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Registrar’s Office at (860) 738-6314

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Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Holds Spring 2018 Open House
Tuesday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m
Founders Hall auditorium
Are you beginning your college search or considering a place to continue your college education? Look no further than Northwestern Connecticut Community College to find high quality education at a reasonable cost. Northwestern will be holding its Spring Open House on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Founders Hall auditorium.

The program begins at 6:00 p.m. with a welcome from the President of Northwestern, Dr. Michael Rooke. Current NCCC students will speak about the opportunities that their Northwestern education has provided them and admissions representatives will discuss the application process.

At 6:30 p.m., an academic and student services resource fair will be held in the adjacent Draper Conference Center. Students will be able to meet faculty and staff to discuss courses, programs of study, the admissions process and career and transfer opportunities. Students will learn why Northwestern is the best choice for an excellent and affordable education.

Also at 6:30 p.m., students interested in Veterinary Technology, Nursing, and NCCC’s Fine Arts programs will be able to attend presentations and tours. In addition, financial aid information sessions will be held at 6:30 and 7:15.

The spring Open House is free and open to the public. Registration and parking information can be found at www.nwcc.edu/open-house/. For further information, please contact the Admissions Office at (860) 738-6330 or email admissions@nwcc.edu. Registration is recommended, not required.

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Classical Musicians with Stars
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24  &
 May 1 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Founders Hall Auditorium
This spring, Northwestern Connecticut Community College will be offering Special Topics: Classical Musicians with Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (MUS 298) on its campus in Winsted. The more than 2,500 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame fall into five categories, live theatre; live performance; motion pictures; radio; recordings and television. Less than 60 classical musicians have received this honor and some of them are crossovers from pop culture.

This course will study the careers and the achievements of several of these music-makers including Renata Tebaldi, Leopold Stokowski and especially Leonard Bernstein, whose birth centenary will be celebrated in 2018. Videos will also be shown of these stars in action.

Special Topics: Classical Musicians with Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (MUS 298) will meet on Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Founders Hall Auditorium.  

Jeffrey Engel, who will lead this class, graduated from Ithaca College, New York. He lived in Paris for fourteen years where he studied cello, art history (at the Sorbonne) and earned diplomas in the French language. As a cellist, he played with numerous French orchestras including that of the Paris Opera, performed in chamber ensembles and taught in municipal conservatories.

Mr. Engel has been giving lectures devoted to music history in colleges, libraries, retirement communities and other venues for some fifteen years. He 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. www.jeffreyengel.net.

Special Topics: Classical Musicians with Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (MUS 298) is subsidized by the Northwestern Community College Foundation/Regional Advisory Council (NCCF/RAC).  Student attendance is mandatory at all five sessions, to obtain credit. For seniors, this is a lecture series rather than a college course. Seniors must register, but admission is FREE. Please call (860) 738-6314 to register.  For more information about this course, please contact Jeffrey Engel, at jengel@nwcc.edu.

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NCCC Urges its Students to Apply for Available Scholarships
Northwestern Connecticut Community College students, be they new, continuing or graduating, are encouraged to apply for an array of scholarships that are currently available for them.

These awards are funded through private donations, bequests, grants to the college and the Northwestern Community College Foundation/ Regional Advisory Council (NCCF/RAC) and they range in size from $500 up to full tuition/fees (approximately $4,000).

In 2017, 50 scholarships valued at over $55,000 were awarded. Most scholarships are based on students’ demonstrated financial need and scholastic standing in their pursuit of higher education at NCCC.  Additionally, there are scholarships available to students based on other criteria.

Caitlin Boger-Hawkins, Chair of the NCCC Scholarship Committee observed, “We recognize that college costs can be daunting; however, thanks to the generosity of many individual donors and the NCCF/RAF, we’re able to help our students overcome some of the financial obstacles to success.  If you are currently a Northwestern student, or plan to attend next year, please consider applying for a scholarship.” The deadline for submitting Scholarship applications is April 2, 2018, for continuing and graduating students and new students.

To learn about complete details of eligibility, requirement guidelines and to apply for all scholarships, students should go to www.nwcc.edu/financial-aid/ to complete the online NCCC scholarship application. Please read the application instructions on the website carefully before applying.

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"A Plastic Ocean"
film screening
Thursday, April 5 ~ 6:30 pm
Founders Hall Auditorium
Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s Cultural Planning Committee and the Northwest Conservation District will host the screening of A Plastic Ocean on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 6:30 pm, in Founders Hall Auditorium.

