Back To The Future: Campus News from 30 Years Ago

The May 1991 issue of The Correspondent, “the newsletter of Greater Hartford Community College”, provides a look back at academic and student life one year before Greater Hartford Community College would change its name. In 1992, GHCC would merge with Hartford State Technical College in a state-mandated consolidation into Capital Community-Technical College later to be named Capital Community College (CCC).

Budget Cuts

Thirty years ago this semester The Correspondent’s front page reported on a “second annual” student and staff rally at the State Capitol to protest perennial budget cut threats from the Governor and the Legislature. With “Don’t Kill The Dream” and “Don’t Cut Our Community College Budget” placards students, faculty and staff won the support of legislators to maintain a budget that would not reduce enrollment that year, according to the story by Marketing and Information Director Susan Rand Brown.

The Correspondent’s front page May 1991

Smith College Connections

“GHCC Women to be Comstock Scholars at Smith College” shared the news that three women students, including Pyschology Professor Lilliam Martinez, current Chair of Capital’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Department, would transfer to Smith College as part of a partnership with the Northampton women’s college. Smith and GHCC created the “Connections” program in the summer of 1990 in which 25 GHCC students took summer courses team taught by Smith and GHCC professors in a five-week intensive experience on the Smith College campus. The program continued into the early 2000s.

Federal Funding and ESL

By 1991 the College had won its first federal strengthening institutions grant and funds were being used to ramp up services and staffing at the English as a Second Language Program (ESL) and tutoring in what is now the Academic Success Center.

The Correspondent’s story, “ESL: Evolution Under Title III”, related how a Title III grant enabled Professor John Christie, Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman, ESL Coordinator Nancy Caddigan and Counselor Debbie Raimondo to add “electronic gadgetry” to the ESL Lab and bilingual tutors to accommodate students “from all over the globe.”

That expansion decades ago is the foundation for retention efforts today. In 2021, Capital is implementing a five-year federal Title V strengthening institutions grant using bilingual coaches and a Guided Pathways “commons” model to help Hispanic and low-income students enter a program of study and earn their degrees.

Poetry and “The Blue Guitar”

The May 1991 Correspondent also carried a special insert with prize-winning poetry from that year’s student writing contest. “The Blue Guitar” supplement, the name taken from Wallace Stephen’s “The Man with the Blue Guitar”, contained eight poems and an essay by students who were awarded cash prizes.

Professor Emeritus Charles Darling, who died in 2006, was the editor of The Correspondent and authored several books of his own widely recognized poetry. He was the College’s first webmaster and creator of the online Guide to Grammar and Writing that continues to draw a global audience. The emphasis on poetry and creativity that Darling and other faculty members encouraged in students a generation ago continues in today’s Humanities Department and through the Hartford Heritage Project.

English Professor Antoinette Brim-Bell is author of These Women You Gave Me, Icarus in Love, and Psalm of the Sunflower Her poetry and critical work have appeared in various journals and magazines and she frequently participates in readings and literary events. Capital Letters , edited and compiled by English Professor Kevin Lamkins, is a blog for “emerging writers at Capital Community College” that encourages students in creative writing.

Diversity and Inclusion

“The Blue Guitar” inserts included the prior year’s “Greetings from the Faculty” commencement message to graduates. In the May 1991 issue that came from Psychology Professor Bob Heavilin and reflects, then and now, Capital’s enduring commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion:

“You have shared classroom space with students of differing racial, national, generational and linguistic backgrounds. You have traded notes and jokes and anecdotes with returning single-parent females. You have listened to questions and answers being offered by Near and Far Asians; stood in the cafeteria line with White and Black – English and Scandinavian, African and Caribbean; listened to the sweet rhythmic dialects of Hispanic, Slavic and Persian tongues; and swapped viewpoints with members of your grandparents’ generation. No other college or university in Connecticut offers such an experience.”

Alumni and graduates of Capital Community College, including Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College, are invited to share their stories. https://capcommcollege.org/alumni-feedback-share-your-story/

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Scholarship will honor memory of 2019 Nursing Alumna Priscilla Gonzalez

A 2021 nursing scholarship will honor the memory of Priscilla M. Gonzalez, a 2019 graduate and Waterbury Hospital nurse, who died last November at the age of 32.

