A 50th Wedding Anniversary Boosts Nursing Scholarship

Family and Friends Support The Adam E. Staszko Memorial Scholarship

Joan and Steve Egbertson marked their 50th wedding anniversary in May and turned a family celebration into gifts to the College’s Associate Degree in Nursing program.

Faculty Emerita Egbertson retired in 2012 from the nursing program. To give something back she created a scholarship in memory of her father, Adam Edward Staszko. She’s supported the memorial scholarship every year since.

Joan Egbertson

But for the coronavirus, the Egbertsons’ milestone was to be a social gathering at Crystal Peak in Winchester, a popular site for weddings and anniversary parties.

In lieu of a banquet, however, family, friends, former colleagues and neighbors are responding with gifts in support of the memorial scholarship named for Joan’s father. “Your presence is your gift” read the invitation to invitees and the “RSVPs” are still coming in.

Joan’s personal giving has now multiplied into nearly 40 gifts  sent to Dawn R. Bunting, the Nursing Division Director. The  anniversary donations will make more Adam E Staszko scholarships possible in 2021.

The Adam E. Staszko Memorial Scholarship is one of six faculty-recommended scholarships for nursing majors made possible by annual and endowment gifts to the Foundation. They are awarded every May at the College’s annual Student Awards Night.

In addition to the Staszko award, they include the Laurel Anderson Memorial Scholarship, the Eileen Helwig Memorial Scholarship, the George J. and Anna T. Repicky Memorial Award, the Judee R. Lauria Memorial Award and the Scholarship in honor of Dannie Kennedy. This year 14 Registered Nurse (RN) candidates received awards totalling $9,300, including three recipients who received the Staszko scholarship. Overall the College Foundation provided $90,000 in financial aid to Capital students in 2019-2020.

CCC’s nationally accredited Associate Degree in Nursing Program is one of the highest enrolled degree-granting RN programs in the state and region and the first established at Connecticut’s community colleges in 1974. Five other community colleges are now a part of the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP) that offers a four-semester, 68 credit curriculum leading to the associate degree and RN licensure.

A nursing lab class on the campus of Capital Community College.

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Colleagues Remember CIS Professor Ken Carpenter As A Dedicated Teacher With A Passion For Art and Technology

Professor Emeritus Ken Carpenter, who taught Computer Information Systems (CIS) for 26 years at Capital Community College, is being remembered by alumni and colleagues as “an outstanding teacher, mentor and friend.”

Carpenter, 80, died peacefully at his Wethersfield home May 28th.

Professor Emeritus Ken Carpenter

Donations to the Capital Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund are being accepted in his memory at the request of his family.

Recalling Carpenter as her “next door office neighbor” when she started at Capital, Dr. Miah LaPierre-Dreger, Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and a former Chair of Business and Technology Department, says “his passion for teaching, his love for our students, and his ability to view life through the eyes of a cartoonist were evident and inspiring to those around him. It was a privilege to call him a mentor, colleague and friend.”

The current Business and Technology Chair, Seth Freeman, also praised Carpenter as both a mentor and colleague: “I learned a great deal from Ken when I first joined the Business and Technology department as an adjunct and even more when I became full-time. I found Ken to be extremely knowledgeable and always interested in learning new tools and techniques for computer programming and specifically computer animation. Ken was always kind and supportive. He was committed to serving our students and our College.”

Professor Carpenter, an avid gardener, painter and lover of animation, intertwined technology instruction with a passion for art and cartooning. Carpenter’s interests in art and technology influenced and enthused students in CIS outside the classroom. He founded and advised the Animation Club that encouraged members to learn and apply computer graphics in creative ways.

“Good-Hearted College” Ken Carpenter’s painting on the CCC campus.

Upon his retirement in 2012 his colleagues recognized Carpenter for his teaching and collegiality with a plaque and presented a pear tree for planting in his home garden that he and his wife Donna tended and cultivated. Two of Carpenter’s paintings hang outside his old office on the campus’ 6th floor as a reminder of his contributions to the college and its students.

Carpenter, a U.S. Army veteran, grew up in Bridgeport graduating from Central High School. He went on to the University of Bridgeport for undergraduate degrees, master’s and Sixth Year degrees in education. He previously was a teacher at Waltersville and Franklin Schools in Bridgeport before joining the CCC faculty.

