Save The Date: Back To College Game Day, Wednesday August 28th at Dunkin Donuts Park


J. McNamara| CCC Foundation

Capital Community College (CCC) will kick off a new academic year next August at Dunkin’ Donuts Park on Wednesday, August 28th  as faculty, students, alumni and friends will attend an Eastern League evening game between the Harrisburg Senators and the Hartford Yard Goats.   Gates open at 6 p.m. and game time is 7:05 p.m.

It’ll be the third annual CCC Game Day at the downtown ball park next to the campus in third season of play for the Yard Goats, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies of the National League. Fall classes start on Tuesday, August 27th.


Your ticket comes with a 2.5 hour Ballpark Classic buffet including 1/3  grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken and assorted BBQ sauces, mac ‘n cheese, pasta salad, garden salad, kettle chips, chocolate chip cookies and non-alcoholic beverages.

Tickets for Capital’s Game Day are $60 pp (children under 3 are free).

Grand Slam ($1,000) and Home Run ($500) sponsors receive  tickets to the game, game day recognition and first week of classes recognition on campus, online and in college and college foundation social media.

Tickets are limited. For reservations and information contact the Advancement and Foundation office at 860-906-5102 or by email:


Rain Check: In the event 5 innings (or 4 1/2 if Yard Goats are ahead) are not played group tickets may be exchanged for a regular season home game of equal or lesser value. For hospitality events (Party Deck) event will be held regardless of weather unless gates do not open due to weather. The outing will then be re-scheduled to an available date. Make checks payable to the CCC Foundation. Net proceeds will benefit the College Foundation’s annual fund.

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Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman Brings Her “Sentence Sense” To Digital Learning And Back To Capital

Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman presented her Sentence Sense website to faculty members in the Fall 2018 semester.

Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman taught English and writing classes for 25 years at Capital Community College, instructing a generation of traditional and non traditional students in composition and the basics of writing well.

Farbman’s lesson plans on sentence structure and grammar led her to author a widely used textbook, Sentence Sense: A Writer’s Guide, first published in 1985 by Signals, Houghton Mifflin. A second edition came along in 1989 —  a four-part, book “to provide beginning college writers with several approaches to improving their writing skills.”

During her tenure at Capital Professor Farbman teamed up with her colleague and friend, the late Charles Darling (the College’s first webmaster and Poet-In-Residence), to create an early online version of Sentence Sense that complemented Darling’s comprehensive Guide to Grammar & Writing now hosted by the Capital Community College Foundation.

Along with the Guide To Grammar and Writing, Sentence Sense was accessible at the college website from 1999 to 2014 making Darling and Farbman pioneer developers of online writing tools.  Both the Guide and Sentence Sense, initially developed just for students at Capital, quickly became popular on the web for teachers and students at all levels and around the globe.

Before her retirement from the college in 2011, Farbman recognized that her college-based web page, developed with Darling’s help at the dawn of personal computer use, was encountering increasing problems and frustration for users owing to the outmoded computer languages that created it.

Sentence Sense: A Writer’s Guide. 1989 Edition

Working independently and at her own expense, Farbman  started building a new site for Sentence Sense that could deliver again what the original book and web page offered: “an introduction to the way sentences work, particularly in writing and a learning tool for adults who want to use Standard English with greater ease and clarity.”

Along the way Farbman enlisted the help of  a group of students at the University of California, Irvine. An Informatics class taught by Professor Hadar Ziv and assisted by Six Silberman and Tao Wang. Students Pen Han Chang, Tsz Hang Ng, Derick Nguyen, Dylan Shigekawa, and Darien Vidaure completed a preview of the new site in March, 2015.

According to Farbman the new version at  http:/ “offers a descriptive grammar that explores how Standard English sentences work. Its focus is on the underlying structure of sentences, filling a gap left by the many existing prescriptive grammar websites that focus on error-correction. Sentence Sense addresses a wide range of learners between the ages of 12 and 102.”

