Set your GPS for 190 Main Street Danbury, CT and you will be pleasantly surprised to find a 1920’s art deco building getting a major makeover to accommodate the thousands of college students who are about to make it their new campus. Work crews are hurriedly braving the heat and humidity while taking advantage of the long summer days to complete the vision driven by the NVCC mission, to offer “quality, affordable education and training in response to evolving community needs by providing opportunities to individuals and organizations to develop their potential.”
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.
The seventh annual community meeting celebrated the College’s plan for “A Decade of Vision and Service.” Hosted in the Technology Hall Dining Room for the last time, the community event, which will be moved to the new Community Room in the newly constructed Center for Health Sciences which opens December 2016, was enthusiastically attended by 90 campus and community partners.
On Thursday, April 21, NVCC held the final Confluencia of 2015-2016 at the Palace Theatre in Danbury. Professor of English, Lisa Shuchter, Jay Halpern and Bonnie Goulet travelled with their classes to the event. Chris Connelly, NVCC music student, provided the musical prelude for the reception. James Chatman, the SGA Senator for the Danbury Campus, provided the welcome message for the evening.
Spring marks the time for Naugatuck Valley Community College to recognize outstanding achievement by students who have overcome significant challenges. The annual Women’s Tea ceremony is a traditional afternoon tea celebrating women who have overcome adversity and found success at NVCC. President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. opened the annual celebration with remarks about the progress of the honorees. “Education is the path to freedom. I know that you understand it. It is about opening your mind and your world to another way of being. It is about being able to find employment and grow as a professional and as a human being. It is about being able to help others. This is why you have struggled so much to get to our doors and to study and to succeed.”
NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. has officially announced that the College received final approval to lease a new larger, more modern space for its Danbury Campus. The new location for the Danbury Campus is in the downtown district at 190 Main Street, across the street from the Danbury Public Library and the current NVCC Campus. The entrance is on West Street, just off the corner of Main Street.
Five Naugatuck Valley Community College students traveled to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on February 10 to speak out on behalf of their College and voice concerns about proposed cuts to higher education before the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee. The NVCC contingent was joined by students from across the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system.
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.
The State Bond Commission has approved $2 million to outfit Naugatuck Valley Community College’s new Danbury Campus location with instruction and laboratory equipment, smart classrooms, IT network equipment and furniture. The allocation was approved at the commission’s January 29 meeting.
It was in October 2011 that evening bus service was restored to Waterbury after sixty years—due in large part to the efforts of Naugatuck Valley Community College students, faculty and staff, in partnership with the City of Waterbury, the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the city’s legislative delegation in Hartford. As of December 31, 2015, the service has provided 1,003,049 evening rides. North East Transportation of Waterbury estimates that the service eclipsed the mark of 1 million rides sometime around Christmas Day.
Naugatuck Valley Community College welcomed nearly 100 area legislative, municipal, community and business leaders, as well as Connecticut Board of Regents Chairman Nicholas Donofrio and Connecticut State College and University System President Mark Ojakian to campus on January 8 for NVCC’s seventh Leadership Breakfast.
Collaborates with Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and Bravo Waterbury
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. announced on January 5 that the College will receive its third Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence grant for the 2016-17 academic year. The grant will host Felipe Karam, a Brazilian musician and composer.
Naugatuck Valley Community College honored the successes of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center students during the fall semester on December 21 with a graduation and presidential awards ceremony. The event recognized the program’s 14 evening cohort graduates, the recipients of the fourth annual Presidential Awards and the winner of the annual scholarship generously presented by Thomaston Savings Bank.
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 hosted a special night of poetry featuring four talented faculty members at Confluencia on December 2 in the College’s Playbox Theater. The evening began with music and refreshments in the theater lobby before the capacity crowd moved inside for an “open mic” featuring NVCC students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Greater Waterbury community who offered readings of original works as well as poetry and prose by noted writers.
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.