2nd Capital Golf Classic To Benefit Veterans’ OASIS Center and Scholarship Fund On Friday, May 7th

Capital Community College’s Golf Classic, postponed in 2020 because of the pandemic, returns in the spring on Friday, May 7th 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  “early bird” cost for individual players is $150 or $600 per foursome. After April 1, registration is $175 per golfer and $700 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 with a program and prize announcements in accordance with social distancing requirements.  A Golf Classic Online auction will open in April and conclude on the day of the event. Dinner only guest admission is $75.

Keney Park Golf Course is located at 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor at the Hartford-Windsor town line.

Online Registration

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 for new students.

Online Registration

Individual and Sponsor Registration Form

For more information contact:

John McNamara 860-906-5102

Email: jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu

Donna Brown-Roberts 860-906-5171

Email: Dbrown-roberts@ccc.commnet.edu

Capital CEO Duncan Harris tees off at the 2019 golf classic held May 10, 2019.

Golfers and guests at the 19th Hole dinner at the Tavern at Keney Park at the 2019 Golf Classic.

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Associate Dean Miranda To Lead CCC’s Re-Entry Task Force

Capital Community College (CCC) is forming a task force focused on education and training leading to sustainable employment for formerly incarcerated individuals as they re-enter the community, CCC Chief Executive Officer G. Duncan Harris announced.

The task force, working with the City of Hartford’s Re-entry Welcome Center and other stakeholders and individuals, will set goals to improve the employment outcomes for members of the re-entry population who enroll and earn a credential in one of the College’s workforce classes and programs of study.

“The acquisition of a college degree or a workforce certificate is a key asset for re-entry and justice involved individuals in their pursuit of financial security after their involvement with the justice system, said Harris.  “As Hartford’s community college, we have the obligation and opportunity to meet this need through the wide variety of programs we offer.”

CCC has 60 programs of study in technical, business and health care fields leading to associate degrees, certificates and transfer. Its School of Workforce and Continuing Education provides short-term training for skilled jobs in demand in the regional economy. 

Harris has appointed Eddie Miranda, the College’s Associate Dean of Campus Operations, to lead the task force.  Miranda, a Hartford native, has extensive experience in education at the K-12 and college levels having served as a behavioral technician and operations manager for Hartford Public Schools and as Bursar at Manchester Community College before joining CCC in 2019. 

Associate Dean Eddie Miranda

Miranda serves on the boards of Community Health Resources (CHR) and CT Association for Latinos In Higher Education (CALAHE). He is a member of the alumni chapter of Lambda Theta Phi, Fraternity, Inc a group engaged in community service in Hartford. He is a graduate of  Central Connecticut State University and earned an M.B.A. form the University of Phoenix.

“I look forward to mobilizing the college’s resources with our community partners to open educational and career doors for individuals returning to their community.” said Miranda. “Accessible training and education leading to a good job are essential to reducing recidivism and making second chances possible.”

CCC through its Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Center is already engaged with the City of Hartford’s Welcome Center for Re-Entry to link clients with college programs. It partners with the Urban League of Greater Hartford and other organizations that serve the re-entry population. For a number of years the College’s Conrad L Mallett Gallery on Main Street has been the site For Community Partners In Action’s highly-regarded Prison Arts Program.

David McCluskey, Legislative Liaison for the CT Department of Correction and Chairperson of the Capital Community College Foundation, said Capital offers both short term training and academic opportunities that formerly incarcerated persons need for financial stability and employment.

“The College is well situated to do more on re-entry efforts,” said McCluskey. “The recent change in federal law enabling persons who have been in the correction system to qualify for federal student aid will make a major difference in the College’s ability to provide opportunities before and after re-entry,” McCluskey stated. “Having the financial support to get a credential and employment will enable more individuals to get back to their families and community.”

McCluskey cited the decision by the Congress last December eliminating the ban on Pell grants for incarcerated individuals that had been in effect since 1994. “Second Chance Pell Grants” will expand college opportunities as part of prison reforms that include a greater emphasis on rehabilitation and reducing the prison populations.

College officials said the Re-Entry task force will be finalizing its membership this month and will convene in April.


