When Karen Rotella, a Professor in the Hospitality Management program at Naugatuck Valley Community College, found that the children of the Exploration Room, a pre-school classroom in the College’s Child Development Center, were embarking on an extended project, exploring where food comes from, she rushed to collaborate with members of NVCC’s horticulture program to create a farm-to-table experience for several groups of the three-, four-, and five-year-olds in the class. NVCC’s horticulture program, which grows everything from lettuce to herbs to peppers on its Waterbury campus, provided the food.
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.
Cybersecurity is a major issue for every business. Hackers are always trying to sneak into secure servers to steal valuable data, which creates an ever-increasing demand for skilled cyber professionals. Cybersecurity is job security and Naugatuck Valley Community College is responding to this need with a new curriculum. Developed in collaboration with local industry leaders who employ cybersecurity professionals, this new degree program combines elements of both NVCC’s Criminal Justice and Computer Information Systems programs to offer students a strong foundation in understanding the investigative nature of cybersecurity in the criminal justice realm, as well as gaining technical skills in computer science networking and programming. Many classes are mapped to support industry certification testing after course completion, including CompTIA Network+, Security+ and Project+.
In advance of the spring semester, Naugatuck Valley Community College welcomed more than 100 new students and their families to campus for an orientation session on January 19 on the College’s Waterbury campus. The event featured a welcome from administrators, faculty and staff; over a dozen information tables on various College services and activities; campus tours; and special programs for parents, covering topics ranging from financial aid to academic advising.
Naugatuck Valley Community College faculty and staff gathered for the end-of-semester All-College Meeting on December 9. The agenda included approval of applicants for January conferral, a report from the Curriculum and Educational Affairs Committee, an update on NVCC’s strategic planning process and special recognition of members of the campus community for their service to the College and the State of Connecticut.
Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Hospitality Management Program was well represented as celebrity chef Robert Irvine brought his live cooking show to the Palace Theater on December 4. Program graduate Michael Spinella and current student Benjamin Rosado were invited to help the Food Network star prepare for the show.
Students in Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Honors Institute presented their research projects for the fall semester at the Honors Institute Showcase on December 3. Research topics ranged from monetary policy to children’s literature.
When Axay Patel immigrated with his family from India to Connecticut at the age of 22, he says attending Naugatuck Valley Community College was “a perfect way to start,” even though he was close to earning a bachelor’s degree in his homeland.
Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Hospitality Management Program kicked off its regional Italian cooking luncheon series on September 30 with a Tuscan menu designed by Foodservice Management student Maria Elena Engle. A signature dessert of tiramisu, biscotti and fruit tart—all made by NVCC Hospitality Management students—topped off the meal of crostini with assorted toppings, fresh arugula salad with shaved parmesan cheese, braised pork loin with white beans, roasted cauliflower, lemon-rosemary potatoes and sautéed escarole with oil and garlic.
Naugatuck Valley Community College welcomed approximately 525 new students and their families to campus for its annual New Student Orientation on August 29 on the College’s Waterbury campus. The event featured a welcome from administrators, faculty and staff; nearly 20 information tables on various College services and activities; campus tours; and special programs for parents, covering topics ranging from financial aid to special services for veterans.
Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Workforce Achievers Value Education program welcomed 15 new students at its annual kickoff event on August 28. Run through NVCC’s Business Division, the program is designed to build students’ academic and work skills while developing each individual student’s personal emotional quotient, enabling him or her to get along successfully in the real world.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted a reception honoring 30 Principal-to-President Scholarship recipients from 19 area high schools on Tuesday, June 9 in the College’s Technology Hall Dining Room. NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. said she hopes the scholarships, which were applied in academic year 2014-15, encourage the students to expand their horizons while exploring choices for future postsecondary education.
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.
Naugatuck Valley Community College celebrated its 50th Commencement on May 28 at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. For the fourth year in a row, the College boasted a graduating class of more than 1,000.
More than 500 potential students, parents and educators attended Naugatuck Valley Community College’s third annual Spring Open House on Sunday, April 26 in the College’s Technology Hall Atrium.
Forty students from Naugatuck Valley Community College were initiated into the Alpha Beta Gamma International Business Honor Society on March 9. In ceremonies held at the College’s Mainstage Theater, the inductees became members of the Tau Chapter of the society, pledging “in the conduct of our activities, truth shall be our quest, diligence our staff, and achievement our purpose.”
Tamarack Photographer Nabs First Professional Cover in Local Paper
NVCC student Jason Honyotski nabbed his first professional cover recently with a stunning image of Professor Juleyka Lantigua-Williams for the Women’s section of the Waterbury Republican-American.
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This year's valedictorian and salutatorian received a 4.0 and 3.95 GPA, respectively. Combined, they earned eight recognitions at the 2013 and 2014 Honors Night ceremonies
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.