Capital Community College Retains Top 25 National Ranking For Adult Learners

Capital Community College (CCC) has retained its national ranking for two-year colleges that serve adult learners well, according to the Washington Monthly’s 2019 College Rankings in the September/October edition.

A top 25 school for adult learners for the last three years.

CCC ranked  #21 in the latest survey and is among five community colleges in New England to make the top 25 for effectiveness in serving older students (25 and older).

“This year’s list of best-ranked colleges for adult learners taps national data to identify schools that make it easier for students to transfer, offer flexibility in their scheduling, provide services outside of banking hours, and make it possible for part-time students to succeed after they graduate,” writes Rebecca Klein-Collins, an associate vice president of research and policy development at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

The Washington Monthly, a nonprofit bimonthly published in the nation’s capital, assessed 978 two-year colleges using federal education data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and other measures.  Eight metrics were used in the rankings. “Across the board,” notes Klein-Collins, “these schools (community colleges) make it easy for anyone to enroll, but the best ones for adults offer flexible scheduling and a range of career-focused options.”

Also ranked in the top 25 in New England are North Shore Community College (13), Mount Wachusett Community College (16), Masschusetts Bay Community College (19) in Massachusetts and Naugatuck Valley Community College (25) in Connecticut.

CCC offers 36 associate degree and 24 certificate programs on site and online through six academic departments: Business and Technology; Health Careers and Public Safety; Humanities; Nursing; Science and Mathematics; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. While the largest programs are in Business and Health Careers, each program is closely aligned with the demands of the workforce.  As a result, CCC has recently added new programs in Biotechnology and Cybersecurity in response to the development of the regional economy.  The College has an expansive articulation network with longstanding agreements with private and public institutions in the region’s higher education consortium.  Eighty percent of students attend part-time (2018) and the average age of students is 29.

Like other publications Washington Monthly also ranks four year national universities and liberal arts colleges. It is the only national publication that ranks institutional effectiveness of two-year schools where so many working adults enroll. “Traditional college rankings are not very helpful for these students,” according to the Washington Monthly’s report. “Working adults generally don’t care about average ACT scores or donation rates of alumni. They need information about what a college or university will do to make it easy for them to enroll, succeed and finish their degrees.”

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New Widows’ Society Grant Provides Scholarships For Women In 2019-2020

The Widows’ Society has awarded a new $50,000 grant to the Capital Community College Foundation to provide scholarships for women.

Established in 1825, the Widows’ Society is one of the Hartford area’s oldest philanthropic organizations with a primary purpose of helping single women in Hartford address basic needs for housing, medical care, food and other necessities. In providing new scholarship support at 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.”

“This gift means more opportunities for Hartford women who otherwise would not be able to attend college,” said Capital CEO G. Duncan Harris. “We are most grateful to The Widows’ Society for again helping more women in Hartford gain access to a post-secondary education that is important for their families and helps them to obtain sustainable jobs and careers.”

Eligible applicants for the Widows Society Scholarships are women of any age living in the Hartford vicinity who are heads of their households or self-supporting and demonstrate financial need.  A 2018 grant supported more than $40,000 in awards to 38 Capital students.

Full-time tuition and fees at CCC total $4,696, representing a 21% increase over the 2014-2015 year. Of Capital’s 3,515 students enrolled in the last academic year, 71% were women and 64% of all students qualified for some form of financial aid.

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

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

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College Hosts Metro Hartford Alliance’s ‘Break The Ice’ June Luncheon

More than 40 individuals from Hartford area businesses and organizations attended a Metro Hartford Alliance “Break The Ice” Luncheon June 26th at Capital Community College’s (CCC) Walter J. Markiewicz Community Room.

Capital Chief Executive Officer G. Duncan Harris, Ed.D, welcomed Alliance investors and members and  shared  opportunities to partner with the college on educational and workforce issues.  The College is part of a “Hartford renaissance” that includes public and private partnerships at the campus and “momentum” is growing for the College’s “downtown neighborhood,” according to Harris.

