Community members are invited to celebrate 50 years of education and community service with Naugatuck Valley Community College on Friday, September 12, when the College kicks off a three-year commemoration of its founding institutions, Waterbury State Technical College (WST) and Mattatuck Community College.
WST opened in September of 1964 in response to the need for engineering technicians in the area’s expanding industries. Mattatuck Community College enrolled its first students in 1967, providing a three-year window from 2014-2017 in which to recognize NVCC’s roots. The colleges merged in 1992 forming Naugatuck Valley Community College.
The opening celebration will begin at 8:30 am at the September 12 all-college meeting, featuring citations from the Governor, state legislators and the Mayor of Waterbury. The featured speaker is Martha J. Kanter, Ed.D., Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow at the Steinhardt Institute of Higher Education Policy of New York University, who will talk about the evolved role of education in society today.
The College is planning a series of community conversations around the 50th anniversary including a homecoming to be hosted by the NVCC Alumni Association for graduates of both institutions on Thurs., Oct. 23 from 5:30-9:30 pm. Alumni are invited to register for the 50th anniversary homecoming by calling 203-575-8045.
“As we commemorate 50 years in the history of our venerable institution, our work and commitment to mission are tied to the beautiful and fundamental democratic principles that led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, and the founding of community colleges in Connecticut,” said President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. “We are proud to affirm that our work honors and supports that vision of a just and inclusive society.”
For more information about these events, email Elizabeth Catuccio at firstname.lastname@example.org.