Formed in 1992 following the merger of Norwalk State Technical College and Norwalk Community-Technical College, Norwalk Community College (NCC) is located in Norwalk, Connecticut. It is the second largest of the states twelve official state community colleges. The school comprises a 30-acre campus and two principal, large academic buildings.
Norwalk Community College is broken down into the following principal academic departments: Art, Architecture and Design; Business; Computer Science; Developmental Studies; English; English as a Second Language; Humanities; Mathematics; Nursing and Allied Health; Science; and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
The school’s academic strong points fall in the areas of engineering, family and social work, business and management, law, and hospitality, which are not surprisingly among the most popular programs pursued by students at NCC. One of the school’s most outstanding academic achievements has come in the form of the top-rate William H. Schwab Center for Information Technology, where students are prepared to enter careers in advanced technology and similar fields.
NCC offers various different kinds of academic advancement opportunities in addition to the traditional associate degrees (in science, applied science and the arts) and certificates. For one, the school offers a unique internship-based “Co-operative Education” program whereby an employer hires a student on either a full-time or part-time basis for a period of one year. During this time, academic credits are earned and students have the benefit of gaining real job market experience and may even have a fixed job in their chosen career field before graduation. The program has a very high level of students being offered jobs following completion of the internship, a testament to the success of this education modality.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Norwalk Community College, as most community colleges, has an open admissions policy whereby all qualified students are accepted. Depending on the program that students wish to pursue, it may be necessary for certain minimal testing requirements to be met, though applying students with previous college level math and English credits are likely to be exempt from these testing requirements. A high school diploma or GED is necessary for all students applying for admission to a degree or certificate program at Norwalk Community College, as well as for those students seeking financial aid at the school.
As is frequently the case for community colleges in highly populated areas (as is the case here), NCC boasts a high proportion of mature/adult students (well into their 30s and 40s) and furthermore has a fairly good diversity record in comparison with most Connecticut state schools.
Norwalk Community College is home to a variety of student clubs and organizations that offer a wonderful complement to classroom based learning experiences. Among the many student organizations operating on and off the campus, it is worth pointing out the Legal Assistant Society, the Medical Assistant Club, the Multicultural Club, the Nursing Club, the Philosophy Club, and the Phi Theta Kappa honors society.
Students will find many opportunities to stay engaged in the clubs mentioned above as well as with the school’s popular newspaper, “The Voice,” and the active student government organization, the NCC Student Senate.
On-campus, academic and other facilities are split into the “East Campus Building” and the “West Campus Building,” both of which face each other on opposite sides of the main street that dissects the school’s 30-acre campus. The “East Campus Building” is noted for the PepsiCo Theater (seating 298 spectators in total) where a variety of student-developed performances are put on, as well as a student-run broadcast TV studio and a popular art gallery. The “West Campus Building” is distinguished by the William H. Schwab Center for Information Technology mentioned earlier, the Culinary Arts Laboratory, the school gym, fitness center and cafeteria, as well as the Developmental Studies Center.
There is no on-campus housing available at NCC, and therefore all of the school’s 10,000+ students commute to class (or, alternatively, participate in online and correspondence learning programs).
Student Enrollment Demographics
While Norwalk Community College does not have any official intramural sports programs available, the student population has put together a handful of sports clubs such as the softball club, the soccer club, and the basketball club, furnishing a non-competitive environment for students to get in the physical exercise that they need.