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FALL 2015
The Summer 2015 and Fall
2015 course schedules have
been activated and are
now viewable online.
Online registration for current
students only begins
Monday, April 13th.
Onground, mail-in, fax-in and
online registration for all
students begins
Monday, April 27th.
Do you know
someone who is
interested in
attending NCCC?
If so, please let them know
that we will be holding an
Open House on Tuesday,
April 7th, at 6:00pm in the
Founders Hall Auditorium.
MARCH 2, 2015
NCCC students attended the Appropriations Committee Public Hearing on Tuesday,
February 24 to voice their concerns regarding the Governor Malloy’s dramatic cuts to higher
education. The CSCU System (all the
Community Colleges, all the State
Universities and Charter Oak State
College) was cut by $30 million.
Adjust this cut with the system’s
budget request, the overall cut to our
system is now at $38 million. The
Student Advisory Committee (SAC)
was told by the system office that if
tuition alone had to make up the
difference, it would result in a tuition
increase of 12% to 16% for the
Community Colleges. The increase to
the CSU’s would be 9%. It is likely
that the Board of Regents will
approve a combination of tuition increases and faculty/staff cuts to meet the $38 million
Rhea Drozdenko, Student Senate President and
Senators, Ethan Napolitano and Jenny Martinsen
testified at the Appropriation Committee’s Public
Hearings in Hartford, opposing the budget cuts.
Student Senate meetings are open to all NCCC
students and meet on Tuesdays in GW 110 from
11:45 – 1:00.
For more information,
please call the Admissions
Office at 860-738-6330.
Come bowling with the Criminal Justice Club
to support MS!!
2 Bowling Frames and Shoe Rental
Proceeds go to support the fight against Multiple Sclerosis!!
4pm- 10pm
MARCH 2, 2015
March 7th
NCCC’s Student Nurses' Association
has once again formed a Penguin
Plunge team to raise funds for
Special Olympics Connecticut's year-round programs of sports training
and athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities.
From left to right: Student Nurses Abby Halloran, Kelly Roma,
Allison Middleton with our Be The Match partner Cristina Balboni
NCCC'S Student Nurses' Association partnered with Be The
Match Marrow Donor Program for our college's Health and
Wellness Fair. The students offered informational material about
the marrow donor program and assisted Cristina Balboni, the
representative from Be The Match, in registration of potential
donors and the collection of a cheek swab. Time will tell if they
registered a potential life saver!
EASIER AND FASTER! (Helpful Hints)
File your federal tax return before you file your FAFSA. This will
allow you to have access to the actual income tax data you will
need. (You will not have to guess reporting the information).
Allow 3 weeks to go by after you file your federal tax return before
you attempt to file your FAFSA. (You have to allow time for the IRS
to process and put your tax return into their database).
After 3 weeks, file your 2015-2016 FAFSA on the Web. (Remember
that you will need a Federal PIN, and if you are a dependent student,
one of your parents will also need a Federal PIN number.
For a Federal PIN Number go to
To file your FAFSA, go to (Do not go to
Monitor your FAFSA status by using the mycommNet.portal to enter
The team is diving into the icy cold water of Highland Lake on
March 7th at noon. Come cheer on the team! If you can make a
financial contribution please click on this link:
ways-give/penguin-plunge/ Select Winsted, then search for our team:
NCCC Student Nurses. If you don't specifically select our team we
won't get credit for your donation.
For questions please contact team captain Jessica Phillips at
[email protected] .
Thanks in advance for your support!!
Student Self-Service to access your financial aid records. Follow these
navigation steps:
NetID: Student ID and Domain
Ex. [email protected]
Password: For very first login, use the first 3 characters of your birth
month with the first letter capitalized, the Amerpsand character, and
the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
Ex. (For a student whose birthdate was June 12, 1980 and
SSN was 123456789, your initial password would be:
After you logged in, you are on the Home Page.
Select the STUDENT TAB
Select your Menu: Click on FINANCIAL AID. Select the
2015-16 SubMenu
Select “My Eligibility”, “My Award Information”, and/or “My
Overall Status of Financial Aid”
Did You Know….?
