NCCC – The small college that does great things
Registrar’s Office at (860) 738-6314

About Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Northwestern Connecticut Community College was founded in 1965 by a committee of local residents and came under the jurisdiction of the State of Connecticut later that year, becoming one of twelve colleges in the newly formed State of Connecticut Regional Community College System governed by a Board of Trustees. In 2011, that system was merged with the Connecticut State University System to form one organization, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), now governed by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

Northwestern continues to take pride in offering excellence in teaching, promoting life-long learning, as well as high quality student services, state-of-the-art technology, and cultural activities for both the students and community. Branded the small college that does great things, NCCC continues to serve residents in the Northwest Corner and throughout the region. Northwestern Connecticut Community College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Holds “Super Saturday Registration Blitz” on August 6
“Super Saturday Registration Blitz,” initiated through the auspices of the Connecticut State College and Universities (CSCU), will be held at Northwestern Connecticut Community College on Saturday, August 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Greenwoods Hall.

“Super Saturday Registration Blitz” will offer one-stop access to enable students to apply to NCCC or register for fall 2016 classes, which will begin on Monday, August 29.

Community College staff members from Admissions, Academic Counseling, the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, the Cashier’s Office, and others, will be available to assist students through the application and registration processes and with class schedules, course selection, financial aid applications, testing and other matters.

New students can apply, and get assistance with financial aid (bring high school diploma and immunization information).  Those who have not yet earned college credit in Math and English are required to take a basic skills placement test prior to registering, please call the NCCC Admissions Office at (860) 738-6330 for a placement test appointment. Please visit www.ct.edu/supersaturday for more information.   

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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, RGonzalez@nwcc.edu.

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NCCC Director of Nursing Connie Hotchkiss
Obtains the 2016 Connecticut League
for Nursing Leadership Award
Northwestern Connecticut Community College is pleased to announce that Connie Hotchkiss, NCCC Division Director for Nursing, Allied Health, and Veterinary Technology programs, was awarded the 2016 Connecticut League for Nursing Leadership Award at their annual Nursing Leadership Convention.  

This award recognizes a nurse who demonstrates outstanding leadership, service, and commitment to the mission of the Connecticut League for Nursing; is recognized as a creative leader who has made a positive difference in the direction of the league; serves as a role model and mentor for future CLN leaders; and has inspired others to become actively engaged in accomplishing the mission of the constituent league.

Connie Hotchkiss

Connie has been at NCCC since 2010 and manages the only accelerated nursing program in the Connecticut community college system, helping students and faculty achieve high outcomes in the five years since the program was established. As her nominating letter stated, “Under Connie’s leadership, dedicated, compassionate, and skilled faculty have thrived as they support students to meet their educational goals and dreams of becoming a nurse.”  In addition, “she is a colleague on whom we can rely for unconditional support, valuable and intelligent perspective while she continuously fulfills the role of student and patient advocate.”

Prior to her position at NCCC, Connie was an obstetric and pediatrics charge nurse, clinical leader, and educator for over 22 years at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington and Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford.  She received her Bachelors of Nursing from the University of Connecticut and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Hartford.  

Connie currently serves on many committees across the state, including the Connecticut League for Nursing and the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative Action Coalition, working to strengthen nursing education and opportunities throughout CT, and has presented some of the outcomes of NCCC’s nursing program at national conferences.  Last fall, she presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing national convention in Florida on an online pilot course targeting Population Health, for incumbent nurses seeking continuing education.

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NCCC campus bioswale completed protecting the Still River
Tara Jo Holmberg, Professor of Environmental Science and Biology at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) has been partnering with the Northwest Conservation District (NWCD) and the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) to construct a bioswale on the NCCC Arts and Science building grounds in Winsted, CT. This bioswale will filter stormwater runoff from the parking lot, building roof, sidewalks and surrounding neighborhoods of the campus before it enters the Still River downstream of the college campus. Stormwater runoff can be the leading cause of river pollution if not properly managed. On June 14th, 20 volunteers from the college and community completed the bioswale project by planting 150 plants acquired from the NWCD Earth Day Plant Sale. The root systems of these native shrubs and trees further filters the surface water runoff before reaching the Still River.

Utilizing grants from the Alcoa Foundation, Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Farmington River Coordinating Committee, this project’s planning and engineering began in the summer of 2015. Construction began in May of 2016.  Working with the existing drainage system, the bioswale captures the runoff into two water forebays, then directs the water and other runoff into a layered filtration system composed of course gravel, fine stone and wetland soil that sustains microbes that break down pollutants. The final result is properly treated, clean water entering the Still River.