 “In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre our researchers found more plastic than plankton.  A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet.  These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues and are eventually consumed by us.”  

Jo Ruxton, the documentary’s producer, joined an expedition to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre, 1,500 miles off the coast of San Francisco to ascertain its impact.  When the expedition discovered free-floating microplastics instead of an anticipated solid mass that could be contained, Jo knew she had to begin the film that would become A Plastic Ocean.

Ruxton, who had previously worked with the World Wildlife Fund International in Hong Kong, reconnected with director and journalist Craig Leeson with whom she had formerly collaborated on a documentary about endangered Pink Dolphins in Hong Kong.  She and Leeson assembled a team of scientists along with a free diving champion, and together they set off on what would be a four-year global odyssey to explore the issue of plastics in our oceans and its effect on marine ecosystems and human health, including endocrine disruption.

This showing of A Plastic Ocean is funded through the Northwestern Community College Foundation and the Peggy Andl Fund, and is free and open to the public.  For more information about this event, please contact Jim Patterson, Co-Chair of the Cultural Planning Committee at JPatterson@nwcc.edu.

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NORTHWESTERN COMM-CON
The Student Senate of Northwestern Connecticut Community College will sponsor NORTHWESTERN COMM-CON, a Cosplay, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention, on April 19, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., on the college’s campus in Winsted.

NORTHWESTERN COMM-CON will be free for students and staff to attend but they will have to get a ticket from the Student Activities Office in advance. Tickets will be available on March 19.

There will be a $5.00 charge for members of the public to enter either by purchasing a ticket in advance, or at the door.
A variety of activities are scheduled in two locations on campus. Here are the details of what has been planned so far:

FOUNDERS HALL AUDITORIUM
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Super Deafy thejmshow.com
Super Deafy will be giving a lecture on what it was like to develop his own superhero and produce/make a movie.
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Matt Parkinson from Dragons Breath Forge in Wolcott CT.

Matt Parkinson was the Season One Episode One winner of the History Channel’s Forged in Fire. He is a world-renowned Bladesmith and will be giving a talk about what it is like to earn a living as a modern-day bladesmith.
7:00 p.m. – 8: 00 p.m. - Carl Johnson

Carl Johnson is a Paranormal Investigator who appeared on the first two seasons of the TV show Ghost Hunters. He will be giving a talk about what he does for a living.

GREENWOODS HALL GYMNASIUM from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Backdrop from Warner Theatre for photos and some props/costumes
- Laurel City Fencing Society, giving free sword fighting lessons
- Video Game Stations
- Vendors
- Costume Contest
- Caricature Artist doing free drawings
- Raffle

The Student Senate thanks the members of the Diversity Committee, Cultural Planning Committee, the N.C.C.C. Deaf Club, and Maureen Chalmers for helping to secure funding for some of the speakers for NORTHWESTERN COMM-CON.

For more information, please contact Andrew Wetmore, Director of Student Activities at (860)738-6344, or by email: awetmore@nwcc.edu.

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NCCC to Hold Spring Job Fair
Tuesday, April 24 ~ 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Multipurpose Room (128) Greenwoods Hall
119 North Main Street, Winsted
Northwestern Connecticut Community College will host a Job Fair
on Tuesday, April 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 in the Multipurpose Room (128) Greenwoods Hall,
119 North Main Street, Winsted.
 Any prospective job seeker is welcome to attend.

The Fair will feature over 20 local employers and the NCCC Library.  
The NCCC Library provides free career services to individuals looking for work.  
“This is a great opportunity for NCCC students, alumni, and community
members who are looking for a job to meet local employers,”
said Samantha Palombizio, NCCC Career Counselor and Coordinator of the Job Fair.

There is no dress code and résumés are not required.  However, attendees
are encouraged to “dress to impress” and bring several copies of their résumé.
  If a prospective attendee would like assistance preparing a résumé,
he/she should contact Ms. Palombizio.  Attendees are welcome to
go to the Center for Student Development, located on the
 second floor of Greenwoods Hall to print copies of their résumés.

All attendees will be entered to win a $75 Stop and Shop Gift Card.
For more information, and to those employers interested in
participating in the upcoming Spring 2018 Job Fair,
please contact Samantha Palombizio at spalombizio@nwcc.edu.