Shenika Carroll, RN, MSN, a clinical instructor for Capital’s nursing program and member of the CCC Foundation board, is creating the award to be given in May at the end of the academic year.

“Priscilla was a determined student,” said Carroll, an alumna of Capital nursing. “She found out about her illness during the most stressful time of her life. She was assisting her teenage daughter with her first year as a freshman in high school, while completing her final year at Capital.”

Gonzalez battled her illness, graduated and passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse in her hometown. “She was a nursing student who became family,” says Carroll. “She is the epitome of strength.”

Priscilla graduated from W.F. Kaynor Technical High School’s class of 2006. She worked for 10 years as a patient care assistant at St. Mary’s Hospital and while working full time, she attended Naugatuck Valley Community College and transferred to Capital where she earned her Nursing degree.

The $500 award in memory of Ms. Gonzalez will be made with other nursing merit awards in May and is the second scholarship established in memory of a nursing graduate. Nursing merit awards include: the Laurel Anderson Memorial Scholarship, George J. and Anna T. Repicky memorial awards, Judee R. Lauria memorial awards, Eileen Helwig Memorial Scholarship, Adam E. Staszko memorial scholarships and the scholarship in honor of Professor Emerita Dannie Kennedy.

The College’s nonprofit Foundation maintains scholarship funds and endowments and seeks support for programs and initiatives to improve academic quality, campus life and expand educational opportunity.

Contributions in memory of Priscilla Gonzalez for the scholarship may be made online at https://capitalcc.networkforgood.com/projects/51598-annual-giving

For information, contact John McNamara at (860) 906-5102. E-mail: jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu

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2nd Capital Golf Classic To Benefit Veterans’ OASIS Center and Scholarship Fund On Friday, May 7th

Capital Community College’s Golf Classic, postponed in 2020 because of the pandemic, returns in the spring on Friday, May 7th at Keney Park Golf Course.  The College’s Foundation  is raising funds  for the Scholarship Fund and the Oasis Center , a campus resource for students with military service.

The  “early bird” cost for individual players is $150 or $600 per foursome. After April 1, registration is $175 per golfer and $700 per foursome. Registration covers  greens fees, golf cart, lunch, dinner and refreshments on the course.

The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with a Tee Time lunch buffet. The scramble format, shotgun start begins at 12:30 p.m. Dinner at The Tavern at Keney Park will follow play with a program and prize announcements in accordance with social distancing requirements.  A Golf Classic Online auction will open in April and conclude on the day of the event. Dinner only guest admission is $75.

Keney Park Golf Course is located at 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor at the Hartford-Windsor town line.

Online Registration

Corporate sponsorships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 and other ways to participate are available upon request. Sponsor benefits include foursomes, pre- and post event logo in the program, college media and at the downtown campus.

The Veterans OASIS Center is a gathering place for veterans to meet each other and receive peer support, as well as to gather information about VA programs and benefits. The OASIS is equipped with computers, a lounge area with TV, Keurig, microwave, refrigerator and comfortable furniture and is located on the 4th floor of the 950 Main Street campus.  The Veterans Club is a club for veterans by veterans that support each other. Veterans can network, team build, socialize,  provide community service and share experiences. Capital Community College is also a member of the Student Veterans of America (SVA)

The inaugural Golf Classic was held May 10, 2019 and raised funds for a pre-college transitions program for new students.

Online Registration

Individual and Sponsor Registration Form

For more information contact:

John McNamara 860-906-5102

Email: jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu

Donna Brown-Roberts 860-906-5171

Email: Dbrown-roberts@ccc.commnet.edu

Capital CEO Duncan Harris tees off at the 2019 golf classic held May 10, 2019.

Golfers and guests at the 19th Hole dinner at the Tavern at Keney Park at the 2019 Golf Classic.

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Associate Dean Miranda To Lead CCC’s Re-Entry Task Force

Capital Community College (CCC) is forming a task force focused on education and training leading to sustainable employment for formerly incarcerated individuals as they re-enter the community, CCC Chief Executive Officer G. Duncan Harris announced.