The 2019 interactive and friendly Sentence Sense includes eight chapters including an introduction and sections on verbs, subjects and completers, modifiers, embedded thoughts, sentence combining, punctuation and English language learning.

In the Fall 2018 semester Farbman shared  her work in progress to enthusiastic Humanities and English faculty members, showing how the newly formatted online guide can be a valuable writing resource again in composition and English classes and on the wider web.

Professor Farbman met again at the College last month with  CEO Dr. G. Duncan Harris, interim Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Miah LaPierre-Dreger, Humanities Chair Dr. Jeffrey Partridge and Interim Business & Technology Chair Seth Freeman.

Planned is a partnership that will engage Capital students in Computer Information Systems (CIS) to complete development of the interactive writing guide leading to CCC again hosting a state-of-the-art resource for teachers and students.

Faculty and staff meet with Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman in the Fall 2018 semester.


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Remembering Math Tutor and Mentor Col. Wilfred J. Talbot, Jr. Ph.D

Col. Wilfred J. Talbot, Ph.D, a public school educator and beloved mathematics tutor at Capital Community College between 1990 and 2005, died on March 4th at the age of 88.

For 15 years “Wil”  Talbot tutored and guided community college students from many backgrounds at the Woodland Street and Main Street campuses.

At Capital Talbot continued a passion for teaching and mentoring after a distinguished career as a teacher at Silas Deane Junior High School in Wethersfield and later in Winsted as a secondary school principal.  An Army veteran of the Korean War, Talbot used the GI Bill to get his education at the University of Connecticut earning a degree in botany and a master’s and doctorate in education.

An outdoorsman and avid gardener, Dr. Talbot pursued rock hunting and minerology leading mineral expeditions for the Connecticut Audobon Society. Those interests led him to play an instrumental role in the founding of Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill.

“Wil inspired others to believe in their abilities, to pursue their passions and to invest in themselves with education or vocational training,” according to his family in a March 10th obituary in The Hartford Courant.

Retired Col. and educator Wilfred J. Talbot, Jr. tutored and mentored students at Capital’s Math Center for 15 years from 1990 to 2005.

Those sentiments are shared by a former student and colleague of Wil Talbot during his time at the college.

“Wil was a great human being, a very trustworthy tutor and educator,” said Leonel Carmona, an alumnus and an associate professor of mathematics at Middlesex Community College in Middletown.  Carmona was earning his associate degree in liberal arts when he met Wil Talbot. As one of Talbot’s “tutees” Carmona would  go on to earn a degree in electrical engineering at Trinity College and a master’s in mathematics from CCSU before returning to Capital as an instructor and in 2015 joining the math department at Middlesex. “His ‘tutees’ remember him as a very humble person and an extremely caring teacher. Furthermore, Wil was a very generous person and a man with a big heart. He’ll be truly missed by his family, his friends and his students,” said Carmona.

Kathy Herron, a Professor of Mathematics at Capital, reflected on knowing and working with Talbot upon hearing of his passing:

“I worked with Wil Talbot in Capital’s Math Center for 10 years.  He started working as a math tutor after he retired from a long and distinguished career in public school education.  Wil seemed to love coming to work at Capital—he enjoyed the interaction with the students very much. His approach with each student was kind and gentle and he helped reduce the anxiety of many students.  One of his hobbies was gardening and he helped me start my own perennial garden.  He wanted to nurture both people and plants.  Wil had a positive impact on many people, including myself.”

Following the example of Dr. Talbot who annually made contributions to Capital’s scholarship fund, his family invited donations to Gifts of Love in Avon for school supplies and contributions  to the Capital Community College Foundation in his memory.


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Capital’s Career Fair & Conference Thursday, April 4th, Features Employers, Personal Finance Workshops

Capital Community College will welcome more than 40 employers on Thursday, April 4th, at its first annual Career Fair and Conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centinel Hill auditorium at the 950 Main Street campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Students, alumni and community partners are encouraged to participate.

