Foundation Scholarships: New Gifts Create Award For Older Students (25 & up), Women in 2018-2019

Major gifts to the Capital Community College Foundation have established scholarships to benefit adult learners and women in the 2018-2019 year.

The Katz Family Scholarship  is one of the awards available through the College Foundation’s scholarship program for new and continuing students, full or part-time. It will provide scholarships to students who are 25 years or older, demonstrate academic progress in a degree program and have a financial need.  In addition, the Deborah F. Katz Memorial Scholarship will provide scholarships to women students who demonstrate academic achievement and have a financial need.  

Both scholarships will be renewable for a second year contingent on satisfactory academic progress. The new scholarships have been made possible through the generosity of  Elton and Rosalind Katz to the College Foundation.

The new scholarships for students 25 and older follows national recognition last fall when The Washington Monthly ranked Capital Community College as one of the 10 best two-year colleges for adult learners and the only community college in New England to gain top ranking in the annual survey.  Rankings are based on transfers, flexibility of programs, tuition, percentage of students over 25, mean earnings of adult students and loan repayment rates. The average age of Capital students is 29 and three-quarters attend on a part-time basis.

A new gift will also provide a full-time scholarship for two years ($5,000 per year) to a graduate of Hartford Public High School for the upcoming academic year.  The Mimi and Brendan Lynch Scholarship is for a Hartford resident graduating from Hartford Public High School who is involved in community service.

Criteria and an application for all CCC Foundation scholarships are available from the College’s Office of Financial Aid and the College’s Foundation office or at the following link Foundation Scholarship 2018

The deadline for 2018-2019 Foundation scholarship applications is June 30th

For information on all financial aid programs contact the Financial Aid office at 860-906-5090 or Email:

Current tuition and fees for one semester of full-time study (12 credits) totals $2,178  and $4,356 for a full year. One course (three credits) costs $599.

Through the generosity of individuals, companies and foundations the CCC Foundation annually provides eligible students with financial aid to complete their studies for transfer to the baccalaureate and to enter professional careers. For information on scholarship funds and gift opportunities contact the Foundation office at Phone: 860-906-5102.
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May 17th Farewell Dinner Will Recognize Capital President Wilfredo Nieves

Colleagues, friends, students and alumni will honor President Wilfredo Nieves with a Farewell Retirement Dinner to be held  Thursday, May 17th,  from 5:00 to 8 p.m. at the Gershon Fox Ballroom, 960 Main Street, next door to the campus.

President Nieves with Ira Rubenzahl, Capital’s 3rd President and President Emeritus of Springfield Technical Community College, at the 2017 Changing Lives Gala.

Dr. Nieves, Capital Community College’s 5th President, is retiring in June capping 18 years as a community college president in Connecticut, eight of them at Capital.

Dr. Nieves came to Capital in  July 2010 after serving as President of Middlesex Community College in Middletown.

The Chair of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, President Nieves has been active in the community and region with service on the boards National Coalition of Advocates for Students, the Middlesex United Way, Capital Workforce Partners, the Community Renewal Team, the Hartford Stage, Leadership Greater Hartford, Latino Community Services, the Village for Family and Children and the Bradley Home. He serves as a Director for Liberty Bank and its Foundation, a corporator for Hartford Hospital and also the Middlesex Health System, Inc. and he is a Past President of the Middletown Rotary Club. He was recognized by the Middlesex United Way and awarded its highest and most prestigious volunteer award, the Community Service Award.

In higher education, Nieves  has been a Commissioner for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has served as an evaluator for it as well as for the Commission on Higher Education for the Middle States Association.   He has been a Director on the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges and has chaired the Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, the Committee on Directors and Membership Services and the Committee on Program Initiatives and Workforce Training.

In a letter last month to members of the CCC Foundation & Advisory Council announcing his retirement President Nieves praised the board for its support:

Capital is fortunate to have a group of community leaders serving on the Foundation who understand the value of community colleges and who are willing to go to bat for this college and its students. Though my time in a formal role at Capital is short, it’s important for me and all who care about the community college mission to stay involved and engaged. I intend to do so and I urge you to continue to support the college in fulfilling the Foundation’s mission of “creating access and changing lives.”

