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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Capital Recruits @ 2016 Latino Fest On The River June 25th

A contingent of  faculty and staff from Capital Community College shared college enrollment and program information for the Fall 2016 semester with thousands of participants at the second annual Latino Festival on the river  at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza  on Saturday June 25th.


Among the volunteers at Capital Community College’s Latino Fest booth on the river were Adjunct Instructor Rosemary Tyrrell, Network and Cybersecurity Professor Saaid ElHadad and his children, Director of Admissions Gregg Gorneault and Randall Ward of the School of Workforce and Continuing Education.

The free event, sponsored by Luna Productions, was held from noon to 9 pm on a warm summer day and evening, attracting more than 5,000 in a celebration of  Latino culture featuring live music and Latino cuisine.


Music was a big part of the 2016 Latino Festival on the river Saturday June 25th.

According to Festival organizers, Hartford Latino Fest’s mission is to provide the community with an opportunity to experience traditional and contemporary Latin American culture through the presentation of the performing artist’s, dance, music, culture, art, authentic cuisine, local businesses, networking and service providers.


Covering the Latino Festival for Univision was Pedro Rivera (’14), a communication media alumnus of Capital Community College.

Capital’s booth at the Latino Festival is a part of community outreach and enrollment efforts organized by the Admissions Office. The outreach campaign  is supported, in part, with funds from the CCC Foundation.  Capital Community College was the first college or university in Connecticut to be designated an Hispanic Serving Institution by the federal government.

Fall classes at Capital begin on Monday, August 29th. For enrollment and course registration information go to



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Hartford Heritage: American Lit Course Returns To Twain, Stowe Houses In Fall 2016

Capital Community College’s American Literature course (English 220) will return to the historic Mark Twain House & Museum and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center  in Hartford’s West End in the fall of 2016.

Launched last year through the college’s Hartford Heritage Project and Humanities Chair Jeffrey F.L. Partridge the course focuses on the lives and selected works of Twain and Stowe — two of American Literature’s most influential authors.  Students will read selected works, learn from staff experts and have access to archives and materials at the landmark museums.

The “hybrid” course will be held on Wednesdays from 2 to 4:40 pm alternating one week at Mark Twain House and one week online.

Fall classes at Capital begin on Monday, August 29th. For enrollment and course registration information go to

About Capital Community’s College Hartford Heritage Project:

The Hartford Heritage Project makes Hartford’s rich and diverse cultural institutions, landmarks, and neighborhoods an extension of our classroom. It was launched in 2010 with a “We The People” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Hartford Heritage courses make connections between course content and the city of Hartford in order to enhance learning and to increase our understanding of Connecticut’s capital city. Visit: 

Capital Community College currently seeks support for the Heritage project to receive matching funds from an NEH challenge grant offer.

Any views, findings, conclusion or recommendations expressed in this release do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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UCONN Medical School Professor, a Capital Alumna, Will Keynote May 26th Commencement

The 69th Commencement Exercises for Capital Community College will confer  497 associate degrees and certificates to the Class of 2016 on Thursday, May 26th at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Rocio Chang-Angulo,  Psy.D., MA, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Medical School in Farmington, will be the keynote speaker at the graduation beginning at 6 p.m.

Dr. Chang-Angulo, a native of Peru, began college at Capital, formerly named Greater Hartford Community College at the Woodland Street campus. Her associate degree in liberal arts degree led to the baccalaureate in neuroscience at Trinity College and a Master of Arts and Psy.D degrees from the University of Hartford.

2016 Commencement Speaker and Alumna Rocio Chang-Angulo with her husband Dr. Rory Angulo at Capital's Changing Lives Gala in April.

2016 Commencement Speaker and Alumna Rocio Chang-Angulo with her husband, Dr. Rory Angulo, at Capital’s Changing Lives Gala in April.

Appointed to UCONN’s Medical School faculty in 2015, Chang-Angulo previously completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut with UCONN colleagues focusing on the treatment of traumatized children and families.