Capital Community College’s Career Fair and Conference on Personal Finance on April 4th is free and open to the public.

In addition to employment opportunities, the fair will feature workshops on personal finance, financial coaching and investing led by financial planners and counselors.

The career conference, organized by the FIRST Center of the College’s School of Work Force and Continuing Education, will also offer resume review and assistance and information on how to use  the College Central Network to connect with jobs.  The FIRST Center is a personal finance and counseling resource on campus providing coaching, tax preparation and workshops on budgeting.


The roster of employers participating in the Career Fair includes major insurance companies and banks, hospitals and health care providers, construction companies and utilities, information technology firms and social service and early education providers.

For more information on the Career Fair and Conference contact  FIRST Center Coordinator Hannah Gregory, 860-906-5080,

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Alumni Saturday Is April 6th At Capital Community College

Alumni of Capital Community College (Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College included) are invited to an alumni networking event at the College’s 950 Main Street campus in downtown Hartford on Saturday, April 6th from 9 to 11 a.m.

The event will be an opportunity for graduates and former students who began college studies at Capital to reconnect to Hartford’s two-year undergraduate institution and is hosted by the College’s Advancement office and Foundation.

Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris will welcome attendees and discuss a new Center for Career Development that consolidates the Career Planning and Placement Office and the School of Workforce and Continuing Education.

Planning for the opening of an alumni hall of fame and opportunities to participate in college activities including the alumni association  will be shared. Campus tours will be available.  Alumni may share their story and share comments at

The event with coffee, beverages and refreshments is free and open to alumni and former students. To RSVP or for more information contact Donna Brown-Roberts at 860-906-5171 or Email.

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Capital Touts Career Advancement Programs, Downtown Partnerships At 2019 Town and Legislative Forum

State legislators, city and town officials, students and corporate partners participated in a Town and Legislative lunch forum on March 14th at Capital Community College (CCC).

The forum, held at the College’s Walter J. Markiewicz’ Community Room, focused on Capital’s career advancement programs involving The Hartford Financial Services Group and Travelers and a panel of students and graduates.

CCC Chief Executive Officer G. Duncan Harris, Ed.D led the discussion and described the college’s role in a “Hartford renaissance” that includes public and private partnerships and community outreach initiatives at the downtown campus on Main Street. “We view the college as a key cog in the movement,” he said.

Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris welcomes legislators and guests to the 2019 Town and Legislative Forum at the College’s Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room. (Anthony Cordova photo)

Mark Ojakian, the president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, praised the college,  citing opportunities for Capital students thanks to  collaborations with business and cultural neighbors. Ojakian also said Capital was the first  Community College to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP education and training funds offer recipients tuition-free training in a range of occupations. The program is now available at all 12 community colleges.

The Hartford’s Jodi Greenspan discusses the insurance apprenticeship program and opportunities for claims careers.(Anthony Cordova photo)

The Hartford’s Jodi C. Greenspan, Associate Vice President and Claims Chief of Staff and a member of the Capital Community College Foundation, said Capital students are earning their degrees and beginning careers at the insurance company through an apprenticeship program supported by Connecticut Department of Labor

Insurance apprenticeships provide tuition and paid work experiences for associate degree candidates. Upon graduation CCC students receive a nationally recognized credential and move directly into a job.  Because of the success of a first cohort of CCC students, The Hartford is rolling out similar programs in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Minnesota.