Harris, concluding his first year leading the college, pointed to “the Capital Guarantee” for students enrolled in  career programs in business and insurance, information technology, nursing and health professions.  For graduates who meet requirements transfer to four-year schools such as the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University is guaranteed.  With full-time tuition less than $5,000 a year Capital is a “first choice school for the “first job, a better job, your career.”

Dr. Miah Lapierre-Dreger, interim Dean of Academic Affairs, also invited attendees to consider involvement in the college through one of its academic advisory boards. CCC offers 36 associate degree and 24 certificate programs on site and online through six academic departments: Business and Technology, Health Careers and Public Safety, Humanities, Nursing,  Science and Mathematics and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Representatives of downtown and area businesses and organizations attended the luncheon including  A&A Office Systems, Alzheimer’s Association of CT, Aquilline Drones, LLC, Fastsigns of Hartford, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Hilton/Marriott Hartford, iHeart Media, ImageWorks, LLC, NBC Connecticut, Santander Bank, Tallan, Inc, The Ergonomic Group, U.S. Small Business Association, Upward Hartford,  Venator Sales Group, VLink, Inc. and the World Affairs Council.  Participating from Metro Hartford Alliance were Raina Giddings, Senior Investment Relations Officer; Julie Daly Meehan, Chief Investor Relations Officer, and: Jen Proto, Investor Relations Specialist.



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CCC’s Elaine Stewart McKirdy Early Childhood Lab School Earns NAEYC Accreditation

Capital Community College’s Elaine Stewart McKirdy Laboratory School has earned a new accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

Named the Lab School for the internships it provides to early childhood majors, the two-classroom McKirdy Center  was the first child care center for student parents established at Connecticut’s community colleges and has continuously served children under five since 1975.  Led by its Director, Suzanne Rocco-Foertsch, the school operates during the academic year  week days from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. serving three- and four-year olds at affordable, sliding rates for students, faculty and staff and the community with priority given to students.

Early Childhood Lab School Director Suzanne Rocco-Foertsch

In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

“NAEYC-Accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation makes Capital Community College Laboratory School an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments.  The Lab School staff is proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for their commitment to reaching the highest professional standards.

Safe, affordable child care is beyond the reach of many working parents who are seeking degrees to secure sustainable employment. Expanded, drop-in child care is part of new initiatives to address the challenges Capital students face in balancing work, family and college to complete their studies and pursue careers.

CCC is seeking funding and community support to extend the hours of the center to make short-term child care services possible during day and evening classes.  For more information or to support the child care center contact the College Advancement and Foundation office at or call 860-906-5102.



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Inaugural Golf Classic: A Special Thanks To Golfers, Sponsors, Contributors and Volunteers




to our sponsors, golfers, contributors and volunteers who made the 1st Capital Golf Classic on May 10, 2019 a success in support of the summer pre-college transition program

Tournament Volunteers

Amy Lemire, Carrie Benyei, Lisa Braverman, Anthony Cordova, Dawn Bunting, Donna Brown-Roberts, Marlene Hageman, Duncan Harris, Mike Kriscenski, Madeline Santiago, Girandely Veras, Steve Spears

Auction and Course Contributors

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 1942, Jane Bronfman, Duncan & Garcia Harris, Jodi Salmon,  Congress of CT Community Colleges (4Cs), Professor Seth Freeman, President Emeritus Wilfredo Nieves, Mary Jean Thornton, Church & Main Cafe, Members First Federal Credit Union, Fiduciary Investment Advisors, McNamara’s Band, Lessing’s Food Service Management, Lester and Sherrill Primus, Hartford Distributors (HDI), Loreen Wall and College Bookstore, Karen Binkhorst, CCC Nursing, CCC Purchasing Department, Quarry Ridge Golf Club, Legacy Foundation of Hartford, John Robinson, Laurie Hornbecker and School of Workforce and Continuing Education, Connecticut Forum, Hartford Yard Goats, Wadsworth Atheneum, Travelers Championship, Mohegan Sun, Stew Leonard’s, Harvey & Lewis, Chris Cote’s golf Shop, Silver City Furnace Company, Hughes & Cronin, Tee It up LLC, Chief Vernon L. Riddick, Jr., Gawlicki Family Foundation, Carrie Benyei & Amy Lemire, Joan & Dean Marchessault, Barbara Grenzinski Winalski, Anne Romus, City Steam Brewery Cafe, Gillette Ridge Golf Club, Rosemary Tyrrell, V’s Trattoria.