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NCCC’s Early Childhood Education Program
Offers Online Summer Course
Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program is offering the following online course this summer.  This course is open to anyone who has an interest in working with children in a school setting, no prerequisites are needed.   Students may use this course as part of the Educational Paraprofessional Certificate or as an elective in the ECE Program.

EDU 102: Educational Paraprofessional
June 11, 2018 to August 8, 2018

The Early Childhood Education Program at NCCC is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the leading professional organization that promotes excellence in Early Childhood Education.

To register, go online to www.nwcc.edu or call the Registrar’s Office at (860) 738-6314.  For more information contact Michele Better at (860) 738-6305 or mbetter@nwcc.edu.

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Eighth Annual Peace Poster Project
 for Children and Young Adults
Winsted Area Peace Action (WAPA), has launched its eight annual Peace Poster Project.  This year's theme, My Future in a Peaceful World, is intended to encourage youth ages 5-18, to envision what peace looks like when put into action in our homes, schools, communities, the world.  

The Peace Poster Project began in 2011 with 47 entries.  Since then, participation has tripled.  The project was started as an effort to block the constant flow of negative imagery of war and violence with images of humanity at peace.  

Judges for this year are two notable artists: Juan Moreno, Kent CT, and Cécile Naudin Emond  of New Hartford, CT.  Moreno has been widely exhibited in Connecticut, he teaches both studio art and art history at the college level in a variety of settings.  Juan seeks to “Explore the dynamics of color and illusion” in his work.  Artist and writer Cécile Emond uses collage, writing, and lately, textile design, to explore themes such as identity, expatriation, feminism and nature. A French artist, Cécile has been exhibiting and selling her work since 1998.   Ms. Emond was a judge in the 2017 Peace Poster Project, at that time stating that she was “Honored to be a judge in this important project. By expressing their views visually, young people engage in a reflection about what peace means to them, whether at home or in the world, and this awareness will, hopefully, help their generation shape a more peaceful world.”

Much of the success of the Annual Peace Poster Project is due to the wonderful community support it has received over the years.  Area businesses have consistently donated items and gift cards. Additionally, the individual sponsor list has been growing, making it possible to obtain a wide variety of art supplies that are given as prizes in addition to ribbon awards.  A special memorial cash award of $100 will be continued in the 15 -18 age category, in the name of the late Frank C. Hohmeister, a strong supporter of the WAPA Peace Studies and all the Peace Poster contests to date.  The expectation of the Peace Poster committee is that, as in the past,  art teachers from the region, in  public, private and religious spheres, will be devoting time,  materials, and encouragement so that their students may participate.

Entry forms for the Peace Poster Project will be available in local schools, at the Beekley Library, New Hartford Library and Northwestern Connecticut Community College Library.

Project entries must be submitted by Friday, May 11, 2018, to one of the above-mentioned locations. The awards ceremony will be held Friday, June 8, 2018, at 5:30 pm in the atrium of the NCCC’s Art and Science Building, located on Holabird Ave.  

All the creative results of participating area youth may be viewed at the Art and Science Building in an exhibit arranged by Ann Raymond.  Donations by the community may be made to Winsted Area Peace Action with a memo for the Peace Poster Project, and sent to: WAPA, PO Box 454, New Hartford, CT 06057.  

Artwork from last year’s project can be viewed at www.peaceposter.weebly.com.  For further information about the 2018 Peace Poster Contest for Children and Young Adults, or entry forms, please contact Carol M. Beaudoin at:  cbeaudoin@nwcc.commnet.edu.

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NCCC Nursing Student Recognized
By Connecticut League for Nursing
 Northwestern Connecticut Community College Nursing student, Morgan Gillette, was one of twenty-three (23) students who received Connecticut League for Nursing’s (CLN) RN Peer Recognition Award, at its 37th Annual RN Student Day, which was held on November 1, 2017, and attended by over 740 students and faculty.

This award, established by the CLN, recognizes one outstanding senior nursing student from each member school or program who exemplifies:
- respect for all individuals;
- ability to work as a team member;
- the ability to provide competent and compassionate care;  
- leadership and a commitment to the nursing profession; as well as,
- shows accountability for personal and professional behavior and growth
What makes this award even more special is that the recipients are selected by their student peers.

The Connecticut League for Nursing promotes excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation’s health.

