Northwest Community College

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Wednesday May 24, 2017


(WINSTED, CT, MAY 24, 2017) … The Team Success Program at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC), currently funded with U.S. Department of Labor funds through the Northwest Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, will be subject to different eligibility requirements in the fall of 2017, changing NCCC’s ability to support as many students. Primarily for degree seeking students, the hallmarks of the Team Success Program are mentorship, academic advisement, career readiness and job training, and financial literacy workshops.

NCCC President, Michael Rooke, Ph.D., states, “I can honestly say that this is one of the most successful student completion programs that I have ever seen in my 25 years in higher education.”

Upwards of 80% of the students in the program graduate in 3 years, a substantially higher rate than the typical student. This program provides interventions that keep students on-track and in college, and a small amount of financial support to help them overcome tremendous challenges. Historically, since 2014, the students stay in the Northwest region, often after transferring and earning a bachelor's degree; they return and contribute to the local economy as professionals.

Northwest Community Bank President and CEO Stephen Reilly comments, “The bank recognizes the value, importance and success stories of the Team Success Program, and wants to step up with helping five students participate.”  Northwest Community Bank is contributing $1,500 per year, per student, for three years. Mr. Reilly continues, “We believe in investing in our community’s young people, and this program is a terrific way to do that.”

Northwest Community Bank is a mutually owned state-chartered bank, headquartered in Winsted, Connecticut since 1860.  In addition to Winsted’s Main Office, the bank has branches in Avon, Granby, New Hartford, and Torrington; and an academic branch at Northwestern Regional High School in Winsted.