Capital Community College Radiologic Technology Program Gets $75,000 CHEFA Grant

Capital Community College is the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) to enhance its radiologic technology laboratory at the Main Street campus.

CHEFA, a quasi-governmental agency that provides funds to improve the health and education of Connecticut residents, announced recipients of $1 million in grants on Wednesday, February 27th at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.  State Treasurer Shawn Wooden and State Senator Will Haskell, co-chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, joined CHEFA officials in a ceremony with representatives of  colleges, Workforce Development board and organizations receiving grants this year.

Capital CEO Duncan Harris thanked CHEFA for investing in CCC’s Health Professions program and for making the College a partner in the agency’s support of programs that “help drive economic and employment growth in the state.”

The grant will be used to acquire a fully equipped core radiographic room that will simulate the x-ray and radiographic labs in hospitals and clinical settings. Harris said current rad tech facility  relies on aging equipment that was donated by the University of Hartford in 2010. “A state of the art radiologic technology lab will give students the  experience and practice with equipment and technology they will be expected to use in their clinical placements and in entry-level positions after graduation.”

Radiologic technology is a major component of associate degree and certificate granting programs in the health professions (nursing, medical assisting, paramedic) at Capital with high rates of completion and career employment of its students. The College is a key educator and partner for central Connecticut’s hospitals and health care facilities. The nationally accredited radiological technology associate degree program is a 21-month program that includes five clinical radiology courses. Demand for

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Capital CEO Duncan Harris accepting grant award from CHEFA officials at the Legislative Office Building February 27th. From left: CHEFA Board Chair Peter Lisi, Dr. Harris, CHEFA Executive Director Jeanette W. Weldon and CHEFA Grants Program Manager Betty Sugerman Weintraub

entry-level radiological technologists is estimated to remain above average through 2026, according to occupational outlook data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the State of Connecticut. Professor Paul Creech, Esq. is the coordinator of the program .

Capital was one of five institutions of higher education to receive grants that support STEM education and careers. Others include Naugatuck Valley Community College, Central Connecticut State University State, Sacred Heart University and the University of Saint Joseph.

Established in 2002, the CHEFA Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations that provide essential health, educational, cultural, and childcare services to the residents of Connecticut. More than $30 million has been distributed to Connecticut nonprofit organizations. CHEFA is the authority that manages tax-exempt bond financing and child car loan programs.

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Capital’s First Golf Classic At Keney To Benefit 2019 Summer College Transition Program

Capital Community College Foundation will hold its first Golf Classic on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Keney Park Golf Course  — a scramble tournament in support of a summer program to  ease the transition of first-time students  going into college.

The summer “bridge” program provides entering students with pre-college academic support that improves achievement and retention and leads to transfer to four year schools. Net proceeds from the Classic will benefit this transition program in 2019.


The cost for individual players is $150 or $600 per foursome. Registration covers greens fees, golf cart, lunch, dinner and refreshments on the course. Participants can arrange their own foursomes or sign up as singles.  The cost for dinner only guests is $30.

Event and sponsorship information and other ways to participate are available. Sponsorship benefits include foursomes, pre- and post- event logo recognition on tournament print and online communication, social media and at the downtown campus.

Contact Steve Spears at 860-906-5059 , or John McNamara at 860-906-5102,

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The Capital Golf Classic supports interventions for first-time students to succeed in the first year of college.  Summer academic enrichment activities, information sharing to educate students and parents about college options, tutorials and peer mentoring are part of the program.

About Keney Park Golf Course

Since early 2014, Keney Park Golf Course has been the focus of a massive restoration, with design efforts led by Matthew Dusenberry of Dusenberry Design. Dusenberry, a Milwaukee-based golf course architect, was a longtime associate at Greg Norman Golf Course Design, and has worked on layouts such as Doral in Miami and Doonbeg in Ireland. The full-scale restoration of Keney Park Golf Course includes completely renovated tee boxes, fairways, greens and bunkers, as well as an updated clubhouse that includes The Tavern At Keney Park managed by the DISH Restaurant Group.

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Capital Gets State Grant To Help Minority Students Succeed

Capital Community College (CCC) has been awarded a state Office of Higher Education (OHE) grant of $75,000 to improve the academic standing of minority students in need of tutoring and support to succeed at the college level.

OHE’s Minority Advancement Program is providing the College with new funds for 2019 through its Promoting Academically Successful Students (PASS) initiative to help students on probation  “develop sustainable college skills to remain on track to graduation” with a focus on “improving the retention and graduation rates of minority students at Connecticut colleges and universities.”


CCC, one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in New England with African-American and Hispanic enrollment at 68%, will expand services to academically at risk students at its Advising & Counseling Center  through intensive academic advising and dedicated tutors, student success workshops, enhanced communication through texting with students and volunteer success coaching. The College will also provide financial help for textbooks and with student emergency microgrants to increase the retention of academically at risk students. Through the PASS grant Capital seeks to reach 50 African-American and Hispanic students on probationary status and help them succeed for graduation and transfer.

