Capital’s Oct. 19th Gala To Recognize Alums In Nursing, Health Care and Insurance

Travelers Is Campus Sponsor For 2017 Changing Lives Gala

Alumni from nursing, the health professions and insurance  will be recognized at Capital Community College’s Changing Lives Gala at the 950 Main Street campus on Thursday October 19th.

The Gala in support of annual scholarships will be held at the college’s Centinel Hill Hall from 5:30 to 9 p.m. as part of the College’s 50th anniversary as a two-year community college.

Thanks to an innovative partnership with Travelers launched at the 2007 Changing Lives Gala  Capital each year has graduated a group of high achieving students, preparing them for the baccalaureate, graduate school and careers in insurance.

On the 10th anniversary of the Crossroads to Careers program (re-named the Capital Career Advancement Program) the first group of graduates from 2008 will be recognized.

Changing Lives Registration

Travelers , which has provided grants targeting academic and career success over the last decade to Capital and other colleges and universities through EDGE (Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment), is the 2017 campus sponsor for the Changing Lives event that has been held at the downtown campus since 2004. Of the 12 EDGE Scholars in 2008 enrolled at Capital eight have moved on to careers at Travelers after completing their higher education degrees.


GOZA Latin Jazz Band will perform at the Changing Lives Gala featuring Tito Ortiz,Jorge Fuentes, Chris Payne and Hank Zorn

Recognized in the field of health care will be Rocio Chang-Angulo,  Psy.D., MA, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Medical School in Farmington.  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. Her associate degree in liberal arts degree led to the baccalaureate in neuroscience at Trinity College and a Master of Arts and Psy.D degrees from the University of Hartford.

Dr. Chang-Angulo, an expert in the area of childhood and adult trauma, is sought after to provide specific training on assessment and treatment of complex trauma, and in particular she has been a resource to Latino organizations.  Chang-Angulo has worked to develop a Spanish curriculum on the intersection of domestic violence, mental health and trauma with the Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence and the National Alliance of Mental Illness. She was Capital’s 2016 Commencement speaker.


Ethnic food and selections provided by V’s Trattoria for the Changing Lives Gala

Nursing alumna Vicie Brooks RN BSN whose career at Hartford Hospital has spanned 47 years, will be a Changing Lives honoree for professional accomplishments and community service. Vicie currently is Community Liaison Nurse at Hartford Hospital. She is a founding member of the Northern Connecticut Black Nurse Association (NCBNA) where she has served as Treasurer for past 5 years. The mission of NCBNA is to “provide a forum to facilitate the collective action by Black nurses to advocate for, and educate about the health care needs of under-represented populations, and to implement strategies that reduce health disparities and inequities.”  Hartford Hospital is a benefactor sponsor of the Changing Lives Gala

Individual reservations for the gala are $100 per person. Complimentary parking is available in the Morgan Street Garage. For more information call 850-906-5102.

Changing Lives Online Registration


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Faculty Art: Photo Exhibit On Connecticut Latinos At Tunxis CC In October

Photographer Christine Breslin’s exhibition “A Suspension Of Stereotypic Perception: Illuminating Portraits and Stories of Our Connecticut Latino Residents” opens Wednesday October 3rd at Tunxis Community College’s Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery.

Breslin is an adjunct instructor at Tunxis and Capital Community College.  The opening reception will be held Thursday, October 5th, 4-7 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The exhibition will be coming to Capital’s campus in March.


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CCC Campus Meeting For Puerto Rican Humanitarian Relief Wednesday, October 4th, At Degnan Hall

A campus meeting will be held Wednesday, October 4th at 3 p.m. at Capital Community College’s Degnan Hall to discuss how the Capital community can assist with humanitarian relief efforts for Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Joe Rodriguez, Deputy State Director from the Office of U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, will speak on the current situation in Puerto Rico. Information will be available on local events and responses to aid Puerto Rico in recovery from the hurricane.

Members of the Student Senate and the Latin American Student Association (LASA) will participate with support from Marisol Malave and Carmen Marrero of the Elaine Stewart McKirdy Childhood Development Center.  For more information contact Marisol Malave in the Dean of Administration’s office (860) 906-5051

Related links

United for Puerto Rico




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December 1st Is Deadline for Capital Community College Alumni Hall Of Fame Nominations

Capital Community College is observing its 50th anniversary during the 2017-2018 academic year and the College is establishing an Alumni Hall of Fame.

Nominees who are selected this year will be recognized at an Alumni reception and concert on Thursday, April 25th at the College’s Centinel Hill Hall auditorium.

Alums from both Capital (Greater Hartford Community College) and Hartford State Technical College are eligible.  The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2017.

Fifty years ago 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, an institution founded in 1946 that was consolidated with CCC in 1990, became a degree granting institution. Through the years more than 300,000 students have enrolled.

Link To The Nomination Criteria And Application

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 December 1, 2017.

