Financial Literacy @ Capital: FIRST Center officially opens for students, community

Capital Community College (CCC) officially opened its FIRST (Financial Independence to Reach Success and Transformation) Center on Friday, June 23rd with representatives of The Guardian Life Insurance Company, partner organizations and students on hand for a program and ribbon cutting.

Cutting the ribbon at CCC’s FIRST Center from left: Michael Carren, Guardian Life’s Head of Strategic Philanthropy; Rex Fowler of the Hartford Community Loan Fund;  Linda Guzzo, CCC Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education; Carol Johnson, Center for Urban Research, Education & Training (CURET),  Student Victoria Basanets, CCC President Wilfredo Nieves, Student Bajshri Paricharak and Board of Regents for Higher Education President Mark Ojakian.

The FIRST Center, already open and serving students and residents at the College’s School of Workforce and Continuing Education, provides financial literacy and counseling services  to low- and moderate-income individuals. The primary goal of the center is to empower individuals to gain the knowledge and skills to attain financial self-sufficiency for themselves and their families, and in turn, for them to achieve personal and professional success. The centerpiece of the FIRST Center is a three-credit personal finance course, “Money Management for Life,” an introductory course (BFN 110)  that has run at CCC since 2013, with all course fees, books and materials covered with grants from Guardian .

Capital Students Victoria Basanets and Rajashri Paricharak, who have completed the Money Management for Life Course, spoke at the FIRST Center opening

Expanded workshops and coaching services on personal finance for low literacy adult immigrants  and individual financial coaching to pay for college, own a home, or plan for retirement are offered.  Services are provided in partnership with the Center for Urban Research and Training (CURET), Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), the Hartford Community Loan Fund and the United Way

Rex Fowler, Chief Executive Officer of the  Hartford Community Loan Fund, praised Capital and Guardian for making the commitment to open the FIRST Center. He cited the high concentration of low credit scores among residents in neighborhoods not far from Capital’s campus as a major financial obstacle for racial and ethnic minorities. Nearly 40% of enrolled students live in Hartford.

Participating at the FIRST Center opening from left City Councillor Larry Deutsch, Carol Johnson of the Center for Urban Research, Education and Training and Sharif Sousi, CFA, a portfolio manager at Conning and  the College’s instructor for the Money Management for Life course.

“Guardian’s support for the FIRST Center comes directly from our values as a company: people count, we do the right thing, and we hold ourselves to very high standards,” said Tracy Rich, Executive Vice President and General Counsel. “We have worked with Capital Community College since 2013 to deliver programs that will help students persist and complete their college studies to enable them to reach their career and life goals.”

Touring the FIRST Center for financial literacy: Guardian Life’s Michael Carren, President Wilfredo Nieves and Board of Regents President for Higher Education Mark Ojakian.

Located on the third floor of Capital Community College, the FIRST Center features a computer lab and a financial lending library, along with free materials, resources, and information about services offered by partner organizations. There is also a one-on-one private area used for budget coaching, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance services, and other offerings from partner institutions.

For more information on the FIRST Center, contact Daniel Gregory at dgregory@capitalcc.edu or 860-906-5138.

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Financial Literacy: FIRST Center Opens To Provide Financial Education and Coaching To Students, Community

Hartford, CT – Capital Community College (CCC) is proud to announce the formation of the FIRST (Financial Independence to Reach Success and Transformation) Center, providing services and internships to low- and moderate-income individuals at the college and in the community. The primary goal of the center is to empower individuals to gain the knowledge and skills to attain financial self-sufficiency for themselves and their families, and in turn, for them to achieve personal and professional success.

“We are thrilled about the increased services that will be available to students through the FIRST Center, thanks to our longtime partner, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America®,” said Wilfredo Nieves, Capital’s president. “Many students suspend their education due to financial challenges, and this will provide them with the critical support they need to address these situations, remain in college, and graduate.”

The centerpiece of the FIRST Center is a three-credit personal finance course, “Money Management for Life,” an introductory course (BFN 110)  that has run at CCC since 2013, with all course fees, books and materials covered by Guardian.

Expanded workshops and coaching services, with offerings provided in partnership with the Center for Urban Research and Training (CURET), Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), and the United Way, on personal finance for low literacy adult immigrants pursuing health careers, and individual financial coaching to pay for college, start a small business, own a home, or plan for retirement. Currently under development is a peer support network, which will be made up of student budget coaches, all successful graduates of the Money Management for Life course.

“Guardian’s support for the FIRST Center comes directly from our values as a company: people count, we do the right thing, and we hold ourselves to very high standards,” said Tracy Rich, Executive Vice President and General Counsel. “We have worked with Capital Community College since 2013 to deliver programs that will help students persist and complete their college studies to enable them to reach their career and life goals.”

Located on the third floor of Capital Community College, the FIRST Center features a computer lab and a financial lending library, along with free materials, resources, and information about services offered by partner organizations. There is also a one-on-one private area used for budget coaching, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance services, and other offerings from partner institutions.

