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NCC Recertified as Achieving the Dream Leader College

Norwalk Community College has achieved recertification of its elite Leader College status by Achieving the Dream Inc. (ATD).

Achieving the Dream Inc. is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income and minority students, stay in school and earn a college degree or certificate.

NCC was one of eight colleges nationwide to receive Leader College recertification. These colleges originally attained Leader College status in 2010 and represent the second cohort of Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges.

“NCC has demonstrated continued commitment to the principles and values of Achieving the Dream,” said David L. Levinson, Ph.D., President of NCC and Vice-President for the Community Colleges, Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. “These principles are committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement.”

Achieving the Dream enables NCC to apply research concerning impediments to student success in order to identify the needs of students and help them overcome obstacles, Dr. Levinson notes.

Achieving the Dream leads the most comprehensive, non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With more than 200 colleges, 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia - Achieving the Dream helps 3.8 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

Norwalk Community College has been an Achieving the Dream College since 2005 and an Achieving the Dream Leader College since 2010.

NCC was named a Leader College for demonstrating sustained improvement and accomplishments on key student success indicators. This designation recognizes NCC as a leader in the national “completion” movement, which aims to help more community college students reach the graduation finish line and complete a degree, certificate or industry credential.

The Leader College designation is granted for three-year cycles, at which point the colleges are required to submit a recertification application.

Levinson notes that NCC is helping to close the achievement gap and accelerate student success through interventions and initiatives, including:

• Developmental English Learning Communities pair a remedial English course with orientation and information technology courses. These linked courses have steadily increased retention of first-time-in-college students and helped them develop social and academic bonds.

• NCC’s Family Economic Security Program provides extensive support services for 60 students who are single parents.

• The NCC Service Learning Program gives students the opportunity to earn college credit while volunteering at more than 52 community organizations. In 2012-2013 academic year, more than 400 students provided 8,000 hours of service.

• Faculty provide extra help to math and science students through a Recitations Program


For more information, contact:

NCC President David L. Levinson, Ph.D., VP for Community College, CT Board of Regents
dlevinson@norwalk.edu; (203) 857-7003

Dean of Institutional Effectiveness Vanessa Morest, Ph.D.
vmorest@norwalk.edu; (203) 857-3368

Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs Pamela Edington, Ed.D.
pedington@norwalk.edu; (203) 857-7139