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Student Researchers at Northwestern Connecticut
Community College Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

Students at Northwestern Connecticut Community College participated in two innovative research programs that address the growing concern over antibiotic resistance.   This is the third year that students at NCCC have been part of The Small World Initiative (SWI) (www.smallworldinitiative.org).

Students in Sharon Gusky’s General Biology course hunted for new antibiotics to help combat the increasing problems of antibiotic resistance. Nearly 700,000 people die from antibiotic resistant infections worldwide each year and this number may rise to 10 million by 2050. The students collected soil samples, isolated diverse bacteria, tested their bacteria against clinically-relevant microorganisms, and characterized those showing inhibitory activity. The student data will be entered into the SWI national data base.

The students in Gusky’s Microbiology class have been working on the Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment (PARE) project (http://sites.tufts.edu/ctse/projects/pare/) with scientists from Tufts University.  Microbiology students collected soil samples, processed them and determined the relative number of bacteria resistant to antibiotics per gram of soil. Their data has been entered into a national database, which monitors antibiotic resistant hotspots.

Four students, Caitlin Baker, Leeanne Marvin, Jaclyn Boutin and Tristan Courtemanche presented their work at the Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers’ Fall Symposium at Jackson Laboratory in Farmington, Connecticut on November 17.

NCCC students will be sharing the results of their projects on December 6, from 11:30 am-1pm in the Art and Science Building (ASB). Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend and to talk with the student researchers about antibiotic resistance and to view their posters.  For more information, contact Professor Sharon Gusky at: sgusky@nwcc.edu.

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Marketing Students Collaborate
with NCCC on Social Media Project
Students from the Northwestern Connecticut Community College Business program have been spearheading a semester-long project on Social Media Use and Best Practices as part of their Principles of Marketing course.  

The Social Media project is a team based, semester-long intensive activity that provides the Marketing Students with invaluable experience as social media marketing consultants for a real organization.


Under the guidance of Stacey Williams, Associate Professor of Business and Tara Jo Holmberg, Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences, the Marketing students - Jonah Barrios, Erin Garlasco, Heather Hughes, Kristen Kandefer, Joy Kinsky, Eric Mayerjak, and Sue Williams - have assembled and participated in a focus group, analyzed actual data from the College’s social media presence on engagement, reach, website traffic and numerous other metrics.  They have also performed an extensive benchmarking effort and have developed a manual of Social Media Best Practices that is customized to Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s brand and audience.

As the semester enters the final weeks, the Marketing students will launch an Instagram giveaway contest with real prizes, which will encourage participants to submit a photo, follow nccc_ct on Instagram, and use a contest hashtag.  Stay Tuned!

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Process and Product: NCCC Art Student Exhibit
at Warner Theatre’s Nancy Marine Gallery
The Northwestern Connecticut Community College Art Department presents a student show titled Process and Product at the Nancy Marine Gallery of the Warner Theatre, Torrington, CT, through February 8, 2018. The show was curated by Karl Goulet and Krista Narciso, emerging artists from the Launchpad initiative at Five Points Gallery in Torrington, CT.

Wearable art and photos from Process and Product exhibition

Karl Goulet studied Fine Art at Northwestern Connecticut Community College and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (BFA) in Painting at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford in 2014. Krista Narciso earned her BFA in Printmaking with a Minor in Art History at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford in 2015. Karl is currently the Gallery Manager and Assistant Curator at Five Points Gallery, 33 Main Street, Torrington, CT. Krista Narciso is an M.F.A. student at the University of Iowa Center, with a concentration in Artists Books.

“Northwestern Connecticut Community College is honored to be in an Educational Consortium with Five Points Gallery,” declares Janet Nesteruk, Professor of Art at NCCC.  “The gallery serves to extend and enrich our program in many ways. Coordinating with the Launchpad artists was another great opportunity for us. My sincere thanks go to Karl and Krista for their insight and professionalism, which gave birth to this wonderful show.”

NCCC student Oil Paintings in Process and Product

Judith McElhone, Founding Executive Director of Five Points Gallery, felt this was a wonderful chance to bring these communities together. Five Points Gallery and The Warner Theater have worked with NCCC in the past, but it was exciting to have these two talented Launchpad artists add to their experience as curators. They were both responsible for selecting the pieces and Karl organized the show. When asked about the process for choosing the work Karl said, “We picked works that we felt were strong individually, and could hold their own in the bustling atmosphere at the Warner Theater. There was no intent as far as keeping a theme in the work. We want the viewers to see each piece without any preconceptions.” The works chosen offer a wide range of subject matter, concepts and materials. There are oil paintings, cardboard cutouts, multimedia conceptual pieces, and photography as well as several examples of clothing created using atypical materials such as paper plates and/or trash bags.