This project was a true partnership:  each brought expertise, funding, or volunteers to solve the ecological problem that they knew could be solved by an installation of a properly engineered bioswale.    Eileen Fielding, bioswale Project Manager and Executive Director of the Farmington River Watershed Association, had the grant writing experience to acquire funding from several organizations in the area.  Sean Hayden, Executive Director of Northwest Conservation District had the expertise and experience to supervise and implement the project.  Jean Cronauer, Development Director at the Northwest Conservation District, used her many years of grant writing to also develop funding sources for the project.  Steven, Trinkaus P.E. of Trinkus Engineering, LLC designed the project and Kevin Green of 4Evergreen, LLC of Thomaston completed the actual construction.  Tara Jo Holmberg is both a science professor at NCCC and a NWCD Board member.  Tara Jo will utilize this project in her NCCC Ecology, Botany and General Biology II courses. Students will monitor and compare water quality entering and leaving the bioswale as well as upstream and downstream of the bioswale. Students will compare the results with 14 years of previous data of the Still River acquired by the NCCC students.  Students will also collect data on the growth and health of the plants in the bioswale over time.

FRWA, NCCC, and NWCD have previously partnered in 2011 and 2013 to create 2 riparian buffer and 2 rain gardens on the that also filter stormwater runoff in two additional areas of the NCCC campus that are adjacent to the Still River.
The Northwest Conservation District serves 34 towns in northwestern Connecticut by providing educational and technical assistance to address the proper treatment of stormwater run-off in urban and rural situations. For further information or a tour, please contact NWCD at ncd@conservect.org or 860-626-7222.

Rusty Warner and his daughter, residents of New Hartford volunteer their time to plant.

20 volunteers from NCCC and the community came to help plant 150 plants in the Bioswale to further filter the soil from stormwater runoff, the leading cause of water pollution.

We captured the parking lot stormwater runoff into a forebay where it gets filtered.

We captured part of the parking lot stormwater runoff into a water forebay, then direct it and other runoff into the layered filtration system on the right before it enters the Still River.

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NORTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT
AWARDED JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION
UNDERGRADUATE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP
Northwestern Connecticut Community College proudly announces that Miranda Wheeler has been awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth up to $40,000 a year to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.  

Miranda is graduating this year with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a grade point average of 3.95.  She is a member of NCCC's chapter of the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa.  Her dream is to attend Vanderbilt University, Mount Holyoke College, or the University of St. Joseph where she would love to pursue an interdisciplinary degree involving English, philosophy, and/or film. Among her many endeavors, the Torrington native has just completed an internship as a Gallery Assistant at Five Points Gallery in Torrington under the guidance of her Northwestern academic advisor, Dr. April Dolata. When asked about her time at Northwestern, Miranda said, "I’m in love with my studies and very proud of my NCCC education."

Miranda is one of 75 community college students selected from a competitive nationwide pool this year. All of the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have financial need and strong records of academic achievement as shown by grades, leadership skills, awards, extraordinary service to others and perseverance in the face of adversity.

The Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship in the nation for students transferring from two-year community colleges to four-year institutions that award bachelor’s degrees.

“Many elite colleges and universities are reluctant to admit large numbers of transfer students from community colleges, even when these students have excellent grades and other qualifications,” said Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy. “This is unfair and unwise. The Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have a long record of success at the most selective colleges and graduate schools, such as the Ivy League in the United States and the University of Oxford in Great Britain. These extraordinary young people have proven repeatedly and conclusively that top community college students have the ability to thrive in top four-year colleges. They deserve equal educational opportunity.”

Cooke Scholarships fund the costs of attending college not covered by other financial aid, plus academic advising, stipends for internships, study abroad, and opportunities to network with other Cooke Scholars and alumni. In addition, after earning a bachelor’s degree, each Cooke Scholar will be eligible for a scholarship for graduate school worth up to $50,000 a year for up to four years.

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 45 percent of the undergraduate students in the United States were attending community colleges in 2014.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. It offers the largest scholarships in the U.S., comprehensive counseling and other support services to students from 8th grade to graduate school. Since 2000 it has awarded about $147 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students and $90 million in grants to organizations that serve outstanding low-income students. www.jkcf.org

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NCCC and Charter Oak State College
Partner to Offer Northwest CT Residents
Seamless Path to Bachelor's Degree Completion
Northwestern Connecticut Community College (nwcc.edu), "The small college that does great things," and Charter Oak State College (CharterOak.edu), Connecticut's public online college, are pleased to announce their partnership in providing a barrier free pathway to a Bachelor's degree for residents of northwestern Connecticut.

This collaboration provides a seamless alternative for University of Connecticut Torrington branch students who can transfer their credit to Northwestern to complete their Associate degree, and then attend Charter Oak for Bachelor's degree completion.  Students can earn an Associate's degree at Northwestern using both on ground and online courses, and then finish their Bachelor's degree online with Charter Oak.  

Both degrees can be completed without leaving your home towns; both provide in-state tuition; both reduce commuting time; both Colleges offer workforce driven programs; and both provide quality academic programs.

The Connecticut Board of Regents is committed to providing all residents of the state access to degree programs that will prepare them for the Connecticut workforce.  This partnership brings two of the 17 institutions together to make sure that northwest Connecticut residents have a low cost, high quality avenue to both an Associate's degree and a Bachelor's degree.