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College Partners With Eversource, IBEW To Offer Lineworker Training

Four Information Sessions To Be Held In March; Classes Begin June 1st

Capital Community College, in partnership with Eversource Energy and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Locals 420 and 457, is holding a series of information sessions in March for a Lineworker Certificate Program to begin in June.

The 11-week certificate program prepares students for employment in one of the electric industry’s essential occupations. Line workers maintain and service the electric infrastructure, meeting the energy demands  of homeowners, businesses and municipalities across Connecticut.


Students will develop the fundamental skills required to effectively install and maintain the Electric Distribution system, Starting Jun 1st, the program will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on  six Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through August 11th.  Fire Retardant (FR) clothing and boots are required. Successful completion requires attending classes online and in person and students will earn a Lineworker Certificate with First Aid/CPR training, occupational and safety training ((OSHA10) and CDL permit test preparation.

  • Live Virtual Information Sessions

To learn more about the program, join Eversource and Capital Community College for a live information session. Please register here: https://bit.ly/3kAZWFH

Information Session Dates

  • Tuesday, March 9, 1pm
  • Thursday, March 11, 5pm
  • Thursday, March 18, 5pm
  • Thursday, March 25, 5pm


  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • High School Diploma/GED (a college transcript can be used in lieu of the diploma).
  • Driver’s license or the ability to obtain one. Students will be expected to get a CDL license if hired into a Line Helper position with Eversource- https://portal.ct.gov/DMV/Licenses/Licenses/Commercial-Drivers/CDL—Main-Menu
  • Ability to work at heights in nearly all-weather conditions.
  • Must pass the Construction and Skilled Trades (CAST) assessment, background check and drug screen.
  • Students must have a computer/laptop and access to the Internet as many classes will be held virtually due to COVID.


Eversource’s Lineworker Certificate Program is a selective admissions program with 15 spots open. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible on a rolling acceptance basis.



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Remembering Susan McCarthy: Early Childhood Educator, Lab School “Pioneer”

Capital Community College (CCC) lost a beloved member of its campus family last October 19th with the passing of Susan McCarthy, 73, an early childhood educator who led the Elaine Stewart McKirdy Early Childhood Center (The Lab School) for 22 years.

Alumna and Lab School teacher Carmen Marrero, Susan McCarthy and former Lab School Director Cynthia Greenblatt at the Lab School’s 35th anniversary in 2011.

The Church of the Holy Spirit in Newington was filled as much as social distancing would allow at Susan’s funeral mass last October. Her family was joined by scores of  friends, colleagues and individuals touched by her work as a teacher of young children and for being “a mentor, confidante, friend, and role model to all.”

Capital’s was the first childhood center established at a community college in Connecticut. And Susan, called a “pioneer” for bringing early care to the college,  assisted other campuses during her career.

Retired Lab School teacher Carmen Marrero, a CCC Alumna and longtime colleague,  recalls Susan lending a hand to Asnuntuck Community College when a reading room was created for children of students when they were in class at the Enfield school.

The Early Childhood “Lab School” at the Woodland Street campus

Susan also steered contributions and grants to the College from friends in the corporate world and guided the transition of the original lab school, a cottage-like building located outside the 61 Woodland Street campus, to the downtown campus in 2002.

“She designed the modern facility we currently use as the Lab School,” said Psychology Professor Stephen O. Fagbemi, Ph.D., her colleague and a former Social and Behavioral Sciences Department Chair.

The College received a $50,000 endowment gift in 2004 from Andrew C. McKirdy, Chancellor Emeritus of CT Community Colleges and the downtown Lab School was re-dedicated in memory  of McKirdy’s wife, Elaine Stewart McKirdy, who led efforts to establish campus child-care services.

Professor Fagbemi, in a tribute to Susan at her passing, wrote: “I first got to know Susan as a colleague when I joined the College in 1987.  In those early years, I used to visit the Lab School to observe the marvelous work that she and other colleagues do at the Lab school.  More memorable for me personally, was when my daughter “Stephanie” was a toddler, Susan would come to take her from my office to briefly play with other kids at the Lab School. That, in a way, sums up my memory of Susan McCarthy – her love for children.”

“Sue inspired generations of ECE teachers to put social and emotional learning first for kids,” said former State Senator Beth Bye, now the Commissioner of the Office of Early Childhood Education for Connecticut, who remembers Susan McCarthy  as one of “the nicest people you would ever meet.”

