A screening of Hidden Figures, the acclaimed 2016 film about a team of female African-American mathematicians who were instrumental in the development of the U.S. space program, will be held Thursday, February 27th at 1:30 p.m. in the Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room. A discussion on gender and diversity issues in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) will follow led by Dr. Cleo Rolle, Associate Professor of Biotechnology.
Katherine Johnson, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientist and one of the women profiled in the movie, died this week at the age of 101. Johnson was instrumental in calculating the trajectories enabling Apollo 11 to land on the moon.
Diversity committee events and projects are supported by the Capital Community College Foundation’s 21st Century Fund. The 21st Century Fund is also supporting Professor Rolle’s project engaging minority students in STEM research this year.
The screening is sponsored by the College’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and one of a series of special events being held on the campus during Black History Month. Diversity committee events and projects are supported by the Capital Community College Foundation’s 21st Century Fund. The 21st Century Fund is also supporting Professor Rolle’s project engaging minority students in STEM research.
Members of Capital Community College’s Nursing faculty and their students are organizing an outreach trip with a mission of helping others in need in a medically under-served community in the U.S.
The educational and humanitarian trip will involve faculty and students delivering services and care at a Remote Area Medical (RAM) free mobile clinic in Columbus, Ohio June 13-14. A contingent of faculty and students went to Wise, Virginia in 2019 with partial support from the Capital Community College Foundation.
A benefit reception will be held Thursday, March 26th from 5 to 8 p.m. at City Steam Brewery, 942 Main Street, Hartford, adjacent to Capital’s campus. Reservations and tickets are $25 (friend) and $50 (Supporter) with Patron and Benefactor sponsorship opportunities available. Proceeds will defray the costs of transportation, lodging and supplies for nursing students for the 2020 trip.
Contributions to the Capital Community College Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
In 2019 four faculty members and seven students from Capital Community College participated in a Remote Area Medical free mobile clinic providing screening and health services to nearly 1,200 individuals in Wise, Virginia. A second Remote Area Medical trip is scheduled for June 13 and 14 at a Columbus, Ohio high school.
State lawmakers voiced support for debt-free community college and expansion of neighborhood-based training for manufacturing and other trades in Hartford at a Town and Legislative Breakfast sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation on January 30th.
Capital’s CEO G. Duncan Harris told legislators that the College, which offers more than 50 associate degree and certificate programs, is preparing students for “a first job, a better job and a career” in response to the Governor’s goal that 70 percent of adults in the state have a post-secondary education. He pointed to data showing a decline of low-skill jobs during the last recession with 13,000 “disconnected” youth now in North Central Connecticut in need of post-secondary training. Unemployment among 20-24 year olds in Hartford exceeds 20 percent compared to 11.7 percent for all of Hartford County. Dr. Harris stressed that without “credentials of value” residents will not be able to fill jobs in today’s economy.
Over the last year Capital has been addressing the challenge through development of an Equity Diversity and Inclusion Center that uses a “Single Stop” approach for holistic support around food resources, health insurance, legal and financial assistance including tax preparation. School to career programs are now based at the LEAD Center (Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Development) with apprenticeships and paid internship opportunities and where workforce training is available for in demand occupations in health care, manufacturing and construction. The College, nationally ranked for educating older students (25 and over), is ranked in the top five percent of two-year colleges nationwide in terms of upward mobility, according to an index from Harvard Opportunity Insights (2019) cited by Harris.
Dr. Harris, appointed to lead CCC in July, 2018, said Capital is interested in working with the city and partners in development of a “Trades at Capital” initiative that would establish a manufacturing and education training center in the city’s Upper Albany neighborhood.
Legislators and guests also discussed legislation adopted in 2019 that mandated a “last dollar” scholarship program for full-time community college students. Funding for the program is expected to be addressed in the 2020 legislative session to implement the program known as Pledge To Advance Connecticut (PACT) .
State Rep. Matt Ritter, the House Majority Leader representing Hartford’s 1st District, praised the PACT scholarship program being advocated by the Co-Chairs of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, State Rep. Gregg Haddad and State Senator Will Haskell. He said the debt-free college program leverages federal Pell grants and other sources, making it affordable for the state budget. “We are committed to making it happen,” Ritter said.
