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2019-20 Year Closes with Unparalleled Support for Students

As our academic year closes, it is the perfect time to recognize all of you who helped transform the lives of students last year.
With your help the Foundation invested more than $1.6 million in scholarships for 433 students, and nearly $1.5 million in programs and support for Norwalk Community College.
Read on for highlights from the past year:

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The Bridgewater Scholars Pilot Program

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.

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Faculty and staff get creative in their efforts to recognize students

Above left, a special graphic to cheer on graduates from the Career Development and Experiential Learning team.  At right Dr. Anne Hermans, Program Coordinator of the Veterinary Technology program, shared a photo from a “Gradzoomation” event she held with her students.  “We had completely unofficial class awards for each student that I mailed out to them, and an interactive game,” Professor Hermans said. The online gathering provided celebratory spirit for all involved. Professor Hermans also added it was, “the first time I’ve worn graduation regalia with fuzzy slippers.”

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A Look Back on Studying From Home

Over the last few months we asked our Foundation scholars to send us their “work from home” selfies. We heard how much they missed NCC and their classmates as the classroom became their living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. Many studied alongside their partners, children and pets, and juggled additional work and family responsibilities.

We are proud of all our scholars for remaining focused, and successfully completing the 2019-20 academic year!

If you want to help Norwalk Community College students achieve their academic and professional goals, consider a gift to the NCC Foundation

Scholar Stories: Jaquiline

Jaquiline was able to finish her semester thanks to the NCC Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund.  She told us, “I was having trouble because I was sharing a computer, but since I got the computer from the Foundation, it has been a life saver. So thank you so much for helping!”

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NCC Instructors Grateful for Foundation’s Emergency Student Aid

We have heard firsthand from NCC professors about the transition to online learning and the impact of Foundation contributions on the lives of their students.

“I teach anatomy and physiology and I had students who, after the classes moved online, were taking the class on their cell phones,” Jonathan McMenamin-Balano, NCC Biology Professor and Honors Program Coordinator told us. “They were able to get laptops from the Foundation and successfully complete the class.  If the Foundation hadn’t stepped in, the students wouldn’t have been able to.”

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