Horticulture Program’s Michael Schwartz to Receive Superior Service Award
During the warm months, the rose gardens at Naugatuck Valley Community College are a thing of beauty to behold; they are serene spots on the College’s Waterbury campus where students and community members can stop to contemplate the wonder of nature. But the impact of these gardens goes well beyond aesthetic splendor.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted an Orientation Ceremony for the 2016-17 class of WAVE students. Sponsored by the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, WAVE is in its 12th year at NVCC. New students from Wilby, Crosby, Kaynor Tech, Abbott Tech, Naugatuck, and Danbury High Schools were on hand to participate in the opening reception. Students in the WAVE program are recruited from the high schools in the service area of the College. The process of selection involves attendance at open houses, followed by a series of interviews that lead to the final selection.
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.
Members of Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Student Government Association presented Special Olympics Waterbury with a check for $1,001.78 on January 13—the result of student fundraising efforts during the fall semester, which included bake sales, candy sales and game-room activities. The contribution puts the non-profit group over the top in a $10,000 fundraising challenge from MacDermid Inc. of Waterbury, which is matching the first $10,000 raised.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted a special night of poetry featuring four talented faculty members at Confluencia on December 2 in the College’s Playbox Theater. The evening began with music and refreshments in the theater lobby before the capacity crowd moved inside for an “open mic” featuring NVCC students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Greater Waterbury community who offered readings of original works as well as poetry and prose by noted writers.
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.
The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations has honored Naugatuck Valley Community College with three Gold Medallion Awards for producing videos which promote the College. The NCMPR District 1 Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges in the northeastern United States, eastern Canada and the United Kingdom.
Naugatuck Valley Community College Professor of Accounting Scott R. Colvin, CPA has been honored with an “Educator of Excellence” award by the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.
NVCC's marketing publications are honored with awards from NCMRP.
Naugatuck Valley Community College Class of 2015 Nursing students donated 20 fleece blankets to the neonatal intensive care units at St. Mary’s Hospital and Waterbury Hospital in May. A bake sale was organized to raise money for the materials for the blankets and the students met over the spring semester to get to work making them.
Juleyka Lantigua-Williams chosen to author JET's last-ever print cover story
“I was honored to be considered and accepted the assignment thankfully,” said Lantigua-Williams, who wrote for the magazine on topics ranging from politics to the arts, personal profiles, and education over the last three years. Her first JET cover story, “Fade to Black” (April 2013), is currently a finalist for a National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Excellence in Journalism Award.
In higher education, our students’ testimony is the most powerful affirmation of the value of the work we do each and every day. This year, NVCC recognizes English Professor Beth-Ann Scott with the 2014 Educational Excellence Award.
Officer Gary Heyward receives committee's unanimous nomination
The First Annual Public Safety Meritorious Service Award for 2014 goes to Building & Grounds Officer Gary Heyward. Officer Heyward has been employed as a Building and Grounds Officer at NVCC since June 13, 1977 and has demonstrated true character and professionalism every day since.
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.