Fifty years ago 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, an institution founded in 1946 that was consolidated with CCC in 1990, became a degree granting institution. Through the years more than 300,000 students have enrolled

For more information contact the Office of Institutional Advancement: 860-906-5102 or e-mail:

Alumni, retirees and friends are invited to reconnect for  50th anniversary activities at


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Conrad L. Mallett, Sr., Capital’s Second President, Dies At 89

Dr. Conrad LeRoy Mallett Sr., President Emeritus of Capital Community  College,  died Saturday September 9th in Philadelphia. For Capital’s faculty, students, staff, alumni and community partners,  Dr. Mallett leaves a legacy of standing up for educational opportunity, economic and social justice throughout his life.

“The passing of our friend and colleague President Emeritus Conrad Mallett is very sad news for the Capital Community College community,” said President Wilfredo Nieves.  “He was a very special man who fought for social justice and equity through education.  His passion for learning and his leadership will always be remembered and celebrated at the college.”

Dr. Mallett, who with his late wife, Claudia Gwendolyn Jones Mallett,  were lifelong activists for social and economic justice, served as Capital’s President for 11 years, coming to Connecticut in 1985 to become President of  the Capital Region Community College District and subsequently, in a reorganization of the community college system,  the second President of Greater Hartford Community College.

During Dr. Mallett’s tenure Capital merged with Hartford State Technical College in a state-mandated consolidation and the College was re-named Capital Community-Technical College with campuses on Woodland Street and Flatbush Avenue. He retired from Capital in 1996.

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Dr. Claudia Mallett and President Emeritus Conrad L. Mallett, Sr. at the 2008 dedication to a Window to the Future in their honor. The College’s art gallery and a scholarship endowment are named in President Mallett’s honor.

Dr. Mallett was born in the Jim Crow South in Texas and moved to Michigan with his widowed mother.  A U.S. Army veteran, he began a remarkable career in public service and education by working as a Detroit police officer while attending college.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in education and an Ed.D in Education Administration from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts in American history from the University of Michigan.

President Mallett taught at the middle and high school level  for six years before taking on public service and anti-poverty positions for the City of Detroit in the administrations of Mayors James Cavanaugh and Coleman Young.  Active in progressive politics, Dr. Mallett was elected to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners for five terms and served as its first African-American Chairman. Entering higher education, he  joined Wayne State University as a Vice President and went on to become an academic Vice President at Wayne County Community College and the Community College of Baltimore before coming to Connecticut.

President Mallett (left) with legendary basketball coach Walter “Doc” Hurley and Stephanie Calhoun-Ward, Capital’s Information Technology Coordinator and an alumna of Greater Hartford Community College. The event was a luncheon honoring “Doc” Hurley.

In Hartford,  President Mallett served on numerous boards and commissions, notably for 27 years on the board of the Community Renewal Team, the region’s anti-poverty agency.  In 2015, CRT honored Dr. Mallett for his service at its annual meeting with a tribute by  his colleague, former Three Rivers Community College President Booker DeVaughn.

Dr. Mallett’s three decades of community involvement included serving on the boards of  the Institute for Community Research, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Wadsworth Atheneum, Amistad Foundation, Mark Twain House,  CT Historical Society,  Leadership Greater Hartford, American Leadership Forum, the NAACP and the National Conference for Community and Justice (formerly National Conference of Christians and Jews).

In 2008 the College’s Foundation, with new gifts in honor of the Malletts in a drive led by  Foundation director and former Information and Marketing Director Susan Rand Brown, dedicated a Window to the Future at the second floor Welcome Center in support of the Mallett Scholarship endowment fund.

“President Mallett and Claudia Mallett are well-recognized in Greater Hartford for their longstanding support of the arts, economic opportunity, social justice and education,” read the dedication statement. “Together they have generously given their time and talent to these causes and continue to do so. Both have been exemplary educators in our community.”

The Mallett Scholarship Fund  was one of the first established by the College Foundation when it was founded in 1985 and provides an annual scholarship to a full-time continuing student.  At the Woodland Street campus the Conrad L. Mallett, Sr. Art Gallery was established outside the President’s Office and Conference Room. The Mallett Gallery was re-dedicated at the Main Street campus. It is located  on both sides of the  campus’ front entrance with art displays visible in the Main Street windows.

Dr. Mallett, a grandfather of six and uncle to 20 nieces and nephews,  is also survived by his three children: Conrad Mallett, Jr. President of a hospital in the Detroit Medical Center system and former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court;  Veronica Mallett, M.D., an OB/GYN doctor in El Paso, Texas and Lydia Mallett, Ph.D., the Director of Global Talent Acquisition and Organizational Vibrancy for DuPont in the Philadelphia area.

A Memorial Service celebrating Dr. Mallett’s  life will take place Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:00 am at Plymouth United Church in  Detroit MI.





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Capital Community College Ranked 10th Best In Nation, #1 In New England 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: 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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