Norwalk Community College’s 60th Anniversary

Celebrating 60 Years

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)


Excerpt from FIFTY YEARS OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY: NORWALK COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Linda P. Lerman

Video: A Look Back Through 60 Years of NCC History (4 min)