In 2021, colleagues and friends will dedicate  a “Window to the Future” and a Lab School plaque at the Main Street campus in memory of Susan for her pioneering work and dedicated service to the college. For information contact John McNamara (jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu) or Amy Lemire (alemire@capitalcc.edu

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org

The Lab School was re-dedicated in memory of Elaine Stewart McKirdy in 2004 with former Community College Chancellor Andrew C. McKirdy, Lab School Director Susan McCarthy and Nursing Alumna Marie Spivey.


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Wishing You A Healthy and Happy 2021

From this year’s Capital Community College Virtual Commencement in May: A Mosaic Recognizing the Class of 2020.

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Capital Community College Gets NEH Grant For Black History Focusing On Historic Downtown Church

Capital Community College (CCC) is the recipient of a $149,426 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant focusing on the history and people of Hartford’s historic Talcott Street Church and Black School.

The Humanities Initiative award, part of Capital’s Hartford Heritage Project, will support place-based learning in Black history for students at the college and Capital Preparatory Magnet School (Capital Prep) in partnership with nearby museums. Capital Community College is one of 7 institutions out of 66 applicants nationwide to receive a Humanities Initiatives grant at Hispanic Serving Institutions  in 2020.

  It is one of 21 NEH Humanities Initiatives grants nationwide that will advance curricular innovations and enhance educational resources at colleges and universities.

The project will develop 12 courses at Capital Community College and three subjects at Capital Prep.  An exhibition is planned to support pedagogy and commemorate the historic site of the church. The grant will support the inauguration of an annual public lecture called The Pennington Lecture, named after Talcott Church pastor James W.C. Pennington and themed on understanding race issues through the lens of the humanities.

Professor Jeffrey Partridge, Ph.D., Chair of Humanities and Director of the Hartford Heritage Project will lead the project.

Prof. Jeffrey Partridge

Talcott Street Congregational Church was built on the corner of Talcott and Market Streets in 1826 where today the dilapidated Talcott Parking Garage, now slated for demolition, stands. The site is next door to the the Capital campus that has been housed in the transformed former G. Fox & Company building since 2002.

Under the leadership of the Rev. Pennington in the 19th century,  the church actively participated in the Amistad Trial as it took place just three blocks away in the Old State House by befriending and raising money for the African captives, according to Professor Partridge. 

“Pennington’s biographer claims that in certain periods of his tenure at the church, fugitives from enslavement escaping from the south on the Underground Railroad came to the doors of Talcott church daily, doors that are now largely forgotten,” said Partridge.  “This project aims to change that unfortunate fact and turn this site into a place of remembrance and inspiration.”

The activities funded by the grant spring from three Capital students and a student from Trinity College who worked in the Liberal Arts Action Lab in the Spring 2020 semester with Partridge.  The student team created a digital exhibition on the Talcott church and school that led to the plan for new courses, an exhibit and an annual Pennington Lecture. The Action Lab is an educational partnership between Capital Community College and Trinity College established to strengthen the city and its role in the region, spark social innovation, and support civic engagement and sustainability.

Talcott St. Church Cornerstone (Liberal Arts Action Lab)

The Talcott Church led by Rev. Pennington was not only the site of the first Black church in Hartford and the first school for Black children but it was also for much of the nineteenth century the center of community for Black and some Native American Hartford residents, an educational hub for Black uplift, and a safe haven for fugitives of enslavement finding their way north on the Underground Railroad. 

The grant was developed in response to heightened concern on campus over Black Lives Matter protests last spring and the killings of  George Floyd and Breanna Taylor which led to a June virtual convocation on how to address institutionalized racism and injustice impacting CCC students and community, according to Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris.

Harris praised Partridge and community partners, including Faith Congregational Church which is a descendant of the Talcott Street Church, for helping to empower students through an understanding of Black history in Hartford.

“Capital Community College and its Humanities division have been widely recognized for place-based learning over the last decade through the Hartford Heritage Project,” Harris said. “The exhibit and Black History project will further enhance the humanities curricula with content that will inform and inspire our diverse student population.”

Hartford Heritage Project partners also expressed support for the new Black history initiative.

“Capital Community College’s Hartford Heritage Project leads in the effort to tell stories that don’t often get told, particularly of the histories around communities of color in the city of Hartford,” said Brenda Miller, executive director for culture and communications at Hartford Public Library.  “This recent NEH award is so well deserved.”