Steve Spears’ 1st Place Team at 13 Under Par

Fiduciary Investment Advisors – The Runner Up at 13 Under Par

See you for the 2nd Annual in May, 2020. Date to be announced

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Alumni News: Nursing Grad Becomes Fifth Member Of Family To Earn A Capital Degree

Audrey Akuamoah was one of the 475 graduates at Capital Community College’s May 23rd Commencement held at the Connecticut Convention Center last month. After the ceremonies, Ms Akuamoah, a Phi Betta Kappa honors student and recipient of a CCC Foundation scholarship, proudly signed up for the alumni association with other graduates.

Audrey, the mother of two who worked part-time and studied full time to earn an associate in nursing degree, became the fifth Akuamoh to earn a degree from Capital — continuing a family tradition that has led to careers in nursing and the health field in her Ghanian American family.

The Akuamoah family at 2019 Commencement Exercises. Nursing Grad Audrey Akuamoah became the fifth member of her family to earn a CCC degree.

Four of Audrey’s brothers and sisters attended and graduated from Capital.  All of them were there at the  2019 commencement to celebrate the newest Capital grad with their mother and children on hand. And all joined Audrey in re-connecting to Capital by signing up to get involved in alumni activities. They included Nursing Alums Anita Akuamoah Abankwa, Jasmine Akuamoah, Edmond Akuamoah and Radiologic Technology Alum Richmond Akuomoah.

Vilma Canales, RN, BSN is joined by CEO G. Duncan Harris and Interim Student Services Dean Marsha Ball-Davis at the alumni table for the 2019 Commencement.

Vilma Canales, BSN, BS, IP, RN , who graduated in 2014 from Capital’s nursing program, volunteered at commencement to enlist new graduates to stay connected with their alma mater as they pursue employment or transfer to the baccalaureate.  Canales is an Infection Control/Staff Development nurse at Apple Rehab. “I’m a proud graduate from CCC and love being a product of their outstanding nursing program. CCC nursing graduates are respected wherever we go,” says Canales, who notes that her son followed her to Capital and is also an alumnus.

Nursing majors comprised the largest group in the Class of 2019  with 117 receiving their diplomas from the rigorous nationally accredited RN program. They were followed by associate degrees in social and behavioral sciences (77), business and technology (70) and health careers and public safety (44). Associate degrees in general studies, humanities. mathematics and science were also conferred for transfer to four-year institutions.

Class of 2019 member signs up for the CCC Alumni Association.

Seventy members of the graduating class signed up for the alumni association and expressed interest in volunteering at the college as mentors, helping with alumni sponsored programs at the downtown campus and recommending others for enrollment. They received a “Proud Alum” tee shirt.

Alumni and former students of Capital, including individuals who attended Greater Hartford Community College and Hartford State Technical College, may also connect with the Alumni Association by submitting the online Alumni Information Form.

–  John McNamara

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State EMS Council Honors Capital’s Daniel Tauber with Paul Winfield Smith Award

Daniel Tauber, Capital Community College’s Department Chair for Health Careers and Public Safety, has received the 2019 Paul Winfield Smith Award from the Connecticut Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council.

Tauber, MEd, CCEMTP, NRP, NCEE, EMS-I, is professor and program director for CCC’s Paramedic Program. Tauber holds a master’s in education from the University of Hartford. He has been a faculty member since 1994 and became Department Chair in 2018. For the last 14 years Tauber has served as a Paramedic with the Windsor Locks Lions Ambulance Corps. The EMS Council, a statewide organization of emergency medical providers and educators, links the state’s hospitals and ambulance services with current curricula training, accreditation and best practices in conjunction with the Department of Public Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services.

The annual Award recognizes recipients for their work and commitment to educational excellence and high quality EMS programs. It is named for the late Paul Winfield Smith of Plainville who died in 2013. Smith served as Connecticut’s EMS Training Coordinator and was a founding member of EMS-ED/SEM and the CT Emergency Medical Services Foundation.

