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NVCC Celebrates United Way at 75th Anniversary
NVCC Celebrates United Way at 75th Anniversary

NVCC Celebrates United Way at 75th...

Naugatuck Valley Community College management accompanied Dr. Peter Jacoby, a member of...

NVCC Celebrates United Way at 75th Anniversary

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NVCC Celebrates United Way at 75th Anniversary

Naugatuck Valley Community College management accompanied Dr. Peter Jacoby, a member of the United Way of Greater Waterbury Campaign Leadership...
NVCC Dancers Donate Performances to the Art of Mental Health Celebration at the Mattatuck...
NVCC Dancers Donate Performances to the Art of Mental Health Celebration at the Mattatuck...

NVCC Dancers Donate Performances to...

On May 20, a group of dance program students from Naugatuck Valley Community College...

NVCC Dancers Donate Performances to the Art of Mental Health Celebration at the Mattatuck...

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NVCC Dancers Donate Performances to the Art of Mental Health Celebration at the Mattatuck...

On May 20, a group of dance program students from Naugatuck Valley Community College performed as part of the “Art of Mental Health”...
Two NVCC Students Make All-Connecticut Academic Team
Two NVCC Students Make All-Connecticut Academic Team

Two NVCC Students Make...

Two graduating Naugatuck Valley Community College students, Desiree Lafontaine and Anju...

Two NVCC Students Make All-Connecticut Academic Team

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Two NVCC Students Make All-Connecticut Academic Team

Two graduating Naugatuck Valley Community College students, Desiree Lafontaine and Anju Gautam were accepted to the All-Connecticut Academic Team....
Student Spotlight: Micah Small
Student Spotlight: Micah Small

Student Spotlight: Micah Small

“I choose my life every day, using what I have learned. My time at NVCC has made a...

Student Spotlight: Micah Small

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Student Spotlight: Micah Small

“I choose my life every day, using what I have learned. My time at NVCC has made a difference to that learning" ~ Micah Small Micah Small is a...
Student Spotlight: Yovany Cruz
Student Spotlight: Yovany Cruz

Student Spotlight: Yovany Cruz

Yovany Cruz is a 2014 graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College.  She...

Student Spotlight: Yovany Cruz

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Student Spotlight: Yovany Cruz

Yovany Cruz is a 2014 graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College.  She transferred to the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT,...
Student Spotlight: Nicole Hayes
Student Spotlight: Nicole Hayes

Student Spotlight: Nicole Hayes

"My roots have been planted firmly and my voice blossomed through my educational...

Student Spotlight: Nicole Hayes

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Student Spotlight: Nicole Hayes

"My roots have been planted firmly and my voice blossomed through my educational experiences and the relationships I built at NVCC." ~ Nicole...
Naugatuck Valley Community College Newspaper, Honored by the Society of Professional...
Naugatuck Valley Community College Newspaper, Honored by the Society of Professional...

Naugatuck Valley Community College...

For the fourth consecutive year, NVCC’s student newspaper, The Tamarack, has been...

Naugatuck Valley Community College Newspaper, Honored by the Society of Professional...

Tamarack

Naugatuck Valley Community College Newspaper, Honored by the Society of Professional...

For the fourth consecutive year, NVCC’s student newspaper, The Tamarack, has been honored by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists...
Naugatuck Valley Community College Honored with Major Grants to Support Collaboration with...
Naugatuck Valley Community College Honored with Major Grants to Support Collaboration with...

Naugatuck Valley Community College...

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has notified NVCC that all three of their US DOE...

Naugatuck Valley Community College Honored with Major Grants to Support Collaboration with...

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Naugatuck Valley Community College Honored with Major Grants to Support Collaboration with...

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has notified NVCC that all three of their US DOE Upward Bound grant applications have been selected for...
Naugatuck Valley Community College Commencement Features National Teacher of the Year
Naugatuck Valley Community College Commencement Features National Teacher of the Year

Naugatuck Valley Community College...

Jahana Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year and NVCC Alumna was the keynote speaker at...

Naugatuck Valley Community College Commencement Features National Teacher of the Year

Speeches & Remarks

Naugatuck Valley Community College Commencement Features National Teacher of the Year

Jahana Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year and NVCC Alumna was the keynote speaker at the College’s fifty-second commencement ceremony. The...
NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. Honored by Hostos Community College
NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. Honored by Hostos Community College

NVCC President Daisy Cocco De...

Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. was honored on...

NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. Honored by Hostos Community College

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NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. Honored by Hostos Community College

Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. was honored on Friday, May 5 at Eugenio María de Hostos Community...
Pilot Program Emphasizing Excellence in Teaching Elevates NVCC’s Student Success Plan
Pilot Program Emphasizing Excellence in Teaching Elevates NVCC’s Student Success Plan

Pilot Program Emphasizing...

Increased student engagement, faculty who are more confident in their teaching, more...

Pilot Program Emphasizing Excellence in Teaching Elevates NVCC’s Student Success Plan

Performance-Based Institution

Pilot Program Emphasizing Excellence in Teaching Elevates NVCC’s Student Success Plan

Increased student engagement, faculty who are more confident in their teaching, more relevant course material, and an improved student experience are...
NVCC Inducts 146 Students into National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa
NVCC Inducts 146 Students into National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa

NVCC Inducts 146 Students into...

Naugatuck Valley Community College held the 36th annual induction ceremony for the...

NVCC Inducts 146 Students into National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa

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NVCC Inducts 146 Students into National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa

Naugatuck Valley Community College held the 36th annual induction ceremony for the National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa on Monday, April 10....
NVCC Hosts Night of Multilingual Poetry in New Community Room
NVCC Hosts Night of Multilingual Poetry in New Community Room

NVCC Hosts Night of Multilingual...

Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted a special evening of music and poetry featuring...

NVCC Hosts Night of Multilingual Poetry in New Community Room

Arts & Humanities

NVCC Hosts Night of Multilingual Poetry in New Community Room

Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted a special evening of music and poetry featuring three award-winning writers and poets...
Horticulture and Hospitality Industry Summit Focuses on Careers and Curriculum
Horticulture and Hospitality Industry Summit Focuses on Careers and Curriculum

Horticulture and Hospitality...

In an effort to keep its curriculum current for its students and to help close the skill...

Horticulture and Hospitality Industry Summit Focuses on Careers and Curriculum

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Horticulture and Hospitality Industry Summit Focuses on Careers and Curriculum

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...
Naugatuck Valley Community College Celebrates Fifth Annual Open House and Greater...
Naugatuck Valley Community College Celebrates Fifth Annual Open House and Greater...

Naugatuck Valley Community College...

Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted its fifth annual Spring Open House on Sunday,...

Naugatuck Valley Community College Celebrates Fifth Annual Open House and Greater...

STEM

Naugatuck Valley Community College Celebrates Fifth Annual Open House and Greater...

Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted its fifth annual Spring Open House on Sunday, April 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Technology Hall Atrium where...
Debut of International Arts Festival Big Success
Debut of International Arts Festival Big Success

Debut of International Arts...

On a bright spring afternoon, Naugatuck Valley Community College students, faculty and...

Debut of International Arts Festival Big Success

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Debut of International Arts Festival Big Success

On a bright spring afternoon, Naugatuck Valley Community College students, faculty and staff, and Fulbright scholar-in-residence Felipe Karam gathered...
NVCC Hosts Health Sciences Alumni Reunion & Open House
NVCC Hosts Health Sciences Alumni Reunion & Open House

NVCC Hosts Health Sciences Alumni...

NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., the students, faculty and staff invite...

NVCC Hosts Health Sciences Alumni Reunion & Open House

Allied Health

NVCC Hosts Health Sciences Alumni Reunion & Open House

NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., the students, faculty and staff invite health sciences alumni to tour the new Center for Health...
Call for Entries for Naugatuck Valley Community College’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative...
Call for Entries for Naugatuck Valley Community College’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative...

Call for Entries for Naugatuck...

Naugatuck Valley Community College invites individuals to submit original work for...

Call for Entries for Naugatuck Valley Community College’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative...

President

Call for Entries for Naugatuck Valley Community College’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative...

Naugatuck Valley Community College invites individuals to submit original work for possible inclusion in its 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book,...
Students, Faculty, and Staff Say Hello to Easier Searching
Students, Faculty, and Staff Say Hello to Easier Searching

Students, Faculty, and Staff Say...

Searching for the right resources for your next research project just got a lot easier....

