Norwalk Community College
|Location||Norwalk, Connecticut, United States|
Norwalk Community College (NCC), formerly known as Norwalk State Technical College and Norwalk Community-Technical College, is a public community college in Norwalk, Connecticut. It is the second-largest of the twelve colleges in the Connecticut Community Colleges.
The school, which has an open admissions policy, offers 45 associate degree and 26 certificate programs. Classes are offered in two semesters (fall and spring) and three summer sessions.
NCC has about 6,000 full- and part-time students in credit programs and about 5,800 students in noncredit programs. A commuter school with no dormitories, the college's primary service area includes ten towns in southwest Fairfield County. Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Gateway Community College in New Haven and North Haven, and Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury are the nearest of the state's other community colleges.
Along with certificates, the college grants degrees in Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science. Graduates of NCC are eligible for articulated admission to the Connecticut state university system and the University of Connecticut.
Dr. David L. Levinson
Dr. David L. Levinson has been president of the school since August 2004. He previously served as the academic vice president at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. Levinson has taught at Bergen Community College, Merrimack College, Norwalk Community College, the Teachers College of Columbia University, and Tufts University. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and both a master's degree and doctorate in sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Levinson sits on the state government's Early Childhood Research and Policy Council, the American Council of Education's Commission on Lifelong Learning and the governing boards of the U Thant Institute, Connecticut Campus Compact, Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk Children's Foundation, Norwalk/Wilton United Way, and the Norwalk Youth Symphony.
Norwalk Community College and Norwalk State Technical College were each founded in 1961. In 1992, the colleges merged to become "Norwalk Community-Technical College." In October 1999 the name format "community college" was approved for all state community colleges by the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Community-Technical Colleges.
In 2009, the college graduated more than 700 students. More than 25 percent of the Class of 2009 graduated from high schools outside the United States.
The William H. Schwab Center for Information Technology opened in the fall of 2003. The $30 million-program prepares students to enter high-technology jobs and serves as a workforce training center. The facility has technology classrooms, laboraties, a video conferencing center, and a "Security Institute and Degree Program", which, according to the 2004–2006 school catalogue, is "the only undergraduate computer security degree program in the nation that fully articulates with four-year degree programs."
The college has an honors program, "Interdisciplinary Studies" courses, professional and extended studies programs, a "Business and Professional Development Center", and a "Workforce Education Institute". The college also has nursing, Child Care Development, and English as a Second Language programs.
The college is located on a 30-acre (12 ha) campus on Richards Avenue in West Norwalk, north of U.S. Route 1 and Interstate 95. The campus has two 140,000-square-foot (13,000 m2) buildings, one on each side of the street. Classes are offered in both buildings.
The "East Campus" building contains general classrooms, the library, nursing and computer laboratories, the language lab, art classrooms, administrative and faculty offices, the 298-seat PepsiCo Theater, a broadcast television studio, the Child Development Laboratory School, an art gallery, and the college bookstore.
The "West Campus" building houses the William H. Schwab Center for Information Technology, science labs, general classrooms, the Culinary Arts Laboratory, dining room, engineering technology labs, faculty offices, academic center, Developmental Studies Center, gymnasium, fitness center, and cafeteria.
Everett I.L. Baker Library
The Everett I.L. Baker Library in the East Campus building has 60,000 books, periodicals and newspapers, along with audiovisual materials and computers for student use.
The college is accredited by:
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education
- Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
In addition, some individual programs are accredited by national professional associations. Examples include the Legal Assistant, Nursing, Respiratory Care, and Engineering Technology curricula.
Norwalk Community College has over 40 active clubs. The major ones are Student Government, Alpha Iota Nu (a chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa, an academic honor society for two-year colleges., a student newspaper, The Voice, a Service Learning Club , as well as a United Nations Club.
- Érik Bédard - Major league baseball pitcher, attended the school and led the baseball program to the Junior College World Series.
- Matthew Berry, current writer for ESPN.com and senior director of fantasy sports of ESPN.
- Michael Fedele, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut.
- Richard Moccia, Mayor of Norwalk, graduated in 1970.
- Connecticut Community-Technical Colleges, Connecticut Community-Technical Colleges Board of Trustees Manual. 2006.
- Norwalk Community College Catalog 2004-2006, page 3
- Norwalk Community College Catalog 2004-2006, page 10
- Web page titled "President's Bio" at the Norwalk Community College website, accessed May 3, 2008
- King, Kate, "Norwalk Community College graduates largest class", May 29, 2009, p 4, Norwalk Citizen