NCCC – The small college that does great things
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NCCC Hosts Viewing of Presidential Debates
and Conducts Voter Registration Drive
On Monday, September 26, Tuesday, October 4, and Wednesday, October 19, in Founders Hall Auditorium, Northwestern Connecticut Community College with the support of the Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and the History Association, will hold public viewings of the Presidential debates. The debates will begin at 9pm and will be followed by a question and answer period led by Professor Todd Bryda. The viewings of the debates are all open to the general public.

The History Association will also be holding its biennial voter registration drive on Tuesday, September 20, in Founders Hall and Wednesday, September 21, in the Art and Science Center (ASB). The registration drive will run from 9am – 5 pm, on each day.

These events will be hosted by NCCC staff members Maureen Chalmers, Jim Patterson, Kathy Chapman, Mami Kajiyama-Bequillard and Todd Bryda. For further information, please contact Todd Bryda at tbryda@nwcc.edu or Maureen Chalmers at mchalmers@nwcc.edu. All are welcome.

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New Elder Care Assistant Program
Classes will meet
Monday – Friday, October 17 – 28, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s new Elder Care Assistant program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to help the elderly remain in their homes.  Duties may include providing encouragement, supervision of bathing, dressing, and ambulation. Assistants are also important in maintaining a clean and safe environment.  In Connecticut, there is no certification or approved curriculum for this role and the job title and duties are determined by the employer. For more information see: http://www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/CTReP/.  

A Registered Nurse Image result for caring for disabledwill provide classroom lectures and demonstrations with hands-on practice, in our skills laboratory.  Topics to be covered include professionalism, normal signs of aging, communicating with people with dementia and hearing loss, safety, fall prevention, infection control, nutrition and meal preparation, handling linens and bed making. Supervision of dressing, bathing, positioning and ambulation will be discussed and demonstrated.  In addition, Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED and ServSafe® Food Handler training and certification will be included.  

Classes will meet Monday – Friday, October 17 – 28, 8:00 am-1:00 pm.  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) scholarships are available to qualified applicants.  For more information, contact Heather Cappabianca at 860-738-6484 or email hcappabianca@nwcc.edu.

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Dvorák: The Happy Soul
Tuesdays, October 18 - November 15, 2016,
 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Founders Hall Auditorium
This fall, Northwestern Connecticut Community College will be offering Special Topics: Dvorák: The Happy Soul (MUS 298), in Founders Hall Auditorium.  Lecture dates are scheduled on Tuesdays, October 18 - November 15, 2016, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Antonín Leopold Dvorák was the happiest and least neurotic of the Romantics. He was barely literate and hardly a deep thinker (locomotives were his chief passion outside of music). The cheery Czech was greatly influenced by his native folk culture which inspired him to write a plethora of tuneful compositions.  This course will study Dvorak’s life and his contribution to Czech nationalism.

Jeffrey Engel, who will lead this class, has been giving lectures devoted to music history for fifteen years.  His preference is for 19th and 20th century music ranging from the wonderful to the wacky in operatic, symphonic and chamber works.  Subjects are always placed in historical context in order to show how non-musical developments impacted the lives and creativity of composers. Engel believes that such lectures should be entertaining as well as informative. To that end, his explanations are never too technical and he infuses his material with amusing anecdotes and musical illustrations.  

For seniors this a lecture series rather than a college course. Seniors must register, but admissions is FREE.

Special Topics: Dvorák: The Happy Soul (MUS 298) is subsidized by the Northwestern Community College Foundation/Regional Advisory Council. For more information about this course, please contact Jeffrey Engel at jengel@nwcc.edu.  

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Book Circle Author Steve Rushin to Talk at NCCC
Tuesday, October 25 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Founders Hall Auditorium
Are you a fan of Steve Rushin? Well, you should be excited! This local author is coming to Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted. Steve Rushin will be talking about his book The Pint Man, at NCCC, on Tuesday, October 25, at 6:30 pm in Founders Hall Auditorium. At the conclusion of his talk there will be a reception and book signing.  This is quite an opportunity and we encourage everyone to come.

