Local bus service is now free for students enrolled in credit courses at Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Danbury Campus. NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., students, faculty and staff joined Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and officials from HARTransit and CityCenter Danbury on Oct. 1 to celebrate the new benefit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and inaugural bus ride.
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 President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. was honored at the ninth annual Dominican Book Fair on September 25-27 in New York City. The fair, organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic, also honored Marianela Medrano, Ph.D., the longtime organizer and moderator of NVCC’s Confluencia poetry series. President De Filippis and Dr. Medrano are prolific writers who have made “valuable contributions to the Dominican letters,” according to the Ministry of Culture.
The artwork of Edwin Alverio, an adjunct lecturer in Spanish at Naugatuck Valley Community College, is on display in NVCC’s Ruth Ann Leever Atrium Gallery through November 4. On October 29, Alverio will discuss his paintings at a lecture presented by the College’s Visual and Performing Arts Department and sponsored by the Office of the President.
Faculty, staff and community stakeholders gathered for Naugatuck Valley Community College’s annual fall All-College Meeting on September 18 at the Mainstage Theater. The event featured a midpoint update on the College’s 2013-16 Strategic Plan, Toward a Splendid College.
Naugatuck Valley Community College student Jhevaun Gordon is spreading the word about good nutrition. Several summers ago, Gordon says he made a commitment to eat a more balanced diet. “I found that by eating a lot more vegetables and fruits, I felt a lot happier; I was more energized; my digestion was a lot better; and I could also focus better in class. Because you are what you eat.”
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. joined administrators, local legislators, students, faculty and community members at Danbury High School on Monday, September 21 to cut the ribbon on the Early College Opportunity program launched this academic year.
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 the Young Manufacturers Summer Career Fair and Student Recognition Ceremony on August 13. The event, organized by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), brought together more than 40 middle school students and their parents to learn about careers in manufacturing and engineering. It capped off the two-week Young Manufacturers Summer Academy, which took place at W.F. Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury, Platt Technical High School in Milford and E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain.
Thirty-six young men and women who graduated from high school in June got a head start on their studies over the summer at Naugatuck Valley Community College thanks to the Community College Scholars (CCS) program. For five weeks, scholars participated in classes, went on field trips, engaged in social activities and forged campus connections that will enhance their time at NVCC and throughout their lives. On August 13, the CCS summer program wrapped up with a cookout on the plaza.
On August 6, The Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE) awarded Naugatuck Valley Community College student Brian Soto a $1,000 academic scholarship to recognize his hard work and dedication to his studies. Soto, who is majoring in accounting, was also honored last spring by NVCC’s Male Encouragement Network (MEN) for his commitment to academic and personal success.
Naugatuck Valley Community College student Kiana MacBurney is returning to NVCC this fall after spending six weeks at Yale School of Medicine’s Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP). Each year, approximately 80 students participate in the program, which is a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It includes classes in science, communication/writing, career development and public health. Students also shadow a senior resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital and meet with leaders of the hospital and medical school.
Volunteers travel to New Jersey as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge
Students and staff members from Naugatuck Valley Community College are just back from a week at the Jersey shore, but they weren’t there for rest and relaxation; they were there to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge. Nearly three years after Superstorm Sandy devastated coastal communities in New Jersey, the rebuilding in some areas is far from done and volunteers from NVCC have again answered the challenge to help.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted an Allied Health Summit on Tuesday, August 4 to solicit input from local hospitals, as it develops a proposed curriculum for a new Associate Degree in Surgical Technology. The distinguished panel of speakers included hospital executives, surgeons, surgical technologists and higher education leaders from the Waterbury and Danbury areas.
At a special meeting on July 28, the State Bond Commission approved more than $6.5 million for Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Waterbury Campus Improvement Project. The allocation will fund the realignment of the east campus entrance, renovate the parking lots adjacent to Founders Hall and provide for new site lighting and sidewalks. The project also includes a new walkway connecting Technology Hall and the renovated Founders Hall, which will house NVCC’s Center for Health Sciences.
Hundreds attended the sixth annual Brass City Comic Convention on July 26 at Naugatuck Valley Community College. The convention offered hands-on activities, a self-defense demonstration, a diverse mix of vendors selling toys, action figures and collectibles and opportunities for autographs.
There is a new addition to The Mattatuck Community Collection at NVCC, a partnership forged last year between the Mattatuck Museum and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Noah’s Ark by sculptor Howard Lerner has been added to the assortment of paintings and photographs on a 99-year loan from the Museum to the College.
More than 80 local high school students received a sobering lesson in financial literacy at a Financial Reality Fair on July 21 at Naugatuck Valley Community College. The students from Waterbury, Danbury, Torrington and elsewhere were assigned a hypothetical job, salary, debt and credit score. They were then tasked with budgeting for food, housing, transportation, clothing, student loan payments and other expenses.
For over three decades, the Connecticut Collegiate Awareness and Preparation program has prepared local high schoolers for college and beyond with educational and social support services and cultural enrichment opportunities. Naugatuck Valley Community College has hosted ConnCAP students on its Waterbury campus since 1997.