Students, Faculty, and Staff Say Hello to Easier Searching

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Students, Faculty, and Staff Say Hello to Easier Searching

Searching for the right resources for your next research project just got a lot easier. That’s thanks to a dedicated team that helped the Max R....
YA Author and NVCC Professor Steve Parlato Panelist at Teen Bookfest by the Bay
YA Author and NVCC Professor Steve Parlato Panelist at Teen Bookfest by the Bay

YA Author and NVCC Professor Steve...

Naugatuck Valley Community College Associate Professor of English Steve Parlato has a lot...

YA Author and NVCC Professor Steve Parlato Panelist at Teen Bookfest by the Bay

Arts & Humanities

YA Author and NVCC Professor Steve Parlato Panelist at Teen Bookfest by the Bay

Naugatuck Valley Community College Associate Professor of English Steve Parlato has a lot to celebrate these days. The Young Adult (YA) author just...
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Two NVCC Students Make All-Connecticut Academic Team

Two NVCC Students Make All-Connecticut Academic Team

Two graduating Naugatuck Valley Community College students, Desiree Lafontaine and Anju Gautam were accepted to the All-Connecticut Academic Team. Lafontaine and Gautam were nominated from a pool of applicants based on the strength of their applications with respect to academic excellence, leadership, civic responsibility, and contributions made to the college community. The All-Connecticut Academic Team recognizes the outstanding scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in Connecticut’s community, technical, and junior colleges. Each college is allowed to nominate two students, who are then accepted as All-Connecticut Academic Team members and then become eligible for the national All-USA Academic team which awards scholarships.

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Student Spotlight: Micah Small

Student Spotlight: Micah Small

2015 NVCC Grad Testifies to the Power of Community Colleges

“I choose my life every day, using what I have learned. My time at NVCC has made a difference to that learning" ~ Micah Small

Micah Small is a graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Class of 2015. He came to NVCC because it was affordable. “The value was really important for me, but once I got here, I discovered that the faculty really made a difference to my learning. The culture at NVCC is supportive and the emphasis is on resources for student success, for example I relied heavily on the ACE to help with my classes. The tutors were excellent.”

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Student Spotlight: Yovany Cruz

Student Spotlight: Yovany Cruz

Naugatuck Valley Community College Alumna Sets Her Sites on a Future of Advocacy and Social Justice

Yovany Cruz is a 2014 graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College.  She transferred to the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT, where she majored in Social Work. Professors enthusiastically identify Yovany as a “star student.” Advocacy is a personal mission for Yovany. She is a strong advocate for the Latino community and for people in general, when she sees there is a need.
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Student Spotlight: Nicole Hayes

Student Spotlight: Nicole Hayes

Naugatuck Valley Community College Grad Testifies to the Power of Community Colleges

"My roots have been planted firmly and my voice blossomed through my educational experiences and the relationships I built at NVCC." ~ Nicole Hayes

 Nicole Hayes is a graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Class of 2017.  After graduating with an associate degree on May 25, she will attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. At NVCC, Nicole was a General Studies/Pre-Allied Health & Nursing major. With the help of faculty, and the supportive culture at NVCC, Nicole has blossomed as a student and will graduate with a 3.85 GPA. This past semester she completed one of the highest level English courses offered at NVCC, and she is a prolific writer for the College newspaper, The Tamarack.  Over the past two years she has written many articles about social justice issues. Tamarack faculty advisor, Associate Professor Steve Parlato, stated, “I couldn’t be more proud of Nicole. Along with academic excellence, she’s poured heart and soul into her role as Senior Staff Writer. Her meticulously researched articles, on issues of racial and gender-based inequality, make her a powerful voice. I’m thrilled her exceptional work has led to Wesleyan; I know she’ll do great things there.”

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Naugatuck Valley Community College Commencement Features National Teacher of the Year

Naugatuck Valley Community College Commencement Features National Teacher of the Year

Commencement Speaker is another example of the difference community college makes.

Jahana Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year and NVCC Alumna was the keynote speaker at the College’s fifty-second commencement ceremony. The event was held on the afternoon of Thursday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at the Waterbury Palace Theater.

NVCC proudly conferred over one thousand degrees or certificates for the sixth consecutive year. 

