For more than 5 years, the Danbury has broadened the reach of Naugatuck Valley Community College and allowed students to earn credit without traveling into Waterbury. More importantly, the college branch has continuously expanded throughout its existence, with over 1100 students taking courses there this fall.
As a result of the growth and demand for more opportunities for college students, the Danbury “center” can now proudly call themselves an official branch of Naugatuck Valley Community college. Sarah Gager, who is the Dean of Student Services, spearheaded most of this work. “Sarah has certainly done a terrific job in the getting the word out,” comments Robert Chakar, who runs operations in the evening at the Danbury campus.
According to Chakar, the Danbury campus has expanded at the rate it has due to both its location and affordability. “Many of our students came here because of their proximity to it,” explains Chakar, “and we have provided an affordable, convenient education for students.” Chakar also says that the major bus line and state college (WestConn) right near the Danbury campus has helped bring students in.
The Danbury Campus wasn’t always considered a campus is because it was not authorized to administer degrees. This means that in the past, students could take classes there but could not earn a degree’s worth of credit without attending NVCC Waterbury part time or taking an online course.
Sarah Gager says that students can now complete all coursework for two different degrees and two different certificate programs. After this became possible, “[The college] applied for the status of a branch location…that allows us to call ourselves a campus,” says Gager.
The development of NVCC Danbury is not finished, however. As told by Gager, “our next step would be for students to have the ability to complete their liberal arts in science degree.” Robert Chakar adds “There are still plans to expand our role in Danbury.” Chakar also goes on to say that the ability to administer degrees “is going to give more visibility to the college, so an increase in interest is likely to occur with the Danbury campus in coming years.”
For complete details about the Danbury Campus, visit nv.edu/danbury or stop by the main office at 183 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810,203-797-9361, M - F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.