Naugatuck Valley Community College has opened it's new expanded space in Danbury. The facility at 190 Main Street has been serving students since shortly after the fall semester started September 19th. The new 20,000 square foot campus features spacious classrooms, student lounge and on-site library. By moving across the street, Naugatuck was able to offer expanded financial aid and academic advising, a computer lab, health care training lab, science lab and prep room.
The old campus was 6,000 square feet. The first two weeks of classes were held at Danbury Library as the college prepared for the move to the second and third floors of the old Pershing Building on the corner of West Street.
Little less than 400 students took classes at NVCC in Danbury when it first opened in 2009. There are now about 1,200 students, including 600 full-time.
Part of the move also included crediting students with a free HART bus pass and a parking permit for the nearby Patriot Garage. Peter Pan bus lines will offer students transportation between the Danbury and Waterbury campuses for $2 each way.
NVCC offers degrees in General Studies and Business Management and more than 100 credit degrees or certificates offered at the main campus in Waterbury. There is credit transferability to any of Connecticut’s state universities, Charter Oak or the University of Connecticut. Certain programs also maintain special articulations with private colleges throughout the region.
De Filippis said she will keep weekly office hours in the new location.