For information, contact Joanne Nardi, Director of Enrollment Management at Northwestern Connecticut Community College at 860-738-6330 or admissions@nwcc.commnet.edu or Charter Oak State College at 860-515-3701 or admissions@charteroak.edu.

About Charter Oak State College
Founded in 1973, Charter Oak State College (www.CharterOak.edu) is Connecticut's only public online college, offering associate and bachelor's degree completion programs in high-demand fields including Health Information Management, Health Care Administration, Cyber Security and Business Administration.  The College is launching an online Masters of Science in Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership in 2016.  Charter Oak is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and governed by Connecticut's Board of Regents for Higher Education.

About Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Northwestern Connecticut Community College was founded in 1965 by a small committee of local residents and came under the jurisdiction of the State of Connecticut later that year, becoming one of twelve colleges in the newly formed State of Connecticut Regional Community College System governed by a Board of Trustees. In 2011, that system was merged with the Connecticut State University System to form one organization, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), now governed by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education
Northwestern offers a diverse array of credit and non-credit programs including the only accredited Associate Degree program in Veterinary Technology within the state of Connecticut, and the Associate Degree program in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies and Interpreter Preparation. Northwestern continues to take pride in offering excellence in teaching, promoting life-long learning, as well as high quality student services, state-of-the-art technology, and cultural activities for both the students and community.

As the college celebrates its 50th anniversary, NCCC continues to serve residents in the Northwest Corner and throughout the region. Northwestern Connecticut Community College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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NCCC Graphic Design Students
Join Forces with the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce
to participate in the National Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA)
Northwestern Connecticut Community College and the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce are again sponsoring The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA). YEA is a program that teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. YEA guides students through the process of building a business by bridging the business and educational communities. Students are taught by trained instructors, and are exposed to guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs and mentors.

An important step in building a business requires the young entrepreneurs to create branding for their products and this is where Northwestern's Art students come in. In late January Northwestern graphic design students were teamed up with two or three of the YEA participants. Northwestern's students were charged with the creation of company logos, letterheads and business cards. After these are approved by the YEA participants and their mentors, the Northwestern students will create websites for the businesses. On March 17, 2016, the young entrepreneurs will present their ideas to an investor panel, using this graphic design work

This is a very beneficial collaboration involving Northwestern Connecticut Community College, the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and area public schools. It is a multi-generational learning experience for all involved. YEA is a national organization that provides opportunities for students to participate in a local trade show, and regional and national competitions, allowing Connecticut’s Northwest corner to shine on a national level. The Art Department at Northwestern Connecticut Community College is proud to be a part of this unique program.

Northwestern Connecticut Community College's Art Department offers three Associate Degree Programs; Digital Media, Fine Art and Graphic Design. All of the entry level courses are ideal for beginners and professional artists alike. The professional art educators at the college are able to address each student’s needs with small class sizes and state of the art facilities.

For more information about the Art Department at Northwestern Connecticut Community College contact Sue Berg at sberg@nwcc.commnet.edu for graphic design, digital media and photography or Janet Nesteruk at jnesteruk@nwcc.comment.edu for Fine Arts and Art Education Pathways. Also check our website at http://www.nwcc.edu/academics/programs/degree-programs/art where you will find complete information about our degree and certificate programs.

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NCCC Welcomes Figurative Art Instructor to its Faculty
Northwestern Connecticut Community College welcomes Adjunct Instructor of Art, Sheri Schwartz, to “The small college that does great things.” Mrs. Schwartz, an accomplished figurative painter and educator, will be teaching Art 113 Figure Drawing I in the upcoming spring semester. Schwartz is an exhibiting artist with a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) from Western Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from Boston University.

“Instructor Sheri Schwartz brings her expertise in figurative art as well as her passion for teaching to Northwestern, the NCCC Art department is grateful to be joined by Schwartz,” remarked Professor in Art Janet Nesteruk.  “Her extensive knowledge of the figure, along with her professional experience, is sure to inspire NCCC art students to great achievements.”  

With inspiration and reference to Renaissance masters, Schwartz paints modern subjects with insight into contemporary moods and issues.  

“Renaissance artist Michelangelo believed the true vehicle of expression is the human form itself.  Being able to render the figure will expand one's artistic vocabulary. You may reject the figure or incorporate it into your body of work. The knowledge gained in the course will be invaluable to your art career,” states Schwartz.  The accompanying image, Portrait of a Young Man in a Chaperon, was done by Sheri Schwartz.

NCCC is proud to offer Art 113 Figure Drawing I, which affords students the opportunity to draw the live model from a contemporary perspective.  “Drawing directly from life is inspirational, as well as the classic way to build drawing skills for a portfolio or continued professional growth,” asserts Professor Nesteruk.  She notes that drawing skills are critical for students’ portfolios. “When art schools see achievement in the area of Figure Drawing, it is a huge plus for the applicant.”

