Student Senate Hosts Presidential Debate Watch Party Wednesday October 19th; Capital Is Part Of “All In” Democracy Challenge

Capital Community College’s Student Senate is hosting a Presidential Debate Watch party on Wednesday, October 19th in Centinel Hill Hall auditorium at the 950 Main Street campus.

The third and final Presidential Debate will be held at the University of Las Vegas beginning at 9 p.m. on October 19th. The watch party will begin at 8;15 p.m. with a pre-debate discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

The debate watch party is open to students, faculty, alumni and friends.


The watch party is part of the College’s involvement in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge , a national, nonpartisan campaign, to  “encourage informed citizen participation.” on campuses across the country.

The Student Senate and members of student organizations are promoting voter registration and citizen participation in the run up to the November 8th General Election.

In addition to the debate watch party and pre-debate discussion on the 19th,  the week of October 17th includes opportunities to register to vote on campus.

On Monday 10/17 PRIDE (People Respecting Individual Diversity Everywhere) will host a “Rock The Vote” registration table at the 7th floor Student Union and Cafeteria from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The first 25 registrants will get a free cupcake.

Historic newspaper photographs of past presidential and vice presidential candidates campaigning in Connecticut will be displayed on the 11th floor.  The photographs come from the collection of Frank Gerratana, an award-winning photojournalist, who covered Connecticut and campaigns for more than 40 years.

logoThe ALL IN Challenge, a program of Civic Nation, recognizes campuses committed to improving democratic engagement, increasing voter participation rates, and graduating informed and active citizens. Campuses commit to a set of actions, are recognized for achieving established benchmarks, and are presented awards for exemplary efforts.

“Preparing graduates for their public lives as citizens, members of communities, and professionals in society has historically been a responsibility of higher education,” said Zaneeta E. Daver, director of the ALL IN Challenge. “We are thrilled to welcome Capital Community College to the Challenge and applaud this commitment to making engagement with our democracy a meaningful and pervasive part of campus culture.”

For more information contact Abi Rodriguez, Student Senate President and student representative on the CCC Foundation & Advisory Council.  Email:

The Connecticut voter registration deadline is November 1st.  Online voter registration is available at the CT Secretary of the State.









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Young Leaders Scholarship and Grant Opportunity: Applicants (18-30) Invited To Submit Four-minute Videos on Community Involvement 

Everyday Democracy, a nonprofit organization established to promote public dialogue and civic involvement in communities, invites eligible student leaders ages 18-30 to submit applications for grant awards and attendance at a national convening conference December 8-10 in Baltimore.

Applicants are required to submit a brief video on community service projects to include  actions and strategies being used to get people involved, build momentum and engage the community around issues of equity, including racial justice.

Applications are due October 17.

The application and requirements to participate are available at:

Young Leaders Scholarship and Grant Opportunity

More information is available by e-mailing :

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College To Mark 50th In 2017; Anniversary Committee Forming To Recognize Alumni, Share Success Stories

In 2017, Capital Community College (CCC) will mark its 50th anniversary as Hartford’s first public undergraduate institution of higher learning.

With fall classes underway at the start of the 2016-2017 academic year, the college’s advancement office is bringing together an anniversary committee to plan 2017-2018 activities and to commemorate 50 years of an institution that has been an accessible gateway to higher education for generations of city residents.

Since the late 1960s more than 300,000 students have enrolled and more than 15,000 degrees and certificates have been granted, according to the Institutional Research office.

To participate and learn more about the 50th Anniversary committee interested persons may contact the College Advancement office at 860-906-5102; e-mail: CA-foundation

Graduates and former students are invited to share their stories and re-connect with the college at the following link: Share Your Capital Story


Organizers say the 2017-2018 year will be an opportunity to recognize distinguished alumni, honor faculty and college leaders, share student success stories and to strengthen Capital’s traditional mission of providing “quality, affordable education to the diverse residents of the Greater Hartford region.”

Four Campus Locations Since 1967

Capital opened as Greater Hartford Community College in 1967 one year after Connecticut established a two-year community college system.  A freshman class of 388 students enrolled at a two-story brick building on the east edge of historic Colt Park on Sequassen Street. Led by its first President, Arthur C. Banks Jr., the college grew on its “temporary campus” for seven years. In 1974 fall enrollment was nearing 2,500. The college moved to a six-story building on Woodland Street, the former Phoenix Insurance Company, to accommodate rapid growth and expand into professional programs.