Mr. Rushin has written for Sports Illustrated, Time, and The New York Times; he is also a four-time finalist for the National Magazine Award and has had his writing published in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Magazine Writing collections. He continues to write a weekly column for SI.com.

Steve Rushin has often been celebrated for his fiction and non-fiction. His first book, The Caddie Was a Reindeer was published by Grove Atlantic in 2005 and named a semifinalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. His novel The Pint Man was published by Doubleday in 2010 and was noted as “Engaging, clever and often wipe-your-eyes-funny,” by the Los Angeles Times. His book Road Swing was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the “Best Books of the Year” and one of the “Top 100 Sports Books of All Time” by Sports Illustrated. Then, in 2013, his nonfiction book The Baseball Grenade was published by Little, Brown. He currently resides with his wife Rebecca Lobo and their four children in Granby, Connecticut.

The Pint Man, is an incoming student read at NCCC this semester. Books will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own to have it signed. This event is free and open to the public, thanks to the sponsorship of the Cultural Planning Committee, the Humanities Department, and the Northwestern Community College Foundation (NCCF).

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Northwestern is Highest Ranked
Community College in Connecticut
In a just released report by the website WalletHub, Northwestern Connecticut Community College (62nd) is the highest ranked Connecticut Community College of the 821 institutions included in the results of the analysis, “2016 Best & Worst Community Colleges.”  Additionally, Connecticut State Community Colleges were ranked ninth best among state systems.
Dr. Michael Rooke, President of Northwestern Connecticut Community College, declared, “This is good news that speaks to the dedication of the NCCC faculty and staff.”  
In order to determine the best community colleges in the US, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 821 colleges across 3 key measurements, including educational outcomes, cost and financing and career outcomes.  The researchers stated that they were unable to include all member schools of the American Association of Community Colleges due to data limitations.  The data used to create the rankings were collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research and College Measures.
Besides NCCC, the other Connecticut State Community Colleges that were included in the survey were Gateway Community College, ranked 92nd, Manchester Community College, ranked 168th, Norwalk Community College, ranked 205th, and Housatonic Community College, which was ranked 642nd. For more information about NCCC click here.

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NCCC Announces New Team Success Scholars Cohort
The Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board generously committed $ 289,322 to sponsor Team Success Scholars, a college success program at Northwestern Connecticut Community College.

At the beginning of each semester, Team Success Scholars attend a Scholars Leadership Retreat, which cultivates the cohort model critical to program success. This semester the students attended Camp Sloane YMCA in Lakeville, CT for a two day overnight adventure.  (YouTube - “Team Success Scholars Summer Retreat – 2016 Trailer”).

Below are the first and second year cohorts with their majors and hometowns.

 First Year Cohort
1.      James, Altamirano, Criminal Justice, Canaan
2.      Erika Borja, Business Administration, Torrington
3.      Heather Damiani, Criminal Justice, Litchfield
4.      Bryonna Ford-Bey, Business Administration, Torrington
5.      Nicholas Hill, Liberal Arts, Canaan
6.      Johanna Idrovo, Liberal Arts, Torrington
7.      Andrew Kalogiannis, Business Administration, Sharon
8.      Madison Maroney, Veterinary Technology, West Granby
9.      Chennel Rivera, Veterinary Technology, Naugatuck
10.  Sierra Tillman, Liberal Arts, Torrington
11.  Jared Tuers, Criminal Justice, Torrington

Second Year Cohort
1.     Katherine Amaral, Early Childhood Education, New Hartford
2.     Sara Balsewicz, Criminal Justice, New Hartford
3.     Nick Cianciolo, General Studies, Harwinton
4.     Kevin Crispin, Criminal Justice, Torrington
5.     Victoria Flower, Fine Arts, Litchfield
6.     Angela Joray, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Goshen
7.     Briana Kratzer, Environmental Science/Criminal Justice, Torrington
8.     Lauren Madsen, Human Services, Lakeville
9.     Eddie Martinez, Business Administration, Winsted
10.  Victor Rosario-Acosta, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Torrington
11.  Brianna White, Criminal Justice, Torrington
12.  Jhonna Harrington, Business Administration, Winsted
13.  Courtney Harris, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Winsted
14.  Travis Lang, Veterinary Technology, Torrington
15.  Sarah Morey, Human Services, North Canaan
16.  Magdalin Odoi, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Torrington
17.  Stephanie Pimentel, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Torrington
18.  Lisselot Rodriguez, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Torrington
19.  Kimmie Stack, Early Childhood Education, Torrington
20.  Jessica Tessman, Human Services, Winsted
21.  Morgan Tullock, Early Childhood Education, Winsted