Art 113 Figure Drawing I topics include the nude figure, the clothed figure, the figure in the environment, and portraiture.  Instruction will include contemporary approaches to drawing, sighting techniques, proportions, and anatomy for the artist. The course meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The prerequisite for the course is Drawing I, or its equivalent.  Interested persons are asked to contact Professor Nesteruk at jnesteruk@nwcc.commnet.edu.

The Art department at Northwestern Connecticut Community College offers three Associate Degree Programs; Digital Media, Fine Art and Graphic Design. All of the entry level courses are ideal for beginners and professional artists alike. The professional art educators at the college are able to address each student’s needs with small class sizes and state of the art facilities.

For more information about the Art Department at Northwestern Connecticut Community College please contact Sue Berg at sberg@nwcc.commnet.edu for graphic design, digital media and photography or Janet Nesteruk at jnesteruk@nwcc.comment.edu for Fine Arts and Art Education Pathways. Also check our website, where you can find complete information about our degrees and certificates at http://www.nwcc.edu/academics/programs/degree programs/art.

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SHARON GUSKY, BIOLOGY PROFESSOR
AT NORTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT COMMUNITY COLLEGE,
NAMED CONNECTICUT PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR
BY THE CARNEGIE FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF TEACHING
AND THE COUNCIL FOR ADVANCEMENT AND SUPPORT OF EDUCATION
(Washington, DC, November 19, 2015) -- Sharon Gusky, a biology professor at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, has been named Connecticut Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
"This is the only national program to recognize excellence in teaching and mentoring," says Pam Russell, the director of communications for CASE. "The process is rigorous and the criteria high."  As one of the most prestigious awards given to college professors, the CASE/Carnegie Foundation honor is not bestowed every year in every state. A high bar is set and must be met. This year, a state Professor of the Year was recognized in only 35 states.  

Judges selected the state winners based on four criteria: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contributions to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession; and support from colleagues and current and former students.

Professor Gusky is a graduate of Fairfield University and of Dartmouth College. She is a Fellow of the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE), an initiative sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is a founding member and current president of the Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers (CTABT), a founding member and current chair of the Connecticut Community College Biology Faculty Association (C3BIOS), chair of the Connecticut Community Colleges Center for Teaching (CFT) Pathways for Teaching Success program, recipient of numerous awards including the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Mosal Award, the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Biotechnology Education Award, Academic Excellence Awards and College Merit Awards, and the recipient of several grants including two from the National Science Foundation. Professor Gusky also leads initiatives to develop technology instruction to supply a skilled workforce to Connecticut's numerous manufacturers and utility suppliers.

Receiving this award is quite an honor in a state with top talent from the likes of Yale, Wesleyan, Trinity, the University of Connecticut, and many more. According to the state Office of Higher Education there are over 10,000 faculty teaching in higher education classrooms throughout Connecticut each year.  Professor Gusky and winners from the 34 other states will be honored at an awards luncheon and an evening congressional reception in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2015.

CASE and the Carnegie Foundation have been partners in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program since 1981. Additional support for the program is received from Phi Beta Kappa, which sponsors an evening congressional reception, the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education and other higher education associations.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center that supports needed transformations in American education through tighter connections between teaching practice, evidence of student learning, the communication and use of this evidence, and structured opportunities to build knowledge.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London, Singapore and Mexico City, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas.

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DEAN PATRICIA BOUFFARD OF NCCC AND STATE REP. ROBERTA WILLIS
ARE HONORED BY THE CONNECTICUT NURSES’ ASSOCIATION
On October 21, 2015, State Representative Roberta Willis and Dr. Patricia C. Bouffard, Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, were recipients of the Connecticut Nurses’ Association’s (CNA) Diamond Jubilees Awards.  The prestigious Diamond Jubilee Awards represent the highest honor that the nursing profession can bestow on its own, a kind of “Nobel Prize” in nursing.  These awards are named after some of the most distinguished leaders in Connecticut nursing history.

Dean Bouffard, RN, D.N.Sc.

Dean Bouffard, RN, D.N.Sc., received The Vera Keane Award for Outstanding Service to CNA.  This Award recognizes distinguished service or valuable assistance of a voluntary nature to CNA “Above and beyond the call of duty,” contributions that are innovative and of significance to the growth and visibility of CNA, and the promotion of a positive, professional image of nursing both within the organization and to the public.  Dr. Patricia Bouffard first became engaged with the CNA as a Master’s student at the University of Connecticut in 1978, but her commitment to the organization really became apparent in 1997-1998, when she joined the Finance Committee, the Convention Planning Committee, and the Connecticut Nurses’ Foundation Board of Trustees.  She served on that Board and the CNF Scholarship Committee for ten years and remains active on the CNA Finance Committee.

