Naugatuck Valley Community College is committed to being a leader in enhancing education in the region and strengthening the bond between secondary and higher education. The College recently hosted two events crucial to realizing those objectives.
To mark Earth Day, which is celebrated around the world on April 22, Naugatuck Valley Community College forged a new tradition. Equipped with rakes, clippers and even a pair of waders, students, faculty, staff and retirees cleaned out the pond along the Shakespeare Garden before adjourning to the Zinser Rose Garden to turn on the fountain for the season and enjoy lunch.
To recognize students who have overcome adversity to excel personally and academically, Naugatuck Valley Community College recently hosted a pair of special events to celebrate the exceptional achievement of students.
Joined by state and local dignitaries and members of the campus community, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Department of Administrative Services Commissioner Melody A. Currey and Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. led a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, April 17 for NVCC’s new Center for Health Sciences. The center will be housed in Founders Hall, which is undergoing a comprehensive $44 million renovation and addition project. The State Bond Commission approved a $39 million allocation for the project in January.
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. and members of the College Cabinet traveled to New York University on April 6, where they were the special guests of Martha J. Kanter, Ed.D. Dr. Kanter, a distinguished visiting professor of Higher Education and senior fellow at the Steinhardt Institute of Higher Education Policy at NYU, invited President De Filippis and her team to present their perspectives on leading a community college in Connecticut to students in her graduate course on The American Community College.
It’s been nearly a year since the Board of Regents for Higher Education launched the Go Back to Get Ahead program, an effort championed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to give “lapsed” college students the opportunity to get their education back on track and develop a better-educated workforce and more-competitive state economy. Overall, the program, which offered free college courses to in-state residents who have started but not completed a degree, received nearly 9,000 inquiries and enrolled more than 1,400 students in the 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities from June 2014 through March 2015.
Whether the next step is a career or four-year university, Naugatuck Valley Community College is invested in the future success of its students. To provide students with the information they need to make informed decisions about their paths in life, the College recently hosted a pair of successful events to help answer the question, “What’s next?”
Two Naugatuck Valley Community College professors have been recognized for teaching excellence by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.
Three dozen junior and senior students from Bethel High School attended a five-hour workshop at Naugatuck Valley Community College on Friday, March 27. The workshop was sponsored by the Bethel High School Counseling Department and Naugatuck Valley Community College and focused on providing students with inspiration and educational opportunities after high school.
Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Confluencia, a multicultural literary gathering in its seventh year, was held on the big stage at the Danbury Palace on Wednesday, March 25. Area residents and lovers of literature and poetry were invited to attend the free event, take part in the “open mic,” listen to published poets, and enjoy music and refreshments.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted the Smaller Manufacturers Association monthly meeting on Monday, March 16 in the Technology Hall Dining Room. The meeting focused on the SMA Education Committee which featured manufacturing workforce development.
In collaboration with host company, COCC, Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., the faculty and staff convened a summit on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 to discuss the skills and education required by companies who specialize in the field of cybersecurity.
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.”
Naugatuck Valley Community College students received a first-hand look at the dangers of distracted and impaired driving when the “Save-a-Life Tour” stopped on campus on Wednesday, March 4.
NVCC is committed to meeting the needs of all its students. In an effort to become a Certified “Veteran Friendly Institution,” NVCC has created a welcoming environment for our veterans that includes Vet-to-Vet Mentoring, Services for Veterans with Disabilities, and veteran-focused events in the Oasis Center, a campus lounge dedicated exclusively to veterans. NVCC strives to provide a positive environment to help all veterans obtain a degree from NVCC.
The NVCC Child Development Center Laboratory School is enrolling now for the 2015-2016 school year. The Center offers high-quality early care and education programs serving toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years and preschool children from 3 to 5 years. Special programs for Waterbury residents offer a sliding fee scale. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before January 1, 2015.
The Danbury Campus of Naugatuck Valley Community College is growing in enrollment and social opportunities for its students. The first club on the Danbury Campus was the Multi-Cultural Club who recently hosted a Student Reading & Open Mic, December 12, 2014. The event was held at the historical Marian Anderson Recital Hall, and was sponsored by the Urban Scholars Writing Program. Students and friends made time during busy end-of-semester schedules to share multi-cultural gifts, talents, and support.
The Black Student Union (BSU) hosted a series of events throughout the month to honor Black History. They shared the culture of their food, music, dance, and their untold history. On February 5, 2015, the BSU shared the culture of African heritage with an ethnic food tasting. Students sampled food from Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and the Southern United States. The club also hired a professional African drummer to perform and teach those in attendance. Faculty and students participated along with the daycare students from the Childhood Development Center.
President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. meets successful alumni everywhere she goes; a brief stop at the West Farms Mall for lunch is no exception. BRIO, Tuscan Grille is a lively, upscale restaurant where NVCC Alumnus, Michael Spinella is a sous chef who is in line to train for the next position. Michael is a 2013 graduate of the Hospitality Management program with degrees in Food Service and Hotel Management, and a Certificate in Culinary Arts at Naugatuck Valley Community College where he learned the professional skills that help him to succeed at BRIO. The chance lunchtime meeting between President De Filippis and the sous chef, Michael Spinella gave them a chance to remember fondly his days at NVCC.
President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., opened the Spring Semester All-College Meeting with welcoming remarks following a reception in the Leever Atrium of the Fine Arts Center at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 6, 2015. President De Filippis introduced NVCC colleagues who had joined the College since the September All-College Meeting and welcomed them to the Naugatuck Valley Community College family.