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WAVE: Workforce Achievers Value Education

Welcome to WAVE

Since its inception in 2005, the Workforce Achievers Value Education (WAVE) works with a select group of students to build academic and work skills while developing each individual's emotional quotient, enabling him or her to get along successfully in the real world. Through work experience, education, and support services, WAVE students learn a holistic approach to life. Students are accepted based on academic qualification and federal eligibility requirements. They commit to attending NVCC full-time while working a limited number of hours for at least one year and meeting daily with program administrators through one-on-one conferences, lunches, and classes.

WAVE is funded by the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board. More than half of the WAVE students who graduate with their associate degrees go on to four-year colleges or universities. Many of these students are offered merit or academic scholarships along with financial aid. WAVE students work on-campus as well as off-campus in the local community.

Benefits to Students

  • Financial Resources
  • Meaningful Internships
  • Part-time Jobs
  • Career Exploration
  • Credentials & Certificates
  • Mentoring

Tracy Mahar

Assistant Worksite Coordinator

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203-575-8224 (p)
Room: Ekstrom Hall - Room E619
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708



Eligibility for this grant-funded program is two-fold: 

  • Federal eligibility is based on qualification through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. 
  • Program eligibility is determined through a one-on-one interview with NVCC’s program coordinator and a review of high school transcripts.


Individuals accepted in the WAVE program make a commitment of at least one year. Students are expected to explore potential career choices, work in their field of interest, and earn career credentials. Following this, students will decide which career path to follow and their plan of study.


Over the years, WAVE has achieved an 89% graduation rate with more than half of those students graduating in just two years! 

  • Each semester approximately 30% of WAVE students make the Dean’s list and 90% achieve a 2.0 or higher GPA. 
  • WAVE students consistently achieve high honors and scholarships: many have been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honor Society. 
  • A number of our students have received scholarships from organizations like the Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE), the Connecticut Talent Assistance Cooperative (CONTAC), and the American Savings Foundation. WAVE students have also received the prestigious President to President scholarship. These opportunities allow a number of our students to attend a four-year university, virtually debt-free.
  • WAVE students pursue paid internships and obtain industry-recognized credentials that align with their career interest. 

Program Highlights

Career Exploration
Industry Credentials 
Study Strategies
Study Halls
College and University Visits

Soft Skills

Goal Setting
Personal Responsibility
Time Management 
Community Service

Work Experience

Career Development
Paid Internships
Interview Skills
Resume Development
Occupational Skill Training