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20 December 2021

Naugatuck Valley Community College Presents Annual Scholarship and Manufacturing Awards

Naugatuck Valley Community College Presents Annual Scholarship and Manufacturing Awards

NVCC CEO, Lisa Dresdner, Ph.D. joined Thomaston Savings Bank (TSB) to present the annual Manufacturing Incentive Awards and the Thomaston Savings Bank Scholarship Award to the program’s highest achieving students. Thomaston Savings Bank President and CEO, Stephen Lewis, and his Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, Kimberly Lebron, presented the annual scholarship award to Vincent Sebastian Nanfito. Joseph DeFeo, AMTC Program Director opened the event with a welcome to all and a thank you to the Smaller Manufactures Association for sponsoring a gift for each of the top ten students.   

The awards are incentive courses that recognize the top students and provide additional free educational training in the fields of Additive Manufacturing and Solid Works.  The following students qualified for the awards and were recognized at the annual ceremony: Tyler Abele, Luke Borbas, Harrison Bussman, Ed Elie, Anderson Gabriel, Silva Nicolas, Anthony Novicky, Jeremiah Padua, Brandon Price, Keven Rodriquez. 

Dr. Dresdner presented the annual Manufacturing Incentive Awards to these high achieving students. “Celebrating the success of our students is a priority at NVCC,” Dresdner noted. “It gives me great joy to hear the wonderful and unique strengths of these students.”  

This year’s award is Introduction to Additive Manufacturing/Solidworks Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3-D Printing workshop that is taught during the winter break.

Michelle Allen, Mathematics Instructor introduced the high achieving math students from the class of manufacturing students, with special recognition of the top student Keven Rodrigues.    

Joseph Defeo, Director of the NVCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, commented, “The incentive program has been highly successful in adding additional educational value to our students’ credentials.  The free training offered to these high achieving students also helps to round out their resumes and gives them a competitive advantage when applying for manufacturing positions.” Dr. Dresdner further noted how these additions to students’ resumes “complements the excellent education they receive at the NVCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center!”  

NVCC still has spots available in the AMTC evening cohort for Spring 2022. Please contact Deirdre D’Amore, Enrollment/Retention Specialist,,203-575-8014 for more information on how to register.


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Registration is not required.  For more information visit

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