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NCCC'S Veterinary Technology Program
 is Granted Full Accreditation by the AVMA
Northwestern Connecticut Community College's Veterinary Technology Program was recently granted full continued accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). NCCC's s program, which started in 1995 is the oldest accredited Veterinary Technology program in the state.

Northwestern's program offers a 2-year Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Veterinary Technology, as well as the opportunity for students to transfer into UCONN's Animal Science or Pathobiology programs.

During September 2017, the NCCC Veterinary Technology Program moved to the first floor of the newly built Joyner Health Science Center, located on the southern side of Route 44 at the eastern end of the campus.  The Joyner Health Science Center is a state-of-the-art teaching facility that is designed to simulate a real-life veterinary hospital and includes examination rooms, radiology equipment, surgical and dental suites, a mock reception area, and a hematology laboratory.

Adriane Cavanna, VMD, Program Coordinator of Veterinary Technology at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, commenting on the program's accreditation said, "Full accreditation status is only offered to those programs that meet stringent requirements for both academic and clinical training. With this decision, the AVMA has recognized that our program provides students with everything they need for a successful career in Veterinary Technology." She added, "Right now, there is a huge shortage of trained veterinary technicians in the state, and in the country as a whole. Our program graduates are in high demand in veterinary hospitals, and most graduate with multiple job offers in hand."

The NCCC Veterinary Technology Program, which is ranked by as the 40th best Veterinary Technician Program in the U.S., collaborates with area animal shelters and veterinarians in order to provide training opportunities for veterinary technicians while serving the community.  

NCCC is the Highest Ranked Community College
in CT for a Third Consecutive  Year
In its just released report for 2018, the personal finance website WalletHub has rated Northwestern Connecticut Community College as the 250th best Community College in the U.S., and the highest ranked Connecticut Community College of the 715 institutions included in the results of their analysis, “2018’s Best & Worst Community Colleges.”  Additionally, Connecticut State Community Colleges were ranked 28th best among state-run community college systems.

In order to determine the best community colleges in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared the 715 selected schools and evaluated them based on three key dimensions, including: 1) Cost & Financing, 2) Educational Outcomes and 3) Career Outcomes. The researchers stated that they selected their sample of 715 schools from the list of member institutions in the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).  However, some schools were excluded from their sample due to data limitations. They also noted that AACC is not affiliated whatsoever with WalletHub and was used strictly as an informational resource.

Dr. Michael Rooke, President of Northwestern Connecticut Community College, declared, “We are once again very proud to have three years in a row the top ranking for Connecticut’s Community Colleges, by  This ranking reflects many factors, including our affordability, amazing faculty and staff and the success of our students when they transfer.  As the costs of obtaining a college degree continue to go up, we will remain the best and most affordable way to get started on a college degree.”

Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $599,877 to support a project that will develop a pathway for middle school, high school, and community college students to enter advanced technology careers.

According to project developer and director Sharon Gusky, a professor at NCCC, "The project, Engaging Students from Classrooms and Camps to College and Advanced Technological Careers, was developed to answer Connecticut's increasing need for a strong technical workforce. This project brings 7th-12th grade teachers, community college professors, students, and industry members together to produce a STEM pathway with a focus on technician education that begins in middle school and advances through high school, the community college, and into the workforce."

Professor Gusky adds, "Industry-based externships and workshops will be offered for middle and high school teachers so they can better prepare their students to pursue college degrees and careers as technicians. Innovative technology and hands-on experiences for students in Torrington's middle and high school classrooms will be developed and become part of the standard curriculum at the schools. And STEM summer camps focusing on manufacturing and engineering technology, biotechnology, and environmental science will be offered at NCCC beginning in 2019."

In addition to Professor Gusky, the project is being co-directed by Professor Tara Jo Holmberg and Torrington School District Teachers Lisa Debany, Bridget Brody, and Christine Gamari.

"We are excited to embark on this National Science Foundation STEM initiative with Northwestern Connecticut Community College to help our students prepare for careers in the technology sector.  This program will help bridge the skills gap in the local workforce and create career pathways for students," declared Interim Superintendent Susan M. Lubomski.

