Goal Four: NVCC Is an Engine of Change Within Waterbury and the Broader Community.

NVCC’s  mission  is  grounded  in  its  relationship  with its service region—the big cities and small towns that surround it. When it leads or collaborates with its communities on issues from access to higher education to workforce development and employment growth, NVCC acts as a powerful force for regional transformation.

To achieve this goal, we have identified three partnership initiatives with communities to address our common interests and concerns.




Build Partnerships and Community Presence in Waterbury, Danbury, Naugatuck, and the Broader Service Region

One of NVCC’s most widely noted successes in recent years is the establishment of evening bus service for Waterbury residents. College, city, and state leaders collaborated to bring this service that has affected the lives of thousands.[16] Evening bus service means area residents can work in the late evening. NVCC students can now use bus UPasses to get to campus, enabling them to enroll in more classes and remain on campus longer to access our educational services and student activities. Since October 2011, evening bus rides taken by all riders city-wide total 360,000, and 21,400 evening bus rides were taken by UPass holders,  among  whom  NVCC  students  were  counted. Our bus service collaboration illustrates what can happen when  college  and  community  come  together.  Through 2016, we will continue to explore partnerships with the City of Waterbury, Danbury, Naugatuck, New Milford, and other cities and towns to increase our responsiveness to community needs.

Activity Areas of Focus:

Monitor   evening   bus   service   and   student   UPass ridership; advocate for state funding beyond 2014.

Continue and expand numerous partnerships with the City of Waterbury and its Public School System.

Working with state officials, obtain lease for new downtown Danbury Center site to accommodate rapid enrollment growth (up from 231 students at opening in 2009 to 919 students in 2013).

Meet with Danbury, Naugatuck, and New Milford leaders to identify mutual interests and needs.

Reach out to other mayors and municipal leaders to identify potential partnership opportunities.

Enhance Pre-Collegiate Pathways to Higher Education

As a nation, we know we need to better address college preparedness issues much earlier in a student’s academic experience. We also need to more clearly delineate and articulate the requirements and credentials for different fields of study and employment, so that students can more successfully pursue post-secondary degrees and credentials, as well as careers.[17]

In 2012, NVCC joined the City of Waterbury and became the fiduciary for GEAR UP (Gain Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a federally funded $11.2 million, seven-year grant to help prepare middle and high school students for post-secondary education. NVCC’s Bridge to College Office currently administers this grant along with others: Connecticut Collegiate Awareness and Preparation Program, Workforce Investment Act In-School Youth Program, Community College Scholars Program, AmeriCorps, and the College Access and Challenge Program. Through this initiative, NVCC advances these and other efforts to help Waterbury and surrounding communities improve student performance in high schools and middle schools, thereby improving student pathways to higher education.

Activity Areas of Focus:

Serve as the fiduciary and partner in administering the GEAR UP grant.

Incorporate Bridge to College into the fabric of NVCC and strengthen collaboration between programs, maximizing impact on students.

Increase the number of high school graduates who are college ready.

Explore state funding and partnerships with boards of education and area employers to establish a Middle College Science Academy at NVCC.

Build Workforce Pathways in High-Demand Careers

Workforce development partnerships between community colleges and industry are increasingly the norm and expectation. As business sectors seek more skilled workers, many are turning to community colleges to lend their expertise at serving local workforce training needs. And, training programs developed in partnership with industry tend to be more attractive to students, especially in this economy, where they can provide greater assurance of employment.[18]

Through this initiative, NVCC will expand our recently established Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC), which, with funding support and via a curriculum developed jointly with local manufacturers, offers a blend of non-credit to credit award options to students in basic and advanced manufacturing skills. Given that non-credit courses often serve as first entry points for students who seek credentialing programs for new jobs or advanced skills in their current positions, we will explore additional non-credit to credit programs in allied health, business/computer skills, accounting, and other high-demand careers. We also will strengthen our internal processes to monitor area workforce needs so that we can adjust our curricula and design new degree programs or certificates for emerging careers.

Activity Areas of Focus:

Expand day and evening enrollment in AMTC and ensure equipment is state-of-the-art.

Implement new allied health academic programs consistent with the Academic Plan.

Provide incumbent worker training for employees of our manufacturing partners via the AMTC.

Identify and implement additional non-credit to credit pathways and programs.

Explore high-demand career pathways that build joint STEM programs between NVCC and four-year colleges.

Undertake program reviews and assessments in coordination with industry associations and employers to keep NVCC programs current and connected with workforce needs and demands.

