NVCC held a Capital Campaign luncheon at Waterbury City Hall on Friday, November 4. The lunch was hosted by Neil M. O’Leary, Mayor of Waterbury, and Mark E. Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU). The program featured welcoming remarks by Mayor O’Leary followed by a Campaign Call to Action by President Ojakian, NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., and Dr. Peter J. Jacoby of Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. In his remarks, President Ojakian recognized the importance of the College’s new Center for Health Sciences in Founder’s Hall and the college’s commitment to its students. As campaign champion, Dr. Jacoby explained that the effort will raise capital to fund the equipment, expertise, and programs that will run out of the Center. Slated to complete construction in 2016, Founder’s Hall will add 85,000 square feet of much-needed campus space for NVCC’s health sciences division which provides programs in nursing, physical therapy, respiratory care, and radiologic technology. The expansion will enable the school to graduate a higher number of next-generation professionals in the community’s health care sector, an area of the Connecticut economy that continues to surge in its demand of a highly trained workforce.
With a 45-year history of graduating health care professionals that serve local communities, NVCC touts a 94% pass rate for nursing students, and a consistent 100% pass rate of the credentialing examination for first-time examinees in radiologic technology. In addition, NVCC trained 372 health care students in 2015. By investing in modern equipment, donors to the campaign ensure everything from instructional materials to common care supplies to stimulators, which alone can cost several hundred thousands of dollars, are available to students so they are prepared to handle real-life care situations more effectively. In addition to modern equipment, the funds will help purchase classroom furnishings, automated mannequins, and “smart” audiovisual and state-of-the-art lab equipment.
Naming opportunities for classrooms, labs, conference rooms, lounges, group study rooms, and even the building itself are available to individuals, corporations, foundations, or associations that contribute gifts. Decreased state support during recent years means the College’s reliance on other sources of funding has increased, making the campaign for the Center critical to accomplishing the College’s mission in preparing diverse next-generation students for the workforce. While appreciated, state bonding for construction of the new Center could not include enough dollars for all the classroom and lab furnishings and technical equipment. Individuals or organizations wishing to contribute to the campaign may do so by visiting: www.nvcccenterforhealthsciences.com.