Rep. Ritter also urged the college to pursue advanced manufacturing training in the Homestead and Albany avenue area of the North End to make that kind of job training accessible to residents. “One of the things we have to take from here is to how to do that with the college,” Ritter stated.
Joining Ritter at the breakfast in support of Capital’s programs and initiatives was State Rep. Brandon McGee, representing a portion of Hartford and Windsor and the Chair of the Black & Puerto Rican. McGee introduced State Reps. Jason Rojas, Joshua Hall and State Senator Doug McGrory from Hartford and East Hartford and State Rep. Bobby Sanchez of New Britain, the House Chair of the Legislature’s Education Committee.
Local officials participating in the Town & Legislative Breakfast were: Mayor Michael Rell of Wethersfield, Hartford City Councillor Nick LeBron and Siadeh Lee representing City Councillor Shirley Surgeon. Guests included Raina Giddings of the Metro Hartford Alliance, Elsa Huertas of Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA), Cynthia Sanchez of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, CCC Foundation Chair David McCluskey and Foundation Director Sharon Thomas.
Discussion group including officials, Foundation directors and faculty at Town and Legislative Breakfast.
The Connecticut General Assembly opens for the 2020 session on February 5th and will adjourn on May 6th. To contact your legislators visit the Connecticut General Assembly
The College’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1985 to raise funds and manage endowments, sponsors the Town & Legislative Breakfast each year.
A Community College “Free Tuition” initiative and school-to-work apprentice and intern programs will be among topics at a Town and Legislative Breakfast at Capital Community College’s Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room on Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
State legislators from Hartford and surrounding towns, city and town officials and community partners will participate in the annual event ahead of the 2020 session of the Connecticut General Assembly that begins February 5th. Policies and legislation impacting CCC and other community colleges will be discussed.
Legislation adopted in 2019 mandated a “last dollar” scholarship program for full-time community college students. Funding for the program is expected to be addressed in the 2020 legislative session to implement the program known as Pledge To Advance Connecticut (PACT) .
Beginning in Fall 2020, PACT allows Connecticut residents who meet certain eligibility criteria to attend any of Connecticut’s Community Colleges for up to three years free of mandatory tuition and fees related to an eligible program of study. Like other “free community college” plans in other states the program relies on federal and other financial aid programs to meet all tuition and educational expenses. At Capital full-time tuition and fees for a year totals $4,566.
Seating is limited for the Town & Legislative Breakfast at Capital. RSVPs are required for this event. For more information contact the college’s advancement office at 860-906-5102 or email CAemail@example.com.
The Connecticut General Assembly opens for the 2020 session on February 5th and will adjourn on May 6th. To contact your legislators visit the Connecticut General Assembly
The College’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1985 to raise funds and manage endowments, is sponsoring the breakfast.
G. Duncan Harris, Ed.D, Capital Community College’s Chief Executive Officer, is the recipient of the Greater Hartford Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance’s 2020 Drum Major Award that recognizes individuals who show leadership in the fields of politics, community service, religion and education.
Dr. Harris and other “Drum Major” recipients will be recognized at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Service. on Monday, January 20th, at 12 noon at Mount Olive Church Ministries, 20 Battle Street, Hartford where Rev. Dion Watkins is Pastor.
G. Duncan Harris
Harris, a Windsor resident, was appointed CCC’s Interim CEO in July, 2018. He previously served as Dean of Student Affairs at Manchester Community College and has led efforts at Connecticut’s community colleges to improve student persistence and completion during his career. In the community Dr. Harris currently serves on the boards of directors of Capital Workforce Partners, FoodShare and the Urban League of Greater Hartford. Past recognitions have included a Connecticut State University Distinguished Alumni Professional Award, a Community College Professional Award from NASPA Region I (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and the Connecticut African American Affairs Man of the Year Award.
In addition to Dr. Harris, other 2020 awardees include:
Politics: 15th District State Representative Bobby Gibson who serves the towns of Bloomfield and Windsor in the Connecticut General Assembly.
Religion: Bishop Elect Marichal Monts (Pastor of Citadel of Love, Music Director of the Ebony Singers of Wesleyan University and Hartford Police Department Chaplin
The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance organizes the City of Hartford’s commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the national holiday. Pastor Ronald D. Holmes is the President and Pastor Daylon K. Greer, Sr. is Vice President and Program Chair.
