President's Message

Welcome to Our College!

It is a joy to welcome you to Naugatuck Valley Community College, a caring and dynamic institution where students always come first. Surrounded by splendid gardens and grounds and served by talented and credentialed faculty, staff and administrators at our Waterbury and Danbury Campuses, the College offers comprehensive educational opportunities for those who are just beginning their education and those who are continuing their personal journey to a better future.

Our catalog presents prospective students with a rich and diverse array of career and academic programs, including allied health, aviation, dance, digital arts, early childhood education, engineering technology, manufacturing, horticulture, hospitality management, human services, liberal arts and sciences and many more.  In addition, we participate in multiple transfer and articulation agreements designed to facilitate student transfers to the Connecticut State Universities and beyond.

Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) takes pride in its historic role as an engine for change in the lives of our students and in the communities we serve through strong relationships with Connecticut agencies that promote educational, labor, economic and community development initiatives. To that end, we offer programs designed to inspire and promote engagement both on campus and in our communities.  Our students benefit from the evening bus service which their predecessors helped bring to the citizens of Waterbury, the federal GEAR UP grant funding for college preparation and the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center which supports local workforce needs. 

Our varied degree, certificate and non-credit program offerings make Naugatuck Valley Community College the place to be. A new academic year brings the promise of exciting new opportunities for students. In Waterbury, our learning commons along the 5th floor afford students quiet places to study or socialize. Our Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) offers tutoring services for all students and the Center for Academic Planning & Student Success (CAPSS) provides mentoring, academic advisement and counseling. These services are replicated on a smaller scale at our growing Danbury Campus. Whether on our Waterbury or Danbury Campus, NVCC is alive with cultural activities for students, their families and the communities we serve.

I am joined by the entire NVCC family in welcoming you to what will surely be a challenging and rewarding experience.


Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.


Click for a list of books Dr. De Filippis has contributed to.

About Dr. De Filippis

Since assuming the presidency at Naugatuck Valley Community College in 2008, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., has instilled a shared vision of community, student-centeredness, collaboration and civic-engagement. Under her guidance, student retention has steadily risen, enrollment has increased from 6,128 students (fall 2008) to 7,427 students (fall 2012), and graduation awards have grown from 521 (2007-08) to 1,260 (2014-15) total awards. The College has also observed the successful development of a growing campus in Danbury, with the new location scheduled to open in January 2016; expanded course time blocks; extended library and tutoring hours; consolidated and streamlined student services; implemented college-wide mentoring, advising and job-readiness programs; and established a Bridge to College office, which administers $12 million in grants aimed at preparing students to enter and succeed in college. Dr. De Filippis has also worked with local and elected leadership to bring evening bus service to Waterbury, secure funding for an Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, receive a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence and bring the federal GEAR UP program to Waterbury.  In addition, she helped bring to the College $44 million dollars in state bond funding for construction of the College’s new Center for Allied Health and $6.5 million dollars for campus-wide improvement projects.

Prior to coming to NVCC, Dr. De Filippis served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. De Filippis began her career at York College, also part of the CUNY system, as an adjunct lecturer in 1978, advancing to become a professor of Spanish and ultimately being appointed associate dean for academic affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish language and a M. Phil. in Spanish literature from the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY, an M.A. in Spanish literature and a B.A. in Spanish and English literatures summa cum laude from Queens College, CUNY.  A published author and literary critic, her scholarly work is recognized internationally as pioneering the field of Dominican women studies and Dominican authors in the U.S.

She has authored or edited twenty books, to include but not limited to: Hija de Camila/Camila’s Line  (Santo Domingo: Editora Nacional, Feria del Libro Dominicano, 2007); Documents of Dissidence, Selected Writings by Dominican Women (New York: Foundational Series, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, 2000);  Tertuliando/Hanging Out, Dominicanas & Friends (Santo Domingo:  Publicación Permanente de la Feria del Libro Dominicano [Dominican Edition], 1997, and New York: CUNY Caribbean Exchange Program, Hunter College, CUNY, 1997);  Sin otro profeta que su canto, antología de poesía escrita por dominicanas (Santo Domingo: Biblioteca Taller, 1988).  Co-edited:  Stories from Washington Heights and Other Corners of the World. (New York:  Latin American Writers Institute, 1994); Co-author, Telling To Live, Testimonios by Latina Researchers (Duke University Press, 2001).  She is the author of over thirty articles published in academic journals and translator of more than fifty poems by Dominican authors included in multiple anthologies.

Among her recognitions: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Academe, Adolfo Carrión, Bronx Borough President, New York (2008); Second Dominican Book Fair in New York dedicated to Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis (2007); Woman of the Year Award, Association of Dominican-American Supervisors (2006); Order of Merit, Duarte, Sanchez and Mella in the Rank of Commander, presented by Dr. Leonel Fernandez, President of the Dominican Republic (2005); Hija Distinguida of Santo Domingo/Distinguished Daughter Award, presented by the Mayor of Santo Domingo (2005);  Educator of the Year Award, Dominican Times Magazine (2004), Order of Merit Cristóbal Colón, in the Rank of Commander, presented by Hipólito Mejía, President of the Dominican Republic (2003); The Myers Outstanding Book Award, presented by the Gustavus Meyer Center for the Study of Bigotry in North America, to authors of Telling To Live, Simmons College (2002); Proclamation for Outstanding Contribution to the Latino Community and Academe, Virginia W. Fields, President, Borough of Manhattan, New York (2000); Influential Latina Award, El Diario/La Prensa (1998); Citation for Outstanding Contribution to the Community and Academe, Ruth Messinger,  President, Borough of Manhattan, New York (1996); Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Academe, Claire Shulman, President, Borough of Queens, New York (1994).

As president of NVCC, Dr. De Filippis has been honored by the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, The Connecticut Immigrant Coalition, the Waterbury NAACP, the Dominican Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Dominican American Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of Dominican Week in the United States, 2012, and made Honorary Mayor of the City of Waterbury on the occasion of Dominican Week in 2013.  Most recently, in December of 2014, President De Filippis was the recipient of the Stellar Alumna Award at the Dominican Intellectual Legacy Gala sponsored by the City University of New York Dominican Studies Institute.