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Pilot Program Emphasizing Excellence in Teaching Elevates NVCC’s Student Success Plan

Pilot Program Emphasizing Excellence in Teaching Elevates NVCC’s Student Success Plan

Through partnership with the Association for College and University Educators

Increased student engagement, faculty who are more confident in their teaching, more relevant course material, and an improved student experience are many of the benefits that Naugatuck Valley Community College hopes to gain from a pilot program with the Association for College and University Educators (ACUE) which began in February. 

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NVCC Inducts 146 Students into National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa

NVCC Inducts 146 Students into National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa

Naugatuck Valley Community College held the 36th annual induction ceremony for the National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa on Monday, April 10.  Faculty, staff, friends, and family celebrated the achievements of 146 student inductees. The event opened with a welcome by Professor Lisa Kaufman, an advisor for the organization. NVCC President Daisy Cocco DeFilippis, Ph.D. delivered the opening remarks commending the academic achievements of the students, Dean of Academic Affairs Irene Rios-Knauf, Ph.D., congratulated the recipients, and NVCC Professor of English Steve Parlato delivered the keynote address.

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Students, Faculty, and Staff Say Hello to Easier Searching

Students, Faculty, and Staff Say Hello to Easier Searching

NVCC Library Launches “NVCC Search”

Searching for the right resources for your next research project just got a lot easier. That’s thanks to a dedicated team that helped the Max R. Traurig Library at Naugatuck Valley Community College move to a new search system interface called “NV Search.” Now, with just a few clicks and keystrokes, NV Search provides one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, and digital media for anyone who wants to search through the College’s vast collection or discover resources. For those on the go, the best part about the new interface is that it’s 100% mobile friendly meaning that users can access the system from any smart phone.


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NVCC Faculty and Students Selected to Show Work at Hartford Gallery

NVCC Faculty and Students Selected to Show Work at Hartford Gallery

“Community” Art Show at University of Hartford Free and Open to the Public

Naugatuck Valley Community College Art Instructor Amanda Lebel and two of her students are showing their work at “Community,” a collaboration between the Hartford Art School and the Connecticut Community Colleges. The show highlights selected work from one faculty member and two students from each of the nine participating Connecticut Community colleges.  The show, which will be on view from February 18-March 7, hosted an opening reception on Thursday, February 23 starting at 6 p.m. in the Donald and Linda Slipe Gallery at the University of Hartford’s Art School. The show is open to the public and admission is free.


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U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty Recognizes NVCC for Successful Manufacturing Job Placements, Community Collaboration and Grant Opportunities that Make a Difference in Lives of Students

U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty Recognizes NVCC for Successful Manufacturing Job Placements, Community Collaboration and Grant Opportunities that Make a Difference in Lives of Students

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.


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English Language Learners from Waterbury High Schools Get a Glimpse of College Life

English Language Learners from Waterbury High Schools Get a Glimpse of College Life

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.

 
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Financial Services Industry Summit Focuses on Careers and Curriculum

Financial Services Industry Summit Focuses on Careers and Curriculum

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.


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NVCC Recognizes First Class in Advanced Manufacturing Technology from  Abbott Tech

NVCC Recognizes First Class in Advanced Manufacturing Technology from Abbott Tech

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.


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Presidential Awards Ceremony Recognizes Achievements of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Students in Graduating Class of 2017

Presidential Awards Ceremony Recognizes Achievements of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Students in Graduating Class of 2017

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.


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NVCC Hosts College Transfer Fairs on Waterbury and Danbury Campuses

NVCC Hosts College Transfer Fairs on Waterbury and Danbury Campuses

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. 

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A Community of Many Nations: NVCC Boasts Students from More Than 50 Countries

A Community of Many Nations: NVCC Boasts Students from More Than 50 Countries

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.

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NVCC Hosts College Goal Sunday

NVCC Hosts College Goal Sunday

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.

 
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NVCC Inducts Seven New Student Ambassadors into President’s Circle

NVCC Inducts Seven New Student Ambassadors into President’s Circle

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.

 
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Naugatuck Valley Community College Welcomes New Students at Fall 2016 Orientation Program

Naugatuck Valley Community College Welcomes New Students at Fall 2016 Orientation Program

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.

Author: Coates, Beth
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Naugatuck Valley Community College Celebrates Student Success in Visual and Performing Arts

Naugatuck Valley Community College Celebrates Student Success in Visual and Performing Arts

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. 
Author: Coates, Beth
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