Dr. Bouffard has been active in nursing, nursing education, and nursing articulation.  She was a member of the Greater Waterbury Nursing Consortium and a dynamic member of the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s Health Care Council.  Dr. Bouffard was an active member of Connecticut League for Nursing’s (CLN) Deans and Directors Council from 1992 to 2001 and was a member on the 1992 Statewide Articulation Committee that developed the Connecticut Articulation Model for Nurse Educational Mobility.  She has been on the Board of Examiners for Nursing since November 2002, and has been the Chair since May 2008.
Dean Bouffard is the Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer at NCCC.  She has had 25 years of community college experience, and served as the Director of Allied Health, Nursing and Physical Education at Naugatuck Valley Community College for nine years before moving to her current position. Dr. Bouffard received a nursing diploma from The Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, her B.S.N., from the University of Hartford, a M.S., from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.

State Representative Roberta Willis

State Representative Roberta Willis, who serves the 64th Assembly District, received The Agnes Ohlson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing through Political Action. The Award recognizes service, innovation, and achievements in the political arena which contributes to the advancement of nursing and/or improvement of health care in Connecticut.  Areas of activity and achievement in the political process may include: health care legislation; health care regulation; the judicial system; government affairs; and development and/or implementation of public policy.

Representative Willis has worn many hats, from community activist to teacher, environmentalist and consumer advocate.  Today, she is serving her eight term as State Representative for the 64th District.  She is Co-Chair of Higher Education and Employment Advancement and a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Environment Committee.

In 1989, Ms. Willis founded the children’s environmental health organization, Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet, a national advocacy group that grew to 38,000 members.  Raised in the Northwest corner of Connecticut, Representative Willis has always been deeply connected to and concerned for her community.  Her involvement includes serving as past president and board member of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau.  She is a member of the board for the 21st Century Fund for Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), the Advisory Board of Prime Time House, The Taghhannuck Grange No. 100 and a founding member of the Board of Open Door, a soup kitchen serving the Winsted community.

For over 20 years, Rep. Willis has served on the Regional Advisory Council and Foundation Board of Northwestern Connecticut Community College.  She is also a founding member of the Advisory Board for Sharon Hospital and is a member of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council.

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Dr. Michael Rooke
Selected as President of
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Mark Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), announced today that Dr. Michael Rooke was selected the next President of Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted effective Nov. 27, 2015.

Dr. Rooke is currently Dean of Academic Affairs at Tunxis Community College where he has served as chief academic officer since 2009. He was previously Academic Division Advisor for the Center for Business & Technologies at Manchester Community College from 2006–09.

The selection was made after the consideration of 47 applicants for the position. Dr. Rooke will succeed Dr. Barbara Douglass who announced her retirement effective Oct. 1.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Rooke has emerged as the successful candidate for President of Northwestern Connecticut Community College,” said President Ojakian following his selection. “I am confident that he will lead the college forward with a dynamic agenda for growth, innovation and development."

Regent Naomi Cohen, Chair of the Regents Search Committee, also praised Dr. Rooke’s selection. “Dr. Rooke’s rich background at both the community college and university levels is a natural fit for CSCU’s goals of access and seamless transfer for our students. We are pleased that the search process, and our partnership with the College Advisory Committee, will allow Dr. Rooke to continue building vital teaching and learning opportunities for the entire Northwestern community.”

Dr. Rooke’s selection was based on his diverse experience, collaborative leadership style, passion for community colleges, and commitment to providing a high quality education to the students of the northwest region. Dr. Rooke also has a strong leadership background in campus initiatives, program development and fundraising.

“I have come to appreciate the challenges that community college students face here in our state,” said Dr. Rooke. “I have chosen to commit myself and my career to strengthening the educational opportunities for Connecticut’s community college students, both present and future, and to do everything that I can to ensure those opportunities continue to exist.”

Dr. Rooke is active on many CSCU system initiatives, including the transfer articulation between the 12 community colleges, four state universities and Charter Oak State College. He co-chaired the committee to develop a common CSCU system academic calendar for all 17 institutions. Dr. Rooke also led the community college system in implementing a College Access Challenge grant which funded the design and piloting of new developmental English and mathematics courses.

As chief academic officer at Tunxis Community College, he played a leading role in the college’s major initiatives including student success, program and faculty development, and technology transformation. He guided faculty adaptation of Ability-Based Education to align with Competency-Based General Education, and led the development of a three institution collaboration aligning New Britain High School courses with Central Connecticut State University and Tunxis Community College

Dr. Rooke has also served as both director of Information Technology and director of Academic Technology at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University in Brookville, N.Y., from 2003–06. Before 2003, Dr. Rooke was assistant/associate professor of chemistry at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn.

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Dr. Rooke earned his baccalaureate degree in applied chemistry from Nottingham Trent University, U.K., that included a year in an industrial adhesives company outside London. He holds a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from Kansas State University, a M.S. in educational technology from Long Island University and a B.Sc. in applied chemistry from Nottingham Trent University, in Nottingham, UK.

Dr. Rooke has served on local chambers of commerce, has been involved in many activities promoting manufacturing and engineering careers, and engaged local high schools in aligning 12th grade courses with entry level college courses in both English and mathematics as well as several workforce development initiatives in the community college system.