Industry partners include Altek Electronics, Jackson Labs, and Wittmann Battenfeld Inc.  Sabrina Beck, vice-president and co-owner of Altek Electronics, expressed her enthusiasm for the project. "As the labor pool tightens, employers need to find creative ways to bring in new talent. Altek Electronics is committed to supporting Northwestern's efforts to engage middle and high school students in innovative STEM activities. Collaborating with NCCC and Torrington High School to train interested high school seniors in soldering technology has provided us with a new pool of talented employees. It would be difficult to grow our workforce and increase our revenue without this program."

Jane Williams, NCCC's Director of Workforce Development; NCCC's STEM professors Douglas Hoffman, Douglas Mooney, and Crystal Wiggins, and Donna Labbe, grant writer for the Torrington School District, will also be working on the project.  Dr. Michael Rooke, President of Northwestern Connecticut Community College expressed his enthusiasm as well, "This initiative will build upon our commitment to partnering with our area high schools to strengthen the STEM pipeline of students for this region and the state and provide appropriately skilled and trained technicians for the local region."

JoAnn Ryan, President of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce, who will be serving on the project's advisory committee affirmed, "This outstanding project will help address the long-term need to prepare more students to excel in STEM fields and address STEM-based workforce needs of the community. The Chamber looks forward to participating in this project and to building stronger connections between educators and industry."  

For more information on this or other technology programs offered at NCCC, please contact Sharon Gusky at:   

Annual Public Notice of Nondiscrimination
Northwestern Connecticut Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, including pregnancy, sexual harassment and sexual assault, marital status, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, workplace hazards to reproductive systems, present or past history of mental disability, intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability in its programs and activities. In addition, the College does not discriminate in employment on the basis of veteran status or prior criminal record.

NCCC offers Associate in Art and Associate in Science degrees in 20 degree programs, including: Nursing RN, Veterinary Technology, Medical Assisting, Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice, Interpreter Preparation ASL, Fine Arts, Business and Management Administration, Human Services, Computer Systems Technology, Environmental Science, Deaf Studies, Allied Health Administration, Liberal Arts and Sciences and General Studies. In addition, credit and non-credit Certificate Programs are offered. Admission to the college is open to high school graduates upon submission of a completed college admissions application accompanied by official high school diploma or equivalency, payment of the application fee and proof of immunization. Courses are generally open to anyone with an interest in a subject area. Some programs of study have additional admissions requirements.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Ruth Gonzalez, Director of Student Development, (Title IX and Section 504/ADA Coordinator) Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Park Place East, Winsted, CT 06098, Green Woods Hall, (860) 738-6315,

NCCC, First Institution in CT to Enter Into Partnership
with NROC to Help Enhance Student Success
Northwestern Connecticut Community College recently became the first higher education institution in the State of Connecticut to join NROC.  NROC partners with educators to create open and low-cost courses and tools designed to recognize every student’s unique learning needs and preferences. These resources can be adapted and scaled to meet programmatic goals in a variety of instructional settings.  

NROC stands for:
NETWORK | Educational institutions benefit from working together.
RESOURCES | Educators are empowered by high-quality, multi-media content and applications.
OPEN | Membership keeps costs low for institutions, and free for individuals.
COLLEGE & CAREER | We’re committed to helping students pursue academic and life success.

As a NROC member, NCCC will enjoy affordable, unlimited access to NROC content, as well as thoughtful instructional resources.  NCCC will be using NROC EdReady content to provide free instructional software in Writers Workshop and Math Boot Camp this summer, saving students thousands of dollars collectively in educational resource costs.  In the fall, English faculty will replace their main textbook in Introduction to College English (ENG 096) with NROC English.  After the fall 2018 semester, there will be an examination of ways to possibly scale the software options even further.

"NROC's unique partnerships with pioneering institutions like Northwestern Connecticut Community College ensure our Open Educational Resources tangibly benefit underserved students. We believe every learner deserves access to high-quality, affordable educational opportunities, and Northwestern Connecticut Community College is helping us achieve this aim," stated Dr. Gary Lopez, Executive Director of The NROC Project.

Dr. David Ferreira, Dean of Academic & Student Affairs at NCCC affirmed, “For years, our faculty at NCCC have been leaders in the state of Connecticut when looking at innovative ways to have high quality educational materials at low or no cost to the students.  This membership is another example of how we are continuing to examine ways to make college more affordable without sacrificing the student’s educational experience.  All the credit goes to our outstanding faculty here at NCCC for their forward thinking and our staff for making sure this easily adapts to our current learning management system.