Capital Community College’s (CCC) Paramedic Program, the first and oldest program of its kind in Connecticut, marked a milestone last year when its 50th class graduated with over 200 alumni and family members in attendance at Centinel Hill Hall auditorium ceremonies. This month a 51st class of Paramedics graduated.

The Paramedic Program at Capital, established in 1988 in partnership with Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, is nationally accredited and prepares students for careers as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, hospital and public health coordinators and first responders. It is 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.

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Dr. Reginald J. Eadie, Trinity Health’s President and CEO, Will Keynote Capital’s 2019 Commencement On Thursday, May 23rd

Reginald J. Eadie, MD, MBA, the President and CEO of Trinity Health of New England, will address graduates at the 72nd Commencement Exercises of Capital Community College (CCC) at the Connecticut Convention Center, Thursday, May 23rd, at 6 p.m.

Dr. Eadie, an emergency medicine physician, became Trinity Health of New England’s President and Chief Executive Officer in 2018. He leads a health care delivery system that includes Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury and Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs.  CCC’s nursing, paramedic and health professions programs have longstanding partnerships with Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as clinical sites for associate degree students.

Dr. Reginald J. Eadie

A native of Detroit, Dr. Eadie earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Before joining Trinity Health, he was the Detroit Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer. His book “How To Eat & Live Longer” published in 2008 uses biblical and medical knowledge to address the health challenges facing inner city residents.

Insurance executive Tracy L. Rich, Counsel of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, will be honored with an honorary degree for a distinguished career in law and insurance and for his leadership in advancing financial literacy at community colleges at Guardian.  Rich has been instrumental in establishing Guardian’s Money Management for Life initiative that has brought  tuition free personal finance courses and internship opportunities to the college.

Dr. G. Duncan Harris, Capital’s Chief Executive Officer, will be presiding at his first commencement for Hartford’s community college. Dr. Harris previously served as Manchester Community College’s Dean of Student Affairs and as Executive Director of the CSCU Student Success Center.  College commencement officials include: David Seder, Chair of the CCC Foundation,  interim Dean of Student Affairs Marsha L. Ball-Davis, interim Academic Dean Dr. Miah LaPierre-Dreger and Dr. Stephen O. Fagbemi, Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences, who will bring greetings from the faculty.

Mark E. Ojakian, President of CT State Colleges and Universities, will welcome graduates and guests.  Joining Ojakian from the Board of Regents will be Elease E. Wright and Renee Colman-Mitchell, Commissioner of the Department of Public Health.  Nursing Professor Nancy Casey will serve as the Faculty Marshal.

CCC’s Class of 2019 includes 475 associate degree and certificate candidates completing studies in Business & Technology, Health Careers and Public Safety, Humanities, Nursing, Science and Mathematics and General Studies.

2019 Commencement Exercises will be held at the CT Convention Center

Capital Community College, one of 12 community colleges in Connecticut, is located in the center of Hartford in the renovated, historic G. Fox building.  CCC is the result of the 1992 merger of Greater Hartford Community College (founded in 1967) and Hartford State Technical College (founded in 1946). Through the years Capital and its founding institutions have provided central Connecticut with postsecondary educational opportunities by granting associate degrees, preparing students to transfer to baccalaureate studies and offering workforce and career development programs.


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Save The Date: Back To College Game Day, Wednesday August 28th at Dunkin Donuts Park


J. McNamara| CCC Foundation

Capital Community College (CCC) will kick off a new academic year next August at Dunkin’ Donuts Park on Wednesday, August 28th  as faculty, students, alumni and friends will attend an Eastern League evening game between the Harrisburg Senators and the Hartford Yard Goats.   Gates open at 6 p.m. and game time is 7:05 p.m.

It’ll be the third annual CCC Game Day at the downtown ball park next to the campus in third season of play for the Yard Goats, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies of the National League. Fall classes start on Tuesday, August 27th.


Your ticket comes with a 2.5 hour Ballpark Classic buffet including 1/3  grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken and assorted BBQ sauces, mac ‘n cheese, pasta salad, garden salad, kettle chips, chocolate chip cookies and non-alcoholic beverages.