Sharing their experiences about Capital and careers in insurance and health care were four students and graduates. On the panel moderated by John Thomas, CCC’s Career Advancement Program Coordinator, were George Annan-Kingsley, an art therapist at the Bloomfield Health Care Center and Gillian Walcott, a community health navigator at Trinity Health Medical Group (Saint Francis Hospital). Annan-Kingsley and Walcott earned certificates in social work and community health at CCC’s School of Work Force and Continuing Education.  Jeffrey Safo-Darko (’19), a Travelers EDGE intern, and Spencer Williams (’19), a  UnitedHealthcare intern,  are completing studies  in the College’s Career Advancement Program

Ojakian and Harris cited the fiscal challenges faced by Capital and other community colleges over the next several years without new sources of revenue. While a new state budget introduced by Governor Lamont keeps funding the same for the state’s community colleges with no further rescissions, Harris said Capital faces a challenging fiscal year at the forecasted funding levels.

Student panelists discussed their experiences at Capital and career advancement opportunities at the March 14th Town and Legislative Forum. From left Spencer Williams, Jeffrey Safo-Darko and George Annan-Kingsley. (Anthony Cordova photo)

Through reallocations and the pursuit of new grants and contributions, CCC is implementing new services to improve student retention and graduation rates, including child care options for student parents, a food pantry in partnership with Foodshare and establishing an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Center that will link students with housing, personal finance and health resources.

Legislative bills under consideration in the 2019 session to lower tuition costs (SB 273) and provide child care support for student parents were shared at the forum.  SB 273 , favorably reviewed by the Higher Education and Advancement Committee, would enable in-state recent high school graduates at community colleges to graduate without student loans and  encourage residents to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. SB 934 ,unanimously approved by the Education Committee and referred to the Appropriations Committee, would expand the federally funded Care4Kids program to  student parents enrolled in community college academic programs.

Student panelists Gillian Walcott, a community health navigator at Saint Francis Hospital’s Trinity Health Medical Group and George Annan-Kingsley with Odile Dilone, a coordinator at CCC’s School of Workforce and Continuing Education. (Anthony Cordova photo)

Local and state officials attending Capital’s forum included Hartford State Representatives Joshua Hall and Brandon McGee;  State Representative Rick Lopes, representing Newington and New Britain, and; State Representative Bobby Gibson, representing Bloomfield and Windsor; Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Hartford Superintendent of Schools; Bloomfield Mayor Suzette DeBeathamBrown;  Dr.  Larry Deutsch,  Hartford City Councillor; Carolyn Harris, aide to Hartford Council President Glendowlyn Thames, and; David Grant, representing Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.  Also participating were Merrill Gay, executive director of the CT Early Childhood Alliance; Bernie Michael, Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association; Raina Giddings, Investor Relations Director, MetroHartford Alliance, and; Tara Spain, vice president and COO of The Travelers Foundation.  Joining Dr. Harris and Jodi Greenspan from the CCC Foundation Board of Directors were Anthony Barrett, John Perkins and the Rev. Y. Trevor Beauford.

The College’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1985 to raise funds and manage endowment funds, annually supports CCC town and legislative forums when the state legislature is in session.

Capital Community College enrolls 3,315 (fall 2018) in associate degree and certificate programs with transfer opportunities to four-year institutions. One of the most ethnically diverse campuses in New England,  CCC is designated an Hispanic Serving Institution.  Over 75% of students reside in Hartford and eight surrounding communities, including East Hartford, New Britain, West Hartford, Manchester, Bloomfield, Windsor, Wethersfield and Newington.

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Diverse Ed Magazine Profiles Capital CEO Duncan Harris: ‘Second-Generation’ Community College Educator Makes a Difference

In a March 7th profile  Capital’s CEO Duncan Harris focuses on Capital’s enrollment and community outreach efforts during the 2018-2019 year. The story first appeared in the February 21st edition of Diverse Education.

“Currently, Harris and Capital administrators are working on outreach efforts and determining how they can more fully leverage the Hartford philanthropic community in support of CCC students. We’re working with a consultant to help us build capacity with our foundation and [have also] brought on some new foundation board members.”

Link to article

Dr. G. Duncan Harris didn’t always know that he wanted to work at a community college. But as a youngster, he grew up on college campuses.

Source: ‘Second-Generation’ Community College Educator Makes a Difference

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