Ricardo Arocha is beginning his second year as a mentor with the NCC Foundation. Mentors play an important role for Foundation scholars. Among students who receive our scholarships, 30% are the first in their family to attend college, and 48% do not have a parent who completed a bachelor’s degree. Ricardo shared why he dedicates time to being a mentor:
Above from left, George Reilly, President, Norwalk Community College Foundation,Tara Arnold, Board Director and Laura Sterner, Board Director
The Norwalk Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the election of George A. Reilly of Darien, an attorney with the Rucci Law Group, as president, as well as two new directors, Tara Arnold of Fairfield, Head of Community Relations at Bridgewater Associates, and Laura Sterner of New Canaan, Head of Capital Development and Investor Relations at Point72.
Above, Respiratory Care students with the Foundation provided remote learning skills kit they each received, which they can use to follow online instruction this year.
This semester at NCC, future nurses and respiratory care technicians are studying so they can enter the workforce and put their skills to use taking care of patients. There is unprecedented demand for nurses and healthcare professionals in Fairfield County. However, because of the dual challenges of remote learning and economic instability for students, attaining those skills in order to graduate and enter the workforce is more daunting than ever.
The Foundation is grateful and proud of the new partnership established this year with Bridgewater Associates. Bridgewater Scholars piloted a uniquely personal mentoring group designed to bring together professional women from Bridgewater and high-achieving NCC Foundation scholarship women for a series of experiential workshops on topics such as essential business skills, business small talk, key traits of successful people, and balancing work and personal lives. Though we aren’t completely surprised, the best take-away from the program was how quickly the women got real with one another. They didn’t waste any time in opening up about both personal and professional challenges, and the group quickly formed a close bond.