The start of the New Year represents new resolutions and high hopes, and for college students and their parents throughout the nation time to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For prospective students and parents who haven’t been through the process before, it can prove a daunting and often confusing task. With that in mind, Naugatuck Valley Community College hosts College Goal Sunday each January to offer guidance. This year’s event, on January 31, marked NVCC’s fifth consecutive year of participation in the nationwide effort—helping scores of students and their families.
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.
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.
Members of Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Student Government Association presented Special Olympics Waterbury with a check for $1,001.78 on January 13—the result of student fundraising efforts during the fall semester, which included bake sales, candy sales and game-room activities. The contribution puts the non-profit group over the top in a $10,000 fundraising challenge from MacDermid Inc. of Waterbury, which is matching the first $10,000 raised.
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 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.
When Axay Patel immigrated with his family from India to Connecticut at the age of 22, he says attending Naugatuck Valley Community College was “a perfect way to start,” even though he was close to earning a bachelor’s degree in his homeland.
CTrides, which connects commuters with sustainable solutions to get to school or work, has honored Naugatuck Valley Community College for its participation in the Connecticut College Challenge, which seeks to find “green” rides for college students across Connecticut. More NVCC students pledged to take a sustainable ride during the first week of October than students at any other community college in the state.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges conducted a site visit at Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Danbury Campus on November 17 as a follow-up to the location’s transition from a center to a full-fledged branch campus, which began roughly 18 months ago.
To commemorate Veterans Day, Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted two days of events to honor past and present members of the military. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) visited with veterans from the NVCC community on November 10 at the College’s Veterans Oasis. On November 11, NVCC students, faculty and staff gathered for the College’s seventh annual Veterans Day Ceremony.
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.
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.
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.
Women in manufacturing was the focus of Naugatuck Valley Community College’s annual celebration on October 23 of Manufacturing Month in Connecticut. Women in Manufacturing—Inspire, Attract, Retain brought together industry leaders, educators, legislators and NVCC alumni to discuss the opportunities for women which exist in manufacturing and how to attract more women to the field. The event also featured tours of NVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center led by current students and graduates.
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.
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 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 the Young Manufacturers Summer Career Fair and Student Recognition Ceremony on August 13. The event, organized by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), brought together more than 40 middle school students and their parents to learn about careers in manufacturing and engineering. It capped off the two-week Young Manufacturers Summer Academy, which took place at W.F. Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury, Platt Technical High School in Milford and E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain.
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.