Capital Community College Ranked 10th Best In The Nation For Adult Learners

Hartford’s Capital Community College is one of the 10 best two-year colleges for adult learners in the nation, according to a survey by the Washington Monthly magazine in its September-October 2017 edition. The monthly’s 2017 college rankings were reported in the September 2nd Washington Post.

Capital ranked 10th among two-year schools based on federal government education data and the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges. The statistics were combined with “seven general measures of colleges’ openness and responsiveness to adult students and to how well those students fared once they left,” according to Washington Monthly’s Editor-In-Chief Paul Glastris.

Besides Capital, 19 institutions in 13 other states ranked in the top 20  for adult learning based on transfers, flexibility of programs, tuition, percentage of students over 25, mean earnings of adult students and loan repayment rates.  Capital, one of 12 community colleges in Connecticut, offers 44 associate degree and 27 certificate programs. More than 75% of students attend part-time and the average age of students is 29. One of the most ethnically diverse institutions in New England, Hispanic and African-American students made up 63% of enrollment in the fall of 2016.

Ranked as the best for adult learning are 1. Weber State University (UT); 2. Utah Valley University (UT); 3. Foothill College (CA); 4. Central Texas College (TX); 5. Valley Community College (NJ); 6. Columbia College (MO); 7. Howard Community College (MD); 8. Renton Technical College (WA); 9. Montgomery College (MD); 10. Capital Community College (CT); 11. Lakeshore Technical College (WI); 12. Inver Hills Community College (MN); 13.  Gateway Community College (AZ); 14. Fox Valley Technical College – Appleton (WI); 15. Montgomery County Community College (PA); 16. Diablo Valley College (CA); 17. Oakton Community College (IL); 18. Quincy College (MA); 19. College of San Francisco; 20. Meza Community College (AZ).

This is the second year The Washington Monthly has ranked two-year colleges for their impact on adult learners. Typically college surveys only rank four-year institutions for traditional students making the transition from high school to college.

Editor-In-Chief Glastris writes that the monthly started the survey on adult learners or non-traditional students because “the colleges that cater to adult students, the kind with jobs and families, aren’t given much attention or credit by the usual gatekeepers. There’s never been a good reason for this bias, and it makes even less sense today, when roughly 40 percent of all college students are adults (defined as twenty-five years old or older). Yes, America’s young people are our future, as the commencement speakers say. But with rampant income inequality and stagnant wages, our higher education system must also do more to help adults earn the diplomas they need to get ahead.”

The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 by Journalist Charles Peters as an independent publication and alternative to mainstream media with reporting and analysis on policy and government. It is supported through contributions and grants from prominent foundations.

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College Gets High Marks As Conference Site For Community Gardening Association

Capital Community College’s Centinel Hill Hall was the convening site for the 38th annual conference of the American Community Gardening Association July 27-30th.

The College and downtown Hartford’s hotels and restaurants won praise from 300 conference goers, according to Mike McGarry, who helped promote the event.

In his column in the August 3rd Hartford News McGarry said conference goers were “pleased with the facility including the classrooms and parking…and Hartford in general.”

“In its coverage, the Hartford Courant’s Matt Ormseth reported the downtown college campus  was the “unlikely nexus of all things community gardening for a weekend.”

The three-day conference, the first held by the national gardening group in Connecticut, drew hundreds of participants from around the country who participated in workshops”covering cutting-edge horticulture practices to community gardening start-up and sustainability to school and youth gardening curricula,” according to the association. All-day tour excursions to  community gardening and urban agriculture programs in Connecticut and Massachusetts, including a bicycle tour  in Hartford, were available. Attendees included representatives of Knox and the Hartford Food System.

Hartford News Columnist Mike McGarry reports high praise for college as conference site for community gardening in urging more marketing and promotion for downtown Hartford as meeting and conference destination.

Capital’s Centinel Hill Hall auditorium and classroom facilities are available  for conferences, meetings and workshops when not in use for regular classes and academic activities.

For rental rates and more information email: CA-foundation@capitalcc.edu or call 860-906-5102

Capital Community College’s auditorium, Centinel Hill Hall, continues to be a community gathering place for meetings and conferences, continuing the tradition established by G. Fox & Company, Capital’s campus re-located to the department store building after a restoration and renovation of the 11-story Main Street building constructed in 1918.

 

 

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Tickets On Sale For Capital Community College Game Day August 29th — Yard Goats vs. Sea Dogs Baseball At Dunkin’ Donuts Park

Capital Community College (CCC) will kick off a new academic year at Dunkin’ Donuts Park on Tuesday, August 29th  as faculty, students, alumni and friends attend an Eastern League evening game between the Portland Sea Dogs and the Hartford Yard Goats.

Classes for the fall semester begin on the same day.The fall semester marks the start of the College’s 50th anniversary year. In the fall of 1967 Greater Hartford Community College opened on Sequassen Street near what is now Coltsville National Park.  The College subsequently moved to the Woodland Street campus before relocating to the former G. Fox & Company Department Store in 2002. Hartford State Technical College,  founded in 1946 as the Connecticut Engineering Institute, was consolidated with Capital in 1990.

Capital Community College Game Day will be one of a series of events during  2017-2018 to mark the College’s anniversary year.

$10 tickets are available at the College’s Advancement Office or by calling 860-906-5102; e-mail: CA-Foundation@capitalcc.edu.    Interested persons may reserve or purchase tickets at the College Foundation’s Network For Good Link

The Hartford Yard Goats, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are concluding their first season at the downtown stadium that is a short walk from Capital’s 950 Main Street campus.  In a Baseball Digest poll, Dunkin’ Donuts Park was rated  the best AA minor league park for 2017.

 

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A Capital Community College Foundation – 50th Anniversary Event

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In The Community: Free Self-Defense Class For Women at Downtown YMCA July 15th

A free, self-defense class for women of all ages will be held at the downtown Hartford YMCA, 90 State House Square,  on Saturday, July 15th, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Jane Doe No More , a non-profit organization established to “improve the way society responds to victims of sexual assault”, is offering the “Escape Alive” survival skills class for women and girls ages 15 and over at Connecticut locations this summer free of charge. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have a signed waiver at time of entry.

The self-defense class is part of Jane Doe No More’s educational programs that include  a Safe Student Initiative and Survivors Speak Outreach program.  Participants learn awareness and prevention tips, escape strategies, and striking techniques designed to disable assailants and enable escape.

To register or for more information visit www.janedoenomore.org or call 203-729-0245, e-mail info@janedoenomore.org.

 

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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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