Capital Gets State Grant To Help Minority Students Succeed

Capital Community College (CCC) has been awarded a state Office of Higher Education (OHE) grant of $75,000 to improve the academic standing of minority students in need of tutoring and support to succeed at the college level.

OHE’s Minority Advancement Program is providing the College with new funds for 2019 through its Promoting Academically Successful Students (PASS) initiative to help students on probation  “develop sustainable college skills to remain on track to graduation” with a focus on “improving the retention and graduation rates of minority students at Connecticut colleges and universities.”


CCC, one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in New England with African-American and Hispanic enrollment at 68%, will expand services to academically at risk students at its Advising & Counseling Center  through intensive academic advising and dedicated tutors, student success workshops, enhanced communication through texting with students and volunteer success coaching. The College will also provide financial help for textbooks and with student emergency microgrants to increase the retention of academically at risk students. Through the PASS grant Capital seeks to reach 50 African-American and Hispanic students on probationary status and help them succeed for graduation and transfer.

“Retention is our number one priority and this grant will move the needle in helping us improve student outcomes,” said Capital’s Chief Executive Officer Duncan Harris. “It gives us the resources to help more students succeed.”

The PASS grant complements Capital’s efforts this academic year to  establish an Equity Center designed as a one-stop place to address issues outside the college environment that negatively impact academic performance, including a women’s center, Capital Cares food pantry and personal finance courses and counseling.

Capital, enrolling 3,315 students at its downtown Hartford campus, offers 36 associate degrees and 24 certificate programs. Three-quarters of enrollment comes from Hartford and nearby towns.  One of the first Connecticut community colleges to join the national “Achieving the Dream” (ATD) initiative,  CCC uses grant funds such as the PASS grant for  strategies and interventions to close achievement gaps and promote student success.


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#Giving Tuesday: Invest in Hartford’s Community College


“These are places where young people can continue their education without taking on a lot of debt. These are places where workers can gain new skills to move up in their careers. These are places where anyone with a desire to learn and to grow can take a chance on a brighter future for themselves and their families – whether that’s a single mom, or a returning soldier, or an aspiring entrepreneur.”

–Barack Obama in remarks to The White House Summit on Community Colleges, June 2011

On Tuesday, November 27th Capital Community College Foundation joins with nonprofits, higher education institutions and community organizations in an  international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism on the day that follows “black” Friday and “cyber” Monday. It’s a day to encourage generosity, volunteerism and acts of kindness locally and globally.

In Greater Hartford, Capital Community College (CCC) is a place “where anyone with a desire to learn and to grow” can succeed.

Capital increasingly relies on contributions above and beyond operating budgets that provide a critical margin necessary for new scholarships, tutoring, advising and resources for teaching and learning.cl2017collage_fotor.jpg

Ranked one of the top 25 two-year colleges in the nation for adult learners  by Washington Monthly, CCC lowers the cost roadblock that so many people encounter in pursuit of college. Your donation ensures that students get support to graduate and transfer to four-year schools without debt.  It takes, for example, $163 tuition to pay for one credit hour, $489 for one course and $1,958 for a semester of full-time study. Contributions to Capital, no matter the amount, make a “quality and affordable education” within reach of individuals who otherwise could not pursue college.

Contributions are welcome on this Giving Tuesday and throughout the year and may be made online, by downloading a printable gift form or by calling the CCC Foundation office at 860-906-5102.

Alumni of Capital (including graduates of  Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College) are invited to share their stories and volunteer through the Share Your Story Link.

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Printable Gift Form

By Phone: 860-906-5102

For more information contact:

John McNamara, Foundation Liaison and Director of Institutional Advancement


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A Milestone For Capital’s Paramedic Program: 50th Class To Graduate In December

Capital Community College’s (CCC) Paramedic Program, the first and oldest program of its kind in Connecticut, will mark a milestone in December when its 50th class of students complete their studies and graduate.

