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.
For students at high schools like Bethel High or Waterbury’s W.F. Kaynor Technical, the first steps on the college path are taken before graduation. That’s thanks in part to an early college opportunity program supported by Naugatuck Valley Community College, and directed by the office of Academic Affairs and the Bridge to College Division.
Students learn about how to pay for college
College students and their parents who need help to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) came to the annual College Goal Sunday workshop hosted by Naugatuck Valley Community College on Sunday, October 23. For prospective students and parents who haven’t filled out the application before, it can prove a daunting and often confusing task, so the event is aimed at simplifying the process.
Work and family obligations often compete with dreams of going to college. Naugatuck Valley Community College has created an affordable solution. Through the College’s new part-time accelerated weekend Business Management Certificate and/or degree program, students who work full-time can get an associate degree or certificate in Business Management. The new program offers the opportunity to complete a fully transferrable associate degree in two or three years, by attending part-time classes that meet on weekends. At both the Waterbury and Danbury campuses, classes will be held on Friday evenings, Saturdays (Sundays-Waterbury campus only.) Financial aid is available for qualified students.
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.
The sidewalks and streets of downtown Danbury were filled with pageantry and celebration to mark the opening of the new and expanded Danbury campus of Naugatuck Valley Community College. President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., welcomed a standing-room-only crowd of almost a hundred people who came to wish the College well. Provost and Senior Dean of Administration, James Troup opened the festivities with a note of thanks to all who made this moment possible. The President continued by thanking Governor Malloy, CSCU President Mark Ojakian, the legislative delegation, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, the faculty and staff of the College. “What a joy it is to stand here with all of you dear students, faculty, staff, BOR colleagues, members of the NVCC Foundation and the Regional Advisory Council, elected officials and community partners and friends as we celebrate a significant moment in our journey to make a difference in the communities NVCC serves, and most particularly this afternoon, to the City of Danbury. What a generous journey it has been thus far. Today marks the beginning of what promises to be a wonderful partnership.”
Leading with a creative pedagogical response to the “teachable moments” that arise in the classroom is the hallmark of a great teacher. Entry level mathematics classes at a community college, having statistically higher levels of diversity, are rich with such opportunities. Ruth Urbina-Lilback, Professor of Mathematics at Naugatuck Valley Community College recently published an article that looks at her own efforts to develop and implement successful instructional techniques within an elementary algebra classroom at a community college. Through her publicationSnapshots of Equitable Teaching in a Highly Diverse Classroom, Professor Urbina-Lilback shares her pedagogical style from which we can all learn.
According to the 2015 Center for Disease Control Suicide Fact Sheet, suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14, the second among persons aged 15-34 years, the fourth among persons aged 45-54 years, the eighth among persons 55-64 years, and the seventeenth among persons 65 years and older. It is a significant health problem that inspired the collaboration between the Western Connecticut Mental Health Network and the Naugatuck Valley Community College Human Services Club. Kathleen LeBlanc, MS, MSW, Coordinator for Human Services/Pre-Social Work Programs at NVCC, assisted with the outreach to invite leaders in the field of mental health to the College for what is destined to become an annual event.
Naugatuck Valley Community College President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., opened the All College Meeting with a tribute to the memory of artist, Angelo Romano, whose generosity is exhibited in the colorful art collection featured in the Leever Atrium of the Fine Arts Center at the Waterbury Campus of the College. Her remarks concluded with a biographical video that highlighted Romano’s creative genius and inspiration.
Burton Tedesco, Assistant Professor of Theater at Naugatuck Valley Community College, loves his work. He delivers the elements defined in the mission of the Performing Arts Department, which are to provide mentorship, teach fundamental skills, create opportunities for performance and present pathways to further student training and careers.
Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) is hosting its third Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for the academic year 2016-17. Felipe Karam, a traditional and folk violinist from Brazil will be teaching music at the College.
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.
Cybersecurity is a major issue for every business. Hackers are always trying to sneak into secure servers to steal valuable data, which creates an ever-increasing demand for skilled cyber professionals. Cybersecurity is job security and Naugatuck Valley Community College is responding to this need with a new curriculum. Developed in collaboration with local industry leaders who employ cybersecurity professionals, this new degree program combines elements of both NVCC’s Criminal Justice and Computer Information Systems programs to offer students a strong foundation in understanding the investigative nature of cybersecurity in the criminal justice realm, as well as gaining technical skills in computer science networking and programming. Many classes are mapped to support industry certification testing after course completion, including CompTIA Network+, Security+ and Project+.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted its ninth annual Principal to President Scholars Awards Ceremony in Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted its ninth annual Principal to President Scholars Awards Ceremony in Technology Hall Dining Room on June 6, 2016. The scholarship program is available to selected students from among the public and private high schools in our region. The program bridges the relationship between the region’s high schools and NVCC. It defines the College and college education, as a whole, and as a point of destination for our young people. Founded in 2008 by President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., the NVCC Presidential Scholarships encourage high school seniors to expand their horizons and explore choices for future post-secondary education in the liberal arts and professional programs.
In a packed house at the Palace Theater, more than nine hundred students celebrated their graduation from NVCC. The graduates from 85 municipalities across Connecticut and eight states in total, ranged from youngest to oldest, 17 to 72 years of age. The eldest graduate received an associate degree in general studies and an associate degree in hotel management. The largest field of study was represented by general studies in which 318 associate degrees were awarded. The Class of 2016 earned 1,359 total awards. This is the fifth consecutive year that NVCC celebrated the achievement of granting more than 1,000 awards.
The Mainstage Theater at NVCC was the stage for the annual Honors Night Awards. In celebratory fashion, NVCC traditionally takes this night to honor students whose academic achievement has earned scholarships and support towards continuing their education.
On Monday, April 18, Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted a symposium with Board of Regents Chairman Nicholas M. Donofrio and former Chairman Lewis J. Robinson, Esq. Chairman Donofrio’s intellectually invigorating presentation on Making Value for America was well-attended by NVCC faculty, staff, and management. The program led to a discussion on the role higher education and public libraries play in transforming the U.S. economy from one in which ideas are generated to one in which those ideas produce long term value. Chairman Donofrio’s visit marked the beginning of an exciting week of intellectual discourse for Academic Affairs and the Faculty Senate at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
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.