Do you need help
with ePortfolio?
Did you know NCCC is committed to creating a community
that is safe and supportive of people of all gender and
sexual identities? This pertains to the entire campus
community, whether on ground or virtual, students,
faculty, or staff.
SART (Sexual Assault Resource Team) is a campus and
community based team that is fully trained to provide
victim centered compassionate service and referrals for
comprehensive care. The team works in partnership with
The Susan B. Anthony Project to extend services 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.
Barriers to Success Subcommittee
Help is now available in the Founders Hall
Computer Lab (FX 111) on:
MARCH 2, 2015
Club Meeting Calendar:
 CJ Association—Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15pm, FH Conference
 Dungeons and Dragons Club—Tuesdays, 1-4pm, FH 301
 Early Childhood Education Association— Meeting
Monday, March 2, 4-4:50pm, FH207
 Film Club—Thursdays, 11:45am-1:00pm, Library (ask at
main desk for room number); advisor Lois Scozzari
 History Association—Wednesdays at 4:15, FH 306
 NW Deaf Club—Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45pm, GW 304
 NCCC Student Nurses Association—Monday,
March 30, 2:30-3:30pm, FH Conference Room
History Association
9th Annual Jeopardy Challenge
Friday, March 13, 6:00-10:00pm, FH Auditorium
The Challenge is a tournament for members of on-campus
student groups who come together to compete in a “Jeopardy”
style contest. Please contact Professor Todd Bryda at
[email protected], or call (860) 738-6302 for further information
on how to donate to this very worthwhile fundraiser and about
the Jeopardy Club Challenge.
Early Childhood Education
Chocolate Candy Bar Sale
The Early Childhood Education Association is selling
Chocolate Candy Bars for its fundraiser to benefit Charlotte
Hungerford Hospital’s Pediatric Unit and the History Association’s
annual Jeopardy Challenge (March 13th). For more information or
to purchase candy bars, contact Michele Better at 860.738.6305 or
Mami Kajiyama-Bequillard at 860.738.6456.
 REAL Club—Thursday, March 12, 11:45am-12:45pm,
ASB 205. Bring your lunch; snacks will be provided.
Open-minded people welcome!
 Student Senate—Tuesdays, 11:45-1:00pm, GW 110; all
meetings are open to all registered students. Contact
advisor Kathy Chapman [email protected]
 Writer’s Club—Fridays, 2:30pm, The Oasis (behind
Founders Hall)
Join the Spanish Club! Next meeting on Tuesday, March 9th,
at 12 noon in FH room 207.
Help us plan the semester's activities (April 11 trip to NYC; trip to
Hartford Stage; Fiesta de Mayo campus dance party), practice
our Spanish, play games and eat Spanish-style snacks!
Join us! All welcome, regardless of Spanish level. For more
information, contact Jessica Treat, [email protected]
NCCC Student Nurses
Bake Sale
Monday, March 30, 10am-2pm, ASB Atrium
Christian Students’ Association
For more information contact
[email protected]
or call 860-738-6388
Ballroom Dance Classes
Gloss is a website with original content from students of
Northwestern Connecticut Community College. We have
journalists covering campus and community news and
writing interesting features as well as essayist, poets, short
story writers, photographers and other student contributors.
You may view our site at or
scan the QR code (right) using your
If you haven’t tried it, come join us and
have some fun! Singles and couples are
Classes will be held on the following
Fridays from 7:00-9:00pm in GW 128:
March 13, April 10, May 8 and May 29.
FREE for registered NCCC credit students. Non-students:
$10 per person payable at the door on the night of class.
MARCH 2, 2015
Day & Date
Doug Benoit
Tuesday, 3/3
Central CT State
Tuesday, 4/7
University of Saint Joseph
Beverly Schott
FH 1st Fl
Monday, 4/20
Bay Path
Carolyn Freer
Central CT State
University of Bridgeport
Doug Benoit
FH 1st Fl
Brittney Fandel
Tuesday, 4/21
Additional transfer representative visits will be scheduled this semester;
please check back for updates!!