The task force, working with the City of Hartford’s Re-entry Welcome Center and other stakeholders and individuals, will set goals to improve the employment outcomes for members of the re-entry population who enroll and earn a credential in one of the College’s workforce classes and programs of study.

“The acquisition of a college degree or a workforce certificate is a key asset for re-entry and justice involved individuals in their pursuit of financial security after their involvement with the justice system, said Harris.  “As Hartford’s community college, we have the obligation and opportunity to meet this need through the wide variety of programs we offer.”

CCC has 60 programs of study in technical, business and health care fields leading to associate degrees, certificates and transfer. Its School of Workforce and Continuing Education provides short-term training for skilled jobs in demand in the regional economy. 

Harris has appointed Eddie Miranda, the College’s Associate Dean of Campus Operations, to lead the task force.  Miranda, a Hartford native, has extensive experience in education at the K-12 and college levels having served as a behavioral technician and operations manager for Hartford Public Schools and as Bursar at Manchester Community College before joining CCC in 2019. 

Associate Dean Eddie Miranda

Miranda serves on the boards of Community Health Resources (CHR) and CT Association for Latinos In Higher Education (CALAHE). He is a member of the alumni chapter of Lambda Theta Phi, Fraternity, Inc a group engaged in community service in Hartford. He is a graduate of  Central Connecticut State University and earned an M.B.A. form the University of Phoenix.

“I look forward to mobilizing the college’s resources with our community partners to open educational and career doors for individuals returning to their community.” said Miranda. “Accessible training and education leading to a good job are essential to reducing recidivism and making second chances possible.”

CCC through its Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Center is already engaged with the City of Hartford’s Welcome Center for Re-Entry to link clients with college programs. It partners with the Urban League of Greater Hartford and other organizations that serve the re-entry population. For a number of years the College’s Conrad L Mallett Gallery on Main Street has been the site For Community Partners In Action’s highly-regarded Prison Arts Program.

David McCluskey, Legislative Liaison for the CT Department of Correction and Chairperson of the Capital Community College Foundation, said Capital offers both short term training and academic opportunities that formerly incarcerated persons need for financial stability and employment.

“The College is well situated to do more on re-entry efforts,” said McCluskey. “The recent change in federal law enabling persons who have been in the correction system to qualify for federal student aid will make a major difference in the College’s ability to provide opportunities before and after re-entry,” McCluskey stated. “Having the financial support to get a credential and employment will enable more individuals to get back to their families and community.”

McCluskey cited the decision by the Congress last December eliminating the ban on Pell grants for incarcerated individuals that had been in effect since 1994. “Second Chance Pell Grants” will expand college opportunities as part of prison reforms that include a greater emphasis on rehabilitation and reducing the prison populations.

College officials said the Re-Entry task force will be finalizing its membership this month and will convene in April.

 

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College Partners With Eversource, IBEW To Offer Lineworker Training

Four Information Sessions To Be Held In March; Classes Begin June 1st

Capital Community College, in partnership with Eversource Energy and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Locals 420 and 457, is holding a series of information sessions in March for a Lineworker Certificate Program to begin in June.

The 11-week certificate program prepares students for employment in one of the electric industry’s essential occupations. Line workers maintain and service the electric infrastructure, meeting the energy demands  of homeowners, businesses and municipalities across Connecticut.

 

Students will develop the fundamental skills required to effectively install and maintain the Electric Distribution system, Starting Jun 1st, the program will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on  six Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through August 11th.  Fire Retardant (FR) clothing and boots are required. Successful completion requires attending classes online and in person and students will earn a Lineworker Certificate with First Aid/CPR training, occupational and safety training ((OSHA10) and CDL permit test preparation.

  • Live Virtual Information Sessions

To learn more about the program, join Eversource and Capital Community College for a live information session. Please register here: https://bit.ly/3kAZWFH

Information Session Dates

  • Tuesday, March 9, 1pm
  • Thursday, March 11, 5pm
  • Thursday, March 18, 5pm
  • Thursday, March 25, 5pm

Prerequisites

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • High School Diploma/GED (a college transcript can be used in lieu of the diploma).
  • Driver’s license or the ability to obtain one. Students will be expected to get a CDL license if hired into a Line Helper position with Eversource- https://portal.ct.gov/DMV/Licenses/Licenses/Commercial-Drivers/CDL—Main-Menu
  • Ability to work at heights in nearly all-weather conditions.
  • Must pass the Construction and Skilled Trades (CAST) assessment, background check and drug screen.
  • Students must have a computer/laptop and access to the Internet as many classes will be held virtually due to COVID.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Eversource’s Lineworker Certificate Program is a selective admissions program with 15 spots open. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible on a rolling acceptance basis.

