President’s Welcome


Dear Northwestern students,

We are extremely proud that once again, for the seventh year in a row, Northwestern Connecticut Community College has been ranked as one of the best community colleges in the U.S!   In 2023, Northwestern was again ranked as one of the best community college in the country for the seventh year in a row.

This recognition demonstrates the hard work and dedication by all of the faculty and staff, as well as all of you, who choose to work and study here. Collectively, the twelve CT community college system has been ranked as the best community college system in the country!

This year, the campus starts a new chapter in its history as CT State Northwestern. All 12 community colleges have been merged into CT State Community College, effective July 1, 2023. Same great campus and people but making it much easier for students to get the classes that they need.

This is NOT an easy time to be a college student; many of you have suffered financial losses, and too many of you have lost loved ones due to COVID-19.  There is a difficult economy to navigate but there are plenty of available jobs.  This is an amazing time to invest in your own education, prepare for a great future ahead and land that fantastic job that you’ve always wanted.  Our job is to help you get there.

We have many, many caring and dedicated people here at the college who can help and support you.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

I encourage you to get to know your professors and everyone here who can support and guide you to success.  Whether that is your advisor, the student development center, friends and fellow students, we all want you to be successful.  There are many support services here that you can access.  A food pantry, if you find yourself without enough food to eat, counseling and referral services, learning disability support and career guidance.  We also have financial help for those who really need it. You name it – we can help provide it.

We know that all of our students have challenges and difficult lives.  It is not easy juggling everything.  So if you need some help, know that we are all here to support you.

Have a wonderful fall and spring semester, and stop by and say hello any time. My office is in the Duffy Administration building, alongside Founders Hall.


Michael A. Rooke, Ph.D.
Northwestern Connecticut Community College

Mission Statement

The mission of Northwestern Connecticut Community College is to inspire learning through accessible, high quality education. NCCC is devoted to enriching lives by meeting individual and community needs in a supportive environment, while facilitating access to lifelong learning opportunities.

Vision Statement

By encouraging a dedication to inquiry and a respect for others, Northwestern Connecticut Community College aspires to cultivate in its students the ability to understand the complex modern world, both locally and globally, and the leadership skills to be full and active participants in society.