The four-semester Paramedic Program, part of CCC’s  allied health studies since 1988, is nationally accredited and prepares students for careers as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, hospital and public health coordinators and first responders. Established at Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center in 1986, the paramedic program moved to the college two years later. It remains the only college-based program in the state and was the second program in New England to earn national accreditation from The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions in 1993.

EMS Coordinator and Professor Daniel Tauber says the program has graduated 900 paramedics in its 32 years at the college. “We have graduates practicing in every emergency medical service in the state that employs paramedics,” says Tauber, adding that alumni work in 17 other states and two foreign countries.

Saint Francis Hospital remains a primary partner with the College providing students with clinical rotations in the emergency department, trauma surgery, cardiac, surgical intensive care and other units at the Woodland Street hospital and medical center. “Saint Francis’ emergency physicians have provided medical oversight and direction since the advent of the program,” Tauber adds.

Professor Daniel Tauber, E.Ed., CCEMTP, NRP, NCCE, EMS-I is coordinator of emergency medical services studies.

Tauber points to high success rates on national licensing exams and job placement to earn Capital’s EMS certificate national accreditation. “For the past three years the program has a 98% pass rate on a cognitive exam and 100% on a psychomotor exam,'” according to Tauber. “For 2017 89% of our graduates are employed as paramedics with a three-year average of 77%.” Students enroll in the paramedic certificate program when they have a current state EMT certification and CPR certification.

For professional advancement and degree studies CCC offers both the certificate and the associate in science degree in paramedic studies with options in emergency medical services instruction and emergency management response.

In observance of the 50th graduating class all paramedic alumni and community partners are invited to the 50th graduation ceremony on Wednesday, December 19th, at the Centinel Hill auditorium at Capital Community College. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony will follow at 6:30 p.m. Alumni and friends may r.s.v.p to Daniel Tauber at

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Community College Foundation Adds Eight New Directors At Annual Meeting

Capital Community College’s (CCC) nonprofit foundation expanded its board of directors at its October 25th annual meeting by electing eight new business and community leaders from insurance, banking, health care and youth-serving organizations.

The CCC Foundation, which raises funds and advocates for Hartford’s public, two-year college, will be led by David M. Seder who was re-elected Chair for 2018-2019. Seder is Director of Reinsurance Placement at Travelers where he has worked for 18 years. He is a volunteer leader of a national Military and Veterans’ Diversity Network. Thomas Wood, a CPA and manager at Whittlesey Advising, was re-elected Treasurer.

CCC interim Chief Executive Officer, Dr. G. Duncan Harris, will serve as Foundation Secretary, succeeding Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, CCC’s President, who retired last July. Dr. Harris, formerly Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Manchester Community College, was appointed to lead CCC in July.

Newly elected directors include Anthony G. Barrett, executive director of the YMCA Wilson-Gray Center; the Rev. Trevor Beauford, pastor of Union Baptist Church in Hartford; Nicole Hughey, an assistant Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion at Travelers; Florence Johnson, RN, a consulting manager for Qualidigm and President of the Northern CT Black Nurses Association; Jorge L. Marimon, a consumer & health services executive at Aetna; Abdul Mohammad, founder of My People Clinical Services in Hartford; Melissa E. Schwalbach, Chief Compliance Officer and Counsel for CT State Colleges and Universities, and; Steven Taylor, Vice President and branch manager at United Bank.

Newly elected directors of the College Foundation attending the October 25th annual meeting from left: Steven Taylor, Nicole Hughey, Abdul Mohammad, Florence Johnson and Jorge L. Marimon.