Team Success Scholars is a federally funded scholarship that provides college students with mentoring, jobs on campus and in the community, internships, leadership training, professional conferences, and financial support during college. All students are attending full time, with greater than 90% planning to transfer to a four year university after receiving their Associate’s degree at NCCC. Program Director, Susan Dichter, said, “We are very proud of this program. Our current students have an average GPA of 3.0 with a 100% retention rate. These students absolutely have the grit to succeed.”

For more information please contact Susan Dichter, Program Director, Team Success Scholars: sdichter@nwcc.edu or Laura McCarthy, Director of Academic Success Center: lmccarthy@nwcc.edu.
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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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NCCC Announces Availability of Training Scholarships for SNAP Recipients
The Center for Workforce Development at Northwestern Connecticut Community College has been awarded a grant from the Department of Social Services to provide scholarships to eligible Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) recipients who are not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  

Participants will be able to use the scholarships to enroll in any of the following five continuing education certificate programs:  Certified Nurse Aide, Direct Support Professional, Elder Care Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Microsoft Office Suite with Bookkeeping QuickBooks Certificate.  To find out if you are eligible for one of these scholarships, complete the online SNAP Scholarship Application at www.nwcc.edu and attend a SNAP Orientation. SNAP Orientations will be held every Tuesday, starting on September 13, at 9:00 am, on the NCCC campus in Winsted.

Don’t delay, call today for more information about these programs, eligibility, or to register for a SNAP Orientation.  Call 860-738-6419 or email cprelli@nwcc.edu.

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Center for Workforce Development Launches Vital
Direct Service Professional Certificate Program
This fall, the Center for Workforce Development (CWD) at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, will offer the new and essential Direct Service Professional Certificate Program.  After meeting earlier this year with several employers including, Mindscape Industries, Prime Time, Transitional Employment Unlimited, Oak Hill, The Arc of Litchfield County (LARC), Focus Center for Autism and Community Systems Incorporated, that provide services to persons with disabilities, it was established that there is a dire recruitment need for qualified direct service professionals who work with individuals with disabilities in both residential and employment settings.  As a result of that meeting it was determined that one way to address the gap in the recruitment of qualified staff would be the development of the new Direct Service Professional Certificate Program, to be offered at NCCC.  

The Direct Service Professional Certificate Program will prepare students to enter the human service field working with individuals with disabilities. This 60 hour program will offer students the opportunity to learn from agency providers who have developed the curriculum, as well as from individuals with disabilities - to gain real life perspective of the roles, responsibilities and requirements needed to work in the field. Industry leaders who manage programs at local agencies serving people with disabilities, will teach sections of the course, which is scheduled to run from October 4, 2016 – November 10, 2016.

Students will have an opportunity to job shadow in both residential and employment settings and to identify career pathways for advancement to the human services certificate and human services degree.  Applicants to the Direct Service Professional Certificate Program should possess high school level reading and math skills and basic computer competency. Financial assistance may be available to qualified individuals through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Scholarship, and pending Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding, through the Department of Labor.

On Thursday, August 25, 2016, The Northwest Chamber of Commerce will host a meeting for the roll out of the new Direct Service Professional Certificate Program at which additional employer recruitment solutions and incentives will be discussed.  This meeting will be held at 8:30 am at 333 Kennedy Drive, Torrington, CT.

For more information, or to register for the Direct Service Professional Certificate Program, which will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and cost $600.00, please contact Jane Williams, at jwilliams@nwcc.edu or 860-738-6444.

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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 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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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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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.