In the same year Capital was established Hartford’s technical institute on Flatbush Avenue, founded in 1946 as the Connecticut Engineering Institute, granted its first technical degrees with Thomas V. Raimondi as its first President.  In 1992 the two schools  merged in a state-mandated consolidation operating at two campuses four miles apart.

At the end of 1999 the former G. Fox & Company Department Store on Main Street was selected as the site for a single campus.  In 2002 the Community College opened on Main Street after a top-to-bottom renovation of the retail building that is still revered as a downtown landmark where generations of residents shopped and worked.

Today CCC offers 60 associate degree and certificate programs and affords graduates seamless transfer options to four-year public and private colleges and universities. Capital, one of New England’s most diverse campuses, is  designated an Achieving The Dream “leader college” for its programs to reduce achievement gaps of high-need, first generation students.

Major employers in insurance, health care and government are within walking distance of a campus adjacent to a revitalized public transit system and major highways.  Occupying a landmark building that once was New England’s largest department store, CCC is neighbor to acclaimed art, cultural and historic institutions that provide opportunities to extend classrooms into the city and its neighborhoods.

Honoring the accomplishments of founders, alumni, students, faculty and staff during the 5oth anniversary year will demonstrate the positive difference Capital continues to make in the lives of its students and the vital role it plays in the economic and social life of the community.

To participate and learn more about the 50th Anniversary committee interested persons may contact the College Advancement office at 860-906-5102; e-mail: CA-foundation

Graduates and former students are invited to share their stories and re-connect with the college at the following link: Share Capital Your Story



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Capital Gets “Leader College” Designation From Achieving the Dream for Third Year

For the third time, Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national nonprofit dedicated to helping community college students stay in school and earn degrees, has designated Capital Community College as a “Leader College,” an honor awarded to institutions in ATD’s national network that have shown three years of steady improvement in two outcomes that measure student success.

“Leader College status represents a sustained, successful effort to build a student-centered culture,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Colleges that stay focused on the hard work of transformation deserve to be recognized when they make measurable progress.”Print

Capital Community College continually improves academic supports for students. For example, a specially-trained task force of tutors are embedded in all developmental math courses to provide supports both inside and outside the classroom. This has resulted in enhanced collaboration between tutors and instructors, and the implementation of best practices for student-centered learning and embedded support. Capital’s first measure of student success was to have students complete developmental math course requirements in 2 years, and the completion percent increased every year over the past 3 years, from 42.1% between 2011-2012 to 53.6% between 2014-2015. This population represents between 14%-19% of students at the college for any given year.

One of the first college’s in the state of Connecticut to be designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Capital has taken a holistic approach towards improving and transforming the academic, social, and cultural experiences of Hispanic students. The college’s second measure of student success was to raise Hispanic students’ GPA for those with GPA’s greater or equal to 2.0, and this was borne out: Capital’s Hispanic student population saw increases in their GPA’s over the past 3 years, from 61.4% in fall 2012 to 69.1% in fall 2015. This population represents 27% of all students at the college.
The ATD Core Team at Capital is comprised of 21 members representing a cross-section of the college’s faculty and staff. Co-chaired by Mike Proulx, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Tyesha Wood, Director of the college’s Welcome & Advising Center, the Core Team is broken into 3 sub-groups: College readiness team, Data team, and Developmental Education team.

This year Achieving the Dream designated four institutions as Leader Colleges for the first time and recertified 17 Leader Colleges. ATD leads a student success network made up of over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 policy teams.

“This recognition speaks to the commitment of our entire college community and their exceptional work on behalf of our students,” said Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, Capital’s president. “We’re honored to be an Achieving the Dream Leader College again, and are continually working on developing strategies and supports that will help our students succeed.”

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New Video: Students Share Experiences In Business & Technology @ Capital

Students from Capital Community College’s Business and Technology Program share their experiences  in a new recruiting  video recently released on the college’s website.

Programs of study include accounting, management, computer information systems (CIS), architectural engineering technology, construction management and  insurance and financial services.  CIS offers specialized training in web publishing, mobile application development, networking, and cybersecurity leading to career-track employment and transfer to four-year institutions.

