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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. 


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4 March 2019

NVCC’s Horticulture Program Receives Two Awards at 38th Annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show

NVCC’s Horticulture Program Receives Two Awards at 38th Annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show

NVCC’s Horticulture program took home two awards during its debut appearance at the 38th Annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show. The “April in Paris” display showcased a Parisian street in the midst of bloom and impressed Thursday’s judges winning “Best Outdoor Living Space,” and “Best Urban Garden.” The display was “truly a community effort,” said Christopher Tuccio, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Horticulture at NVCC, who said that the flower show was something he was glad to see the college participate in.

Nearly 50 students and several faculty and staff members collaborated to bring the display of tulips, daffodils, Boston ferns, cyclamen, and sedum to life. To prepare for the show students helped propagate, prep, pot, and force a variety of flowers and bulbs so they could be ready in time. During NVCC’s Fall 2018 semester, students from Tuccio’s Landscape Construction class participated in a one day charrette to come up with the design.  Students from the College’s spring semester Landscape Design class assembled and installed the design at the Connecticut Convention Center in Harford where the show is held. Students, faculty, and staff spent about 40 hours installing the award-winning display and a different mix of NVCC students volunteered to talk with attendees walking by the exhibit Thursday-Sunday. Tuccio says he hopes to return to the show next year, but plans to have his design class involved in planning the design and his construction class installing it.

“It was great to see the recognition of our program from the landscape industry. Our students and staff worked very hard,” said Tuccio.

“Our Horticulture program brings vibrancy and beauty to our lives on a daily basis,” said NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. “The gardens of Naugatuck Valley Community College, cultivated by our talented faculty and students, are above all, microcosms of the values we hold dear at our beloved college, and truly powerful outcomes assessment of the work undertaken in our classrooms, greenhouses and teaching gardens.  I am not surprised, therefore, that our faculty and students are recognized for the designs that incorporate these values. We, at NVCC, celebrate their achievement!”

NVCC is the only community college in Connecticut that offers a degree in horticulture. Through the program, students can continue their education at a four-year university or apply for employment in landscaping, greenhouses, garden centers or landscape design centers. More than 500 students have received training at NVCC and have gone on to start their own businesses. For more information, visit nv.edu/horticulture.

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