“There is something about a garden” many a phrase would begin, and so there is. Commenting on the gardens at NVCC, President Daisy Cocco De Filippis wrote. “The Gardens of Naugatuck Valley Community College are, above all, microcosms of the values we hold dear as an institution. Cultivated through many hours of hard work and labor, the Gardens are a product of intense study, understanding and application of theories learned. They are teaching laboratories that are open, transparent and beautiful and contribute much to make our College a humane and learned institution. Some have been built to support a particular horticultural concept, others to more closely examine plant species and three have been created in loving memory of colleagues past.”
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Naugatuck Valley Community College has been awarded a grant in the amount of $150,000 by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education for the Promoting Academically Successful Students (PASS) program. PASS is a new initiative of the Minority Advancement Program (MAP) to address students of color who are placed on academic probation and need additional support to redress their academic standing. A successful student of the PASS program will develop sustainable skills to remain on track to graduation and be removed from academic probation.
Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. informed students, faculty and staff that she will be retiring as President of Naugatuck Valley Community College effective August 1, 2020. President De Filippis noted “This has been a difficult decision, but it is time for us to move back to New York to be closer to family, and for me to accept with gratitude an invitation to return to my CUNY family.”
Two students from the Advanced Manufacturing Technology program at NVCC shared their stories at the Appropriations Committee Public Hearing on the Governor's FY21 Budget Adjustments for the State's Higher Education Agencies. Their presentations were coordinated by NVCC and the offices of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) as part of a community colleges’ manufacturing student panel. The students credited the manufacturing program with giving them a new start with no debt.
Naugatuck Valley Community College Alumnus, Marquis Harris, graduated with an A.A. in liberal arts and science in May 2019. A 2016 graduate of Wilby High School, Marquis chose NVCC because it was affordable and he did not know what he wanted to do, at the time.
Students interested in attending Naugatuck Valley Community College for the fall semester can complete all the registration steps in one day by attending one of several walk-in New Student Registration Sessions offered at the College’s Waterbury and Danbury campus in August. New Student Registration Sessions make starting college easy by completing all of the steps in the enrollment process in one day. All hands are on deck to help students navigate through the admissions, registration, and payment processes.
The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states, three institutions in Greece, three in Switzerland, two in Lebanon, and one in Bulgaria, Bermuda, and Morocco, respectively. The Commission consists of faculty and administrators from affiliated institutions and public members.
Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Center for Job Placement and College Opportunities (CJPCO) will be hosting its annual student and alumni Job and Career Fair on Thursday April, 11 2019. The Job and Career Fair will be held in Café West on NVCC’s Waterbury campus from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. A total of 40 area employers will be attending the fair this year. Employers will be searching for students and alumni for both job and internship opportunities.
NVCC Respiratory Cares students, along with Program Director Margaret Guerrera, set up a two-day "Asthma Camp" at Waterbury’s Driggs Elementary school where they provided engaging educational activities that taught K-5 students ways to better manage their condition.
Almost 100 community members, students, faculty, and staff laced up their sneakers on March 24 to run and walk raising more than $3,000.00 for NVCC’s student food pantry.
Beginning at Founders Hall on NVCC’s Waterbury campus, the race began at 10 Sunday morning with a course that allowed participants to do 1.55 miles (2.5 K) or the loop twice for a 5k. Ninety-seven people participated in total and trophies for top female and male winners were given out in addition to medals for first, second, and third place by age division.
Nearly 50 state, municipal, and community leaders met at Naugatuck Valley Community College on January 11 for the college’s annual Leadership Breakfast. Approximately 30 NVCC students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the NVCC Foundation and Regional Advisory Council joined the conversation. The event focused on the importance of building partnerships in education, government, and industry to move the state forward.
Connecticut’s Office of Higher Education (OHE) awarded NVCC a $75,000 grant, the maximum amount possible, as part of its Minority Advancement Program (MAP). MAP, which was created in 1983 in state statute, was originally intended to help Connecticut colleges and universities recruit, enroll, and retain minority students. Currently, the focus has shifted to improving the retention and graduation rates of minority students at the State’s colleges and universities. Recent trends in completion outcomes for NVCC students who identify as "non-white" are a significant reason why the college was selected for the grant. A 2013 cohort of students who identified as non-white at NVCC showed a 10% graduation rate within three years. A 2014 cohort had a graduation rate of 12% within three years, showing a 2 percentage point increase in completions.