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.
Dear Friends and Colleagues, America’s college graduates owe more than $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. That’s a massive load for today’s young people to carry.
But Norwalk Community College graduates start their working lives virtually debt-free. That is because the state keeps tuition affordable, and the College’s public/private relationship with the Norwalk Community College Foundation provides more than $1 million in scholarships annually. NCC also has relationships with four-year colleges that ensure seamless transfer without loss of time or credits. Our students graduate faster, with more money in their pockets.
Partnerships like these benefit the College and the country. A few years ago, a McKinsey and Company report on Breaking the U.S. Growth Impasse noted that “business leaders can give the U.S. economy a shot in the arm by pursuing innovative public/ private partnerships and developing human capital through education and workforce training.”
Norwalk Community College is doing just that. NCC leads more than 100 collaborative relationships that not only position students for success, but also enrich the community and boost the economy.
NCC shares its knowledge and resources with local, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education which recently chose NCC to be a site for its financial aid pilot program.
Other NCC collaborations help families achieve economic security, provide employers with workforce solutions, introduce students to the arts, and develop career pathways in fields ranging from digital journalism to genomic medicine.
For example, NCC is priming the talent pipeline for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs through the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA), a dual enrollment partnership with IBM and the Norwalk Public Schools. NECA prepares high school students for entry level jobs at IBM and provides the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree within six years.
NCC is proud to be the only community college in Connecticut to earn elective Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and to be included in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll four times.
In the coming year, NCC will expand its educational partnership with J.M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford, and continue to grow its STEM programs preparing students for high-growth occupations in science, technology, engineering and math.
NCC will be playing a key role in the revitalization of South Norwalk’s Washington Village, the oldest public housing development in Connecticut, by creating educational and career programs for hundreds of residents there.
And, we look forward to a major campus renovation to expand and upgrade the PepsiCo Theater and build a Student Commons that will be the vibrant center of student life.
I thank you, and all of the College’s constituents and partners, for making NCC an outstanding and engaged institution.
David L. Levinson, Ph.D.
President, Norwalk Community College, and Vice President, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities