Naugatuck Valley Community College is often in the news for the work it does to serve our 22-town service area. A string of student opportunities and success recently landed the college in the newsletter of U.S. Congressional Representative, Elizabeth Esty.
Agenda Includes General Info Sessions, Campus Tours, and Financial Aid Workshops in Spanish
More than 85 Spanish-speaking juniors and seniors representing area schools like Crosby, Kennedy, Waterbury Career Academy, and Wilby gathered in Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Technology Hall Friday, January 27 in a special College-hosted visit aimed at accommodating and addressing the needs of English Language Learners. These local students spent the morning learning about some of the things to anticipate as they transition into the next chapter of their educations.
In an effort to keep its curriculum current for its students and to help close the skill gap in the state, Naugatuck Valley Community College turned to the experts on November 29th at its Financial Services Summit. Focused on industry careers and trends in the financial services sector, the summit was hosted by Financial Services firm NewOak at its Danbury, Connecticut, office. The summit provided an opportunity for professionals in the financial services industry to discuss the skills, educational background, training, and experiences that are most sought after in prospective employees.
Eight students receive career-launching certificates
Eight Naugatuck Valley Community College adult students who completed their certificate requirements were recognized on December 14. The students are enrolled in a first-of-its-kind 22-month program in Advanced Manufacturing Technology held at Henry Abbott Technical High School in Danbury. The program equips them with skills to foster career growth in the manufacturing field. NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., Provost James Troup, faculty and staff from the College along with industry partners and Abbot Tech Principal Stacy Butkus were present to commemorate the achievement. The students embarked on the journey back in August of 2015 when NVCC launched a second cohort in its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program at Abbott Tech.
Thomaston Savings Bank Scholarship Awarded to High-Performing Student Along with Presidential Awards Presented to Other Top Performing Students
Fifty-two Naugatuck Valley Community College students who will graduate in January and May with certificates in Advanced Manufacturing were recognized Friday at the Fifth Annual Presidential Awards Ceremony. The event was held at NVCC’s Technology Hall on its Waterbury campus and sponsored by the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut (SMA). The students are enrolled in a two semester program in Advanced Manufacturing Technology. The program equips them with skills to foster career growth in the manufacturing field. NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., Provost James Troup, faculty and staff from the College along with industry partners and representatives from Thomaston Savings Bank were present to commemorate the achievement.
More than 40 colleges and universities from across Connecticut and beyond were represented in the Café West at NVCC’s Waterbury campus College Transfer Fair on October 19. Held every spring and fall semester, the event is organized by the College’s Center for Academic Planning & Student Success (CAPSS). At NVCC’s Danbury campus, students participated in a Transfer Fair on November 9. The new space allowed the College to invite a larger number of representatives than in past semesters and organizers reported a great turn out from colleges and universities in Connecticut and New York.
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.