Memorial donations in Ken’s name may be made to the Capital Community College Foundation (Scholarship Fund) at 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103,

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CCC Honors Paramedics During EMS Week

Capital Community College (CCC) has recognized the work of  Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel now on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris officially acknowledged the work of EMS practitioners during EMS Week May 17-23 , a week observed nationally since 1974.

CCC’s nationally accredited Paramedic Program, established in 1988 in partnership with Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, prepares students for careers as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, hospital and public health coordinators and first responders.

“During my time at CCC, and as a member of the CCC Paramedic Advisory Board, I’ve learned much about the rigorous requirements to enter the paramedic field,” said Harris in a Commencement Week message to the campus. “CCC has one of the longest standing programs in the state and serves as a primary training ground for our state’s paramedics.”

Amid the COVID-19 public health crisis, the College has been authorized to educate a new cohort of incoming paramedic professionals this summer, one of only two on ground  programs to be offered at the downtown Hartford campus as distance learning continues for other programs.

Harris praised the work of Dr. Dan Tauber, Professor and Program Director, who last year received the Paul Winfield Smith Award for Educational Excellence from the Connecticut Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council.  Tauber joined the faculty in 1994 and has been program director since 2018.

“I’ve seen the way he pours himself into his students,” said Harris. “It’s clear that he is aware that lives are on the line and are connected to the competency with which he ensures our students have the training and knowledge they need to meet the high standards.  It’s been an honor supporting his work and the work of the committed faculty and staff in the department.”

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Think Globally, Act Locally: Capital Community College Foundation Joins “Giving Tuesday Now” May 5th

On Tuesday, May 5th Capital Community College (CCC) Foundation joins a global generosity movement started in 2012.

Giving Tuesday — a day set aside in December each year to encourage philanthropy and acts of kindness,  is happening now in response to the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis hitting every community globally and locally.

For community college students financial and personal burdens are growing during the pandemic. While distance learning continues, new hardships will confront students in the days and weeks ahead.

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.

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  • $166 supports a credit hour of study ($1,992 full time tuition per semester)
  • $286 covers fees and transportation per student each semester
  • $700 meets the costs of textbooks and learning materials
  • $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.

Think Globally. Act Locally

  • Support healthcare workers by donating supplies, advocating for them, and staying home.
  • Give to the organizations that you love most – no amount is too little and nonprofits need our support, including the Capital Community College Foundation
  • Help out small businesses by buying gift cards or writing an online review.
  • Combat loneliness by reaching out to a neighbor, relative, seniors or veterans.

 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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COVID-19 Response: Capital Cares Student Fund Gets $20,000 Boost From CCC Foundation

The Capital Community College Foundation is boosting an Emergency Microgrant Fund for students with a $20,000 grant to help undergraduates during the COVID-19 pandemic that closed the campus on March 12th and moved all courses online for the remainder of the semester.

The Capital Cares Fund will expand on  microgrants (application) available through the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs office with funds for laptops and costs related to distance learning. Emergency microgrants may address the sudden loss of housing, the threat of eviction, overdue utility bills, loss of computers, books, clothing or other essential belongings. Support may include aid for medical emergencies, the loss of a job or childcare or aid to victims of violence.

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“The College Foundation is increasing funds to the Capital Cares Fund to enable the college to respond to immediate personal and education needs of students during this public health crisis,” said David McCluskey, CCC Foundation Chair. “Many Capital students already face formidable obstacles.  The difficulties of the pandemic can upend their degree and career plans without new support.”

“The College is marshalling all available resources to transition to online learning and supporting our students,” said Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris, who serves as Foundation secretary.  “The Foundation’s support is going to make a critical difference. A campus shutdown means students may be cut off from key services such as food assistance or dealing with loss of a job.  This kind of direct support during social distancing is needed.”

The Foundation’s Executive and Finance committee approved the Care Fund allocation April 7th as an initial response to the pandemic. Contributions may be made to the Capital Cares Fund at its special giving page.

Capital Community College enrolls 3,300 students in 60 associate degree and certificate programs in six academic departments. The College is home to nationally accredited associate degree programs in nursing (RN) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) , which are  the largest in Connecticut. Most first-time, full time degree-seekers (90%) qualify for scholarship aid such as Pell grants. A majority of all students (64%) qualify for some form of federal or institutional aid.

For more Foundation information email: CA-Foundation@capitalcc.edu

Telephone: 860-906-5102


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Capital Cares Fund-Covid-19: Helping Students In A Time of Need

The coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic is causing uncertainty and challenges for all of us  as we join in the public health responses of social isolation and other measures to  “flatten the curve.”