“Retention is our number one priority and this grant will move the needle in helping us improve student outcomes,” said Capital’s Chief Executive Officer Duncan Harris. “It gives us the resources to help more students succeed.”

The PASS grant complements Capital’s efforts this academic year to  establish an Equity Center designed as a one-stop place to address issues outside the college environment that negatively impact academic performance, including a women’s center, Capital Cares food pantry and personal finance courses and counseling.

Capital, enrolling 3,315 students at its downtown Hartford campus, offers 36 associate degrees and 24 certificate programs. Three-quarters of enrollment comes from Hartford and nearby towns.  One of the first Connecticut community colleges to join the national “Achieving the Dream” (ATD) initiative,  CCC uses grant funds such as the PASS grant for  strategies and interventions to close achievement gaps and promote student success.


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#Giving Tuesday: Invest in Hartford’s Community College


“These are places where young people can continue their education without taking on a lot of debt. These are places where workers can gain new skills to move up in their careers. These are places where anyone with a desire to learn and to grow can take a chance on a brighter future for themselves and their families – whether that’s a single mom, or a returning soldier, or an aspiring entrepreneur.”

–Barack Obama in remarks to The White House Summit on Community Colleges, June 2011

On Tuesday, November 27th Capital Community College Foundation joins with nonprofits, higher education institutions and community organizations in an  international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism on the day that follows “black” Friday and “cyber” Monday. It’s a day to encourage generosity, volunteerism and acts of kindness locally and globally.

In Greater Hartford, Capital Community College (CCC) is a place “where anyone with a desire to learn and to grow” can succeed.

Capital increasingly relies on contributions above and beyond operating budgets that provide a critical margin necessary for new scholarships, tutoring, advising and resources for teaching and learning.cl2017collage_fotor.jpg

Ranked one of the top 25 two-year colleges in the nation for adult learners  by Washington Monthly, CCC lowers the cost roadblock that so many people encounter in pursuit of college. Your donation ensures that students get support to graduate and transfer to four-year schools without debt.  It takes, for example, $163 tuition to pay for one credit hour, $489 for one course and $1,958 for a semester of full-time study. Contributions to Capital, no matter the amount, make a “quality and affordable education” within reach of individuals who otherwise could not pursue college.

Contributions are welcome on this Giving Tuesday and throughout the year and may be made online, by downloading a printable gift form or by calling the CCC Foundation office at 860-906-5102.

Alumni of Capital (including graduates of  Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College) are invited to share their stories and volunteer through the Share Your Story Link.

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By Phone: 860-906-5102

For more information contact:

John McNamara, Foundation Liaison and Director of Institutional Advancement


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A Milestone For Capital’s Paramedic Program: 50th Class To Graduate In December

Capital Community College’s (CCC) Paramedic Program, the first and oldest program of its kind in Connecticut, will mark a milestone in December when its 50th class of students complete their studies and graduate.

The four-semester Paramedic Program, part of CCC’s  allied health studies since 1988, is nationally accredited and prepares students for careers as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, hospital and public health coordinators and first responders. Established at Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center in 1986, the paramedic program moved to the college two years later. It remains the only college-based program in the state and was the second program in New England to earn national accreditation from The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions in 1993.

EMS Coordinator and Professor Daniel Tauber says the program has graduated 900 paramedics in its 32 years at the college. “We have graduates practicing in every emergency medical service in the state that employs paramedics,” says Tauber, adding that alumni work in 17 other states and two foreign countries.

Saint Francis Hospital remains a primary partner with the College providing students with clinical rotations in the emergency department, trauma surgery, cardiac, surgical intensive care and other units at the Woodland Street hospital and medical center. “Saint Francis’ emergency physicians have provided medical oversight and direction since the advent of the program,” Tauber adds.

Professor Daniel Tauber, E.Ed., CCEMTP, NRP, NCCE, EMS-I is coordinator of emergency medical services studies.

Tauber points to high success rates on national licensing exams and job placement to earn Capital’s EMS certificate national accreditation. “For the past three years the program has a 98% pass rate on a cognitive exam and 100% on a psychomotor exam,'” according to Tauber. “For 2017 89% of our graduates are employed as paramedics with a three-year average of 77%.” Students enroll in the paramedic certificate program when they have a current state EMT certification and CPR certification.

For professional advancement and degree studies CCC offers both the certificate and the associate in science degree in paramedic studies with options in emergency medical services instruction and emergency management response.

