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Thursday August 10, 2017

NCCC Student Looking Forward to Start of Classes on August 29

Winsted - If you ask Northwestern Connecticut Community College student, Brianna Kratzer, what she does on her summer vacation break from classes, the answer might surprise you.

You wouldn’t expect the personable, but slightly bashful, Kratzer to tell you she trains to compete in woodsmen sports that include chopping (overhand, underhand, standing board, and spring block), crosscut sawing (two-man, jack-and-jill, and bow), log rolling, and – ax throwing.

Kratzer, 19, has been competing in woodsmen sports for seven years after helping establish her high school’s newly formed woodsmen team in her freshman year. Although she signs up for all events at the local fairs she competes in, she says her favorite events are cross-cut sawing; two-man, jack-and-jill, and the bow saw for one person; events that involve concentration and strength. So far, the highlight of her woodsmen career was to compete in the cross cut at the Bethlehem fair with Michael Sullivan, a multi-year world champion from Winsted. “He is like the Michael Jordan of cross cut so it was exciting to compete with him,” she says. “We came in second that year, which was great.”

Kratzer says that competing has helped her break out of her shyness and given her the confidence to challenge herself. She has carried that confidence over to NCCC where Kratzer will begin her second year of studies when the fall 2017 semester starts on August 29. In addition to her classes, she will continue her involvement in the student senate and the clubs she joined in her freshman year, along with two new clubs she hopes to help establish. Kratzer says her goal is to graduate in spring 2018 with dual majors in environmental studies and liberal arts and then transfer on to a four-year college.

“I was nervous the first semester but I love the people here,” she says. “It will be great to get back to classes and the clubs and activities.”

The oldest of three girls and the first member of her family to attend college, Kratzer is a member of Team Success Scholars, a campus scholarship program that provides students with support and opportunities including jobs on campus and in the community. Kratzer has been working this summer in the student services offices where she has helped with the student registration process. “I love working in student development,” she says. “I get to meet all the new freshman students and help them as they start.”

President Michael Rooke says he is also looking forward to the start of the semester. “The fall semester is always very exciting at the NCCC campus,” he says. “Especially for the new students who are excited about going to college for the first time.”

Rooke says he enjoys welcoming returning students back on campus and looks forward to meeting incoming freshman. “Our students are, as always, a very diverse group,” he says. “They generally live and work within a 25-mile radius of the college campus. Most are on financial aid and work one or more jobs; 70 percent are female, 30 percent are male; 70 percent are part-time students and average in age around 26 years old.”

Rooke says he will also be welcoming some new faculty and staff on campus and is happy that the new Joyner building located near the Route 8 on-ramp will be opening its doors to students for the first time.

“This year, we are very fortunate to have a new building, the Joyner Health Science Center, which will house our medical assisting and veterinary technician programs, as well as some other allied health programs,” says Rooke. “We are very much aware of how excited the local community is to have this new building as well, and we will proudly be showing it off to the community at various times throughout the year, starting with a ribbon cutting on September 12.”

For more information about NCCC and registering for classes visit or call the main phone line at 860-738-6330. The Center for Student Development located in Greenwoods Hall, 119 North Main Street, Winsted has walk-in advising Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and appointments are not required.