The University of Santo Domingo (UASD) honored Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., with an Honorary Doctorate in the Humanities, on October 6, 2016. In a ceremony marked by academic processions and congratulatory remarks, the UASD conferred the honorary degree in recognition of the President’s contribution to Dominican, Caribbean and Dominican Diaspora literature.
Leading with a creative pedagogical response to the “teachable moments” that arise in the classroom is the hallmark of a great teacher. Entry level mathematics classes at a community college, having statistically higher levels of diversity, are rich with such opportunities. Ruth Urbina-Lilback, Professor of Mathematics at Naugatuck Valley Community College recently published an article that looks at her own efforts to develop and implement successful instructional techniques within an elementary algebra classroom at a community college. Through her publicationSnapshots of Equitable Teaching in a Highly Diverse Classroom, Professor Urbina-Lilback shares her pedagogical style from which we can all learn.
Cyndi Zoldy, Executive Director of the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut (SMA), has an office in the new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC) of Naugatuck Valley Community College. Her position there enables her to mentor aspiring manufacturing students, especially the women for whom her own career in manufacturing inspires mentorship. Zoldy has a daily presence in the AMTC where she frequently meets students. Her experience and outgoing personality support the leadership role she takes to extend mentorship opportunities to students; it can start with a simple invitation to lunch. In her role as executive director, Zoldy is keenly aware of the skills, and relationships that go with a career in manufacturing. She is also deeply involved in the community in many volunteer capacities: she is a board member of the Naugatuck Community College Foundation, and the Mattatuck Museum, she supports community activities of the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut, contributes to the planning and organization of the Saint Mary's Gala, Chase Collegiate School, Highlander Theater Company, the Sports Booster Club, and the Watertown Soccer Booster Club.
According to the 2015 Center for Disease Control Suicide Fact Sheet, suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14, the second among persons aged 15-34 years, the fourth among persons aged 45-54 years, the eighth among persons 55-64 years, and the seventeenth among persons 65 years and older. It is a significant health problem that inspired the collaboration between the Western Connecticut Mental Health Network and the Naugatuck Valley Community College Human Services Club. Kathleen LeBlanc, MS, MSW, Coordinator for Human Services/Pre-Social Work Programs at NVCC, assisted with the outreach to invite leaders in the field of mental health to the College for what is destined to become an annual event.
Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) hosted a dedication ceremony to mark the naming of the Marianne Generali Grand Atelier in the Early Childhood Education Center. Generali was the Director of the Child Development Center laboratory school when the Center and Early Childhood Education (ECE) program adopted the Reggio Emilia Approach philosophy. Based on integrating the visual arts and utilizing graphic representation to show children’s learning, this philosophy marked a turning point in the development of early childhood curriculum.
Naugatuck Valley Community College President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., opened the All College Meeting with a tribute to the memory of artist, Angelo Romano, whose generosity is exhibited in the colorful art collection featured in the Leever Atrium of the Fine Arts Center at the Waterbury Campus of the College. Her remarks concluded with a biographical video that highlighted Romano’s creative genius and inspiration.
The Student Government Association (SGA) of Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted Constitution Trivia on September 14, 2016. The event was the culmination of two weeks of social media, featuring questions about the U.S. Constitution, where a daily winner was selected from both the Waterbury and Danbury campuses by the SGA. A pocket reference guide called The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It was distributed throughout the campus for the two weeks leading up to the final trivia match to increase awareness of the contest and more importantly, of the constitution.
Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) hosted Governor Dannel Malloy at a roundtable with students from the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Criminal Justice Program. The event opened with a welcome by NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. where she complimented the Governor for his brave direction on criminal justice reform.
A recent report published by the United States Department of Education shows that Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) is successfully living its 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. The College was ranked as a top college, in the nation, by a survey that evaluated public two-year colleges for their effectiveness in serving low-income students with relatively high outcomes.
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.
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.
Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) is hosting its third Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for the academic year 2016-17. Felipe Karam, a traditional and folk violinist from Brazil will be teaching music at the College.
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted an Orientation Ceremony for the 2016-17 class of WAVE students. Sponsored by the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, WAVE is in its 12th year at NVCC. New students from Wilby, Crosby, Kaynor Tech, Abbott Tech, Naugatuck, and Danbury High Schools were on hand to participate in the opening reception. Students in the WAVE program are recruited from the high schools in the service area of the College. The process of selection involves attendance at open houses, followed by a series of interviews that lead to the final selection.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center on the Waterbury campus of NVCC has successfully placed manufacturing grads into internship and career positions with local manufacturers in greater Waterbury, Danbury, and the northwest corner of the state. To date over 150 graduates of the center have found jobs with some of the over 200 industry partners of the College. According to AMTC Director, Joe Defeo, industry partners are manufacturing companies who have an understanding of the program. “They are in lock-step with the College’s AMTC program and they know it as a pipeline of talent.”
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:
Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted a “Super Saturday Registration Blitz,” on Saturday, August 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Kinney Hall on the Waterbury Campus and at the Main Office of the Danbury Campus on 183 Main Street.
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.
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.”
Need help paying for college? For students who want to attend Naugatuck Valley Community College this fall, scholarship money is available from the $1,369,270.00 Naugatuck Valley Community College has received in funding from the State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education for scholarship grants awarded by the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program (RWSP). For students whose financial concerns have kept them from registering, this scholarship makes a difference. Any Connecticut resident who is attending a public, two-year college, and has filled out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), is eligible to apply. Recipients must meet federal eligibility requirements for financial aid and be taking at least six credits or more per semester. The scholarship awards up to $4,500 a year for full-time students and is pro-rated for part-timers. Actual amounts will be determined by the NVCC Financial Aid Office. To learn more about the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program, contact Cathy Hardy, NVCC Director of Financial Aid, at (203) 575-8274 or CHardy@nv.edu.
President Daisy Cocco De Filippis is delighted to announce good news for students of Naugatuck Valley Community College this week as a Peter Pan Bus Lines “transportation link” between the Danbury and Waterbury campuses has been established just in time for the fall semester. The bus link will enable students to commute from one campus to the other to attend classes and events at either campus. Peter Pan has a frequent number of scheduled routes between the two cities that run about eight times per day each way.