Capital Partners With The Hartford To Launch “Earn & Learn” Claims Apprenticeship Program

Capital Community College  is partnering with The Hartford to launch an insurance apprenticeship program that will offer an insurance-specific curriculum, paid-on-the-job training, tuition assistance and mentoring to equip students for key customer-facing roles in The Hartford’s claims operation.

The initiative is a joint effort with The Hartford, the Connecticut Department of Labor, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Capital and Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona.

The program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, which provides tuition assistance for participating students through its American Apprenticeship Grant Initiative.

“Attracting and developing talent to best serve our customers is a top priority for The Hartford,” said John Kinney, The Hartford’s chief claims officer. “This apprenticeship program will help us recruit and retain skilled claims professionals outside of the traditional college track, and students will gain education, training and a full-time position at a company where they can grow their career. It’s a win-win all around.”

The Hartford is launching the program in partnership with Capital in Hartford and Rio Salado College in metro Phoenix, with classes beginning in June.

Students completing the two-year program will be eligible for full-time employment with The Hartford, in addition to earning their associate’s degree. Through these partnerships and others in development, The Hartford plans to onboard 200 apprentices by 2020.

“This new program is an innovative way to develop Connecticut’s insurance talent and provide promising careers for our residents,” said Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “It supports our communities and helps the state expand into non-traditional apprenticeships to help grow our major industry sectors. This unique partnership promises to build a stronger economy by promoting post-secondary education and creating pathways to good paying jobs.”

“Capital welcomes the opportunity to again collaborate with The Hartford as one of our Insurance and Financial Services (IFS) partners,” said CCC President Wilfredo Nieves.  “The apprenticeship program creates more access for our students to enter an industry vital to our community and to give graduates a pathway to insurance careers.”

Students will complete 61 credit hours of college coursework and 2,400 hours of paid on-the-job-training at The Hartford claims center in Windsor, Conn. or Phoenix.

The curriculum includes courses in insurance-specific topics as well as critical thinking, business analytics and communications to help prepare students for future leadership roles. Graduates will earn registered apprenticeship credentials certifying their occupational proficiency, and when they become full-time employees of The Hartford, they will be eligible for additional tuition reimbursement to complete their bachelor’s degree.


CT Department of Labor news release April 4, 2017


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Dean of Students Arrington Receives Leadership Award

Doris B. Arrington, Dean of Student Services at Capital Community College, is this year’s recipient of the Connecticut Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Administrative Leadership Award, which was presented at the organization’s Spring Conference at Trinity College this past Friday, March 10.

The CT AWN Awards Committee cited being impressed by her “sustained commitment to fostering self-improvement, empowerment, and professional development opportunities for women of color.”

Dean of Students Doris Arrington accepts leadership award at Trinity College. At left is CCC President Wilfredo Nieves.

Dean Arrington has a long history of helping others strive for self-improvement and success. As a sophomore at University of Connecticut she mentored first-year students, teaching them to advocate for themselves and get involved with organizations that provided leadership opportunities. Through her continuing work with her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she started the Delta Academy in 1997, a Saturday Academy that encourages teenagers to pursue STEM careers. Two decades later they still meet on the second Saturday of each month at Capital Community College!

Dean Arrington currently serves as the co-chair of AAUWCT (Connecticut chapter of the American Association of University Women), and it has been her mission to enlist new professionals to leadership positions in the organization. She is also a Hartford YMCA Achiever Board Member and mentor.

At Capital, Dean Arrington has assembled a multi-cultural student services team, who she inspires to be inventive, and she has hired, promoted and mentored numerous female staff members from diverse backgrounds, many of whom have advanced their careers at Capital and other institutions of higher education.

“It is gratifying to be recognized with this award for what I see as my life’s work,” said Dean Arrington, “mentoring and empowering women to achieve professional and personal success.”

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Lunchtime Lectures: Political Cartoonist Bob Englehart (March 23), Remembering G. Fox (March 30) At Centinel Hill Hall

Centinel Hill Hall at Capital Community College

Political commentary and the lasting impact of Hartford’s G. Fox & Company Department Store are topics at two public brown bag lunch lectures in March at Capital Community College.