“These last eight years at Capital have been some of the most rewarding in my more than 46 years in public education,” wrote Nieves reflecting on his Capital years. “The downtown campus, through the outstanding efforts of members of the Capital community, has come into its own with new programs of distinction and expanding opportunities for experiential learning in business, culture and community service. It’s been a privilege to lead our dedicated faculty and staff here through their many successes and innovations despite fiscal challenges that continue to threaten our ability to provide accessible pathways.”

Batting lead off at a Pope Park softball outing

President Nieves received his doctorate of education in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey.  He holds a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Master of Education degree in Applied Human Development from Columbia University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Keane University of New Jersey.  Wilfredo is married to Iris Rivas-Nieves and has two sons, Adrian who also resides in Middletown and Davian who is a fifth grader at Farm Hill Elementary School.



Reservations ($50 per person) to President Nieves’ Farewell Dinner are available by e-mailing Amy Lemire:

Reservations and payment option are available online at


Please designate the reservation “in honor of Wilfredo Nieves.”  Tax deductible contributions are also welcome in support of scholarship funds in honor of President Nieves.

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Faculty Emeriti and Retiree Anniversary Luncheon To Be Held May 18th

A luncheon and program for Faculty Emeriti and retirees of Capital Community College will be held on Friday, May 18th,  as part of the school’s 50th anniversary year activities.

The event will take place at the Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room at the second floor Welcome Center of the downtown campus, 950 Main Street, Hartford, from 12 to 1:30 p.m.   

Tickets to the luncheon are $25 and may be obtained by calling 860-906-5102 or e-mail


Organizers say the lunch is an opportunity to reflect on the work of faculty and staff, past and present, who have contributed to making the college an accessible higher education option for generations of Greater Hartford residents.  Recognized will be new and recent individuals honored as part of the College Foundation’s Windows To The Future program in support of endowment funds.

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 2002, the College moved to Main Street with a transformation of the former G. Fox & Company Department Store building into a new campus.

Faculty, retirees, alumni and friends are invited to share their memories and re-connect with the college at the following link: Share Your Story


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Paid Insurance Apprenticeships Available: Fast Track To $45,000 A Year

Capital Community College students and alumni are eligible to apply for  immediate entry into an insurance apprenticeship program that includes paid on-the-job training, tuition assistance and mentoring to prepare participants for roles in customer-facing claims positions at The Hartford.

Interested alumni and students must complete an application by April 19th  for consideration during the spring semester.  Contact Coordinator John C. Thomas at 860-906-5234; E-mail:

Last year Capital  and The Hartford teamed up to offer the program that is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, which provides tuition assistance for participating students through its American Apprenticeship Grant Initiative.

Successful completion can lead to  full-time employment with The Hartford.  Requirements involve completion of  61 credit hours of college coursework and 2,400 hours of paid on-the-job-training at The Hartford claims center in Windsor. Students and alumni with a minimum of 30 credit hours completed may apply. In tandem with academic study, individuals earn up to $15.50 per hour as they complete degree requirements.

For students working toward their associate degrees the curriculum includes courses in insurance-specific topics as well as critical thinking, business analytics and communications to help prepare students for future leadership roles.

Graduates will earn registered apprenticeship credentials certifying their occupational proficiency, and when they become full-time employees of The Hartford, they will be eligible for additional tuition reimbursement to complete their bachelor’s degree.

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Local History: Hartford’s “Forgotten Legacy” Of Painting And Sculpture Topic At April 26th Public Lecture

“A Forgotten Legacy: The Hartford Art World, 1800-1950” is the topic of  a fourth local history lecture at Capital Community College on Thursday, April 26th.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is the last of four talks in the spring semester in CCC’s inaugural Hartford Studies Public Lecture Series. It will be held at Centinel Hill Hall auditorium at the 950 Main Street campus at 5:30 p.m.

Gary Knoble, an independent scholar and retired insurance executive and consultant, will discuss Hartford as an “important center of activity for painting and sculpture” in the 19th and 20th centuries. His lecture will cover the city’s major arts institutions “that flourished between 1800 and 1950 with images and biographies of the artists involved in those institutions.”

The College’s Hartford Heritage Project and College Foundation are hosting the series on Hartford history as part of Capital’s 50th anniversary commemoration.

Historian and author William Hosley is curating the series for Capital and its Heritage project. Hosley was formerly director of the New Haven Museum and Hartford-based Connecticut Landmarks, where he cared for a chain of house museums, including Hartford’s Butler-McCook and Isham-Terry houses. Prior to that, as a curator and exhibition developer at Wadsworth Atheneum, his Sam & Elizabeth: Legend and Legacy of Colt’s Empire (1996), helped spawn the Coltsville National Park.

