Capital Community College Ranked A Top 25 Two-Year College For Adult Learners For A Second Year

For the second year Capital Community College is one of the top 25 two-year institutions in the nation for adult learners, according the Washington Monthly 2018 Rankings of Colleges and Universities.

Capital ranked 21st  among two-year schools for students 25 years old and older based on government education data and factors such as ease of transfer, the percentage of students over 25 and earnings after college.

Besides Capital,  two other colleges in New England ranked in the top 25, including Vermont Technical College, 14th and North Shore Community College (MA) 16th.

Capital, one of 12 community colleges in Connecticut, offers associate degree and certificate programs, including nationally accredited programs in nursing, radiologic technology, medical assisting and early childhood education. Guided pathways programs provide automatic transfer into state universities and articulation agreements with private institutions offer similar opportunities to move to the baccalaureate. Seventy-nine (79) percent of students attend part-time (2017) and the average age of students is 29.WM2018-college-ranking-cover-231x300

One of the most ethnically diverse institutions in New England, Hispanic and African-American students made up 65% of enrollment in the fall of 2017. Capital was the first college in Connecticut to be designated an Hispanic Serving Institution by the federal government.

The Washington Monthly in 2016 became the first publication to rank colleges “according to how well they cater to adults learners” and included community colleges in the higher education ratings. The survey for older students assesses both 2-year and 4-year institutions on how they score on “openness and responsiveness to adult students and of how well those students fare once they leave.”  In 2017 Capital also ranked in the top 25, placing 10th in the survey of all two-year public and private colleges.

The rankings are based on seven factors including ease of transfer, flexibility of programs, services for adult students, the percentage of students over 25, the graduation rate of part-time students, mean earnings 10 years after college entry, loan repayment rates and tuition and fees.  To attain the ranking Capital Community College data showed 54% of students over 25, a 24% graduation within eight years of entry, earnings of $39,468 for graduates with 10 years on the job and loan repayment rates of 61% after graduation.

“When you take these needs into account, the rankings of which schools are “best” starts to look very different from what you find in U.S. News & World Report and other magazines,” wrote Gilad Edelman in Washington Monthly.

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CCC Student Receives Black Nurses’ Association Scholarship At 21st Annual Luncheon

Adedoyin Ogunbona, a second year student in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program, is one of four undergraduates to receive a 2018 scholarship from the Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association (NCBNA).

The NCBNA held its 21st annual awards luncheon on September 29th at Hartford’s Chowder Pot restaurant recognizing scholarship, collaborative spirit and community service award recipients.

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Dr. Dawn Bunting (left), Capital’s Director for Nursing, congratulates Capital Nursing Major Adedoyin Ogunbona on her scholarship award at NCBNA luncheon. At right is Capital Alumna and NCNBA Member Vicie Brooks of Hartford Hospital.

Adedoyin Ogunbona’s “passion for education and caring for the sick was formed in her native home of Nigeria,” said NCBNA Member Marlene Harris of Hartford Hospital in recognizing recipients. “Her professors describe her as consistently engaged and continuously seeking new learning opportunities.”  Ms. Ogunbona’s goal is to eventually return to Nigeria to bring quality health care services and education to her native country.

Also receiving $1,000 scholarships were Ciera Carter, a senior nursing student at the University of Saint Joseph,; Dazjia Green, a junior at the University of Connecticut, and; Stacy-Ann Wallen, a student ambassador and nursing major at the University of Connecticut.

Receiving a Community Service Award were Hartford’s Henrietta Beckman and Rev. Henry Brown of Mothers United Against Violence (MUAV), a group founded in 2003 to support victims’ families and to organize and promote anti-violence activities. Susanne P. Yeakel, a Nurse Director of Surgical Services at Hartford Hospital.

In 2018-2019, Association members are mentoring  five Capital CC  nursing majors and 11 other students from other colleges and universities.  Mentors include Capital Alumna Vicie Brooks, a Community Liaison Nurse at Hartford Hospital and NCBNA President Florence Johnson, a consulting manager at Qualidigm, a national health care consulting organization.

The northern Connecticut chapter is affiliated with the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and its mission   is “to provide a forum for collective action by African-American nurses to investigate, define and determine what the health care needs of African-Americans are and to implement change to make available to African Americans and other minorities health care commensurate with that of the larger society.”

 

 

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August 8th Open House, Enrollment Saturdays Set For Capital’s Downtown Campus

The public is invited to Capital Community College for an  Open House on Wednesday August 8th at the 950 Main Street campus from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Faculty and staff will  share information about the college’s affordable associate degree and certificate programs and transfer opportunities. Financial aid and registration information will also be available at the College’s Welcome Center.  Enrollment Saturdays are also scheduled ahead of the new academic year from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 4th, 18th and 25th.

Fall classes begin on Tuesday, August 28th.

Capital Community College, located in the center of Hartford in the historic G. Fox building, is a public, open-door, educational institution offering 60 programs of study.  Students can take advantage of a wealth of cultural and employment opportunities, all within walking distance of the College. History, the arts, government and business, are integrated into the educational experience, with classes and internships that make the most of being in the center of the city.

For further information contact Capital’s Welcome and Advising Center at 860-906-5077. To learn more about the college, visit www.capitalcc.edu

 

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College Game Day: Dugout Tix On Sale For Yard Goats Baseball Sunday, August 5th

Join us for the 2nd annual Capital Community College Day at Dunkin Donuts Park on Sunday, August 5th with a Double A Eastern League game between the Trenton Thunder (NY Yankees) and the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies).  The game starts at 5:05 p.m. and seating is next to the Yard Goats dugout on the 3rd base line.

Photo Credit: Andy Hart, Hartford News

Make a reservation for the Dugout Suite (closer to the catcher than the pitcher is). Dunkin Donuts Park is a short walk from the Capital Community College campus.

TICKETS

Your ticket ($60 per person) includes a 2.5 hour buffet served until the 7th inning, private (cash) bar and access to the YG Club.  The dugout suite menu includes: sliced prime rib, rliced roasted turkey, roasted red bliss potatoes, artisan bread rolls, cucumber feta salad, chocolate chip cookies  and non-alcoholic beverages with a cash bar service.

Seating is limited. To reserve a ticket or tickets call the Advancement Office at 860-906-5102 | E-mail: CA-foundation@capitalcc.edu

Or reserve online at TICKETS

Rain Check: In the event 5 innings (or 4 1/2 if Yard Goats are ahead) are not played group tickets may be exchanged for a regular season home game of equal or lesser value. For hospitality events (Dugout Suite) event will be held regardless of weather unless gates do not open due to weather. The outing will then be re-scheduled to an available date. Make checks payable to the CCC Foundation. Net proceeds will benefit the College Foundation’s annual fund

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Hartford Public High School Grads Eligible For Scholarship To Capital CC

A  gift to the Capital Community College Foundation will  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.capital_logo_294_k

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: CA-finaidhelp@capitalcc.edu.

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
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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: CA-finaidhelp@capitalcc.edu

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 CA-foundation@capitalcc.edu 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.

 

FAREWELL DINNER RESERVATIONS/ INFORMATION: 

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

Reservations and payment option are available online at

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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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