Dr. Chang-Angulo, an expert  in the area of childhood and adult trauma, is sought after to provide specific training on assessment and treatment of complex trauma, and in particular she has been a resource to Latino organizations. Dr. Chang-Angulo served as Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded Capitol Region Mental Health Center Women’s Diversion Program from 2003-2006.  She is a trainer of Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Think Trauma Curriculum, Restorative Justice Practices, and Peer Support Services.  She serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of several grassroots organizations such as: Focus on Recovery United, GOODWorks, the Mathew Jordan Porco Foundation, and Connecticut Public Broadcasting Television.  Recently, Chang-Angulo has worked to develop a Spanish curriculum on the intersection of domestic violence, mental health and trauma with the Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence and the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Dr. Chang serves on several committees of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is a peer reviewer of the Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery.

Dr. Chang-Angulo credits her academic and professional accomplishments to her start at Capital and the English as a Second Language program. She calls retired  faculty members Nancy Caddigan and Emma Colón, who were instrumental in developing the ESL program “her mentors since 1989. We have kept in touch after all these years. Both made a huge difference in my life as well as many others.

Janet Frost-Naleski, M.A., Ph.D, a Professor of Biology and Chemistry, who is concluding her teaching career, will be the Faculty and Staff Marshall at Commencement. Peggy Schuyler, English as a Second Language (ESL) Professor, will bring greetings from the faculty.

A pre-commencement reception will be held at the convention center to recognize Dr. Chang-Angulo, other members of the platform party and retiring faculty members.


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Lunchtime Lecture: Remembering G. Fox Program At College’s Centinel Hill Hall June 7th

“Remembering G. Fox & Company” is the topic of a lunchtime lecture  on Tuesday, June 7th  from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Centinel Hill Hall  on the campus of Capital Community College.Remember G Fox

The program, “Remembering G. Fox in the 1950s”, will be presented by Jenny Steadman of the Connecticut Historical Society as the College and the Historical Society team up on a program about Connecticut’s iconic department store where Capital relocated in a transformation of the building in 2002. Campus tours and lunch will be provided and information about place-based learning at the two-year college will be shared.


G. Fox Memorabilia Will Be Displayed at the June 7th Hartford Heritage Lunch & Program

Jenny Steadman is the Adult Programs Manager of the  Historical Society. She holds her Ph.D. in women’s history and literature from Emory University and has taught at Emory University, Trinity College, and most recently at the President’s College of the University of Hartford.

The College, through its Heritage program,  is continuing the tradition begun by G. Fox of using Centinel Hill Hall as a community gathering place for arts, culture and civic engagement. “Remembering G. Fox & Company” is part of the College’s Hartford Heritage Program, made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), that makes connections between course content and the cultural institutions of the city to enhance students’ learning and understanding of Hartford.

In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co. in Hartford. The presentation will bring you back in time to Fox’s heyday, as we go from floor to floor and recall the various departments. You’ll also learn about Beatrice Fox Auerbach, the remarkable woman who made every visit to Fox’s special.

The cost of the the luncheon program is  $25 and may be reserved by calling 860-906-5102. Email To reserve online please go to Link to Reservations-Tickets.


About Capital Community’s College Hartford Heritage Project:

The Hartford Heritage Project makes Hartford’s rich and diverse cultural institutions, landmarks, and neighborhoods an extension of our classroom. Hartford Heritage courses make connections between course content and the city of Hartford in order to enhance learning and to increase our understanding of Connecticut’s capital city. Visit:

About the Connecticut Historical Society (@ConnHistSoc):

Established in 1825, Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit museum, library, and education center. It is one of the oldest historical societies in the nation and houses one of the most distinguished collections in New England. CHS is home to one of the most comprehensive research libraries in the State, helping people to discover their own family stories, towns and relationships to the greater community. CHS is also one of the State’s largest providers of museum education programs for school, youth and community groups and offers hands-on, interactive learning experiences for both students and their families. In addition to its own collection, CHS showcases a variety of exhibits, guest speakers, and programs throughout the year. Visit or call (860) 236.5621.

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