$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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Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees To Be Recognized At 14th Changing Lives Gala, October 25th

The Capital Community College Foundation is establishing an Alumni Hall of Fame at the downtown campus to annually  recognize the academic and professional achievements of graduates.

The Hall of Fame will be located at the College’s 2nd Floor Welcome Center near the Main Street windows and the Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room.  The inductees’ pictures and biographies will be featured alongside a permanent Hall of Fame plaque recognizing alumni each year.

2019 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees clockwise from left: Orlando A. Lawrence, Vice Brooks,
Dr. Rocio Chang-Angulo, Pedro E. Segarra and Dunnia Ulloa.

Five 2019 inductees will be recognized at the 14th Changing Lives Gala to be held October 25th at Marquee’s Gershon Fox Ballroom,  960 Main Street:

  •  Vicie Brooks RN BSN whose career at Hartford Hospital has spanned 49 years. Vicie  is Community Liaison Nurse at Hartford Hospital and a founding member of the Northern CT Black Nurses’ Association (NCBNA). She is a mentor to Capital students entering the profession.
  • Rocio Chang-Angulo,  Psy.D., MA, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Medical School in Farmington, who is recognized for her work on childhood and mental health trauma.  Dr. Chang-Angulo, a native of Peru, began college in the then newly established English As A Second Language (ESL) program at Capital Community College in the 1980s.
  • Orlando A. Lawrence, MBA, MS (2006, Accounting, Business Management) is a senior manager, Internal Audit in Technology at the Kaman Corporation in Bloomfield.  He has been an auditor and project manager at Travelers and United Technologies.  Mr. Lawrence earned two degrees while enrolled at Capital and went on to earn a Bachelor’s from the University of Connecticut.  Master’s and MBA degrees followed from Post University and RPI.
  • Pedro E. Segarra, Esq., MSW (1978, Founder Latin American Student Association) is a Connecticut Worker’s Compensation Commissioner  who served as the City of Hartford’s 68th Mayor.  From Capital, Commissioner Segarra earned his bachelor’s in politics and government at the University of Hartford. A social worker, he earned an MSW from the University of Connecticut and went on to UCONN’s School of Law.
  • Dunnia Ulloa, B.S. (2008, Business Management). Ms. Ulloa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Connecticut State University and she joined Travelers in one of the first groups of Capital students chosen to be an EDGE intern as part of the Career Advancement Program (formerly Crossroads to Careers).  She works now in International Finance for Travelers.

The 2019 inductees were selected from nominations made during 2017-2018 when the College marked its 50th  anniversary and honorees at prior Changing Lives Galas which began in 2004.

The Changing Lives Gala will be held on Friday evening October 25th at the G. Fox Ballroom and Atrium next door to the campus at an elegant, art deco setting in the historic G. Fox & Company building. Since 2004 Changing Lives galas have been Capital’s signature event for college access and student success. Sponsors include Travelers, Liberty Bank, Webster Private Bank and Stephen Cadillac.  In 2019 proceeds will benefit a new Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Scholarship Fund.  Reservations are $125 per person; $75 for alumni. Sponsor opportunities are available. Information 860-906-5102. E-mail CA-foundation@capitalcc.edu

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Capital Community College Retains Top 25 National Ranking For Adult Learners

Capital Community College (CCC) has retained its national ranking for two-year colleges that serve adult learners well, according to the Washington Monthly’s 2019 College Rankings in the September/October edition.

A top 25 school for adult learners for the last three years.

CCC ranked  #21 in the latest survey and is among five community colleges in New England to make the top 25 for effectiveness in serving older students (25 and older).

“This year’s list of best-ranked colleges for adult learners taps national data to identify schools that make it easier for students to transfer, offer flexibility in their scheduling, provide services outside of banking hours, and make it possible for part-time students to succeed after they graduate,” writes Rebecca Klein-Collins, an associate vice president of research and policy development at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

The Washington Monthly, a nonprofit bimonthly published in the nation’s capital, assessed 978 two-year colleges using federal education data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and other measures.  Eight metrics were used in the rankings. “Across the board,” notes Klein-Collins, “these schools (community colleges) make it easy for anyone to enroll, but the best ones for adults offer flexible scheduling and a range of career-focused options.”

