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Norwalk Community College Named 'Leader College'

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NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Community College recently achieved recertification as a Leader College.

NCC was one of eight colleges nationwide to receive the recertification status, granted through Achieving The Dream. Achieving the Dream 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 has demonstrated continued commitment to the principles and values of Achieving the Dream,” said David L. Levinson, 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.”

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

Levinson said 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

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