 

 

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Remembering Susan McCarthy: Early Childhood Educator, Lab School “Pioneer”

Capital Community College (CCC) lost a beloved member of its campus family last October 19th with the passing of Susan McCarthy, 73, an early childhood educator who led the Elaine Stewart McKirdy Early Childhood Center (The Lab School) for 22 years.

Alumna and Lab School teacher Carmen Marrero, Susan McCarthy and former Lab School Director Cynthia Greenblatt at the Lab School’s 35th anniversary in 2011.

The Church of the Holy Spirit in Newington was filled as much as social distancing would allow at Susan’s funeral mass last October. Her family was joined by scores of  friends, colleagues and individuals touched by her work as a teacher of young children and for being “a mentor, confidante, friend, and role model to all.”

Capital’s was the first childhood center established at a community college in Connecticut. And Susan, called a “pioneer” for bringing early care to the college,  assisted other campuses during her career.

Retired Lab School teacher Carmen Marrero, a CCC Alumna and longtime colleague,  recalls Susan lending a hand to Asnuntuck Community College when a reading room was created for children of students when they were in class at the Enfield school.

The Early Childhood “Lab School” at the Woodland Street campus

Susan also steered contributions and grants to the College from friends in the corporate world and guided the transition of the original lab school, a cottage-like building located outside the 61 Woodland Street campus, to the downtown campus in 2002.

“She designed the modern facility we currently use as the Lab School,” said Psychology Professor Stephen O. Fagbemi, Ph.D., her colleague and a former Social and Behavioral Sciences Department Chair.

The College received a $50,000 endowment gift in 2004 from Andrew C. McKirdy, Chancellor Emeritus of CT Community Colleges and the downtown Lab School was re-dedicated in memory  of McKirdy’s wife, Elaine Stewart McKirdy, who led efforts to establish campus child-care services.

Professor Fagbemi, in a tribute to Susan at her passing, wrote: “I first got to know Susan as a colleague when I joined the College in 1987.  In those early years, I used to visit the Lab School to observe the marvelous work that she and other colleagues do at the Lab school.  More memorable for me personally, was when my daughter “Stephanie” was a toddler, Susan would come to take her from my office to briefly play with other kids at the Lab School. That, in a way, sums up my memory of Susan McCarthy – her love for children.”

“Sue inspired generations of ECE teachers to put social and emotional learning first for kids,” said former State Senator Beth Bye, now the Commissioner of the Office of Early Childhood Education for Connecticut, who remembers Susan McCarthy  as one of “the nicest people you would ever meet.”

In 2021, colleagues and friends will dedicate  a “Window to the Future” and a Lab School plaque at the Main Street campus in memory of Susan for her pioneering work and dedicated service to the college. For information contact John McNamara (jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu) or Amy Lemire (alemire@capitalcc.edu

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org

The Lab School was re-dedicated in memory of Elaine Stewart McKirdy in 2004 with former Community College Chancellor Andrew C. McKirdy, Lab School Director Susan McCarthy and Nursing Alumna Marie Spivey.

 

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Wishing You A Healthy and Happy 2021

From this year’s Capital Community College Virtual Commencement in May: A Mosaic Recognizing the Class of 2020.

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Capital Community College Gets NEH Grant For Black History Focusing On Historic Downtown Church

Capital Community College (CCC) is the recipient of a $149,426 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant focusing on the history and people of Hartford’s historic Talcott Street Church and Black School.

The Humanities Initiative award, part of Capital’s Hartford Heritage Project, will support place-based learning in Black history for students at the college and Capital Preparatory Magnet School (Capital Prep) in partnership with nearby museums. Capital Community College is one of 7 institutions out of 66 applicants nationwide to receive a Humanities Initiatives grant at Hispanic Serving Institutions  in 2020.

The project will develop 12 courses at Capital Community College and three subjects at Capital Prep.  An exhibition is planned to support pedagogy and commemorate the historic site of the church. The grant will support the inauguration of an annual public lecture called The Pennington Lecture, named after Talcott Church pastor James W.C. Pennington and themed on understanding race issues through the lens of the humanities.

Professor Jeffrey Partridge, Ph.D., Chair of Humanities and Director of the Hartford Heritage Project will lead the project.

Prof. Jeffrey Partridge

Talcott Street Congregational Church was built on the corner of Talcott and Market Streets in 1826 where today the dilapidated Talcott Parking Garage, now slated for demolition, stands. The site is next door to the the Capital campus that has been housed in the transformed former G. Fox & Company building since 2002.

Under the leadership of the Rev. Pennington in the 19th century,  the church actively participated in the Amistad Trial as it took place just three blocks away in the Old State House by befriending and raising money for the African captives, according to Professor Partridge. 

“Pennington’s biographer claims that in certain periods of his tenure at the church, fugitives from enslavement escaping from the south on the Underground Railroad came to the doors of Talcott church daily, doors that are now largely forgotten,” said Partridge.  “This project aims to change that unfortunate fact and turn this site into a place of remembrance and inspiration.”

The activities funded by the grant spring from three Capital students and a student from Trinity College who worked in the Liberal Arts Action Lab in the Spring 2020 semester with Partridge.  The student team created a digital exhibition on the Talcott church and school that led to the plan for new courses, an exhibit and an annual Pennington Lecture. The Action Lab is an educational partnership between Capital Community College and Trinity College established to strengthen the city and its role in the region, spark social innovation, and support civic engagement and sustainability.

Talcott St. Church Cornerstone (Liberal Arts Action Lab)

The Talcott Church led by Rev. Pennington was not only the site of the first Black church in Hartford and the first school for Black children but it was also for much of the nineteenth century the center of community for Black and some Native American Hartford residents, an educational hub for Black uplift, and a safe haven for fugitives of enslavement finding their way north on the Underground Railroad. 

The grant was developed in response to heightened concern on campus over Black Lives Matter protests last spring and the killings of  George Floyd and Breanna Taylor which led to a June virtual convocation on how to address institutionalized racism and injustice impacting CCC students and community, according to Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris.

Harris praised Partridge and community partners, including Faith Congregational Church which is a descendant of the Talcott Street Church, for helping to empower students through an understanding of Black history in Hartford.

“Capital Community College and its Humanities division have been widely recognized for place-based learning over the last decade through the Hartford Heritage Project,” Harris said. “The exhibit and Black History project will further enhance the humanities curricula with content that will inform and inspire our diverse student population.”

Hartford Heritage Project partners also expressed support for the new Black history initiative.

“Capital Community College’s Hartford Heritage Project leads in the effort to tell stories that don’t often get told, particularly of the histories around communities of color in the city of Hartford,” said Brenda Miller, executive director for culture and communications at Hartford Public Library.  “This recent NEH award is so well deserved.”

“Trinity College and the Liberal Arts Action Lab are excited to see this project come to fruition, in order to recognize and share the local and national significance of Hartford’s vibrant Black history. Abigail Williamson, Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. Williamson is Director of the Center for Hartford Engagement and Research (CHER) at Trinity College.

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About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.  Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

About Capital Community College

Capital Community College is an urban, two-year institution enrolling  3,000 students in Connecticut’s capital city. The college offers 60 academic programs in accredited studies preparing students for associate degrees, certificates and transfer, while its non-credit offerings prepare students for the immediate needs of the Connecticut workforce.  Capital, one of New England’s most diverse campuses, was the first college in Connecticut to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The Capital Community College experience revolves around its historic eleven-story, Art Deco building in the heart of downtown Hartford, which offers unprecedented access to the city’s cultural and employment offerings. 