The opening, co-sponsored by the Hartford Chamber of Commerce, involved community partners and organizations, faculty, staff and students. The purpose of the EDI Center is to provide support for students to overcome barriers to complete their course of study.
Current priorities of the center, led by Associate Professor and Language Coordinator Carl Guerriere, include enhancing childcare options for students, creating space on campus for prayer and lactation, on-campus links for mental health wellness and developing a data base of resources and community partners with the college. The Center is located in a suite of offices on the third floor of the 950 Main Street campus in proximity to the LEAD (Career Development) Center.
The EDI Center is using a $30,750 planning grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to develop a three-year implementation plan by March 2020. KJR Consulting was selected to work with the college and stakeholders in the development of the plan.
The Capital Community College’s nonprofit Foundation held its annual meeting October 24th electing new officers and directors.
David McCluskey, Legislative Liaison for the CT Department of Correction and a former six-term State Representative from West Hartford, was elected Chairperson. McCluskey, serving a second three-year term on the Foundation, holds an MILR (Industrial and Labor Relations) from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. David M. Seder, a Reinsurance Placement Director at Travelers, ended his tenure on the board and was recognized with Chair Emeritus status.
Retired Insurance Executive Jorge L. Marimon, who joined the Foundation board last year, was elected Vice Chairperson. He holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Re-elected Treasurer was Thomas Wood, CPA, a nonprofit assurance manager at Whittlesey. Wood holds a Master of Science degree from Bentley College. John Perkins, a Hartford Public Schools Data Manager and alumnus, was elected Assistant Treasurer. He holds a master’s degree in communication and information from Bay Path University.
The Foundation elected two new directors from employers with a history of providing job opportunities for Capital’s graduates:
Sharon R. Thomas, a Director of Health Equity at Aetna and a member of the Simsbury Board of Education. Thomas earned aMaster of Administrative Science degree at Johns Hopkins University and Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.
Dennis W. Sparks, Vice President of Human Resources at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center (Trinity Health of New England). Sparks joined Saint Francis in 2016. He earned a BA in psychology.sociology from Houston Baptist University (TX) and and MA in human resources/labor law from National University in San Diego. His career has included similar positions at Saint Michael Medical Center in Newark and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital before coming to Hartford.
Capital CEO and Foundation Secretary Duncan Harris (left) welcomes Sharon R. Thomas and Dennis Sparks to the Board of Directors.
Sparks and Thomas join incumbent directors Ana Alfaro, Eversource and the Analeh television program; Anthony Barrett, YMCA; Marie Basche, faculty and staff representative; John H. Driscoll, Jr., Webster Private Bank; Jodi Greenspan, The Hartford; Florence Johnson, RN, Qualidigm; Abdul-Rahmaan Mohammad, My People Clinical Services; Marlene Pereira, Student Senate; Atty. George C. Springer, Jr., Rogin Nassau LLC, and; Steven C. Taylor, Berkshire Bank.
Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris, who serves as the Foundation secretary ex-officio, welcomed new directors and thanked the board for stepping up to help set new philanthropic goals in support of the College. Harris, appointed interim CEO in July, 2018, said that a Campus Master Plan will be implemented over the next year to modify and improve facilities after 17 years at the downtown campus, formerly the G. Fox & Company Department Store building. “This will open the door to new naming opportunities in planning a capital campaign on a re-configured campus that will be geared to the needs of students and academic programs,” Harris said.
The College Foundation was founded in 1985 to support CCC through gifts to scholarship and endowment funds and grants in support of college programs.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org . 860-906-5102.
Capital Community College’s 2nd annual Golf Classic is set for Monday May 18, 2020 at Keney Park Golf Course. The College’s Foundation is raising funds for the Scholarship Fund and the Oasis Center , a campus resource for students with military service.
The cost for individual players is $150 or $600 per foursome. Registration covers greens fees, golf cart, lunch, dinner and refreshments on the course.