The video with a running time of 8:50 features interviews with students discussing their academic experience and career aspirations. More information about business and technology degrees is available by contacting Miah Lapierre-Dreger, Department Chair, at   Telephone: 860-906-5176

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Humanities Chair Jeff Partridge Appointed To State Historic Preservation Council

Jeffrey F.L. Partridge, Ph.D, Capital Community College’s Chair of Humanities, has been appointed a member of the Connecticut Historic Preservation Council by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

Partridge, an English professor and Director of the College’s Hartford Heritage Project, was appointed to the Council for a term ending in 2020.


Jeffrey Partridge


The 12-member Preservation Council advises the Department of Economic and Community Development on historic preservation and works with the state Attorney General to prevent the “unreasonable destruction” of properties listed, or under consideration for listing, on the National Register of Historic Places.  In addition to the Preservation Council, Partridge is also a member of the board of the Connecticut Humanities Council. He is the faculty representative on the Capital Community College Foundation and Advisory Council.

Partridge established the Heritage project at Capital  in 2011 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Emphasizing place-based learning, the Heritage project brings Hartford’s rich and diverse cultural institutions, landmarks, and neighborhoods to the college’s curriculum. Heritage courses make connections between course content and the city of Hartford in order to enhance learning and to increase  understanding of Connecticut’s capital city.




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CURET Recognizes Dean Guzzo, Partnership With College At 25th Anniversary Celebration

Capital Community College’s collaborations with the city’s West Indian community and the Center for Urban Research, Education and Training (CURET) were a prominent part of CURET’s 25th anniversary celebration on June 26th at the Artists’ Collective.

CURET, an educational and family service organization on Albany Avenue in Hartford, marked its anniversary  during National Caribbean American Heritage Month at the awards dinner. The celebration  included Caribbean artists and dancers and reflections on programs serving 1,500 clients annually in the heart of the city’s Caribbean American community.

Linda Guzzo, Ed.D, the College’s Dean of the School of Workforce and Continuing Education, was recognized with a “Beyond The Call of Duty” award for her leadership in developing programs that are considered national models for career-oriented education including the Travelers-funded Crossroads To Careers program, Guardian Life Insurance Company’s financial literacy courses and Capital’s launching of the first workforce training and education program as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Connecticut.

In his remarks CCC President Wilfredo Nieves noted the strong partnership between the College and CURET and how CURET’s work complements the mission of the college to create access to higher education in the city.  Highlighted were two  neighborhood- and campus-based   projects — an adult education transition to college program and  a popular,  tuition free collaborative urban farming certificate program. Instructor Bildade (Billie) Augustin and Continuing Education Coordinator Dan Gregory shared their reflections on the CCC and CURET collaborations.

Nieves, board members and other speakers praised Dr. Carol Johnson and Dr. Edgar Johnson, the founders of CURET for their continuing leadership in the community. Carol Johnson is an alumna of Capital (formerly Greater Hartford Community College).  Edgar Johnson is a board member emeritus of the College’s Foundation & Advisory Council and previously served on the board of Hartford State Technical College that was consolidated with Capital in 1990.

On hand for the CURET celebration  were U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Bloomfield Deputy Mayor Syd Schulman, State Representatives David Baram of Bloomfield, Ed Vargas and Doug McCrory of Hartford.

In addition to Dean Guzzo,  CURET 25th anniversary awardees included Nora Brown, a retired Hartford Schools’ teacher and CURET volunteer; Jerry Clapis, communications specialist for CREC and a Hartford Community Television volunteer; Dr. Tina R. Jeter, the Director of the Adult Education Center in Hartford (AECH); Michael Scricco, retired managing partner of Keiler & Co and instructor at Hartford Art School (University of Hartford), and; Dr. Fiona Vernal, author and Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut.

In marking CURET’s quarter century of service, organizers said  CURET and its Caribbean American Resource Center has become “one of Connecticut’s major educational and community service initiatives since the founding of the oldest West Indian organization in the United States, the West Indian Social Club of Hartford that was established in 1950.”

Based on census and immigration data Hartford is a city with one of the heaviest concentrations of Caribbean Americans and immigrants from Jamaica in North America.



CURET, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, has been providing services in the Hartford area since 1990. CURET extends a helping hand to families—adults, youth and children, through programs and services which are designed to build on strengths of the individual, and enhance the educational experience and personal well-being of all who seek our services.



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