“Trinity College and the Liberal Arts Action Lab are excited to see this project come to fruition, in order to recognize and share the local and national significance of Hartford’s vibrant Black history. Abigail Williamson, Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. Williamson is Director of the Center for Hartford Engagement and Research (CHER) at Trinity College.


About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.  Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

About Capital Community College

Capital Community College is an urban, two-year institution enrolling  3,000 students in Connecticut’s capital city. The college offers 60 academic programs in accredited studies preparing students for associate degrees, certificates and transfer, while its non-credit offerings prepare students for the immediate needs of the Connecticut workforce.  Capital, one of New England’s most diverse campuses, was the first college in Connecticut to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The Capital Community College experience revolves around its historic eleven-story, Art Deco building in the heart of downtown Hartford, which offers unprecedented access to the city’s cultural and employment offerings. 

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Capital’s Duncan Harris, Hartford Mayor Bronin To Participate in Aspen Institute Future of Work Forum December 3rd

Capital Community College CEO Duncan Harris and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will participate in an Aspen Institute forum on lifelong learning and the future of work on Thursday, December 3rd from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST

The online event will focus on “Building A Lifelong Learning System: A Roadmap For Cities”, a new report from the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative with support from the Cognizant U.S. Foundation. The report is  based on conversations with policymakers and experts in Phoenix, Chicago, and Hartford with Harris and Mayor Bronin representing Hartford.

G. Duncan Harris

Panelists, including urban leaders, educators and employers, will discuss the barriers and opportunities of creating a system that helps, not hinders, lifelong learning.

“Lifelong learning was critical long before COVID-19, but helping people develop new skills has become even more urgent,” according to the Aspen Institute.  The @aspenfuturework report outlines strategies for cities to strengthen education and workforce systems to support lifelong learning.

Link to the Future of Work Forum:  https://lifelonglearningcityroadmap.splashthat.com/

Building A Lifelong Learning System: A Roadmap For Cities Report

About Capital Community College

Capital Community College’s L.E.A.D Center focuses on career advancement and lifelong learning

Capital Community College is an urban, two-year institution enrolling more than 3,000 (2019) students in Connecticut’s capital city. The college offers 60 academic programs in accredited studies preparing students for associate degrees, certificates and transfer, while its non-credit offerings prepare students for the immediate needs of the Connecticut workforce.  Capital, one of New England’s most diverse campuses, was the first college in Connecticut to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The Capital Community College experience revolves around its historic eleven-story, Art Deco building in the heart of downtown Hartford, which offers unprecedented access to the city’s cultural and employment offerings.

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Giving Tuesday: Your Support Makes A Difference At Capital Community College

“As we all know due to COVID-19, many people are struggling and scrambling to get the very basic needs. Many are fighting for their lives, for their families, and many are fighting for daily needs. I am fighting for school. I am in a nursing program and deep in the chambers of my heart I want to be a blessing as a nurse. I want to touch lives and change lives. I want to possess a healing heart and healing hands. And by this microgrant, I am one step closer to that.”  — A  letter of thanks to Associate Dean of Student Affairs Jason Scappaticci from a nursing student who received a Capital Cares Fund microgrant this year.

On Tuesday, December 1st Capital Community College (CCC) Foundation joins the global movement for generosity that follows the “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” shopping frenzy of the holiday season.

Help the Capital Community College Foundation reach its goal of $10,000 on Giving Tuesday 2020

Giving Tuesday is the day set aside to encourage philanthropy and acts of kindness.  In 2020 this special day of helping others has taken on more significance amid the pandemic that continues to jeopardize the health and livelihoods of millions of people around the globe and strains the resources of many helping organizations.

For community college students financial and personal burdens have interrupted studies across the nation and Capital is no exception.  Since last March the College and its Foundation have been able to respond to financial emergencies with microgrants and to provide laptops for online learning thanks to gifts to the Capital Cares Fund and the Annual Fund.

The value of giving to Capital is evident in the gratitude from a student who received support to repair her car to keep going to classes in pursuit of RN licensure and the nursing profession. “Being granted this microgrant assistance has tremendously helped me reach a dream I have carried for many years. They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I am taking this one step and am hopeful I will find my feet standing at the bedside caring for another young woman – one unique person at a time.”