For more information on the FIRST Center, contact Daniel Gregory at dgregory@capitalcc.edu or 860-906-5138.

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Capital CC’s 50th Anniversary: Nominations Invited For Alumni Hall Of Fame

Capital Community College will observe its 50th anniversary during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Fifty years ago this coming fall Greater Hartford Community College opened at a two-story Sequassen Street building near Colt Park with a first year class of 388.  In 1967 Hartford State Technical College, consolidated with CCC in 1990, also became a degree granting institution. Through the years more than 300,000 students have enrolled.

To mark the anniversary nominations are invited for alumni to be nominated to the  Alumni Hall of Fame.

ALUMNI HOF NOMINATION FORM

A selection committee will consider each individual focusing on but not limited to the following: career and professional achievements and contributions to his or her field or occupation; past or present service to Capital Community College or its founding institutions; leadership and public and community service.

Nominees must have completed a minimum of two semesters to be eligible.

Alums from both Capital (Greater Hartford Community College) and Hartford State Technical College are eligible.  The deadline for nominations is August 18, 2017.

Alumni Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at the  October 19th Changing Lives Gala ,  CCC’s signature event for scholarships and student success.

For more information contact the Office of Institutional Advancement: 860-906-5102 or e-mail: CA-Foundation@capitalcc.edu

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Alumni-Donor Scholarship Reception Thursday May 18th; Foundation Scholarship Applications For Fall Semester Available

An alumni-donor scholarship  scholarship reception will be held at Capital Community College (CCC) on Thursday, May 18th, at 6 p.m. as the 2016-2017 academic year comes to a close.

Through the generosity of individuals, companies and foundations the CCC Foundation and the College each year pave the way for students with financial needs to complete their studies for transfer to the baccalaureate and to attain professional careers. In 2016-2017 the College Foundation awarded scholarships to 70 CCC students providing $74,000 in financial aid complementing the College’s FAFSA-based and institutional aid programs.

This year’s reception is an opportunity to share success stories and give thanks to those who contribute to the College Foundation’s scholarship funds.  

The program will  preview the college’s 50th anniversary activities for 2017-2018 including a 50th Alumni awards program to recognize graduates from each decade in an alumni Hall of Fame, the October 19th Changing Lives Gala   and a “50 Acts of Kindness” campaign focusing on the College’s commitment to  community service and compassion.

The event will be held at the Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room at the College’s 2nd floor Welcome Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  To RSVP and for more information call 860-906-5102 or e-mail jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu.

Applications for the fall semester 2017 scholarships are now available from the College’s Office of Financial Aid and are available at Foundation Scholarships. For information on all financial aid programs contact the Financial Aid office at 860-906-5090 or Email: CA-finaidhelp@capitalcc.edu

Capital Community College Foundation Scholarships in 2016-2017

21st Century Endowment Fund | Amica Early Childhood Scholarship | Laurel Anderson Memorial Scholarship (nursing ) | John A. Arlauskas Scholarship Fund (business and technology)| Arthur C. Banks Jr. Scholarship Fund | Saint Barnabas Guild Nursing Scholarship |  Becker’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry Scholarship |BPMUG Scholarship (CIS) |Charles Darling Writing Award | Dannie Kennedy Scholarship (nursing) | Virginia Eileen Helwig Scholarship Endowment for Nurses | Phil Knecht Memorial Scholarship | Liberty Bank Foundation Annual Scholarship | Judee R. Lauria Memorial Scholarship (nursing) | Conrad L. Mallett Scholarship Endowment Fund | George J. and Anna T.Repicky Memorial Scholarship (nursing) | George J. Repicky Scholarship (Veterans) |Barbara Roth Memorial Scholarship |Edward Staszko Memorial Scholarship (nursing)| Rotary Club of Hartford Scholarship Endowment Fund | Wellington Lawton Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund |Widows Society Scholarship for Women

For information about these funds and naming opportunities contact the Office of Institutional Advancement, 860-906-5102 E-mail: jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu

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Capital Partners With The Hartford To Launch “Earn & Learn” Claims Apprenticeship Program

Capital Community College  is partnering with The Hartford to launch an insurance apprenticeship program that will offer an insurance-specific curriculum, paid-on-the-job training, tuition assistance and mentoring to equip students for key customer-facing roles in The Hartford’s claims operation.

The initiative is a joint effort with The Hartford, the Connecticut Department of Labor, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Capital and Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona.

The program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, which provides tuition assistance for participating students through its American Apprenticeship Grant Initiative.

“Attracting and developing talent to best serve our customers is a top priority for The Hartford,” said John Kinney, The Hartford’s chief claims officer. “This apprenticeship program will help us recruit and retain skilled claims professionals outside of the traditional college track, and students will gain education, training and a full-time position at a company where they can grow their career. It’s a win-win all around.”

The Hartford is launching the program in partnership with Capital in Hartford and Rio Salado College in metro Phoenix, with classes beginning in June.