Bob Englehart

Thursday, March 23, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant’s longtime editorial and political cartoonist, will share his craft and discuss his career at the Courant where he became “the oldest continuously published” newspaper’s first full-time editorial cartoonist. Mr. Englehart, who began his career at the Courant in 1980 and worked there through 2015 , has received awards from the Overseas Press Club, the H.L. Mencken Award, United Nations Populations Institute, Planned Parenthood, the President’s Medal from Southern Connecticut State University, the Free Press Association, Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists, and, in 1979, he was the finalist for the 1980 Pulitzer Prize.

Remembering G. Fox & Company with Joe Waxman

Thursday, March 30, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Joe Waxman, a Connecticut Historical Society presenter, will reminisce about growing up in Hartford where the G. Fox store was part of his life and will share his admiration for Beatrice Fox Auerbach. This will be Joe’s second presentation at Centinel Hill Hall as part of the College’s Hartford Heritage Program.

Centinel Hill Hall at Capital Community College

The March brown bag lunch lectures, organized by the Friends of Centinel Hill Hall and the CCC Foundation are sponsoring the March public lectures which are free and open to the public at the 950 Main Street campus.

The organizers thank Humanities Professor Daniela Ragusa, Ph.D for making Bob Englehart’s appearance possible.  The lunches are inaugural events for the Centinel Hill Hall series that will include lunchtime talks, Hartford history lectures, Meet the Authors, Concerts at Capital and civic forums in 2017-2018 — the College’s 50th anniversary year.

Capital Community College — which relocated to the former G. Fox & Company store in 2002 — is continuing the tradition begun by G. Fox & Company of using Centinel Hill Hall — the College’s historic, art-deco auditorium — as a community gathering place for music, the arts, culture and civic engagement.

For a reservation and more information call the College advancement office at (860) 906-5102 or email  Complementary coffee, tea and beverages are provided.

[An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the dates of Mr. Englehart’s career at the Courant.]



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Remembering G. Fox & Company Is Topic at Capital Community College’s Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Thursday, March 30th


“Remembering G. Fox & Company” will be the topic at a public Brown Bag Lunch presentation at Capital Community College’s Centinel Hill Hall on Thursday, March 30th, from noon to 1:30 p.m.Remember G Fox

The College and the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) are teaming up for a third year to present a retrospective on G. Fox & Company at the 950 Main Street campus and the historic auditorium in the 11-story former department store building.

Joe Waxman will be the presenter.  Following a career in sales and marketing, Waxman became a volunteer at the Connecticut Historical Society. He remembers growing up in Hartford where G. Fox & Company was a part of his life. He says that Fox’s “touches people’s personal history.” Joe will also talk about his admiration for Beatrice Fox Auerbach whose accomplishments were significant on both local and national levels.

Capital Community College is continuing the tradition begun by G. Fox of using Centinel Hill Hall as a community gathering place for arts, culture and civic engagement.

The March 30th brown bag lunch is free and open to the public. It is one of the inaugural events for a Centinel Hill Hall Series during 2017 and 2018  that will include lunchtime talks, Hartford history lectures and Concerts at Capital.

For a reservation or more information to the brown bag lunch on March 30th call 860-906-5102. Email  Attendees may bring their own lunch. Coffee, tea and beverages will be provided.

Centinel Hill Hall at Capital Community College

Centinel Hill Hall at Capital Community College

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Alumni Saturday Is Feb. 25 At Capital Community College Featuring “Student Experiences in Business & Technology”

Alumni Saturday will be held on Saturday, February 25th, at Capital Community College’s Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room at the 950 Main Street campus from 10 a.m. to noon.campuses_50years

The event is free and open to graduates and students who attended the city’s public community college formerly known as Greater Hartford Community College. Alumni from Hartford State Technical College, an institution that was consolidated into Capital in 1990, are also welcome.  Alumni Saturday will include a campus tour and a preview of 50th anniversary activities that will be held in the 2017-2018 year.   Capital was founded in the fall of 1967 at a two story industrial building on Sequassen Street near Colt Park.

