Thousands of successful students have passed through the halls of Waterbury State Technical College, Mattatuck Community College, and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Today they are all counted among the alumni of the same great institution, NVCC. Three such alumni came by to share their stories this week.
Sandra Simoes, a 1993 graduate of Mattatuck Community College with an A.A.S. in the Early Childhood Special Education, is now the Director of Operations for the Sunnyview Childcare Center and School and a co-owner. Sandra has a B.A. in Psychology from Western CT State University. She has been working in the field of early childhood education for 20 years. She is currently working towards a real estate license and taking the Supervision Administration Course required for Directors of Childcare centers. The class has brought Sandra back to the Waterbury Campus of NVCC, where she set out to connect with the Alumni Association. Sandra believes in “giving back.” She is currently a board member of the New Milford Homeless Shelter, and had been a board member and fundraiser for Child Advocacy. Her passion is children and the foundations that support their well-being.
At its January 30 meeting, the State Bond Commission approved a $39 million allocation--the largest ever in the history of the college--to bond the renovation of Founders Hall. Founders Hall is the original home of Waterbury State Technical College when it was established in 1964, a building with much history and beloved by many of the college’s founding faculty and alumni. President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., described the commission’s approval as “a powerful event.” The President noted that, “The College’s allied health programs are outstanding and deserve more support and better space. The proposed project will have the entrance of our new Center for Health Sciences face the rest of the campus, providing an east campus anchor and a sense of powerful completion.” President De Filippis cited the Governor’s understanding of the significance that NVCC’s Allied Health and Nursing programs have in the region and thanked him for his “vision and continued support.”
Thanks to the thoughtful generosity of a supporter from Washington, Connecticut, the NVCC Foundation has launched an initiative to support student jobs on campus. Valerie Friedman, a friend and benefactor to the College led the initiative with a $5,000 contribution to start the campaign, an anonymous donor followed with a matching contribution. The plan will enable students who are not eligible for financial aid to work on campus between and after classes. Students who do not have to leave the campus for employment have greater academic success. Friedman, a close friend of the College who has been involved with student success programs in the past, noted that “Enabling students to stay on campus and earn what they need to complete their educations is a small price with an important payoff.”
President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., students, faculty and staff of the College joined together to welcome area legislative and municipal leaders to the College’s annual Leadership Breakfast. Despite the snowy morning, ten local leaders representing seventeen towns attended the event.
Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., attended President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech as guest of Congresswoman Elizabeth H. Esty (CT-5). On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Dr. De Filippis accompanied the 5th District Congresswoman to Washington as an advocate for community colleges. Esty cited a long and fruitful working relationship with the President of NVCC and made a special note of how Dr. De Filippis has made a difference by transforming how NVCC partners with the communities we serve.
Thomaston Savings Bank (TSB) awarded NVCC student, Wilson Rosado a scholarship on December 8, so he could complete NVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program without the burden of tuition payments.
NVCC and TSB representatives gathered at the College’s state-of-the-art manufacturing center to present Rosado with his award, surrounded by his family, peers and instructors.
For the past five years, NVCC English Professor William H. Foster III and Robert Lyons, owner of Legends of Superheros in Middlebury, have teamed up to coordinate the Brass City Comic Con, an annual comic book convention which brought more than 450 guests to this summer’s July 20th event at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
Alumni from Waterbury State Technical College, Mattatuck Community College, and Naugatuck Valley Community College came together at NVCC’s Technology Hall on Thursday, October 23. A core group of Alumni who are leading the charge to re-invigorate NVCC’s Alumni Association worked to host the event.
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's marketing publications are honored with awards from NCMRP.
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.
Winners announced at awards ceremony at NVCC, May 18, 2014.
Naugatuck Valley Community College partnered with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) in the local launch of the first annual House Student App Challenge, a national competition promoting high school STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) student engagement and innovation in mobile programming. On Sunday, May 18, the contest winners were announced, and they are...
Secondary counselors, educators and leaders gather to learn about opportunities for students
Following up Sunday’s Open House, NVCC hosted the third annual Greater Waterbury Educational Leadership Forum for service region educators on Monday, April 30, 2014. The event is a project of Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, who also heads the College’s Regional Advisory Council, and President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.
Tours, workshops and information booths helped students explore possible education paths
On Sunday, April 27, 2014, hundreds of potential students and their families arrived at NVCC's Technology Hall for the Second Annual Open House. Information booths filled the Technology Hall atrium and tours departed every 15 minutes on the hour. Workshops were also held consecutively on topics ranging from the admissions process to transfer and dual admission.
Former students are served by Senator Joan Hartley and treated to a free wine lecture
The first official Alumni meet-and-greet took place on April 3 in the Technology Hall Dining Room. NVCC Professor Peter Cisek offered guests a free wine lecture with Senator Joan Hartley and a volunteer panel making sure everyone got a taste!
Boulier describes a high-profile career defined by hard work and focus
NVCC Alumni Charles J. Boulier III joined Naugatuck Savings Bank in 2004 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In 2009, he was elected President and Director of Castle Bank & Trust, which was merged into Naugatuck Savings Bank. He is also the Vice President and Treasurer of Nutmeg Financial, MHC, the parent company of Naugatuck Savings Bank and the Sutherland Insurance Group. In addition he has served as a Director of the Bank and the MHC since 2010.
Several hundred gather to hear the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author at his only community college stop
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author fascinated fans and newly acquainted readers alike during his stop at Naugatuck Valley Community College on Thurs., Nov. 14. Díaz made NVCC the only community college stop on his international book tour to promote his latest work, This Is How You Lose Her.
It's all about student success
President Gregory W. Gray, Ph.D., newly appointed leader of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, brought his vision for the 17 sister institutions that make up Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU) to Naugatuck Valley Community College on Tues., Oct. 8, and happily for Naugatuck Valley supporters, raising the public and political value of community colleges comprises a large part of his plan.
BOR President, Hispanic Heritage, Fulbright Scholar, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
NVCC will host a number of important events in Oct. and Nov., including featured guests: Board of Regents President Dr. Gregory Gray, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, Dr. Marianela Medrano, Fulbright Scholar Oonya Kempadoo and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz.
NVCC’s 2013 valedictorian, Jacob Dooling, is leaving home to attend Johns Hopkins University on a full scholarship this month, after graduating as the College’s top-ranking student.