For Capital Community College students financial and personal burdens are growing in this crisis as so many balance work that may no longer be available, study and caring for family in pursuit of  their educations. While teaching and learning through distance learning continues,  new hardships will confront students in the immediate future.

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As it is students come to the College recognizing that their ticket out of poverty lies in a postsecondary degree; however, as first-generation college students, they face challenges  to overcome obstacles that stymie their progress  Most (90%) of  first-time , full-time degree-seekers qualify for scholarship aid, and many (64%) students qualify for some form of federal or institutional aid.

“Equity advocates say the coronavirus could knock community college students off track if it jeopardizes their employment, their ability to make rent or mortgage payments, or their access to food,” according to a March 19th Education Dive story 3 ways community colleges can support students during the coronavirus crisis. Author Natalie Schwartz wrote “receive less government funding per student than public four-year universities, have had fewer resources to prepare for the outbreak. Given that their students also are more likely to be low income and have children than those attending bachelor’s institutions, two-year schools are tasked with addressing the virus on several fronts.”

The Capital Community College Foundation invites donations to address unexpected expenses for eligible students amid the pandemic. The Foundation is strengthening the Capital Cares Fund with matching funds from the 21st Century endowment.

The Capital Cares Fund addresses basic living expenses such as food or rent, utility or medical bills.  It will expand on college microgrants with tools for learning including tablets, laptops, books and costs related to distance learning for eligible students who otherwise won’t be able to participate.

Individuals who want to join the networking Peer-To-Peer campaign to raise funds for Capital Cares Fund may contact the Foundation and Advancement office:

860-906-5102; E-mail: CA-foundation@capitalcc.edu

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The CCC Foundation is turning to its own available resources to help and invites friends, alumni, faculty and staff to respond with a donation to this special Capital Cares Fund.

Gifts, no matter the amount, will help get vulnerable students through this difficult time.

Giving Opportunities For Helping Resources and partners of Capital In Our Greater Hartford community.

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CCC Foundation Scholarships: Online Application Available For Fall 2020

The  Capital Community College Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships for the Fall 2020 semester. The closing date for applications is June 1, 2020.

The Foundation provides merit and need-based scholarships each year to new and continuing students contingent on gifts and grants received and spendable income from endowments.

General eligibility includes entering or continuing students at Capital Community College enrolling full- or part-time with  satisfactory academic standing and/or scholastic achievement. Additional eligibility requirements apply to scholarships with gender, geographic or other criteria.

To Apply Register and Submit at the link below:

Online Scholarship Application

The Closing Date for Applications Is  June 1, 2020

Additional 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

Supporting The Scholarship Fund

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

The Capital Community College Foundation maintains annual and endowment funds with donations from individuals, businesses, community organizations and foundations for the purpose of awarding scholarships to eligible Capital Community College students.

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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March 26th Reception For CCC Nursing’s Remote Area Medical Trip Cancelled

A March 26th reception supporting a nursing faculty and student Remote Area Medical trip has been cancelled because of public health restrictions to combat coronovirus.

The reception, scheduled for Hartford’s City Steam Brewery, was organized  in support of an educational and humanitarian trip planned for June that would involve a CCC nursing team in a free mobile clinic in a medically underserved community in Ohio.

The CCC Foundation thanks individuals and sponsors who have made reservations and contributions in support of the project.  Refunds will be made upon request. Alternatively, donations received will be applied to fund Capital’s Remote Area Medical activities.

For more information contact the College’s Advancement and Foundation office.

Telephone; 860-906-5102  (leave a message and your call will be returned)

Email:  CA-foundation@capitalcc.edu

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Nominations Invited For The Class of 2020 Alumni Wall of Fame

Fifty three years ago Capital Community College then known as Greater Hartford Community College opened its doors at a two-story Sequassen Street building in Hartford’s Colt Park. From an opening enrollment of 339 students more than 300,000 have enrolled and many have moved on to  academic and career success.

In 2019 the College and the CCC Foundation created the Alumni Wall of Fame to recognize alumni from all decades who have achieved success  and made an impact on their community and profession. A group of five inductees were recognized at the 14th Changing Lives Gala and the Foundation intends to make honoring distinguished alumni an annual event.

Nominations are invited for a Class of 2020 Alumni Wall of Fame inductees.

