change – whether that change be geared toward educational attainment, job pathways or marketable skills.
Naugatuck Valley Community College Class of 2015 Nursing students donated 20 fleece blankets to the neonatal intensive care units at St. Mary’s Hospital and Waterbury Hospital in May. A bake sale was organized to raise money for the materials for the blankets and the students met over the spring semester to get to work making them.