History + Mission


Norwalk Community College is the educational center of the community, providing opportunities for intellectual inquiry, open dialogue, multicultural awareness and lifelong learning. Recognizing the diverse needs of its students, the college strives to provide an environment in which they are empowered to achieve their highest potential.


Norwalk Community College is the southwestern Fairfield County leader and partner in the academic, economic and cultural lives of our communities, providing comprehensive, accessible, innovative and affordable learning opportunities to diverse populations. To realize this distinctive mission, NCC:


  • Provides a broad range of credit and non-credit liberal arts, sciences, career, technical, associate degree and certification programs leading to transfer, employment and lifelong learning.
  • Supports economic development through partnerships with labor, business, industry, government and our communities, providing workforce development, business development and technology transfer
  • Promotes learner success and inclusion through a stimulating, nurturing learning environment, high quality instruction, support services and co-curricular activities
  • Builds community through the sponsorship of intellectual, cultural, social and recreational events and activities
  • Engages students and community members to become active and responsible leaders in their communities


Norwalk Community College (NCC) commits itself to achieving our six strategic goals during 2011-16. These goals are as follows:

  • Goal 1: Excellence in academics: Implement interventions and practices to increase student success
  • Goal 2: Response to workforce needs: Establish a cohesive infrastructure to support workforce development
  • Goal 3: Technological innovation: Increase and leverage the use of information technology for educational purposes
  • Goal 4: Community engagement and strategic partnerships: Expand and leverage community partnerships and strategic alliances to increase stakeholder participation
  • Goal 5: Carefully manage campus growth: Meet the evolving postsecondary educational needs of lower Fairfield County
  • Goal 6: Environment responsibility: Expand NCC’s role in promoting environmental sustainability in our region

By Linda P. Lerman

Norwalk, CT: Norwalk Community College, 2011

Copyright by Norwalk Community College, 2011

Origins of the Idea of Community Colleges in Connecticut

It was only 15 miles from Bridgeport to Norwalk, but the arrival in 1953 of the new Superintendent of Public Schools of Norwalk, Dr. Harry Becker, brought new ideas and a professional vision that would change the view and future of higher education in Norwalk and eventually impact the entire State of Connecticut.   Dr. Becker’s vision to establish a community college in Norwalk didn’t materialize from a desire to merely replicate the private Junior College of Connecticut in Bridgeport where he had spent majority of his time since graduating with a doctorate in educational psychology in 1944 from Yale University.  Rather when Dr. Becker first came to Norwalk he had as one of his objectives the establishment of a public junior college.  Becker believed that “the community college, more than any other institution, is the college of all the peoples.” (Barclay p.84)

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History of Norwalk Community College

Norwalk Community College was the first public, two-year college established in Connecticut.

Norwalk Community College was the first public, two-year college established in Connecticut.

NCC is the result of a merger between two institutions: Norwalk Community College and Norwalk State Technical College.

Norwalk State Technical College was founded in 1961 with a mission of preparing graduates for immediate employment as engineering technicians in Connecticut’s businesses and industries. Primary fields of study included engineering technologies, manufacturing, construction, data processing and communication.

The original Norwalk Community College was founded in 1961 as a municipal college. The institution was initially based at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. In 1966, control of the college passed from the City of Norwalk to the State of Connecticut. The college moved to a site on Wilson Avenue in Norwalk and became a member of the Connecticut system of higher education.

In June 1989, groundbreaking officially took place for a new, permanent campus. The new facility on Richards Avenue was completed in time for Fall semester classes in 1991.

The NCC and NSTC campuses were both located on Richards Avenue, directly across the street from each other. On July 1, 1992, NCC and NSTC merged to become a comprehensive, public two-year college known as Norwalk Community-Technical College.

In 2000, Norwalk Community-Technical College was renamed Norwalk Community College to better reflect the institution’s role as a community resource and partner in the prosperity of Fairfield County.

In 1999, the NCC west campus was expanded to include the William H. Schwab Center for Information Technology. In 2010, the college broke ground on another expansion project, the Center for Science, Health and Wellness. This 55,000 square foot facility will open in Fall 2011. It will provide a new home to the growing Nursing and Allied Health Division program and state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms for the science program. The center also will include faculty offices, a Health and Wellness center, studios and simulated hospital patient care rooms.

More than 170,000 students have attended NCC since it opened in 1961. More Fairfield County students attend NCC than any other college in Connecticut.