The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with a Tee Time lunch buffet. The scramble format, shotgun start begins at 12:30 p.m. Dinner at The Tavern at Keney Park will follow play and will include a raffle, auction and prizes. Participants can arrange their own foursomes or sign up as singles. The cost for dinner only guests is $50. Keney Park Golf Course is located at 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor at the Hartford-Windsor town line.
Corporate sponsorships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 and other ways to participate are available upon request. Sponsor benefits include foursomes, pre- and post event logo in the program, college media and at the downtown campus.
The Veterans OASIS Center is a gathering place for veterans to meet each other and receive peer support, as well as to gather information about VA programs and benefits. The OASIS is equipped with computers, a lounge area with TV, Keurig, microwave, refrigerator and comfortable furniture and is located on the 4th floor of the 950 Main Street campus. The Veterans Club is a club for veterans by veterans that support each other. Veterans can network, team build, socialize, provide community service and share experiences. Capital Community College is also a member of the Student Veterans of America (SVA)
The inaugural Golf Classic was held May 10, 2019 and raised funds for a pre-college transitions program last summer for new students.
Tuesday, December 3rd Capital Community College (CCC) Foundation joins with nonprofits, higher education institutions and community organizations in an international day of giving at the height of the holiday shopping season.
Capital’s goal for Giving Tuesday 2019 is $5,000 — an amount that will support a full time student’s tuition, fees and other educational expenses for one year in an associate degree program.
Gifts — no matter the amount – support Capital’s mission of educational access and academic success for students who face financial and personal challenges in getting to and graduating from college without debt.
What is Giving Tuesday?
Giving Tuesday began in 2012 at 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 and it has grown to generate more than $1 billion for good causes.
Six Ways of Giving Back On Giving Tuesday and throughout the year
100% of gifts go where donors want. You may designate your gift to an existing Foundation scholarship or endowment fund or a program at Capital. 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.
To ensure more students succeed in 2020, CCC is seeking to do more to address obstacles that get in the way of graduation:
· Support for the Foundation Scholarship Program over and above federal and institutional aid that enable students to earn their associate degrees without interruption or debt. Seven of 10 Capital students qualify for financial aid.
That’s why your generosity is so important.
Gifts from the community are the margin of difference in creating access and giving Capital the support it needs to continue as a stepping stone to higher education and career opportunity.
Contributions to the CCC Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information on gift opportunities, the downtown campus and college programs contact the Institutional Advancement Office at 860-906-5102. Email: email@example.com
Alumna of the Radiologic Technology Program joined in a ribbon cutting for a new lab at Capital, including the administrative director and managers of Medical Imagining at ECHN hospitals. From left: Samantha Bourbeau, Agnieszka Dziiubinski, Jillian Menzel with Program Coordinator Paul Creech and Christina Gallignano.
Capital CEO Duncan Harris, acknowledging support from CHEFA’s 2019 Client Grant Program, welcomed faculty, alumni, staff and students on September 23rd when the ribbon was officially cut at the newly equipped facility. The CHEFA grant paved the way for a fully equipped core radiographic room that simulates the x-ray and radiographic labs in hospitals and clinical settings.
Acquisitions include an elevating table, floor mounted tube supports, high voltage cables, x-ray grid, PC and software simulating an integrated DR system. Last summer the College refurbished a lab room to accommodate the new equipment on the 8th floor where nursing and health professions programs are based.
Alumna Agnieszka Dziubinski, an ECHN Medical Imaging Manager, praised CCC students who come to Manchester and Rockville Hospitals for their clinicals as “compassionate and professional.” She said “it’s great to see how well this program is preparing and educating students before their first clinicals.”
Professor Paul Creech, MPH, Esq., who has coordinated Rad Tech studies since their inception at Capital in 1992, introduced alumna working at health care institutions that are a part of the College’s extensive network of clinical sites in central Connecticut.
State-of-the-art x-ray equipment in the college’s Rad Tech lab funded by a $75,000
Radiologic technology is a major component of associate degree and certificate granting programs in the health professions (nursing, medical assisting, paramedic) at Capital with high rates of completion and career employment.
Established in 2002, the CHEFA Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations that provide essential health, educational, cultural, and childcare services to the residents of Connecticut. More than $30 million has been distributed to Connecticut nonprofit organizations. CHEFA is the authority that manages tax-exempt bond financing and child car loan programs.