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 Hosts College Goal Sunday

NVCC Hosts College Goal Sunday

Students learn about how to pay for college

College students and their parents who need help to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) came to the annual College Goal Sunday workshop hosted by Naugatuck Valley Community College on Sunday, October 23.  For prospective students and parents who haven’t filled out the application before, it can prove a daunting and often confusing task, so the event is aimed at simplifying the process.

 
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NVCC Inducts Seven New Student Ambassadors into President’s Circle

NVCC Inducts Seven New Student Ambassadors into President’s Circle

Naugatuck Valley Community College inducted seven new students into the prestigious President’s Circle during an October 21st ceremony held in the Technology Hall Dining Room.  Membership represents the highest honor a student may receive while matriculating at the College. Inductees have a minimum GPA of 3.4 and they represent a select group of outstanding achievers who serve as the College’s student ambassadors. President’s Circle ambassadors have the opportunity to attend major college events with the President and/or her Cabinet and lend voice to their experiences as NVCC students.

 
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Naugatuck Valley Community College Welcomes New Students at Fall 2016 Orientation Program

Naugatuck Valley Community College Welcomes New Students at Fall 2016 Orientation Program

More than 450 new students and their families attended the Saturday Orientation program hosted by Naugatuck Valley Community College. The morning opened with a continental breakfast. The top twenty resources for an incoming college student were represented in the Leever Atrium of the Fine Arts Center on the Waterbury Campus including the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), Academic Division Leaders, the Center for Job Placement and College Opportunities, and Veteran’s Affairs to name a few. The formal program was introduced by Dean of Student Services, Sarah Gager. Welcoming remarks on behalf of NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., were presented by Provost and Senior Dean of Administration, James Troup, who concluded his welcome with the poem, “It is I Who Must Begin”  by Václav Havel.

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Naugatuck Valley Community College Celebrates Student Success in Visual and Performing Arts

Naugatuck Valley Community College Celebrates Student Success in Visual and Performing Arts

Burton Tedesco, Assistant Professor of Theater at Naugatuck Valley Community College, loves his work. He delivers the elements defined in the mission of the Performing Arts Department, which are to provide mentorship, teach fundamental skills, create opportunities for performance and present pathways to further student training and careers. 
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Naugatuck Valley Community College Building Bridges to College for Waterbury Youth

Naugatuck Valley Community College Building Bridges to College for Waterbury Youth

Summer is a time of academic, social and personal enrichment for students from the Waterbury public schools who have the privilege of participating in NVCC’s Bridge to College programs. Since early July the campus has been bustling with college access students aged 13-18.  They are at the College for any of three programs including Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), Connecticut Collegiate Awareness and Preparation Program (ConnCAP), or Community College Scholar (CCS).  Hundreds of Waterbury public school students and first year NVCC students engage in meaningful academic enrichment and exciting social experiences.  “We are excited by the energy surrounding our students this summer,” says BTC Division Director David Celotto.  “Our students have strategically taken the necessary steps to advance through our summer programs.  They have come to campus with the drive and determination to learn and grow.  What more can we ask from our young leaders?  We are very proud.”  Highlights of the featured programs include:
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Naugatuck Valley Community College Hosted Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE)

Naugatuck Valley Community College Hosted Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE)

Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., hosted the annual CALAHE Scholarship Reception in the Technology Hall Dining Room of the Waterbury campus on Thursday evening, August 6, 2016.
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Naugatuck Valley Community College Commissions Renovations for New Danbury Campus Location

Naugatuck Valley Community College Commissions Renovations for New Danbury Campus Location

Set your GPS for 190 Main Street Danbury, CT and you will be pleasantly surprised to find a 1920’s art deco building getting a major makeover to accommodate the thousands of college students who are about to make it their new campus. Work crews are hurriedly braving the heat and humidity while taking advantage of the long summer days to complete the vision driven by the NVCC mission, to offer “quality, affordable education and training in response to evolving community needs by providing opportunities to individuals and organizations to develop their potential.”

 

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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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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.