Contributions in support of the history series and placed-based learning are welcome through a contribution form, secure online giving or by phone: 860-906-5102. The lecture series is being supported by the College Foundation’s 21st Century Endowment Fund.
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50 Years Ago Today

I remember exactly where I was on April 4, 1968.

That sunny and warm Thursday,  like many others in my senior year in high school, I drove to Bradlee’s Department store on the Lynnway in Lynn, Massachusetts after school to punch in for the evening shift, earning some money before entering Boston University and the College of Basic Studies — BU’s equivalent of the community colleges that were just getting established in that decade.

News spread quickly into the evening that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was dead at the age of 39.

It didn’t take long to realize that my shift as a retail clerk would be different from all the others. The store quickly emptied out. Not a customer in sight all night. No need for Mr. Silverman, the shaken and somber store manager, to send me out on outside carriage control. The bullets in Memphis were enough to bring a normal business day to a halt in Lynn and most of the nation as big cities teetered on the brink of a violence that King sought to avoid with acts of non-violent resistance.


New Britain’s Memorial at MLK Park.

Just five short years before I had come home from junior high on a late summer day to watch King deliver his “I Have A Dream” speech – an event that would inspire so many of us to become community and political activists.

There are many good remembrances of what King said and stood for on his national holiday and at the permanent memorial in Washington every year.

But the nation could stand to be reminded again of the day King was killed and why he was in Memphis a few years after the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts became the law of the land.

By 1968, Rev. King was widening the concerns of his movement. In Where Do We Go From Here?  King, much to the consternation of the more cautious members of his movement and the political establishment, opposed a Vietnam policy that had begun to break the nation further apart. The lunchroom sit-ins and battles over accommodations and voting rights were giving way to a broader agenda. He was planning a new march on Washington – “the Poor People’s Campaign” — when he decided to take up the cause of 1,300 Black sanitation workers in Memphis, a city of southern segregation, where the white power structure opposed the right to unionize and the Mayor vowed never to bargain in good faith in a way that would give the sanitation workers their dignity. The strike and a citywide economic boycott were a cause King knew he could not ignore.

King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top” speech (“I may not get there with you”) on the eve of the assassination is his best known from Memphis. But two weeks earlier, on March 18th, King galvanized support for strikers by saying: “So often we overlook the worth and significance of those who are not in professional jobs, or those who are not in the so-called big jobs…..One day our society will come to respect the sanitation worker if it is to survive.” Following King’s assassination, the Memphis power structure gave up its intransigence – recognizing the union, awarding pay raises and instituting merit promotions.

Fifty years later Rev. King’s  work goes on and is being renewed for a new generation. Led by the Rev. William Barber of North Carolina and others a “moral direct action” campaign is mobilizing a 2018 Poor People’s Campaign  for the same principles  that led Rev. King to Memphis and his last days.

King’s campaign for striking AFSCME sanitation workers reaffirmed his greatness at the hour of his death and resonates today in the cause of social and economic justice. That’s why I’ll always remember 4/4/68 as a day frozen in time not to be forgotten.

— John McNamara

Updated from a 2007 Post

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Capital CC Goes To The State Capitol: 50th Anniversary Display At LOB Week of March 19th

Informational tables to mark  Capital Community College’s (CCC) 50th anniversary  and its programs and initiatives will be on display at the State Capitol’s Legislative Office Building (LOB) during the week of March 19th.
The “50 Years of Creating Access and Changing Lives”  display at the LOB Concourse, 300 Capitol Avenue will share highlights of Capital’s accomplishments since it opened in 1967 as Greater Hartford Community College. The history also includes recognition of Hartford State Technical College which was consolidated with Capital in 1990.  CCC tables will  showcase current programs such as the Hartford Heritage Project and student success stories.  The display will be open to the public from March 19th through March 23rd except for Wednesday March 21st from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 The LOB exhibit is part of events and activities during the 2017-2018 academic year to communicate the value of Capital’s mission and honor the accomplishments of faculty, staff, alumni and students.  In May an anniversary luncheon will be held for faculty emeriti and retirees (May 17) and an Alumni Hall of Fame program and reception (May 22) will be held at the 950 Main Street campus.
For information contact the Advancement office at 860-906-5102; e-mail
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