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Financial Opportunities Center (FOC)

Welcome to the Financial Opportunities Center at NVCC!

The Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) at Naugatuck Valley Community College is a FREE resource for all students and offers:

NVCC’s Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) funded in-part by a grant from LISC Connecticut, one of over 35 local programs of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development support organization. Together with residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity – great places to live, work, visit, do business, and raise families.

Financial Opportunities Center Contact

Email or call to set up an appointment with an FOC coach!

Fay Godbolt, MHSA
Director, Community & Economic Development

Phone: (203) 575-8031 
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Financial Education and Coaching

Through financial counseling students learn financial literacy that helps them to:
  • Asses their financial condition
  • Create a basic budget
  • File taxes
  • Deal with immediate financial concerns
  • Prevent eviction
  • Plan for and build long-term financial stability
  • Building financial consistency for a lifetime

Employment and Training

The FOC process includes:
  • Advising
  • Registration
  • Enrollment
  • Educational Training
  • Employment

Short term training and upgrading skills lead to immediate job placement and improved financial security. 

Employment and training for career improvement involves non-credit and/or credit courses for vocational training and increased job skills.

Through the FOC, students will have opportunities to:

  • Upgrade their vocational skills through short-term training
  • Obtain marketable skills to secure employment that provides a living wage, health benefits and financial security
  • Gain knowledge and skills to succeed in the workplace.

Educational Opportunities

In collaboration with the FOC program, NVCC provides training in financial literacy, income support, healthcare access through social services, and business and personal skills development.

Additionally, through the FOC, students may complete non-credit courses, obtain certificates and pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Bookkeeper
  • Central Sterile Processing
  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician (PCT)
  • Personal Training
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Manufacturing
  • Security Officer
  • Welding
Grant funding allows the Community & Economic Development department to provide independent job readiness skills and job placement assistance through the Employment Coach/Job Developer. NVCC’s Job Placement Center provides assistance with job fairs, placement opportunities and employment connections.

Income Support Access

Using a case management style, CED staff evaluate family supports already in place and look at what might be needed, including:

  • SNAP benefits
  • Housing
  • Childcare
  • Healthcare
  • Other public resources
NVCC staff help students by making the necessary referrals, overseeing the application processes and follow up to ensure services are active and secure. 
We understand the system of getting help is complicated and layered in bureaucracy. FOC staff navigate the system with participants in order to reduce gaps in services.

Contact the Financial Opportunities Center Today!

Take advantage of this free resource to improve your financial and professional life.

Call 203-575-8031 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today!