President Barack Obama announced that he wants to make community colleges completely “free for everybody who is willing to work for it.” Obama proposed the idea following several states’ decisions to offer a free community college education to residents. The proposal, titled America’s College Promise, is a plan to provide students of any age enrollment in a community college without paying for tuition. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 and be registered full-time or half-time to be eligible.
This month, Dr. Estela R. Lopez begins her service as Interim Provost of the Board of Regents for Higher Education. BOR President Gregory Gray appointed Lopez to the position for her excellent work in academia as Acting Dean of Academic Affairs for the Connecticut State University System from 2002 to 2007 where she oversaw distance education, and for her meaningful contributions to NVCC since 2009.
January’s Elementary Leadership Summit held at NVCC again this year welcomed batches of children from grades 4-6 excited to participate in teamwork and communication building exercises that the student volunteers were equally excited to coordinate.
a parent is difficult for some students at Naugatuck Valley Community College. It becomes even harder to find someone who can take care of your children without costing you an arm and a leg. On the other hand, there is a solution to every problem and CDI Head Start in Waterbury has that solution for you.
An array of faculty and student choreographers displayed an assortment of dance styles, including modern, hip-hop, lyrical and jazzy tap during last semester’s Informal Dance Showcase in December. Twelve creative pieces were performed by the Terpsichorean Dance Club, Repertory/Ensemble and Dance Program students. But three stood out and showed what hard work, determination, practice and love for dance can do by giving a packed house electrifying, jaw dropping, thought provoking, awe inspiring movement.
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All month long in honor of Black History, NVCC’s Black Student Union (BSU) will hold a series of events to celebrate and educate the NVCC community about the food, music, and history of African heritage.
The NBA, MLB, NCAA, NHL, and NFL recently sued Governor Chris Christie for attempting to legalize gambling in the state of New Jersey. Currently, a Federal Law prohibits gambling in every state except for Montana, Delaware, Oregon, and Nevada. If it were legalized everywhere, people could be more harmed than helped.
Students have been told a great myth: most students earn their degree on time. The truth of the matter is that the majority of full-time students at public universities do not graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years, and the number of these students is even larger at community colleges. The system is costing students thousands of extra dollars in tuition and is not graduating enough of them.
Students of many ages make up our student body, and they are taking advantage of the wealth of opportunities that NVCC provides.
On November 12, 2014, NVCC held its annual fall transfer fair in Café West. Dozens of representatives from schools all around the state were there to answer any questions students had regarding transferring from NVCC to their college. As in past years, the focus was for students to get prepared and be informed about their options.
The norm in transferring schools is to go from a two-year to a four-year institution. However, more students are opting for what is called the “reverse transfer,” going from a four-year to a two-year school.
If you walk the streets of New Haven during Saturday night, you may hear the sound of a southern punk rock band called Rusty Things. This band can be best described as a blend of country, blues, and punk rock.
The fall into madness comes at a low price. Perhaps it is the uncertainty of language or usage of it that has many confused. All it takes is friction. Then the labels begin.
Dr. Gregory Gray, president of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, stopped by NVCC recently to talk to students about a system-wide effort to enhance the Connecticut colleges through thirty-six initiatives concerning transferring, advising, cross-registering and more called Transform CSCS 2020.
On the eve of Election Day 2014, it seemed like deja-vu in the Connecticut gubernatorial race. Just like in 2010, it was Foley vs. Malloy in a heated battle for the Governor’s seat in which it really could have gone either way, according to Quinnipiac Polls. As of the day before the election, the poll said that both Democratic candidate Dannel Malloy and Republican candidate Tom Foley had an even 43% of the vote a piece.
Students walked, chanted, and cheered for safety during the sidewalk rally held in October. The event called attention to the need for sidewalks along Chase Parkway to make a safer pathway for pedestrians crossing the street and reaching the bus stop and our campus.
Nationwide, there has been a lot of talk, and action, on college campuses against sexual assault. Last month, the state of California passed a bill that requires its colleges to define “yes means yes” when investigating claims of sexual assault. With this bill, the definition of consent requires “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.”
Naugatuck Valley Community College is a well-respected school that is ranked among the best community colleges in Connecticut. NVCC offers open enrollment to over 7,000 students, low in-state tuition, and a large amount of highly qualified professors and advisors. Founded in 1967, the campus has seen many generations of graduates, and in many cases it carries the wear and tear of its years on the surface.
A coat. A flower. A ceramic snowman. These items signify the holidays for me. Movies and shopping malls may try to tell us what the holidays are and how they should look, which can distort our focus on what they mean to us.
Much too often Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah are all stereotyped. According to Macy’s department store, everyone has a turkey for Thanksgiving or an ornately decorated coniferous tree standing in their living room during December.