“Free” Tuition Plan, School To Work Partnerships Will Be Topics at Capital Community College Town & Legislative Breakfast January 30th

A Community College “Free Tuition” initiative and school-to-work apprentice and intern programs will be among topics at a Town and Legislative Breakfast at Capital Community College’s Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room on  Thursday, January 30, 2020  from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

State legislators from Hartford and surrounding towns, city and town officials and community partners will participate in the annual event ahead of the 2020 session of the Connecticut General Assembly that begins February 5th. Policies and legislation impacting  CCC and other community colleges will be discussed.

Legislation adopted in 2019 mandated a “last dollar” scholarship program for full-time community college students.  Funding for the program is expected to be addressed in the 2020 legislative session to implement the program known as Pledge To Advance Connecticut (PACT) .

Beginning in Fall 2020, PACT allows Connecticut residents who meet certain eligibility criteria to attend any of Connecticut’s Community Colleges for up to three years free of mandatory tuition and fees related to an eligible program of study. Like other “free community college” plans in other states the program relies on federal and other  financial aid programs to meet all tuition and educational expenses.  At Capital full-time tuition and fees for a year totals $4,566.

Seating is limited for the Town & Legislative Breakfast at Capital. RSVPs are required for this event. For more information contact the college’s advancement office at 860-906-5102 or email  CA-foundation@capitalcc.edu.

The Connecticut General Assembly opens for the 2020 session on February 5th and will adjourn on May 6th. To contact your legislators visit the Connecticut General Assembly

The College’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1985 to raise funds and manage endowments, is sponsoring the breakfast.

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Capital CEO Duncan Harris Is Recipient Of Greater Hartford Ministerial Alliance’s Drum Major Award For Education

G. Duncan Harris, Ed.D, Capital Community College’s Chief Executive Officer, is the recipient of the Greater Hartford Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance’s 2020 Drum Major Award that recognizes individuals who show leadership in the fields of politics, community service, religion and education.

Dr. Harris and other “Drum Major” recipients will be recognized at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Service. on Monday, January 20th, at 12 noon at Mount Olive Church Ministries, 20 Battle Street, Hartford where Rev. Dion Watkins is Pastor.

G. Duncan Harris

Harris, a Windsor resident, was appointed CCC’s Interim CEO in July, 2018. He previously served as Dean of Student Affairs at Manchester Community College and has led efforts at Connecticut’s community colleges to improve student persistence and completion during his career. In the community Dr. Harris currently serves on the boards of directors of Capital Workforce Partners, FoodShare and the Urban League of Greater Hartford.  Past recognitions have included a Connecticut State University Distinguished Alumni Professional Award, a Community College Professional Award from NASPA Region I (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and the Connecticut African American Affairs Man of the Year Award.

In addition to Dr.  Harris, other 2020 awardees include:

Politics: 15th District State Representative Bobby Gibson  who serves the towns of Bloomfield and Windsor in the Connecticut General Assembly.

Community: Jennifer Little-Greer Executive Director of Minority Construction Council.

Religion: Bishop Elect Marichal Monts (Pastor of Citadel of Love, Music Director of the Ebony Singers of Wesleyan University and Hartford Police Department Chaplin

The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance organizes the City of Hartford’s commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the national holiday.  Pastor Ronald D. Holmes is the President and Pastor Daylon K. Greer, Sr. is Vice President and Program Chair.


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Harvard Economist Keynotes Opening of Equity & Diversity Center

Economist Anna Stansbury was the keynote speaker at the opening of the College’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Center on December 5th.

The opening, co-sponsored by the Hartford Chamber of Commerce, involved community partners and organizations, faculty, staff and students. The purpose of the EDI Center is to provide support for students to overcome barriers to complete their course of study.

Stansbury, a James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Ph.D Fellow at Harvard University’s Inequality and Social Policy Program, addressed the need for policies to address inequality to spur economic development. Her research focuses on labor economics.

Current priorities of the center, led by Associate Professor and Language Coordinator Carl Guerriere, include enhancing childcare options for students, creating space on campus for prayer and lactation, on-campus links for mental health wellness and developing a data base of resources and community partners with the college. The Center is located in a suite of offices on the third floor of the 950 Main Street campus in proximity to the LEAD (Career Development) Center.

