Changing Lives: Alumni Honorees Shared Their Stories In 2021

Annual Event that recognized four graduates for Alumni Wall of Fame induction continued support for scholarships and student success programs.

The Capital Community College Foundation recognized programs in manufacturing and workforce training in October and honored a 2021 class of Alumni Wall of Fame inductees at the annual Changing Lives Celebration. 

 The 2021 inductees, who come from the fields of nursing, education and literacy, cybersecurity and insurance, included Carol V. Johnson (71), Stephanie Knutson (’95), Rupesh Parjuli (’11) and Blerina Pina (’12). Although these high-achieving honorees come from different places, backgrounds and decades they succeeded despite daunting odds. In their own words they share a common experience that their college experience at Capital was life changing. Their stories affirm the value of a community college education as a stepping stone to career success and service to the community.

Carol V. Johnson, Center for Urban Research, Education and Training, 1971
Stephanie Knutson, RN, Ed.D, Nursing 1995
Rupesh Parjuli, 2011, CIS
Blerina Pina, 2012, Management and Accounting

Graduates of Capital Community College (formerly Greater Hartford Community College) and Hartford State Technical College that was consolidated with Capital are invited to share their stories.

The 2021 Changing Lives Celebration, a virtual event from the campus because of the pandemic, netted the College Foundation $17,500. Changing Lives events recognizing student success began at the College in 2004. For a third year an Alumni Wall of Fame Class was inducted. Supporting Changing Lives were corporate sponsors Liberty Bank and Travelers Insurance and patron sponsors American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Garcia and G. Duncan Harris, John Perkins, Lana & Surendra Bridglall.

Video Production: A special thanks to Michael Bies, Director Academic Media Technology and Bruce Miller, Academic Media Specialist for the production of the 2021 Alumni Wall of Fame Honorees.

Related Post: Alumni Wall of Fame from 2020

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