Mad River Literary Festival
The 19th annual Mad River Literary Festival will be held
April 14th and 15th in the FH Auditorium (6:30 pm).
On Tuesday, April 14th, there will be a reading by students,
staff and community members followed by a presentation
and reading by novelist Karen Shepard (The Celestials, a Book
Circle pick). The presentation will include a slide presentation
and a talk about the origin of the novel.
Wednesday, April 15th will be given over to two dynamic
poets, Kate Rushin and Doug Anderson.
Author websites:
Free Career Training for SNAP
recipients at Northwestern CT
Community College
Persons receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program) assistance may now be eligible to take one of
NCCC’s 6 in-demand workforce training programs for free.
These programs include Certified Nurse Aide, CT Security
Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, Pharmacy
Technician, Microsoft Office Suite with Bookkeeping
QuickBooks Certificate, and Introduction to Manufacturing
NCCC’s Center for Workforce Development has recently been
accepted as the latest partner in the SNAP E&T Program, a
federally-funded initiative that provides scholarships for SNAP
recipients to receive the training needed to obtain jobs, with
high growth prospects. These scholarships are administered at
the State level via the Department of Social Services.
Note: SNAP recipients receiving TANF (Temporary Aid to
Needy Families) funds are not eligible for the NCCC
For more information call (860) 738-6419 or e-mail:
[email protected]
MARCH 2, 2015
MassMutual Scholars Program Scholarships Are you a high
achiever? Have you entered your sophomore year at NCCC? Do you
have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA? Are you interested in pursuing
a career in the insurance or financial services industry?
If you can answer “yes” to all of the above, then you may qualify for
a $5,000 scholarship from the MassMutual Scholars Program.
The Scholarship application deadline is March 27, 2015, but it is
a good idea to request your letter(s) of recommendation NOW
and submit your application as soon as possible.
Application and further information is available at Deadline: March 31, 2015
For your convenience, you may view scholarship information and
complete the on-line scholarship application through the NCCC
website at Or click
on the link to the Financial Aid page and click “NCCC Scholarships”.
The Connecticut Association of Latin Americans in Higher Education
(CALAHE) will award several $1,000 scholarships for the 2015-16
academic year. Scholarship applications are available in the NCCC
Financial Aid Office or may be downloaded from the CALAHE
homepage Deadline: April 18, 2015
For more information, contact Susan Widmer, 860-738-6423 or
email at [email protected]
Applications for the following scholarships are available in the
Financial Aid Office (GW 224):
Twelve $1,000 Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary Scholarships
are available students who plan to enter a health-related field. The
application is available now in the Financial Aid Office. Be certain to
follow the specific instructions for this scholarship including the
necessity of providing two letters of recommendation, and carefully
typing the application. The deadline is March 11, 2015 to have
completed and returned the application form with official academic
transcript and letters of recommendation.
Finch College Alumni Association Foundation Trust Scholarships are
available for Community College students transferring to a four-year
college. Information and forms are available in the Financial Aid
Office Greenwoods Hall Room 224 and at .
Deadline: May 15, 2015
Additional scholarship information is available in the NCCC
Financial Aid Office, Greenwoods Hall, Room 224.
Scholarships are awarded annually by Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) to currently enrolled students who will be
continuing at NCCC in the fall 2015 semester and currently enrolled students who will be graduating from NCCC in May 2015 and
transferring to a four-year college or university in the fall 2015 semester.
To be eligible to apply for NCCC and NCCF Scholarships, applicants:
**must be a matriculated student at NCCC (enrolled in an associate degree program)
**must have completed at least six (6) credits in college-level courses (100-level or above)
**full-time student scholarship recipients must enroll for at least twelve (12) credits
**part-time student scholarship recipients must enroll for at least six (6) credits
To apply, applicants:
**must complete the on-line scholarship application (including essay) by Friday, March 27, 2015.
**must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2015 (applicants must file the 2015-16 Free Application for
Federal Student Aid [FAFSA] to be considered for any scholarship that requires demonstrated financial need; detailed
instructions for completing the FAFSA are contained in the Financial Aid section of the College’s webpage.)