The new directors will be joining current three year term board members:  Ana Alfaro, community relations officer at Eversource; John H. Driscoll, Jr., Senior Vice President, Webster Private Bank; Jodi Greenspan, Claims Chief of Staff at the Hartford Financial Services Group; Marjorie Jones, a Vice President at Farmington Bank; David McCluskey, CT Department of Corrections; John A. Perkins, alumnus and Hartford Public Schools; John Robinson, IT Director, Bloomfield Public Schools; Marcus T. Smith, Senior Manager Health Homes, CT Children’s Medical Center; Atty. George C. Springer, Jr, Rogin Nassau. College representatives on the board are: Marie Basche, Director of the Academic Success Center and Student Marlene Pereira of the Student Senate.  John McNamara, the College’s Director of Institutional Advancement, is the staff liaison to the Foundation.

Seder, who has served on the Foundation since 2012, thanked new and returning directors saying “we are in a stronger position to forge new partnerships and to increase support for Capital’s programs and initiatives.”

Dr. Harris also thanked directors for their participation and pledged to work with the Foundation in addressing current needs at the downtown campus that include a new nursing classroom, a fitness and wellness center, summer pre-college bridge programs, expanded child care for students’ children and upgraded labs.

Foundation board of directors attending the October 25th annual meeting front row from left: Nicole Hughey, Chairman David Seder, Capital CEO Duncan Harris and Florence Johnson. Back row from left: Foundation Liaison John McNamara, Jorge L. Marimon, Abdul Mohammad, Steven Taylor, John Driscoll, Tom Wood and John Robinson.

The College Foundation was founded in 1985 to support CCC through gifts to scholarship and endowment funds.

For information about the CCC Foundation and giving opportunities at Capital contact the Foundation and Institutional Advancement Office, 950 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103. Email: . 860-906-5102.

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Honoring Students With Military Service: Annual Luncheon For CCC Veterans Is Wednesday, November 7th

Capital’s Veterans’ Club will hold the annual Veteran’s Day Luncheon on Wednesday, November 7th from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room at the 950 Main Street campus in Hartford.

Recognized will be Capital students with military service led by Club President Milgrid Guzman and Margaret Abraham, the retired veterans counselor who continues to volunteer in support of student veterans.

The program will include remarks by Dr. G. Duncan Harris, the college’s CEO , David Seder, the chairman of the college’s foundation, and Marsha Ball-Davis, the Dean of Student Affairs.

Hats, gloves, scarves and other in-kind donations will be accepted at the luncheon for needy veterans.

Contributions  to the Veteran’s/OASIS Fund at Capital may also be made to the CCC Foundation  via the online giving link or by calling 860-906-5102.

The Veterans Oasis center opened on the campus in the fall of 2015 .  The OASIS  — standing for Operation Support for Incoming Service members — stems from a 2008 initiative by the CT Department of Veterans Affairs to establish centers at colleges and universities for veterans. Capital has been recognized as a “Military Friendly School” for services and support for veterans.


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The City Is Our Campus: Alumni & Friends Reception November 1st at Coltsville With Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris

A Fall Alumni & Friends Reception will be held Thursday, November 1st, 4-6 p.m. at the Thomas Hooker Brewery at Colt, 140 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford, next to historic Coltsville National Park and Capital Community College’s original campus building on Sequassen Street. Hartford’s community college then known as Greater Hartford Community College opened there in 1967.

Hooker At Colt

The fall reception will be an opportunity to meet G. Duncan Harris, Ed.D, the College’s CEO who joined Capital last July succeeding President Wilfredo Nieves.


G. Duncan Harris

Shared will be ways alumni can participate at the college by joining the alumni association, mentoring a student and honoring graduates. Alumni and graduates are invited to re-connect and share their story at by completing an alumni response form.

Reservations are $25 per person. The event includes appetizers, a complimentary beverage, a souvenir Thomas Hooker pint glass and a tour of the brewery. Net proceeds will benefit the College Foundation’s Emergency Microgrant Student Fund.

To make a reservation call Amy Lemire (860) 906-5150  or Marisol Malave (860) 906-5051.


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Attendees must be 21 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. No one under the age of 21 will be permitted to sample beer or any alcohol.  A Capital Community College Foundation event.

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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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