Having served Naugatuck Valley Community College since 2008, President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. issued her final report to the community. Traditionally the annual community report is presented at a community gathering attended by students, faculty, staff and of course NVCC’s community partners. This year, due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID pandemic, NVCC’s community report will be distributed online. https://www.nv.edu/about-nvcc/nvcc-going-strong/strategic-planning-goals-and-priorities#cdn-8453
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In the opening remarks of the College’s 2020 Community Report, President De Filippis noted that in spite of the hardships imposed by the pandemic, NVCC prevailed. “As I conclude my twelfth year as president of our Community College, I am proud to report that it has been a year of significant achievements. Naugatuck Valley Community College is living its mission. As academic year 2019-2020 ends, the NVCC family has demonstrated great resilience and adaptability as we transitioned our campuses to a virtual teaching, learning, and student support modality for the second half of the spring semester.
The NVCC Foundation, the Connecticut Community Foundation, the United Way of Greater Waterbury, and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation along with NVCC faculty, staff, and administration donated generously to our COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund, allowing us to support students’ financial and technological needs during this global pandemic.
Despite the challenges that NVCC has faced since March, academic year 2019-2020 was yet another year of powerful outcomes for our students and the College. We will once again award more than 1,000 degrees and certificates, our Nursing and Allied Health students continue to exceed the national pass rates on their licensure awards, and the College awarded more than $18M in financial aid to support our students’ educational goals. We continue our powerful work with the Waterbury Public School system through our Upward Bound and GEAR UP grants and with the Danbury Public Schools and the Early College Opportunities program. As you will see in this substantive report, these successes are just the beginning of the work we have done this past year as we continue our journey toward a splendid college.
It is evident that our work, our commitment to mission and what the College represents for so many is tied to the most beautiful and fundamental democratic principles. In that regard, every decision made always predicates on whether this is something that would support our students, contribute to the communities we serve, and encourage an engaged existence in civil justice. We are proud to reaffirm that our work continues to honor and support a vision of a just and inclusive society.
While I am bidding farewell to NVCC this summer, I will be taking away with me much hope for the College because there is a critical mass of students, faculty, administrators, staff, community partners, and NVCC alumni who affirm the everyday value of NVCC. I trust that I leave the College in very good hands–the NVCC Family.”