**must be a matriculated student at NCCC (enrolled in an associate degree program)
**must submit a letter of recommendation from a NCCC faculty or staff member
Tips for Winning Scholarships
Start searching for scholarships as soon as possible as many
scholarships have very early deadlines. Understand that
scholarship sources are numerous and require time to
investigate. A scholarship will not fall into your lap. You
have to make it happen.
Get organized; develop an action plan with a time schedule.
Use a free scholarship matching service that has a reputation
for maintaining an updated database like FASTWEB.COM.
Avoid scholarship organizations that charge any fee or
guarantee a minimum number of scholarships.
When conducting your search, allocate sufficient time to build
an expansive personal profile to maximize the potential for
matching your characteristics and interests with a database.
Look for local scholarships advertised on bulletin boards near
the financial aid office or listed in the local newspapers. Look
at the College’s scholarship webpages for any named
scholarships which are targeted to your academic goals or
program of study.
Check back next week for five additional tips for winning
MARCH 2, 2015
Improv for Everyone
March 6
March 8
March 13
Ever watch “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” and
thought you would have fun doing that?
Join us on Thursday Nights
March 15
March 15-22
March 27
March 31
April 9
April 10
April 11
April 14-15
April 22
Open, Drop-in IMPROV Workshops
Thursdays at 6:30pm—ASB 205
through May 21
No registration required. Join us at any point.
Learn about improvisation by actually playing in an informal setting with
improvers of all skills. Try it out and have fun doing it. Open to all ages from high
school to senior citizens. This one-hour intro to improv is open to all ages. This is
an opportunity to find out about improv theater and try it for yourself without
any obligation.
April 23
CJ Club—Bowling Tournament
Men’s Basketball Game*, 10am
Ballroom Dance, 7-9pm, GW 128
Jeopardy Challenge, 6-9pm, FH Aud.
Men’s Basketball Game*, 9am
Spring Break—No Classes
DANCE—Save the date; info TBA
May Graduation Applications Due
Art Festival—Save the date; info TBA
PTK Induction Ceremony
NYC Bus Trip
Mad River Literary Festival
Faculty/Staff vs Students Volleyball
Tournament (rain date April 23)
Spring 2015 Book Circle
For more information, check out the online Campus
Events Calendar log on the College’s homepage at
Contact Jack Bourque, [email protected] for more information or Student
Activities, GW 110, 860-738-6344 or [email protected]
NCCC’s Men’s Basketball
Team Schedule
Spring 2015
Sponsored by your Student Senate.
Mondays—Thursdays, 10am-4:30pm
(Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm reserved for basketball only)
The NCCC Gym (GW 128) is open to all registered students for basketball, ping
pong and, with advanced requests, volleyball and dodge ball.
Equipment is provided. Stop by Student Activities (GW 110) to sign in. If you
have ideas or suggestions, please let us know.
March 8 at 10:00am
March 15 at 9:00am
Playoffs begin March 22
All games held Sundays at
Pearson School in Winsted.
Call 860-738-6444 or 860-738-6484 to register or stop by
the CWD offices at the Goulet Building, 56 Park Place.
This American Heart Association course teaches CPR, use of an
automated external defibrillator (AED), barrier devices, bag-valve
masks and foreign-body airway obstruction relief. This 5-hour
course is intended for the health care professional. Cost includes
text and AHA certification fee.
CRN: 1158, Saturday, March 14, 8:00am-1:00pm, $76
CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your
family, and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. During an
incident, emergency personnel may not be able to reach everyone
right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to
help emergency responders save lives and protect property.
Instructor: Thomas Vannini, Emergency Preparedness Program Specialist
for the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security,
State of CT.
CRN: 1426, 8 Wednesdays, March 11 – April 29, 6:30pm-9:30pm
This program is offered FREE of charge, however pre-registration
is required.
For more information on non-credit
course offerings for Spring 2015, pick
up a copy of the NCCC Spring 2015
Schedule of Credit and Non-Credit
Courses today.