The EDI Center is using a $30,750 planning grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to develop a three-year implementation plan by March 2020. KJR Consulting was selected to work with the college and stakeholders in the development of the plan.


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Fall Annual Meeting: College Foundation Elects Officers, New Directors

The Capital Community College’s nonprofit Foundation  held its annual meeting October 24th electing new officers and directors.

David McCluskey,  Legislative Liaison for the CT Department of Correction and a former six-term State Representative from West Hartford, was elected Chairperson. McCluskey, serving a second three-year term on the Foundation, holds an MILR (Industrial and Labor Relations) from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.  David M. Seder, a Reinsurance Placement Director at Travelers, ended his tenure on the board and was recognized with Chair Emeritus status.

David McCluskey

Retired Insurance Executive Jorge L. Marimon, who joined the Foundation board last year,  was elected Vice Chairperson.  He holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Re-elected Treasurer was Thomas Wood, CPA, a nonprofit assurance manager at Whittlesey. Wood holds a Master of Science degree from Bentley College. John Perkins, a Hartford Public Schools Data Manager and alumnus, was elected Assistant Treasurer. He holds a master’s degree in communication and information from Bay Path University.

The Foundation elected two new directors from employers with a history of providing job opportunities for Capital’s graduates:

  • Sharon R. Thomas, a Director of Health Equity at Aetna and a member of the Simsbury Board of Education. Thomas earned a Master of Administrative Science degree at  Johns Hopkins University and Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.
  •  Dennis W.  Sparks, Vice President of Human Resources at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center (Trinity Health of New England). Sparks joined Saint Francis in 2016. He earned a BA in psychology.sociology from Houston Baptist University (TX) and and MA in human resources/labor law from National University in San Diego. His career has included similar positions at Saint Michael Medical Center in Newark and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital before coming to Hartford.

Capital CEO and Foundation Secretary Duncan Harris (left) welcomes Sharon R. Thomas and Dennis Sparks to the Board of Directors.

Sparks and Thomas join incumbent directors Ana Alfaro, Eversource and the Analeh television program; Anthony Barrett, YMCA; Marie Basche, faculty and staff representative; John H. Driscoll, Jr., Webster Private Bank; Jodi Greenspan, The Hartford; Florence Johnson, RN, Qualidigm; Abdul-Rahmaan Mohammad, My People Clinical Services; Marlene Pereira, Student Senate; Atty. George C. Springer, Jr., Rogin Nassau LLC, and; Steven C. Taylor, Berkshire Bank.

Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris, who serves as the Foundation secretary ex-officio, welcomed new directors and thanked the board for stepping up to help set new philanthropic goals in support of the College.  Harris, appointed interim CEO in July, 2018,  said that a Campus Master Plan will be implemented over the next year to modify and improve facilities after 17 years at the downtown campus, formerly the G. Fox & Company Department Store building. “This will open the door to new naming opportunities in planning a capital campaign on a re-configured campus that will be geared to the needs of students and  academic programs,” Harris said.

The College Foundation was founded in 1985 to support CCC through gifts to scholarship and endowment funds and grants in support of college programs.

For information about the CCC Foundation and giving opportunities at Capital contact the Foundation and Institutional Advancement Office, 950 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103. Email: jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu . 860-906-5102.

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Save The Date: 2nd Annual Capital Golf Classic To Benefit Veterans’ OASIS Center and Scholarship Fund on May 18th

Capital Community College’s 2nd annual Golf Classic is set for Monday May 18, 2020 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 cost for individual players is $150 or $600 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 and will include a raffle, auction and prizes. Participants can arrange their own foursomes or sign up as singles. The cost for dinner only guests is $50.  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 last summer 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@capitalcc.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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Giving Tuesday at #DestinationCapital: Six Ways To Give Back

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Giving Tuesday at #DestinationCapital

Tuesday, December 3rd Capital Community College (CCC) Foundation joins with nonprofits, higher education institutions and community organizations in an  international day of giving at the height of the holiday shopping season.


Capital’s goal for Giving Tuesday 2019 is $5,000 — an amount that will support a full time student’s tuition, fees and other educational expenses for one year in an associate degree program.

