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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. 

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26 March 2019

NVCC Holds Second Annual 5K Food Pantry Fundraiser

Strong community response for good cause

NVCC Holds Second Annual 5K Food Pantry Fundraiser

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.

NVCC Professor of Social Work Studies Christine Cocchiola, one of the organizers of the 5k, said, “I’m very grateful for the support from President Daisy Cocco De Filippis and to the NVCC Foundation for their support. Additionally Obdulio Plaza and Jonathan Curns and their support staff for their assistance with set up and break down of the event and to Joanne Kokorus and her Greater Waterbury and Greater New Haven Pageant participants. Finally, thank you to the support of the student volunteers and faculty and staff who made this event possible.”

NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. opened the ceremony with welcoming remarks and poem, “Can Any Beauty in the World Match This?” by Persian poet, Hafiz.  The poem’s message indicates that it is only when we open ourselves with generosity and empathy that we are truly free and in touch with our humanity.  “This is one of many very generous events at NVCC that speak about the value of community and the generosity of faculty, students and staff,” said President De Filippis. “It was heartwarming to see so many members of the NVCC family and community at a successful 5k event on behalf of our food pantry.”

The pantry, which opened a little more than a year ago, is staffed by one AmeriCorps Vista Worker as well as various student workers and open Monday-Friday. A “grab and go,” service is available where students may grab a quick snack or meal, such as a granola bar, and a warm item such as individual-serving sizes of macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, soups, or pasta. A grocery area of the Pantry allows students in need to pick up 20 items per month. Nearly 20 students a day are served by the pantry.

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