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.
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.
Take on a lot of debt to attend a four-year institution or attend classes closer to home and fulfill prerequisites at a fraction of the cost at a community college. That was the question facing Jacob Dooling after high school. At the urging of his mother, Dooling opted to attend Naugatuck Valley Community College—and it paid off.
On August 6, The Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE) awarded Naugatuck Valley Community College student Brian Soto a $1,000 academic scholarship to recognize his hard work and dedication to his studies. Soto, who is majoring in accounting, was also honored last spring by NVCC’s Male Encouragement Network (MEN) for his commitment to academic and personal success.
More than 100 students and their families gathered for Naugatuck Valley Community College's annual Honors Night on Tuesday, May 28 at the College's Fine Arts Center. Honors Night highlights achievements made by both graduating and returning students over the course of the academic year.
Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., President of Naugatuck Valley Community College, presented awards to 21 students of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program. Established by the President to challenge manufacturing students to excel, the awards recognize students whose GPA is in the top ten. A second award goes to students with a GPA of “B” or better.
The Honors Institute at Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted presentations of student works on December 5, 2014. Organized by the NVCC Honors Institute Advisory Committee under the guidance of Associate Professor of Management, Robyn-Jay Bage, the event featured students’ research that will earn them honors credits for their independent work throughout the semester.
Board of Regents President, Dr. Gregory Gray spent the month of November taking the new Transform 20-20 initiatives on the road. With a goal to solicit feedback from students and then present it to the Board of Regents (BOR) in 2015, Dr. Gray worked his plan to meet with community college students by organizing contacts through their Student Government Association officers. The meetings with students from the 17 CT State Universities and Community Colleges were intended to inform, rally support and produce 1,000 students to legislative budget hearings next Spring to advocate for funding. “Your voice will allow us to take the next huge step from being a good college and university system to becoming a great state higher education system,” said Dr. Gray.
On November 18, 2014, Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) hosted a Community and Public Sector Career Expo, a unique annual event that provides students of all majors an opportunity to meet and talk with professionals from all sectors of Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education and Human Services. Café West was filled with 40 agencies and over 250 students who received information and gained insights as they spoke with people in careers as varied as Department of Correction Canine Officers, Social Workers from the VA, and Victim Services Advocates.
Over the course of two years, NVCC's GEAR UP program has helped more than 2,400 middle school students prepare for the rigors of high school and matriculation to college.
Administered through NVCC’s Bridge to College Office, the GEAR UP program is a seven-year, state-funded grant program designed to significantly increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in college by providing early intervention, testing, advising and academic and social support.
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.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted a reception honoring 22 Principal-to-President scholarship recipients from 11 area high schools on Monday, June 9 in the Technology Hall Dining Room.
This year's valedictorian and salutatorian received a 4.0 and 3.95 GPA, respectively. Combined, they earned eight recognitions at the 2013 and 2014 Honors Night ceremonies
Graduates of the Class of 2014 ranged in age from 17 to 71, and hailed from 10 states in total.
On May 29, 2014 at its 49th commencement, Naugatuck Valley Community College celebrated, for the fifth year in a row, the largest graduating class in the history of the College. The total number of awards conferred is 1,325.
More than 100 students gathered with their families on Tuesday, May 27, for Naugatuck Valley Community College's annual Honors Night at the College's Fine Arts Center. Honors Night recognizes students who have distinguished themselves throughout the academic year by excelling academically, demonstrating leadership in their field of study, or engaging with the campus and greater area community.
Eleven students received awards from their instructors on Wed., April 30
Inspired by the President's annual High Tea Ceremony, which celebrates women who have overcome adversity to succeed at NVCC, the NVCC Male Encouragement Network, M.E.N., decided this year it was time to finally recognize the spirit of triumph, resiliency and commitment among our outstanding male students.
NVCC-Waterbury AmeriCorps members guide leadership, financial accountability, college readiness and service learning days
For 25 eager seventh and eighth graders, April vacation was about more than late mornings and lazy days this year. From April 14-17, this handful of Waterbury GEAR UP participants were up early, on campus and completely immersed in four days of activities, hands-on learning and local field trips.
13 Women Are Recognized for Their Academic Achievement in the Face of Adversity
At a high tea ceremony held Thurs., March 6, 2014, members of the campus community gathered together to honor the extraordinary lives and achievements of 13 outstanding female NVCC students. The awardees were nominated by faculty and staff whose lives have been inspired by their students’ strength, patience, commitment and endurance to persist both personally and academically.
More that 1,000 students enrolled in classes
The NVCC Danbury Center is rapidly outgrowing its current space at 183 Main Street and looking to expand in 2014. While proposals are being reviewed in the next several weeks by the Department of Administrative Services, the College is moving forward with plans for a larger, more varied space and added facilities in the next year.
Associate degrees to be awarded students seeking bachelor’s degrees
For the next several weeks, Charter Oak and Naugatuck Valley Community College staff will be reaching out to former students who have transferred 15 credits or more to Charter Oak, and earned at least 60 credits total, to offer an associate degree from NVCC ex post facto.