In observance of the 50th graduating class all paramedic alumni and community partners are invited to the 50th graduation ceremony on Wednesday, December 19th, at the Centinel Hill auditorium at Capital Community College. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony will follow at 6:30 p.m. Alumni and friends may r.s.v.p to Daniel Tauber at

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Community College Foundation Adds Eight New Directors At Annual Meeting

Capital Community College’s (CCC) nonprofit foundation expanded its board of directors at its October 25th annual meeting by electing eight new business and community leaders from insurance, banking, health care and youth-serving organizations.

The CCC Foundation, which raises funds and advocates for Hartford’s public, two-year college, will be led by David M. Seder who was re-elected Chair for 2018-2019. Seder is Director of Reinsurance Placement at Travelers where he has worked for 18 years. He is a volunteer leader of a national Military and Veterans’ Diversity Network. Thomas Wood, a CPA and manager at Whittlesey Advising, was re-elected Treasurer.

CCC interim Chief Executive Officer, Dr. G. Duncan Harris, will serve as Foundation Secretary, succeeding Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, CCC’s President, who retired last July. Dr. Harris, formerly Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Manchester Community College, was appointed to lead CCC in July.

Newly elected directors include Anthony G. Barrett, executive director of the YMCA Wilson-Gray Center; the Rev. Trevor Beauford, pastor of Union Baptist Church in Hartford; Nicole Hughey, an assistant Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion at Travelers; Florence Johnson, RN, a consulting manager for Qualidigm and President of the Northern CT Black Nurses Association; Jorge L. Marimon, a consumer & health services executive at Aetna; Abdul Mohammad, founder of My People Clinical Services in Hartford; Melissa E. Schwalbach, Chief Compliance Officer and Counsel for CT State Colleges and Universities, and; Steven Taylor, Vice President and branch manager at United Bank.

Newly elected directors of the College Foundation attending the October 25th annual meeting from left: Steven Taylor, Nicole Hughey, Abdul Mohammad, Florence Johnson and Jorge L. Marimon.

The new directors will be joining current three year term board members:  Ana Alfaro, community relations officer at Eversource; John H. Driscoll, Jr., Senior Vice President, Webster Private Bank; Jodi Greenspan, Claims Chief of Staff at the Hartford Financial Services Group; Marjorie Jones, a Vice President at Farmington Bank; David McCluskey, CT Department of Corrections; John A. Perkins, alumnus and Hartford Public Schools; John Robinson, IT Director, Bloomfield Public Schools; Marcus T. Smith, Senior Manager Health Homes, CT Children’s Medical Center; Atty. George C. Springer, Jr, Rogin Nassau. College representatives on the board are: Marie Basche, Director of the Academic Success Center and Student Marlene Pereira of the Student Senate.  John McNamara, the College’s Director of Institutional Advancement, is the staff liaison to the Foundation.

Seder, who has served on the Foundation since 2012, thanked new and returning directors saying “we are in a stronger position to forge new partnerships and to increase support for Capital’s programs and initiatives.”

Dr. Harris also thanked directors for their participation and pledged to work with the Foundation in addressing current needs at the downtown campus that include a new nursing classroom, a fitness and wellness center, summer pre-college bridge programs, expanded child care for students’ children and upgraded labs.

Foundation board of directors attending the October 25th annual meeting front row from left: Nicole Hughey, Chairman David Seder, Capital CEO Duncan Harris and Florence Johnson. Back row from left: Foundation Liaison John McNamara, Jorge L. Marimon, Abdul Mohammad, Steven Taylor, John Driscoll, Tom Wood and John Robinson.

The College Foundation was founded in 1985 to support CCC through gifts to scholarship and endowment funds.

For information about the CCC Foundation and giving opportunities at Capital contact the Foundation and Institutional Advancement Office, 950 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103. Email: . 860-906-5102.

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Honoring Students With Military Service: Annual Luncheon For CCC Veterans Is Wednesday, November 7th

Capital’s Veterans’ Club will hold the annual Veteran’s Day Luncheon on Wednesday, November 7th from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room at the 950 Main Street campus in Hartford.

Recognized will be Capital students with military service led by Club President Milgrid Guzman and Margaret Abraham, the retired veterans counselor who continues to volunteer in support of student veterans.

The program will include remarks by Dr. G. Duncan Harris, the college’s CEO , David Seder, the chairman of the college’s foundation, and Marsha Ball-Davis, the Dean of Student Affairs.

Hats, gloves, scarves and other in-kind donations will be accepted at the luncheon for needy veterans.

Contributions  to the Veteran’s/OASIS Fund at Capital may also be made to the CCC Foundation  via the online giving link or by calling 860-906-5102.

The Veterans Oasis center opened on the campus in the fall of 2015 .  The OASIS  — standing for Operation Support for Incoming Service members — stems from a 2008 initiative by the CT Department of Veterans Affairs to establish centers at colleges and universities for veterans. Capital has been recognized as a “Military Friendly School” for services and support for veterans.


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