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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New Articulation: Capital Students Gain Transfer Opportunities To American International College

Capital Community College (CCC) graduates have a new option for transfer to the baccalaureate as the result of a cross-institutional articulation agreement with American International College (AIC) in Springfield.

AIC has signed articulation agreements with Holyoke Community College (HCC), Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), and Capital.

The agreement  with area community colleges, announced as the fall 2016 semester comes to a close, will align courses and programs for qualified candidates “to make a smooth, successful transfer to AIC,” according AIC, a private, co-educational institution founded in 1885. American International includes schools of Business, Arts & Sciences, Health Sciences and Education.logo

An articulation agreement can mean time and cost savings for students by not having to take duplicate courses. In addition, articulation agreements help both the sending and receiving institutions boost enrollment and retention rates.

Transferring to AIC may also  have financial aid benefits for community college students. AIC’s program is referred to as Direct Connect. Direct Connect transfer students automatically receive a $4,000 scholarship in addition to their earned merit scholarship, before any need-based aid is awarded. This means Direct Connect students can earn up to $17,000 per year in financial gift aid, not loans, before being evaluated for additional need-based aid. And, unlike some other transfer articulation agreements, the Direct Connect program at AIC allows students to study and major in their area of interest while attending their community college.


“I am pleased to see this expansion of  transfer opportunities to American International,” said CCC President Wilfredo Nieves.  “Capital benefits from articulations with Trinity College, the University of Saint Joseph and University of Hartford as well as Connecticut’s public colleges and universities.  The agreement will benefit enrollment and retention at both Capital and AIC and adds to the outstanding institutions  transferring Capital students may choose to earn bachelor’s degrees.”

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Noteworthy: Capital’s Seth Freeman Attends White House Symposium On Computer Science For All

Connecticut educators, including Seth Freeman,  Professor  of Computer Information Science, attended the White House Symposium on Computer Science for All on October 28th.

The October 28th summit brought together educators and researchers from 17 states to trade best practices, learn about initiatives in other states, and to jump start specific programs to improve offerings of computer science throughout the United States.

The Symposium followed President Obama’s launch of  a new $4 billion national initiative, CS For All (Computer Science For All) last January. CS for All’s goal  is to improve offerings of computer science classes in K-12 schools across the country. Connecticut was one of 17 states represented at the conference, and one of three, along with Indiana and Texas, that received national funding in August to explore ways to improve computer science education.

Attending the White House Symposium for Computer Science last October were UCONN Associate Math Professor Amit Savkar, Chinma Uche, Math and CS teacher at Hartford's Academy of Aerospace and Engineering High School, Capital Associate Professor Seth Freeman and Avon Schools' Superintendent Gary S. Mala. (Photo courtesy of Avon Public Schools)

Attending the White House Symposium for Computer Science last October were UCONN Associate Math Professor Amit Savkar, Chinma Uche, Math and CS teacher at Hartford’s Academy of Aerospace and Engineering High School, Capital Associate Professor Seth Freeman and Avon Schools’ Superintendent Gary S. Mala. (Photo courtesy of Avon Public Schools)

Freeman, a graduate of Clark University who earned an M.S. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was part of the CT delegation with Amit Savkar, Associate Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut; Chinma Uche, Ph.D., Math and CS Teacher at Hartford’s Academy of Aerospace & Engineering, and: Gary S. Mala, Superintendent of the Avon Public Schools.

Freeman, who has organized summer computer camps for Hartford middle school students over the last three years with support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, says the CS for All team in Connecticut  “is just beginning to develop a strategic plan for the state. Our initial focus is on getting commitments from school superintendents across the state to support this initiative. The primary role for higher education institutions will revolve around teacher pre-service and in-service training, but numerous other opportunities will exist to support the initiative.”

Congratulations to Seth for his efforts to expand and improve STEM education at the pre-college level and statewide.


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Certified Nursing Aide program gains state DPH approval through 2018

The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training program, a key component at the School of Workforce and Continuing Education, has been approved by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) through September 2018.

A new class of CNA students began the course the week of October 24th at Capital Community College.

New class of CNA students began the course the week of October 24th at Capital Community College.