NCCC Goes Smoke-Free in 2019
Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) is pleased to announce the campus will be promoting a healthy learning environment by going smoke, tobacco and vape-free starting July 1, 2019.

“Based on a lot of feedback from students, faculty and staff, the overwhelming majority of survey respondents suggested we go smoke-free,” said NCCC President, Dr. Michael Rooke. “We plan to convert to a smoke-free campus gradually and with a focus on education,” he said. “The coming year will give us an opportunity to raise everyone’s awareness and to put important educational resources into action."

NCCC has been working with a number of local community groups including Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, the McCall Center, and the Connecticut Office of Rural Health, whose office is based at the college, as well as with Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH). Both SCSU and DPH have awarded grants to NCCC, providing needed funds for policy transition and educational resources.

“As we initiate this change throughout the year the focus will continue to be on education and providing resources to students, and less on enforcement,” said Rooke. “Grant funds will be used to support educational and student activity promotional events, as well as much needed signage.”

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital will be offering smoking cessation classes starting Fall 2018 and continue holding classes periodically based on demand. While grant funds are available, any NCCC student, faculty or staff member wishing to quit smoking will have the opportunity to participate in cessation classes and even receive free nicotine replacement therapies from a local Winsted pharmacy.

Temporary signage announcing the change will be placed on campus beginning this fall to be replaced with permanent signs next summer. Also beginning this fall, NCCC students volunteering to be smoke-free ambassadors will be trained and coordinated through the NCCC Student Activities Department and will participate in events throughout the year to raise student awareness.

Rooke said the majority of the Connecticut community colleges are either already smoke-free or considering the change, and three of the state colleges are smoke-free as well.

“NCCC will continue to provide the best for our students, including a healthy environment in which to learn,” said Rooke. ‘We are excited for the change and will do all that we can for an easy transition.”

NCCC Announces
Community College Incentive Program
with Charter Oak State College
Northwestern Connecticut Community College and Charter Oak State College have recently signed a Community College Tuition Match Scholarship Agreement in which Charter Oak State College will provide the last two years of a bachelor’s degree to graduates of associate degree programs at NCCC, at the Connecticut Community Colleges tuition and fee rates in effect for that year.  This agreement goes into effect in Fall 2018 semester.

Interested NCCC students should contact Charter Oak State College Admissions at  

In order to apply for the scholarship, students need to meet the following requirements:
- Attain 2.3 or higher Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Complete the associate degree
- Matriculate at Charter Oak State College within 6 months of completing Associate’s degree

The tuition scholarship is good for 5 years.  In order to maintain the scholarship, the student must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 Charter Oak credits in the fall and spring semesters. This would allow the student to graduate in five years, if attending part time. Students can take more courses at the reduced rate and thus graduate earlier, take courses in the summer, or take additional courses, as applicable, at NCCC as long as they adhere to the requirements stated above.

Eligible students should apply for Federal Pell Grants to help cover the costs of their college expenses; students will be responsible for books, tech fee, and any other course related expenses. Students will have to meet Charter Oak State College’s degree requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Dr. Dave Ferreira, Dean of Academic & Student Affairs at NCCC asserted, “This is an exciting opportunity that gives the students who graduate from Northwestern Connecticut Community College an affordable choice to a quality bachelor’s degree in areas such as Cyber Security, Health Care Administration, and Business Administration.” He continued, “Students will have the ability to easily transition from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s degree program at Charter Oak State College while paying the community college tuition and fee rate in effect for that year.  Furthermore, the online course delivery format at Charter Oak State College is a good option for graduates who have busy schedules or cannot commute to the nearest university.”    

Dr. Shirley M. Adams, Provost at Charter Oak State College, agrees.  She stated, “We have had an articulation agreement with NCCC for years allowing their students easy transfer to Charter Oak State College.  This agreement expands that option, making it more affordable.  It provides students with an incentive to do well at and to complete their associate’s degree at NCCC and then to pursue their bachelor’s degree without leaving home.”

For more information about the Community College Incentive Program, please contact Dr. Dave Ferreira, Dean of Academic & Student Affairs at (860) 738-6319 or by email at