The Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) and the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) programs at NVCC stood tall against the measuring arm of ABET, Inc. Last fall NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Dean of Administration, James Troup, Dean of Academic Affairs, Irene Rios-Knauf, Ed.D., STEM Division Director, Peter Angelastro, Ph.D., Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) Program Coordinator, Kristen Dagan McGee, Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Coordinator, Narendra Sharma, Ph.D., NVCC EET and MET Industry Advisory Board Members, EET and MET alumni, faculty, staff, and students hosted the ABET reaccreditation site visit team from October 9-11. ABET, Inc. is a non-governmental organization that accredits post-secondary education programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. A federation of 35 professional and technical member societies representing these fields, ABET, Inc. reviews curriculum for accredited programs. The official results of last fall’s visit have arrived. No weaknesses or deficiencies were noted by the visiting team for either the EET or the MET programs, and reaccreditation means good news for the College administration and the students at NVCC.
Dr. Peter Angelastro, Ph.D., Director of Science Engineering Technology and Math (STEM) noted that the results endorse the strong curricula that NVCC has in place for these programs. “Such a highly acclaimed accreditation translates into real value for our students. Employers know that ABET-accredited programs rigorously prepare graduates for the workforce and universities know graduates will succeed in engineering or technology programs. Thus, our students earn careers and/or transfer to baccalaureate programs.”
Graduates from the MET and EET programs often earn salaried positions that pay over $40,000 per year at companies such as Siemens, RBC Bearings and Eversource. Many graduates transfer to engineering and technology programs at the University of New Haven, University of Hartford, Fairfield University and Central Connecticut State University and are successful in completing their bachelor’s degree. Better yet, many companies will reimburse tuition for the bachelor’s degree courses if the employee shows satisfactory progress.
Across the tree-lined pathway, in the new Center for Health Sciences, Carol Gabriele, DNP, Director of Nursing and Allied Health is preparing for the Program Approval & Accreditation of the NVCC nursing program by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The NVCC Nursing program has some of the highest pass rates on licensure exams in the state. For 2016- 2017 the pass rate was 96%. With strong curriculum, consistent success, and the top-notch facilities of the new Center, the College is ready to host the evaluation team in September. Dr. Gabriele optimistically described the process as “an opportunity for critical evaluation that fosters excellence.” The ACEN visit is planned for September
Two Allied Health Programs at the College currently enjoy perfect pass rates. Radiologic Technology and Physical Therapy Assistant have 100% pass rates by graduates on their licensure exams. Strong statistics like these translate into earning potential for NVCC grads. The job placement rate for students from these programs is quite high. Of those who respond to post-graduate surveys, more than 95% find jobs in less than a year.
Successful outcomes like these speak to the relevance of the College to the community. NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., noted “high quality programs, affordable tuition and caring professionals are the reason why NVCC is making a significant difference in the lives of so many- students, their families and their communities. I applaud our outcomes- access and excellence go hand-in-hand at NVCC!”