Dr. Rooke lives in Windsor, Conn. with his wife and their three daughters.

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NCCC Kicks Off its 50th Anniversary Festivities
In September 1965, Northwestern Connecticut Community College welcomed its first class of 145 full- time and 12 part-time students through the doors of the former Gilbert School.

This beginning signified the crowning glory of dogged efforts that began in September 1959 when a group of residents of Northwest Connecticut, interested in starting a community college, requested that the Town of Winchester purchase the vacant Gilbert School for use as a community college.  The town fathers rejected the plan. The residents persisted in their efforts to establish a community college in Winsted. In June, 1964, they formed a private group, The Committee on a Community College for Northwest Connecticut Inc. (CCCNC), and began to raise money.  Their goal was to establish a publicly supported, two-year “community” college that was under state control yet remained primarily in the hands of local people. In March 1965, the State Board of Education gave provisional licensure to the CCCNC to open in September 1965.  

On November 19, 1965, Northwestern Connecticut Community College became a part of the newly formed State of Connecticut Regional Community College system, governed by a Board of Trustees, with Charles Scholes as President.  The second President, Dr. Regina Duffy, was the longest serving President, holding the office from July 1968 to September 1985.  Dr. Duffy was also one of only five women community college presidents in the country, at that time.

It is this auspicious beginning that is being celebrated and the festivities begin during the Spring 2015 semester. Northwestern Connecticut Community College will inaugurate a year-long celebration of its founding 50 years ago, by hosting a series of special events, which will culminate with the college’s 50th Commencement in 2016.

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Annual Public Notice of Nondiscrimination
Northwestern Connecticut Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, civil union status, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, present or past history of mental disability, intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, political beliefs, or prior criminal record in its programs and activities.

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, Rgonzalez@nwcc.edu .

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NCCC Receives Grant
to Aid Veterans Seeking Job Skills Training
Northwestern Connecticut Community College is the recipient of a grant from Veterans, Inc., to help eligible Veterans participate in job training programs.  This new grant is designed to cover program expenses for Veterans seeking to update or learn new skills that will help them secure employment.

Veterans may choose to participate in an array of NCCC Continuing Education programs, such as CT Security Officer, ServSafe Food Safety, and Emergency Medical Technician.  This grant may also be used help with expenses while Veterans work toward a college degree. NCCC offers many certificate and degree programs in business, manufacturing, technology, allied health, and much more.  Go to www.nwcc.edu to download the College catalog.

According to its website, Veterans Inc. is a private nonprofit organization which provides programs and supportive services to veterans. It is the largest one-stop veterans housing, outreach, and supportive services program in New England.  The mission of Veterans, Inc. is to help veterans regain control of their lives and eliminate homelessness.  Visit their website to learn about all they do for Vets: www.veteransinc.org. Fall classes start soon.  Call NCCC today for more information:  860-738-6328 or email LBristol@nwcc.edu.

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Yale University and Northwestern Connecticut Community College
are Distinguished in a New Report on Improving Undergraduate Biology Education
The Only Connecticut Institutions Represented
Yale University and Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) are distinguished in a new report released by The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) with the goal of raising standards for biology education in America.  

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) founded in 1848, includes more than 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals, and is the world’s largest general scientific society. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more.

The AAAS report, Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: Chronicling Change, Inspiring the Future, highlights projects from colleges and universities across the country in order to document the positive, far-reaching effects of their Vision and Change initiative, which is aimed at improving undergraduate biology education. Yale University and Northwestern Connecticut Community College are the only Connecticut institutions featured in the report.  

Featured from Yale is a project by Jennifer Frederick, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, titled Accelerated Transformation at Yale and Beyond, as well as a project by Jo Handelsman, PhD, a Yale professor currently on leave in order to serve as the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, titled The National Academies Scientific Teaching Alliance (NASTA).

Featured from NCCC is a project by Sharon Gusky, MALS, Biology professor, titled Engaging Faculty in a Peer Review of Outcomes and Assessment. In addition, Gusky’s role as one of the original Partnership for Life Science Education (PULSE) fellows is highlighted in the Leaders of Change chapter of the AAAS report, along with information on various PULSE projects.

On the national level, besides being a PULSE Fellow, Gusky was recently appointed to the National Association of Biology Teachers’ Introductory Biology Education Task Force, and was the only representative from higher education in Connecticut participating in the Undergraduate Biology Education Research Gordon Conference this summer at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Locally, Gusky serves as president and co-founder of the Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers.

NCCC continues to be a leader in transforming undergraduate biology education both nationally and locally. This fall students enrolled in the College’s General Biology class will participate in the Small World Initiative (SWI), a “crowdsourcing antibiotic discovery” project developed by Jo Handelsman and her colleagues at Yale.

The AAAS report, Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: Chronicling Change, Inspiring the Future, can be found online at http://visionandchange.org/chronicling-change.

