March 19, 2020 | Message from NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.
Dear Members of the NVCC Family:
The first lines of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens sets the stage for my brief remarks today: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” One understandably could argue that these are the “worst of times.” Yes, the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the illnesses and deaths, the economic hardships, and the increasing uncertainties can make us sad and fearful. They are testing us internationally in ways most of us have not seen since previous world wars and major natural disasters.
However, we are seeing the “best of times” among those around us who demonstrate kindness, patience, and resilience during these challenging times. The calls for helping each other have been heard around the state and in our communities. Each day we hear about family helping family and neighbors helping neighbors, especially for our most vulnerable citizens.
Here at NVCC, we are striving for the best of times amid this seemingly worst of times. Our faculty continue to prepare online classes so students can complete them on time, as conditions allow. Thanks to our technology experts, students have the internet tools to access the content and class interactions to benefit from the revised ways of teaching and learning. Web access to tutoring and academic advising will keep them on track toward their course responsibilities and graduation goals.
As of this writing, both NVCC campuses are closed through the end of the spring semester. However, NVCC staff are available by email and phone to address financial aid, records, payments, and other concerns. While we are on Spring Recess this week, our hard-working facilities staff are cleaning classrooms and buildings to maintain a healthy environment when campus-based classes and activities are cleared to resume. The NVCC Family on the Waterbury Campus and the Danbury Campus are taking care of our own.
On Tuesday, Mark Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System, issued directives to all 17 institutions in the system, designed to responsibly minimize exposure to the Coronavirus while also making sure that our students continue their studies this semester. Therefore, classes will resume online on Monday, March 23 and remain online through the end of the semester. We are preparing for continued academic success and students will receive further details about these classes shortly.
As you are all aware, these are unprecedented times for higher education. I am working closely with my senior leadership team to consider ways in which we might be able to celebrate our wonderful students and their multitude of successes while complying with the guidance issued by President Ojakian and in keeping with the best practices recommended by the CDC. Please be patient as we work to plan the rest of the semester and how NVCC moves forward together.
Below you will find updates from the college units. Mil gracias to the unit leaders for providing us with the information. We will continue to update everyone as more information becomes available, please be on the lookout for further communications. Read more