Goal Five: NVCC Is an Effective, Performance-Based Institution.

NVCC embraces the higher education movement to become better at demonstrating effectiveness and performance, especially as it relates to student success.

To achieve this goal, we have identified three initiatives designed to improve NVCC’s performance in three key areas of operation: fundraising, communication, and infrastructure.






Fashion a Comprehensive Development and Communications Strategy

With public funds diminishing, community colleges need to be smarter about how they fundraise and manage their investments. That means developing foundations, devising new fundraising and donor recognition approaches, and diversifying investments.[19] It also means innovating new tactics, like social media, to tackle negative perceptions about community colleges, so that they become more highly regarded as institutions of choice for higher education.

The NVCC Foundation has reorganized itself for fundraising, with its enthusiastic and committed board. It has adopted a new mission (to raise funds for and increase awareness of the college) to align its activities with NVCC’s goals and initiatives established in its strategic plan. The Foundation’s new mission allows for an ambitious agenda for coming years: to build Foundation membership; to strengthen ties to alumni; to research lessons learned from peer institutions; and to expand the reach of annual campaigns, particularly among area employers. This initiative outlines campus-based fundraising and communications activities to support and augment their work. 

Activity Areas of Focus: 

Purchase a donor and grants management 

Work with faculty to identify funding for department projects that enhance teaching and learning.

Establish a President’s Grants Planning Council to explore and prioritize major grants. 

Design a communications plan that uses data to show the value of community colleges.

Link Data to Decision-making for Greater Institutional Effectiveness

Build Campus Infrastructure and Access

Colleges need modern, functional facilities that support teaching and learning. Campuses must be inviting and safe for students, employees, and the community. Ensuring the physical plan basics (attractive grounds, accessible and clean facilities, ample parking, and transportation access) and infrastructure development that supports teaching and learning (personal and group study/congregating areas, state-of-the-art science, engineering, and computer laboratories) help extend that invitation. The trend across the country is also to “go green” – to be more conscious of our impact on the environment.

Through this initiative, NVCC will undertake improvement projects that address maintenance and upgrades as well as student and community access to college programs and services, including those required externally (e.g., ADA compliance). We also will advocate for continued evening bus service, and undertake efforts to reduce our environmental footprint.

Activity Areas of Focus:

Design and renovate Founders Hall to house the new Center for Allied Health and a multi-purpose meeting facility to be used by the entire campus.

Convert more general classrooms to computer classrooms and to smart classrooms.

Complete Office of Civil Rights-mandated self-assessment of physical/program access, and obtain funds to make the required physical improvements in order to enhance access for all.

Design and complete the campus-wide improvement project (includes sidewalk construction, repaving streets and parking lots, campus lighting improvements, campus East Entrance improvements).

“Green” NVCC’s water and energy usage, waste disposal, and recycling, with student club involvement.

Our Latest Accomplishments
Two NVCC Students Make All-Connecticut Academic Team

Two NVCC Students Make All-Connecticut Academic Team

Two graduating Naugatuck Valley Community College students, Desiree Lafontaine and Anju Gautam were accepted to the All-Connecticut Academic Team. Lafontaine and Gautam were nominated from a pool of applicants based on the strength of their applications with respect to academic excellence, leadership, civic responsibility, and contributions made to the college community. The All-Connecticut Academic Team recognizes the outstanding scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in Connecticut’s community, technical, and junior colleges. Each college is allowed to nominate two students, who are then accepted as All-Connecticut Academic Team members and then become eligible for the national All-USA Academic team which awards scholarships.

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Student Spotlight: Micah Small

Student Spotlight: Micah Small

2015 NVCC Grad Testifies to the Power of Community Colleges

“I choose my life every day, using what I have learned. My time at NVCC has made a difference to that learning" ~ Micah Small

Micah Small is a graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Class of 2015. He came to NVCC because it was affordable. “The value was really important for me, but once I got here, I discovered that the faculty really made a difference to my learning. The culture at NVCC is supportive and the emphasis is on resources for student success, for example I relied heavily on the ACE to help with my classes. The tutors were excellent.”

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Student Spotlight: Yovany Cruz

Student Spotlight: Yovany Cruz

Naugatuck Valley Community College Alumna Sets Her Sites on a Future of Advocacy and Social Justice

Yovany Cruz is a 2014 graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College.  She transferred to the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT, where she majored in Social Work. Professors enthusiastically identify Yovany as a “star student.” Advocacy is a personal mission for Yovany. She is a strong advocate for the Latino community and for people in general, when she sees there is a need.
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Student Spotlight: Nicole Hayes

Student Spotlight: Nicole Hayes

Naugatuck Valley Community College Grad Testifies to the Power of Community Colleges

"My roots have been planted firmly and my voice blossomed through my educational experiences and the relationships I built at NVCC." ~ Nicole Hayes

 Nicole Hayes is a graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Class of 2017.  After graduating with an associate degree on May 25, she will attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. At NVCC, Nicole was a General Studies/Pre-Allied Health & Nursing major. With the help of faculty, and the supportive culture at NVCC, Nicole has blossomed as a student and will graduate with a 3.85 GPA. This past semester she completed one of the highest level English courses offered at NVCC, and she is a prolific writer for the College newspaper, The Tamarack.  Over the past two years she has written many articles about social justice issues. Tamarack faculty advisor, Associate Professor Steve Parlato, stated, “I couldn’t be more proud of Nicole. Along with academic excellence, she’s poured heart and soul into her role as Senior Staff Writer. Her meticulously researched articles, on issues of racial and gender-based inequality, make her a powerful voice. I’m thrilled her exceptional work has led to Wesleyan; I know she’ll do great things there.”

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Naugatuck Valley Community College Honored with Major Grants to Support Collaboration with Waterbury High Schools

Naugatuck Valley Community College Honored with Major Grants to Support Collaboration with Waterbury High Schools

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has notified NVCC that all three of their US DOE Upward Bound grant applications have been selected for funding.  These grants will support increased collaboration between NVCC and the three Waterbury High Schools, Crosby, Kennedy and Wilby. Each grant is a five year grant award in the amount of $257,500 per year/ per school.  The grant will provide 60 students from grades 9-12, at each school, college access, preparation, and awareness services. The 180 students will be selected based on income eligibility and academic need as determined through an interview process.  Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary enthusiastically commented that “the city is honored by the successful efforts of NVCC on behalf of our Waterbury High School students. The College continues to make a difference for students and their families.”

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Indicators of Success

Development and Communications

  • Increased support from the NVCC Foundation
  • Increased faculty driven grants
  • Increased grant applications and awards
  • Regional perceptions of community colleges in general and NVCC specifically will improve

Data-based Decision-Making

  • Quicker response to data needs
  • Greater evidence of data-informed decision-making

Campus Infrastructure and Access

  • Facilities Master Plan implemented
  • Decreased carbon footprint/increased energy efficiency
  • Increased awareness of and engagement in “greening”
Supported By

Institutional Planning Committees on:

Institutional Effectiveness

Environmental Scanning


19 Community Colleges: Insights on Fundraising and Endowment Strategies, Wilmington Trust, 2013. 20 Race to the Top Fact Sheet, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/fact-sheet-race-top; Performance Funding for Higher Education, National Conference of State Legislatures, February 2013, http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/educ/performance-funding.aspx 21 NEASC Standard 2 (NVCC’s accreditor), http://cihe.neasc.org/standards_policies/standards/standards_html_version