Supporting workforce development and lifelong learning

By Polly Morrow

Norwalk Community College (NCC) is a leader in the academic, economic, cultural and social well-being of Southwestern Connecticut, providing affordable higher education opportunities, including professional certifications, workforce development programs, and lifelong learning. Pitney Bowes and the Pitney Bowes Foundation have supported NCC’s education and workforce training initiatives for more than three decades. In 2014, Pitney Bowes received NCC’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of our longstanding collaboration.

The Pitney Bowes Foundation supported construction of NCC’s Center for Science, Health and Wellness, home to Nursing, Allied Health, Science and Exercise Science and Wellness programs. The building includes a 10-bed Hospital Simulation Unit with computerized patient mannequins, classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices. It provides an exceptional educational environment for students to learn anatomy and physiology, biology, physics, chemistry, and microbiology to prepare them for a wide array of careers in health and science. Its state-of-the-art fitness facility provides high-quality health and wellness services to NCC students, faculty, staff and lifetime learners. “The Pitney Bowes Foundation Wellness Center is an amazing resource that serves as an active learning laboratory for our Exercise Science Students, an information hub for our Workplace Wellness Program, and affords all patrons an opportunity to improve their personal health and wellness,” said Dr. Paul M. Gallo, Director of Exercise Science & Wellness at NCC.

Amy Richman, VP, Talent Acquisition, currently represents PB on the NCC Foundation board of directors. “I’m fortunate to work on a company initiative to build relationships with community educational institutions to help bridge the skill gap from school to the workplace. Supporting the NCC Foundation’s mission to expand access to affordable, quality higher education, develop a productive workforce, and contribute to the knowledge and well-being of our community is the perfect way for me to give back and live PB values while advancing our talent acquisition objectives. Through my board service, I’ve been able to develop personally, serve the local community, and learn a great deal about higher education. It quite literally takes a village, including charitable giving from individual and corporate donors, to sustain a high-quality educational institution. I’m proud to work for a company that invests in these important efforts.”

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