Alumni Wall of Fame Nomination Form

Capital graduates are often the first members of their family to make it to higher education and the career opportunities that come with it. The stories of successful graduates can inspire continuing and new students to excel.

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 (24 credits) to be eligible.

Alums from both Capital (Greater Hartford Community College) and Hartford State Technical College are eligible.  The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2020.

Alumni Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at the 15th Changing Lives Gala,  CCC’s signature event for scholarships and student success, on Friday, October 23, 2020.

For more information contact the Office of Institutional Advancement: 860-906-5102 or e-mail: CA-Foundation@capitalcc.edu

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Legislative Update: Hearing On Care4Kids Benefits For Student Parents Friday March 6th; Higher Ed Committee Hears Testimony On Debt Free Scholarship Program

Two committees of the Connecticut General Assembly are considering legislation this week  to assist community college students with last dollar scholarships and support for child care services while they are in school.

Last Dollar Scholarships

At a Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee hearing held March 3rd legislators heard testimony in support of  House Bill 5353 that would approve $16 million to fund  Pledge To Advance Connecticut (PACT) , a debt-free college program for first-time, full-time community college students.   Last year the Legislature enacted legislation  that is intended to make last dollar scholarships available to students who also qualify for federal student aid. It is now up to the Legislature to provide funds for the program that would take effect in the fall 2020 semester for entering students.

To fund the estimated $16 million price tag for the PACT scholarships in the next academic year HB 5353 calls for a “debt-free community college account” in the General Fund with either state appropriations or revenue from Connecticut Lottery games.

The funding proposed in HB 5353 differs significantly from Governor Lamont’s budget proposal that would restrict PACT scholarships to students enrolling within a year of graduating from high school with limited, pilot funding.  Proponents say this would leave out a significant percentage of community college students from 18 to 24 year olds who do not immediately pursue post-secondary education after high school or GED completion.

In testimony March 3rd,  Carmila Bartoletto of CT Students for a Dream expressed support for the Debt Free Community College program but disagreed with limiting eligiblity to only students who qualify for FAFSA (federal student aid). “When making the requirements for the program, only FAFSA was included as a way for undocumented students to demonstrate need,” Bartoletto testified. “Undocumented immigrant students, even those who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status, cannot complete and use the FAFSA to determine need; therefore, they would be excluded. By excluding undocumented students from the debt-free community college program, Connecticut has taken a step backward and has placed a barrier for undocumented students, leaving them at an even bigger disadvantage than their peers.”

Maureen Chalmers, the President of the Congress of CT Community Colleges (4Cs), the labor union representing faculty and staff at 12 community colleges, urged the committee’s approval  to “properly fund this initiative, so it can be as successful as it is in others states that have made the investment. There should not be a penalty for Connecticut High School graduates who opted or needed to go into the workforce after graduation rather than directly to college. There should not be a means testing as we can not know what financial hardship a family is experiencing regardless of their income bracket. Young people should not be saddled with college debt when they are launching their careers, businesses and families.”

The Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee is expected to make a favorable recommendation on a final version of HB 5353 before it goes to the Appropriations Committee and votes in the House and Senate before the end of the session in May.

Care4Kids For Student Parents

On Friday, March 6th the Education Committee will hear testimony on a House Bill 5220 extending eligibility in the Care4Kids program to parents participating in an Even Start program or enrolled in secondary education programs.

Connecticut is one of only two states that makes no provision for parents to access the child care subsidy (Care4kids) to participate in job training or education for parents who are not on Temporary Family Assistance (TFA), according to the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance.  Similar legislation was considered but not enacted in the 2019 legislative session.

“By not allowing parents to use Care4Kids while they are in school we make it harder for parents (particularly mothers) to get the education and job training they need to get better jobs to help support their families,” says an Early Childhood Alliance fact sheet.

In testimony submitted prior to the Friday hearing,  the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving strongly supported HB 5220: “Care4Kids is a critical program that ensures working parents can access safe, high -quality child care. Extending Care4Kids  to families who are pursuing education or training to increase their earning potential will help families exit poverty and reach greater self-sufficiency.”

At Capital Community College 80 percent of current students (3,102 Fall 2019) are enrolled part time and almost seven of 10 qualify some form of financial aid;  71% are women.  Both part- and full-time students  often balance work, family responsibilities and study.  According to student surveys financial aid and child care are primary concerns.

For more information contact the Capital Community College Foundation office: CA-foundation@capitalcc.edu. Telephone 860-906-5102.

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