When Axay Patel immigrated with his family from India to Connecticut at the age of 22, he says attending Naugatuck Valley Community College was “a perfect way to start,” even though he was close to earning a bachelor’s degree in his homeland.
CTrides, which connects commuters with sustainable solutions to get to school or work, has honored Naugatuck Valley Community College for its participation in the Connecticut College Challenge, which seeks to find “green” rides for college students across Connecticut. More NVCC students pledged to take a sustainable ride during the first week of October than students at any other community college in the state.
To commemorate Veterans Day, Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted two days of events to honor past and present members of the military. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) visited with veterans from the NVCC community on November 10 at the College’s Veterans Oasis. On November 11, NVCC students, faculty and staff gathered for the College’s seventh annual Veterans Day Ceremony.
Dozens of Naugatuck Valley Community College students turned out for a campus conversation on fraud protection and cybersecurity on November 9, presented by Shelton-based Mutual Security Credit Union. The session educated students about what they can do to safeguard their personal information and avoid identity theft.
Naugatuck Valley Community College’s GEAR UP and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division partnered with the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund on November 6 to host the fourth Girls and STEM Expo. More than 100 tenth-grade female GEAR UP students visited the NVCC campus for STEM-related activities to foster awareness of STEM careers, encourage young women to explore STEM-related subjects in high school and beyond and to provide resources to female students which will prepare them for success in college.
What is your vision for Naugatuck Valley Community College ten years from now? What are the College’s most important goals? How do those goals align with NVCC’s mission? These were some of the questions asked at strategic planning sessions hosted by NVCC’s Institutional Planning and Administrative Councils during the first week of November.
A century ago, the notion of providing free high school education to all American students was a controversial one. Today, there is a similar dialogue occurring about a community college education.
The nonpartisan America’s College Promise campaign seeks to establish two years of free community college education for responsible students throughout the United States. While President Barack Obama brought renewed energy to the goal during his 2015 State of the Union address, free, universal community college education was proposed nearly 70 years ago by President Harry S. Truman.
Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Leif Bjaland explored the close link between poetry and music with British Literature and Music students in a guest lecture on October 29 at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Bjaland led the class of 35 in reading and dissecting works of classic poetry before playing the works set to music.
Take on a lot of debt to attend a four-year institution or attend classes closer to home and fulfill prerequisites at a fraction of the cost at a community college. That was the question facing Jacob Dooling after high school. At the urging of his mother, Dooling opted to attend Naugatuck Valley Community College—and it paid off.
The music program at Naugatuck Valley Community College has received a generous donation of 16 gently used choir gowns from the Connecticut Choral Society. The dresses will be available to members of the NVCC College Chorale who don’t already have concert attire, thus relieving them from the expense of purchasing a gown.
Women in manufacturing was the focus of Naugatuck Valley Community College’s annual celebration on October 23 of Manufacturing Month in Connecticut. Women in Manufacturing—Inspire, Attract, Retain brought together industry leaders, educators, legislators and NVCC alumni to discuss the opportunities for women which exist in manufacturing and how to attract more women to the field. The event also featured tours of NVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center led by current students and graduates.
Since he was elected mayor of Danbury in 2001, Mark Boughton has overseen a revitalization of his city’s central business district, worked to enhance public safety, promoted economic development in Greater Danbury and advocated for open space preservation. Boughton is also known for his avid use of social media to communicate directly to the public. As this profile is written, Boughton has more than 21,000 followers on Twitter—tweeting about everything from policy positions to school closing announcements when it snows. He has also run for governor twice—in 2010 and 2014.
Naugatuck Valley Community College inducted six new students into the prestigious President’s Circle on October 9 in a ceremony held in the Technology Hall Dining Room. Membership represents the highest honor a student may receive while matriculating at the College. These students have a minimum GPA of 3.4 and they represent a select group of outstanding achievers who serve as the College’s student ambassadors.
The final structural beam for Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Center for Health Sciences was hoisted into place during a topping off ceremony on Friday, October 9 on NVCC’s main campus. Adorned with an American flag, the beam bears the names of campus leaders and community partners who signed it for posterity before it was placed atop the new structure. The ceremony was hosted by construction manager Morganti, whose president, Nabil Takla, vowed to deliver a building to the College that is a “jewel.” But even more precious, he noted, will be the students, faculty and staff who will occupy the structure.
Naugatuck Valley Community College students, faculty and staff packed a reconfigured Playbox Theater on October 5 for a special night of poetry to mark Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), at the first Confluencia of the academic year. Celebrating its seventh year, the Confluencia series continues to inspire, enrich and introduce the power of poetry to the community.
Nearly 82 percent of manufacturing jobs in Connecticut are considered “advanced”—the highest proportion of any New England state, according to a study released by the Boston-based New England Council on October 5 during a forum at Naugatuck Valley Community College. The research, conducted by Deloitte Consulting, also finds that as manufacturing becomes even more high tech, Connecticut and the region have a considerable edge over other areas of the country.
Local bus service is now free for students enrolled in credit courses at Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Danbury Campus. NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., students, faculty and staff joined Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and officials from HARTransit and CityCenter Danbury on Oct. 1 to celebrate the new benefit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and inaugural bus ride.
Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Hospitality Management Program kicked off its regional Italian cooking luncheon series on September 30 with a Tuscan menu designed by Foodservice Management student Maria Elena Engle. A signature dessert of tiramisu, biscotti and fruit tart—all made by NVCC Hospitality Management students—topped off the meal of crostini with assorted toppings, fresh arugula salad with shaved parmesan cheese, braised pork loin with white beans, roasted cauliflower, lemon-rosemary potatoes and sautéed escarole with oil and garlic.
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. was honored at the ninth annual Dominican Book Fair on September 25-27 in New York City. The fair, organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic, also honored Marianela Medrano, Ph.D., the longtime organizer and moderator of NVCC’s Confluencia poetry series. President De Filippis and Dr. Medrano are prolific writers who have made “valuable contributions to the Dominican letters,” according to the Ministry of Culture.
The artwork of Edwin Alverio, an adjunct lecturer in Spanish at Naugatuck Valley Community College, is on display in NVCC’s Ruth Ann Leever Atrium Gallery through November 4. On October 29, Alverio will discuss his paintings at a lecture presented by the College’s Visual and Performing Arts Department and sponsored by the Office of the President.