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Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board
Funds Local High School and College Programs
The Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board generously committed $321,337 to sponsor two academic achievement programs at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. The programs are designed to help local high school students earn college credit and to help current college students complete college.

Foundations is a year-round high school youth program that offers participants the opportunity to earn six college credits along with valuable work skills and career exploration. This summer, participating high school students will take a three credit college-level course on World War II and Korea. As part of this course, students will interview area World War II and Korean War veterans and then commemorate those stories in a book that will be published this fall.

Team Success Scholars is a scholarship program for college students that provides mentoring, as well as, jobs on campus and in the community, internships, leadership training, professional conferences, and financial support to students in college. Program Director, Susan Dichter, said, “We are very proud of this program. Our current students have a 2.88 average  GPA and 100 percent retention rate. These students definitely have the grit to succeed.”

For more information please contact Laura McCarthy, lmccarthy@nwcc.edu, 860.738.6351.

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Offering Local High School and College Programs
for over Ten Years at NCCC
Northwestern Connecticut Community College is again committed to offering two academic achievement programs which help local high school students and recent high school graduates. Participants learn work-readiness skills, develop leadership and team building abilities, explore career and professional opportunities, and participate in community service - all while earning college credits and Associate Degrees. These programs are funded by The Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board (NRWIB).

Foundations, the high school youth program, is a year-round program that offers participants the opportunity to earn 6 college credits along with valuable work skills and career exploration. Students are paid $9.15/hour for 20 hours/week during the summer and 3 hours/week during the school year. Mary Lou Tanner, Program Director, is looking to recruit area high school students who are college-bound, rising juniors and seniors. To be selected for the program, students must meet the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board eligibility criteria and have a successful interview.

Team Success Scholars, the college program, is a mentoring scholarship that provides incoming college students with mentoring, internships, and financial support during college. Susan Dichter, Program Director, is looking to recruit graduating seniors from area high schools who are planning to enroll full-time at NCCC for the Fall 2015 semester. “We are very proud of this program. Our current students have a 3.2 average GPA and are actively exploring career interests” says Dichter. To be selected for the program, students must meet the NRWIB eligibility criteria and have a successful interview. Dichter describes the students that she typically recruits as, “students with the grit to succeed.”  For more information, please contact Laura McCarthy lmccarthy@nwcc.edu, 860.738.6351.

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Free Career Training for SNAP Recipients
at Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Northwestern Connecticut Community College has recently been accepted as the latest partner in the SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) Program, a federally-funded initiative that provides scholarships for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients to receive the training needed to obtain jobs, with high growth prospects. These scholarships are administered at the State level via the Department of Social Services.
Persons receiving SNAP assistance may now be eligible to take one of NCCC’s 6 in-demand workforce training programs for free. These programs include Certified Nurse Aide, CT Security Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Microsoft Office Suite with Bookkeeping QuickBooks Certificate, and Introduction to Manufacturing Certificate.

Note: SNAP recipients receiving TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) funds are not eligible for the NCCC scholarship. For more information, please e-mail: NW-WorkforceTraining@nwcc.commnet.edu, or call (860) 738-6419.

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New Manufacturing Associate Degree Program Starts at NCCC
Northwestern Connecticut Community College's new Manufacturing Associate Degree program will begin this fall.  Manufacturing is an important cornerstone in Connecticut's economy and is one of the fastest growing technical fields in the state.  Of the several hundred manufacturers located in the northwest corner, the majority of them who are currently hiring say that they are experiencing a moderate to severe shortage in the availability of skilled production workers.  NCCC's program will help to sustain a vibrant, ongoing industry-ready workforce.  

The new Manufacturing Program at NCCC has been developed with input from local manufacturers to address both the needs of the student and the needs of the employers in the region. Coursework helps potential and current workers build and improve their skills on specialized, often computer-driven, equipment.  Other important coursework such as communications and math, which are required for success in this industry, are offered.

This Manufacturing Associate Degree program is designed with working students in mind:  technical courses are offered in the evening and most non-technical courses are offered online.  Full-time students can finish the program in two years or students may attend part-time.  

Individuals already employed in the manufacturing sector or graduates of technical high schools can earn credit from previously-obtained National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications and then increase the breadth and depth of their abilities with courses such as Precision Manufacturing, Principles of Quality Control, and Mastercam.   They should ask their employers about tuition assistance.

For those without a background in manufacturing who are looking for a rewarding career, introductory courses will be offered to familiarize students with basic skills, with more advanced classes to follow. Paid internships will likely be available starting in 2015.

Information sessions for the new Manufacturing Associate Degree program will be held in the Art and Science Building (ASB) located at 209 Holabird Avenue, Winsted, CT on Monday, August 25, from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

For more information or to reserve a seat in one of the information sessions, please contact Professor Tara Jo Holmberg at: tholmberg@nwcc.edu or call 860-738-6363.

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NCCC Awarded National Science Foundation Grant
Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC), in Winsted, Connecticut, has been awarded a $199,960 Advanced Technology Education grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a Manufacturing Technology Pathway under their existing Industrial Technology Associates Degree program. Sharon Gusky and Tara Jo Holmberg, both professors in the science department, will oversee the project.  