Our Latest Accomplishments
NVCC Recognizes Outstanding Achievement at Women’s Tea and Positively Male Recognition Awards

NVCC Recognizes Outstanding Achievement at Women’s Tea and Positively Male Recognition Awards

Spring marks the time for Naugatuck Valley Community College to recognize outstanding achievement by students who have overcome significant challenges. The annual Women’s Tea ceremony is a traditional afternoon tea celebrating women who have overcome adversity and found success at NVCC.


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Naugatuck Valley Community College Student Selected to Visit NASA this Month

Naugatuck Valley Community College Student Selected to Visit NASA this Month

Math/science major Levi Reynolds will be part of Community College Aerospace Scholars Project

Levi Reynolds a math/science major at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury was recently selected as one of 348 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). Last November, Reynolds was awarded one of 10 community college scholarships the NASA CT Space Grant Consortium awards yearly.


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Students, Faculty, and Staff Say Hello to Easier Searching

Students, Faculty, and Staff Say Hello to Easier Searching

NVCC Library Launches “NVCC Search”

Searching for the right resources for your next research project just got a lot easier. That’s thanks to a dedicated team that helped the Max R. Traurig Library at Naugatuck Valley Community College move to a new search system interface called “NV Search.” Now, with just a few clicks and keystrokes, NV Search provides one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, and digital media for anyone who wants to search through the College’s vast collection or discover resources. For those on the go, the best part about the new interface is that it’s 100% mobile friendly meaning that users can access the system from any smart phone.


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NVCC Faculty and Students Selected to Show Work at Hartford Gallery

NVCC Faculty and Students Selected to Show Work at Hartford Gallery

“Community” Art Show at University of Hartford Free and Open to the Public

Naugatuck Valley Community College Art Instructor Amanda Lebel and two of her students are showing their work at “Community,” a collaboration between the Hartford Art School and the Connecticut Community Colleges. The show highlights selected work from one faculty member and two students from each of the nine participating Connecticut Community colleges.  The show, which will be on view from February 18-March 7, hosted an opening reception on Thursday, February 23 starting at 6 p.m. in the Donald and Linda Slipe Gallery at the University of Hartford’s Art School. The show is open to the public and admission is free.


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NVCC Faculty and Students Selected to Show Work at Hartford Gallery

NVCC Faculty and Students Selected to Show Work at Hartford Gallery

“Community” Art Show at University of Hartford Free and Open to the Public

Naugatuck Valley Community College Art Instructor Amanda Lebel and two of her students are showing their work at “Community,” a collaboration between the Hartford Art School and the Connecticut Community Colleges. The show highlights selected work from one faculty member and two students from each of the nine participating Connecticut Community colleges.  The show, which will be on view from February 18-March 7, hosted an opening reception on Thursday, February 23 starting at 6 p.m. in the Donald and Linda Slipe Gallery at the University of Hartford’s Art School. The show is open to the public and admission is free.


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U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty Recognizes NVCC for Successful Manufacturing Job Placements, Community Collaboration and Grant Opportunities that Make a Difference in Lives of Students

U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty Recognizes NVCC for Successful Manufacturing Job Placements, Community Collaboration and Grant Opportunities that Make a Difference in Lives of Students

Naugatuck Valley Community College is often in the news for the work it does to serve our 22-town service area. A string of student opportunities and success recently landed the college in the newsletter of U.S. Congressional Representative, Elizabeth Esty.


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English Language Learners from Waterbury High Schools Get a Glimpse of College Life

English Language Learners from Waterbury High Schools Get a Glimpse of College Life

Agenda Includes General Info Sessions, Campus Tours, and Financial Aid Workshops in Spanish

More than 85 Spanish-speaking juniors and seniors representing area schools like Crosby, Kennedy, Waterbury Career Academy, and Wilby gathered in Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Technology Hall Friday, January 27 in a special College-hosted visit aimed at accommodating and addressing the needs of English Language Learners. These local students spent the morning learning about some of the things to anticipate as they transition into the next chapter of their educations.

 
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Indicators of Success

Community Partnerships

  • Partnerships with common agenda in four to six cities/towns

Pre-collegiate Pathways

  • Increase Bridge to College funding, student reach and impact
  • Determine feasibility of establishing a Middle College

Responsive Pathways to Jobs

  • Expand non-credit to credit options, like LPN to RN
  • Strengthen responsiveness of programs to regional workforce needs
  • Prepare more workers with multiple credentials
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Institutional Effectiveness

Environmental Scanning

References

16 Historic Bus Ride Marks the Start of Evening Bus Service in Waterbury, Waterbury Observer, 10/24/11, http://www.waterburyobserver.org/node/570. 17 Pathways to Prosperity:  Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century. Pathways to Prosperity Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education, February 2011. 18 Community College and Business Partnerships Take Root. Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Community College Advancement News, February 14, 2012.