Alumni Saturday Is April 6th At Capital Community College

Alumni of Capital Community College (Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College included) are invited to an alumni networking event at the College’s 950 Main Street campus in downtown Hartford on Saturday, April 6th from 9 to 11 a.m.

The event will be an opportunity for graduates and former students who began college studies at Capital to reconnect to Hartford’s two-year undergraduate institution and is hosted by the College’s Advancement office and Foundation.

Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris will welcome attendees and discuss a new Center for Career Development that consolidates the Career Planning and Placement Office and the School of Workforce and Continuing Education.

Planning for the opening of an alumni hall of fame and opportunities to participate in college activities including the alumni association  will be shared. Campus tours will be available.  Alumni may share their story and share comments at

The event with coffee, beverages and refreshments is free and open to alumni and former students. To RSVP or for more information contact Donna Brown-Roberts at 860-906-5171 or Email.

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Capital Touts Career Advancement Programs, Downtown Partnerships At 2019 Town and Legislative Forum

State legislators, city and town officials, students and corporate partners participated in a Town and Legislative lunch forum on March 14th at Capital Community College (CCC).

The forum, held at the College’s Walter J. Markiewicz’ Community Room, focused on Capital’s career advancement programs involving The Hartford Financial Services Group and Travelers and a panel of students and graduates.

CCC Chief Executive Officer G. Duncan Harris, Ed.D led the discussion and described the college’s role in a “Hartford renaissance” that includes public and private partnerships and community outreach initiatives at the downtown campus on Main Street. “We view the college as a key cog in the movement,” he said.

Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris welcomes legislators and guests to the 2019 Town and Legislative Forum at the College’s Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room. (Anthony Cordova photo)

Mark Ojakian, the president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, praised the college,  citing opportunities for Capital students thanks to  collaborations with business and cultural neighbors. Ojakian also said Capital was the first  Community College to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP education and training funds offer recipients tuition-free training in a range of occupations. The program is now available at all 12 community colleges.

The Hartford’s Jodi Greenspan discusses the insurance apprenticeship program and opportunities for claims careers.(Anthony Cordova photo)

The Hartford’s Jodi C. Greenspan, Associate Vice President and Claims Chief of Staff and a member of the Capital Community College Foundation, said Capital students are earning their degrees and beginning careers at the insurance company through an apprenticeship program supported by Connecticut Department of Labor

Insurance apprenticeships provide tuition and paid work experiences for associate degree candidates. Upon graduation CCC students receive a nationally recognized credential and move directly into a job.  Because of the success of a first cohort of CCC students, The Hartford is rolling out similar programs in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Minnesota.

Sharing their experiences about Capital and careers in insurance and health care were four students and graduates. On the panel moderated by John Thomas, CCC’s Career Advancement Program Coordinator, were George Annan-Kingsley, an art therapist at the Bloomfield Health Care Center and Gillian Walcott, a community health navigator at Trinity Health Medical Group (Saint Francis Hospital). Annan-Kingsley and Walcott earned certificates in social work and community health at CCC’s School of Work Force and Continuing Education.  Jeffrey Safo-Darko (’19), a Travelers EDGE intern, and Spencer Williams (’19), a  UnitedHealthcare intern,  are completing studies  in the College’s Career Advancement Program

Ojakian and Harris cited the fiscal challenges faced by Capital and other community colleges over the next several years without new sources of revenue. While a new state budget introduced by Governor Lamont keeps funding the same for the state’s community colleges with no further rescissions, Harris said Capital faces a challenging fiscal year at the forecasted funding levels.

Student panelists discussed their experiences at Capital and career advancement opportunities at the March 14th Town and Legislative Forum. From left Spencer Williams, Jeffrey Safo-Darko and George Annan-Kingsley. (Anthony Cordova photo)

Through reallocations and the pursuit of new grants and contributions, CCC is implementing new services to improve student retention and graduation rates, including child care options for student parents, a food pantry in partnership with Foodshare and establishing an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Center that will link students with housing, personal finance and health resources.

Legislative bills under consideration in the 2019 session to lower tuition costs (SB 273) and provide child care support for student parents were shared at the forum.  SB 273 , favorably reviewed by the Higher Education and Advancement Committee, would enable in-state recent high school graduates at community colleges to graduate without student loans and  encourage residents to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. SB 934 ,unanimously approved by the Education Committee and referred to the Appropriations Committee, would expand the federally funded Care4Kids program to  student parents enrolled in community college academic programs.

