NVCC Strategic Plan Goals

Five Goals of Strategic Plan

The following goals serve as the grounding force in all we do. They drive activities on campus, focusing where we think we can leverage significant impact to improve college-wide outcomes.

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Five Goals of Strategic Plan

Goal One:
At NVCC, Students Achieve Their Goals.

Ensuring student success is the heart of what we do. And, it is complicated because it means different things to different students, depending on why he or she comes to NVCC: whether to secure a job, improve employment credentials, or to transfer and continue with education.

Goal Two:
NVCC Faculty and Staff Make a Difference

Cultivating the academic gravitas, administrative effectiveness, student engagement, and community involvement of our faculty and staff makes NVCC a stronger institution. 

Goal Three:
NVCC Programs Meet And Beat Academic And Industry Standards.

In higher education, it is not enough to have good programs. Colleges increasingly must demonstrate their competitive advantage to students, faculty and staff, potential employers, and community partners. That means being better at demonstrating value—as higher education providers helping students pursue their career dreams while offering very practical supports that facilitate their transfer and employment.


Goal Four:
NVCC is an engine of change within Waterbury, Danbury, and the broader community.

NVCC’s mission is grounded in its relationship with its service region—the big cities and small towns that surround it. When it leads or collaborates with its communities on issues from access to higher education to workforce development and employment growth, NVCC acts as a powerful force for regional transformation.


Goal Five:
NVCC Is An Effective, Performance-Based Institution.

NVCC embraces the higher education movement to become better at demonstrating effectiveness and performance, especially as it relates to student success. 


News - Our Latest Accomplishments

Our Latest Accomplishments

Naugatuck Valley Community College Students Honored at Annual Phi Theta Kappa Ceremony 5 April 2021

Naugatuck Valley Community College Students Honored at Annual Phi Theta Kappa Ceremony

Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) announced two nominees this year for the transfer track of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-USA Academic Team award: Irving Amaral and Lisa Marschall. Both students were inducted to the All-Connecticut Academic Team for 2021.

Naugatuck Valley Community College CEO Presents at Leadership Greater Waterbury Education Panel 25 March 2021

Naugatuck Valley Community College CEO Presents at Leadership Greater Waterbury Education Panel

NVCC CEO Lisa Dresdner, Ph.D. participated in the education panel of the Leadership Greater Waterbury, Education Class Day. In response to questions about how NVCC managed the changes with COVID, Dr. Dresdner spoke about how the entire college came together quickly to shift to a “virtual campus” with instructional methods and support services that met the students’ needs and academic requirements.  

Naugatuck Valley Community College Food Pantries Support Students in Both Waterbury and Danbury 24 March 2021

Naugatuck Valley Community College Food Pantries Support Students in Both Waterbury and Danbury

Fourth Annual 5K Benefits Student Food Pantry    Danbury Campus Pantry Providing Snacks and Take-home Chili 

 Community members, students, faculty, and staff were invited to lace up their sneakers on Sunday, March 28 to run and walk in support of the NVCC Student Food Pantry. The 4th annual Run/Walk was a virtual event. Supporters ran or walked on their own to support the cause.  

Naugatuck Valley Community College Student Presents at Competitive Psychology Conference 16 March 2021

Naugatuck Valley Community College Student Presents at Competitive Psychology Conference

Abigail Locke, a second-year student at NVCC, presented at the annual Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) conference. This competitive conference provides an opportunity for scholars, practitioners, and students of psychology to share research and ideas that foster the development of the field. 

NVCC Manufacturing Students Awarded Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority Scholarships 8 March 2021

NVCC Manufacturing Students Awarded Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority Scholarships

The Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA) awards scholarships annually to eligible students in pursuit of higher education in the State of Connecticut. Funds are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Remembering the Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 11 February 2021

Remembering the Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Naugatuck Valley Community College Center for Racial Dialogue Posts Spring Events

As we observe the 92nd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birth and more than 50 years after his assassination, we remember that his example and lessons are more important than ever. 

NVCC Hosts Annual Diversity in STEM Seminar with Nohemi Zerbi 5 February 2021

NVCC Hosts Annual Diversity in STEM Seminar with Nohemi Zerbi

This March 1st STEM Educational Event is Free and Open to the Public 

Like science? Considering pursuing an education or career in STEM? Join us on Monday, March 1st when NVCC hosts its second Diversity in STEM Seminar of the academic year.

Naugatuck Valley Community College Opens Spring Semester with Campus-wide  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop 4 February 2021

Naugatuck Valley Community College Opens Spring Semester with Campus-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop

Naugatuck Valley Community College, in collaboration with the NVCC Foundation, hosted a college-wide, virtual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshop led by Amer F. Ahmed, Ed.D.  As Interim CEO Lisa Dresdner, Ph.D., explains, “the workshop builds on NVCC's efforts to work together toward inclusive and equitable practices. Through these kinds of opportunities, we strive to meet our goals to close the equity gap and create a safe, inviting environment for all to engage in learning and where all feel they belong.”  

Naugatuck Valley Community College NVision Student Writes an Inspiring Success Story 27 January 2021

Naugatuck Valley Community College NVision Student Writes an Inspiring Success Story

Pedro Arias Matos is an NVCC NViSION Scholar who graduated this January with an Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Computer Science Studies with a 4.0 GPA. Pedro started at NVCC in ESL courses in the fall of 2017, and by the fall of 2020, he was accepted to the Computer Science Honors program at Central Connecticut State University. He was also selected for a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scholarship program. (https://www.ccsu.edu/csmp/).

Naugatuck Valley Community College and Waterbury Public Schools Launch New GEAR UP Collaboration Supported by U.S. Department of Education Grant 12 January 2021

Naugatuck Valley Community College and Waterbury Public Schools Launch New GEAR UP Collaboration Supported by U.S. Department of Education Grant

 Naugatuck Valley Community College and Waterbury Public Schools (WPS) have partnered with Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) to implement the second, federally- funded Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) program for current 8th grade Waterbury students.

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