Gifts — no matter the amount – support Capital’s mission of educational access and academic success for students who face financial and personal challenges in getting to and graduating from college without debt.

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 at the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism on the day that follows “black” Friday and “cyber” Monday. It’s a day to encourage generosity, volunteerism and acts of kindness locally and globally and it has grown to generate more than $1 billion for good causes.

Six Ways of Giving Back On Giving Tuesday and throughout the year

  • Donate at the secure GIVING PAGE  or make your pledge or gift by downloading a Giving Tuesday gift reply form.
  • Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to join you in making a gift
  • Make your donation quarterly for impact throughout the year.
  • Designate your gift in honor or in memory of an individual who made a difference in your life.
  • Share your support for the college and its programs on social media. Hashtag #Destination Capital. #Giving Tuesday
  • Share your story if you attended or graduated from CCC (including Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College) at https://capcommcollege.org/alumni-feedback-share-your-story/. Alumni experiences and success inspire today’s students to excel.

Where Does My Gift Go?

100% of gifts go where donors want. You may designate your gift to an existing  Foundation scholarship or endowment fund  or a program at Capital.  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.

To ensure more students succeed in 2020, CCC is seeking to do more to address obstacles that get in the way of graduation:

·         An Equity Diversity and Inclusion Center with new support services to address childcare, food security, health, immigration and housing issues.

·         The Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Development (LEAD) Center where students find financial education and counseling, paid internships and workplace training for that first job, then a better job and a career in their chosen field.

·         Support for the Foundation Scholarship Program over and above federal and institutional aid that enable students to earn their associate degrees without interruption or debt. Seven of 10 Capital students qualify for financial aid.

That’s why your generosity is so important.

Gifts from the community are the margin of difference in creating access and giving Capital the support it needs to continue as a stepping stone to higher education and career opportunity.


Contributions to the CCC Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information on gift opportunities, the downtown campus and college programs contact the Institutional Advancement Office at 860-906-5102. Email: jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu



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$75,000 CHEFA Grant Enhances New Radiologic Technology Laboratory

A newly renovated Radiologic Technology Laboratory opened in the fall semester for students enrolled in the nationally accredited health professions program at Capital Community College. The new lab was made posssible by a $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority (CHEFA).

Alumna of the Radiologic Technology Program joined in a ribbon cutting for a new lab at Capital, including the administrative director and managers of Medical Imagining at ECHN hospitals. From left:  Samantha Bourbeau, Agnieszka Dziiubinski, Jillian Menzel with Program Coordinator Paul Creech and Christina Gallignano.

Capital CEO Duncan Harris, acknowledging support from CHEFA’s 2019 Client Grant Program, welcomed faculty, alumni, staff and students on September 23rd when the ribbon was officially cut at the newly equipped facility. The CHEFA grant paved the way for a fully equipped core radiographic room that simulates the x-ray and radiographic labs in hospitals and clinical settings.

Acquisitions include an elevating table, floor mounted tube supports, high voltage cables, x-ray grid, PC and software simulating an integrated DR system. Last summer the College refurbished a lab room to accommodate the new equipment on the 8th floor where nursing and health professions programs are based.

Alumna Agnieszka Dziubinski, an ECHN Medical Imaging Manager, praised CCC students who come to Manchester and Rockville Hospitals for their clinicals as “compassionate and professional.” She said “it’s great to see how well this program is preparing and educating students before their first clinicals.”

Professor Paul Creech, MPH, Esq., who has coordinated Rad Tech studies since their inception at Capital in 1992, introduced alumna working at health care institutions that are a part of the College’s extensive network of clinical sites in central Connecticut.

State-of-the-art x-ray equipment in the college’s Rad Tech lab funded by a $75,000

Radiologic technology is a major component of associate degree and certificate granting programs in the health professions (nursing, medical assisting, paramedic) at Capital with high rates of completion and career employment.

Established in 2002, the CHEFA Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations that provide essential health, educational, cultural, and childcare services to the residents of Connecticut. More than $30 million has been distributed to Connecticut nonprofit organizations. CHEFA is the authority that manages tax-exempt bond financing and child car loan programs.


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