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.

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.

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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.

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  • $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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The “No-Go” Changing Lives Gala Raises $26,000 For Capital Community College

The Capital Community College Foundation recognized programs of study for health care heroes and honored a 2020 class of Alumni Wall of Fame inductees at the No-Go Changing Lives Gala on October 23rd that showcased the talent of faculty, students and alumni.

The annual event raised more than $26,000 for scholarships and student success programs with the support of sponsors and contributors who participated in a virtual program.

Hosted by Capital Chief Executive Officer Duncan Harris via Webex the gala program included a tribute to Nursing and Health Careers programs and alumni honorees Sophia Gray (’01), Daniel LaMontagne (’94), John Perkins (’81) and Jonathan Nyez (’06) sharing their stories.

Interspersed with a tribute to nursing and health career studies and alumni recognition was a poem from Professor of English,  Dr. Antoinette Brim  and readings from the works of James Baldwin by students of Professor Julia Rosenblatt’s Theatre Arts Program. Dr. Harris provided a visual tour of  the campus, noting its transformation from an iconic department store to a 21st century college. The gala concluded with an inspiring performance of “Rise Up” by Alumna Nidayah Bolling. 

The 15th Changing Lives Gala, originally scheduled for the Gershon Fox Ballroom and atrium, went virtual this year because of the pandemic and need for social distancing.  Capital Community College opened for the fall semester with 85% of classes held online.

Supporting the Gala were Corporate Sponsors Liberty Bank and Travelers, Benefactor Sponsor Windsor Federal Savings and Patron Sponsors Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center, Webster Private Bank, Lana & Surendra Bridglall and John Perkins, Dr. G. Duncan & Garcia Harris and Lucy Anne Hurston.

 

 

 

 

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October 23rd Changing Lives Gala To Recognize 2020 Alumni Wall of Fame Inductees

Capital Community College will recognize four graduates as 2020 Alumni Wall of Fame inductees at the October 23rd Changing Lives Gala, a virtual event that will showcase the College’s programs of study for health care heroes.

The 2020 inductees, who come from the fields of nursing, architecture, computer information systems and accounting include:

Sophia Gray (’01) MS

Sophia Gray, who graduated from Capital in 2001 with a degree in computer information technology, has shown support and a passion for Capital Community College that began during her undergraduate years and never left her.

Sophia Gray (’01)

“I came and I never regretted it,” said Sophia in a 2016 profile. “It was much more nurturing to me. I got a sense that the instructors really cared.  As someone who has stayed involved with the college I see and hear year after year other students who have expressed the same sentiment,and that is, Capital is like a close-knit family  Once you walk across the stage and leave that relationship does not necessarily end.”

Sophia’s commitments to her alma mater have been extensive and continuing.  An emerita board member of the College’s Foundation,Board, she briefly filled in as its Chairperson until a replacement was voted in and currently serves on the scholarship committee.  She was President of the Alumni Association as well as the Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa.  Her organizing efforts among alumni led to a revival of the alumni association that was founded in 1988, the creation of the alumni’s logo, an alumni scholarship and hosting Alumni Saturdays at the downtown campus. 

Sophia,  a homeowner in Hartford’s Blue Hills neighborhood, is a single mom who raised a a son while juggling work, study and family as she advanced academically and professionally. From Capital, Sophia went on to Central CT State University earning her B.S. in Management Information Systems in 2004 and a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Technology specializing in networking and telecommunications technology in 2014.

Professionally, Sophia joined The Hartford Insurance Group in 2004 and is an Enrollment Specialist in Group Benefits. Always finding time to give back to her community she is currently the Chairperson of the Hartford Health Initiative, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve health outcomes in the City of Hartford through community engagement and programming and of course staying connected to Capital Community College.

Daniel LaMontagne (’94) AIA

Daniel LaMontagne, growing up in a working-class household in his native Waterbury, told his Algebra teacher at John F. Kennedy High School that he wanted to be an architect. That early career interest would lead him to enroll in the architectural engineering technology program at Hartford State Technical College, earning a degree from Capital Community-Technical College, the name for Capital when Hartford State Tech merged with Greater Hartford Community College in the 1990s.

Daniel LaMontagne (’94)

The education, project work and intense study received at Capital prepared Dan for late nights in the Architecture Studios at the University of Florida where he would earn a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and a Master of Architecture degree.

Dan returned to Connecticut and worked for several firms to start his career, including  a seven-year stint at JCJ Architecture in Hartford.  In 2014, Dan became the principal architect at AE Design Group (AEDG),  assuming ownership of the firm led by Joseph S. Eddy, Dan’s professor and mentor at Capital who led the associate’s degree program until his retirement. Continuing the practice and legacy of Joe Eddy, Dan continues to seek Capital Community College graduates to employ and help with their growth as future architects. Currently, three AEDG employees along with Dan himself, are graduates of Capital Community College and Dan is a strong advocate for opening educational and professional doors for women and minorities in the architectural field.

