Veterans’ Oasis, 21st Century Classroom, Welcome Center Mural Highlight Campus Improvements; Lunch Tour September 15th 12- 2 PM

Capital Community College’s campus, which opened 13 years ago this fall in a transformed G. Fox & Company Department Store, is introducing new resources and improvements for incoming students who began classes on August 31st.

Friends, neighbors and partners of the College are invited to a Lunch Tour on September 15th from noon to 2 pm. For more information  or to RSVP contact Amy Lemire, 860-906-5185,

President Wilfredo Nieves (3rd from right) with Photographer Jack O'Connell, students and alumni at unveiling of Welcome Center mural.

President Wilfredo Nieves (3rd from right) with Photographer Jack O’Connell, students and alumni at unveiling of Welcome Center mural.

During  the summer months  a new lounge area, enhanced lighting and large-screen message monitor were added to the Main Street Lobby.  All visitors and guests now check in at the lobby desk through an automated ID badge system.

The 2nd floor Welcome Center has been refurbished with contemporary student lounge furniture, information monitors and workstations. A 25′ by 5′ mural with the works of  Hartford Photographer Jack McConnell greets visitors with  a panoramic view of prominent downtown buildings and  locations as you enter the Welcome Center atrium.

A new Veterans Oasis center has been added to the fourth floor where the Academic Success Center is located as a resource to the more than 130 veterans who attend Capital.  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. The new center replaces a veterans OASIS office located at the Student Center. Capital has been recognized as a “Military Friendly School” over the last two years.

A new lounge area at the Veterans Oasis Center on the 4th floor of the downtown campus.

A new lounge area at the Veterans Oasis Center on the 4th floor of the downtown campus.

The 6th floor, home to Computer Information Systems (CIS) labs and classes, now has a high-tech “21st Century Classroom” with 26 laptop computers and  content sharing capabilities.  The classroom is a decentralized and flexible space for classes that facilitates small and large group collaboration.  Faculty and staff involved in developing the smart classroom were Michael Bies, Carrie Benyei, Roger Ferraro, Kevin Lamkins and Stephanie Calhoun-Ward.

To round out campus improvement for the new academic year a student lounge and game room have been re-designed and newly furnished at the 7th floor Student Center.

Guiding campus-wide improvements over the last two years has been the Campus Improvement Committee composed of faculty, staff and students.  The College has used Transform 2020 initiative funds made available to the College for renovations and improvements.



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A weblog for alumni and friends of the Capital Community College Foundation, Hartford, Connecticut active from 2009 to 2022, Comments and information pertaining to the College and College Foundation are welcome. John McNamara (Editor) Director of Institutional Advancement and Foundation Liaison Retired.
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