A video presentation “Student Experiences in Business & Technology” will be shared at Alumni Saturday along with information on business and technology associate degree and certificate programs.

In recent years new programs in business and technology have been started at Capital including cyber security and construction management.   Other programs include accounting, architectural engineering, computer & information systems, computer networking and support services and management in business and technology fields.  The College offers 44 associate degree and 27 certificate programs in health professions, arts and sciences, business, education and social services with transfer opportunities to state colleges and universities, the University of Hartford, the University of Saint Joseph, Trinity College and other four-year institutions.

For more information about Alumni Saturday alumni and interested persons may contact the college at 860-906-5102 or email:

Capital alumni and former students are invited to share their story or memories by accessing the following Share Your Story form.

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Keeping Campus Safe: Capital’s Public Safety Officers Recognized For Preventing Crimes, Saving Lives

Capital Community College’s  public safety officers received multiple medals and commendations at the 2017 Public Safety Awards reception on January 24th.

Each member of the seven-member force received special recognitions for proactively preventing crimes and saving lives in the course of their law enforcement duties.

The awards program, held at the President’s Conference Room, was led by President Wilfredo Nieves, Dean of Administration Lester Primus and Director of Public Safety, Master Sergeant James Griffin and Officer Joel White.

Medals of Commendation went to Master Sergeant  Griffin, Officers Jose Agosto, Carmen EscobarMarcus Thomas and Paul Vivolo (2 awards).  Certificates of Commendation were awarded to Scott Dorio and Carmen Escobar. Receiving Meritorious Service Medals were Master Sergeant Griffin, Officers Joel White, Dorio and Escobar. Officer Thomas received the Chief’s Achievement Medal. Officers Dorio and White accepted Life Saving Medals.

Capital's public safety officers received medals and awards January 24th. Front row from left: Jose Agosto, Carmen Escobar and Scott Dorio. Back row from left: Paul Divolo, Joel White, James Griffin and Marcus Thomas.

Capital’s public safety officers received medals and awards January 24th. Front row from left: Jose Agosto, Carmen Escobar and Scott Dorio. Back row from left: Paul Vivolo, Joel White, James Griffin and Marcus Thomas.

In recognizing members of the Public Safety Department Dean Primus  said the officers are  “individuals who will not only go beyond the call of duty day-to-day. They make sure they have the skill sets and they’re constantly looking at different kinds of trainings to improve.”  He cited a recent survey in which students expressed a high degree of satisfaction in the work of the Public Safety Department.

President Nieves praised the officers  for maintaining a safe educational environment. “As a college community we recognize you for your contributions on behalf of the students we’re trying to serve.”

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Town & Legislative Forum On Public Higher Ed, Financial Aid Issues At Capital Community College Tuesday, January 24th

The Capital Community College Foundation & Advisory Council will host a Town and Legislative Forum on Tuesday, January 24th from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the downtown connecticut_state_capitol_hartford-237x300campus, 950 Main Street in downtown Hartford. (Snow date: February 7)

State legislators in Capital Community College’s  primary service area and officials from Hartford and surrounding towns have been invited to participate in the forum.

Higher education legislation, student financial aid issues and the college’s finances and priorities will be discussed as the Governor and Legislature address ways to balance the state budget.cccsignfront2-1

Information on Capital’s current operating budget, its revenue sources and ongoing steps to reduce expenses and maintain programs and services  will be shared.

Seating is limited for the Town & Legislative forum. RSVPs are required for this event. For more information contact the college’s advancement office at 860-906-5102 or email

The Connecticut General Assembly opened for the 2017 session on January 4th and will adjourn on June 7th. To contact your legislators visit the Connecticut General Assembly

Capital Community College, located in the center of Hartford in the renovated, historic G. Fox building, is a public, open-door, educational institution committed to the metropolitan community it serves. Its mission is to provide higher education and lifelong learning to people of diverse cultures, abilities and ages, and to serve the needs of the community, government agencies and business and industry. To learn more about the college, visit

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