The project, Manufacturing Associates Degree Education in Northwestern Connecticut (MADE in Northwestern Connecticut), will increase the number of skilled workers in the northwest corner of the state and provide recent high school graduates, and unemployed and underemployed adults with the knowledge and skills they need to obtain advanced manufacturing jobs. The technical courses will be offered through NCCC using Oliver Wolcott Technical High School's facilities and equipment. Lawrence Pomerleau, one of the Co-Project Leaders on the grant, is the manufacturing instructor at OWTHS and has taught courses in NCCC's pre-manufacturing program.  A number of area manufacturing companies have agreed to provide students in the proposed Manufacturing Technology pathway with hands-on experience, through paid internships.

Dr. Barbara Douglass, President of NCCC, commenting on the receipt of the grant said, "Northwestern Connecticut Community College is honored to have received this grant from the National Science Foundation to pursue a college credit program in manufacturing technology. MADE in Northwestern Connecticut will take manufacturing training and education to the next level.  NCCC has had great success with a non-credit pre-manufacturing program. Now the college will be able to offer an Associate Degree in this job critical area.  I want to thank Professors Gusky and Holmberg for forging this new, exciting pathway in manufacturing education."

The MADE in Northwestern Connecticut program will provide students with multiple points of entry so they can build their skills and academic knowledge in a step-wise fashion while being or becoming gainfully employed in the manufacturing sector. This project will serve the needs of a multitude of stakeholders, including students/employees, manufacturers, and economic developers.

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NCCC Introduces New Manufacturing
Associate Degree Program
Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) is pleased to announce its new Manufacturing Pathway Associate Degree program beginning in the Fall 2014 semester.  Manufacturing is an important cornerstone in Connecticut's economy.  Approximately 166,000 skilled workers are employed by nearly 5,000 manufacturing companies in the state, with several hundred manufacturers in the northwest corner.  The key to supporting and developing industry is an educational infrastructure that provides a vibrant, ongoing industry-ready workforce. Twenty-first century industry requires a highly trained workforce capable of using specialized, often computer-driven, equipment.  Nationwide, more than 80% of manufacturers say they are experiencing a moderate to severe shortage of skilled production workers.

The new Manufacturing Program at NCCC has been developed with input of local manufacturers to address both the needs of the student and the needs of the employers in the region. The goal is to increase the number of regional students qualified to enter the workforce as advanced manufacturing technicians.  NCCC, a member of the Steering Committee for the Northwest Connecticut Manufacturers Coalition, has developed technical courses to address the types of manufacturing that is done in the Northwest corner.

This Associate Degree program is designed with working students in mind:  a majority of the technical courses are offered in the evening and most general education courses (English, psychology, economics, etc.) are offered online.  Students can finish the program in two years (if attending full-time) or may attend part-time and take two-three credit classes a semester.  It includes opportunities for individuals already employed in the manufacturing sector, or with manufacturing skills, to increase the breadth and depth of their abilities with courses such as Precision Manufacturing, Principles of Quality Control, and Mastercam.  Employer tuition assistance may be available and National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifications translate into academic credits for some technical courses.  

For those without a background in manufacturing, but are looking for a rewarding career, introductory courses will be offered to familiarize students with basic skills such as Blueprint Reading, Manufacturing Processes (with lab), and SolidWorks. Paid internships will likely be available starting in 2015.

Information sessions for this new Manufacturing Pathway Associate Degree program, will be held in the Art and Science Building (ASB) located at 209 Holabird Avenue Winsted, CT on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 and Wednesday, July 9, 2014.  The sessions will run from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

For more information or to RSVP for a seat in one of the information sessions, please contact Tara Jo Holmberg at: tholmberg@nwcc.edu or call 860-738-6363.

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Team Success Scholars Program Returns to NCCC
Northwestern Connecticut Community College has again received a grant through the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board to fund its Team Success Scholars Program. Team Success is a mentoring and working scholarship program tailored to the individual needs of young adults between the ages of 18 and 21. Serving NCCC student’s needs for 10 years, Team Success is designed to help students achieve their post-secondary educational and careers goals, empowering them with the grit to succeed.  Team Success Scholars are a strongly knit cohort of community college students, who may benefit from mentoring, career guidance, academic tutoring, tuition and textbook assistance, assistance with transportation costs, paid internships, stipends, and on-campus employment.

Eligibility is two-fold, based on Federal eligibility through the Workforce Investment Act, as well as a review of high school transcripts. An interview with Northwestern Connecticut Community College and Workforce Connection personnel is required before acceptance is gained into the program.  If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming a Team Success Scholar at NCCC, please contact Susan Dichter, Program Director, at 860-738-6335.

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Annual Public Notice of Nondiscrimination
Northwestern Connecticut Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information or criminal record in its programs and activities.    

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, Rgonzalez@nwcc.edu.