Student panelists Gillian Walcott, a community health navigator at Saint Francis Hospital’s Trinity Health Medical Group and George Annan-Kingsley with Odile Dilone, a coordinator at CCC’s School of Workforce and Continuing Education. (Anthony Cordova photo)

Local and state officials attending Capital’s forum included Hartford State Representatives Joshua Hall and Brandon McGee;  State Representative Rick Lopes, representing Newington and New Britain, and; State Representative Bobby Gibson, representing Bloomfield and Windsor; Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Hartford Superintendent of Schools; Bloomfield Mayor Suzette DeBeathamBrown;  Dr.  Larry Deutsch,  Hartford City Councillor; Carolyn Harris, aide to Hartford Council President Glendowlyn Thames, and; David Grant, representing Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.  Also participating were Merrill Gay, executive director of the CT Early Childhood Alliance; Bernie Michael, Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association; Raina Giddings, Investor Relations Director, MetroHartford Alliance, and; Tara Spain, vice president and COO of The Travelers Foundation.  Joining Dr. Harris and Jodi Greenspan from the CCC Foundation Board of Directors were Anthony Barrett, John Perkins and the Rev. Y. Trevor Beauford.

The College’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1985 to raise funds and manage endowment funds, annually supports CCC town and legislative forums when the state legislature is in session.

Capital Community College enrolls 3,315 (fall 2018) in associate degree and certificate programs with transfer opportunities to four-year institutions. One of the most ethnically diverse campuses in New England,  CCC is designated an Hispanic Serving Institution.  Over 75% of students reside in Hartford and eight surrounding communities, including East Hartford, New Britain, West Hartford, Manchester, Bloomfield, Windsor, Wethersfield and Newington.

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Diverse Ed Magazine Profiles Capital CEO Duncan Harris: ‘Second-Generation’ Community College Educator Makes a Difference

In a March 7th profile  Capital’s CEO Duncan Harris focuses on Capital’s enrollment and community outreach efforts during the 2018-2019 year. The story first appeared in the February 21st edition of Diverse Education.

“Currently, Harris and Capital administrators are working on outreach efforts and determining how they can more fully leverage the Hartford philanthropic community in support of CCC students. We’re working with a consultant to help us build capacity with our foundation and [have also] brought on some new foundation board members.”

Link to article

Dr. G. Duncan Harris didn’t always know that he wanted to work at a community college. But as a youngster, he grew up on college campuses.

Source: ‘Second-Generation’ Community College Educator Makes a Difference

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Capital Community College Radiologic Technology Program Gets $75,000 CHEFA Grant

Capital Community College is the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) to enhance its radiologic technology laboratory at the Main Street campus.

CHEFA, a quasi-governmental agency that provides funds to improve the health and education of Connecticut residents, announced recipients of $1 million in grants on Wednesday, February 27th at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.  State Treasurer Shawn Wooden and State Senator Will Haskell, co-chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, joined CHEFA officials in a ceremony with representatives of  colleges, Workforce Development board and organizations receiving grants this year.

Capital CEO Duncan Harris thanked CHEFA for investing in CCC’s Health Professions program and for making the College a partner in the agency’s support of programs that “help drive economic and employment growth in the state.”

The grant will be used to acquire a fully equipped core radiographic room that will simulate the x-ray and radiographic labs in hospitals and clinical settings. Harris said current rad tech facility  relies on aging equipment that was donated by the University of Hartford in 2010. “A state of the art radiologic technology lab will give students the  experience and practice with equipment and technology they will be expected to use in their clinical placements and in entry-level positions after graduation.”

Radiologic technology is a major component of associate degree and certificate granting programs in the health professions (nursing, medical assisting, paramedic) at Capital with high rates of completion and career employment of its students. The College is a key educator and partner for central Connecticut’s hospitals and health care facilities. The nationally accredited radiological technology associate degree program is a 21-month program that includes five clinical radiology courses. Demand for

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Capital CEO Duncan Harris accepting grant award from CHEFA officials at the Legislative Office Building February 27th. From left: CHEFA Board Chair Peter Lisi, Dr. Harris, CHEFA Executive Director Jeanette W. Weldon and CHEFA Grants Program Manager Betty Sugerman Weintraub

entry-level radiological technologists is estimated to remain above average through 2026, according to occupational outlook data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the State of Connecticut. Professor Paul Creech, Esq. is the coordinator of the program .

Capital was one of five institutions of higher education to receive grants that support STEM education and careers. Others include Naugatuck Valley Community College, Central Connecticut State University State, Sacred Heart University and the University of Saint Joseph.

Established in 2002, the CHEFA Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations that provide essential health, educational, cultural, and childcare services to the residents of Connecticut. More than $30 million has been distributed to Connecticut nonprofit organizations. CHEFA is the authority that manages tax-exempt bond financing and child car loan programs.

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Capital’s First Golf Classic At Keney To Benefit 2019 Summer College Transition Program

Capital Community College Foundation will hold its first Golf Classic on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Keney Park Golf Course  — a scramble tournament in support of a summer program to  ease the transition of first-time students  going into college.

The summer “bridge” program provides entering students with pre-college academic support that improves achievement and retention and leads to transfer to four year schools. Net proceeds from the Classic will benefit this transition program in 2019.