The Art Department at NCCC offers an array of credit courses leading to an Associate in Science degree or Certificates.  Students may choose to specialize in Graphic Design, Digital Media, or Fine Arts (drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture) as they progress in the Art program. Certificate programs are available in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. To request a brochure or more information about NCCC Art Programs, please contact Professor Janet Nesteruk at jnesteruk@nwcc.commnet.edu or 860 738 6384.

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Northwestern is again the Highest Ranked
Community College in Connecticut
In its just released report for 2017, the website WalletHub rated Northwestern Connecticut Community College as the 77th best Community College in the U.S., and the highest ranked Connecticut Community College of the 728 institutions included in the results of their analysis, “2017 Best & Worst Community Colleges.”  Additionally, Connecticut State Community Colleges were ranked 25th best among state systems.

In order to determine the best community colleges in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared the 728 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.

Dr. Michael Rooke, President of Northwestern Connecticut Community College, proclaimed, "For the second year in a row, NCCC has been recognized as WalletHub's top Connecticut Community College and within the top 10% in the nation, due to our amazingly dedicated staff and faculty, low tuition, and great programs that meet our students' needs."

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NCCC receives $6,000 Grant
to Help Student’s Needs
Northwestern Connecticut Community College is pleased to announce the award of a $6,000 grant from the Keroden Endowed Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Inc. This start-up grant has been awarded to support both the campus Food for Thought student food pantry and the NCCC Student Emergency Fund; providing assistance to food insecure students and students facing emergency needs.

“I am delighted to receive this grant,” said NCCC President Dr. Michael Rooke. “These funds will be used to support two much-needed projects here for our students; the creation of a food pantry to help with students who do not have enough to eat, and the emergency fund to help students with unexpected financial hardships that can derail them from staying in college.”

The Food for Thought pantry was created on campus by NCCC’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student club along with faculty advisors Crystal Wiggins and Todd Bryda and is expected to open on campus to students this fall.

The NCCC Student Emergency Fund was created through NCCC Foundation funding and private donations in 2016 to assist students with financial needs based on the specific need and individual circumstances. So far, the fund has assisted almost a dozen students with grocery and gas cards, rent and utility bill payments, and certification exam fees.

“Too many students struggle these days to juggle college, work and families, and this grant award will help keep these students on track at NCCC,” said Rooke.

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation Inc. was founded in 1969 and services 20 towns in the Connecticut northwest corner with more than 260 funds under management including the Keroden Endowed Fund, established in 2002.

“I am always thrilled when community organizations like the Foundation and the college can work together to support the people of Northwest Connecticut,” said Rooke. “This grant will certainly help us keep helping our students.”

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Team Bronze Scholar
Mr. Jeremy Marchand, a student at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, has been named a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Bronze Scholar receives a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion.  

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program. Student scholars receive local, state and national recognition at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, being held April 6-8, in Nashville, TN.

High-achieving students are nominated for the award by campus administrators. An independent panel of judges considers academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.  

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for recognizing these student leaders and for investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa.  

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students. The Society is made up of more than 3.2 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

Jeremy is a Vice-President of the Alpha Nu Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at NCCC.  His chapter advisors, Professor Crystal Wiggins (Cwiggins@nwcc.edu) and Professor Todd Bryda (Tbryda@nwcc.edu), are extremely proud of his accomplishments at the college and as a leader of the chapter.

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Jessica Tessman
Named a New Century Scholar
Ms. Jessica Tessman, a student at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, has been named a 2017 New Century Scholar, by achieving the state’s highest score in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition.  Jessica, who is currently majoring in Human Services with a 3.56 grade point average, is from Winsted, CT.  

 
Jessica Tessman

“Jess has been a member of Team Success Scholars for the duration of her time at NCCC, I am very happy for her,” said Program Director, Susan Dichter, who has mentored Jessica throughout her time at Northwestern. Team Success Scholars, a youth program is WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) funded through the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board (NRWIB).