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Capital’s Duncan Harris, Hartford Mayor Bronin To Participate in Aspen Institute Future of Work Forum December 3rd

Capital Community College CEO Duncan Harris and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will participate in an Aspen Institute forum on lifelong learning and the future of work on Thursday, December 3rd from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST

The online event will focus on “Building A Lifelong Learning System: A Roadmap For Cities”, a new report from the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative with support from the Cognizant U.S. Foundation. The report is  based on conversations with policymakers and experts in Phoenix, Chicago, and Hartford with Harris and Mayor Bronin representing Hartford.

G. Duncan Harris

Panelists, including urban leaders, educators and employers, will discuss the barriers and opportunities of creating a system that helps, not hinders, lifelong learning.

“Lifelong learning was critical long before COVID-19, but helping people develop new skills has become even more urgent,” according to the Aspen Institute.  The @aspenfuturework report outlines strategies for cities to strengthen education and workforce systems to support lifelong learning.

Link to the Future of Work Forum:  https://lifelonglearningcityroadmap.splashthat.com/

Building A Lifelong Learning System: A Roadmap For Cities Report

About Capital Community College

Capital Community College’s L.E.A.D Center focuses on career advancement and lifelong learning

Capital Community College is an urban, two-year institution enrolling more than 3,000 (2019) students in Connecticut’s capital city. The college offers 60 academic programs in accredited studies preparing students for associate degrees, certificates and transfer, while its non-credit offerings prepare students for the immediate needs of the Connecticut workforce.  Capital, one of New England’s most diverse campuses, was the first college in Connecticut to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The Capital Community College experience revolves around its historic eleven-story, Art Deco building in the heart of downtown Hartford, which offers unprecedented access to the city’s cultural and employment offerings.

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Giving Tuesday: Your Support Makes A Difference At Capital Community College

“As we all know due to COVID-19, many people are struggling and scrambling to get the very basic needs. Many are fighting for their lives, for their families, and many are fighting for daily needs. I am fighting for school. I am in a nursing program and deep in the chambers of my heart I want to be a blessing as a nurse. I want to touch lives and change lives. I want to possess a healing heart and healing hands. And by this microgrant, I am one step closer to that.”  — A  letter of thanks to Associate Dean of Student Affairs Jason Scappaticci from a nursing student who received a Capital Cares Fund microgrant this year.

On Tuesday, December 1st Capital Community College (CCC) Foundation joins the global movement for generosity that follows the “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” shopping frenzy of the holiday season.

Help the Capital Community College Foundation reach its goal of $10,000 on Giving Tuesday 2020

Giving Tuesday is the day set aside to encourage philanthropy and acts of kindness.  In 2020 this special day of helping others has taken on more significance amid the pandemic that continues to jeopardize the health and livelihoods of millions of people around the globe and strains the resources of many helping organizations.

For community college students financial and personal burdens have interrupted studies across the nation and Capital is no exception.  Since last March the College and its Foundation have been able to respond to financial emergencies with microgrants and to provide laptops for online learning thanks to gifts to the Capital Cares Fund and the Annual Fund.

The value of giving to Capital is evident in the gratitude from a student who received support to repair her car to keep going to classes in pursuit of RN licensure and the nursing profession. “Being granted this microgrant assistance has tremendously helped me reach a dream I have carried for many years. They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I am taking this one step and am hopeful I will find my feet standing at the bedside caring for another young woman – one unique person at a time.”

At Capital Community College donations– no matter the amount – support a mission of educational access and academic success for students who face financial and personal challenges in getting to and graduating from college without debt.

Gifts on Giving Tuesday and throughout the year make a difference and change lives at Capital Community College.

Donate Now

  • $166 supports a credit hour of study ($1,992 full time tuition per semester)
  • $286 covers fees and transportation per student each semester
  • $800 meets the costs of textbooks and learning materials for a year
  • $50-$750 can provide a Capital Cares microgrant to address hardships and emergencies.

Where Does My Gift Go?

100% of gifts go where donors want.  Capital relies on contributions to the Annual Fund to provide a critical margin necessary for new scholarships, tutoring, advising and resources for teaching and learning.  Friends may donate securely online or print a Gift Reply Form and return to CCC Foundation, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103.

 For more information on gift opportunities, the downtown campus and college programs contact John McNamara at the College Foundation and Institutional Advancement Office. Telephone: 860-906-5102 and Email: jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu 

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