AE Design Group’s clients include educational and health care institutions. One notable project completed by Dan in 2017 is the new Oncology Pavilion at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford

“Many people think about their dream job, but I am living it,” said Dan of his professional pursuits that started at Capital. “I didn’t think it would be this intense when I first ventured down this path, but the profession of architecture requires a variety of skills and knowledge to navigate and guide a project to completion.”

Jonathan Nyez (’06) MSN, RN

Jonathan Nyez, alumnus and nursing professor at Capital Community College,  was raised and educated in Hartford and has stayed in the city to pursue his nursing career and guide others to pursue the caring profession of Registered Nurse.

Jonathan Nyez (’06)

“I have been connected to this city all my life. I first started working at Hartford Hospital in 1995 after a short stint in the Navy, and still continue to work there today on the STAR team. Having graduated from the University of Hartford with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nursing Education, I have had the tremendous opportunity to now help countless others join the nursing profession.”

“I’m living proof that sometimes school superlatives come true. I graduated from Capital’s Nursing Program in 2006, and at the time was voted ‘Most likely to come back and be a teacher in the program’. And here I am years later, helping others to achieve that same dream of becoming a nurse. My only regret is not having been voted ‘Most Handsome.’ “

Not surprisingly Jonathan Nyez serves as a mentor for today’s nursing students, having been there in the classroom and at clinical sites not so long ago, and is representative of the dedicated faculty in the Capital Community College Nursing program.

John A. Perkins (’81)  MS

John A. Perkins, an auditor in his native Barbados, arrived in Connecticut in 1977.  Working at The Hartford Insurance Group he trained college graduate recruits who received promotions after their first year of employment. When he broached the subject of promotion with his own supervisors he was often told “you know what you are doing but you do not have that piece of paper.” Determined to get that “piece of paper” John enrolled at Greater Hartford Community College, now Capital Community College, in the fall of 1978 and graduated in the spring of 1981 as he worked full time and raised a family.

John Perkins ’81

While at Capital, John was often chosen by the head of the Accounting Department, to mentor students who were struggling with their accounting class. Earning his associate’s degree, Perkins went on to Central CT State University for his B.S. in Accounting and Marketing and Bay Path University for a Master’s degree in Communication and Information Management.

His work career included seven years as a Senior Accountant with The Hartford Insurance Group, seventeen years as a Senior Financial Analyst at the Hartford Courant and nineteen years with Hartford Public Schools from where he retired in March 2020 as a Data Manager.  Over the years, John has received many awards and accolades in recognition of his voluntary service to the community that now includes serving as Assistant Treasurer of the College’s nonprofit foundation.

One of John’s wishes is that all alumni share their experiences and knowledge gained at Capital so others can benefit from the programs and services offered by this great institution. He is of the premise and believes Capital Community College has been good to us so let us be good to Capital and the world we encounter.

Capital’s Alumni Wall of Fame, launched at the 2019 Changing Lives Gala, is located at the College’s 2nd Floor Welcome Center near the Main Street windows and the Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room.  Inductees’ pictures and biographies are featured alongside a permanent Wall of Fame plaque recognizing an alumni class each year.

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Capital Community College receives $3 million Hispanic Serving Institutions Grant

Capital Community College has won a $3 million, five-year federal grant to improve student achievement and increase retention and graduation rates of low-income students at the two-year school located in downtown Hartford.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Title V Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) program awarded funds for the College’s Cultivating All-Inclusive Student Achievement (CASA) project that will enhance a guided career pathways curriculum, create contextualized learning and improve the first-year experience for Hispanic and low-income students enrolled in associate degree programs.

CCC Foundation

“Capital Community College is a Hispanic Serving institution and this grant will provide much needed long-term support to move the success needle for our Hispanic students and all students,” said CCC Chief Executive Officer G. Duncan Harris. “Hispanic Heritage Month begins this month on September 15th and this is an awesome way to begin our month long celebration.”

Relying on a coaching model to improve student outcomes, the CASA project will add new interventions and supports for career and financial planning from college entry and choosing a major through graduation.  The grant is designed to link work-based learning experiences aligned with areas of study and embed financial literacy into teaching and learning and a student support component called the Pathways Commons.  The project seeks to improve the College’s year-to-year retention rate by 10 percent and its three-year graduation rate by five percent over the grant period.

“Our students, many of whom are the first members of their families to get to college, will benefit from the Title V grant by providing supports and intensive interventions to help them persist and graduate,” said Miah LaPierre-Dreger, Ed.D., the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. “The grant gives faculty and staff much needed resources to help students succeed from the day they enroll. It will engage more students in courses tied to careers and improve academic achievement toward transfer and graduation.” 

Dr. LaPierre-Dreger will serve as the CASA Project Director.

About Capital Community College

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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