At Capital Community College donations– no matter the amount – support a mission of educational access and academic success for students who face financial and personal challenges in getting to and graduating from college without debt.

Gifts on Giving Tuesday and throughout the year make a difference and change lives at Capital Community College.

Donate Now

  • $166 supports a credit hour of study ($1,992 full time tuition per semester)
  • $286 covers fees and transportation per student each semester
  • $800 meets the costs of textbooks and learning materials for a year
  • $50-$750 can provide a Capital Cares microgrant to address hardships and emergencies.

Where Does My Gift Go?

100% of gifts go where donors want.  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.  Friends may donate securely online or print a Gift Reply Form and return to CCC Foundation, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103.

 For more information on gift opportunities, the downtown campus and college programs contact John McNamara at the College Foundation and Institutional Advancement Office. Telephone: 860-906-5102 and Email: jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu 

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Foundation Scholarships: Applications For Spring 2021 Semester Due December 31st

The  Capital Community College Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships for the Spring 2021 semester. The closing date for applications is December 31, 2020.

The Foundation provides merit and need-based scholarships each year to new and continuing students contingent on gifts and grants received and spendable income from endowments.

General eligibility includes entering or continuing students at Capital Community College enrolling full- or part-time with  satisfactory academic standing and/or scholastic achievement. Additional eligibility requirements apply to scholarships with gender, geographic or other criteria.

To Apply Register and Submit at the link below:

Online Scholarship Application

Additional information on scholarship opportunities is available at the CCC Office of Financial Aid, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 Telephone: (860) 906-5090, E-mail: CA-finaidhelp@capitalcc.edu .

Supporting The Scholarship Fund

For information on creating a scholarship fund or making a contribution, contact John McNamara at (860) 906-5102. E-mail: jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu

The Capital Community College Foundation maintains annual and endowment funds with donations from individuals, businesses, community organizations and foundations for the purpose of awarding scholarships to eligible Capital Community College students.

For information on creating a scholarship fund or making a contribution, contact John McNamara at (860) 906-5102. E-mail: jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu


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$100,000 Gift Boosts Women’s Scholarships at Capital Community College

A $100,000 grant from the Widows Society to the Capital Community College Foundation will provide new scholarships to eligible women students at Hartford’s community college.

Students have received more than 150 scholarships in recent years thanks to previous Widows Society gifts that began in 2014. The new grant will continue the awards to undergraduates at Capital where 71% of students are female and 64% of all students are eligible for financial aid.

Established in 1825, the Widows Society is one of the Hartford area’s oldest philanthropic organizations. The charity’s singular focus has been helping single women in Hartford address basic needs for housing, medical care, food and other necessities. In making scholarship donations to Capital, the Society’s board stated “there is no dearth of women needing help to continue or complete their education and we want to help as many people as possible to benefit from our gift.”

The College’s nonprofit Foundation maintains scholarship funds and endowments and seeks support for programs and initiatives to improve academic quality, campus life and expand educational opportunity.

“This gift means more opportunities for Hartford women who otherwise would not be able to attend college,” said Capital Chief Executive Officer G. Duncan Harris. “It comes at a time when many students are facing more financial challenges as the result of the pandemic. We are grateful to The Widows Society for helping more women in Hartford gain access to a post-secondary education that can pave the way to sustainable jobs and careers.”

Harris announced the gift at the virtual Changing Lives Gala, the College’s annual event for scholarships and student success, on October 23rd.

Widows Society Scholarships benefit women from the Hartford vicinity who are self-supporting and demonstrate financial need.  The scholarship is open to new or continuing students enrolled on a part- or full-time basis. Full-time tuition and fees for a year of study at Capital is $4,556 ($284 per credit hour).

The College’s nonprofit Foundation maintains scholarship funds and endowments and seeks support for programs and initiatives to improve academic quality, campus life and expand educational opportunity.

Information on scholarship opportunities is available at the CCC Office of Financial Aid, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 Telephone: (860) 906-5090, E-mail: CA-finaidhelp@capitalcc.edu .

For information on creating a scholarship fund or making a contribution, contact John McNamara at (860) 906-5102. E-mail: jmcnamara@capitalcc.edu

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