Students completing the two-year program will be eligible for full-time employment with The Hartford, in addition to earning their associate’s degree. Through these partnerships and others in development, The Hartford plans to onboard 200 apprentices by 2020.

“This new program is an innovative way to develop Connecticut’s insurance talent and provide promising careers for our residents,” said Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “It supports our communities and helps the state expand into non-traditional apprenticeships to help grow our major industry sectors. This unique partnership promises to build a stronger economy by promoting post-secondary education and creating pathways to good paying jobs.”

“Capital welcomes the opportunity to again collaborate with The Hartford as one of our Insurance and Financial Services (IFS) partners,” said CCC President Wilfredo Nieves.  “The apprenticeship program creates more access for our students to enter an industry vital to our community and to give graduates a pathway to insurance careers.”

Students will complete 61 credit hours of college coursework and 2,400 hours of paid on-the-job-training at The Hartford claims center in Windsor, Conn. or Phoenix.

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.

Related:

CT Department of Labor news release April 4, 2017

 

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Dean of Students Arrington Receives Leadership Award

Doris B. Arrington, Dean of Student Services at Capital Community College, is this year’s recipient of the Connecticut Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Administrative Leadership Award, which was presented at the organization’s Spring Conference at Trinity College this past Friday, March 10.

The CT AWN Awards Committee cited being impressed by her “sustained commitment to fostering self-improvement, empowerment, and professional development opportunities for women of color.”

Dean of Students Doris Arrington accepts leadership award at Trinity College. At left is CCC President Wilfredo Nieves.

Dean Arrington has a long history of helping others strive for self-improvement and success. As a sophomore at University of Connecticut she mentored first-year students, teaching them to advocate for themselves and get involved with organizations that provided leadership opportunities. Through her continuing work with her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she started the Delta Academy in 1997, a Saturday Academy that encourages teenagers to pursue STEM careers. Two decades later they still meet on the second Saturday of each month at Capital Community College!

Dean Arrington currently serves as the co-chair of AAUWCT (Connecticut chapter of the American Association of University Women), and it has been her mission to enlist new professionals to leadership positions in the organization. She is also a Hartford YMCA Achiever Board Member and mentor.

At Capital, Dean Arrington has assembled a multi-cultural student services team, who she inspires to be inventive, and she has hired, promoted and mentored numerous female staff members from diverse backgrounds, many of whom have advanced their careers at Capital and other institutions of higher education.

“It is gratifying to be recognized with this award for what I see as my life’s work,” said Dean Arrington, “mentoring and empowering women to achieve professional and personal success.”

by Jane Bronfman

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Lunchtime Lectures: Political Cartoonist Bob Englehart (March 23), Remembering G. Fox (March 30) At Centinel Hill Hall

Centinel Hill Hall at Capital Community College

Political commentary and the lasting impact of Hartford’s G. Fox & Company Department Store are topics at two public brown bag lunch lectures in March at Capital Community College.

Bob Englehart

Thursday, March 23, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant’s longtime editorial and political cartoonist, will share his craft and discuss his career at the Courant where he became “the oldest continuously published” newspaper’s first full-time editorial cartoonist. Mr. Englehart, who began his career at the Courant in 1980 and worked there through 2015 , has received awards from the Overseas Press Club, the H.L. Mencken Award, United Nations Populations Institute, Planned Parenthood, the President’s Medal from Southern Connecticut State University, the Free Press Association, Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists, and, in 1979, he was the finalist for the 1980 Pulitzer Prize.

Remembering G. Fox & Company with Joe Waxman

Thursday, March 30, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Joe Waxman, a Connecticut Historical Society presenter, will reminisce about growing up in Hartford where the G. Fox store was part of his life and will share his admiration for Beatrice Fox Auerbach. This will be Joe’s second presentation at Centinel Hill Hall as part of the College’s Hartford Heritage Program.

Centinel Hill Hall at Capital Community College

The March brown bag lunch lectures, organized by the Friends of Centinel Hill Hall and the CCC Foundation are sponsoring the March public lectures which are free and open to the public at the 950 Main Street campus.

The organizers thank Humanities Professor Daniela Ragusa, Ph.D for making Bob Englehart’s appearance possible.  The lunches are inaugural events for the Centinel Hill Hall series that will include lunchtime talks, Hartford history lectures, Meet the Authors, Concerts at Capital and civic forums in 2017-2018 — the College’s 50th anniversary year.

Capital Community College — which relocated to the former G. Fox & Company store in 2002 — is continuing the tradition begun by G. Fox & Company of using Centinel Hill Hall — the College’s historic, art-deco auditorium — as a community gathering place for music, the arts, culture and civic engagement.

For a reservation and more information call the College advancement office at (860) 906-5102 or email CA-Foundation@capitalcc.edu.  Complementary coffee, tea and beverages are provided.

[An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the dates of Mr. Englehart’s career at the Courant.]

 

 

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