Also ranked in the top 25 in New England are North Shore Community College (13), Mount Wachusett Community College (16), Masschusetts Bay Community College (19) in Massachusetts and Naugatuck Valley Community College (25) in Connecticut.

CCC offers 36 associate degree and 24 certificate programs on site and online through six academic departments: Business and Technology; Health Careers and Public Safety; Humanities; Nursing; Science and Mathematics; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. While the largest programs are in Business and Health Careers, each program is closely aligned with the demands of the workforce.  As a result, CCC has recently added new programs in Biotechnology and Cybersecurity in response to the development of the regional economy.  The College has an expansive articulation network with longstanding agreements with private and public institutions in the region’s higher education consortium.  Eighty percent of students attend part-time (2018) and the average age of students is 29.

Like other publications Washington Monthly also ranks four year national universities and liberal arts colleges. It is the only national publication that ranks institutional effectiveness of two-year schools where so many working adults enroll. “Traditional college rankings are not very helpful for these students,” according to the Washington Monthly’s report. “Working adults generally don’t care about average ACT scores or donation rates of alumni. They need information about what a college or university will do to make it easy for them to enroll, succeed and finish their degrees.”

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New Widows’ Society Grant Provides Scholarships For Women In 2019-2020

The Widows’ Society has awarded a new $50,000 grant to the Capital Community College Foundation to provide scholarships for women.

Established in 1825, the Widows’ Society is one of the Hartford area’s oldest philanthropic organizations with a primary purpose of helping single women in Hartford address basic needs for housing, medical care, food and other necessities. In providing new scholarship support at Capital the Society’s board stated “there is no dearth of women needing help to continue or complete their education and we want to help as many people as possible to benefit from our gift.”

“This gift means more opportunities for Hartford women who otherwise would not be able to attend college,” said Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris. “We are most grateful to The Widows’ Society for again helping more women in Hartford gain access to a post-secondary education that is important for their families and helps them to obtain sustainable jobs and careers.”

Eligible applicants for the Widows Society Scholarships are women of any age living in the Hartford vicinity who are heads of their households or self-supporting and demonstrate financial need.  A 2018 grant supported more than $40,000 in awards to 38 Capital students.

Full-time tuition and fees at CCC total $4,696, representing a 21% increase over the 2014-2015 year. Of Capital’s 3,515 students enrolled in the last academic year, 71% were women and 64% of all students qualified for some form of financial aid.

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

Information on scholarship opportunities is available at the CCC Office of Financial Aid, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 Telephone: (860) 906-5090, E-mail: CA-finaidhelp@capitalcc.edu .

For information on creating a scholarship fund or making a contribution, contact John McNamara at (860) 906-5102. E-mail: jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu

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College Hosts Metro Hartford Alliance’s ‘Break The Ice’ June Luncheon

More than 40 individuals from Hartford area businesses and organizations attended a Metro Hartford Alliance “Break The Ice” Luncheon June 26th at Capital Community College’s (CCC) Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room.

Capital Chief Executive Officer G. Duncan Harris, Ed.D, welcomed Alliance investors and members and  shared  opportunities to partner with the college on educational and workforce issues.  The College is part of a “Hartford renaissance” that includes public and private partnerships at the campus and “momentum” is growing for the College’s “downtown neighborhood,” according to Harris.

Harris, concluding his first year leading the college, pointed to “the Capital Guarantee” for students enrolled in  career programs in business and insurance, information technology, nursing and health professions.  For graduates who meet requirements transfer to four-year schools such as the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University is guaranteed.  With full-time tuition less than $5,000 a year Capital is a “first choice school for the “first job, a better job, your career.”