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.2 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

Jessica is a member of the Alpha Nu Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at NCCC.  Her chapter advisors, Professor Crystal Wiggins (Cwiggins@nwcc.edu) and Professor Todd Bryda (Tbryda@nwcc.edu), are extremely proud of her accomplishments at the college.

The New Century Scholars program, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), shares a common application with the All-USA Community College Academic Team program, which recognizes outstanding community college students.

More than 1,800 students were nominated from more than 1,000 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider academic accomplishments, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state. Each scholar will receive a $2,000 scholarship and will be recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s Presidents Breakfast in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 24 during the AACC Convention.  

“We appreciate the support of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize the academic achievement and leadership accomplishments of these outstanding community college students,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “These scholarships provided by organizations like Coca-Cola make the goal of college completion possible.”

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NCCC Entrepreneurial Center of Northwest CT
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Goulet Building, 56 Park Place, Winsted CT
The Northwestern Connecticut Community College Entrepreneurial Center’s mission is to provide businesses with innovative opportunities to remain competitive in today’s marketplace through a collaborative effort of key stakeholders who are committed to advancing entrepreneurship in Northwest CT.  Its goal is to connect established and new entrepreneurs to the NCCC Center for Workforce Development and provide business development support, education and training.

In August 2016, Northwestern Connecticut Community College invited key stakeholders to strategize how the college could be more supportive to small businesses and new entrepreneurs to both sustain and accelerate economic development in Northwest CT.

The key stakeholders on the advisory board included government officials in Winsted and Torrington, Northwest Community Bank, SCORE, Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce, Owners of start-up LLC’s, and additional industry experts in finance and accounting and marketing.

It was clear that Northwest CT has the potential to strengthen public and private partnerships including government, academic, business relationships in promoting economic growth. To this end, the advisory board fully supports the opening of the Entrepreneurial Center of Northwest CT. The goal of the Center is to connect established and new entrepreneurs and provide business development support, education and training.

The community is invited to come learn about the full range of services offered by the Center, including co-working spaces for entrepreneurs to get their new businesses off to a successful start. For more information, please contact Jane Williams at 860-738-6444 or email jwilliams@nwcc.edu.

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The Draper Foundation Fund,
a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation,
Awards Year-End Critical Needs Grant to NCCC
Dr. Michael Rooke, President of Northwestern Connecticut Community College, has announced that the college has just received a $1,500 year-end critical needs grant from the Draper Foundation Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation.   This, according to the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, is one of 50 year-end grants its Directors have approved for local nonprofits that are dedicated to helping area residents and families with limited financial means.

The Year-End Critical Needs grant is made possible by the Marion Williams and Alice Edward Fund, and the Draper Foundation Fund.  For the past five years, through the generosity of the Draper Foundation Fund Advisors, the Community Foundation was able to increase the charitable resources made available for this initative.  Donors Marion Williams and Alice Edwards, and Jim and Shirley Draper all shared a strong desire to assist those facing difficult and challenging economic circumstances.

“This critical need grant will support the Student Food Pantry idea, and help get it off the ground,” said President Rooke, as he acknowledged receipt of the grant.  “Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) will be leading this effort, and we hope to announce plans in the spring and hopefully launch the food pantry in the fall,” he added.

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New Photo Exhibition at the Winsted DMV
Every year the Art Department at Northwestern Connecticut Community College hangs contemporary photo exhibitions at the Winsted Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This year is no exception; the work of Linda Rosenbeck and Hope Wilson is being featured. The exhibition will open on December 6, 2016, and will hang well into 2017.


The work of both these two artists deal with mental responses rather than documenting reality. Linda uses a Holga camera, which is a toy black and white film camera, to explore the dark emotions of the female psyche. Hope Wilson recontextualizes her experience in Thailand by reducing the image to bare essentials that constitute an impression in time.

The Art Department at Northwestern enjoys a great relationship with the DMV and the town of Winsted, and is happy to share the work of its students with the residents of the Northwest corner. The NCCC Art Department offers an array of credit courses leading to an Associate in Science degree or Certificates.  Students may choose to specialize in Graphic Design, Digital Media, Photography or Fine Arts (drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture) as they progress in the art program. Certificate programs are available in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Digital Media and Photography.

For more information about Northwestern Connecticut Community College Art Department’s programs, please contact Professor Janet Nesteruk at JNesteruk@nwcc.edu, or Professor Sue Berg at SBerg@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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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.

For more information, or to register for the Direct Service Professional Certificate Program, 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.