ESL Program Coordinator, Karlene Ball, writes of the vibrancy of the ESL program which boasts a richly diverse and incredibly resilient student body.
From Afghanistan to Venezuela, from Brazil to Yemen, from Gambia to Uruguay—they’ve come to the NVCC campus. This fall we welcomed students from some 40 countries to NVCC’s English as a Second Language Program. With these newcomers, we now boast a diverse group of students from about 54 countries around the world.
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.
Naugatuck Valley Community College inducted seven new students into the prestigious President’s Circle during an October 21st ceremony held in the Technology Hall Dining Room. Membership represents the highest honor a student may receive while matriculating at the College. Inductees have a minimum GPA of 3.4 and they represent a select group of outstanding achievers who serve as the College’s student ambassadors. President’s Circle ambassadors have the opportunity to attend major college events with the President and/or her Cabinet and lend voice to their experiences as NVCC students.
More than 450 new students and their families attended the Saturday Orientation program hosted by Naugatuck Valley Community College. The morning opened with a continental breakfast. The top twenty resources for an incoming college student were represented in the Leever Atrium of the Fine Arts Center on the Waterbury Campus including the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), Academic Division Leaders, the Center for Job Placement and College Opportunities, and Veteran’s Affairs to name a few. The formal program was introduced by Dean of Student Services, Sarah Gager. Welcoming remarks on behalf of NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., were presented by Provost and Senior Dean of Administration, James Troup, who concluded his welcome with the poem, “It is I Who Must Begin” by Václav Havel.
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.
Summer is a time of academic, social and personal enrichment for students from the Waterbury public schools who have the privilege of participating in NVCC’s Bridge to College programs. Since early July the campus has been bustling with college access students aged 13-18. They are at the College for any of three programs including Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), Connecticut Collegiate Awareness and Preparation Program (ConnCAP), or Community College Scholar (CCS). Hundreds of Waterbury public school students and first year NVCC students engage in meaningful academic enrichment and exciting social experiences. “We are excited by the energy surrounding our students this summer,” says BTC Division Director David Celotto. “Our students have strategically taken the necessary steps to advance through our summer programs. They have come to campus with the drive and determination to learn and grow. What more can we ask from our young leaders? We are very proud.” Highlights of the featured programs include:
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., hosted the annual CALAHE Scholarship Reception in the Technology Hall Dining Room of the Waterbury campus on Thursday evening, August 6, 2016.
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.”
Need help paying for college? For students who want to attend Naugatuck Valley Community College this fall, scholarship money is available from the $1,369,270.00 Naugatuck Valley Community College has received in funding from the State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education for scholarship grants awarded by the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program (RWSP). For students whose financial concerns have kept them from registering, this scholarship makes a difference. Any Connecticut resident who is attending a public, two-year college, and has filled out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), is eligible to apply. Recipients must meet federal eligibility requirements for financial aid and be taking at least six credits or more per semester. The scholarship awards up to $4,500 a year for full-time students and is pro-rated for part-timers. Actual amounts will be determined by the NVCC Financial Aid Office. To learn more about the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program, contact Cathy Hardy, NVCC Director of Financial Aid, at (203) 575-8274 or CHardy@nv.edu.
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.
Tradition sets the stage for the NVCC Student Government Association’s annual production of the Leadership Banquet at the Grand Oak Villa. “This year’s banquet hosted over 300 students and staff. Evening highlights included dinner, dancing, showcasing student talent and recognition of club accomplishments,” said Karen Blake, Student Activities Director. The event is a way of honoring students and advisors who have volunteered their time and energy working within the clubs that comprise the Student Government Association (SGA) to make NVCC a better place.
NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., established the President’s Award for High Achievement in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program back in 2012 when the manufacturing center opened.
The President established this award to reward students whose grades were “B” or better combined with a record of good attendance, attitude, and work ethic. These students received Solid Works and OSHA 10 Certification classes for one week at the expense of the college. The awards program includes an extra incentive for the top ten students in the class, which is an Introduction to Welding in a one week class.
Naugatuck Valley Community College is bursting with pride as
one of our own alumna Jahana Hayes, ’02 is honored with the 2016 National
Teacher of the Year Award. Hayes is an NVCC graduate who earned an associate
degree from Naugatuck Valley Community College, a bachelor of science from Southern
Connecticut State University, a master of arts from Saint Joseph University,
and a certification from the University of Bridgeport.
Science Professors from the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Division of Naugatuck Valley Community College collaborated to produce the annual Women in Science Seminar on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
NVCC’s Student Government Association and Student Activities Office partnered with Safe Haven of Waterbury to offer a “Campus Conversation Series” covering social media, internet safety and sexual assault. The series runs during the months of March and April.
The campus conversation series began at the start of the 2015/2016 academic year and concludes in May. The series has included conversations on topics such as sexual assault/domestic violence, cyber bullying, healthy relationships, financial aid and more.
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.
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 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.