DANBURY, Conn.— Naugatuck Valley Community College's students, staff and officials celebrated the opening of their new and expanded downtown Danbury campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis welcomed a standing-room-only crowd of nearly a hundred people to the recent event.
The main campus of NVCC is located on 110 acres in Waterbury.
Provost and Senior Dean of Administration James Troup opened the festivities with a note of thanks to all who made the moment possible.
De Filippis continued by thanking Gov. Dannel Malloy, CSCU President Mark Ojakian, the legislative delegation, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, and the faculty and staff of the College.
“What a joy it is to stand here with all of you dear students, faculty, staff, BOR colleagues, members of the NVCC Foundation and the Regional Advisory Council, elected officials and community partners and friends as we celebrate a significant moment in our journey to make a difference in the communities NVCC serves, and most particularly this afternoon, to the City of Danbury," she said.
"What a generous journey it has been thus far. Today marks the beginning of what promises to be a wonderful partnership.”
Ojakian praised the work of De Filippis, “because she cares,” he said.
Boughton also praised the new and growing campus and the opportunities it brings to students and to the city.
Student Government President Keila Franco addressed the crowd, expressing pride and gratitude for the new campus on behalf of the students. The program was followed by a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and reception with tours of the campus.
The new expanded Danbury campus is located in a 1920s art deco building on the corner of Main and West streets. This landmark building has been empty for 23 years, according to landlord Joe DaSilva.
The newly renovated campus is filled with labs, classrooms, offices, conference rooms, and state-of-the-art computer labs, ACE tutoring and library technology space. The 20,000-square-foot facility was gutted for this new location of the Naugatuck Valley Community College.
Fall classes at the new Danbury campus began this semester. About 1,300 students are enrolled at this campus. Buses run between the Waterbury and Danbury locations.
The NEASC accredited Danbury campus offers all courses required to successfully complete the Business Management, Liberal Arts and Science and General Studies degrees along with credit certificates in Administrative Support and Business Management from start to finish.
Students can also register for any of NVCC’s 88 credit degrees or certificates when starting here, including an Advanced Manufacturing Technology certificate offered in collaboration with Henry Abbott Technical High School.
The expanded campus also provides for additional opportunities within our growing non-credit, lifelong learning certificate programs and course offerings.
Danbury credit students receive a free unlimited Housatonic Area Regional Transit bus pass. In addition, the college recently partnered with Peter Pan bus lines to offer its students a transportation link between NVCC’s Danbury and Waterbury campuses at a significantly reduced rate of $2 per one-way trip.
Naugatuck Valley Community College serves Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown and Sherman as well as many towns between Danbury and Waterbury.
Visit nv.edu for more information.