NVCC students unraveled lights, unpacked bulbs from boxes, and laid out strands of golden garland last week in the College’s Prism Lounge to trim a tree that will provide aesthetic cheer during this holiday season.
For students at high schools like Bethel High or Waterbury’s W.F. Kaynor Technical, the first steps on the college path are taken before graduation. That’s thanks in part to an early college opportunity program supported by Naugatuck Valley Community College, and directed by the office of Academic Affairs and the Bridge to College Division.
A recent report published by the United States Department of Education shows that Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) is successfully living its 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. The College was ranked as a top college, in the nation, by a survey that evaluated public two-year colleges for their effectiveness in serving low-income students with relatively high outcomes.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center on the Waterbury campus of NVCC has successfully placed manufacturing grads into internship and career positions with local manufacturers in greater Waterbury, Danbury, and the northwest corner of the state. To date over 150 graduates of the center have found jobs with some of the over 200 industry partners of the College. According to AMTC Director, Joe Defeo, industry partners are manufacturing companies who have an understanding of the program. “They are in lock-step with the College’s AMTC program and they know it as a pipeline of talent.”
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.”
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.
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, the students, faculty and staff joined forces with the students and administration of the other colleges in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system to lobby state legislators for support of their academic institutions in an informal “meet and greet.”
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted its fourth annual Spring Open House on Sunday, April 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Technology Hall Atrium at 750 Chase Parkway in Waterbury. Over 400 prospective students and their families visited the Waterbury Campus. Faculty, staff and student leaders were on hand to talk one-on-one with prospective students and visitors about applying to and attending NVCC. Campus tours were conducted throughout the day with stops at the Library, Academic Center for Excellence, Student Center, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, Hospitality Management Program, allied health labs and other popular locations. The event featured workshops on topics including financial aid, admissions and one workshop held exclusively in Spanish. New this year was an expanded tour which included the NVCC Digital Arts Technology (DAT) lab and the opportunity for students to start the FSAID process, apply to the College and complete on-site acceptance.
Young scientists with a flair for Chemistry will head to the Playbox Theater at Naugatuck Valley Community College for the You Be The Chemist Challenge® on Saturday, April 30. The competition is an interactive academic competition for students in grades 5-8 that uses the excitement of competition to encourage students to study chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. The Challenge was created by the national nonprofit organization the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF). There are school, local, state, and national levels of Challenge competition. While the Challenge is an individual competition, students must attend a participating school in order to participate in the Challenge. Each Challenge cycle begins with participating schools administering a multiple choice test, called the Challenge Qualifier, to determine which students from a given school will advance to the next level of competition.
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.
It was in October 2011 that evening bus service was restored to Waterbury after sixty years—due in large part to the efforts of Naugatuck Valley Community College students, faculty and staff, in partnership with the City of Waterbury, the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the city’s legislative delegation in Hartford. As of December 31, 2015, the service has provided 1,003,049 evening rides. North East Transportation of Waterbury estimates that the service eclipsed the mark of 1 million rides sometime around Christmas Day.
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 welcomed nearly 100 area legislative, municipal, community and business leaders, as well as Connecticut Board of Regents Chairman Nicholas Donofrio and Connecticut State College and University System President Mark Ojakian to campus on January 8 for NVCC’s seventh Leadership Breakfast.
Collaborates with Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and Bravo Waterbury
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. announced on January 5 that the College will receive its third Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence grant for the 2016-17 academic year. The grant will host Felipe Karam, a Brazilian musician and composer.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted Eastern Connecticut State University President and Board of Regents Vice President for State Universities Dr. Elsa Núñez on November 30 to discuss her latest book, Hanging Out and Hanging On: From the Projects to the Campus with students from NVCC’s Workforce Achievers Value Education program and A.I. Prince Technical High School. Núñez was accompanied by Board of Regents for Higher Education Interim Provost and Senior Vice President Estela López, Ph.D., an expert in Spanish literature, who has served NVCC as interim dean of academic affairs and associate dean of institutional effectiveness.
CTrides, which connects commuters with sustainable solutions to get to school or work, has honored Naugatuck Valley Community College for its participation in the Connecticut College Challenge, which seeks to find “green” rides for college students across Connecticut. More NVCC students pledged to take a sustainable ride during the first week of October than students at any other community college in the state.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges conducted a site visit at Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Danbury Campus on November 17 as a follow-up to the location’s transition from a center to a full-fledged branch campus, which began roughly 18 months ago.
To commemorate Veterans Day, Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted two days of events to honor past and present members of the military. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) visited with veterans from the NVCC community on November 10 at the College’s Veterans Oasis. On November 11, NVCC students, faculty and staff gathered for the College’s seventh annual Veterans Day Ceremony.