Vicki Bozzuto Receives GNHCC Award

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
 

The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, or GNHCC, will honor Victoria ("Vicki") Bozzuto, GCC’s Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, with the Leadership Center Alumnus Award at the Annual Leadership Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The Annual Awards Luncheon, which is presented by Connecticare and TD Bank, celebrates the diversity and accomplishments of members of the business community. Among those to be honored alongside Dean Bozzuto are longtime Gateway supporters John and Gladys Soto, who will receive the Community Leadership Award.

Bozzuto graduated from the New Haven Chamber of Commerce Executive Leadership program in 2010. She has served as dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Gateway Community College, Connecticut’s largest community college, since 2010 and has been instrumental in transforming the role and function of the workforce division now known as The GREAT Center (Gateway’s Resource, Education and Training Center). Bozzuto’s mission, and that of the GREAT Center, is to convey, conceive, develop and deliver strategic business and industry services; continuing education credentialing; and workforce development programs to citizens, businesses and communities throughout Southern Connecticut.

Bozzuto has enhanced Gateway’s creative, tactical and collaborative partnerships with a broad range of community and business entities, including Workforce Alliance, New Haven Works, the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, individual businesses and regional municipalities. She and her professional team strive to identify and prioritize emerging employment needs and trends in order to effectively align Gateway’s curriculum and programs and to develop and enhance regional workforce skills.

Bozzuto’s other critical role at Gateway is ensuring the college’s continued compliance with the New England Association of Schools and College’s (NEASC) Standards. NEASC is a regional accrediting association that establishes standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to doctoral. Currently, she leads a team of more than 90 administrators, staff, faculty and students as they prepare Gateway’s 2016 Self-Study Report for NEASC reaccreditation.

A graduate of South Central Community College with an associate’s degree in Radiation Therapy (RT), Bozzuto worked in local hospitals as a radiation therapist for more than 15 years. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Education from Southern Connecticut State University, she joined Gateway as an assistant professor of RT, teaching in and coordinating the school’s program. After earning her M. Ed. from Cambridge College in 1997, she was appointed director of Gateway’s Allied Health Division, which encompasses the Nuclear Medicine, Nutrition, Radiography, Respiratory Therapy, Sonography, and Exercise Wellness programs. She was also instrumental in researching, developing and implementing Gateway’s highly competitive Registered Nurse Program.

The Annual Leadership Awards Luncheon will take place at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased online at the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce website, www.gnhcc.com.