The cost for individual players is $150 or $600 per foursome. Registration covers greens fees, golf cart, lunch, dinner and refreshments on the course. Participants can arrange their own foursomes or sign up as singles.  The cost for dinner only guests is $30.

Event and sponsorship information and other ways to participate are available. Sponsorship benefits include foursomes, pre- and post- event logo recognition on tournament print and online communication, social media and at the downtown campus.

Contact Steve Spears at 860-906-5059 , or John McNamara at 860-906-5102,

Capital Classic Online Registration

Sponsor and Registration Form



The Capital Golf Classic supports interventions for first-time students to succeed in the first year of college.  Summer academic enrichment activities, information sharing to educate students and parents about college options, tutorials and peer mentoring are part of the program.

About Keney Park Golf Course

Since early 2014, Keney Park Golf Course has been the focus of a massive restoration, with design efforts led by Matthew Dusenberry of Dusenberry Design. Dusenberry, a Milwaukee-based golf course architect, was a longtime associate at Greg Norman Golf Course Design, and has worked on layouts such as Doral in Miami and Doonbeg in Ireland. The full-scale restoration of Keney Park Golf Course includes completely renovated tee boxes, fairways, greens and bunkers, as well as an updated clubhouse that includes The Tavern At Keney Park managed by the DISH Restaurant Group.

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Capital Gets State Grant To Help Minority Students Succeed

Capital Community College (CCC) has been awarded a state Office of Higher Education (OHE) grant of $75,000 to improve the academic standing of minority students in need of tutoring and support to succeed at the college level.

OHE’s Minority Advancement Program is providing the College with new funds for 2019 through its Promoting Academically Successful Students (PASS) initiative to help students on probation  “develop sustainable college skills to remain on track to graduation” with a focus on “improving the retention and graduation rates of minority students at Connecticut colleges and universities.”


CCC, one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in New England with African-American and Hispanic enrollment at 68%, will expand services to academically at risk students at its Advising & Counseling Center  through intensive academic advising and dedicated tutors, student success workshops, enhanced communication through texting with students and volunteer success coaching. The College will also provide financial help for textbooks and with student emergency microgrants to increase the retention of academically at risk students. Through the PASS grant Capital seeks to reach 50 African-American and Hispanic students on probationary status and help them succeed for graduation and transfer.

“Retention is our number one priority and this grant will move the needle in helping us improve student outcomes,” said Capital’s Chief Executive Officer Duncan Harris. “It gives us the resources to help more students succeed.”

The PASS grant complements Capital’s efforts this academic year to  establish an Equity Center designed as a one-stop place to address issues outside the college environment that negatively impact academic performance, including a women’s center, Capital Cares food pantry and personal finance courses and counseling.

Capital, enrolling 3,315 students at its downtown Hartford campus, offers 36 associate degrees and 24 certificate programs. Three-quarters of enrollment comes from Hartford and nearby towns.  One of the first Connecticut community colleges to join the national “Achieving the Dream” (ATD) initiative,  CCC uses grant funds such as the PASS grant for  strategies and interventions to close achievement gaps and promote student success.


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#Giving Tuesday: Invest in Hartford’s Community College


“These are places where young people can continue their education without taking on a lot of debt. These are places where workers can gain new skills to move up in their careers. These are places where anyone with a desire to learn and to grow can take a chance on a brighter future for themselves and their families – whether that’s a single mom, or a returning soldier, or an aspiring entrepreneur.”

–Barack Obama in remarks to The White House Summit on Community Colleges, June 2011

On Tuesday, November 27th Capital Community College Foundation joins with nonprofits, higher education institutions and community organizations in an  international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism on the day that follows “black” Friday and “cyber” Monday. It’s a day to encourage generosity, volunteerism and acts of kindness locally and globally.

In Greater Hartford, Capital Community College (CCC) is a place “where anyone with a desire to learn and to grow” can succeed.

Capital increasingly relies on contributions above and beyond operating budgets that provide a critical margin necessary for new scholarships, tutoring, advising and resources for teaching and learning.cl2017collage_fotor.jpg

Ranked one of the top 25 two-year colleges in the nation for adult learners  by Washington Monthly, CCC lowers the cost roadblock that so many people encounter in pursuit of college. Your donation ensures that students get support to graduate and transfer to four-year schools without debt.  It takes, for example, $163 tuition to pay for one credit hour, $489 for one course and $1,958 for a semester of full-time study. Contributions to Capital, no matter the amount, make a “quality and affordable education” within reach of individuals who otherwise could not pursue college.

Contributions are welcome on this Giving Tuesday and throughout the year and may be made online, by downloading a printable gift form or by calling the CCC Foundation office at 860-906-5102.

Alumni of Capital (including graduates of  Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College) are invited to share their stories and volunteer through the Share Your Story Link.

Secure Online Giving To Capital Community College

Printable Gift Form

By Phone: 860-906-5102

For more information contact:

John McNamara, Foundation Liaison and Director of Institutional Advancement


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