Tickets for Capital’s Game Day are $60 pp (children under 3 are free).

Grand Slam ($1,000) and Home Run ($500) sponsors receive  tickets to the game, game day recognition and first week of classes recognition on campus, online and in college and college foundation social media.

Tickets are limited. For reservations and information contact the Advancement and Foundation office at 860-906-5102 or by email:


Rain Check: In the event 5 innings (or 4 1/2 if Yard Goats are ahead) are not played group tickets may be exchanged for a regular season home game of equal or lesser value. For hospitality events (Party Deck) event will be held regardless of weather unless gates do not open due to weather. The outing will then be re-scheduled to an available date. Make checks payable to the CCC Foundation. Net proceeds will benefit the College Foundation’s annual fund.

A Capital Community College Foundation Event

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Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman Brings Her “Sentence Sense” To Digital Learning And Back To Capital

Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman presented her Sentence Sense website to faculty members in the Fall 2018 semester.

Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman taught English and writing classes for 25 years at Capital Community College, instructing a generation of traditional and non traditional students in composition and the basics of writing well.

Farbman’s lesson plans on sentence structure and grammar led her to author a widely used textbook, Sentence Sense: A Writer’s Guide, first published in 1985 by Signals, Houghton Mifflin. A second edition came along in 1989 —  a four-part, book “to provide beginning college writers with several approaches to improving their writing skills.”

During her tenure at Capital Professor Farbman teamed up with her colleague and friend, the late Charles Darling (the College’s first webmaster and Poet-In-Residence), to create an early online version of Sentence Sense that complemented Darling’s comprehensive Guide to Grammar & Writing now hosted by the Capital Community College Foundation.

Along with the Guide To Grammar and Writing, Sentence Sense was accessible at the college website from 1999 to 2014 making Darling and Farbman pioneer developers of online writing tools.  Both the Guide and Sentence Sense, initially developed just for students at Capital, quickly became popular on the web for teachers and students at all levels and around the globe.

Before her retirement from the college in 2011, Farbman recognized that her college-based web page, developed with Darling’s help at the dawn of personal computer use, was encountering increasing problems and frustration for users owing to the outmoded computer languages that created it.

Sentence Sense: A Writer’s Guide. 1989 Edition

Working independently and at her own expense, Farbman  started building a new site for Sentence Sense that could deliver again what the original book and web page offered: “an introduction to the way sentences work, particularly in writing and a learning tool for adults who want to use Standard English with greater ease and clarity.”

Along the way Farbman enlisted the help of  a group of students at the University of California, Irvine. An Informatics class taught by Professor Hadar Ziv and assisted by Six Silberman and Tao Wang. Students Pen Han Chang, Tsz Hang Ng, Derick Nguyen, Dylan Shigekawa, and Darien Vidaure completed a preview of the new site in March, 2015.

According to Farbman the new version at  http:/ “offers a descriptive grammar that explores how Standard English sentences work. Its focus is on the underlying structure of sentences, filling a gap left by the many existing prescriptive grammar websites that focus on error-correction. Sentence Sense addresses a wide range of learners between the ages of 12 and 102.”

The 2019 interactive and friendly Sentence Sense includes eight chapters including an introduction and sections on verbs, subjects and completers, modifiers, embedded thoughts, sentence combining, punctuation and English language learning.

In the Fall 2018 semester Farbman shared  her work in progress to enthusiastic Humanities and English faculty members, showing how the newly formatted online guide can be a valuable writing resource again in composition and English classes and on the wider web.

Professor Farbman met again at the College last month with  CEO Dr. G. Duncan Harris, interim Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Miah LaPierre-Dreger, Humanities Chair Dr. Jeffrey Partridge and Interim Business & Technology Chair Seth Freeman.

Planned is a partnership that will engage Capital students in Computer Information Systems (CIS) to complete development of the interactive writing guide leading to CCC again hosting a state-of-the-art resource for teachers and students.

Faculty and staff meet with Professor Emerita Evelyn Farbman in the Fall 2018 semester.


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