DPH found Capital’s CNA training in compliance based on program materials for the 132-hour  nurse aide course that can often be the entry point for students to move on to study in associate degree in nursing and careers as registered nurses.   A site visit and review of the curriculum assessed the program in compliance with the federal Medicare/Medicaid regulations and the state public health code.

Coordinated by Ruth Krems, RN, the course is offered in six-week sessions throughout the year,  in the  classroom and lab and clinical instruction. It is designed to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to function as a certified nurse aides.

Congratulations to Continuing Education, Ruth Krems and the instructors in the CNA program for meeting the standards.

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Resiliency Consortium Webinar Features Capital’s Community Health Worker Training


Capital’s Community Health Worker (CHW) program — developed through the federally funded Northeast Resiliency Consortium — has been featured in a recent  roll out of a U.S. Department of Labor webinar series on training initiatives made possible by grants from the Trade Assistance Act Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) program.

CHW Instructor Joel Rivera and Job Developer Randall Ward from the School of Workforce and Continuing Education discuss the power of transparency, their own life experiences and the importance of mentoring for students as job seekers in the webinar  series entitled “Transparency & Self-Awareness: From Building Relationships to Building Community.”   

Shared by Rivera and Ward in the multi-part webinar were skills development in the community mental health classroom, creating pathways for higher education and developing new work sites for internships and employment.

Capital’s community mental health course was one of the first topics to be introduced  as part of a DOL Storytelling Network in which grantees share best practices and the “mapping of learning experiences and support services for fostering resiliency.”

The Northeast Resiliency Consortium, involving community colleges in four states and the Achieving The Dream initiative of which Capital is a leader college,  received more than $23 million Round 3 TAACCCT funding in 2013.  With an emphasis on serving veterans and dislocated workers, Capital’s $2.3 million grant has been used to expand emergency services, green construction, health,  nutrition, cybersecurity and IT education and training at the credit and certificate level.

For more information or to hear Capital’s roundtable on community mental health go to Voices of Resiliency: Creating Resiliency and Building Community at the TAACCCT website.


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Student Senate Hosts Presidential Debate Watch Party Wednesday October 19th; Capital Is Part Of “All In” Democracy Challenge

Capital Community College’s Student Senate is hosting a Presidential Debate Watch party on Wednesday, October 19th in Centinel Hill Hall auditorium at the 950 Main Street campus.

The third and final Presidential Debate will be held at the University of Las Vegas beginning at 9 p.m. on October 19th. The watch party will begin at 8;15 p.m. with a pre-debate discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

The debate watch party is open to students, faculty, alumni and friends.


The watch party is part of the College’s involvement in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge , a national, nonpartisan campaign, to  “encourage informed citizen participation.” on campuses across the country.

The Student Senate and members of student organizations are promoting voter registration and citizen participation in the run up to the November 8th General Election.

In addition to the debate watch party and pre-debate discussion on the 19th,  the week of October 17th includes opportunities to register to vote on campus.

On Monday 10/17 PRIDE (People Respecting Individual Diversity Everywhere) will host a “Rock The Vote” registration table at the 7th floor Student Union and Cafeteria from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The first 25 registrants will get a free cupcake.

Historic newspaper photographs of past presidential and vice presidential candidates campaigning in Connecticut will be displayed on the 11th floor.  The photographs come from the collection of Frank Gerratana, an award-winning photojournalist, who covered Connecticut and campaigns for more than 40 years.

logoThe ALL IN Challenge, a program of Civic Nation, recognizes campuses committed to improving democratic engagement, increasing voter participation rates, and graduating informed and active citizens. Campuses commit to a set of actions, are recognized for achieving established benchmarks, and are presented awards for exemplary efforts.

“Preparing graduates for their public lives as citizens, members of communities, and professionals in society has historically been a responsibility of higher education,” said Zaneeta E. Daver, director of the ALL IN Challenge. “We are thrilled to welcome Capital Community College to the Challenge and applaud this commitment to making engagement with our democracy a meaningful and pervasive part of campus culture.”

For more information contact Abi Rodriguez, Student Senate President and student representative on the CCC Foundation & Advisory Council.  Email:

The Connecticut voter registration deadline is November 1st.  Online voter registration is available at the CT Secretary of the State.









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