Dr. Miah Lapierre-Dreger, interim Dean of Academic Affairs, also invited attendees to consider involvement in the college through one of its academic advisory boards. CCC offers 36 associate degree and 24 certificate programs on site and online through six academic departments: Business and Technology, Health Careers and Public Safety, Humanities, Nursing,  Science and Mathematics and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Representatives of downtown and area businesses and organizations attended the luncheon including  A&A Office Systems, Alzheimer’s Association of CT, Aquilline Drones, LLC, Fastsigns of Hartford, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Hilton/Marriott Hartford, iHeart Media, ImageWorks, LLC, NBC Connecticut, Santander Bank, Tallan, Inc, The Ergonomic Group, U.S. Small Business Association, Upward Hartford,  Venator Sales Group, VLink, Inc. and the World Affairs Council.  Participating from Metro Hartford Alliance were Raina Giddings, Senior Investment Relations Officer; Julie Daly Meehan, Chief Investor Relations Officer, and: Jen Proto, Investor Relations Specialist.

 

 

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CCC’s Elaine Stewart McKirdy Early Childhood Lab School Earns NAEYC Accreditation

Capital Community College’s Elaine Stewart McKirdy Laboratory School has earned a new accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

Named the Lab School for the internships it provides to early childhood majors, the two-classroom McKirdy Center  was the first child care center for student parents established at Connecticut’s community colleges and has continuously served children under five since 1975.  Led by its Director, Suzanne Rocco-Foertsch, the school operates during the academic year  week days from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. serving three- and four-year olds at affordable, sliding rates for students, faculty and staff and the community with priority given to students.

Early Childhood Lab School Director Suzanne Rocco-Foertsch

In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

“NAEYC-Accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation makes Capital Community College Laboratory School an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments.  The Lab School staff is proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for their commitment to reaching the highest professional standards.

Safe, affordable child care is beyond the reach of many working parents who are seeking degrees to secure sustainable employment. Expanded, drop-in child care is part of new initiatives to address the challenges Capital students face in balancing work, family and college to complete their studies and pursue careers.

CCC is seeking funding and community support to extend the hours of the center to make short-term child care services possible during day and evening classes.  For more information or to support the child care center contact the College Advancement and Foundation office at CA-Foundation@capitalcc.edu or call 860-906-5102.  www.capitalcc.edu/Foundation/

 

 

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Inaugural Golf Classic: A Special Thanks To Golfers, Sponsors, Contributors and Volunteers

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THANK YOU

to our sponsors, golfers, contributors and volunteers who made the 1st Capital Golf Classic on May 10, 2019 a success in support of the summer pre-college transition program

Tournament Volunteers

Amy Lemire, Carrie Benyei, Lisa Braverman, Anthony Cordova, Dawn Bunting, Donna Brown-Roberts, Marlene Hageman, Duncan Harris, Mike Kriscenski, Madeline Santiago, Girandely Veras, Steve Spears

Auction and Course Contributors

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 1942, Jane Bronfman, Duncan & Garcia Harris, Jodi Salmon,  Congress of CT Community Colleges (4Cs), Professor Seth Freeman, President Emeritus Wilfredo Nieves, Mary Jean Thornton, Church & Main Cafe, Members First Federal Credit Union, Fiduciary Investment Advisors, McNamara’s Band, Lessing’s Food Service Management, Lester and Sherrill Primus, Hartford Distributors (HDI), Loreen Wall and College Bookstore, Karen Binkhorst, CCC Nursing, CCC Purchasing Department, Quarry Ridge Golf Club, Legacy Foundation of Hartford, John Robinson, Laurie Hornbecker and School of Workforce and Continuing Education, Connecticut Forum, Hartford Yard Goats, Wadsworth Atheneum, Travelers Championship, Mohegan Sun, Stew Leonard’s, Harvey & Lewis, Chris Cote’s golf Shop, Silver City Furnace Company, Hughes & Cronin, Tee It up LLC, Chief Vernon L. Riddick, Jr., Gawlicki Family Foundation, Carrie Benyei & Amy Lemire, Joan & Dean Marchessault, Barbara Grenzinski Winalski, Anne Romus, City Steam Brewery Cafe, Gillette Ridge Golf Club, Rosemary Tyrrell, V’s Trattoria.

Steve Spears’ 1st Place Team at 13 Under Par

Fiduciary Investment Advisors – The Runner Up at 13 Under Par

See you for the 2nd Annual in May, 2020. Date to be announced

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