Naugatuck Valley Community College

Leadership Breakfast at NVCC

Waldemar Kostrzewa, Dean of Community Engagement, NVCC; Ken Curran, Director of Outreach for Congressman Chris Murphy; State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-Southbury); State Representative Geraldo Reyes(D-Waterbury); President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D, NVCC; State Senators Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury) and George Logan (R-Ansonia); Dr. Verna D. Ruffin, Superintendent of Waterbury Schools; Dr. Sarah Roy, Director of Danbury’s Early College Opportunity Program (DECO); David Celotto, Director of NVCC’s Bridge to College Office.

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.

Grant to Advance Minority Student Success

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.